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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 …

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A Noise Annoys 

28 Jul 16

Last night, I was a little later home than other days, and my dear other half suggested a visit to the pub for tea (for those of you of a posh or southern disposition, that’s the evening meal).

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Taphouse 6: The Park Inn 

23 Jul 16

PubBlog Link Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 6, again with a brewery actually onsite- Holdens.

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Taphouse 5: The Beacon Hotel 

23 Jul 16

PubBlog Link Whatpub Link Twitter Taphouse 5, with a brewery actually onsite- Sarah Hughes.

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Beyond the Northern Wastes 

7 Jul 16

In the over 20 years I’ve lived in Walsall Wood, near to the 39x (previously)/10/10A (now) bus route , I’ve probably only caught the bus northwards towards Brownhills a handful of times, heading instead towards the bright lights of Walsall, and …

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A Personal Win 

22 Jun 16

I’m writing this on the eve of the EU referendum.

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A Tale of Two Crap Towns 

12 Jun 16

We’ve been away, and as I still didn’t fancy the long drive required for Scotland that we often take at this time of year, we went a bit closer- Morecambe.

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Taphouse 4: The Gunmaker’s Arms 

23 Apr 16

PubBlog Link Whatpub Link Pub Website Taphouse 4, this time it’s Two Towers ‘ taphouse.

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Police State? 

19 Apr 16

I was both intrigued, pleased, and disturbed in equal measure by this post from the blog of West Midlands Police Traffic .