Monthly Archives: November 2010

>Eastern Promise

>Some pictures from a foot-stampingly cold tour around part of the Olympic site’s perimeter on the Stratford/Bow frontier. It doesn’t look it, but Europe’s biggest building site is nearly finished, ahead of schedule and under budget. I’ve not always been … Continue reading

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>My first visit to London was in 1981, on a school trip to see England Schoolboys play their Irish counterparts at a disappointingly shabby Wembley. After a fish-and-chip tea we were taken to see Airplane! at the Curzon on Shaftesbury … Continue reading

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>Rail Ale

>Never thought I’d look forward to visiting a pub near a train station. Finally got to the Euston Tap for a late-afternoon visit on monday. At first, the place was empty, except for an extremely posh young man who appeared … Continue reading

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>Slight Return

> Well, whaddya know? Rumours have been circulating for months, but it looks like Piaggio really are going to start manufacturing the much-loved and much-missed Vespa PX again, in all its air-cooled, manual-gearboxed glory. The last PXs were made by … Continue reading

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>Playing The ‘Spoons

>I’ve been offered some bad pints in my time, and i’ve even had to bat off the infamous “It’s meant to taste like that” cliché on a couple of occasions. But this is the worst example yet, encountered last friday … Continue reading

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>David Vs Goliath Vs Valuev

>This is one of Marks And Spencers British beer range; Yorkshire Bitter. Not a bad drop – bottle conditioned, a chewy, fruity mouthful. It’s made for M&S by Cropton, currently undergoing legal proddings from eccentric Tadcaster brewer Samuel Smith. I … Continue reading

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>Ghentish Town

>One of the many things I like about Belgium is that the towns there are so photogentically grungy once you wander off the tourist offices’ map. Central Brussels and Ghent feel like cities as lived by their citizens. Graffiti, litter … Continue reading

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>Central Keighley must be one of the few places to escape the decimation of its pubs. In recent years the town has permanently lost the Eastwood Tavern, The Masons Arms and The Market Arms – and that’s about it, although … Continue reading

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>The Lion Thing

>According to dismal hysteria-sheet the Waltham Forest Guardian, Leytonstone’s best-known deceased pub Zulus will indeed reopen as the Red Lion, as I speculated a few weeks back. A bit later than expected, though – “february at the earliest” according to … Continue reading

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