“When the leaves come falling down,
I’ll be ticking in a Highlands town”
Van Morrison, When the leaves come falling down, 1999
Or in the words of Katherine Bush’s Halloween single from 1980 “October will be magic again“.*
77 posts in October, which gives you a clue to how many pubs I used. 66 new GBG ticks, anyway.
If you look at the view map that so exercises us bloggers you’ll see some notable first-time visitors. St Vincent & Grenadines popped by to view my Royston Wetherspoons post (possibly, I can’t actually tell)
It’ll be several
years days before I catch up with all the Grampian posts, but that’s no worse than BRAPA.
A week driving round Scotland in Mrs RM’s car listening to Big Thief and Amber Arcades and eating haggis suppers. Mmm.
Meeting my lads in Manchester for a vegan kebab and City match, safe in the knowledge they never want to return to the South (nor do I).
Joker. Just read Alec’s post, one of the great movie reviews.
Leek with the Southworths (not what it sounds like)
NEW PUB OF THE MONTH – Well, it’s the Blue Mugge in Leek, isn’t it ? Straight in my Top 10.
In a similar vein, the return visit to Slubbers in the Huddersfield suburbs was definitely the pub visit of the month. And not just because we sneaked in the fire exit like naughty toddlers.
PUB TOWN OF THE MONTH –Crewe.
Wonderful people, busy pubs, masses of craft beer. Go now.
BEER OF THE MONTH – Sam Smiths Cherry fruit beer
HAND WASH OF THE MONTH – Moss & Adams Sherwood Forest
Loads of gigs around the country, including Phoebe Bridgers in London tomorrow, Cate le Bon in Oxford and Kathryn Joseph in Manchester. Two heroines, and a mystery third who won’t be playing “Show Me Heaven” in Hackney on the 17th.
I’m targeting completing the GBG chapters in the Midlands, but I really ought to plan a longer trip to make some inroads into Devon, Cumbria or Argyll.
But as you’ll know by now, I do what Mrs RM tells me to.
*I can just visualise Mark Crilley checking the veracity of these claimed lyrics now