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The Ambridge Socialist Poll: Should Lynda Snell produce ‘Waiting for Titchener’ for the Xmas play?

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2016 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

24th October

Contact: Keith Flett 07803 167266

Poll: What Play Should Lynda Snell do at Christmas?


Last year’s Ambridge Village Hall Christmas production, directed by the indefatigable Lynda Snell, was a version of Calendar Girls.

Lynda resolved not to direct this year but was persuaded by partner Robert and Kate Aldridge has offered to ‘assist’. We have interpreted Lynda Snell’s remit of a pantomime with a modern twist, liberally though a Marxist Cinderella is her own idea.

The question is posed: what play should Lynda and Kate produce?

Cinderella (Marxist version)

Waiting for Titchener (Samuel Beckett adapted Snell)

War & Peace (abridged & adapted Snell)

Jack & the Genetically Modified Beanstalk (trad)

The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov)

Snow White (Hegelian version)


Brewdog Collabfest 2016: state of the craft art?

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2016 by kmflett

Brewdog Collabfest 2016


I’m not sure that the Brewdog Collabfest makes quite the impact it should in the beer world (I might be wrong).

I happened to notice it in a tweet and noted that as I’d be in Cardiff that weekend, the local Brewdog would be an obvious location to try the beers (it was).

Often when I’m in London I find myself catching up in the early part of the week after the Collabfest weekend.

There are more Brewdog bars this year so there are more beers. I’m not a ticker so I didn’t try (quite) all of them but I did have (mostly in thirds, a Brewdog strength as it were) most of them.

What beer you like is mostly a matter of personal taste, though I didn’t dislike any of those I tried. I did avoid some styles that I’m not super keen on- one or two red ales for example, and some coffee stouts (which I do like but I’ve had a lot of).

Anyway, the Brew By Numbers Table Saison (3% mustard and salt) was both interesting and drinkable. At the other end of the scale Wiper and True’s DIPA at 9.5% was dangerously drinkable (I had two x one third).

The Cloudwater amber beer- a Special Bitter at 4.5% was a good solid beer. Excellent.

The Howling Hops Raspberry Ripple from very much down my way in NE London was very good as was the Siren Ten Dollar Shake, Fruit Smoothie IPA, lovely. The Dead Man Brew Machine, Cherry & Bourbon Oaked Saison was also highly drinkable.

There were others of course but as a snapshot of where UK craft beer is at the Collabfest is arguably unparalleled.

Cherry Coconut. Coffee, Mango and Orange were in various ways popular ingredients, but only beer with chilli.

There is a wider issue of Collab beers. Once quite rare there is an argument that these have become ubiquitous and therefore of less interest. Perhaps in some cases but the Collabfest is a kind of a state of the craft art beer event.

Its perhaps unusual to suggest Brewdog lack promotion, but a bit more focus on that point would be quite justified.

I discussed this post with Megan Davies who drank the beers with me (but not always the same ones). She has commented separately on twitter @megfdavies


Poll for Most Scary Beard of Halloween creaks open

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE 23rd October

contact Keith Flett      07803 167266



The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, which  campaigns against irrational prejudice against the hirsute, has said that the poll for the Beard of Halloween 2016 title is underway.

In 2015 Jeremy Clarkson took 50% of the vote with Roy Keane second and Lord Sugar third.

The title, awarded each year on October 31st, takes a wry look at Halloween festivities by identifying the scariest beard in the public eye. The winner is likely to win by the narrowest crack of a squeaky floorboard.

The BLF does not generally believe that beards are scary but accepts that on a dark moonless night as a beard looms through the gloom, nerves may rise a little as to what lies behind the beard.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said of course none of the beards on the shortlist is genuinely scary. But come Halloween things can look a little different…



Richard Branson

Noel Edmonds

Philip Green

Roy Keane

Christopher Lee

Lord Sugar

Antony Worrall Thompson



The Ambridge Socialist: The Ambridge Christmas Show-a Marxist take on Cinderella?

