Just wondered what you think of the way our pubs are being transformed by EU cultures. I have been in French and other restaurants where,when you have a meal the table is yours for as long as you want to sit,as a rule. Yesterday in a Weatherspoon pub,at the next table,three Polish people sat with a of cups of coffee for nearly 90 minutes talking, whilst other people arriving to eat could not find a table. Eventually the manager asked them to give room to others and was given the reply,in wonder,that they had paid for the table! The Manager,frightened of the Human rights thing left them to it. I have no problem with Polish or any others but I wondered if we are heading for a European type of drinking. On the Brave Swordsman we used to do a runner to Jersey often to get duty free top up,once the skipper had a parcel to get there and thought it would be better if he delivered, it so off we went!It was a great run ashore then,rousing pubs,pussy galore,a great place to “marinade your meat” I went back two years ago for the first time and it's all French/Italian eat out side type of culture. I stand at the bar and rarely eat in pubs so it it matters not a great deal to me but I just wondered is it for the better or the worse? If it's happening here in the Borders what are the town pubs like? BTW there is no racist comment here,just a question.