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Tell the clueless spurs fan about the delights of Watford!

Old Nov 28th, 2008, 06:42 AM
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Tell the clueless spurs fan about the delights of Watford!


As some of you know I follow the mighty Tottenham Hotspur around Europe as the draws in various cups takes me.

I have been to places like Chisnau in Moldova and Seville. Many exotic and wonderful locations.

However this new location has got me stumped.

Watford?

Has anyone been? Can they tell me good places to eat (Ideally looking for local food cooked in the local style, possible washed down by the local wine) perhaps some local cheese?

What is there to see? Cathedral? Art galleries? Maybe some stately homes or chateaux?

What about drinking? Is there a town square where I can sit in a pavement café with a small glass of red and watch the stylish locals pass by?

What souvenirs of this town should I bring home to London for friends and family?

All suggestions gratefully received.
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 06:47 AM
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Apart from the fact that there is a fantastic camera shop in Waford I know nothing about it.
Doesn't oop north start there??

Family in Bucks go there shopping rather than experiencing the delights of Slough, that much I do know.

Didn't your team do well last night. It was on live here, so I caught a bit of it.
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 06:51 AM
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I spoke to people who went to Njemen (or however it's spelled) and they all said the same thing - Boring town.

Now, more to the point, where am I going to buy naive folk art in Watford?
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 07:02 AM
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My sister lives in Watford, and she is pretty naive - maybe I can get her to paint you something.

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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 07:08 AM
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They should feel right at home in Watford then!

But they are right Nijmegen is one of the least exciting places to visit.

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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 07:09 AM
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I have to say that seeing a fixture of Portsmouth v AC Milan is not something I'd ever thought I'd see.

Now back to watford...Can your sister perhaps recommend a decent local winery that does tours?
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 07:16 AM
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I'll ask, but my impression of Watford is that the qualities looked for in a wine would be high alcohol vino collapso.

Early last year I ate at a pub in chipperfield called the two brewers, and had a good meal there. Pleasant location next to green with cricket pitch

I cannot recommend it, as last time I went it had been taken over by a chain and it was standard "home microwaved fayre" incorporating the regulation 21 chips and 72 peas.
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 07:27 AM
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>>Doesn't oop north start there??<<

No, no, that's Watford GAP: people could be in all sorts of trouble if they confuse the two, so it really pays to spell out the name in full.

PS. To feel right at home, shouldn't CW pay the home team's owner the compliment of dressing appropriately? Platform shoes, sequinned trousers, implausible wig, that sort of thing?
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 07:32 AM
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I thought the gap was it's main feature

Don't tell me I'm wrong
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 07:46 AM
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To feel right at home, shouldn't CW pay the home team's owner the compliment of dressing appropriately? Platform shoes, sequinned trousers, implausible wig, that sort of thing?>>>>

Consider it done!

I might even have a go on the controls:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/image..._eltonjohn.jpg

Any other folk customs I should be aware of as I want to "fit in" and be asked directions by a local?
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 09:14 AM
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The locals will be celebrating Thanksgiving about now (in gratitude that they are just close enough to London not to be Northerners) so you might want to check the restaurants, museums, cathedrals and other tourist attractions will be open when you go.

The Rough Guide to Hatfield and the North will have more details.
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 09:16 AM
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There is a Junction in Watford

and a Gap as well right
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 09:25 AM
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The Rough Guide to Hatfield and the North will have more details.>>>

There's a rough guide to an obscure 70s Prog Rock Band?

CW - Was at boarding school in the 70s so knows a LOT about prog.
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 10:03 AM
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There's no fooling you is there, CW? Google Hatfield and the North. They're not as obscure as you might first think.
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 10:40 AM
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Um, yes they are.
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 10:43 AM
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>>and a Gap as well right<<

But you have to mind it. Or pay a local to, if you want to see it in one piece again.
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Old Nov 28th, 2008, 10:53 AM
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That's what I'm worried about. I'm also worried about pick pockets. Will they target me because I'm a Londoner? How do I dress to "fit in"?

Should I sew a maple leaf on my spurs top?

What clothes should I wear?
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Old Nov 29th, 2008, 01:55 AM
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I refer the honourable gentleman to my previous answer.

Don't forget the syrup: the locals will appreciate that the most.

Also, be aware that buildings displaying a blue lamp are the local brothels.
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Old Nov 29th, 2008, 04:25 AM
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Also, be aware that buildings displaying a blue lamp are the local brothels.>>>>

Just like at home then.
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Old Nov 29th, 2008, 04:39 AM
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It also helps to have some useful phrases in the local lingo. Should you find yourself on the receiving end of any unpleasantness from fans of the opposing team, it will help defuse the situation if you simply cry "Unhand me, you brute!"
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