Yes, it’s true. By the time my recently purchased 1-litre carton of milk expires I will be quaffing a pint of a different sort somewhere in London. And finding the perfect pint is now that much easier with the addition of my most recent iPod Touch app: Good Beer Guide - Mobile.
Weighing in at exactly 0 grams it passed the ‘Pack Scrutiny’ test with flying colours. Good Beer Guide Mobile includes description, location and contact information for over 4500 CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) recommended pubs in Britain. Most pubs include a mouth-watering description of the beers on offer, an example of which is Sharp’s Doom Bar:
Faint aroma of flowery, spicy hop leads to fruit and malt in the mouth, with bitterness running through. The bitter finish is long with some sweetness and dryness.
You can search by address, postcode or tube station. Better yet click “Near Me” to find recommended watering holes based on your current location. Apparently the closest CAMRA pub to Victoria, BC is the Busta House Hotel in Brae in Shetland, a mere 4251.8 miles away. It’s described as a “rambling mansion house on many levels, dating from 1588 with numerous later additions, sympathetically converted to a country house hotel”. The review also mentions it is “said to be haunted by the ghost of a young lady, Barbara Pitcairn”. Sounds excellent although it is a bit off-route.
I mustn’t forget to thank the cabin crews at British Airways. Their decision to strike over the next couple of weekends has thrown a wrench into my travel plans (and those of thousands of others). As of tonight it’s unclear as to whether my flight will be cancelled however I decided to avoid the chaos that will occur if it is and have already rebooked my flight. I now arrive a day earlier than originally planned and the countdown clock has been readjusted accordingly.
Last but not least I recently added a page dedicated to my great-grandfather. From time to time I will add to his story and include a link from my blog when I do.