THE ANGEL IN THE FIELD



ALPINE RATING: 7 OUT OF 10



37 THAYER STREET, MARYLEBONE, LONDON, W1U 2QY.
BOND STREET, BAKER STREET TUBE.





I LIKE THIS PUB. I HOPE PEOPLE IN THE LOCAL AREA LIKE IT TOO. I CAN IMAGINE THIS PLACE GOES DOWN A TREAT WITH THE AFTER WORK CROWD. IT'S VERY 'MARYLEBONE' THIS PLACE. 
OK, LET'S START FROM THE TOP, IT'S SMALL. BUT NOT CRAPPY SMALL. ANY ESTATE AGENT WOULD DESCRIBE IT AS 'COSY'.. AND IN THIS CASE THEY'D BE BANG ON THE MONEY.
IT HAS A RATHER STRANGE PUB SIGN. REAL KIND OF JACKSON POLLOCK STUFF. THE INSIDE IN THE DAYTIME IS AKIN TO DRINKING INSIDE A CHURCH. BUT IN A COOL WAY, NOT LIKE THE HOLY WATER BUBBLING LIKE A HOT KETTLE.


IT HAS ALL THE UNCLE SAM HALLMARKS AND IT HAS AN UPSTAIRS WHICH I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO SEE (I WAS HEADING TO THE DOVER CASTLE AFTER)...
IT HAS A VERY WELCOMING AMBIANCE. IT EVEN HAS A BLACKBOARD WITH AN ENCOURAGING MESSAGE SAYING SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT OF 'WORK IS OVER, DON'T WORRY! BE HAPPY'...
THE TADDY WAS SPOT ON.


SO WHAT MAKES THIS HOUSE OF UNCLE SAMS, A CUT ABOVE THE OTHERS?
GLAD YOU ASKED.
THE CUSTOMER SERVICE!
BY FAR THE BEST I'VE I HAVE RECEIVED ANYWHERE!!!
EVER.
A YOUNG IRISH GENTLEMEN TICKED EVERY BOX IMAGINABLE AND ASKED WHY I WASN'T STAYING FOR ANOTHER AS I LEFT FOR THE DOVER CASTLE!! AND I WANTED TO STAY FOR ANOTHER, BUT I'D BE LETTING YOU LOT DOWN NOW, WOULDN'T I?!!


SO WOULD I MAKE ANY IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS PUB? NO. SO 7 OUT OF 10? EXPLAIN!! THE PUB IS SMALL AND I IMAGINE A LIVING NIGHTMARE TO GET INTO AFTER 5. BUT WHAT CAN THEY DO ABOUT THAT? THEY'RE A VICTIM OF THEIR OWN SUCCESS!!! IT'S VERY TRADITIONAL. I'D LOVE TO SEE A DARTBOARD THOUGH. AND A BETTER PUB SIGN. THE WEIRDO ART DOESN'T DO IT FOR ME. I WANT A PICTURE OF AN ANGEL STANDING IN A CORN FIELD IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. WITH GLOWING RED EYES. 'THE ANGEL IN THE FIELD'.. I SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN ARTIST, NOT WRITING ABOUT ALE HOUSES. I'D HAVE GIVEN DALI A RUN FOR HIS MONEY....

THE ORDNANCE ARMS



ALPINE RATING: 8 OUT OF 10




98 ORDNANCE HILL, LONDON, NW8 6PS
ST JOHNS WOOD TUBE






IF THE SWISS IS MY WIFE, THIS WOULD BE MY MISTRESS. THIS GORGEOUS THING IS ONLY 5 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE SWISS (YE OLDE SWISS COTTAGE).
I FIRST ENQUIRED ABOUT THIS PLACE WHILST TALKING  TO A MEMBER OF STAFF AT THE SWISS. IT SEEMED A BIT ODD. I COULDN'T RESIST. I HAD TO HAVE A LOOK.
AS I WALKED THROUGH THE DOORS A FEW NIGHTS LATER I FELT LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. I ALWAYS DRINK IN THE SWISS, HOW COULD I DEFECT AND GO TO IT'S ANNOYING LITTLE SISTER? WHAT IF SOMEONE FROM THE SWISS SAW ME?!!! TRAITOR!!!
AS IT TURNED OUT..
IT IS THE  BEAUTIFUL OLDER SISTER WITH CLASS, PIZAZZ AND STYLE. WHERE THE SWISS IS OLD SCHOOL, RUFF AND READY, THIS IS POSH AND WELL BRED.
LET'S GET DOWN TO BRASS TAXES.
THERE BEER HERE IS BANG ON. IT'S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THE STANDARD OF BEER CAN VARY IN DIFFERENT UNCLE SAM HOUSES. I'VE NEVER REALLY FOUND THIS TO BE THE CASE TO BE HONEST. BUT I MUST SAY, THE BEER TASTES GREAT HERE. WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE IT'S SO CLASSY I THINK THAT OR IT ACTUALLY IS, WE'LL NEVER KNOW!!!!



