20210530 mb01 Day 02 Wrap

31/05/2021 Leave a comment

Sunny Sunday, Contactless everything, far too many Belgian Fine Ales and an Old School Pub to finish #mb01

20210529 mb01 Day 01 Wrap

30/05/2021 Leave a comment

Brass holds it’s heat. Bank Holidays really want to rain. Fibre Spoons. Just like I’ve never been gone. Premier Inn Computer failure and Chelsea win.


For Saturday 29 May 2021

29/05/2021 Leave a comment

The Saturday Wrap for 29 May 2021. Newport Beano, Backup Sunday, More Apple Updates, Sun, Expanse from The Beginning, Tumble FTTC, 21H1, Booking. #Worcester #SaturdayWrap

Prelude #mb01 Worcester May 2021

29/05/2021 Leave a comment

Learning lessons about making Coffee at Michaelwood Services. Spotting rain that wasn’t forecast. Emergency Bacon and Coffee in The Crown – Worcester. Life is good.

Double Take Curry Thursday

27/05/2021 Leave a comment

Overdoing it on the chip front on Curry Thursday in The Tumble Inn, Pontypridd.

It’s The Little Things That Matter

25/05/2021 Leave a comment

Like will the bus be on time or will it even turn up? Will it hammer down with rain? Will I have enough things to moan about? So, dry and the bus was on time.

Newport was, well mostly closed before 08:00, still repairing the fire damage and minus one Spoons. The Queens Hotel. I will miss it.

With only one Wetherspoon in the City Centre, The John Wallace Linton, that now is the earliest to open and that is at 08:00. All the coffee Shops are 08:00 too. Still not back to whatever normal.

And so to Breakfast. BrewDog and Bacon seemed to hit the mark. Ordered on the app and I didn’t go for any sauces. Full disclosure, I am a BrewDog shareholder.

And it wouldn’t be me with out a tech failure. Here’s a tip, if the app says the beer is out of stock but you can see it in the fridge. Always go with your eyes. Still AB InBev.

Next was the Pen & Wig, Newport edition. Great welcome and a LocAle brew that became a 1K tweet, which for me is rather good. Good to be back on the cask. CAMRA member after all.

You can’t just have Fine Ales even if it is a Welsh Cake Stout. You need chips and you need chips from the Harbour Fish Bar. By the way it nearer to the Railway Station than it is to any Harbour. Always a good weather discussion going on there too.

Had a booking for Tiny Rebel Newport and I was sadly 10 minutes late. No problem and because I was a single booking I was put in the corner next to the power, my favourite spot.

Ordering was either via waiting staff or via a table QR code which tales you to an ordering website. Second tip of the day, the table number is written on the side of the hand sanitiser bottle. He’s the cream of the crop an 8.0% ABV Apricot and Vanilla IPA.

Little things win out

The First of 2021

23/05/2021 Leave a comment

So the first Saturday Beano of the year and what has changed. First The Queens Hotel is no longer a Wetherspoon’s Pub and it’s no longer a pub either. I’m not sure that rentable workspace ala We Work is the way forward but I wish them well. Secondly, no Pubs or Coffee Shops are open before 08:00, not even the Costa Coffee at the station. All the pubs are sign in but they all accept walk ups. In my case it was the John Wallace Linton, Pen & Wig and The Newport Tiny Rebel bar. The Harbour Fish Bar still provides the best chips in Newport and ordering of drinking in pubs is much easier with a Smartphone. Whatever your age may be. The good news was that it didn’t rain. So glad to be back Beanoing.


For Saturday 22 May 2021

22/05/2021 Leave a comment

The Saturday Wrap for 22 May 2021. The FA Cup, deprecated IFTTT, Going indoors, IA Writer, Google IO, earthing up, Crypto Crash, Another invite, Curry Thursday, Gales and back to Newport. #Newport #SaturdayWrap 

Hello Again Curry Thursday

20/05/2021 Leave a comment

If there is one thing this post COVID world has brought, it is condiment sachets. Which for someone like me who likes to drown their food in Vinegar, it’s a massive step backwards. It’s not easy asking for 15 sachets of Vinegar and still getting a little respect. So off to Aldi and purchase a small bottle of Bramwells Malt Vinegar. No Non Brewed Condiment for me.

And the weather is all day rain, so maybe a little longer in Spoons and also to test out the any drink as an addition. Hazy Jane even, maybe?

I have a Spoons Gift card, so it’s flag down a server and ask them to order via their Android tablet. I just hope that I won’t go viral. And don’t start me on that. I would have just put my hand up as a server passed, if I didn’t have a smart phone. #YMMV

Tip of the day: Don’t try to check in on the Wetherspoons App until you are on WiFi.

The rain has kept most of the punters away and despite not ordering on the app, it doesn’t support gift cards. I was off straight way.

And in case you are wondering the 660ml bottles of Hazy Jane are not included in the meal deal. Pints of Doombar, are of course in.

Quick inquiry about Mango Chutney and out it came in one of those little waxed paper containers. Happy days are certainly back again.

And now I want a snooze. Nothing has really changed…

Back Indoors

17/05/2021 Leave a comment

Back Indoors

Monday May 17 2021 and it’s back indoors and not straight through and out into the Carpark in The Tumble Inn. Although as it is called

Not very secret and more like the carpark. Although when the wind dropped and it didn’t rain it really was rather pleasant and the staff were real troopers. I wonder it the secret garden will still be open as I’m not sure where the 314 will all go?

Time to go in. Still there is Covid security in place. Me, I’m more of an app punter. Got there early and it was already full with pushchairs and babies already awaiting entry.

The World shortage of beers is already showing up. Had to exchange a Camden Hells for a BrewDog Elvis Juice.

And before you ask the Secret Garden is still open should you wish to sit out side. Also while we were all siting outside Hard Seltzer became a thing. Strange times indeed.

And to end on a positive note, Steak Tuesday and Curry Thursday are back. Getting there.

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