Norway June 2013

Our first cruise holiday, joining up with Coral and William on the MSC Opera on an all inclusive trip sailing up the Norwegian coast. 7 nights aboard a gleaming aquatic hotel with 8 decks, half a dozen bars and lots of food to play with. We decided to break up the long journey with an overnight stay in Oxford, booking …

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Magic Weekend – Manchester 2013

For the second successive year me and big brother Harry set off on a glorious Saturday to watch Hull FC v Rovers at the Etihad stadium in Manchester. I’d booked us into a Travelodge a short walk away from Deansgate where we intended to go for a pre-match drink, and all we had to was navigate to a car park …

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Goodmanham Arms

I find if I try to say the name of this pub too quickly I tend to run on with the ‘ham’ and end up almost launching into the old Muppets theme tune (manamanam, der der… de de de), so I like to call it the Arms at Goodmanham instead. A popular place with Good Beer Guide voters, the Arms …

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Lodge Cafe Bar

Another addition to the steadily growing Newland Avenue scene, Lodge is not surprisingly a cafe bar. Built upon the premises of an old Heron’s frozen food shop, this new bar is very tidy if a little stark in design; it could do with some soft furnishings to break up the sharp edges. The fixtures and fittings are to a very …

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Pearson’s Bar

Formerly the Old Zoological, Pearson’s Bar is a new venture from the owners of Garbutt’s, also on Princes Ave. First impression is that the bar has had a radical makeover from its new owners. The Zoo had become pretty grotty over the years and this fresh new look is certainly pleasing on the eye. There has been a portion of …

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Harry’s 65th at Doncaster

It had taken a lot of planning to get this trip organised, nephew Paul was determined to get most of the family to Doncaster races on Saturday 23rd for his dad’s 65th birthday treat. But Harry wasn’t to know that we were all coming. A clandestine gathering of the clan. Initially I didn’t want to go, I’m not a fan …

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Stinky Smokers

As I walked past a supermarket today, I saw a youn man stood outside smoking. I could smell the acrid stench from quite some distance away. It always amazes me why some people are stupid enough to want to subject themselves to an addictive and dangerous concoction of drugs which makes them, their clothing, and everything around them smell like …

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African Aid

So, it’s that time of the year when red nose campaigners are asking us all to dig deep into our pockets to give money for charities in Africa (again). What is it with Africa? Why is this huge continent, the supposed ‘birthplace of the human race’ in such a pathetic state that its people are not capable of looking after …

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Battle of the Brewers

Date: Friday 1st March Venue: New Inn, Leven, East Yorkshire In the Green Corner: Great Newsome Brewery In the Blue Corner: Brass Castle Brewery Meet the brewer nights in pubs are nothing new, in fact they’re getting quite popular, but this was the first time I’d come across an evening with two breweries, challenging for the right have their most …

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CAMRA Pub of the Year Trip 2013

As active CAMRA members (CAMpaign for Real Ale) Jill and I sometimes enjoy trips out with the local branch. Here is an account of the Pub of the Year trip we went on in March 2013. Is it really a whole year since we last did this? A cold Sunday morning, Jill, me and Phil Birtles waited at Cross Keys …

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