Pie-eyed in Holloway

Promise was that I should homeward from The Flounder myself deliver; ask for this great deliverer now, and find him Pie-eyed in Holloway at The Whittington with misgivings. With apologies to Aldous Huxley Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer. W. C. Fields In the late nineteen-eighties, early nineteen-nineties, the … Continue reading Pie-eyed in Holloway

Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 2

Come to Gdańsk they said, it’ll be fun they said.Part 2, in which I go to Gdańsk and then to Łódź.Adventures in Poland, Polish beer and Polish progressive rock. I intended to write this, and its predecessor, Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 1, a lot closer to the time when these events happened, while … Continue reading Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 2

Staying at home 6: 4th July, Indepubdance Day

As much as I like pubs and ‘pub culture’, if that’s not an oxymoron, I will not be queueing up for a two hour slot to sit at a table and drink alcohol in a pub just because I can. Alcohol has been freely available from the start so all those people professing to be … Continue reading Staying at home 6: 4th July, Indepubdance Day

Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 1

Come to Gdańsk they said, it’ll be fun they said.Part 1, in which I go to Poznań and Wrocław then back to Poznan.Adventures in Poland, Polish beer and Polish progressive rock.   Thursday 17th October, 2019. 07:31 train out of Chesham, back on that strange conveyor belt;Chesham - Liverpool Street StationLiverpool Street Station – London … Continue reading Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 1

Living on bodhrán time

Thursday evenings at 20.00, we applaud the NHS, it’s the new normal. I’ve stood in the back garden, I’ve stood on the front porch, I've clapped, I've rung a bell. Yesterday evening I stood on the front doorstep and played a bodhran solo. My wrist hurts now... But it was worth it! Thank you NHS, … Continue reading Living on bodhrán time

Two Concert Weekend

On Friday 29th September I went to the London Palladium to see The Zombies performing their 50th Anniversary show of Odessey and Oracle, an album released in 1968 but recorded in 1967, hence the 50th anniversary. I was there with Marysia and Przemek, keyboards and guitar respectively in the Warsaw based band, Signal To Noise … Continue reading Two Concert Weekend

Restaurants, Coffee and Pies

Restaurants Polish restaurants are wonderful, If you are dining out be prepared to be amazed, if you see something on the menu that you can’t pronounce, go ahead and order it anyway, your taste buds will love you for it. Sometimes the food can look a bit bland (I’m thinking pierogi here…) but believe me, … Continue reading Restaurants, Coffee and Pies