Michael Duffy

Guantanamera

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Posted on 10:44am Friday 30th September 2011

On a balmy September evening in 2007 I was in Paris with 20,000 other Scots for one of our nations proudest sporting moments when we beat a French team that the year before had been watched by billions in the final of the 2006 World Cup To the tune of the traditional Cuban folk song `Guantanamera` we serenaded our French hosts with our own lyrics “ Deep fry yer croissants, we`re gonnae deep fry yer croissants”

Michael Duffy

With The Beatles

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Posted on 10:45pm Friday 12th August 2011

‘What can I get you John ?’ ‘ Eh, the names Phil and I’ll have a diet coke please ’ replied John, sorry I mean Phil.

Michael Duffy

No such thing as a simple coffee

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Posted on 3:50pm Tuesday 2nd August 2011

After several days of hobbling around with a swollen leg I was finally nagged into promising to visit a doctor.

Michael Duffy

Things don’t necessarily go better with Coca Cola

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Posted on 9:30am Thursday 21st July 2011

At The Three Crowns we sell Coca Cola both full fat and the skinny variety. We sell it because our customers ask for it and like it; I could save a couple of grand a year by switching to the other team and even more by siding with Mr Branson but would our customers like it?

Michael Duffy

Do you want ice in it ?

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Posted on 10:01pm Saturday 19th February 2011

At the tail end of last year our 6 year old ice maker gave up the ghost and decided to go to the great scrap heap in the sky, my footballing mate Bill Samways who knows a bit about electrical things ( they named Samways Electrical Services after him) had been and had a poke around and pronounced it as beyond repair.

Michael Duffy

Revenge of the Vikings

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Posted on 11:44pm Thursday 9th December 2010

I had only been to Norway once before, September 2005, to see Scotland beat Norway 2-1 and effectively end their chances of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup.

Michael Duffy

Flying Ryanair

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Posted on 11:13pm Friday 3rd December 2010

A lot of people knock budget airlines but let me ask you, given the choice between a day trip to Brighton or a weekend in Oslo which would you rather invest £32.99 in ?

Michael Duffy

How The Ryder Cup was won part 4

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Posted on 9:44pm Thursday 30th September 2010

By Spring 2001 all bids had been submitted and we were in limbo concentrating on running the hotel which had taken off beyond all expectations and preparing for The Wales Open which was due to be staged at the beginning of August.

Michael Duffy

How the Ryder Cup was won part 3

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Posted on 5:44pm Tuesday 28th September 2010

As 2000 progressed the guidelines for the bid started to change somewhat as I suspect the decision makers came to value what the impact of hosting The Ryder Cup meant to both the host nation and the host venue

Michael Duffy

How The Ryder Cup Was Won- Part 2

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Posted on 10:07pm Saturday 25th September 2010

By late Spring 2000 we were preparing for our first test, by staging the inaugural Wales Open with a field of 168 golfers, £1.25 million prize money and big names including Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam & Sam Torrance.

Michael Duffy

How The Ryder Cup Was Won

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Posted on 10:43pm Friday 24th September 2010

Next week something like a billion people will watch The Ryder Cup being played between USA & Europe at Celtic Manor near Newport in South Wales.

Michael Duffy

Little darling it feels like days since it's been here

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Posted on 10:32pm Tuesday 10th August 2010

It was a sunny day in early May when a small delegation from The Harrow Apollo Male Choir visited The Three Crowns with a view to booking their annual barbecue.

Michael Duffy

The future is Octopus shaped

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Posted on 4:38pm Sunday 11th July 2010

For those of you paying attention you`ve probably noticed that I`m not to be trusted when it comes to making predictions on the outcome of major sporting events, in my last report to the nation I forecast that England would overcome Germany

Michael Duffy

If you`re looking for an omen

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Posted on 11:52pm Saturday 26th June 2010

“What are you doing next weekend Mr President? “ Asked Colin of Bushey & Oxhey Round Table to their newly appointed Honorary President.

Michael Duffy

The Small Pleasures in Life

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Posted on 11:26pm Saturday 15th May 2010

I like to read and one of my small pleasures in life is a visit to my local library to choose a few books and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet reading all the newspapers in the quiet zone.

