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Shyster Holiday Inn

Re-Mangled in Manchester

23 March 2015

I packed this morning. There is one outfit I have not worn, but everything has gone well so far. I had eggs Benedict for breakfast and Bob had porridge. Lewis the guy who is the chef looks like he's about 16 but he is 29 and has a four year old daughter. He says he's been a chef for 14 years.
Coddy's van

Coddy's van


I convinced Bob that we should get rid of the English change, so we left it in the room for Lewis as he does the breakfast and cleans the rooms.

We don't have to be in Manchester until this afternoon, so I had found a few cemeteries to visit. We went first to Holy Trinity in Hepworth
Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity


and took a few photos.
Laura Battye's grave

Laura Battye's grave


This was where Glenda and Barry were married in Last of the Summer Wine. Like St. John the Evangalist in Upperthong, they also had a lynch gate which was a memorial to the war dead.
Holy Trinity in Hepworth Lynch Gate

Holy Trinity in Hepworth Lynch Gate


We retraced our steps from yesterday and we saw this horse again, but this time he was facing us.
Piebald Draft horse with his back to us

Piebald Draft horse with his back to us

Piebald horse looking at us

Piebald horse looking at us


We went to St. Davids in Holmbridge (which I had seen from the road as we drove in the first day)
St Davids

St Davids


Bob got out the scooter and I was taking photos on one side and he was on the other.
Gate to St. David's cemetery

Gate to St. David's cemetery

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St David's cemetery

WWI memorial

WWI memorial


The sexton asked me if I would like to come in and look at the church inside, so I did. We talked and he gave me a booklet about the church
St David's inside

St David's inside

Newer stained glass window

Newer stained glass window


They had this amazing Lecturn. But there was nothing in the booklet about it except who donated it.
Lecturn

Lecturn

Closeup of the lecturn

Closeup of the lecturn

Needlepoint knellers

Needlepoint knellers


There were also a lot of nice needlepoint kneelers. During the big flood the church was fairly new, but it withstood the flood. The hedges and stuff around it were swept away and when the water receded, in the church there was a coffin with an adult male (unidentified) and a dead goat.

Bob wanted to use the bathroom and it was also about time for lunch, but the Bridge Pub across the street was closed on Monday. The Bridge

The Bridge


I could not find anywhere to eat without going back to Holmfirth or else back to Coddy's Farm. So we went to back to Holmfirth. Now we had to pay for parking - Bob parked in the bus station lot but providentially, someone broke the place to pay, so we didn't need change as we had left all our change for Lewis. We used the public toilets and went to the famous Sid's Cafe for lunch. Incidentally, in the show, this is not pronounced Caf-ayy. It is pronounced CAFF. This may be the British pronunciation like they pronounce "garage" not as ga-rah-ge but as “garridge”
Sid's Cafe

Sid's Cafe


This is the Cafe where the three old reprobates - usually Compo (Bill Owen), Cleggy (Peter Sallis) and either Foggy or Truly would meet and have tea either before or after their wanderings in the area.
Cleggy, Foggy and Bill Owen as Compo on the right

Cleggy, Foggy and Bill Owen as Compo on the right


Originally this was called Sid's Cafe and was run by Sid (John Comer) and his wife Ivy. John Comer died in 1984, and the Cafe was then run by Ivy (Jane Freeman) for the following 26 years of the show. Photos of Ivy and Sid on the wall

Photos of Ivy and Sid on the wall


Ivy was the only main character other than Cleggy who was present throughout the course of the series
Front of the menu

Front of the menu


In the show, the cafe has a counter and a hatch through which Ivy will talk to the customers. In real life, that wall is a stone wall adjacent to an alleyway, so all those scenes inside the Cafe were filmed in the studio.
Bob ordering - the hatch in the show would be in the wall on the left

Bob ordering - the hatch in the show would be in the wall on the left


It was crowded, but not as much as it was on Sunday when it was full of cyclists. I had tea and what was essentially a grilled cheese sandwich with caramelized onions (which was on the specials board for £3.30.
My sandwich £3.30

My sandwich £3.30


When I ate the second half, I picked out the onion. Not so much a fan of carmelised onion. Bob had a tuna sandwich and a chocolate milk shake. They asked him if he wanted ice cream and he didn't understand that they meant in the chocolate milk and he said No. So he got a shaken chocolate milk.
Milk shake with no ice cream

Milk shake with no ice cream

We started out again.
Along Brownhill Resevoir

Along Brownhill Resevoir


Sheep crossing sign

Sheep crossing sign


I was unable to get the car GPS to recognize the Holiday Inn, but it was on my own GPS so I told the car to take us to the airport. I have finally figured out how to stop the car GPS from talking if she is taking us to some other place than I want to go. We got diesal fuel on the way
Gas station

Gas station


We got all the way to the roundabout where we were to go across to the Holiday Inn and Bob did exactly the same as the first time and turned too soon. So we did the same as the last time and went all the way around the next roundabout.

