I’ve fallen into a bit of a routine with the blog.
One local walk a day,centred on a closed pub with some unexpected graffiti and an attempt to resist a takeaway, followed by a delve into the archives, prompted by Alastair‘s kind donation of North East pub guides.
In the interest of recycling, and to avoid getting shouted at Mrs RM (who thought I’d got rid of my “tat”), I’ve already started sending some stuff on.
This is the most I’ve used the Royal Mail for 30 years. As well as Duncan, my Dad has enjoyed receiving old programmes; this is one from his time in National Service in Cornwall. Sadly he never made it to the Bugle Inn or the photos would have been in this blog.
Last night I discovered a useful tool for calculating when you’ll get the vaccine, within confidence levels of 3 years either side.
Based on a first jab in mid-March, I’d like pubs re-opened on the 20th March, please. Half a dozen in Northumberland will do.
Talking of the (true) North, I’ve enjoyed this beautifully illustrated Guide to Northumberland beer from that golden year (for Torville & Dean, anyway) of 1984.
In 1984, John Smiths is still “a good drinking bitter”,
one beer is plenty (sometimes more than enough) in the region’s real ale pubs, and the map is as gloriously unreadable as ever.
In 1984 I was at a euphoric Abbey Stadium to see Cambridge United break a 31 game winless streak by beating Newcastle United;Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley and all.
Also that year, the estimable Matthew Parris spent a week trying to live on supplementary benefits in a World in Action classic. It says it’s a classic, and it is.
Tune in after 8 minutes and work out what the pub is.
And note how fast Matthew sinks that gassy pint. There’s something about Matthews.
The maps aren’t great, but the illustrations more than compensate;
If I could be anywhere in Newcastle today, I’d be at the Bridge Hotel.
I wonder where Google Maps will let me peep in ?