May Re-Cap: Chippy Challenge, Daily Tipple and the G-Had   Leave a comment

The 14 Fish and Chip meals this month marked new extremes, namely the westernmost (Pig and Fiddle, Bath), southernmost (Star Fish Bar, Warminster) and northernmost (Ye Olde Black Bear, Tewkesbury) fried fish this year.  I fully expect the German and Dutch visits to find either proper fish and chips or local delicacies (herring, of course) that fit into this challenges remit and blow the doors off the Eastern borders.  Until then, the May tally included:

#

Chippies

51 Gill’s Fish Bar Swindon, Wiltshire 03-May
55 Noffs Chippy Swindon, Wiltshire 13-May
56 Blue Sky Chinese Takeaway Swindon, Wiltshire 15-May
57 Roughmoor Village Fish and Chips Swindon, Wiltshire 17-May
59 Market Square Fish Bar Bicester, Oxfordshire 23-May
61 Star Fish Bar Warminster, Wiltshire 30-May

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Pubs/Other

58 Dosa Park Oxford, Oxfordshire 19-May
49 Waggon and Horses Southmoor, Oxfordshire 01-May
50 Seacourt Bridge Botley, Oxfordshire 02-May
52 Far From the Madding Crowd Oxford, Oxfordshire 07-May
53 Pig and Fiddle Bath, Somerset 08-May
54 Wig and Pen Oxford, Oxfordshire 09-May
60 The Victoria Oxford, Oxfordshire 29-May
62 Ye Olde Black Bear Tewkesbury, Gloucester 31-May

 

may chippy chart

The DT’s continue unabated, as well, and while a colleague said of the Chippy Challenge that, “[I’m] going to swell up like a tick,” instead I think I’ve gained girth (though not weight) as a result of the daily drinking.  Mind you, I always drank copious amounts but this challenge puts me on a daily path at many times that I might have skipped a day or two (or more!).  Blasphemy, I know, but there you have it.  The tally this month entailed:

 

BEER

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

121 01-May Moreland’s Best bitter Waggon and Horses
127 07-May Monkholme Premium bitter Far From the Madding Crowd
135 15-May The Reverend James bitter The Steam Railway Company
136 16-May Wild Weather Little Wind bitter The Grapes
143 23-May That One bitter Penny Black
149 29-May Jenning’s Cumberland bitter The Victoria
122 02-May White Wych blonde ale Seacourt Bridge
142 22-May Wiltshire Gold golden ale New Inn
137 17-May Greene King IPA IPA Morris Street Club
123 03-May Staropraman lager house
124 04-May Peroni Nastro Azzurro lager house
125 05-May Bavaria Hofbrau lager house
126 06-May Singha lager house
129 09-May Keo lager house
138 18-May Stella Artois lager house
147 27-May Brutos Porter porter house
141 21-May Money For Old Rope stout Far From the Madding Crowd
144 24-May Mud City Stout stout house
146 26-May BV Stout stout house
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WINE

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

128 08-May Footsteps Shiraz red wine The Pig and Fiddle
130 10-May Rèserve de Bonpas Côtes du Rhône red wine house
133 13-May Cape Peak Shiraz red wine house
134 14-May Manon Tempranillo red wine house
140 20-May Bush Telegraph Shiraz Viognier red wine house
148 28-May Chateau Vieux Manoir Bordeaux red wine house
131 11-May Baron de Ley Pink Rioja rose wine house
132 12-May Mondelli Pinot Grigio Blush rose wine house
139 19-May Les Jamelles Cinsault rose wine house
151 31-May Echo Falls White Zinfandel rose wine Ye Olde Black Bear
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CIDER

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

145 25-May Mr Whitehead’s Toffee Apple cider The Steam Railway Company
150 30-May Happy Slapper cider The Ludlow Arms

The Daily Haiku has been fun and I plan to continue through the year but I won’t review these till the end of the year, perhaps to rank a top ten or twenty of my favourites but so far all but a couple are rubbish even when including the background info that helps explain them.  I become more and more convinced you don’t have to be clever to be a poet at the same time that this project steers me in the direction of poets I consider remarkably clever.

And, so art brings me to religion or, at a minimum, dogma.  The G-Had has been going on for a while now since my initial treatise on Hashlam.  The Combat Season has given way to the Summer, it seems, with only the Bicester Hash taking a hit in May.  Still on 1-per-month or more, but the prophet hasn’t been speaking to me (or through me) these past few weeks; plus, no one is ever hashing near a pub I can add to the list at a time that I can set aside to help them find The Way.  And, so on to June.

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