Bob parked in the handicapped place and unloaded stuff but they told us that the airport driver was not on duty until 5 pm. So we went up to our room. Bob went down to ask about when the van driver would be available in the morning and found that it would be £3 each for the shuttle so he decided just to return the car in the morning. We are going to be leaving too early for breakfast so I will eat the banana I took from dinner last night and when we got dinner tonight I brought my bread up for Bob to eat in the morning. He had chicken wings
Bob's chicken wings

Bob's chicken wings


and cheesecake and ice cream for dinner and I had mac and cheese
Somewhat lame mac and cheese

Somewhat lame mac and cheese


Bob has the alarm set for 5:30 so I'd better get to bed.

24 March 2015

We got up at 5:30 and I ate my banana. We made this reservation directly and not through Booking.com and this time we were charged $184.48 (£125) for the room and dinner. The man who checked us in deliberately folded the paper over when I signed so that I would not see that the room rate was now £86 instead of £59. When I asked, the hotel would not acknowledge the first charge for £39 at all and their excuse for an additional £27 charge for the room was "The rate at the hotel change on a day to day basis depending on the day and how many rooms we have left or if there is something going on in Manchester, the rate is always higher at the beginning of the week and cheaper towards the end." This is opposite to what I have always found with hotel rates. And even if it is more expensive during the week, it is usually $10 more a night- not 1/3rd more. Also the second time we stayed there, the wi-fi kept cutting me off after 20 minutes until finally it refused to let me log on as it said the free time had expired. They had to send a guy up to the room to fix the problem. He gave me a different password to fix the problem. So I conclude that not only did they overcharge me deliberately, but also deliberately gave me a wrong password and I don't have a recourse because I didn't make the reservation through Booking.com. Although this time they keyed in the credit card properly.

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Heathrow Hassle

Late for Boarding

We got up got dressed, returned the car (after getting lost twice),
Driving back to the airport

Driving back to the airport


Bob stopped to ask for directions - the GPS said terminal 2
Booth to return the car

Booth to return the car


and it was really terminal 3.
Bob on the car rental bus (from the scooter)

Bob on the car rental bus (from the scooter)


Got to the airport and found 50 school kids on a trip trying to check in to our flight. They were from Bridgewater School in Colorado. large_IMG_1391.JPG
I went up and asked if we could check in and they said come back at 8. So we had breakfast at Cafe Nero there in the airport. Bob had porridge.
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I had a scone and tea
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We went again at 8 and they were still too busy to check us in. So I used the bathroom and looked around the airport.
bathroom selfie

bathroom selfie


Finally got checked in and boarded. They took the scooter and put it in the closet.

UNHANDY HEATHROW
In the last two years (2015 and 2016), we have been in and out of Heathrow four times, and I also transitioned through Heathrow twice in 2007. I need some kind of transport because I can't walk far so I request a wheelchair. The problem is that I usually book flights with a good amount of time between them so that if there is a delay I won't miss my plane. That means that my ongoing flight has not yet been posted as to what gate it will leave from.

EVERY SINGLE TIME
, the wheelchair from whatever lounge I am waiting in to the gate has come SO LATE that I don't arrive at the gate until the flight is almost finished boarding. I have not missed a plane, but it has sometimes been close

Nothing I have done has helped this situation.

2007 - Our boarding pass said that plane doors would close at 14:50 and it was now 2:30. Finally about 2:45, the wheelchair came, and took us up to immigration. The wheelchair guy walked very fast on each of the three long moving walkways My grandson was behind him carrying the bags. They had not opened the gate until about 3 - very late. We got in line at the end of the people boarding.

