Hampshire ales at the Southampton Beer Festival 2015

Last night, Smudger and I made a relatively impromtu visit to the Southampton Beer Festival at the Guildhall (or “O2 Guildhall Southampton” to give it its proper name).

Last year, we went to the Saturday daytime session and ended up doing a pub crawl back to Bitterne Triangle where we finished the day in style in the curry house. This time, with a christening to go to on Sunday, I persuaded Smudge that we should do the Friday night session.… Read more

Cycling from Havant to Hedge End on a Friday evening

On Friday I foolishly decided that I’d finish the week by cycling home from work – Havant to Hedge End – because I knew I wouldn’t have the time (on Saturday) or the energy (on Sunday) to get a long run in.

It’s only about 17 miles door to door, but I was still unsure about making it all the way on my creaky old bike, especially as there’s a tempting pub on the way.… Read more

Common People Festival Review 2015, Southampton

Having lived in and around Southampton for the last 14 years, it’s been regularly drilled into me to hate everything about Portsmouth. As a result, I rarely ventured in the direction of Pompey and I was always convinced that Southampton had much more going for it than its rival city.

However, after spending more time in Portsmouth over the past few years, I’m not so sure anymore.… Read more