YES YOU CALNE

Sorry about yesterday’s rant; a little information would have gone a long way. Back to deliriously happy Retired Martin today. One of the joys of travel is finding you were badly wrong about a place you’d thought had little discernible merit.   Calne is a place I’d written off on the basis of one previous trip from… Continue reading YES YOU CALNE

JUNE STOCKTAKE

June 2016 will forever be known as the month I visited more new Good Beer Guide pubs than Simon Everitt (45 v 41). I should be happy, but the fact that Simon has now done the Great Cumbrae pub puts my duller achievement into perspective. Lots of travel to finish off the Beer Guide chapters… Continue reading JUNE STOCKTAKE

ECCLES CAKES IN HAMPSHIRE’S STOCKBROKER BELT

Hampshire is one of our most varied countries, the dock towns, new towns and monied towns providing a compelling range of architecture and pubs. One of my proudest travel experiences was surviving the whole 90+ minutes of Basingstoke Town v Thurrock in 2009, a game that bettered Portugal v Croatia for tedium.  Grass roots football indeed… Continue reading ECCLES CAKES IN HAMPSHIRE’S STOCKBROKER BELT