Dec 13

The Annual Between Christmas And New Year Pub Crawl 2013: The Islington…Something Or Other…

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Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s FTABCANYPC time!

This year for our 14th crawl we will be having a little saunter around Islington.

Every year, on the 29th (except when it wasn’t) we go an a merry trail around a list of pubs, many of which may be closed, to appreciate the architecture, and, you know, maybe drink. This year’s route takes us from one end of Penton Street to the other, but via a somewhat circuitous route (not as bad as when first planned when we were going to go via The North Pole!)

this is the map for FTABCANTPC14

The route is as follows:
3pm: The Lexington
4pm: Shakespeare’s Head
5pm: Earl Of Essex
5.45pm: Wenlock & Essex
6.30: Camden Head
7:30: Steam Passage
8:30 Craft N1

Although, as always, this is a rough timetable and route as It Is Written that at least one pub on the planned route shall be closed (hopefully we’ll do better than last year when I think we ended up losing three of the original pubs…). If you’re following me or pete on twitter I’m sure we’ll keep up a running commentary of where we are if we go off-piste.

The other week when we were planning I got a bit bored so you can now see the glory of all 13 previous crawls in one handy google map. I think there may be a couple of inaccuracies, as several of these were based on planned routes, not actual (for some reason there’s not a lot of Reporting Back compared to planning, even in the Imperial Phase of ilx) particularly the Marylebone (2008) and City (2010) ones where I’m pretty sure I’ve got a couple wrong. I think it’s kind of more interesting where we *haven’t* been, although Fitzrovia and Soho were covered extensively by Trig Brother (and were our usual early 00s haunts).


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    Carsmile Steve (@CarsmileSteve) on 19 Dec 2013 #

    JOIN US! on our 29th December pub crawl round islingtong: http://t.co/cmkAEuN3EO #ftabcanypc

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    Andrew Farrell on 19 Dec 2013 #

    Imperial phase considerably before Twitter / mobile thingums in general though – I remember the excitement when Toby was posting from the pub!

    Crikey, 2011 does seem like an epic in retrospect (and doesn’t cover the time dilatory effects of the horror in the Bavarian Beerhouse).

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    CarsmileSteve on 19 Dec 2013 #

    Yeah, but, in general, evenings in the pub would have post-mortems the next day which I couldn’t find for the pub crawls (and tracing the means of transmission for crawls routes from here to ilx to fb and back again was kind of fascinating on its own)

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    Dani on 19 Dec 2013 #

    Oh my goodness, the Bavarian. I think that is where Jussi gave up in horror and went home – only to find out that his Christmas party was there in 2012 :)

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    Dani on 19 Dec 2013 #

    (Also: Yay for Twitter hashtags, it meant that even though I was in Australia I was able to follow your meanderings via the medium of the interwebs whilst drinking along with several new Aussie craft brews from the local bottle-o that were NOT XXXX/VB. So what if it was the middle of the day in Adelaide and my parents were looking at me funny and my sister removed my baby niece from my arms? Pfffft!)

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    Alan on 19 Dec 2013 #

    I’ll put a hashtag twitter stream on the front page

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    Carsmile Steve (@CarsmileSteve) on 28 Dec 2013 #

    @shepwas a little tootle around islingtong: http://t.co/zb3hJMWEpu #ftabcanypc all welcome for as much or little of it as you fancy :)

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    Peter Baran (@pb14) on 28 Dec 2013 #

    I have a pub crawl tomorrow: http://t.co/jXhU3IWgY9 but I have to get there from Gatwick. WIll I make it… Find out on #ftabcanypc

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    Wobs Brandybutter (@robster75) on 29 Dec 2013 #

    Nice day for a wander round Islington. http://t.co/Z0kfsdDsTL #ftabcanypc

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    enitharmon on 29 Dec 2013 #

    Once again geography and general post-Xmas skintness prohibits me from joining you but be aware that I will be with you in spirit and have a pint of something darl, rich and mellow for me won’t you!

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    Patrick Mexico on 29 Dec 2013 #

    I divide my time between the West Country and Lancashire at the moment, and have a lot of university and family commitments, so wouldn’t have been the right time to introduce myself tonight. Sorry.

    However, just wanted to wish you all the best for tonight’s party and for 2014. It’s been a year that restored a lot of my faith in music – thanks in no small part to FT, Popular and Tom; Marcello’s Then Play Long; and though I must invest significantly more time in them, Lena’s Music Sounds Better With Two and Sally O’ Rourke’s No Hard Chords. The amount of knowledge and passion poured into all those blogs is, in fact, something that restores my faith in humanity.

    Hope they all go from strength to strength and once I’ve dispensed with these Geography assignments, I’ll start doing my bit on every #1 entry again. I have cheered up significantly since I made a pig’s ear of the DLBIA and Prodigy threads, so no more comments need to be deleted!

    All the best
    Daniel AKA Patrick

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