THEY USUALLY HAVE VERY PRETTY YOUNG GIRLS SERVING BEHIND THE BAR, WHICH IS NICE. THE SERVICE IS SOO POLITE! IS THIS A PUB? MAYBE THE QUEEN IN COMING FOR TEA??
 THEY HAVE AN OPEN FIRE ALSO ON COLD DAYS. ON ONE SUCH DAY I PLONKED MY FAT ARSE DOWN BY IT. GOT TOO HOT. ENDED UP BUYING MORE BLOODY BEER.




THE LOCALS ARE FRIENDLY AND LOVE TALKING ABOUT FOOTBALL. PEOPLE COME IN HERE FOR COFFEE. 
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE IT'S ST JOHNS WOOD, THE SERVICE IS SLIGHTLY ABOVE PARR. CRIKEY. IF YOUR IN THIS NECK OF THE WOOD, POP IN. YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
TRUST ME!
HEEEEELLLOOO ORDNANCE!!!

YE OLDE SWISS COTTAGE



ALPINE RATING: 8 OUT OF 10



98 FINCHLEY ROAD, LONDON, NW3 5EL
SWISS COTTAGE TUBE







THIS IS MY LOCAL.
THIS IS MY LOCAL AND I LOVE THIS PUB. I LOVE IT TO DEATH. WITH THE PRICE OF BEER RISING, I WON'T BE ABLE TO GO TO THE PUB IN THE FUTURE FULL STOP. BUT WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING, I LOVE THIS PUB AND IT'S MY LOCAL.
THIS WAS THE FIRST SAM SMITHS I EVER WENT TO. I WASN'T A FAN STRAIGHT AWAY OF THEIR BEER. IT WAS 1998 AND I WAS YOUNG. MY TASTES HADN'T MATURED YET. IT WAS ONLY LATER I GOT TO LOVE UNCLE SAM AND HIS AWESOME BREWS.

WHEN DESCRIBING HOW TO GET THERE TO FRIENDS I ALWAYS SAY "IT LOOKS LIKE A CUCKOO CLOCK, AS SOON AS YOU COME OUT OF THE STATION YOU'LL SEE IT"...
THEN THEY SAY "CRIKEY, IT REALLY DOES LOOK LIKE A CUCKOO CLOCK"....


LET ME COMMENCE WITH THE REVIEWS. THESE PICTURES AT THE TOP IS ME AND A COUPLE OF MATES. DEL BOY AND BAZZA OR DERRICK AND BARRY TO THEIR PARENTS.





CHIN CHIN *CLICK*

BUT...
I HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH MY REVIEW. IT GETS 8 OUT OF 10 ALPINES. MOST PEOPLE WOULD GIVE IT THAT. I LOVE THIS PUB, SO I HAVE TO REIGN IT IN. IT HAS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF UNCLE SAMS MANY HOMES.
PICTURES OF HORSES AND DOGS *CHECK*
OLD PUB SIGN OUTSIDE *CHECK*
MEN WITH WEIRD FACIAL HAIR *CHECK*

IT LOOKS LIKE AN OLD LODGE.
I LOVE THAT.
I REALLY DO. 



BUT THERE ARE OTHER ATTRACTIONS ALSO.
IT HAS A POOL HALL. BUT IT'S HIDDEN! SO MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IT'S LOCAL FOR LOCAL PEOPLE! IT HAS A WONDERFUL UPSTAIRS USED FOR PRIVATE PARTIES. LARGE AND SPACIOUS.

