Well, what an exciting month. I’m even up-to-date on the blog for the first time in 2 years, though there’s an exciting post on VAR to come.
February saw a new country ticked,
a trip to North London survived,
some quality Draught Bass,
a rare sighting of a sad Sunderland fan,
and the conquering of Kelso (inadvisably).
But never mind that, the “new” Car Seat Headrest album is out and I’ve got less than 3 months to convince a 16 year old to come and see them with me or miss out on history (see Postscript). Why don’t teenagers take musical advice from their dads anymore ?
BRAPA tonked me this month, after doing the Isle of Man in less than a week. Simon’s heroics deserve suitable recognition, so I’m awarding him my inaugural Photo of the Month Award.
Stat-wise, just 20 (twenty) new GBG pubs for me in February, my lowest tally since the good old days when City could beat teams like Wigan. But not too bad given Malta.*
New Pub of the Month was the Royal Oak in Medomsley, near Consett. A Proper Pub, with authentic Durham accents, malty beer and mince and dumplings.
Beer of the Month, from high quality options, was Greene King IPA in the Running Stream in Farnham, a craft effort from a small Suffolk brewer you should seek out if you get the chance.
Best Pipers Display – the Besom in Coldstream. Eight flavours !
31 days in Waterbeach at this rate (and Mrs RM is stuck in Newcastle), but if I do get out I’m aiming for the following;
- Tyne & Wear to a finish (7 pubs) this weekend (possibly)
- Skegness (in the snow)
- Hackney (to see Martha)
- West Midlands (basically Solihull) to a finish
- Kent and Surrey to a finish, including Stonch’s new pub in Rye
- Isle of Wight (but I’ve said that before).
* But every time I feel I’m making good progress on the GBG, I look at this post from Pubmeister. And marvel at the master.
Matthew did come with me to see Car Seat Headrest last night in Cambridge, and was clearly as awestruck as I was. Even if he didn’t stand at the front with the kidz. The best night of my life (apart from the one in Prestatyn’s Halcyon Quest I will never tell you about at this rate).
As Jon Landau said “I have seen the future of rock’n’roll. And it isn’t George Ezra“.
The middle-aged bloke chatting about how seminal Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango in the Night” is can do one.