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PostPosted: 04-08-2006 22:57    Post subject: Ghost Waiter? Reply with quote

This is a bit of a non-event but may amuse Forteans! Two pals and myself were at an "eat all you like for a fiver" Chinese buffet at a modern restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown about a month ago. There is no waiter service as such at these events but waiters do pop over to fill your teapot with green tea and remove dirty plates so waiting staff do hover about in the dining-room. Well, one friend had excused himself to go to the loo, and myself and his partner were discussing wheter or not there might be ice cream available that day Very Happy . We both glanced towards the self-service area at the same time and both jumped. We agreed that we'd seen a faint but clear figure of a waiter (?) - a man in black trousers and white shirt - who had appeared briefly about five metres away, shimmered then vanished! And that was it, really. I suppose this may have been a spook, or maybe the astral projection of a bored waiter wishing he was in another part of the room with something to do? We just shrugged and carried on eating - wanted to make sure we got value for money! Laughing
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PostPosted: 04-08-2006 23:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised

By various abuses, among which the habitual use of such agents as green tea is one, this fluid may be affected as to its quality, but it is more frequently disturbed as to equilibrium. This fluid being that which we have in common with spirits, a congestion found on the masses of brain or nerve, connected with the interior sense, forms a surface unduly exposed, on which disembodied spirits may operate: communication is thus more or less effectually established.

Sheridan Le Fanu: Green Tea

http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/l/lefanu/green/
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PostPosted: 05-08-2006 00:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamesWhitehead wrote:
Surprised

By various abuses, among which the habitual use of such agents as green tea ...a congestion found on the masses of brain or nerve, connected with the interior sense, forms a surface unduly exposed, on which disembodied spirits may operate...

Sheridan Le Fanu: Green Tea

http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/l/lefanu/green/


Okay, anyone up for tracking the sales of green tea after that thought gets around! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 05-08-2006 13:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reckon James has been to that very restaurant Wink
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PostPosted: 05-08-2006 16:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

felixgarnet wrote:
I reckon James has been to that very restaurant Wink


Not that I know of but I think elisheva has a point: they have a unique-selling-point which is much sexier than boring old anti-oxidents.

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I think I spend far too long in Wing Yip. Smile

When I was a mere sprog, I read the Le Fanu tale. In those days you never saw Green Tea anywhere apart from specialist shops. I think when I did finally get to try it, I was a bit disappointed not to find a demonic monkey-type thing dogging my steps.

Now Felix has slightly reawakened the hope that it might still happen. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 08-08-2006 22:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I've been there too
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PostPosted: 21-01-2014 15:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

We should have an excursion to that buffet. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 21-01-2014 20:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

escargot1 wrote:
We should have an excursion to that buffet. Very Happy


If the waiter shimmers out of existence do we still have to tip him?
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PostPosted: 21-01-2014 21:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds like the international buffet on nicholas street, its been there forever ... but there are no doubt others
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PostPosted: 21-01-2014 22:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the Grand Buffet near the Cornerhouse. Haven't seen any ghosts there. They've probably been eaten. Laughing
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