THE SERVICE I THINK IS ALWAYS FANTASTIC, OTHER REVIEWS AND CLAIMED NOT SO, BUT I'VE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. THE TADDY IS ALWAYS LOVELY. THE GARDEN IS FANTASTIC IN SUMMER, DESPITE BEING ON A ROUNDABOUT. IT HAS PLENTY OF SPACE INSIDE AND OUT. 
IT EVEN HAS ITS OWN TUBE STATION EXIT!!!! WHAT OTHER PUB HAS THAT??!!!!!!!!!

THE TOILETS ARE CLEAN AND SMELL FRESH. ALWAYS.
THERE ARE PLENTY OF STRANGE LOCALS TO TALK TO. WHAT A GEM.
INTERESTING WOODWORK OUTSIDE.

I LOVE THIS PLACE AND THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT. I CAN'T REALLY REVIEW THIS PUB WITHOUT GUSHING. THANK YOU UNCLE SAM. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU...

THE FITZROY TAVERN



ALPINE RATING: 9 OUT OF 10



16 CHARLOTTE STREET, FITZROVIA, LONDON, W1T 2NA
TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD AND GOODGE STREET TUBE.



THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE PUB WITH A RICH LITERARY HISTORY. DYLAN THOMAS, GEORGE ORWELL AND AUGUSTUS JOHN ARE JUST A COUPLE OF THE GREATS IT IS CLAIMED TO USED TO DRINK IN THIS FINE WATERING HOLE. IT'S EVEN HAD A BOOK WRITTEN ABOUT IT. BUT, IT'S NOT JUST THE "FAMOUS WRITERS USED TO DRINK HERE" ELEMENT THAT'S IMPRESSIVE.
THIS PUB IS SHRINE SAMUEL SMITHS. EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK THERE IS VINTAGE PHOTOS, NOT JUST OF THE FAMOUS FORMER PATRONS, BUT OF THE BREWERY IN IT'S HAYDAY.



IT HAS EVERYTHING A SAMUEL SMITH NUT LIKE MYSELF WOULD FIND EXCITING...


BELOW IS A PICTURE OF THE INFAMOUS 'MAN IN THE BOX'....
THIS PICTURE IS HUNG NOT ONCE BUT TWICE ON THE WALLS. I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS SEEING WHEN I WENT IN. THIS PICTURE TICKLED ME NO END. I SUSPECT IT COULD HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY NAPOLEON DYNAMITE.



THE BREWERY LIKES TO KEEP PUBS IN THE STATE THEY WERE MANY YEARS AGO AND I LOVE THAT ABOUT THEM. IT LIKE STEPPING BACK IN TIME (THE JOHN SNOW AND CITTIE OF YORKE ARE OUTSTANDING EXAMPLES ALSO)
THIS PUB DELIVERS ON IT'S TRADITIONAL LOOK AND FEEL.
IT HAS A CRACKING DOWNSTAIRS. WORTH HAVING A PEEK ONCE YOUR ON YOUR WAY TO THE TOILETS. OR SIT DOWN AND HAVE A DRINK THERE. GO ON, PUSH THE BOAT OUT.



THE SERVICE WAS CRACKING. THE BAR LADY WAS POLITE. THE TADDY WAS EXCELLENT. 

THE SEATS AGAIN HAVE THE 'OPEN BOOTH' STYLE I LOVE. YOU COULD SPEND HOURS LOOKING AT THE WONDERFUL PHOTOS ON THE WALL.


THIS PUB COMES A CLOSE SECOND TO 'THE CITTIE OF YORKE' IN TERMS OF LAYOUT AND HISTORY. AGAIN, I CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN. IT'S BRILLIANT.



THE OLD SOAK GUZZLING CIDER IS MY DAD. HE TAGGED ALONG. WELL HE KNEW WHERE IT WAS... I HAD TO BRING HIM.



