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Baseball, Hot Dogs, and Beer (Memorial Day Weekend)   1 comment

Fat kids,
Skinny kids,
Kids who climb on rocks,

Tough kids,
Sissy kids,
Even kids with chicken pox.

Love hot dogs,
Armour hot dogs.
The dogs kids love to bite.  (from a long running Armour Hot Dogs commercial with lyrics that could never be aired today)

We don’t have Memorial Day in England, but the last Monday of May is a Bank Holiday so we consider it the equivalent at the house.  The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved Memorial Day from May 30 (regardless the day of the week) to the last Monday in May.  I still find this a travesty and something implemented for the sake of industrial convenience over tradition.  By the time we returned to the States from Australia in 1974, Georgia had adopted this as well so the holiday no longer fell on my birthday but on the 27th of May that year.

 

 

It was 2 months to the day until the House Judiciary Committee passed the first of three articles of impeachment.  The White House had been stonewalling the independent prosecutor and the Congressional investigations and trying hard to rewrite the narrative of its high crimes and misdemeanours.  I had been reading the transcripts of the White House secret recordings since they had been published in April and would most likely have had my copy open next to the pond to read between dips.  Does any of this sound familiar?

 

 

I don’t know specifically how I spent that Memorial Day but I know I didn’t start smoking pot until the 4th of July that year so I probably just sneaked a few beers from the folks’ bottomless stash and listened to some baseball on the radio (WSB, Home of the Braves with your host Skip Carey, and the Braves, uncharacteristically, won 9-1 over the Phillies).  Inevitably there would be a cookout with ribs, burgers, and of course hot dogs.

We don’t have proper hot dogs here, either, but at least I found some that aren’t in a can (yes, Americans, tinned wieners!).  We set up our network speaker to stream the previous night’s Cubs/Dodgers game which the Cubs, uncharacteristically, lost 4-0.  Everything, as far as we could do it, was like it was in 1974.

Come on Judiciary Committee.  You can do it!

 

Hennessy’s, Greenford, Middlesex   Leave a comment

 

 

Jackie was leaving to visit her family in Trumpministan (formerly the Short-Fingered Republic of Vulgaria) and I took some time off to do stuff with her for a couple of days before the flight. These things did not include shopping for clothes so while she was at the shops, I went for a run to Greenford with a stop in their branch of Hennessy’s.

 

 

It was a quiet morning in the pub with just some OAP’s sitting around reading the newspapers and the bartender snacking on crisps. Tuesday, close to noon … oh, well: the beer was cold and helped get me back home. Sometimes that’s all you really need.

 

 

Posted May 11, 2017 by Drunken Bunny in Pubs, Running

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Siren Broken Dream Breakfast Stout: Advent Calendar 2016 Boxing Day   Leave a comment

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Name: Broken Dream Breakfast Stout
Brewery: Siren
Rating (1-5): 4 out of 5 Sammy Davis Juniors with Santa Sacks full of Alka Seltzer

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Notes:  Breakfast stout, indeed.  Here’s the entire Advent Calendar listing (I still have enough in the fridge to keep this going until New Years, as well):

