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Cheese & Marmite joins British Sandwich Week Beard Friendly vote

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release contact Keith Flett 07803 167266 23rd May

Cheese & Marmite joins British Sandwich Week Beard Friendly Vote

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that cheese and marmite has been added to the poll for the British Sandwich Week most beard friendly sandwich

The BLF has issued a call in British Sandwich Week [20-26 May] for sandwiches to become more friendly

Each year during National Beard Week in June the campaigners search for a sandwich that does not have excessive mayo or salad which tends up in the beard rather than the mouth.

With the rise of designer sandwiches the bread around the sandwich filling, whether a traditional slice, flat bread or ciabatta, often fails to contain the contents which can then spill out into the beard even with the most careful eating.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, not everyone likes marmite but the reality is that in a sandwich constrained by bread and cheese it can be both beard friendly and very tasty

British Sandwich Week vote for the most Beard Friendly Sandwich

Fish finger, aoili

Avocado on Rye

Cheese & Red Onion

Ham & Mustard

Crab, Chilli

Peanut Butter

Beetroot & Feta

Cheese & Haggis

Marmite & Cheese

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Brewdog has last attempt at Essex Rd, Islington site

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2018 by kmflett

The Brewdog site in Essex Rd, Islington (around 5 minutes walk from Angel tube for those unfamiliar but not on the main Upper St thoroughfare) has had a difficult history.

It opened as Dog Eat Dog selling beer and hot dogs with a licence that required eating in order to drink. I thought it was fine but clearly not enough people did and it shut. It re-opened as Punk Kitchen offering month long residencies to street food pop-ups (subsequently quite a popular model in craft beer pubs, although as beer writer Matthew Curtis points out Brewdog didnt pioneer the concept) but that didnt seem to work either.

It has been shut for a good while but a licence was obtained from Islington Council on 4th January for a ‘Hopworks’ concept which involves home brewing, a bar with a limited capacity (around 100 including outside seats) and pizzas.

The licence allows opening only to  11pm (there are residential units above and when some of the occupiers moved in the site was used for retail and shut at 6pm) which is the earliest in the area. This may be a slight issue at weekends.

Its set to open on June 1st and  while I am far from an unqualified fan of Brewdog I hope it works.

Home brewing is quite popular certainly in NE London (readers may rest assured that my plans for a series of beard beers await my retirement) but supplies of the required materials can be difficult to obtain and Brewdog will offer the chance to test brew on site.

The licence statement from Islington which is linked below makes quite interesting reading.

Brewdog are upfront that they took a wrong direction in trying to sell food as a major element of their offering and they are also clear that this is their last attempt to make the site work. If it doesnt they plan to sell. Again let’s hope it works this time

http://democracy.islington.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=14810

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Magic Rock Cannonballs 2018

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2018 by kmflett

On Monday Megan and myself were going to Cambridge (to the 45th CAMRA beerfest) but ended up near Cambridge Heath near Mother Kelly’s

Why? Megan had spotted that MKs were launching the 2018 versions of Magic Rock Human Cannonball

The original beer at 9.2% dates back to 2011. Unhuman Cannonball appeared in 2013 and this year has been added a New England version neo-Human Cannonball.

We sampled thirds at that strength.

I think there are two things to be said in general. Firstly back in the day you’d have expected beers of that strength to be sweet and cloying. The brewers art has moved on (for some anyway) and that is far from the case. They remain dangerously drinkable.

Secondly 2011 and 2013 are a long time ago in the craft beer world so while the Cannonballs may once have been cutting edge there are of course lots of DIPAs and TIPAs out there now. Indeed but the beers we sampled yesterday remain top notch examples of the styles.

What of the neo-human version. It is more like a juice bomb and definitely murky. The fact that the yeast involved is called London fog obviously endears it to me. However while I enjoy drinking such beers I often find it quite difficult to distinguish one from another. Some I like a little more, some a little less. The neo-human Cannonball was fine, the un-human Cannonball was superb.

Details of beers:

https://www.magicrockbrewing.com/blog/un-human-cannonball-2018/

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Barry Hindess 11th July 1939-19 May 2018 (Althusserian opponent of E P Thompson)

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2018 by kmflett

Barry Hindess who has died aged 78 was in the 1970s a key proponent of the ideas of the marxist philosopher Louis Althusser. He was involved with a journal, Theoretical Practice, and with his collaborator Paul Hirst raised the ire of E P Thompson in the Poverty of Theory. Thompson’s complaint was the Hindess and Hirst raised complex theoretical structures that far from providing any of form of guide to understanding were largely designed to obscure it.

Hopefully more detailed obituaries will follow and I will also post further with, hopefully, rather more nuanced comments!

