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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 11:29:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 11:36:48 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Over the years I've moved away from lager onto ale but occasionally I like a long cold one, so I'm really happy with the current trend for chilled draught I.P.A all the taste of beer but cold and lively. Greenwich Meantime Brewery do a great one on tap and bottled. And Butler, your BrewDog boys do a really good one, if just a little strong for a session beer.
Small, independent breweries are a definite plus for modern life.
I'm also really glad that some pubs are at last taking drinking and choice seriously, you don't always want a pint of wallop and a white wine for the lady. My mrs is quite partial to a gin and tonic with a squeeze of fresh lime, no problem these days and it's good to be able to get a pitcher of properly made Bloody Mary or a glass of chilled Prosecco. Nice to see some imported Bourbons and Vodkas making an appearance on the top shelves. Obviously we don't want our pubs too poncey but it's good to have a bit of choice, once in a while. So I'll vote for the pubs/ breweries that are willing to offer choice and professional barmanship without totally destroying the traditional pub as an antidote to the premise that modern life is rubbish.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 12:10:58 GMT
I'm with you there MC, when I'm out with my good lady we go for the poncey leather sofa bars that sell decent cocktails. More often than not they will serve quality lager like Estrella Damm or Kronenberg and if i'm in a beer mood, decent Scottish pubs will have bottles of Innes and Gunn.
My session IPA of choice is Deuchars, although I go to the Brewdog pub in the cowgate if i'm out with the lads, but like you, I couldn't drink Brewdog ales all night.
I do get a lot of pleasure from social drinking, and in my experience, big cities have drinking establishments to suit all personalities. I don't tend to get bladdered these days, my stomach can't take it any more, so I'm all for quality over quantity.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 12:24:32 GMT
A Deuchers brew i developed a fondness for was Blonde, a sort of real ale lager. They stopped selling it it in their own bleedin' social club though as i used to enjoy it when i went to the annual Blues Weekend there. Have only come across it in the Hotel at the British Open dtandard course in Carnoustie (bloody expensive it was in there too) and one other place the name and town/village of which escapes me.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 12:41:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 17:39:06 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Have you guys been into a WholeFoods store? They're American poncey health food superstores but if you like American foodstuffs they are well worth a visit. There is one in Giffnock, Fenwick Road, Glasgow (G46 6XN) and well worth a visit for American beers, air-dried T-bone steaks, Bison and various U.S. sauces, rubs and relishes. You can even blend your own mix of nut (peanut) butters! The bread and cheese stalls are really good but the pick n mix healthy eating boxes are completely overpriced. Certainly worth an hour or twos browsing but impossible to come out empty handed. The big one in London (on the site of the old Biba store) has a complete floor given over to a restaurant with various food-stalls selling Mexican, Pizzas, ice creams etc. yours might have these too.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 14:36:33 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
Modern life is great. I can now go into my favorite pubs and leave with my lungs in good shape and without my Afghan coat smelling like an ashtray. Independent breweries are making some of the best beer ever and jukeboxes are becoming less likely to contain anything by The Clash.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 14:44:16 GMT
Timmsy says:
Totally agree with you Red.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 15:26:06 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Lol! From what I remember ciggies smelt better than Afghan coats.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 15:27:55 GMT
Sounds interesting MC. I'll take a note of that and check it out next time i'm in weedgieland.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 16:23:31 GMT
nocheese says:
Butler - aforementioned Whole Foods also stock every variety of Brewdog, and at least three different Innes &Gunn beers.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 16:25:52 GMT
You can get Buffalo close to home Butler. Puddledub butchers must be close to you(Strathkinnes? I'll need to check) and they tend to take stalls at local farmers markets.. I like the taste but find it is seldom as tender as you would like when eating a steak. Burgers and bangers are braw though.

Pity Glasgow isn't nearer MCW, I'd at least like a look at this store but not likely to spend 5hours at the wheel foe thwe privilege. Not even for a nice bit of different cheese

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 17:23:30 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Peter, it's only a 18 hour flight via Paris!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 18:30:37 GMT
I've heard lots of good things about puddledub butchers, but never tried their stuff.
I've checked their website and they have a stall in my local high street once a month.
I've also looked at Giffnock which is near a relative I visit, so I have a couple of missions to plan.
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Posted on 20 Jan 2013 21:08:37 GMT
Get some good Cornish ale down your throats guys ;-)

Still drink lager on occasions, but love the ales!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 22:26:06 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Agreed Cornish, Tribute and Doom Bar are fine ales out of the tap but for a really nice cold beer I think Blandford's Badger First Gold served chilled takes some beating and at 4% is very, very drinkable.

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Posted on 21 Jan 2013 07:37:01 GMT
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Red Mosquito says:
During the whole of my school life (1963 to 1975) my schools, all located tup north, never closed once due to bad whether. 350 have closed in West Yorks this morning due to the snow. When I was a lad my older brother would use me as a sledge to ensure we both got the full benefit of our state education. I was just grateful for the company and I got to wear one of his gloves. These days, if the head teacher's Lexus 4x4 on board computer detects 10mm of the white stuff the whole of our education system stops. Modern life is great for children and teachers. Mmmmm. Just looked out of the window, think I'll have the day off.

