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The Grand National is No Place for a Puppy

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An April 2006 trip to England by shaunandtrish

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Quote: Thanks to the rail companies' inability to come up with a fair, I volunteered as chauffeur to the premier event in the race calendar.

The Grand National is No Place for a Puppy

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It has always been an ambition of Trish's to go to the Grand National. She likes horses and dressing up (in the nicest possible way). Personally I can take or leave both. Rail travellers in the UK will no doubt be aware that for north-south journeys (and vice versa) the rail operators can normally be relied upon to come up with a half-decent journey and fare. East-west journeys, on the other hand, are a completely different story. Cut a long story short, to enable my beloved to achieve the latest of her life-time ambitions, I volunteered to drive her and her friends the 400-mile round-trip. It was a bit long to leave the dogs, so I took them along. That would enable me to kill the 5 hours whilst they ...Read More

Best Western Beaufort Hotel

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Hotel | "The Beaufort Hotel"

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About 3 weeks before the Grand National, I happened to be working for a couple of days at a toilet roll factory just up the road from Aintree in Skelmersdale. Whilst there I stayed in the nearby Beaufort Hotel. Before I go on and make anyone nervous about staying here, let me establish first that there is nothing actually wrong with the hotel. And also that I have no particular axe to grind with "Swingers." Anyway, this place was within the price range of my cheapskate employer and, from the description on the website at least, appeared to have leisure facilities. In fact judging from the web-site it looked a bit of a find at the pric...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 15, 2006

Best Western Beaufort Hotel
High Lane
Ormskirk, Lancashire, England L40 7SN
01704 892655

Beaufort Hotel

Restaurant | "The Beaufort Hotel"

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In stark contrast to the Beaufort's likely use as a discreet rendezvous for singles, or, more likely, for those who temporarily wish to be considered single, it does contain a surprisingly impressive Bistro-type restaurant. There aren't a lot of tables, 10 maybe, but it wasn't busy when I was there so I wandered in quite easily. Menu is continental-type and reasonably priced for the quality of the well-prepared and tasty fayre they dish up. I had a Caesar salad starter and a cod and vegetables main course, both of which were near perfection for what they were. Service was quick and polite. No complaints at all. It's worth eating here even if you aren't staying here. The menu's on the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2006

Beaufort Hotel
High Lane, Burscough
Ormskirk, United Kingdom L40 7SN
+44 (01704) 892655

Formby Beach is a Good Place for a Puppy

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Having unloaded my cargo at Aintree just after noon and made my escape from the race-day traffic hell, I headed off (with dogs) in the direction of a feature up the road known as "The Formby Hills." After driving for about 20 minutes I encountered the small town of "Formby", stopped for petrol and inquired how a stranger might happen 'pon pleasant surroundings for dog walking. Even though it was tossing down. The young attendant pointed me off in the direction of the beach which was about a mile down the road. Beaches are good for dogs as the potential for mayhem, distress and damage are limited. So I headed off down this narrow road and ended up in a free-to-park car park in the middle of...Read More

Grand National Race Day

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April is a month of note for several reasons. 1. My birthday;2. Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race;3. Easter;4. Sunderland relegated or promoted alternately (relegated this year);5. The Grand National. Number 2 is over-rated, number 4 is a simple fact of life and all the others are inarguably good things to look forward to. This year "we" decided to make a bit more of the Grand National day by achieving "our" life-time ambition of cheering some anonymous animal past the winning post in person. Hopefully to find out later that it was one of those we'd bet on. For those that don't know, the Grand National is the premie...Read More