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Labas Burnley – a taste of Lithuania in Lancashire


P1030610A new Lithuanian restaurant has opened in Burnley, Lancashire – Baltic Homelands.P1030606

P1030609I read about it in a magazine when I was in another cosmopolitan restaurant in town, the Portuguese one called Bobbins.

As regular visitors to Lithuania over the last 10 years my friend Terry and I decided we had to pay it a visit, if only to refresh ourselves with some Švyturys beer.

So after having a coffee in award-winning coffee shop Bellissimo round the corner we went for some lunch.

We were made very welcome and despite my rusty Lithuanian (it’s been almost two years since I last went to Lithuania) it was nice to hear it spoken again and on the radio in the background.

P1030608There is a comprehensive menu in Lithuanian and English with all the food we were familiar with from Lithuania including Cepelinai (dumplings shaped like and named after Zeppelins but officially re-named –…

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Rock band on tour t-shirt

DSCF1136Shopping in the Europa Centre in Vilnius I spotted this t-shirt advertising a 1978 rock tour by the Riot Starters (not sure if it’s a real group or an X-box thing).

What caught my eye was the tour itinerary of UK towns. Big cities like Liverpool, Newcastle, London, Southampton, Northampton, Norwich, Manchester, Torquay, Dover and … Burnley!

Burnley is a small town in Lancashire in the North-West of England. It’s a former industrial/cotton town, run-down and with unemployment problems. And where I was born!

Sadly it did have race riots in 2001, along with Oldham and Bradford.

Maybe the designer just stuck a pin in a map of the UK.