THE BLUE POSTS



ALPINE RATING: 6 OUT OF 10



81 NEWMAN STREET, LONDON, W1T 3EU
TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD AND GOODGE STREET TUBE.






SO.. WHERE DOES ONE BEGIN WITH THE BLUE POSTS?....
WELL LETS START WITH THE FACT THERE IS ANOTHER PUB CALLED 'THE BLUE POSTS' ABOUT 10 MINUTES AWAY. SO DON'T GET THEM MIXED UP. IT'S A COPPER BOTTOMED GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL BE THE CHEAPER OF THE TWO.
I LIKE THE BLUE POSTS, ITS QUAINT, IT HAS CHARACTER, IT HAS SAMUEL SMITH BEER. WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE? MY ONLY REASON REALLY FOR THE LOWER THEN AVERAGE SCORE (AND 6 AIN'T BAD) IS THE SPACE OR RATHER THE LACK OF IT...



I WENT TO VISIT THIS PUB ON A SUNDAY AND I WAS THE ONLY PERSON IN THERE. IT MUST GET BUSY LATER ON BECAUSE 'THE CHAMPION' ACROSS THE ROAD IS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. ACCORDING TO MY SOURCES, THIS PLACE GETS RAMMED TO BURSTING   MOST WEEKDAY NIGHTS. I ORDERED A STOUT (THOUGHT I'D HAVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT) AND IT WAS LOVELY. THE SERVICE WAS PROMPT, IT WOULD BE WOULDN'T IT?!! 
THIS PUB IS A PERFECT SPOT FOR A PINT AFTER SHOPPING OR AFTER WORK. THUMBS UP. THE FITZROY TAVERN IS A COUPLE OF MINUTES AWAY AND I'M AFRAID THAT'S WHY THE BLUE POSTS SUFFERS FROM THE UGLY SISTER SYNDROME. THE FITZROY IS HEAVEN AND THIS IS STILL GOOD. 
LOOK, ITS LIKE COMPARING GLEN HODDLE TO PELE. BOTH GOOD FOOTBALLERS, BUT A CLEAR DIFFERENCE IN CALIBRE.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR,.... HAVE A PINT HERE AND THEN HOP ON OVER TO THE FITZROY TAVERN. THUMBS UP FOR AN EXCELLENT PUB.
GOOD WORK UNCLE SAM.





THE CITTIE OF YORKE



ALPINE RATING: 9 OUT OF 10



22 HIGH HOLBORN, LONDON, WC1V 6BS.
CHANCERY LANE TUBE.


WOW. BEFORE I GO ANY FURTHER I JUST WANT TO SAY "WOW".. THIS IS A PUB OF PURE BEAUTY. IT IS PRETTY MUCH IS THE BEST, I MEAN BEST PUB I HAVE EVER BEEN TOO. NOT JUST IN TERMS OF AN UNCLE SAMS JOINT, BUT OUT OF ANY PUB I HAVE EVER HAD THE FORTUNE FREQUENT.





IT WILL THROW YOU AT FIRST. IT LOOKS LIKE PUNY AND UNINVITING. IT LOOKS LIKE A BANK FROM A LONG FORGOTTON EREA. THE BANK OF LOSERS. IT'S FRONT IS JUST PLAIN ODD. A HUGE GOLD MEDALLION HANGS FROM THE BUILDING PRETENDING TO BE SOME SORT OF IMPRESSIVE PUB SIGN. IT HAS A BIG OLD CLOCK JUST ABOVE THE SIGN THAT SEEMS TO TICK LAZILY ALONG, RESENTFULL OF HAVING SUCH A LABORIOUS TASK TO UNDERTAKE..






BUT ONCE YOU OPEN THE DOOR IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY COMPLETELY....



