2020 IN REVIEW – APRIL

April brought National Doom Bar Day, a successful attempt to derail a rival Bass celebration event. Which is ironic, as Doom tastes best in a Burton glass.

April also became my first month without a GBG tick since THIS was Number 1.

Which is ironic, really, as things would only get worse.

And not just for the Michael Jackson single (VGC) on the side of the A10, which someone bid a fiver for on E-bay.

Michael Jackson single

When Lockdown came it left me agonisingly at c. 94% completion of the GBG with 6 months to go, and for a while I thought Covid was a Pubmeister plot to stop me emulating him.

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But if I’m honest, and I always am, it was the loss of the Crispy Shredded Beef that hit hardest.

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At least, with the season curtailed, there was no chance of a legitimate Liverpool Premiership ruining my year.

I spent April knitting walking the Fens, capturing the wide open skies, closed pub signs and weird vegetable piles, hoping someone would still read the blog without pubs.

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They didn’t.

BUT it looked vaguely lovely, and with dolphins returning to the Cam and tourists (sadly) returning to Japan, Cambridge was worthy of exploration in the one hour allowed for exercise.

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You’ll never see King’s College so quiet. Or the A10 near Taylor Towers.

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I stayed off the beer. I dreamt of crispy beef. I felt awful, physically if not mentally.

And then I was told off by Blossom.

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Where’s Russ when you need him ?

23 thoughts on “2020 IN REVIEW – APRIL

  1. Hope things over there get better soon. I do miss reading the adventures of you beer blogging lot. Being in NZ I really have nothing to compare what you are going through just glad we have so far dodged the bullet.

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    1. Thanks Henk.

      Know anyone who could give our folks a gentle steer as to what to look for in a PM when they vote?

      Well done to all of you, for your magnificent response to this menace.

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    2. Thanks Henk.

      Sending love to your wonderful country and exemplary Prime Minister. Only been to NZ twice, but last time spent 3 weeks driving round entire islands; would have made a great blog !

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      1. If you come back yell out, would love to meet you. We’re lucky, small island nation, small population, reasonably isolated. Frustrating thing is we have a bunch of “protect the vulnerable and open the borders” idiots, but when you ask them how they have no answers. Kia kaha ( stay strong) hopefully the vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel.

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      2. We’re in west Auckland but working on a three to five year plan to get out. A couple of things we don’t do well here are urban planning and public transport. Quarter acre sections were the norm here, jamming two or three on a section with infill housing has been going on for a decade or so but now they are sticking ten or eleven in the same space with no supporting infrastructure

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      1. Normally by now I would have committed all remaining new entries to memory. This year it’s largely untouched but I did 2 in Barnsley, one of which I did when Reading played there last. Nothing with ferret in the name sadly.

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      2. Normally by now I’d have cleared the half dozen or so new South Yorkshire entries, but having left Barnsley and Co. till our move I find them undoable and you beating me.

        I think Barnsley deserves the full Friday night beer only treatment.

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  2. “Which is ironic, as Doom tastes best in a Burton glass.”

    And just how much testing had to be done to come to that conclusion? 😉

    “and for a while I thought Covid was a Pubmeister plot to stop me emulating him.”

    (slow golf clap)

    “it was the loss of the Crispy Shredded Beef that hit hardest.”

    Ouch.

    “I spent April (knitting) walking the Fens”

    Blimey! That OS map shows a multitude of farms.

    “hoping someone would still read the blog without pubs.”

    I was on a hiatus but I’m sure many did indeed keep reading.

    “They didn’t.

    Oops. (blush)

    “Cambridge was worthy of exploration in the one hour allowed for exercise.”

    I never did understand that. Are they assuming one is too fatigued after one hour to ward off Covid? A bit like Covid being much worse after whatever curfew time they came up with. Sheesh

    “And then I was told off by Blossom.”

    Yikes! Obviously I should have continued to proof read at a minimum.

    “Where’s Russ when you need him ?”

    Again (sigh), oops. (blush)

    I plan on making my one New Year’s resolution to check certain blogs every day. 🙂

    Cheers

    And with that I have to do ‘thing’s with my darling wife.*

    * – Watch a few episodes of Yellowstone. Naught to do with cribbage or backgammon or whatnot!

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