Day Beverage Venue Rating (link to picture)
1 Fuller’s Black Cab Stout The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 4.5 Surly, Drunken Elves out of 5
2 Guinness West Indies Porter ditto 4.5 Hittin’ Christmas on the One out of 5
3 Shepherd Neame Double Stout ditto 4.5 Drunk Uncles out of 5
4 Meantime Chocolate Porter ditto 3 Santas Mooning You out of 5
5 Hook Norton Double Stout ditto 4 “Two Drinks and she’s Under the Host” out of 5
6 M&S London Porter ditto 5 Soul Brothers Number One out of 5
7 Shotover Oxford Black Porter ditto 4.5 Santas Bearing Night Train out of 5
8 Revisionist Craft Stout  Gardener’s Arms, Oxford 3 Just What I Wanteds out of 5
9 Sambrooks Four Chimneys Chocolate Stout Green Man, Paddington 5 Steve Buscemis out of 5
10 Wychwood Black Wych Porter The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 5 Debauched Elvettes out of 5
11 Wiper and True Milk Shake Milk Stout ditto 5 Black Lab Santas out of 5
12 Enefeld London Porter ditto 3 Bar Nativities out of 5
13 Guinness Stout The Ashbourne, Hanger Lane 2 Billy Bob Thorntons out of 5
14 Box Steam Funnel Blower The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 5 Office Party Jackasses out of 5
15 Hammerton Pentonville Oyster Stout The Star of Kings 1 out of 5 Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Kids
16 Brew By Numbers 08/06 Oatmeal Stout The Beer Asylum 4 out of 5 Beethoven’s Birthdays
17 Dragon Stout The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 3 out of 5 Santa Benders
18 Portobello Market Porter The Hop & Vine 4.5 out of 5 Dicks in Boxes
19 Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 4 out of 5 Feasting Santas
20 MarkoPaulo Coal Porter The Owl & The Pussycat 5 out of 5 Christmas ‘lumps’
21 Red Squirrel London Porter The Red Squirrel Bar 5 out of 5 Beer Bong Elves on Shelves
22 Wimbledon Phoenix Smoked Porter The Lass o’ Richmond Hill 3 out of 5 Santa’s Laps
23 Three Boys Oyster Stout Brew Dog 2 out of 5 Gay May/September Romantic Christmases
24 Hobson’s Stove Pipe Stout The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 4 out of 5 Wrigley Field Christmas Greetings
25 Hitachino Espresso Stout ditto 4 out of 5 Steve Harveys
26 Siren Broken Dream Breakfast Stout ditto 4 out of 5 Sammy Davis Juniors with Santa Sacks full of Alka Seltzer

 

Posted December 26, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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Kiuchi Espresso Stout: Advent Calendar 2016 Christmas Day   1 comment

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Name: Espresso Stout
Brewery: Kiuchi
Rating (1-5): 4 out of 5 Steve Harveys

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Notes: After a bottle of champagne, a bottle of port, a bottle of Chianti, and half a bottle of Vin Santo, I was ready for some stout.  Merry Christmas, and I hope yours was nice, as well.

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Posted December 26, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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Stove Pipe Stout: Advent Calendar 2016 Christmas Eve   1 comment

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Name: Stove Pipe Stout
Brewery: Hobsons
Rating (1-5): 4 out of 5 “It’s Not All Doom and Glooms”

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Notes: Neither of us is Christmassy this year but it is Winter and that requires/demands gorging.  I baked a gallon of biscotti to go with the pair of Vin Santos on the wine rack, there’s a round of cornbread soon to be a dressing ingredient for the turkey crown tomorrow, and there’s some raw pizza sauce in the background.  I sold my keyboard on e-Bay and am waiting for the guy to come pick it up (down to just the uke and the guitar).  Jackie begged off the Peanuts Christmas this year but I listened to David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries on my run a little while ago.  Ho. Ho. Ho.

The other entries on the Advent Calendar are here.

 

Posted December 24, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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Three Boys Oyster Stout: Advent Calendar 2016 Day 23   2 comments

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Name: Oyster Stout
Brewery: Three Boys
Rating (1-5): 2 out of 5 Gay May/September Romantic Christmases

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Notes:  I can’t fault this beer in any way at all.  The venue, Brew Dog in Shepherds Bush, is as annoying as getting stuck on a broken down subway full of people on their way to Comic Con or a gaming convention.

 

Posted December 23, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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Wimbledon Phoenix Smoked Porter: Advent Calendar 2016 Day 22   5 comments

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Name: Phoenix Smoked Porter
Brewery: Wimbledon
Rating (1-5): 3 out of 5 “Santa’s Laps”
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Notes:  The beer was nothing special and the Lass o’ Richmond where I purchased the brew tried to shortchange me then did a bunch of doublespeak to make it sound like I was the one with the mathematics wrong.

On a similar note, Ian Dury had many reasons to be cheerful:

 

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none of which included running 8 miles across London on a cold, winter day to get to his memorial bench only to find that the sound feature has been removed:

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The bench is in Richmond Park, where the wild deer are docile:

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So docile, in fact, that as well armed as they are they barely take note while something as recklessly dangerous as drunken Brits on holiday approach close enough to touch them.  Like Americans at an all-you-can-eat buffet, they just keep on eating despite the likelihood of imminent doom.  This is as fitting a metaphor for this fucked up year as I have seen.

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But, the sunset was beautiful this evening.  1, 2, 3….

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All of the Porter/Stout Advent Calendar entries can be found at this link.