My first memory of Silver Service was eating breakfast in a train carriage on a train from Dublin to Cork. I must have been at least eight and I think I just drank the Claret that morning. Seriously. There we were tucking into a 'full Irish' and drinking copious amounts of coffee out of china cups on a Irish linen table cloth. All the waiters and waitresses looked immaculate in their very smart uniforms. They could not do enough for the passengers that very morn. It was so so different to the modern trains that now serve your caffeine ration in a polystyrene cup and say:
"How do you like your coffee sir?"
"Is it one lump or three?"
Suddenly our train ("choo, choo") came to a screeching and shuddering halt. Our 'Dining Carriage' was a right picture and all the neatly set tables decided to have a disco without any music. It was like a scene from a Greek restaurant when they start smashing the plates. Passengers screamed and wore faces of horror and shock.
Anyway to cut a long story long? We all waited to hear what had happened and how many fatalities were there? After a pregnant (Elephants pregnancy) pause of at least ten minutes. A train guard walked along the line (it was a diesel train) and informed us that a maiden heifer had decided to stroll along the line;
"To be sure to God. Nobody would want to hurt such a fine creature. So we decided to stop the train.".
Any way. That is my first memories of Silver Service. Today it is very difficult to find. Especially those lasses dressed in the French maids outfits -sigh!
I do think those Indian (Bengali?) restaurants with the tables in a separate booth are brilliant and the waiters manners are impeccable. I also like those metal lemon squeezers that they give you to use. Hands up if you have friends (even yourself) who always have to take one home with them?
While we are on the subject. Who invented Formica? I thought he played in the Premiership.
Did I see you laugh then? Why can't we go back to 1950's with branch railways and Silver Service Restaurants and Cafeterias?
Who invented: Self Service? Why don't we have bus conductors any more? The powers that be are always finding ways of cutting jobs. I think if we got rid of Self Service and brought back Silver Service, we would create a few jobs. Don't you?
Any thoughts dear readers?
Anybody think they should bring back bus conductors? We'll have to get a bus service here in rural Ireland first.