2015 - Got to Heathrow and it was only 11:00 and our flight out wasn't until 2. Plus the gate for our on-going flight wasn't posted yet. Had to wait a long time for the wheelchair person on the plane. She took us to the Club Lounge.
Fortnam and; Mason from a wheelchair

Fortnam and; Mason from a wheelchair


Then we had to beg and plead for a wheelchair person to get to the boarding gate which was C64. I started asking for a wheelchair at about 1:15 Bob at the concierge desk trying to get a wheelchair

Bob at the concierge desk trying to get a wheelchair


as soon as there was a gate listed. From the lounge we went down in an elevator, up in an elevator through the airport (all in Terminal 5),
Horse statue photo from a speeding wheelchair

Horse statue photo from a speeding wheelchair


took a train, and then up in an elevator and down in another elevator and did not get to board until almost the time when the doors were shut. And they took the scooter from us and gate checked it although I am sure there was room for it in the closet. (Or would have been if we had been there when they started boarding.) This time, we got the scooter OK when we landed.
===Future Trip 2016===
[On our last trip in 2016 - Our plane arrived at Heathrow early - 10:05. The wheelchair person at the gate tried to get me to walk up the gangway - not going to happen. So she pushed me to the holding area, and then we got another wheelchair person who took us to the Lounge. But first we had to go through security again - we had to dump out all our water (which we just got on the plane and wasn't even open). This time they picked Bob's carryon to do an extra special inspection - scrutinized his electric razor and the charging stuff for the scooter and also of course the scooter battery and the scooter. We did not get out of there until 11:30. And as before, we got a wheelchair out of the Lounge at the last minute.

Returning in 2016 - I had gate checked the scooter on the flight TO Heathrow and they did not give it back to me when I got off the flight. They broke the control head off and instead of giving it to me at the gate like the tag said they should, they sent it to baggage claim at Heathrow. Which I didn't go to as I was on an on-going flight.

We got a wheelchair to the 'assistance area' and after a bit another wheelchair (with the same guide as before) to take us through security again (again they gave Bob's bag a special inspection) and to the lounge. Our gate was not on the board as we have several hours to wait. Although I asked to leave the lounge at 3:00, they did not even start moving us until 3:30, and then when they were to transfer us to a cart, they couldn't open the back door on the cart for us to sit there. So the little Indian lady with us got into the cart, and Bob walked with a man pushing me in a wheelchair to gate A10. This proved to be a gate where we had to take a bus to get to the plane. They asked me if I could climb steps and I said I could if I had to and they decided that I should not have to and put us in a lift van with several other people. I didn't get the scooter until two days later - broken. ]

Back to 2015

Taking off from Heathrow

Taking off from Heathrow

BA planes lined up on the ground

BA planes lined up on the ground

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Leaving England


Had a good flight. We had lunch.
Starter tomato and mozzarella

Starter tomato and mozzarella

Salad

Salad


Bangers and mash

Bangers and mash


And then they gave us tea.
Tea and sandwich

Tea and sandwich


and landed on time.
Landing BWI

Landing BWI


Went through immigration OK but Bob insisted on putting on the customs form that we had been on a farm, even though we had not actually set foot in the farmyard and had only looked through the windows at it. He wanted to send me through customs on my own, but he had the form and they wouldn't let me through without it. Also the scooter did not come for a long time - and eventually came in as Oversized luggage. But it was intact. We went through customs and then because he put that we had been on a farm (even though we were only outside from the parking lot to the door), we also had to go through agriculture. I called the Hampton Inn (had to look up the phone number on the internet because it wasn't in my phone for some reason). Bob was going to call but he couldn't find it on his phone.
Waiting for the hotel shuttle

Waiting for the hotel shuttle


Got to the hotel and got checked in. I didn't want to try to drive home tonight after we got up at 1:30 a.m. EDT and it was now 2000 EDT. I'm not as happy with this hotel as before. The radio alarm went off at 3 am and Bob wanted to know what I had over on my side that was flashing. It took me awhile to figure out that it was a message on the phone. After I listened to it, I found that it was from Feb 1.

25 March 2015

I looked on my bank website to see what had been charged on my card and found two charges for last night. The Hampton Inn charged us twice on two cards although it was the same card - just that Bob's card has different numbers than mine. They did fix that, but it was still wrong, because they had not charged us for parking. I couldn't figure out how to explain it to the girl at the desk.

Bob took a shower - we will leave after breakfast but they are calling for freezing rain. We left and drove home.
Almost home

Almost home


Fortunately there was no ice and not much rain. Partly unpacked and did most of the wash and had dinner.
Advertisement for the CD in the bus

Advertisement for the CD in the bus


The other thing that we bought, we bought after we got back. There is a CD offered by Colin who does the Summer WIne tours which has videos of some of the last days of filming in the series. But we weren't sure we could play that CD on our CD player so we didn't buy it there. I waited until we got home and then purchased it. It is available at several places in Holmfirth as well as by mail

This was the first of the four trips we made in 2015

Our next trip was 15 days later when we went to meet our grandson's fiance in Penn Yan NY. It was just a weekend April 10-12

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