It’s 11th February 2020 and I’m up to date, for the first time since before VAR.
Duncan (the well-dressed one above) is, I think, the only person who’s completed all (100%) of the pubs in a current GBG before a new one comes out. Simon is the only ticker banned from a Midlands antiques-mad town with a castle.
Each September sees around 400 new pubs enter the Guide all over the country, and Duncan is making good progress getting those done too;
What a shame he has to ruin it with his turquoise marker pen.
There’s a few other GBG enthusiasts besides us three, but they don’t blog and so can safely be ignored. Only joking Maltmeister.
My own map of GBG county completion looks a bit puny compared to Duncan’s.
But I’m making good progress this year. 337 new GBG pubs since September, which is nearly 15 a week when I’d targeted a dozen. Resilience to man flu, a functioning Aygo and decent weather have helped.
My master spreadsheet contains all the pubs I’ve visited over 25 years and the progress by county since GBG 2003 (a great year), when I managed a third of the Guide.
This is where I am now;
Key: Green – complete, Orange – complete with a long weekend, Yellow – One left
I’d targeted a dozen a week to reach 95% completion by the time GBG21 plops out at the end of August, and if I keep going at this rate I could beat that. Doing the GBG will mean trips to Scilly, Guernsey, the Scottish islands and scary places in north Devon.
“Where’s the risk assessment” shouts Mrs RM.
Well, being blunt, the big risk is that Mrs RM doesn’t drive me round Scotland in a campervan.
Or that I really annoy a micropub owner with my rants about opening hours and get found in a urine-filled alley in Clevedon.
Or that my appeal for “dregs” to be accepted as a tick gets rejected by the GBG High Council at its meeting in Carluke.
But for now, I can see light at the end of the tunnel.