Posts from 5th December 2009

Dec 09

FT Advent Calendar Of Free Online Games: 5th December

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You are probably still running around in you fancy pants after yesterday, so lets try something a little less frenetic and more cerebral. Ideal for waking up on a Sunday morning before contemplating fighting your way through traffic to get your holiday gifts.

So what on earth is this?
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THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00’s No 19: The Blue Posts, Newman St.

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I’m not very good at writing about pubs – my excuse is that I tend to care a hundred times more about the company than the place. Nonetheless, this was a regular haunt of mine for many years before I even moved to London. For no particular reason that I know about, it became the standard gathering place for my old friends, and still is. As it happens, when I moved here I ended up working five minutes’ walk away, so it’s still my most regular pub.


The Pop World Cup 2010: The Draw

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At Poptimism last night we held the draw for the 2010 Pop World Cup. If you’re playing, and would like to know who you’ll be managing, details are below! The names – where I don’t know you already – are drawn from the original thread.


THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00’s No 20: The Chandos

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Sometimes I feel that I am the only one who likes the Chandos – a large Sam Smiths pub near Charing Cross station where the downstairs always feels kind of old and stuck in time, and the upstairs like a velvet throne of luxury and depraved decadence in comparison! Upstairs, I have witnessed sights that should not be seen, downstairs I am pretty much always sure that I will find sawdust on the floor. WHY this pub makes me think of a Globe-era London (are those bear baiters by the fruit machine?), I don’t really know. The stained glass makes everything shine reds and oranges (see below the jump), making yr prettier companions prettier and your beer more lustrous… (as if such a thing could ever happen to the strange unnatural beauty of a pint of lady sovereign ahem).

Perhaps it is THE MAN with THE KEG who safeguards the pub who makes it so great – (if you squint in the above picture you can see him but pub correspondants will be out with their cameras to capture his full glory soon) – plenty vicarious fun can be had in merrily eyeing the door for a minute or so. The man with the keg stands above the door, bearing the keg.
Given kegs are not very light…oOne day that keg is going fall and rain a rain of BEER on the righteous/unrighteous.