Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Wordy Wednesday

Doombar

The other evening a colleague took a couple of us to a village pub out in the middle of nowhere, where we had a meal and a pleasant couple of pints. I'm glad he was driving, because it was down single-track country lanes, which I'm never that keen on.
Because he'd chosen the pub for the quality of its beer, I thought I'd try some of the real ale to go with the Hungarian Goulash - usually I stick to lager or Guinness. The first pint of Doombar was so nice, that I felt obliged to have another. Well, we had come a long way...


Elementary

In town at the weekend, I bought the box set of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films, made between 1939 and 1946. There are 14 in all, which have been wonderfully restored by the UCLA, a project which took them 10 years.

Even though I like detective stories, I've never been too sure about Sherlock Holmes. He's always jumping to amazingly detailed conclusions from the tiniest bits of evidence, and too many of the villans smoke unusual brands of Turkish cigarettes. He's also not a very likeable character.


Nevertheless, I've watched the first two so far with Helena, who really enjoyed them. The first one was the "Hound of the Baskervilles", which has the ominous line at the end "Watson, the needle.", reminding us of Holmes' opium addiction. And the second was a WW II propaganda film, though not too bad considering.


There. It doesn't take a detective to see from today's meagre WW offering that this week has so far been uneventful, but busy...

11 comments:

Bee said...

first!

Bee said...

So you only had two lagers?

It's always nice to visit new places. Unfortunmately Andy and I keep going to the same places over and over again.

Brian o vretanos said...

Yes, only two pints - we were eating and one person was driving (so only had one).

There's a lot to be said for going to the same places - you know what you're going to get. I'm not really very adventurous either.

Jean Knee said...

sometimes I switch my brand of hot chocolate

Kat said...

Gosh how I miss going to the pub. You can't get a "decent pint" anywhere in Germany LOL. Well you can get beer but I want a pint of the black stuff.

You've been busy too. That can be good or bad. I hope good. It makes time fly.

Brian o vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

They do say that variety is the spice of life ;-)

Kat:

That's a pity - the image of the beer keller with the huge mugs of beer served by buxom waitresses has always seemed quite appealing ;-)

Being busy at work is always a good thing - as you say, it makes the time fly.

Jean Knee said...

how come you never have Columbo on? that dude's sweet

Jean Knee said...

I especially like his fake eye, it's like no matter where I am in the room his eye never follows me

Chris Wood said...

Basil Rathbone was a great Holmes but I have to say I prefer Jeremy Brett. And country pubs, when somebody else is driving, are awesome.

Brian o vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

I've sure I've mentioned Columbo before. He is great.

Chris:

I haven't seen the Jeremy Brett series - I will give it a go at some point. What I don't understand about country pubs is why no-one's thought of moving them to towns, which would be much more convenient ;-)

Anndi said...

A couple of pints sounds lovely right about now...