Canberra Times

BARRY HINDESS
(Emeritus Professor)
11 July 1939 – 19 May 2018

Much loved and loving
partner of Christine.
Irreverent and wise friend,
colleague and mentor to many in Australia and throughout the world. Loved and revered for his
fearlessness of thought,
humility and endless kindness.
(Emeritus Professor)
11 July 1939 – 19 May 2018

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So, Farewell then Small Bar Cardiff, Welcome Crafty Devil Beelzebubs

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2018 by kmflett

So, Farewell then Small Bar Cardiff, Welcome Crafty Devil Beelzebubs

The news that after 20 months in Cardiff the Bristol based Small Bar is to close is not entirely welcome. Details are here:

http://www.smallbar.co.uk/craftydevil

The reasons are understandable. Small Bar and the associated Left Handed Giant brewery want to focus on Bristol after a hugely successful crowd funding. A Cardiff operation risks being a distraction.

Yet Small Bar, and Big Beer distribution, have brought to the Welsh Capital amazing beers that I don’t see so often in the beard and beer bars of my North London base (when Im not in central Cardiff obviously) let alone in Cardiff itself.

Something may be lost.

But there is a lot of good news too. Firstly Small Bar is staying as a craft beer pub with Cardiff’s excellent Crafty Devil brewery and one of the UK’s most splendidly hirsute landlords Chris Rowlands. Secondly the existing staff, all really well versed in all matters beer are staying on.

In my professional life as a trade union officer I would almost certainly call that a good job done.

Still there are other things. Its to be hoped that Crafty Devil do a little more cask beer and sell it in pints for those who feel that this is their measure of choice (and lots do- see my blog for an observation on that at the Hop Locker, on the Southbank in London on Sunday).

I don’t really buy that the departure of Small Bar represents a blow for what is called in managerial circles (I just represent them as a union officer) the hospitality industry. Personally I go into bars and pubs to drink a beer, have a chat and so on. Small Bar was excellent for that and will be as Beelzebubs particularly if the wi-fi now works…..

So something lost, something gained.

Finally a small word on Wales. I bang on about this in other arenas but some people in London, particularly those who have influence have real trouble seeing Wales from central London. If what Ive written about above had happened in north-east London social media would be deluged and before long something would appear in the Guardian querying what the future for craft beer is.

But what happens around craft beer in Wales is hardly noticed elsewhere. It should be. Its called combined and uneven development one of the core principles of the Third International. For those not so minded try Bob Dylan’s ‘the slow one now will later be fast’.

I can only wish Small Bar in Bristol and Left Handed Giant every success as much as I do Beelzebubs in Cardiff.

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British Sandwich Week call for sandwiches to be made more beard friendly

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release contact Keith Flett 07803 167266 21st May

British Sandwich Week call for sandwiches to be more beard friendly

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has issued a call in British Sandwich Week [20-26 May] for sandwiches to become more friendly

Each year during National Beard Week in June the campaigners search for a sandwich that does not have excessive mayo or salad which tends up in the beard rather than the mouth.

With the rise of designer sandwiches the bread around the sandwich filling, whether a traditional slice, flat bread or ciabatta, often fails to contain the contents which can then spill out into the beard even with the most careful eating.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett the world of sandwiches is fortunately moving on, partly as a result of our campaigning, but we’d like to see that reflected more clearly in British Sandwich Week. Too many sandwiches still have excessive mayo and salad that ends up in the beard of even the most careful hirsute eater

British Sandwich Week vote for the most Beard Friendly Sandwich

Fish finger, aoili

Avocado on Rye

Cheese & Red Onion

Ham & Mustard

Crab, Chilli

Peanut Butter

Beetroot & Feta

Cheese & Haggis

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Rupert Murdoch demanded ban on beards (& suede shoes) at the Sun and the Times

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

21st  May

Media Release contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Rupert Murdoch demanded ban on beards (& suede shoes) at the Sun and the Times

Photo: Josh Reynolds

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that a new biography by former News International executive Les Hinton has revealed that Rupert Murdoch tried to ban beards at the Sun and the Times.

The campaigners say that it is little surprise that Murdoch, who has never been known to wear a beard, is a pogonophobe.

Restrictions on beards and casual dress were not unknown in workplaces until quite recently so Murdoch may have been far from alone in imposing a Victorian dress code

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Murdoch’s beard ban does at least reveal why he is so opposed to Jeremy Corbyn, he fears the beard

Ian Burrell at the I Newspaper has the full story here:

https://inews.co.uk/news/media/rupert-murdochs-right-hand-man-les-hinton-speaks-out/