Michael Duffy

The Future is Pineapple Shaped

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Posted on 5:49pm Tuesday 20th April 2010

The Icelandic volcano has resulted in a few faces being on the missing list this week

Michael Duffy

A tale of Two Armies

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Posted on 12:50pm Sunday 18th April 2010

Thankfully the sun shone yesterday as we hosted 2 parties en route to the Saracens game at Wembley

Michael Duffy

Keeping up with technology

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Posted on 4:26pm Monday 22nd March 2010

Before I bought The Three Crowns I worked for a Welsh billionaire, Sir Terry Matthews, at his country house hotel just over the Severn Bridge.

Michael Duffy

Tonight I am mainly eating salmon

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Posted on 9:55pm Sunday 14th March 2010

The end of a busy weekend with Saturday night packed out with a hen party alongside a family celebrating a 90th and all topped off with Bushey Symphony Orchestra and what seemed to be half of their audience following their concert down the road at Bushey Hall.

Michael Duffy

O Level Arithmetic

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Posted on 11:56pm Friday 12th March 2010

It took me 3 years to get my O Level Arithmetic ( down here you call them GCSE`s ), it`s not that I couldn`t do it, just that the exam was always 30 minutes too short

Michael Duffy

Beaten by the Welsh again

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Posted on 7:18pm Monday 1st March 2010

For the second time in a fortnight my hopes have been dashed by the Welsh.

Michael Duffy

Breaking with tradition part 2.

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Posted on 1:51pm Wednesday 10th February 2010

This weekend we will be open as usual for lunch & dinner on Friday and Saturday and for Sunday Lunch from noon to 5.

Michael Duffy

Breaking with tradition

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Posted on 5:46pm Monday 1st February 2010

Our Burns Supper at The Three Crowns was held on Saturday and I broke slightly with tradition.

Michael Duffy

No need to apologise

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Posted on 5:09pm Monday 9th November 2009

How often do you find yourself paying for something in a shop or pub with an apology along the lines of “ Sorry, do you mind if I get rid of all this change…” ?

Michael Duffy

Memories of Wednesdays

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Posted on 12:14am Saturday 24th October 2009

A good result tonight, perhaps Watford should play all their games on a Friday night ?

Michael Duffy

It`s time to forgive Ant & Dec

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Posted on 4:58pm Saturday 3rd October 2009

We publicans & restaurateurs have for want of a better phrase a wind down zone.It`s usually gone midnight when I lock up and I`m just not ready for bed, well who else finishes work and goes straight to bed ?

Michael Duffy

Puttin` on the Blitz

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Posted on 9:46pm Thursday 1st October 2009

Following words of wisdom

Memories of Michael

Posted on 11:58am Friday 26th June 2009

1988 the summer of Michael Jacksons` World Tour and he and his entourage were staying at The May Fair Hotel just off Berkeley Square in London

Michael Duffy

30 Years Ago Today - England 3 Scotland 1

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Posted on 11:35pm Tuesday 26th May 2009

Along with 90,000 other Jocks I made the bi-annual pilgrimage to Wembley on this day 30 years ago.

Michael Duffy

Recycling Old News

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Posted on 4:04pm Saturday 9th May 2009

Pub Landlord talks rubbish

Michael Duffy

Just another month

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Posted on 11:50am Friday 3rd April 2009

Our 6 foot 4 cardboard cut out Lawrence had his day out with the lads at Twickenham for The Calcutta Cup, Colin failed in his allocated duty to dress him in a kilt, I couldn`t find the ginger “Jimmy” hat I was going to put on him so he had to settle for a tartan scarf.

Michael Duffy

Minding our Q`s & Q`s

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Posted on 5:58pm Wednesday 4th March 2009

So we Brits understand how to queue and, with experience how to manage queues and all whilst remaining upright citizens and law abiding members of the community

Michael Duffy

Government announces day of lurrve

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Posted on 11:28am Wednesday 11th February 2009

Men all over the country are taken by surprise

Michael Duffy

Mr Burns comes to Bushey

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Posted on 10:57am Sunday 1st February 2009

Another typical week with visits from Rabbie & big Loz

Michael Duffy

Great Britain re-invents great customer service

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Posted on 3:25pm Saturday 17th January 2009

It`s at times like these that corporate Britain rediscovers its love for you and I – the customer.

Michael Duffy

In praise of the 99p Pint

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Posted on 11:34am Wednesday 7th January 2009

Sorry but this one`s not for binge drinkers

Michael Duffy

Smoke gets in your eyes

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Posted on 2:14pm Saturday 27th December 2008

My daily efforts to make the world a cleaner place

Michael Duffy

Please be gentle..

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Posted on 2:44am Friday 19th December 2008

Do something radical this week.....talk to a friend

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