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contrasts - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
Three very different events this week-end just gone. On Friday I went to the Dev for Ingella's (what was her LJ name?) leaving drinks. The Dev hasn't changed that much in the time since Robin and Jenine were fired. It still is loud and dirty and I get a certain aggressive vibe that I don't like. And hasn't got good beer, but that would not be such an important consideration if it weren't for the other issues. Why is it, BTW, that 'rock' pubs (the Fox, Big Red., the Dev) so seldom have good beer?

Saturday brought the Hampstead Alternative Picnic again. It was not a very big event this time, understandably given the weather on the day but it was a good gathering and it didn't rain.

On Sunday I went, together with two pupils, to the Open Day of the West Dean Classical Guitar Festival. I had fun, as did my pupils, met some old faces (and some really are now old faces,. which is strange and is also a sort of mirror held to your own face), saw a couple of very good performances and a couple just as interesting informal ones. I still left feeling that I love that world but, much as often happens to me with the goth scene, also a feeling with it that I don't wholly belong. I could elaborate on this, I think I know what makes me feel like this but I'll leave it at that for now. Still, it was a lovely day and I really should go to the full event next year.

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erming From: erming Date: August 19th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is one of the reasons I like the Crobar - good beer and Big Red - good cider :-)

Edited at 2013-08-19 02:26 pm (UTC)
erming From: erming Date: August 19th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously - check out the bottled beer in the Crobar - they have some pretty nice stuff at reasonable prices.

Down side is the place is small and can get rammed later on.
valkyriekaren From: valkyriekaren Date: August 20th, 2013 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Crobar serves crap cider :(
robot_mel From: robot_mel Date: August 20th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's the good beer at the crobar? I've not found it :(
erming From: erming Date: August 20th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well they have budvar, Sierra Nevada, The trooper and some other stuff.
valkyriekaren From: valkyriekaren Date: August 20th, 2013 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Rock pubs almost always have shit cider too. Hell, MOST pubs have shit cider.

I think the Dev is better than it was - you may have caught it on a bad night, but I know a lot of the nasty elements that were getting in a while ago (the neo-Nazi types and the thieving wasters) have gone again now. And at least the toilets are better, and they have halfway decent cider on now.
robot_mel From: robot_mel Date: August 20th, 2013 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Big red have Kozel now which is nice but not very strong.
kruku From: kruku Date: August 20th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rock pubs serve shit booze because they can. They don't have to compete with pubs who serve decent booze because those bars aren't licensed for music. So with no competition there is no point to provide anything but a barely adequate service:(
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