George and Dragon (1)
Sitting by the fire in the George and Dragon with with my new ‘mates’, one mentioned a regular they called ‘Prozac’. I was amused, and wondered aloud at the mood-altering effects of the absent ‘Prozac’.
“Yes,” they said, “quite different in temperament from ‘Viagra’. And they call him that to his face. I once heard someone call out to him as he was leaving ‘Bye, Viagra’, not realising the effect they would have on diners at the adjacent table, where a lady dropped her fork.”
"Then there is 'Basher', of course."
"I wonder," I mused "if I have seen Basher". "Oh, you would know him if you saw him, ― but he has been banned from most pubs now."
John and Andy go back a bit; both retired, but both graduates of Chelsea College, one in geology, the other in physics.
A minute later, when someone mentioned ‘Posh Pete’, I laughed out loud and wondered what they called me behind my back. No hint from Andy, just a wisp of a smile. I would not object to 'Prof', which I occasionally heard in Thrussington.