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Cloudwater Tap Takeover at the Urban Tap House Cardiff. A note

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2016 by kmflett

Cloudwater Tap Takeover at the Urban Tap House Cardiff. A note

 

Megan Davies and myself were recently at a Cloudwater TT at Mason & Co in Hackney Wick but that at Tiny Rebel’s Urban Tap in Cardiff showed a different side and perspective on the brewery.

There were more beers on cask than keg reflecting the local preference. Cloudwater on cask does appear in London but not as frequently as I’d like.

The 4.3% bitter Ive tweeted about before and it’s a very decent version of the style. I tried two session IPAs, one with Sorachi and one with Mosaic. I preferred the latter- it is a personal preference but both were highly quaffable.

On keg the bretted cream ale was a very interesting beer, not hugely sour but very drinkable. The autumn fruit custard porter I’m growing to like a lot (having tried it a couple of times in London) though Paul from Cloudwater notes that there aren’t many kegs left.

The IPA citra was also highly drinkable but I think for whatever reason not quite peak.

In short as a prelude to the Cardiff brewfest on the Bank Holiday weekend this was a great event.

It was not so much a meet the brewer (though we obviously did) as a brewers meeting with Gazza from Tiny Rebel presiding.

Also, did I mention this, Paul has a beard, always sign of good beer.

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Dominic Sandbrook v Jeremy Corbyn: On August trivia

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2016 by kmflett

Dominic Sandbrook v Jeremy Corbyn: August trivia

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The cultural historian Dominic Sandbrook has recently presented a 3 part series on the 1980s on BBC2. It was as usual hugely entertaining and did also contain some serious (right-wing) history if you concentrated hard enough.

Sandbrook is indeed the master of historical trivia. One idea was that while many might have thought the 1980s was quite a bit about Mrs Thatcher, according to Sandbrook, she was an also ran simply following trends.

These trends included Delia Smith’s cookery programmes, space invaders (at which young Dominic was rather good it seems) and microwave ovens.

The fact that the 1980s was the decade of microwave ovens is a commonplace for cultural historians but the first programme of the series featured Sandbrook putting something in a microwave several times. It may have been his script. Yes, that is caricature but Sandbrook histories do tend towards that kind of area.

Series done Sandbrook is back writing Op Ed pieces for the Daily Mail. I have read his latest (25th August) on Mr Corbyn goes on a train, so you don’t have to.

Sandbrook has also written the lead piece for this week’s New Statesman, a magazine which despite its origins seems keener on competing with the Spectator for right-wing readers (which makes some commercial sense btw as the Speccy has a much bigger circulation) on why Cameron is a loser.

Why Sandbrook is criticising Corbyn and Cameron in the same week is clear from the Mail piece, he likes Theresa May.

Sandbrook is prepared to admit to his credit that the Corbyn train story is trivia. His point, as the master of trivia, is I think that it is just not very good trivia. Perhaps it can be agreed that Corbyn could do better at trivia.

Sandbrook thinks Corbyn is ‘very stupid’ but then he thinks former used car salesman Philip Hammond is competent. He may be but he is Chancellor and he has no financial qualifications.

More importantly he thinks Corbyn is living in the age of the 1970s sit-in.

It is the 45th anniversary of the successful sit in at Upper Clyde Shipbuilders so perhaps he has a point there too.

The historical point however is such a commonplace as to be hardly worth making. Of course Corbyn is shaped by the decades he grew up in. I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s and often use the 1930s as  a frame of reference- as was common then. I doubt people born in the 1980s do that.

The point however is that while some of Corbyn’s Labour supporters do remember the 1970s (Ive met some of them, and I remember them…) the vast majority were not born then and back Corbyn because his politics seem relevant now.

So while Corbyn rightly wants to re-nationalise the railways- as polls consistently show a majority of the public do-Sandbrook in the Mail thinks this is a waste of time and what is required is just more regulation.

No doubt more regulation would be useful but where is the money to pay for it. Could it perhaps come from the subsidies the Government gives to train privateers that currently disappear into the pockets of shareholders and are not spent on improving the railways at all?

Anyway I’m off to microwave my lunch.

