Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:21
A great write up there Shades. It sounded like a real trip down memory lane for you! 3 pubs in a line of cottages sounded really good from years gone by, and I suspect is something that is incredibly rare these days. Unfortunately, (in the UK any way) many of those pubs are long gone now - last I read is that traditional pubs are still closing at 27 pubs a week in the UK as they just can't make it pay with all the taxes and other overheads. Also, as many pubs are tied to a national/international brewery, they are limited to which beers they can sell so often can't sell local beers that may be brewed a short distance from their premises. Also, I think for many pubs, at best they get bought out by developers and turned into flats, or at worst knocked down totally and the plot redeveloped You have probably picked up in my time on here that I like my real ale and in many ways I think Wetherspoons is really good in that they offer well priced, well kept, local ale, but in other ways I can't help but think that they may be part of the problem too with them pushing the prices down - you can regularly get a decent pint of local ale for about £2 to £2.29, which I suppose the local pubs can't compete with. But I did take delight when they started "going after" the coffee shop chains - unlimited, filtered coffee in a mug for £1.29 between 10am and 2pm every day, and it's not that bad either.
Mowzer, another great report from you. As a matter of interest, do the LDWA events count towards your marathon total? What number are you on now?
Jugula, yes I did enjoy the Torquay game as they won 2-1. It was a good atmosphere and it was an exciting game as it was end-to-end although I have to say the quality was, let's say, "variable". I did read with amusement that at a recent away game, Torquay's bus broke down so the players had to get taxis into the ground, and then started playing about 15mins after they arrived - they lost that game. Anyway, the next two weekends are also home games, so it's 3 home games in 3 weekends.
Ian, not trying to turn this into a football thread, but how did your team get on? Did you enjoy the match?
On Saturday evening, a few of us went to an open-air theatre production of Hound of the Baskervilles. It was held at Agatha Chritie's house (Greenway), and it was really good. We took picnics and wine, and the second half was as the light was fading so they had spot lights set up, and you could hear the owls and other birds in the trees surrounding the stage area. It was really good, helped by the fact that we were very lucky with the weather!
As for me, I went out for a 10-miler this morning, but cut it short (7-miles) as my guts were playing up. As well as that, my legs are still very achy - generally, I feel very heavy/ploddy although my body weight is fine. Hmmmm. I have to say, I'm already worried about this marathon I've got coming up....I even have a slight doubt about the Half next week! Gulp! Hopefully my next run will be better.