- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2006

The Rover has now achieved a measure of infamy in Merseyside. A reporter for the Guardian apparently read his missive on the squalor of the Adelphi Hotel and Liverpool in general and responded yesterday with the following bit in the tabloid:

“By all means call it as you see it, Barker, but remember, they know where you live.”

The British are coming. The British are coming.

Well, we all know how that worked out the first time.

In the Rover’s defense, a multipart documentary on the Adelphi entitled “Hotel” aired on the BBC in 1997 and exposed the once-grand hotel’s substantial decline. Of course, the Guardian piece failed to reference “Hotel” in its defense of the “world-famous” Adelphi.

mThursday’s after-hours events included a “conversation” with Jess and Carl, the semi-famous pair who has had the first drink of the Open Championship in the R&A; tent for seven years running. The dynamic duo from Oxford clicked their first pints at 10:01 a.m. in the R&A; tent on Thursday and were still at it 15 hours later at Eskimo, a chic Hoylake pub. By 1 a.m., neither man could stand nor speak, at least not English. But to their credit and the Rover’s mystification, they were still bravely attempting both.

Barker Davis

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