Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian

Jobs of days gone by #4.



Barrel assembly

In French it’s the “mise en rose”

hogsheads and firkins

Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

4 thoughts on “Jobs of days gone by #4.

  1. When I was a fresh faced 17 year old I was working as a cellar-man for a huge pub in Bristol that had four separate bars each of which was very busy with completely different clientele.
    The number of 36 gallon barrels I used to have to move every week was ridiculous.
    When they were empty they were cumbersome and unwieldy but were liftable.
    When they arrived full they were so heavy at first I though they were immovable, but after a few lessons and some practice I was soon managing to get them on top of each other as was the need as there wasn’t enough actually floor space to house them all.
    The 36 gallon actually had the name ‘barrel’!

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    • I too Worked at a couple of pubs in Bristol. The Wine Vaults on Blackboy Hill and The St Vincents Rocks Hotel.

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      • The pub in question was The Bristol Bridge Inn with entrances on Baldwin St and St Nicholas St but I ended up managing The Kings Arms at the top of Whiteladies Rd, The Coach and Horses just round the corner and The Lansdown on Clifton Rd.
        Mad times set in a very different age.

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  2. Love the Haiku, but I never managed a pub. My father however managed a few pubs in London many years back.

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