Homeless Andy and his can of Fosters

Rather tenuous link to cricket this, but bear with me (and the original writer). It raised a smile:

“No we don’t open until 11:30 I’m afraid,” the doorman said. “As far as I know there are no plans to open any earlier – just as well, really, I can only drink so much!”, he joked.

If upmarket was the wrong direction, maybe downmarket was the answer. Just a short walk from the Ritz I finally found a place to catch the game with a beer.

Andy, a homeless man in his 40s, was enjoying the match on the widescreen TV in the window of the Trocadero, Shaftesbury Avenue.

His can of Fosters, he explained kindly, came from the local Spar store on Haymarket – open from 8am every morning.

So, stood in the drizzle, one can for me and one for Andy as a thank you for the tip, we caught the highlights of the day on Sky.

“I think we got best seat in house”, Andy said.

I’ll drink to that.

I’ve watched cricket, and attempted to, in some funny ways – (lugging ancient LW radio up hills, waving mobile phones desperately in the air to find reception) – but never this. Yet!

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