DT #264, 21 September 2014 (Topaz IPA)   1 comment

Topaz IPA Carter's Rest

 

Beautiful Sunday
With a wee run and a beer
And Asian pulled pork.

Name: Topaz IPA

Topaz IPA pump clip Carter's Rest
Type: IPA
Venue: Carter’s Rest, Wroughton.

Alfred Williams monument Ridgeway

Review/notes: Great little run today (19.67 miles).  Hit a hash in Chiseldon and then headed toward the Ogbournes before turning up the Ridgeway where I spotted a weird memorial to Alfred Williams (a workingman poet) isolated on a hill.  Thinking I had run farther I stopped at the Carter’s Rest which, as usual, had a challenging roster of beers and ciders to choose from.  The Topaz was like the thinner in shoe polish which is to say: quite good.

Alfred Williams monument Ridgeway detail

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DT #263, 20 September 2014 (Weighbridge Brinkworth Village)   1 comment

weighbridge brinkworth village christ church cemetery

 

Here’s to the Brewers.
A pleasant time had by all
Except, maybe, them.

Name: Weighbridge Brinkworth Village
Type: bitter
Venue: Christ Church, Swindon

Review/notes: I stopped by the Autumn Fayre at Christ Church because my neighbour was working a display there (along with the vicar’s wife).  The church is grand inside and well worth a visit but there were crowds within and a beer tent just outside.  I fetched a Weighbridge Brewhouse Brinkworth Village and retired to the cemetery whereupon I found a monument to Brewers almost immediately.

Frank, who was noted at the top, had a bunch of letters after his name.  I knew O.B.E. but was curious about C.M.G. and looked them up when I returned home.  It is an honour known as “Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George,” for non-military exemplary service to the Crown whilst overseas.  Turns out, our Frank was a high-ranking civil servant in the China and Malaya offices (as well as serving in the Special Forces in WW2 and being held POW in Sumatra).  Nice find.  Cheers, Frank.

The CMG, for those others that had not a clue and need some juvenile way of assessing its importance, was fictionally awarded to James Bond as well as the Brigadier (in Doctor Who).

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Shanghai Fish Bar, Swindon, Chippy Challenge #100   Leave a comment

Shanghai Fish Bar Swindon cod

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish:  cod
Sides: sodium chloride
Evaluation: Shanghai Fish Bar made my short list of chippies last week when this article appeared on the front page of the local paper:

Restaurant boss fined £10k for filthy conditions (click here for news article)

These conditions included E. coli and enterobacter on the kitchen sink fittings and green algae growing on the potato prep area.  I was relatively unconcerned after my fish came out as I said I would like salt and vinegar and the proprietress proceeded to douse the piece with enough preservative sodium for it to survive a long trip back to China…not to mention dehydrating any bacterium within 5 meters.

The taste was actually reasonably good (the bites I managed to get from the unsalted side).  It was hours ago, so I think I will survive.

Shanghai Fish Bar Swindon

Days since last: 1 (Khan’s Takeaway, Swindon)
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The Paddock Bar, Abbey Meads Stadium, Swindon   1 comment

The Paddocks Bar Abbey Stadium Swindon

The bar is clean and the prices not too inflated for the sort of venue, but the real attraction is the crowd of punters crowding around the bookies.  I tend to just do the Totes betting on runners that look good (stats and the walk-by) until I get ahead — which rarely happens — then drop any excess on long odds with one of the bookies; but the regulars here are quite the show.  For me, it was just a place to go at the end of my own run for the day and there was a bar, free admission, and as it turned out free entertainment (hit one for 3:1 out of four races).

Dog tracks have a shitty reputation and I’m sure there are trainers that still deserve it but these pups today looked healthy and it is a joy to watch them sprint.  A few were a bit stiff in the legs but I’ve known a lot of non-racing and ex-racing greyhounds over the years and this is not atypical.  I really want one or more of these guys if we ever get a space of our own, too.

Abbey Stadium Swindon

Posted 2014/09/19 by 1pumplane in gambling, pubs

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DT #262, 19 September 2014 (Somersby cider)   Leave a comment

Somersby cider Abbey Stadium

One at 3-to-1
While my other three greyhounds
Loped in next to last.

Name: Somersby cider
Type: cider
Venue: Abbey Stadium greyhound track, Swindon

Review/notes: Totally functional cider.  I broke even on betting after four races so two of these were my entire cost for the day…result!  Decided to walk it off and head back to the house for an early supper.  First time at the afternoon meeting, definitely not the last.

If you want any tips, feel free to ask. This is the dog I had the most faith in…came in fifth:

Abbey Stadium Swindon one of my losing dogs

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Khan’s Takeaway, Swindon, Chippy Challenge #99   1 comment

Khan's Takeaway Swindon cod

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: none
Evaluation: Surprisingly good which is to say not as bad as I expected.  A bit heavy handed on the salt and it was currently at its limits of sitting in the heating cabinet, but really not awful.
Days since last: 4 (Who’d A Thought It, Lockeridge)

Khan's Takeaway Swindon
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DT #261, 18 September 2014 (Hobgoblin)   1 comment

hobgoblin at the bayberry swindon

DT #261, 18 September 2014 (Hobgoblin)

Now, are those Ray Charles,
Machete wielding rocker,
And gnomes on the roof?

Name: Hobgoblin
Type: bitter
Venue: The Bayberry, Swindon

greenbrige mot centre

Review/notes: I have run by this MOT Centre before but this was the first time I really noticed the weird garden ornaments strewn on the roof.  Oh, well…beer me and make it something with a gnome on the pump clip.

hobgoblin pump clip

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