Saturday 16 November 2002

Saturday afternoon outing

I decided to partake of a small beverage at Ryrie’s Bar this afternoon. At 4pm there were seven customers and eight bar staff. Most of the locals were a mile away at Murrayfield watching the Scottish rugby team thrash South Africa by 21 to 6.

By 5pm it seemed that there were 700 customers and still 8 bar staff. If the Springbok fans weren’t so big we could have fitted in 1,000.

The football results were on the TV and Kilmarnock, Ayr and Newcastle all won. What a day. If I had placed a bet on this felicitous turn of events I could have bought the pub.