Blame Mrs RM for that title by the way, a unique Clash/Father Ted mash-up probably. We didn’t come to Dublin for the pubs, of course, and seven pints in three days is probably below the minimum acceptable level. But we did walk 25 miles, with just one mild argument in the lingerie department at… Continue reading CRAFT, HIDDEN CASK, & GETTING LOST IN A DUBLIN LINGERIE DEPARTMENT
Life-changing gigs don’t come much bigger than Maria McKee and Lone Justice at the Marquee back in early ’87. If you were there you’d know. Perhaps a shame that we stayed in the Ship * that night ’till a quarter to ten, thereby missing all but a transcendent passage of “Wheels”, “You are the Light”… Continue reading MARIA McKEE @ ST. PATRICK’S
What excellent windows Dublin has. I stopped to look at a dozen, at least, yesterday morning while Mrs RM’s coffee needs grew greater. We must have passed a gazillion Starbucks, Costas and Harris + Hoole variants before settling on Clement & Pekoe, whose excellent filter wins a point for being hot. Mrs RM put milk in… Continue reading DUBLIN – ONE PUMP PUBS, POWER-WALKS & TIN WHISTLES
Dublin isn’t all cask and craft, of course, although following the helpful advice of the Beer Nut might give that impression. His helpful link to Irish craft beer is here. We’re primarily here for the traditional music festival around Temple Bar, which is better than you might believe if you’ve ever spent a lost weekend there.… Continue reading TWO TOURISTS AVOIDING CRAFT IN DUBLIN
It’s been a good start to our sober trip to Dublin. No beer on Ryanair, and just the usual in the Spoons (Windmill) pre-flight. You’ll know the world is about to end when Mrs RM doesn’t have her Punk IPA at Stansted. I tried to tell her that it’s not as good now that it’s… Continue reading IRISH PUBS IN GOOD BEER GUIDE NOW !
I’m off to Dublin shortly, but don’t expect a string of posts comparing the craft keg against the Guinness*. I’m still recovering from Manchester. Thanks for your sympathy. Instead we’ll be doing the cultural trail, centred on University College Dublin with its famed literary alumni of Joyce, Flann O’Brien, and Kevin Moran. Flann (Brian to his… Continue reading “A HALF OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN”
There’s a real possibility that BRAPA will complete Berkshire before me, and that won’t do at all. Regular readers will know that Maidenhead isn’t high on my list of great towns, though it’s worth a trip to the Conservative Club if you’re an American tourist with too positive a view of our fair isle.… Continue reading LITTLEWICK GREEN KEEPS THE HOME FIRES BURNING