Edit 610 schools closed in West Yorks

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 12:44:36 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
I remember my schools (in the midlands) occasionally closing for cold weather during the seventies, but it was usually because the heating had broken down rather than because of hazards involved in getting there.

I think there are quite a few reasons why schools are more likely to close in snow now. First, teachers tend to live further away from where they work (although at least two of the teachers at my middle school on the edge of Birmingham commuted from Hereford). Secondly, and probably more significantly, head teachers/governing bodies have rigid targets for absences. If a quarter of the kids don't get to school because of the snow, they have to be recorded as unauthorized absences and might trigger investigations and sanctions against the school from the local authority or Department for Education for excessive absences. If the head closes the school, no absences have to be recorded. Yet another example of how government targets invariably exacerbate the problems they were intended (by people who don't know anything about the services they're interfering in) to solve.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 16:13:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 16:18:56 GMT
It is the opportunities for litigation and claims against the schools that lead to this unfortunate situation, not the Head Teachers Lexus. If some kid gets sconed falling on ice in the school yard the solicitors are waiting in the wings.

If there is a shortfall in staffing numbers due to bad weather then there are issues of supervision, at the moment it is aorund 1 teacher to 30 kids, so a couple of teachers getting stuck leaves the rest to deal with numbers of folk who are grouped together in combinations that make teaching some practical subjects impossible. Instead of there being a working progressing school there is just crowd control for a day.

The above is another reason why they close.

A work colleague slipped and wrecked his knee on an icy step which gave him a wrecked knee for the rest of his life, genuinely, so you can imagine the opportunity this presents to those who actively seek compensation to fund a lifestyle.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 16:23:01 GMT
Another issue, which Gordons post reminded me about, is the practice of double booking patients in to clinics for appointments with specialists. If a specialist is double booked and running really far behind appointment times there is a significant chance that some/a lot of folk will drop out of the waiting area because of other issues(work, impatience, family arrangements etc.....) and rearrange their appointment. This shows up on the hospital stats as an appointment which the patient did not keep, thereby allowing the hospital to claim that they were meeting their targets without having to actually see the patients or do anything with them.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 16:25:35 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
I genuinely believe there are very few parents who would, perhaps, make their child a pariah for the sake of a couple of hundred quid and like so often in life, it is the fear of... rather than the reality of... that rules the day.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 16:35:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 18:23:02 GMT
You would be surprised at how low some folk stoop, and as for being a pariah, that is your value judgement on the issue of court garnered money. You would never consider doing it.

I remember talking to a girl who was boasting about how her wedding had already been paid for by money that she had got from two claims. I know of a guy who was in a car crash and has funded a life of drink and entertainment ever since he got the cash. Another girl seemed to make a claim every couple of years just to keep her account topped up, nothing big, just minor injuries. There are some folks who will apply for their kids to be "diagnosed" as ADHD, even though the kid is not, because they get extra benefits if there is some sort of medical issue in the family. There was a guy I heard about who broke his ankle playing football, so his mates helped him change his clothes, put him in a car, drove him around to a broken footpath that they knew about and he claimed he broke it there and sued the council. This is not considered to be an act worthy of becoming a pariah, but a badge of honour - "we beat the system etc...."

I am of course still talking about a minority, a minority who really are of the "shameless" variety.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 18:27:02 GMT
easytiger says:
Sorry for arriving late and full of jungle juice but you old b8stards in 60's started all this bol8x so it's no good whinging about it now. political correctness, mass immigration, welfare dependency: right on! Rights but no responsibilities: right on! Fingers getting confused now, Nite nite.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 18:56:01 GMT
All we wanted was freedom of expression; equality & fairness for all; love & respect for all mankind in a caring world that was not obsessed with the gaining of more wealth at the expense of others; the end to war & violence.

I have always considered that the more freedom there is in society, the more responsibility it places on the individuals. How we have ended up with a situation where so many want to abdicate responsibility for the state of their lives, continually blaming upbringing, social status, politicians is beyond me.

Whilst I have always considered society must look after the weak and vulnerable, far too many consider it their right to live of the state. I do consider the political system must shoulder some of the blame, and I pinpoint the Thatcher Era (with her dumb puppet partner Reagan) as to when this country really started to go into decline. The politics of avarice, market forces, and low inflation policy which was the basis of her dictatorial reign sowed the seeds which eventually created the environment of excessive greed which took us to the collapse of banks and the current financial situation.

Many of the ideals that developed in the 60s hold good today, indeed are still relevant, maybe even more so than they were 40-50 years ago. The trouble is the youngsters of today appear to take little interest in politics (in the broadest sense), but like so many are too occupied in chasing the $ & the £.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 19:15:28 GMT
easytiger says:
Good point. However I have always found it puzzling why her wish to dismantle the complete totalitarian welfare state in the name of self reliance and less government control came to be much maligned as avarice and greed. Also it was it was new labour who relinquished any control over the banking sector by ending its regulation by the Bank of England, relying instead on self regulation. Now if MT had have done that I could have found a reason to hate her.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 19:48:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 19:57:00 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
Modern sense of humour is rubbish!! And it would appear that modern snow is dangerous.

Yes, I'm aware of all the reasons for school closures these days and most of them are lame excuses imho.
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