YOU WALK DOWN A LONG HALL WITH STRANGE VICTORIAN LIGHTS LINING THE WALLS. IT'S DARK AND WOULD BE IDEAL IF YOU WERE MAKING A FILM ABOUT THE OCCULT IN THE 1800'S..
THEN YOU WALK INTO THE MAIN BAR AND MY GOSH... IT TAKES A MINUTE TO ADJUST. BREATH TAKING BEAUTY. THIS PUB IS STEEPED DEEP IN HISTORY AND DISPLAYS IT ALL IN ITS HEAVENLY GLORY. 
IT HAS HUGE VATS, I MEAN HUGE! GOING AROUND A LEDGE THAT CIRCLES THE BAR. BIG LIGHTS IN BIG GLASS BULBS SHOOT DOWN FROM THE CEILING ON METAL STALKS (I ASSUME GAS LAMPS ARE PROHIBITED BY HEATH AND SAFETY OR THEY WOULD HAVE THOSE FOR CERTAIN)
BEFORE IT WAS A PUB IT WAS A SOME SORT OF LEGAL FIRM AND IT HAS KEPT THE CONSULTATION BOOTHS IT ORIGINALLY USED. YOU NOW PLONK YOURSELF DOWN TO A TABLE WITH 4 CHAIRS. THE BOOTHS ARE PERFECT FOR PRIVACY AND LOOKING OUT AT THE REST OF THE PUBS GORGEOUS SIGHTS.
IT ALSO HAS SOME SORT OF VICTORIAN METAL FIRE PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR...
IT HAS A SOME STAINED GLASS ALSO!
IT WOULD BE INTERESTING IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK. I'M SURE MUCH HAS HAPPENED OVER THE MANY YEARS IN THIS CREEPY ALE HOUSE. I'M SURE THERE MUST BE A SKELETON OR 5 BURIED UNDER THE ANCIENT FLOORBOARDS.


THE SERVICE IS FRIENDLY AND FAST. I CAN HONESTLY SAY I CANNOT WAIT TO RETURN TO THIS PLACE. IF YOUR A SAM SMITH FAN, YOU REALLY HAVE TO GO. 
THIS IS TRULY THE JEWELL IN THE CROWN.

GO TO THIS PUB!




THE PUBS





A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE PUBS.
YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PUBS. YOU SEE, THEY POLARISE PEOPLE. AND THIS BLOG IS ALL ABOUT THE PUBS. SO THIS WILL MAKE NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER, IF WE DON'T COVER THE BASES. SO HERE GOES..

MUSIC: THERE ISN'T ANY. THE BREWERY KEEPS PRICES DOWN ON THE BEER BY NOT HAVING A MUSIC LICENSE. IT'S NICE TO BE IN A PUB AND BE ABLE TO HEAR WHAT THE PEOPLE ON THE NEXT TABLE OR YOUR FRIENDS ARE ACTUALLY SAYING. SO NO MUSIC.
YOU CAN GO TO A DISCOTECH FOR ALL THAT STUFF..

BEER: "I'LL HAVE A PINT OF STELLA PLEASE".. NO YOU BLOODY WON'T. THE PUBS ONLY SELL SAMUEL SMITH BEER AND SPIRITS. NOTHING ELSE. I HAVE LOST COUNT OF THE AMOUNT  
PEOPLE WHO WALK IN, ORDER FOSTERS, COMPLAIN THEY DON'T HAVE IT, STAY FOR A BEER AND WHEN THEY RECEIVE THEIR CHANGE, STAY FOR ANOTHER. THE WAY TO A MANS HEART IS CHEAP BEER. SAMUEL SMITH KNOWS THIS ONLY TO WELL..






PEOPLE: THE PUBS HAVE A VARIETY OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE. THINK CHEAP BEER, YOU GET EVERYONE. STUDENTS (LOADS), HIPSTERS, MIDDLE AGED COUPLES, EVERYBODY.
BUT... I HAVE SEEN LOADS OF MEN WHO LOOK LIKE THE BEASTIE BOYS IN THE 'SABOTAGE' VIDEO. SHIRTS, TIES, STRANGE FACIAL HAIR.... THEY SEEM TO BE IN ALL OF THEM. WHY? I DON'T KNOW MATE...
THE ABOVE PICTURE IS NOT THE BEASTIE BOYS, IT WAS THREE GUYS I MET IN THE 'BRICKLAYERS ARMS' LAST SUNDAY. THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AS THEY WERE LEAVING TO GO TO THE 'JOHN SNOW'.. THE CHAP IN THE GLASSES AND TIE BOUGHT ME A TADDY. THANKS...


PHOTOS: THEY ALL HAVE PHOTOS ON THE WALL, ALL OF THEM. MOSTLY OF DOGS, HORSES AND FAMOUS DEAD PEOPLE FROM THE LAST COUPLE OF 100 YEARS. THINK 'CHARLES DICKENS', THINK 'LEWIS CARROL'.... NOT ELVIS PRESLEY OR MALCOLM McCLAREN...


