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Swindon and Strood By-Election Scandal   Leave a comment

Emily Thornberry, MP, the Labour Party Shadow Attorney General was forced to resign the Front Benches today for tweeting this picture of a lorry stuck under a low bridge draped with St George flags and the caption, “Typical Swindon, eh?”

Swindon by-elections

 

DT #300, 27 October 2014 (John Lee Bourbon)   1 comment

John Lee Bourbon

Breakfast

 

Lottery numbers:
The Adver has future news!
Going to be rich.

Name: John Lee Bourbon
Type: booze
Venue: house

Review/notes: The Swindon Advertiser has ‘Stories from the Past’ in an insert today.  As the rest of the paper is static, none of those are stories of the present so by simple elimination the bulk of the journal is predictive.  I’ll drink to that.

Stories from the Past

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Los Gatos throws Old Town under a bus   2 comments

The owners of Los Gatos tapas bar have a weekly column in the Swindon Advertiser wherein they promote their business under a thin veil of general restaurant lore.  A few weeks ago they moved about 60 meters away and just around the corner from their old location.

This week’s column describes a post-apocalyptic hellscape on Wood Street compared to the bucolic safety of the new digs.  Again, about 60 meters away and just around the corner from their old location.

In promoting their business’ new location as yob free a welcoming to the middle-class pound, they have pretty much called their old one a loud, filthy death trap.  Albeit 60 meters away and just around the corner.

Summary: “That’s right. Fuck the neighbours, fuck the neighbourhood…we are the only venue worthy of your custom in this shithole, so come up for us then run for cover and best of luck to you getting past the war zone that is Wood Street.”

Swindon Advertiser 2014-10-24 Menu page 2

 

Why DO they have a weekly column, anyway?

DT #274, 1 October 2014 (Thwaites Wainwright)   Leave a comment

Thwaites Wainwright

Eminence visits:
Time to throw shit together
And see if it sticks.

Name: Thwaites Wainwright
Type: bitter
Venue: Wheatsheaf, Swindon

Review/notes: The Wheatsheaf is always a good choice (real oak barrels gravity dispense the 6X).  After a long afternoon designing some ion optics I should have already built a year ago (obliquely referenced in the haiku), I opted to run the last leg of the commute home.  There was a shooting last night in the neighbourhood I zigzagged through on my way to Old Town and there were coppers everywhere…but not so many that some little yobs-in-training didn’t feel uncomfortable flinging chestnuts at me.

Thwaites Wainwright pump clib

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Buttercross Inn, Chippenham   Leave a comment

Buttercross Inn Chippenham

 

Pretty sure that I had done every pub in Chippenham, I was pleased and surprised to find the Buttercross Inn.  Even more so that they had stacks of cider boxes to choose from…we were drawn in like gnats.  Very nice couple running the place, but still familiar…then it struck me: this was the Four Seasons in another life.  It looks really good both inside and out.  Music accompanies the cider fest this weekend (26-28 September 2014).

Oh, right, the house employs a character I first encountered at the Rose and Crown (one of my favourite pubs in town).  Here’s a wee story about Bambi.

 

Posted 2014/09/26 by Drunken Bunny in newspapers, pubs

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Shanghai Fish Bar, Swindon, Chippy Challenge #100   1 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)
Map link.

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DT #220, 8 August 2014 (Sandford Orchards Rhubarbed)   Leave a comment

Sandford Orchards Rhubarbed and dr who

Imagine Cruising:
A new unicorn mascot?
Or, rainbow flag shirts?

Name: Sandford Orchards Rhubarbed
Type: cider
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

STFC-imagine-cruising-shirt

Review/notes: Nothing special, just something to kill time waiting for the bus.  The Metro had the story of the Dr. Who world tour, but the real great story was the insert in the Swindon Advertiser showing the team kit with the gayest sponsor in the entire Football Association.  Cruising doesn’t translate to the British form of English but they should know that in the States it is the equivalent of ‘Cottaging.’

Sandford Orchards Rhubarbed pump

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