Every builder in the land Libby, every builder in the landSeptember 28, 2020 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch19 CommentsWho, even 30 years ago, would have thought it usual to go out from home to a café for breakfast? previousThe plumber’s coming in a monthnextWhat was it they said about exams? 19 thoughts on “Every builder in the land Libby, every builder in the land” John B September 28, 2020 at 9:50 am London cabbies, anyone with an early shift. Rowdy September 28, 2020 at 9:52 am What the hell kind of lives do these people lead that they’re so ignorant? Itellyounothing September 28, 2020 at 10:12 am No wonder circulation is down. How do you even submit a news article for publication with your head this far up your own back end….. Gamecock September 28, 2020 at 10:17 am Does she still weep for buggy whip makers? JuliaM September 28, 2020 at 10:40 am Why did she think they opened early? David September 28, 2020 at 10:44 am McDonalds was selling breakfasts in 1989 if not before. Bloke in North Dorset September 28, 2020 at 11:10 am It’s not a bad article and she makes some good points about entrepreneurship in times of troubles. bob the builder September 28, 2020 at 11:27 am You had me puzzled for a moment until I realised you meant second breakfast RichardT September 28, 2020 at 11:30 am She must mean the sort of breakfast that includes avocado? Presumably neither she nor any of her friends would ever go into the sort of greasy spoon caff that has been serving fried breakfasts since, what, at least the 1950s (if not earlier). Tim Worstall September 28, 2020 at 11:31 am It was one of the things I really liked about Hungary when I went there in 1989. A whole country that grasped the concept of first and second breakfast. Tea and a piece of toast at home. Get to work, hour or two of work, then proper bfast of eggs, ham etc. DocBud September 28, 2020 at 11:36 am MrsBud and I will be 40 years married next month, when we I headed oop North in 1978 and we met, Redbecks Cafe near Wakefield was a well established institution and its still going strong, tradies, truckers, miners used to go there for a full English. One of MrsBud’s brother used to work on a milk float as a schoolboy and used to have breakfast there everyday. https://redbeckmotel.co.uk/ MrVeryAngry September 28, 2020 at 12:31 pm Me. In my hippy days as van driver in the NE, breakfast in the caff was de riguer. Follow the NCB trucks for the best caff was always good advice. Of course in those days NCB stood for No C***s Bothered… Bernie G. September 28, 2020 at 1:02 pm All the builders I know were at work every morning by eight. Come half-ten they retired to the café for breakfast, their main meal of the day (paid for by the foreman). At five everyone was in the pub and, if lucky, a take away the back of seven on their way home. MC September 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm Farmers likewise tend to grab a bite first thing and then settle in for a proper breakfast after milking or other sparrowfart tasks. Or if you weren’t able to get back home for that, take something out with you for ‘baggin’ as it was known down our way. A good mate of my father’s, who worked for him on the farm, later became a truck driver and took me and my sis all over the country, with one of the highlights being the breakfasts in various caffs, although we were never quite up to the various trucker’s specials… bloke in spain September 28, 2020 at 1:52 pm When I worked in the City I’d always have a full breakfast in one of those tucked away canteen palaces the messengers used to favour. Prompted as much by the unreliability of public transport, as anything else. The market opened at 9:30 & one was expected to be there. No excuses excepted. So allowing 45 minutes or so of margin was essential. And of course lunch was more of a theory than a condition of employment. If it was busy, you might grab a sandwich after 3:30 if you were lucky. Conversely, if it was slack, sliding off to Birch’s, Ira’s or the Hole for a nourishing G&T was always possible. So second, third, fourth & possibly fifth breakfasts could be attempted. bloke in spain September 28, 2020 at 2:04 pm “palaces”? HTF “palaces”? Places. The Meissen Bison September 28, 2020 at 3:27 pm Come to that, BiS, “excepted”? jgh September 28, 2020 at 3:50 pm Ditto when I lived in HK. Leave home, brekky in a MacD or MacSims*, off to first call of the day. Pick up lunch on way to the office afterwards. *in joke MC September 28, 2020 at 3:52 pm I like the concept of a canteen palace! Of course there is a MacSims Palace in HK… Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.