Monthly Archives: November 2008

>Wuthering Pints

> Lost on the moors high above Swaledale, is the Tan Hill Inn – at 1,732ft above sea level, the UK’s highest – and it’s up for sale. Despite being also one of the remotest pubs anywhere in the country, … Continue reading

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>Another One Bites The Dust

> Marcon’s – about the only interesting shop left in Stratford – has closed. It only sold bin-end carpets but I liked its tatty signwritten frontage. Walking past when the door was open, you were immediately hit with a smell … Continue reading

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>Same Same

>I’ve banged on about Landlord and the Timothy Taylor Brewery before on this blog. An undrunk bottle of Taylor’s beer is a rare thing indeed – and what prompted this post was a mate’s text saying he’d just finished off … Continue reading

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>Proud Mary

> Just over the back wall of the Birkbeck’s pleasant beer garden is St Patrick’s cemetery. Here you can find the sad little grave of Mary Kelly. She was the last known victim of Jack The Ripper – killed at … Continue reading

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>Slight Return

> We’re lucky enough to have two nearby Tube stations – Leyton and Leytonstone. By far the most pleasant one to walk to is Leytonstone, but Leyton is a bit nearer. If I’m running late, this is where I head … Continue reading

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>Only On A Monday

> Pictured here is Conan Nicholas, a regular at Soho’s French House. Sadly, he died a week or so ago after a short illness, aged 93. He claimed never to have eaten meat in his life (“filthy stuff”) and would … Continue reading

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>Wit and Heartbreak

> The end sequence from Richard Attenborough’s adaption of Oh! What A Lovely War And when they ask us / How dangerous it wasOh we’ll never tell them / No we’ll never tell themWe spent our pay in some cafĂ© … Continue reading

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>Scarborough Mon Amour

> Scarborough seems to have survived the decline of the English seaside reasonably well. Although the drag of Eastborough is run down, and on our last trip rolling with drunks at sunday lunchtime, it’s still mostly a handsome town with … Continue reading

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>Last Orders

> On tuesday night I went to a book launch party. I haven’t been to one for a couple of years, but normally they involve standing in a big white room drinking lukewarm bottles of whatever the latest lager du … Continue reading

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