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The Rado Forum at Loggerheads...or, how Scott and Brad spent their Friday evening.

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  • Tim.
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    Thanks Brad, most enjoyable this Loggerheads travelogue, and well done Scott, getting lost was a good way to see more of the town.......that was the plan all along, right? Looking forward to the rest of the tale.
    Last edited by Tim.; 06-10-2018, 09:36 AM.

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  • scottjc
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    Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post
    [B] I was even willing to overlook his off-hand admission that his wife considers him 'directionally challenged.' No worries, right? What could go wrong?
    More fool you Brad, there's plenty that can go wrong when I'm navigating...

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  • Watch Carefully
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    Originally posted by Microbrand View Post
    That's a rare name for a pub, in fact I can only find one other in the UK which is in Market Drayton. Approx 50miles from the one in Shrewsbury.
    Thanks for that info, Chris..
    I remarked that we were pretty close to Wales and it would have been good to have you join us!
    Next time?

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  • Watch Carefully
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    PART 2. Two guys, meeting for the first time, walking obliviously around an unfamiliar town.

    Scott isn't a native of Shrewsbury.
    He's originally from another county altogether, but he lives near enough to Shrewsbury that he was home and texting Henry before I changed trains. He chose Shrewsbury because it is easy to reach and is quite a picturesque town, which apparently has a nightlife that draws visitors from surrounding areas outside the county (more on this and a pair of Cheshire coincidences later)--it was an excellent choice of location, I'd advise you to visit, if you have the opportunity. But be aware: there is more than one place called The Armoury.

    After we made initial contact on Platform 4, we bolted out of the station and into a nearby pub which, unfortunately, had no cask ale on tap, thus we moved on quickly to our initial raising of the glass at The Loggerheads. Luckily, Scott had his smart phone and an idea of where we were going. I was so busy with our conversation, taking in the sheer Englishness of the setting, and being a bit tired from a three-week period that included multiple international flights, 14 train rides (so far), and three straight full-day business workshops, I was glad to have Scott act as guide. I was even willing to overlook his off-hand admission that his wife considers him 'directionally challenged.' No worries, right? What could go wrong?

    The first discussion of watches arose in Loggerheads. Scott had apparently wrestled with, as he put it to me 'what watch does one wear when meeting the guy behind the Rado Forum?' I'd have been glad to see any watch of Scott's--whether it is rare or not--so long as it is one that means something to him. He needn't have worried. His choice was a spectacular Hardtron on a ribbon-pattern 7-row NSA. It's the first time I've seen and handled a Hardton--what a magnificent piece. Scott is right in his assessment that it sums up much that is great about vintage Rado watches--amazing case shape, fabulous faceted crystal, funky dial, noteworthy Dynotron movement and, I paraphrase him here: 'a dirty great hunk of tungsten carbide.'

    Here is how much of a geek I am, though: When I initially took a glance at Scott's wrist to try and discern which watch he had chosen, all I could focus on was the wonderful 7-row NSA. I opened our discussion of watches with "this is the first time I've seen someone other than myself wearing a watch on an NSA bracelet."
    I silently awarded myself the 'geek of the gathering' award.

    After imbibing a pint at Loggerheads, we had another place to visit. Scott had identified a couple options, and we wanted to see a bit of the town, so off we headed, using Scott's phone to guide us. Shrewsbury is a proper sight...spires, half-timbered buildings, a Norman abbey, the river Severn...there is much to see. Some highlights:









    We wandered off across the river, en route to The Armoury, when we spotted a place that could not be ignored...

    ...one of the oldest public houses in the UK. Built by Roger de Montgomery, First Earl of Shrewsbury circa 1085 as a hostel for the highly skilled masons and master builders bought in to supervise the construction of the St. Peter and St. Paul (later to be known as The Abbey). [It] was historically a hostelry with its own brewery in 1105 and probably existed before that.

    More soon...
    Last edited by Watch Carefully; 06-10-2018, 11:27 AM.

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  • Microbrand
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    That's a rare name for a pub, in fact I can only find one other in the UK which is in Market Drayton. Approx 50miles from the one in Shrewsbury.

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