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A busy November 

11 Dec 17

I’ve been neglecting my blog for while now but I haven’y given up on it as it’s a great place to record what you’ve been up to.


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Remembrance Sunday and all that 

13 Nov 17

Remember the fallen It’s important to remember those who served the Country in Armed conflict.


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Ricky Cool & The In-Crowd 

16 Oct 17

Essington RBL held a fund raiser on Saturday night for the Poppy Appeal with Ricky Cool The In-Crowd as the main attraction.


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Coriolanus 

12 Oct 17

One of my cultural joys is Shakespeare and last night, along with some Cousins, I went to a live screening of the RSC’s Coriolanus .


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Autumn sets in 

9 Oct 17

The nights are getting darker, the Poppy Appeal is gathering pace and the beer festivals are rolling out.


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A visit to Phoenix Nights 

25 Sep 17

The Ska band on at The Beachcomber, Brean I’ve always wondered about the caravan culture in the UK and this weekend gave me an opportunity to experience it first hand as I was invited by some mates to a weekend in a brand new “Static” in Brean …


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4000 weekends 

18 Sep 17

Nick The Milk told me you had basically 4000 weekends in your life and this one has definitely been one of those where I have tried to wring every drop out of it.


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Crime in Essington 

8 Sep 17

There is currently a bit of a problem in Essington as The Principality is suffering a prolonged outbreak of crime in respect of drug trafficking, burglary and van breaks-ins.


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Bank Holiday Blues 

29 Aug 17

Aren’t Bank Holiday’s a trial these days? The travel in the UK with so many road or rail works makes travelling a real pain so unless you are away a few days before, you are likely to spend a good proportion of the time sat in traffic.


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M25 

3 Aug 17

It’s funny how things come along like buses as the adage goes.


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BBC Wages 

20 Jul 17

To be honest I was a bit dispirited by the revelation of the wages paid out to the BBC “celebrities”.


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Sublime Product 

20 Jul 17

40 Years Old.


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Medieval Cricket 

10 Jul 17

Doesn’t Facebook drive you mad? Well it does some people.


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Putting the brakes on. And on. 

3 Jul 17

I’ve had an issue with brakes on two fronts, namely on the car and on the bike.


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Abducting A General by Patrick Leigh Fermor 

23 Jun 17

Major Orton loaned me this book and it is a well written account of an SOE operation to abduct General Kreipe from Crete in 1944.


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Theresa May’s legacy 

12 Jun 17

One thing that has become apparent from the recent General Election is Theresa May’s term as Home Secretary.


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The Secret War for the Falklands by Nigel West 

8 Jun 17

I saw this book in Lichfield’s Oxfam shop as I am interested in the subject and the cloak and dagger stuff sounded interesting.


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57 

8 Jun 17

Today is my 57th Birthday, in case GCHQ haven’t already found out.


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The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter 

29 May 17

Another Colin Dexter novel from the Morse series and another easy read, Dexter really had an easy and clever style of writing, leading you to the clues and then surprising you with twists along the way.


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An Evening with Boycott & Aggers 

22 May 17

I took my Sister, Brother-in-Law and Nephew to The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton to this event and what a great evening it was.


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The U-Boat Offensive by V.E. Tarrant 

22 May 17

This is quote an academic book regarding one of the most vital conflicts of WWII.


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The Joy of Eurovision 

14 May 17

I wasn’t a real fan of Eurovision until this year but my sibling has changed my mind, having had one of the best laughs in years sans alcohol.


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Ultra Goes to War by Ronald Lewin 

9 May 17

This is probably one of the most important books about World War II that you can ever read.


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At home with the Bradleys 

1 May 17

If your count The Vine as home that is.


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Easter 2017 

24 Apr 17

The Nephew at EBC 2017 I’ve had some time off for the last week to catch up with stuff in the house and my mental well-being.


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11 years 

12 Apr 17

Today marks the 11th Anniversary of me moving into The Principality.


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A Great Sporting weekend 

10 Apr 17

The Grand National meeting marks one of the great sporting weekends of the year as it coincides with The Masters and usually a F1 GP, this year the Chinese.


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Walsall 1:1 Oxford United 

10 Apr 17

This was a great match – end to end football and played in a competitive spirit as both sides had something to prove not least Oxford who are on the verge of the playoff scene.