 

 

 

 

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Campaigners claim victory as Farage loses moustache that had brought hirsute into disrepute

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media release

August 25th

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners claim victory as Farage loses moustache that had brought hirsute into disrepute

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The Beard Liberation Front has called victory after Nigel Farage appeared in public without the moustache he had worn earlier in August.

Farage was speaking in Jackson at a rally for US Presidential candidate Donald Trump someone who himself has a complicated relationship with hirsuteness.

The campaigners had called for Farage to shave the moustache as they believed that it was bringing the hirsute into disrepute.

Commentators said at the time that the moustache made Farage look like a 1960s porn star, a sci-fi villain and even Oswald Mosley.

BLF organiser Keith Flett said Nigel Farage is one of those people who is better off clean shaven

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Traingate: The battle of the beards- 89% back Corbyn over Branson in poll

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media release 24th August

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Traingate: The battle of beards- 89% back Corbyn over Branson

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that in the Traingate battle of the beards between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Virgin boss Richard Branson its on-line poll involving several hundred beard wearers has found 89% back the Labour leader against just 11% for the Virgin boss.

While Branson is one of the most well-known hirsute businessmen in the UK, Corbyn is six times winner of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award. Branson has never won an Award for his beard.

The campaigners say that Jeremy Corbyn’s beard exhibits the gravitas which some may feel Branson’s beard is lacking in.

Beard Liberation Front organiser Keith Flett said, When it comes to the Battle of the Beards, our well supported poll suggests Traingate means Jeremy Corbyn has taken Richard Branson to the barbers.

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Hot weather alert as 2016 Beard, shorts & sandals season enters last week

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

24th August Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

HOT WEATHER ALERT AS ‘BEARDS, SHORTS & SANDALS’ SEASON ENTERS LAST WEEK

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Prudent in hot weather

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with the 2016 Beards, Shorts and Sandals season due to officially end on 31st August hot weather in some parts of the UK means that beard wearers must take prudent precautions to protect against the sun

The campaigners say that such precautions include wearing three quarter length rather than knee length shorts and wearing either light socks with sandals or applying factor 50 sun cream to the feet.

In addition the beard itself must be protected against the bleaching impact of the sun. This can be done by occasionally immersing the beard in a glass of real ale or craft beer from time to time during the day

The campaigners say that the image of organic beard, shorts and sandals has been one of the key male fashions of 2016 not just in Hackney and Dalston but across large parts of the UK as fashions change and develop.

The official season traditionally runs until August 31st. During that period the wearing of shorts and sandals- preferably without socks unless special dispensation is given, as is now the case given hot weather-is permitted for BLF supporters.

The BLF says that ‘beards, shorts and sandals’ is often a stereotype deployed by pogonophobes and so the wearing of shorts and sandals by the hirsute is best done within an agreed and defendable framework.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said Given the weather we expect the 2016 Beard, Shorts and Sandals season to peak in its last official week, but our message is clear- take care out there.

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Traingate: Campaigners say Corbyn shaves Branson in the battle of beards

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media release 24th August

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Traingate: Campaigners say Corbyn shaves Branson in the battle of beards

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that in the Traingate battle of the beards between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Virgin boss Richard Branson there can be only one winner and it is not Mr Branson.

While Branson is one of the most well-known hirsute businessmen in the UK, Corbyn is six times winner of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award. Branson has never won an Award for his beard.

As importantly Branson has been tangentially associated with at least one instance of pogonophobic behaviour. In 2004 a Virgin West Coast Trains employee Mohsin Mohmed took the Company to an Employment Tribunal alleging he had been unfairly dismissed. One issue was that a Virgin manager had ordered Mr Mohmed not have to a beard of more than 4 inches in length.

While the Tribunal case was lost by Mr Mohmed who was dismissed for poor performance, the requirement to trim his beard was admitted.

The campaigners say that it is unlikely Branson had direct knowledge of the case but it does suggest that companies he owns may not be particularly beard friendly.

By contrast Corbyn is known to be a champion of the cause of the hirsute in Parliament

Beard Liberation Front organiser Keith Flett said, if we look at the wider issues behind Traingate Corbyn shaves Branson every time

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Labour politics in August before Labour leadership contests

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2016 by kmflett

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Tuesday 16th August 1977 ‘Little bit of sunshine. Went shopping. The rabbit died’ Tony Benn Diaries

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