@voodoo after about 5 years, I’m back in the pool. What a shock to the system! It’s a 50m outdoor pool; swimming on the weekend it was a balmy 3 degrees outside here in London. Luckily the water temp is 21 degrees. Finding it all v therapeutic and can see why I used to enjoy it so much. Got talking to a guy in my lane who had swum Lake Taupo (40 odd km) and Lake Geneva (70km). Insane but quite inspiring!
Swimming in 3 degrees sounds horrific! Good work though!
@dogmeat yeah, plenty of evidence of the bombing around the place. Big bomb shells being used as fences, decorations, structural supports, canoes... Fucking absurd amount of bombing... In a "covert operation".
And the MAGS and Halo chaps around the place dealing with the XPO... a 500lb bomb had been discovered in the middle of the town we stayed at three days ago... guys at the hotel were figuring out what to do with it. It's messed up stuff.
Did some pretty out there track a couple of days ago, where I definitely wasn't going to stray even 30cm off the track to take a piss...
As another aside, I’m worried Wales will ditch their coach by the end of the year - and Razor will be on his way to get the ‘required’ international experience. Leaving us stuck with Foster or A N Other coach not contracted until RWC
That is the most depressing thing that has happened today, and I have literally just come home from a funeral.
@voodoo Might be better down there. Had an email about QT today as well and they are hopeful of some good snow fall this week. How many lifts operate will be interesting.
*We’re stoked to be back on the mountains and gearing up for opening Coronet Peak on June 26 and The Remarkables on July 4. Work on the new Sugar Chairlift is charging ahead and we’re getting pretty excited with the forecast for early next week!
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A good friend of mine is part of the set up at St Austell and we were talking about how the beer had improved (it was truly awful at one point). He told me that this was down to a new head brewer following retirement of the former HB. The previous one had been there man and boy but couldn't brew beer to save his life. They are very loyal employers.
That's rather like Youngs before and after they moved brewing to Bedford. I liked the head brewer, but Ram Brewery was Dickensian.
Were brewing at Eagle for six months before they told CAMRA, etc.. In mean time were many reports of beer being on good form!
Was never the same after they cleaned up the Thames and the Wandle.
Clean? The Wandle isn’t too toxic but the Thames is only “cleaner” not clean.
The ex head brewer at Young’s is now the owner/ brewer of Wimbledon Brewery. His Autumn Ale is lovely. Had a great evening with him one night at a Young’s Pub.
What shocks me is that Young’s have renamed their standard Bitter. I was usually a Special drinker but I did like an “Ordinary “ from time to time.
These things are relative of course. Back along if you fell in the Thames the odds were on you dying of poison before you could drown.
I always favoured a pint of mixed. We have a couple of Youngs pubs down here and I get met with blank looks when asking for same. It is particularly galling having to explain the concept at every round that is purchased - even in the same session.
Mixed or Ram and Special are pretty standard orders in the Young’s pubs I frequented.
For a brief period there was strong rumour that bottled Ram Rod was Special!
Ordinary, Spesh and RR all all pretty much the same just brewed out to different ABVs
Always enjoy Winter Warmer when the cold sets in. Did you have any particular Youngs haunts?
Our local was a Youngs (Hand in Hand - Wimbledon) and as the best dog pub in London the place was often more like the dogs taking their owners out.
Our 'weekend away day local' was also a Youngs. The Dolphin in Betchworth. We would often go for a walk or ride in the Surrey Hills and spend the afternoon by the fire chatting to the locals there. Good setup with friendly folk. The best thing was timing a walk from the pub on a Sunday morning through the nearby farmland on a loop to Brockham and back arriving just as the door was being opened as the first pints pulled.
Lots of Youngs pubs in Wimbledon actually H&H, Crooked Billet, Rose and Crown, Dog and Fox, The Alexandra. Youngs has a good relationship with the AELTC so during the tennis each of those gets some sort of boost (D&F is the players drinking spot, R&C get minor official dinners, H&H do the lunches for the parking attendants) That parking lunch gig turns over £1,600 a day for 3 weeks during a quiet time of the day.
It really is the biggest thing I miss about living over there and would often make up for the crap aspects.
Edit: a painting of the H&H by the head barman that they presented us with on our last night. (Must have spent a lot 😉 )
Sunday arvo's in a English Garden bar always seems better than a NZ garden bar. I don't know why.
When I was in London last year, my brother picked me up from Airport and I was shattered but we went to a pub on top of a hill for a sandwich and a pint and I felt as though I had never left. My tiredness disappeared and I was just so happy and content.
Britain knows how to do pubs!
That grassy bit in front of the pub is part of the Wimbledon Common and along with the Crooked Billet two doors down this gets filled with deckchairs on a fine day with loads of people spilled out having a drink while the kids run around. An aspect of licensing in the UK that is good and would be seen here in NZ under our very restrictive policies. Turns having a beer into a long slow social get together rather than a 'let's get pissed session.
Up at Brewtown in Upper Hutt they have this ridiculous situation where, because areas for consumption must be strictly laid out and ring-fenced, you have these little pens outside where you can only drink the beer from one place. There are also signs that tell you that you can't take a sip while crossing the driveway to the designated piece of grass.
BTW the ale named 'Common' by Wimbledon Brewery is basically the same recipe as Youngs 'Ordinary'. It is the brewer's little joke