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Danny Bryant 

6 Apr 17

I went with some of the Karate/Badminton lot to the Robin last night to watch Danny Bryant , a blues/rock guitarist, a large chap I have never heard of before tonight and quite talented he is too, with some good and innovative playing.


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Sheffield Utd 2:1 Charlton Athletic 

19 Mar 17

Mr Five Pints invited me up to Sheffield this weekend so of course we went to Bramall Lane to watch Blades beat a competent Latics side 2-1.


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Walsall 1:0 Chesterfield 

8 Mar 17

What else would you do on a rainy cold night in March than go and watch some football as a mid-week treat? Well, Walsall served up some nice football and although they only won 1-0, it was a game they dominated.


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Winston Churchill The Wilderness Years by Sir Martin Gilbert 

26 Feb 17

This book is one I do enjoy reading it especially as it’s more or less the script for the TV series made in the early 80’s.


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Row Z 

26 Feb 17

And that’s where we were! In the proverbial Row Z in the Steve Bull Stand to watch Wolverhampton Wanderers lose to The Blues 1-2 .


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Basque Pork – Essington style. 

20 Feb 17

I’m not a foodie but I do like cooking and of course eating the results.


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Music and beer 

13 Feb 17

I was pleased to attend Looking Back’s gig at the rugby club on Friday night although the John Smith’s gave me a dull headache on the Saturday but the band played really well – best gig to date! Despite the bad weather and the aforesaid …


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Tizard by Ronald W Clark 

9 Feb 17

I suspect that 99% of the population wouldn’t have heard of Sir Henry Tizard but this was probably the most influential scientist in the UK in the period 1925-1955, the chap that pushed through radar and also the jet engine and nuclear research we …


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Back to the bathroom 

6 Feb 17

Concluding last week’s work, after treating the mould on the ceiling, this week was all about repainting the ceiling in the bathroom and what an awkward job that is! Having to navigate round the shower installation with the paintbrush, covering up …


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Burned out 

30 Jan 17

What a boring weekend! Yes the curse of DIY broke out this weekend as I had to “re-do” the silicon seal around the shower tray and also sort out the mould in the bathroom.


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A cold rainy weekend in January 

15 Jan 17

The week has been quite cold and with the parents (and a lot of others) falling victim to a nasty flu like bug, it’s been quite a depressing time.


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Walsall 4:1 Sheffield United 

15 Jan 17

Saturday saw the return of the Brother-in-Law return to the Bescot this year and prompted Walsall to play one of the best games and the most goals I’ve seen them score since the 2003-04 season! Right from the off, Walsall were at it and scored …


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A day out at the rugby 

9 Jan 17

On Sunday I went with our local Rugby Club to the Ricoh Arena to watch Wasps -v- Leicester Tigers.


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Walsall 0:2 Rochdale 

3 Jan 17

It was left to me and The Nephew to carry on the family tradition of New Years football and so in freezing conditions, we trudged off to The Banks’s Stadium to watch an outclassed Walsall team get beaten by a competent Rochdale 0-2.


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2016 – A year to forget 

31 Dec 16

I’m glad 2016 is over.


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End of the Taphouse Tour 2016 

29 Dec 16

I’ve not recorded the Taphouse tour as Stymaster has being doing this year but the summary can be found here: It hasn’t had the pace of the #100pubs2015 but nevertheless it has been more effort as the pubs we have done have been 2 or 3 buses away…


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That time of the year 

12 Dec 16

Yes the festive season is upon us and I have spent, as with most people, an unhappy time engaged in the veritable experience of shopping for ones mates and relatives.


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An away day with Rupert and Toby 

27 Nov 16

My first Rugby Union International at the home of the English game i.


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OAP FC 

23 Nov 16

Here is a rare picture of OAP FC – the blokes I have been privileged to play football with for decades on a Monday night.


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Walsall 1:2 Gillingham 

21 Nov 16

As mentioned in a earlier post, myself, Five Pints + son, the Nephew & Brother-in-Law descended upon The Bescot to watch our first game of the season, Walsall -v- Gillingham.


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Essington Poppy Quiz and all that 

21 Nov 16

Friday saw me and my helpers run our British Legion Poppy Quiz which was very well attended and we made around £790 on the night.


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A rejection of Liberalism? 

10 Nov 16

Well Trump did it and to add to “Brexit” the electors of the US followed the pattern that’s emerging across the globe of rejecting the Liberal Elite, to coin a phrase.







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