TOP 10 COUNTIES – No. 1 – TYNE & WEAR

It’s been an emotional run-through the Top 10 Counties. And here’s your winner (well, mine, your views don’t count, obvs). One of the smallest “counties”, but barely a square inch wasted (though the Boldons is a bit dull, unless there’s anyone there reading this, in which case the Black Horse is OK ). Let’s start… Continue reading TOP 10 COUNTIES – No. 1 – TYNE & WEAR

SITTING AT THE BAR AGAIN IN BLETCHLEY

More “recommended” pubs before the big launch of GBG21 on Thursday. I can’t wait. While you count down the hours, here’s a report from one of the UK’s richest cities. Honest, Milton Keynes is one of the great post-war British success stories, boosting replacement tyre sales by 33% in Buckinghamshire alone due to those roundabouts.… Continue reading SITTING AT THE BAR AGAIN IN BLETCHLEY

I’LL BROOK NO ARGUMENT – GREAT CORNARD HAS A MODERN CLASSIC

More “recommended” pubs for you before I turn to the Top County, which I’ll bring you as soon as I’ve arranged police protection from Tom Irvin. A rare trip to Sudbury, I thought. But it turns out I was only there 3 years ago. Clearly Mrs RM was distracting me back then. On another of… Continue reading I’LL BROOK NO ARGUMENT – GREAT CORNARD HAS A MODERN CLASSIC

TOP 10 COUNTIES – No. 2 – GREATER MANCHESTER

That pic above is of me, descending the steps to the Underbanks to a secret vault where I’ll be collecting the correct answers to my “Guess my favourite counties competition“, now into its 7th year. The tension is growing in London (North-West), Bedfordshire and the Kingdom of Fife. Are they in my Top 2 ?… Continue reading TOP 10 COUNTIES – No. 2 – GREATER MANCHESTER

TITCHMARSH LACINGS SPECTACULAR

Is there no end to the wonders of east Northamptonshire ? Posh schools, Scottish enclaves, world conker championships (pre-Covid), and pubs called Duke. There’s also a little place called Polopit, right next to Titchmarsh. I thought I’d go and explore for no reason whatsoever. As ever, Polopit is best seen from my drone, which would… Continue reading TITCHMARSH LACINGS SPECTACULAR

EASY LIKE A (BARTON SEAGRAVE) WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME

More of that blogging from places on the edge of Kettering that you’ve never heard of, even if you live there. Dave will be thrilled. Barton Seagrave, eh ? Sounds like a latter day Madness album, doesn’t it ?, with video set in a disused Wicksteed Park next door and loads of primary school children… Continue reading EASY LIKE A (BARTON SEAGRAVE) WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME