When the G-man hit forty, life was meant to get…..
When the same reprobate hit fifty, they said fifty was
the new forty…..
I was getting younger, not older ! ! ! ! !
It carried on getting better…..
Sixty was the new fifty…..
This was ageing……
…..but not as we used to know it !
Then if someone had suggested you can still do one
thing like a rock star…..
…..Nobody would have believed them…..
…..Especially the G-.man
It’s nice to be wrong sometimes !
Anyway, vintage is as vintage does and Herne Bay has
If you ever get lost and find yourself in Herne Bay, don’t
Head straight to the High Street and…..
The Vintage Empire Tea Room…..
…..and straight back into war-time Britain
Vera Lynn on the sound system
Menus that are disguised as ration cards
Union Jack bunting everywhere
Windows that have been taped to stop bombs shattering
The high teas, cream teas and cakes are all quintessentially
Boiled eggs and buttered soldiers
Tunnocks tea cakes and caramel wafers
Even home-made bread pudding is on offer
There is a full-size mannequin dressed in army union complete
with gas mask
By now, you should have got the picture
Oh, and the average age of the average customer…..
…..about 80 !
Hang on, though !
Maybe eighty is the new sixty which means these wrinklies are
still socking it to each other
Best not to think about that ! ! !
The staff are dressed in forties attire…..
…..and a little cup on the counter by the till has a label attached
Remember 1975 and Earth, Wind & Fire and their great single…..?
Yes, you guessed it, ‘Gratitude’
Well, I’m grateful for this new addition to the cultural fabric of
…..but rather less so for the other latest addition…..
The Pier Fish & Chips which has also just opened…..
It’s actually very good…..
…..the only problem is it’s the thirty third chippy in town
Herne Bay needs a lot of things…..
…..the two things it doesn’t need are another chippy or
another charity shop
Bless them for trying
ps, ‘Bargain Booze’ is due to open in the next few days to
help keep the burgeoning foreign community supplied with
At least they are recycling their benefit money here rather
than sending it home !