It has been a fascinating and rewarding month for Simon Everitt, but who cares about that loser?
|Best man speech. Highlight : getting gently booed for slagging off the North East to room full of Mackems|
At least I can point to a valuable pre-emptive in the "Weighton Whippet" (Market Weighton), and possibly another at Allerton Castle if they keep John's Leeds Best cask on for another 12 months! Or perhaps not. And don't forget 11 Melbourne ticks for when ARAPA becomes official in the year 2043.
|Allerton Castle - midlly pre-emptive|
1. Gallaghers Pub & Barbers, Birkenhead
2. Brothers Arms, Sheffield South
3. Queen's Hotel, Maltby
|Hair with your pint? Quirky stuff at Gallaghers.|
I need to be "on it like a car bonnet" in November, and I'm not settling for anything less than 25. We have already kicked off with a Tuesday night escapade (1st), Sheffield again the key location as we head out west of town for the remaining three pubs.
Saturday (5th) is a tricky one due to Bonfire commitments (they are burning me in a giant wicker phallus up at Market Weighton I hear), so I need to stay reasonable local, get an early start, possibly a place with 3-5 pubs in the same town/city, at least one opening before 11am. Research needed. The following day, I'll be using Hull City's Sunday kick off (6th) to help me finish East Yorkshire - I need just two more to complete to county.
The following Tuesday (8th), I'll have a bit more time on my hands so will head out west again for something that at least smells Lancastrian.
The Saturday after (12th) that sees me back in Berkshire, this time I'll be South South East of Reading and perhaps returning to the town itself if time allows. That will also be the date of my 15th anniversary in Yorkshire Bank so I'd like to commemorate that somehow!
After a Tuesday night in South Yorkshire in a place beginning with "W" (Wales?), Sat 19th is Sunderland away (probably only my 2nd game of the season!) where I have two ticks still to do plus a long-awaited first pint of real ale in the Ivy House. Unless I have a Fosters for old time's sake.
Yet more "W" Tuesday night capers on 22nd Nov and the following Saturday is the "Winter Heavy Woollen Tour" with the guys from work. We will be completing Halifax and making BRAPA debuts in places like Cleckheaton, Scholes and something else I've forgotten.
And November ends with another "W" South Yorkshire trip - yes there really are that many still to do, they'll take me into December.
If I can stick to this agenda, 25 may be achievable but one slip and I might fall short so the pressure is on, but I need to push myself.