THE (REAL) MARK’S DOM BAR DELIGHTS

(no, not a typo)

A short break from ill-advised strolls through tower-block Sheffield to bring you more hidden gems from 2020’s rich seam of pub blogging.

Today’s recommendation comes from one of the 37 Marks I follow on Twitter, but this one is the “Real” Mark and we know how well that went for Eminem, don’t we.

Shove it, Chuck it, Toss it… sounds like one of those Canadian porn films that Russ favours, but happily it’s a tour round traditional pub games in the Midlands and beyond.

Sometimes life is all beer and skittles (and doms).

Mark’s posts this last year have captured pub life before and during the pandemic, and well beyond the Beer Guide as he visits a lot of boozers that shamefully don’t have 7 beers on from railway arch micros.

Pubs are certainly taken for granted, particularly by the ‘locals’ who use them more than most“.

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(Name this pub)

writes Mark, speaking for a lot of us who enjoy pubs for the simple pleasure of banter, companionship and somewhere different from home, rather than variations on citrus-infused DIPAs.

It’s worth reading Mark’s blog for the gorgeous photos of Old Boys With Carrier Bags In Pubs, officially recognised by National Geographic as an endangered species in 2017.

This shot, from Covid hotspot Wigston, is my personal favourite. Nice technique, Mark.

I’ll confess, I like the idea of pub games more than the reality.

When our boys were young we’d take them into the skittle alleys of rural Leicestershire Everards pubs where they could enjoy the simple pleasure of outscoring Dad while Mum drank 3 pints of Old Original in the corner.

In his most recent post Mark review old Skittles instruction books from the ’50s; not since the notebook for a BRAPA day have I seen such complexity.

Elsewhere Mark quotes from an 18th century Guide to Skittles which makes early GBGs seem positively woke;

“The author makes a strong argument for promotion of the ‘manly exercise of skittle-playing‘ over the more ‘effeminate‘ games lately introduced such as Cards and Dice. Games redolent of an ‘…over-fed age of people‘, their souls ‘…insipid with ease and sloth‘ leading to ‘bog bellies, swelled legs, gouty feet, and other ailments of the loaded corpse‘.”

And switching to the present, the blog brings us more reminders of what makes a Proper Pub.

Cordwainer, Kettering

Ah, Kettering. Discovered by BRAPA, rediscovered by me, eulogised by Mark in 2020. Must almost make up for it still being Kettering.

NB: His Twitter page is pretty good too;

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12 thoughts on “THE (REAL) MARK’S DOM BAR DELIGHTS

      1. You’re probably safe from Brunning & Price in East Northants, Mark.

        Spoons, they sometime attract a more pubby crowd than you’d think (pre-Covid, anyway); try Grantham sometime.

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  1. Ah! That’ll explain the massive spike on the stats page, not Russian porn bots for a change.

    Thanks for the appreciation at such a moribund time for pub games blogging. Trust me to choose a subject that’s been entirely snuffed out by these bloody lockdowns. Should’ve gone for Pub Charity Collection Boxes, ‘nobody’ mentions them…

    I may have to trawl other peoples blogs for a K-Tel ‘Best Of…’ style piece, if only so I don’t forget the password.

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      1. There’s gotta be a competitive game in that Martin. A young mans game though, I’d be lucky to clear the platform edge these days…

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  2. “Shove it, Chuck it, Toss it… sounds like one of those Canadian porn films that Russ favours,”

    Blimey. Am I that transparent? 😉

    Besides, using the informal use for chuck (as a verb) ‘shove it, chuck it’ could be described as the fancy way of saying ‘the old in and out’. 🙂

    “Pubs are certainly taken for granted, particularly by the ‘locals’ who use them more than most“

    That’s a true statement with regards to more than just pubs. AS Joni Mitchell lamented in the Big Yellow Taxi:
    “Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you’ve got
    Till it’s gone”

    “speaking for a lot of us who enjoy pubs for the simple pleasure of banter, companionship and somewhere different from home, rather than variations on citrus-infused DIPAs.”

    And, believe it or not, I’m right there with you. It’s just that I have nothing that comes close to that over here in my neck of the woods.

    “Nice technique, Mark.”

    Blimey. It’s like they’re from another dimension!

    “where they could enjoy the simple pleasure of outscoring Dad while Mum drank 3 pints of Old Original in the corner.”

    I am growing fond of Mrs RM. 🙂

    “not since the notebook for a BRAPA day have I seen such complexity.”

    (slow golf clap)

    ““The author makes a strong argument for promotion of the ‘manly exercise of skittle-playing‘ over the more ‘effeminate‘ games lately introduced such as Cards and Dice.”

    He has a point. Cards and Dice aren’t really games of skill.

    “Games redolent of an ‘…over-fed age of people‘, their souls ‘…insipid with ease and sloth‘ leading to ‘bog bellies, swelled legs, gouty feet, and other ailments of the loaded corpse‘.””

    Crickey! That’s modern day in a nutshell! 😉

    “NB: His Twitter page is pretty good too;”

    And he looks just like one of the blokes from On The Buses. 🙂

    Cheers

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