SHRIMP SPOTTING IN A GILLINGHAM GENTS

What click bait today. Shrimps, Badgers, Ferrets AND a Buffalo. BRAPA would have come up with a better title from that lot. “Gillingham” would have got the click from my Kent massif, too. Unfortunately it’s not THAT Gillingham (long overdue a new pub THERE). This is the Gillingham of North Dorset (pop. 11,756), a few… Continue reading SHRIMP SPOTTING IN A GILLINGHAM GENTS

SALISBURY – MORE THAN A MUMMIFIED HAND

Just for the Prof, who quite likes the place. And so do I. Last stop for me before Larmer Gardens and my annual alt.music fest, Salisbury is a good mix of pubs, stunning Georgian buildings, a church unencumbered by scaffolding, Ushers signage you can see while avoiding Trowbridge, and a lovelier underpass than any in… Continue reading SALISBURY – MORE THAN A MUMMIFIED HAND

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