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Independent Thought 

14 Aug 18

I picked up this article on Unherd via Twatter, bemoaning the loss of bus services in rural areas, and the general loss of non-profitable bus services, especially outside the capital.

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A Sad Loss 

17 Jul 18

I was greatly saddened to hear from BrownhillsBob that we have to say goodbye to The Plastic Hippo , a man who made the local blog scene so much the richer.

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23 Apr 18

Saturday involved, after sorting a couple of household things, a beer trip to meet Andy & JC.

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Bearing up under the strain 

13 Mar 18

So, I decided to go and take a look at the nicely refurbished Ogley Junction Bridge , and hopefully cross it and get to Chasewater, extending my recent short rides .

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There Is No Cloud 

7 Mar 18

there is just someone else’s computer .

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No More Beyond the Northern Wastes 

22 Feb 18

With the reduction of subsidies from Staffordshire Council , our relatively recent discovery of Chasetown and Burntwood as places to drink and eat looks like it will end in April, when the NXWM 10 bus route stops going further than Brownhills at off-…

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A Slightly Longer Spin 

30 Jan 18

I’d finished work early to get a broken coil spring fixed on my car (the bodyshop visit having prevented me being organised and getting the MOT done with more time to spare) and the MOT retest done.

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24 Jan 18

A minor intertubes annoyance of mine.

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Breaking the System 

2 Dec 17

I’ve been in hospital again.

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Bell Ends 

21 Aug 17

[Title shamelessly stolen from here ] So then, Andy wonders why i have no faith in the political system.

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In the Hall of the Greene King 

17 Aug 17

So, there was a bit of work needed at an office in Bury St Edmunds- a bit of network diagnosis and install a ID card printer.

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Diesel Do 

1 Aug 17

So having had the emmissions-test cheat mode removed from my car, I was interested to see on BBC Watchdog ( everyone’s favourite combination of fuckwits and whingers ) that there seems to be a growing number of complaints following the “service …

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29 May 17

I happened across a tweet from CPMG last week,and retweeted it (amd, indeed, responded to it with both a reply and by completing the survey (which I’d encourage you to do).

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Festival -1: Walsall Beer Festival 

9 Mar 17

Sad to hear that this weekend’s Walsall Beer Festival is off: Urgent announcement.

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Chilly Out 

5 Jan 17

I realise it’s winter, but tonight’s cold snap surprised me: I got changed, got gloves on, and got the bike out, and then when setting off had a surprise: the front gear mechanism literally would not move, and investigation found that it was …

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1 Jan 17

This blog has just passed it’s thirteenth birthday, and we’re at the start of a new year, a year that’s to be honest, brought little to be happy about in many ways: the loss of many celebrities (and for once, the word celebrity is actually …

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Taphouse Tour: Summary 

28 Dec 16

The Taphouse Tour is over, and here’s a summary: Name Score The Duke William 9.75 The Old Bulls Head 9.37 Green Duck Brewery Badelynge Bar 8.75 Beacon Hotel 8.66 The Fountain 8.44 Hail to the Ale 8 The Sow and Pigs 7.525 The Park Inn 6.98 The Windsor …

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Taphouse 10: The Old Bulls Head 

28 Dec 16

Pubblog Link */?> Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 10, again with a brewery actually onsite- Black Country Ales.

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Make Tech Difficult 

12 Dec 16

One of the things non-techies hate about tech is the complexity of setting some things up, and the rise of IoT , and the ubiquity of smartphones and home broadband has meant that our homes have more and more tech, and that tech is expected to talk to…

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Some you win 

4 Nov 16

Time I blogged a bit more… A week of differing days: starting with a very long day, and a failed Internet connection and firewall migration (which had to be reverted), followed by another late finish, followed by a hospital appointment with a long …

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Out for a Duck? 

5 Oct 16

I note that The Drunken Duck in Walsall Wood High St is closed and looking for a new tenant, as a business opportunity, and this is probably the time that I can say it was the pub behind my pub lifecycle post , though the concept applies elsewhere.

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Taphouse 9: The Windsor Castle Inn 

24 Sep 16

Pubblog Link Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 9.

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Taphouse 8: Green Duck Brewery Badelynge Bar 

24 Sep 16

Pubblog Link Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 8, this time more the bar on the brewery site rather than a brewery on a bar or pub site.

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Taphouse 7: The Duke William 

24 Sep 16

Pubblog Link Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 7, again with a brewery actually onsite- Craddocks.

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The Pub Lifecycle 

16 Aug 16

Some thing I’ve remarked upon with friends but not really covered here before now is the seemingly cyclical nature of some pubs; Andy has mentioned it in a number of posts, and we’ve probably caught pubs at different stages of the cycle during …