Beer Guide tickers, all 7 of us, seem very keen on stats. The % of new entries in the Guide, odds of a GBG22, and the decline in Covid rates required for pubs to reopen for GBG22 comes out.
At roughly 2pm each day we get the Covid hospital deaths courtesy of @UKcovidstats, and a couple of hours later the case rates (positive tests per 100,000 people for the last 7 days) for each Local Authority.
Until recently I could confidently have predicted the Top and Bottom 10, purely from my 56 years of observing human behaviour across the country.
But yesterday a surprise new Number 1 emerged from the pack;
What, sleepy Rutland of the pashminas, public schools, appalling loo signs and tranquil waters ?
Yes, apparently so. OK, that only means 207 cases last week, but then there’s more people trying to solve the clues for that last post than live in our smallest county.
It’s only a couple of months since the residents of Stamford, condemned to Tier 3 (remember Tiers ?) were furious to discover they’d were in Lincolnshire rather than Rutland with all its (apparent) freedoms.
It flatters to deceive. This looks like Bass but that glass is pure homebrew.
The most interesting thing about Rutland is the fertility rate. “In 2006 it was reported that Rutland has the highest fertility rate of any English county – the average woman having 2.81 children, compared with only 1.67 in Tyne and Wear” says Wiki.
Sadly, greater fertility is rarely compatible with a greater appetite for Proper Pubs.
At 1.07am this morning, I finally confirmed that Rutland’s place atop the Covid chart is due to the presence of Her Majesty’s Prison Stocken (nearest pub the 2008 Michelin Pub of the Year).
In case you’re wondering, this place is bottom of the league (and quite happy about it).