About a month ago, I paid a visit to my ‘long lost’ third cousin Richard in the city of Bradford. On the return train back to Leeds (where I was stationed at the time) I hopped off in Shipley in order to investigate the renowned Saltaire Brewery. It did not disappoint.
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The Newcastle Bombshell is a real British beauty, to quote the label. I tend to agree.
One week ago, the Belgian football club KAA Gent, or La Gantoise, became Belgian league champions for the first time in their history after 115 years of trying! Having lived in Gent for eleven months, I became a supporter of the team and have followed them ever since. I freely admit to experiencing one or two tears of joy as I watched the jubilant scenes unfold before me when I snuck away from work to stream the game online, and that night I persuaded (not that it was difficult) my parents to join me in some celebratory Belgian beers.
The new school year heralded an extended summer for kids, more stupidity from the BC Liberals, and new stereo systems for my friends! Specifically two friends, Ian and Stephen, who acquired used, yet serviceable turntables and amps, to plug into their existing speakers. This meant that I would now have people to join me on my frequent visits to the many record stores of Victoria, such as Ditch Records, Lyle’s Place, and the Turntable. We quickly formed the Victoria Vinyl Appreciation Club, with “meetings” consisting of some combination of purchasing vinyl, listening to vinyl, sketching drawings, writing poetry, reading books, eating food, and drinking beer. This is where a blog post becomes relevant.