Kentish Paul recently wrote about writers block, and it’s fair to say that blog potential has been a bit scarce of late, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to examine crumbling pubs, rate takeaways and morbidly pore over the Covid League Table.
Talking of Kent, their spell in charge of the leaderboard seems a distant memory as the Midlands and South Yorkshire take control.
South Derbyshire holds on for a second day, its rate of case decline just shy of that of improving/worsening Redditch.
Most of you will only know Redditch, the Tamworth of the South, as birthplace of Big Brother 4 Steph. But it should be its little-known role as a reserve setting for “The Office” that cements its place in history.
The self-styled “Wonder of Worcestershire” has two entries in my under-used GBG21, a boisterous Spoons and the Black Rock Tap, a scruffily pleasant micro-bar with games room and “Southern Man” at proper volumes at 2pm.
Redditch has musical heritage, of course. Top cover bands like Fred Zeppelin regularly attempt “Kashmir” at the social clubs that dot the leafy suburbs.
Just south of town and across the county border you’ll find one of the finest collections of old GBGs (no ’75) around at Studley’s Weatheroak Tap, much enjoyed by Curry Charles and myself on our Alcester overnighter.
How I miss those beer and curry overnighters in unheralded Midlands towns !