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 Posted:   Dec 31, 2015 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Woooooooooooooooooo.......

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2016 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

I admire your sobriety, FB. I think I had 15 beers and two glasses of red wine yesterday.

And I admire your stamina Thor! I'm more in the FB league. On average a four-pints-in-the-pub man, plus the possibility of the odd glass of wine on weekend evenings. Of course it's been a little less organised than that over Christmas, but that's me.

Stayed in with the wife last night and popped the champers for the countdown, and down the village this afternoon, with that wine possibility tonight.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2016 - 10:59 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I've just found a new drink, Bulleit Bourbon (not keen on Scotch anymore, but I love Bourbon), it's usually £27 in supermarkets (& it never used to be in supermarkets in the UK), but Amazon had it for £16 in a one day offer. Very strong & spicy, a small sip & I feel warm all over, so the bottle should last a while...or maybe not.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2016 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

So....have we all died socially yet? Hasn't been an update here in ages. Remember, if you have anything planned for a Friday, you MUST post here. It's obligatory.

Tonight, I'm attending a book launch party for a new book about the Norwegian film year 2015. I've got three articles in it. My colleagues have rented a place, and there will be hopefully be lots of film folk (both industry and otherwise) there. Gearing up now with a Hansa "Vienna Lager".

Here's the book, btw:

http://boutique.montages.no/product/analysen-norsk-film-2015

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2016 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It's Easter, folks!

I'm in my hometown again, and I'm hosting my regular "Easter Quiz" at my place (well, my parents' place, but they're away at our summer house in Denmark). Not the biggest turn-up this year, but we'll make do.

I handle the music part, as always, and my theme this year is "artists with 'John' somewhere in their name" (first name, last name, part of the band's name, international versions of the name). I'm pleased with my playlist so far -- both old and new. And yes, THE main John is also represented, of course (and no, it ain't Barry).

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2016 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

My brother was in town and he visited Russian River Brewing Company and picked up a growler of this beer, which is a nice IPA:



We had a great time helping him finish the growler. The brewery has another IPA, Pliny the Younger, which I have never tried, that is only available a couple of weeks in February. People wait in line up to eight hours to try it. Maybe some day I will brave the lines.

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2016 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Went to Europe early last month and had a great time. I hope to return to Prague next year since there are some more places I want to see (and see again).

I was hoping the weather would be colder! Vienna had its days but Prague was positively Miami-like on a couple of days.

Booze wise, I became smitten with the popular brand Czech beers, specifically Pilsner Urquell--I appreciate its "fogginess" and its relative cheapness ($1.63 for a half litre) and Bakalar. Ever the tourist, I even bought a glass because I liked the fact that the product "mascot" is holding a book in one hand and a beer in the other. I also had Havana Club rum--it's not sold in the States roll eyes but is omnipresent in Europe, as you guys know. It's good stuff but average; I had the white rum. Next time I'll try the dark.

I also enjoyed the Fernet Stock liquor. It doesn't sound appetizing to say that the stuff tastes like patchouli but it is actually quite nice tasting! I also bought some Becherovka which is now available in the US though I haven't tried it yet.

The people in both Vienna and Prague were all quite nice yet quite different in their own charming way. My wife and I met up with a friend of a friend while there who was a pleasant dinner companion while eating that delightful Czech food (which I love). I have also taken a shine to Czech chocolate, as well.

Can't wait to return. smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2016 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

If you wanted cold, you should have come to Norway. Of course, then your entire holiday budget would have been spent on one beer.

Sounds like a great trip, though. Love both Prague and Vienna.

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2016 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Hey Thor, it's funny. I was thinking only last week while I was back in London to see Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, that even Wetherspoons charge £3.50 a pint for real ale. Here in South Yorkshire I pay £2.50.

And I said to my wife whilst in a 'Spoons on Charing Cross Road, at least I'm not paying that same as you in Norway where I simply couldn't afford to drink out!

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2016 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

£3.50! Even with the horrible Norwegian exchange rates right now, that's insanely cheap.

There is a local pub where I live where I can get a VERY cheap 0.4 beer for £6. But most places in Oslo right now, it's between £7-8. Some places £10. And at the airport -- £12!

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2016 - 5:27 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

My local pub charges £3.40 for a pint of beer, which has us regulars constantly moaning!

I remember going to Oslo around a dozen years ago to see a-ha, and I bought a glass of beer and a club sandwich in some bar and it worked out at £14! I kept hearing they have a higher standard of living in those Nordic countries, but still!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2016 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I remember going to Oslo around a dozen years ago to see a-ha, and I bought a glass of beer and a club sandwich in some bar and it worked out at £14! I kept hearing they have a higher standard of living in those Nordic countries, but still!!

That must have been several years ago indeed. You'd be hardpressed to find that menu today for less than £20.

The prices here are absolutely and totally bonkers, even for those living here (to be fair, I have lower income than most people, so I am particularly vulnerable).

Screw our social security -- I want to move! smile

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2016 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I remember going to Oslo around a dozen years ago to see a-ha, and I bought a glass of beer and a club sandwich in some bar and it worked out at £14! I kept hearing they have a higher standard of living in those Nordic countries, but still!!

That must have been several years ago indeed. You'd be hardpressed to find that menu today for less than £20.

The prices here are absolutely and totally bonkers, even for those living here (to be fair, I have lower income than most people, so I am particularly vulnerable).

Screw our social security -- I want to move! smile


Wow! Several years ago or not, even now I would find £14 for that extortionate!

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2016 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

£3.50! Even with the horrible Norwegian exchange rates right now, that's insanely cheap.

There is a local pub where I live where I can get a VERY cheap 0.4 beer for £6. But most places in Oslo right now, it's between £7-8. Some places £10. And at the airport -- £12!


When I'm reminded of the £10 a pint thing in Norway I almost feel like we're talking about Mars it seems so bizarre, lol. Insane even.

But just to rub salt in the wounds a little more I can halve the above figure, because in South Yorkshire the Wetherspoons chain charge £1.25 for a pint of the perfectly serviceable Marston's hand pulled Bitter.

I forgot, too, to mention we have had a beer festival in my neighbouring village of Elsecar village this weekend. It's actually the Barnsley CAMRA beer festival. Thinking of popping in today, though not sure yet. My two locals have three and five real ales so there's already plenty of variety.

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2016 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I neglected to mention my 18th wedding anniversary last week...spent the evening celebrating at the Ft Lauderdale Tiki shrine, The Mai-Kai. Had two "Barrels of Rum" and a "Zombie." Drinks with the booze hidden but always there. It was two for one drinks so I did. Wife isn't a drinker but she apparently had a nice evening with me.

 
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