I WANNA LIVE WITH COMMONSIDE PEOPLE

No, not Jarvis obsessed at all, not me.

The new rules mean I can only take one member of our household for our hour’s walk, so I made sure Mrs RM accompanied me on the most arduous hike up the hills of Walkley yesterday.

Ten minutes walk = 200 calories = half a can of murk” I shouted encouragingly.

The view from the top of Fir Street is complimented by these classic disused Gents urinals, perfect for the 56 year old bloke needed a “comfort break” after returning from a night in Crookes.

I steered us away from the flesh pots (well, Merantos kebab house) of Crookes, towards the student central Commonside, home to Closed Shop. Loads of solid looking housing, mostly spick-and-span, nearly all devoid of car parking.

There’s a lot of “To Let” signs up round here, whatever “here” is. James says it’s Crookesmoor, Bing Maps offers up Steel Bank, the locals reckon Commonside.

Mrs RM was unexpectedly drawn to the off-licence.

Wonderful Walkley raves about the Prosecco here” she said.

I was expecting whisky and wine. But it looked rather more interesting.

How DOES Sheffield support so many interesting beer shops ? Beautifully maintained, decently priced, row upon row of local and Belgian beer.

You choose” Mrs RM said, turning to chat to the young man at the counter about how important it was to support the independents by getting pissed on local beer.

Well, always go for the strongest one Deya, I suppose.

This is just to prove to BeerTwitter (not that they read this stuff) that I can appreciate stuff other than Doom Bar, Bass and 6X.

We drank the wonderfully gloppy North/Deya 10% murk while watching the 5pm press conference, and agreed that a pint each would have made it more palatable.

20 thoughts on “I WANNA LIVE WITH COMMONSIDE PEOPLE

  1. Any idea when we can go to the pub like normal again? I’ve just organised a trip to the south-east in July/August. I’m crossing my fingers that the vaccine have become efficient by then. I won’t go if if we can’t talk to or interact with people in a normal manner.

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  2. Welcome to South Yorkshire Martin. If you are stuck for a walk one day can I suggest making your way down to the Dorothy Pax and following the towpath to the Meadowhall Shopping Centre. It’s quite remarkable how the scenery changes so dramatically over such a short distance. Try and spot where they filmed the canal scene in the Full Monty. Once at Meadowhall make your way back to the city centre by following the 5 Weirs Walk (Google will supply all the information.) In happier times I would have suggest breaking your journey back by calling into the tap room of Saint Mars of the Desert, but this will have to be something to look forward to hopefully in the second half of the year.

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    1. Thanks very much, Kevin.

      We saw the footpath signs and thought we’d save the walk to Meadowhall and back for a sunny day. In Autumn 2007 I stayed at the Meadowhall Premier Inn and walked into the centre and out to the Rivelin Valley. 6 hours, 8 pubs. Great day. Think the Gardeners Rest was still recovering from the floods.

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  3. Just got back from the Dram Shop, where I purchased the last can of North Brewing x Deya Triple IPA 10%. Hope it’s as good as you led me to believe! Any beer that makes a Boris Johnso press conference “more palatable” has got to be worth £7.50 for a short pint…

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    1. Good grief that’s pressure ! You could have had 5 cans of Doom Bar for that !

      The Abbeydale Deliverance was almost as good, but 7% is a boy’s beer these days, isn’t it ? I do find some cans far less fizzy than others.

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      1. Pretty sure I would struggle to enjoy five bottles or cans of Doom Bar. Now, five cans of Gold Label with a Henderson’s Relish chaser, that would be another matter.

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      2. Fortunately I’ve never lived in Luton – the nearest I got was a village called Caddington for a few months when I was about four years old. Luton (Town) is in my blood, but that’s not to say that any Whitbread Trophy was ever imbibed.

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      3. Posh Caddington? We lived in a caravan until the house my parents had bought in Edlesborough was fit to live in! GBG entries were not something that we worried about (this was 1959).

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      1. If it turns out to be as good as has been alleged, I might have to break the Covid regulations to come and get some.

        No, that would be very silly, wouldn’t it…

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  4. “I WANNA LIVE WITH COMMONSIDE PEOPLE”

    I prefer William Shatner’s version… and just because he’s Canadian. 😉

    “The new rules mean I can only take one member of our household for our hour’s walk”

    You have GOT to be joking! Bleedin’ heck!

    ““Ten minutes walk = 200 calories = half a can of murk””

    You DO know there’s other ways to burn off 200 calories.*
    (not applicable if walking with someone other than Mrs RM)

    “The view from the top of Fir Street is complimented by these classic disused Gents urinals,”

    You sure those aren’t Muslim foot baths?

    “Mrs RM was unexpectedly drawn to the off-licence.”

    This is my shocked face.

    “But it looked rather more interesting.”

    Ooh, ooh! Gueze Boon! And Lindemans* from what I can see!
    (not the Australian winery either!)

    “row upon row of local and Belgian beer.”

    Aha!

    “Well, always go for the strongest one Deya, I suppose.”

    A triple IPA is more than a Quadruple Belgian. Sheesh

    “We drank the wonderfully gloppy North/Deya 10% murk while watching the 5pm press conference, and agreed that a pint each would have made it more palatable.”

    Personally, if it had been me, a bloody keg of Deya wouldn’t have helped!

    Cheers

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