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1. Take a bright, shiny as a new pin pint glass. Ensure it contains nothing other than air and/or small particles of dust indistinguishable to the naked eye.
2. Hold the bright shiny as a new pin pint glass up to the light for ten seconds (no less, no more). Note the way the light interacts with the glass.
3. Add half a pint of Youngs Special drawn from the pump.
4. Open a bottle of Ramrod. (Nb I believe Ramrod is available on tap now, but I find the bottle version has a sneakier effect on your vertical alignment).

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Thanks to Chrisyopher for the reminder of the pub and the inspiration :)

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    Christopher over 1 year ago

    Glad to have jogged your memory. I don't even drink but you've made the whole experience sound quite appealing! I looked online at some pics of the Lamb & Flag yesterday when I was searching for a London pub and I have to say it looks very inviting. I've only been in one bar here in America when I was a kid and my dad stopped in during the day to speak to someone there, and I must say I think they pale in comparison to British pubs. Bars here tend to look rather sleazy, whereas pubs seem to have a certain nobility, even if the clientele doesn't!

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Ramrod and Special eh? Like a variation on what we Norfolk boys call ‘twos’ but with the mild substituted for something a hell of a lot stronger. ‘Ramrod’ on account of the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth. I can’t help thinking that there’s a fair chance that I might have been supping unenhanced Young’s Special there at the Lamb and Flag at some time when simultaneously you were seeing the light and attempting to move through 90 degrees vertically, Drew. Straight glass I assume... for the light show?

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    Christopher over 1 year ago

    Wouldn't that be a coincidence, if the two of you had been in the Lamb & Flag at the same time? Or is that an example of synchronicity?

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    It wouldn't surprise me if we were, tbh, we seem to know the same pubs. But then we were both based in central London and I think people do gravitate to the sorts of pubs they prefer - in my case, olde worlde with good beer (good food would have been irrelevent in those days - but much more important these days lol)

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Neville, you may know this. I'd not long moved to London and remember drinking 3Bs with a workmate and his friends (who were Hells Angels from. I believe, the Guildford Chapter. Scary to look at, but actually pretty cool guys - if you didn't cross them, I guess!). Anyway, I remember two of the Bs were Brown and Bitter (Sam Smiths in that instance and some bottled brown) but I can't remember what the 3rd B was. It wasn't brandy, but what it was has been bugging me ever since ;)

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Can't think it can have been Babycham, or maybe it could... but for Hell’s Angels? Nah! Could be Barley Wine, as that was bloody strong! It’s the only beer I won’t drink (apart from McMullens, which is piss imho). The reason is that a young Neville got completely ratarsed on it one night at my mates’ mum’s hotel in Norwich. I only had to walk a quarter of a mile home, but goodness know how I got there! 🤢

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Barley Wine terrifies me, so I'm with you there - I'm not too fussed on the taste though I used to know someone who drank Barley Wine and Strongbow. Tried it once, had a hangover for days!
    Yes!!! It must have been Babycham, I reckon. I went to somewhere outside Guildford with my mate where a couple of those guys were drinking brandy and babycham. Can't remember much else as I was showing off and drinking Southern Comfort. Fun at the time, big mistake next day.

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Was thinking about a series on events and memories of specific pubs...places like Becky’s Dive Bar in Southwark Street... the Tom Cribb... The Captain’s Cabin and of course the glorious Shires Bar. But then I’ve got to finish the other series I’ve started!

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Sounds like a great idea to me, go for it! :)

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    Christopher over 1 year ago

    Vyvyan on The Young Ones mentioned drinking Babycham and the audience laughed. I never knew what it was but figured it must've been something weak for them to laugh at a punk like Vyv drinking it. (Sorry, most of my frames of reference of British culture comes from TV shows like The Young Ones.)

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Haha, I think you probably have a fairly accurate representation of British culture there, with things like Young Ones, Monty Python etc - just pull it back a notch or two and it's close on hopw it is :)

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    Christopher over 1 year ago

    Yeah, and I thought Are You Being Served? had all the classifications too. Lower class, middle class, upper middle class, and upper class all seemed to be represented on that show. It seemed to be a nice cross-section of British society, at least from my point of view.

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Can recommend the recent TV series (3 series) of Detectorists, which I’m sure is available either on Netflix or Prime, for a taste of English rural life. Beautifully gentle humour and engaging characters. I love it.
    And the earlier Vicar of Dibley is fun too, although it’s shot for laughs. My late parents-in-law lived in a little upmarket Suffolk village very reminiscent of Dibley.

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    Christopher over 1 year ago

    Yeah, I watched the Vicar Of Dibley during its run. I have a streaming service called BritBox that has a lot of both classic British shows and more modern ones as well.

    One thing I saw recently was a few episodes of Not The Nine O'Clock News and I thought that was brilliant. Rowan Atkinson is an amazing talent, beyond Edmund Blackadder and Mr. Bean.

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    Lisa Williams over 1 year ago

    Could the third B be Best? Fab couple of drabbles btw xx

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Thanks Lisa :)

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