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FletchtheMonkey

Simian featured ecom geek & digital planner. Loves maps, beer, wife & cats. Worked @republicfasion @caratuk @trentuni. Written for @leedsguide @realalereviews

One Brand, Different Direction?

Coca Cola is changing.

They have announced a new global marketing strategy.

It even has a name.

“One brand.” Continue reading “One Brand, Different Direction?”

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Beko and The Moneymen

I’ve been wondering recently why nothing ever lasts. 

Not in the sense of entropy, or our futile battle against energy dispersal.

But in the sense that cars can’t be fixed by hand anymore, hardware/software is compatible for next to no time, phones are built to last months not years, my tablet battery isn’t replaceable yet alone accessible…

This post popped up Just in time… Continue reading “Beko and The Moneymen”

Beer and Hawes

The curlews at Garsdale Station welcomed us with real razzmatazz, presumably well aware of the impending downpour that hit the station just as soon as the train had dropped us on the platform and disappeared around the bend towards Kirkby Stephen.

We hadn’t expected to use the built-in raincovers on our rucksacks quite so soon, at least not until the next morning when we were due to start walking. But Mother Nature was determined to give us a taste of things to come…

Continue reading “Beer and Hawes”

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Strangers Bar

It’s a pub like any other. Traditional, wood panelled (old wood) with a real bar (brass?). There’s a perimeter shelf for empties (nice touch) and a place for coats (polite). Perched on high seats huddled around circular tables with cheap beer mats. The bar is awash with suits finishing work. It could be the bar of a provincial Wetherspoons in an old civic building turned public house.

But this is a bar like no other. Continue reading “Strangers Bar”

The Glad, SE1

I would love to be able to call The Glad a university haunt of mine. Tiny, and frugally filled with ramshackle furniture, my feet tap away on the exposed floorboards to jitterbug ska and rockin-robin boogie. The soundtrack, like the decor, is unmastered, mono.

If named for the Honourable William Ewart then I can’t second guess what the old Liberal Prime Minister would make of it. Grandiose it is not, but dirty back street boozer it is neither. Continue reading “The Glad, SE1”

English breakfast? No!
Spring along the cliffs to find
Sagres and seafood.

Originally published APRIL 28TH, 2012 on real-ale-reviewsdotcom

A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be

“I’m rat-arsed” our hero shouts to the whole pub. “And this is one of the greatest working class songs ever!” as the familiar block chords are joined by a familiar drum roll and a scrawling copycat voice. “Slip insiiiide the eye of youuur miiii-iii-iinnd…”

Continue reading “A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be”

Cigarettes & Alcohol

Home at 11.30 on a school night, sniffing my coat. It’s been a good few months since I last let a cigarette pass my lips. Tonight’s a school night, a strange night to jump off the nicotine wagon, but conversation was deep and my companion had Marlborough Reds. There’s nothing beneficial about smoking, not one bit. Continue reading “Cigarettes & Alcohol”

Hideaway

On days when work is a bit too intense, or the week gradually catches me up and prepares to spit me out somewhere uncomfortable, there is a pub within walking distance of my office where I can take a book, sip on a half pint of cask conditioned British beer, and nestle against the wood panelling, enjoying the quiet and the peace. Continue reading “Hideaway”

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