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A talk by Alistair Houghton given at Ignite Liverpool 15th April 2010.

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  1. 1. Wimpycrawling <ul><li>Or: Free your mind, and your gut will follow </li></ul>
  2. 2. My Wimpy Odyssey
  3. 3. Wimpy, Retford, Nottinghamshire <ul><li>Not just for burgers – as you’ll see from the sandwich board, you can walk through the restaurant and go upstairs to find Ricky’s Exclusive schoolwear store </li></ul>
  4. 4. Wimpy Dumfries (closed) Note our Queens Park away shirts to mark the end of our Wimpy crawl – possibly the most Scottish shirts in the universe
  5. 5. Wimpycrawl Scotland ‘07 <ul><li>Portobello (Edinburgh) </li></ul><ul><li>Kirkcaldy </li></ul><ul><li>Dundee </li></ul><ul><li>Arbroath </li></ul><ul><li>Aberdeen </li></ul><ul><li>Peterhead </li></ul><ul><li>Fraserburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Dingwall </li></ul><ul><li>Kilmarnock </li></ul><ul><li>Largs </li></ul><ul><li>Johnstone </li></ul><ul><li>Motherwell </li></ul><ul><li>Annandale </li></ul><ul><li>Dumfries (closed) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Me and Stu at Wimpy in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire <ul><li>A picture paints a thousand words </li></ul>
  7. 7. One we missed… Last year we discovered there was a Wimpy in Motherwell that hadn’t appeared on the Wimpy website in 2007. We couldn’t let that lie
  8. 8. Classic “table service” Wimpy, Dingwall* <ul><li>* Technically, we’re not being served here, just messing around with our new Mr Wimpy puppets </li></ul>
  9. 9. Mr Wimpy: A life in burgers <ul><li>1954: Founded by J Lyons & Co </li></ul><ul><li>1967: Opened in South Africa in 1967 </li></ul><ul><li>1977: UK arm bought by United Biscuits </li></ul><ul><li>Late 70s: Counter service launched to rival M* D****** </li></ul><ul><li>1989: Grand Metropolitan takes over and converts most Wimpies to B***** K***s </li></ul><ul><li>1990: Management buyout of survivors </li></ul>
  10. 10. Wimpy Manchester: Then and now
  11. 11. The dessert selection at Wimpy, Birkenhead <ul><li>Deliciously tempting. What I’d really wanted was a classic banana longboat, but they “didn’t have any bananas” </li></ul>
  12. 12. The interior of Birkenhead Wimpy <ul><li>Even if they do “Brick up the Mersey Tunnels”, you’ll still be able to get a Wimpy in Wirral </li></ul>
  13. 13. Exploring new places For some reason, I took lots of pictures of derelict buildings on this trip. But Fraserburgh is actually a fascinating, if rough-edged, old port. And the largely unexplored coastline between it and Inverness is beautiful
  14. 14. The Mr Wimpy play area upstairs at Wimpy Dingwall, Scotland <ul><li>The mysterious pink elephant – I like to think it’s an Effervescing Elephant, as in the Syd Barrett song. I could just Google its real name, but that would spoil the fun </li></ul>
  15. 15. The joys of Halton Lea
  16. 16. Wimpy, Nottingham <ul><li>We asked the waiter to take this picture. His reaction: “Are you students?” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Dining al fresco in Mansfield <ul><li>It wasn’t really the weather for it, but who can resist an outdoor Wimpy? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Wimpy on the move Today Wimpy also boasts several sites at motorway service stations – counter service only, though. This is how they promote the Annandale Services eatery, near Dumfries
  19. 19. Wimpy as work of art <ul><li>At another university reunion, this time in Clapham Junction Wimpy, I spotted this local map tile. It won’t surprise you to learn I made this picture into a T-shirt </li></ul>
  20. 20. Get out there and explore … and don’t forget to have a Wimpy Quarterpounder