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2016 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

October 23rd CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266

The real Borsetshire Echo: 65 years of class struggle in Ambridge

The Ambridge Christmas show: a Marxist take on Cinderella?


Lynda Snell has been ‘persuaded’ to do another Christmas production after last year’s successful Calendar Girls. She has is being assisted by Kate. Lynda seems unsure as to whether Ambridge is ‘quite ready for a Marxist take on Cinderella’. The Ambridge Socialist says: why not? Ambridge Socialist Editor Keith Flett, of course there is always War and Peace, or an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s famous work, Waiting for Rob.

Why is Titchener still allowed in The Bull?

After a fracas at The Bull a few weeks back in which a drunk Rob Titchener was ejected for threatening to hit all and sundry the Ambridge Socialist is surprised to find that Calendar Man has been back at the bar in the last few days.

The Ambridge Socialist is not a fan of banning things (except fox hunting obviously) but we do think there should be a compulsory cooling off period before Titchener is allowed to cause trouble in The Bull again.

Grundy’s cider is best? 85% say it is

Joe Grundy is preoccupied with Bartleby almost as much an Ambridge institution as Joe himself. Even so it is apple picking and cider making time and Apple Day was on October 21st. Is Grundy’s Scrumpy as distributed to co-op members at the Cider Barn the best in Borsetshire? According to the Ambridge Socialist poll 85% think it is.

In Other News

Ian is staying and so is Adam

Rob has bundled up Helen’s belongings and threatened to put them in a skip. Lilian has offered to help Helen sort them out.

Tom is off to Germany as part of his scholarship. Another two fingers at Brexit.

Meanwhile a post-Brexit financial seminar at Lower Loxley has been causing trouble



‘Beard of Botham’ England cricketer Ben Stokes set for Beard of Year shortlist

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release

23rd October

Keith Flett 07803 167266

‘Beard of Botham’ Ben Stokes set for Beard of Year shortlist


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that hirsute England cricketer Ben Stokes is set for inclusion on the Beard of the Year shortlist announced on 25th November after an outstanding performance with bat and ball in the First Test against Bangladesh.

Stokes has so far taken four wickets and scored a potentially decisive 85 runs in England’s second innings.

The campaigners say that Stokes has the ‘beard of Botham’ arguably England’s greatest all-rounder.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we reckon that Stokes, who doesn’t always have a beard, gains confidence with a beard and that leads to match winning performances.



Trump’s plans for his first 1,000 years

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2016 by kmflett


Donald Trump has revealed his ‘plans’ for his first 100 days as President in the hopefully unlikely event that he is elected:

100 days seem unduly modest for Trump. Below are some ideas for his first 1,000 years:

1] Intern without trial anyone who Trump doesnt like or disagrees with.

2] Indemnify the President against all legal claims against him

3] Invade Poland

4] Expropriate Scotland for use as a golf course

5] Bomb somewhere (not too concerned about where exactly)


Gary Lineker guaranteed a place on Beard of the Year shortlist

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release

22nd October

Keith Flett 07803 167266

Gary Lineker guaranteed a place on Beard of the Year shortlist


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Gary Lineker has been guaranteed a place on the shortlist when the Beard of the Year poll opens on 25th November. The result of the on-line vote is announced at the end of December each year.

The campaigners say that Lineker’s intervention in support of refugees has shown the hirsute in a positive light and Beard of the Year is an Award all about beard wearers who make a positive impact in public life.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Whether Gary Lineker becomes Beard of the Year 2016 is up to voters but we thought it appropriate to at least guarantee him a place on the poll.


Beard of the Year: Winners List

2015 Bryan Spooner

2014 Conchita Wurst

2013 Gareth Malone

2012 Robin Lustig

2011 Jay Rayner

2010 Ai Wei Wei

2009 Zach de la Rocha

2008 Rowan Williams & Tom Jones

2007 Robert Plant

2006 Monty Panesar

2005 Andrew Flintoff

2004 Andrew Flintoff/Paul Mackney

2003 Robin Cook

2002 Charles Clarke

2001 Jeremy Corbyn

2000 Frank Dobson