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What shall we do with the Jolly Sailor

Chris Copping's 'Something Magic' attire explained


Thanks to Axel Leonhardt for explaining Chris Copping's 'Sailor' tee-shirt on the inner sleeve of the Something Magic album (full picture here; image   Jay Rosenblatt): amazing that a Dane should have intimate knowledge of particular English pubs ... or is it?


Since we are now into the garments worn by the band members I would like to take up the next-in-line on the Something Magic album:

Chris Copping has appropriately donned a tee-shirt from the 'Jolly Sailor' in Orford, Suffolk. Where and why he got hold of it we do not have to wonder but the 'Jolly Sailor' is well worth a visit. I have been there and enjoyed every minute of it.

The Good Pub Guide reads:
The straightforwardly-comfortable carpeted main bar of this waterside smugglers' inn is warmed in winter by a good solid-fuel stove, and has an uncommon spiral staircase in one corner. The pews in the small room beside it sit on flagstones that in the days before tarmac were part of the street, and indeed much of the pub is 'second hand' in that sense, as it was built mainly from wrecked ships' timbers in the seventeenth century.

( ... ) The pub has some curious stuffed 'Chinese muff dogs', about the half size of a chihuahua. They are said to be Tudor, though no one really knows. Orford has always specialised in the odd: in the thirteenth century sailors from here netted a strange half-human hairy thing with a bald head that became famous as the Wild Man of Orford. The pub is just by the quay on the River Ore, separated by the long strip of Orford Ness from the sea.'

Sound like the place you would find PH in those days, doesn't it?


See also explanation of Barrie Wilson's jacket


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