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Started by DesEsseintes on Jun 11, 2021 12:05:59 AM
Pigs might not fly

'We are deeply saddened to have to announce that, despite the public outcry and overwhelming love and support for our gorgeous grassroots music venue and real ale pub, the developer (our landlord) has issued us with 6 months notice to vacate our home and the business premises that is the Flying Pig in October 2021.'

https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/pink-floyd-pub-and-venue-in-cambridge-demolished/

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Tomnoddy - 11 Jun 2021 00:26:36 (#1 of 22)

Saw that in the local rag. I've only been there once in 30+ years. It will be sad to see it go, though. Bastard developers have been itching to build a shit block on the site for years.

AdonisBlue - 11 Jun 2021 00:33:35 (#2 of 22)

Like when the Pink Floyd coffee-shop in Amsterdam became another just another chain coffee-shop. Welcome to the machine*.

*Or I'm just getting old.

DesEsseintes - 11 Jun 2021 00:34:29 (#3 of 22)

Why do they have to tidy the world up ?

AdonisBlue - 11 Jun 2021 00:38:59 (#4 of 22)

..and then complain that all towns centres are the same so why visit them.

Social drinking is sooo last century though. Now we prefer to drink at home, talking bollox online instead of in a pub.

DesEsseintes - 11 Jun 2021 00:46:12 (#5 of 22)

Perhaps there shall be a halfway house found - in the street or the field or somewhere.

Tadagee - 11 Jun 2021 07:21:02 (#6 of 22)

Originally named The Crown in the late 1950s, the pub was frequently frequented by Syd Barrett who, as rumour suggests, first met his future bandmate David Gilmour at the bar.

I might be muddled here, but I thought Dave Gilmour joined after Barratt left. Although obviously they already knew each other.

Growing up in Cambridge Syd spotting was a popular part time for us whippersnappers.

Electro2 - 11 Jun 2021 08:42:06 (#7 of 22)

Wiki says Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health.

kvelertak - 11 Jun 2021 08:47:55 (#8 of 22)

Saw this on the local rag's website. Horrible news, it's not only my local but very cosy, there's almost nothing else like it in town, the Geldart excepted perhaps. Cambridge has become as sterile as Singapore.

Tagyourit - 11 Jun 2021 08:52:22 (#9 of 22)

I thought Dave Gilmour joined after Barratt left. Although obviously they already knew each other.

They bought Gilmour in because Barrett was becoming increasingly unreliable, the band persevered with Barrett for a few months but in the end he was a massive liability so they just stopped picking him up on the way to gigs.

Jacob_Richter - 11 Jun 2021 08:56:49 (#10 of 22)

They brought Gilmour in. What are you - a footballer giving a post match interview?

ReverendBlueJeans - 11 Jun 2021 09:55:58 (#11 of 22)

At the end of the day Gilmour always gave 100%.

FrankieTeardrop - 11 Jun 2021 10:11:08 (#12 of 22)

I might be muddled here, but I thought Dave Gilmour joined after Barratt left. Although obviously they already knew each other.


There were a few months of overlap, but then the band decided they needed bluesy noodling more than amazing space age sonic experimentation

Tagyourit - 11 Jun 2021 13:28:23 (#13 of 22)

They brought Gilmour in. What are you - a footballer giving a post match interview?

That's exactly what they did according to Nick Mason's autobiography, I'm not sure why you've got your knickers in a twist over it.

but then the band decided they needed bluesy noodling more than amazing space age sonic experimentation

I think the fact that Barrett had pretty much burnt out his cerebellum and couldn't actually do his job any more might have something to do with it.

Tadagee - 11 Jun 2021 13:46:30 (#14 of 22)

Saw this on the local rag's website. Horrible news, it's not only my local but very cosy, there's almost nothing else like it in town, the Geldart excepted perhaps. Cambridge has become as sterile as Singapore

The Geldart. There's a blast from the past. In the early 90s that became quite a popular spot for us, started gravitating there from from the King Street Run and the Cambridge Arms. The Champion of The Thames was always popular in summer.

Tagyourit - 11 Jun 2021 14:53:18 (#15 of 22)

I always enjoyed the St Radegund at the far end of King Street with Terry the world's most entertainingly grumpy landlord.

Tadagee - 11 Jun 2021 15:02:19 (#16 of 22)

Oh hang on, I'm thinking of the Fort St. George, not the Champion of the Thames.

bailliegillies - 12 Jun 2021 11:17:35 (#17 of 22)

#15

Should have tried the Oxford Bar on Young Street in Edinburgh in the 70s, very popular with hardened drinkers and members of the Edinburgh legal profession. The landlord was notorious for his rudeness and foul language. Remember getting a right mouthful off him first time I went in and asked for a pint. A legal friend told me I'd like the place but she forgot to mention the landlord's reputation. Did become a semi regular on visits to Edinburgh and landlord remained foulmouthed as ever.

Two landlords since and Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus are now regulars.

Tadagee - 12 Jun 2021 12:20:20 (#18 of 22)

I always enjoyed the St Radegund at the far end of King Street with Terry the world's most entertainingly grumpy landlord.

What about the renowned Squire Kim Joseph Hollick De La Taste Tickell, Landlord of the Tickell Arms?

A man so legendary around Cambridge for his rudeness, people would go there in the hope of being insulted.

https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2017/01/12/eccentric-pub-landlord/

peacalmer - 12 Jun 2021 12:27:36 (#19 of 22)

We had a similar one near us.

During lockdown a tenant landlord completely renovated the bar, garden, children's play area etc. The result was stunning.

The landlord's served them an eviction notice, and is getting a new person in.

Tomnoddy - 12 Jun 2021 12:28:29 (#20 of 22)

I used to be a regular at the Oxford Bar at that time, bailie. The landlord was indeed famously grumpy, though I never got the real edge of his tongue. English lager drinkers were among his real hates, and he only allowed women in to sit in the back bar and be supplied with drinks by their male partners. A fine old Lewisman, a friend of mine described him.

A hotbed of Scottish nationalism back then.

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