TRADITION: THE PUBS ARE ALL MOSTLY VERY TRADITIONAL AND THAT'S THE CHARM IT HOLDS FOR MOST PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO DRINK IN THEM. THEY HAVE LOW LIGHTING, ALWAYS IMPRESSIVE WOODWORK AND THE NAMES ARE ALWAYS THE ORIGINAL NAME OF THE PUB. THE BREWERY REVERTS NAMES IN CASES WHERE THEY HAVE BOUGHT A PUB THATS HAD A NAME CHANGE. THE ROBERT BROWNING WAS CHANGED BACK. IT WAS BEFORE THEN CALLED 'THE EAGLE'.....

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT. WE CAN PROCEED THE THE REVIEWS NOW....








ALPINE LAGER




I DON'T KNOW WHY I LOVE THEIR BEER AND PUBS SO MUCH, BUT I DO. I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT TO PEOPLE. HOLD ON LET ME START FROM THE BEGINNING.
ALPINE... ALPINE BEER TO BE PRECISE. SOMETIMES I CRY. I WAKE UP AT NIGHT SOBBING INTO A PILLOW. YOU SEE, IT WAS THE STAPLE LAGER OF UNCLE SAMS PUBS. 'MAN IN THE BOX' AS  IT WAS LOVINGLY REFERRED TOO BY THOSE WHO MADE UP THE CROWD OF CULT FOLLOWERS OF THIS WONDERFUL TIPPLE. ITS ORIGINAL NAME WAS 'AYINGERBRAU' AND US THICKO LAGER DRINKERS CAN'T SPEAK GERMAN (WE STRUGGLE WITH ENGLISH MOST DAYS) SO WE WOULD TAP THE BEER PUMP AND SAY "MAN IN THE BOX PLEASE BARKEEP". IT HAD A PICTURE OF A HAPPY OLD GERMAN GEEZER RAISING A BEER STEIN IN THE AIR. HE BEING 'THE MAN IN THE BOX'.
 THE BREWERY CHANGED THE NAME TO HELP US. IT WAS RENAMED 'ALPINE'..
SOMETIMES I WOULD SIT IN 'THE EARL OF LONSDALE' OR 'YE OLDE SWISS COTTAGE' ON A HOT DAY AND GUZZLE ALPINE LIKE A VAMPIRE GORGING ON BLOOD AFTER BEING STARVED FOR 400 YEARS. ITS LEMONY GOODNESS SATISFYING MY EMPTY SOUL.
THEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED....

SAMUEL SMITH GOT RID OF IT

IT DID RETURN, BUT IT BE WASN'T THE SAME ANYMORE. THE FAT GERMAN MAN ON THE BEER PUMP HAD BEEN CASTRATED. HE WAS NOW ONLY 2.8 ABV. IT WAS ALL SOMETHING TO DO WITH LOWER STRENGTH HOOCH HAVING A TAX BREAK AND COSTING LESS.

IT WAS REPLACED WITH 'TADDY' WHICH IS GORGEOUS, BUT BEING GREEDY THE FIRST THOUGHT THAT POPPED INTO MY HEAD WAS "WHY NOT HAVE BOTH?"....

I BOUGHT ON EBAY AN 'AYINGERBRAU' BEER PUMP HEAD.... 6 QUID IT COST ME. NOT BAD, EH? IT SITS IN MY LIVING ROOM. I GAZE AT IT MOST DAYS WHILST WATCHING 'MINDER' ON THE IDIOT BOX. WHY I UPSET MYSELF LIKE THIS I DON'T KNOW. IT'S LIKE HAVING A DEAD PERSONS ASHES IN YOUR LIVING ROOM TO REMIND YOU EVERYDAY.
I WEAR A BLACK ARMBAND.




SO WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 'TADDY' AND 'ALPINE'?
TADDY IS TANGY AND RICH.
ALPINE IS/WAS LIGHT, LEMONY AND REFRESHING....

SO... THERE YOU HAVE IT.....
OH AND FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH I WROTE TO THE BREWERY AND FOUND OUT WHO THE MAN IN THE BOX WAS....
HIS NAME WAS HERR INSELKAMMER AND HE WAS THE FOUNDER OF THE AYINGERBRAU BREWERY.