Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
We have a meeting of the Old Gits Luncheon Club today and our two main objectives are to sample as many real ales as we can in the time available and to reach agreement with regard to the long-running dispute about our name. The main proposals on the table are:
- The Gentlemen of Independent Temperament Luncheon Club (GITS)
- The Gentlemen of Refined and Independent Means Luncheon Club (GRIMS)
“And did he do it?”, Tomlinson asked in a tone measured to the point of precision.
“Who knows, who cares? He has certainly confessed to doing it, but there is no surprise in that. People will confess to anything if they are given enough encouragement”.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
|Bulls in the Parade Ring|
|A stunningly beautiful work horse.|
|Equally beautiful and he/she knows it.|
|Judging in the headless fancy chicken category.|
|Is there anything as cute as baby pigs?|
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
I am still working my way through my volume of "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die", which I see as a form of pilgrimage : the inebriates equivalent of a tour of religious shrines. My latest "station of the cross" was a delicious bottle of Samuel Adams Boston Lager which Tesco had kindly transported across the Atlantic for me. The tasting notes said something about a complex mix of "distinctly sweet malt and hop bitterness"; but I have never been particularly good at hunting out the supposed flavours to be found in a beer. All I can say is that when I had finished the bottle I wished I had bought two. You can't say more than that can you?
"Not turning taps, but pulling pumps,
Gives barmaids splendid busts and rumps"
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Pepys is one of my favourite diarists. His combination of name-dropping, scheming, womanising and living in fear of his wife always seems to give him a remarkably contemporary feel. If he had lived in these times you would have no doubt found him splashed across the celebrity magazines and probably guesting on Strictly Come Dancing. (Elizabeth) Knepp was an actress and singer Pepys was besotted with at the time.