Dec 18

The 20th Freaky Trigger Annual Between Christmas And New Year Pub Crawl: The Holloway Road Poker

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(A poker as in the kind that comes from a set with a shovel, and a brush that is more ornamental than useful when setting a fire)

Twenty years of the Freaky Trigger Annual Between Christmas And New Year Pub Crawl (or the #FTABCANYPC) and this year we are discovering what all the food and drink supplements are calling “that bit of Holloway Road that has a good Malaysian restaurant on it”. Starting at 3pm on the 29th December, we will take in some interesting architecture, some refurbs, some new purpose builds, a Spoons and a pub which purports to have a crazy golf course in it. I KNOW, right?

The route is:

3pm Arkstar (its in a railway arch just to the left of Holloway Rd tube)
4pm The Victoria Tavern: Yet another refurb of this cavernous pub where I ate two Scotch Bonnet Chilis and sand ABBA’s Does You Mother Know.
4.45pm The Horatia: Big cavernous pub with decent burgers
5.30pm The Lamb: A nice sympathetic recent pub refurb
6:15pm The House Of Hammerton: Hammerton Brewery Tap
7pm The White Horse: The Wetherspoons that used to be the Highbury Working Men’s Club
8pm The Brewhouse – Brewpub and half decent food for the evening.

There are a couple of extra credit pubs around Highbury I have added to the map which are a bit small but completists and chicken fans might want to pop into.

The hashtag is #ftabcanypc20, I’ll be at Arkstar from 3pm. Feel free to bring friends, alcohol is not compulsory.


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    mark sinker on 17 Dec 2018 #

    lol the brush is useful bcz cleaning up ash with yr hands is bad not good

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    The King of Novaya Zemlya on 17 Dec 2018 #

    Sounds great – I, the piss artist formerly known as Patrick Mexico, may even make a debut appearance.

    But what exact day is this?!

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    Mark M on 17 Dec 2018 #

    Re2: Ah, that great Pete tradition of not mentioning the bloody date! (Unless this is a cunning security measure, to mention all the details but the date. But I’ll assume it isn’t). Saturday 29.

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    The King of Novaya Zemlya on 20 Dec 2018 #

    Ha! As long as my family Christmas goes well, and I don’t get hit with a shyness, or flu, that is criminally vulgar, see you a week on Saturday.

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    Matt DC on 21 Dec 2018 #

    For a second I thought that Arsenal were playing at home that day which really would make this crawl particularly interesting (ie impossible to get into any of the pubs) but they’re playing Liverpool away on the 29th, so I think we’re fine.

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    Pete Baran on 24 Dec 2018 #

    I did double check the Arsenal schedule – as it is a Saturday. And yes, the 29th

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    The King of Novaya Zemlya on 30 Dec 2018 #

    Thanks for a brilliant day out yesterday. Great to meet so many FTers, sorry it took me a while after six years’ posting and that I couldn’t stay that long (was quite skint due to not having worked full time for months) but the laughs I had with you, Tom Ewing and Mark Sinker were absolutely priceless and you have a fascinating insight into all things pop in 2018. I wish my indier-than-thou, only listening to 6 Music mates back in Clitheroe would be like that, though I guess they despise Bunnygun by George Bunny (feelgood’s coming home hit of the bunny?) even more than you do :D Hope to see you again soon and all the very best for 2019. And Popular’s back!

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    mark sinker on 30 Dec 2018 #

    lovely to meet you at last!

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    Mark M on 31 Dec 2018 #

    Re7: Yes, great to meet you.

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    Same to y’all! It’s probably for the best I left it a while, as in 2013 I tried a little bit too hard with everything, and didn’t understand, especially in the context of a project like Popular, the concept of playing the long game, patience and self-assurance that even if Tom had a break from here during, say, summer 2012, he was never, ever going to call it quits at Mr. Blobby.

    And the first time I met Tom, I’d have ended up going “OMG! Mr Ewing the legendary almighty master of numero unos-dos-Britannicos! Want to come for a cheeky Nando’s and I can show you my Vine of Dapper Laughs farting on a plate and posting it to V(LAD)imir Putin? I swear down I am not some deranged Lancastrian Jay from the Inbetweeners who lives on a daily Filet-O-Fish washed down with chocolate milkshake.”

    So, yeah, good things do sometimes come to those who wait. Fantastic to meet Tom, Mark M, Mark S et al and I can’t wait to discuss the past, and present of pop this year on FT. Though I seem to be one of only two people on Earth with affection for the current number 1…. :-/

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    The King of Novaya Zemlya on 5 Jan 2019 #

    (That’s not the Tide is High but S***t b*t P****o!)

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    Andrew Farrell on 6 Jan 2019 #

    It’s not bad as such, but it does owe an awful lot to Lady Gaga.

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    The King of Novaya Zemlya on 6 Jan 2019 #

    At least it doesn’t owe an awful lot to Ed Sheeran. Or singer-songwriters similar to Sheeran, who all seem to be called Tom**. Mr Ewing needs to reclaim his good name’s flag from these extremist* thugs!

    * extremely terrible tattoos, hair, woe-is-me-i-lost-my-gym-card lyrics, and making growling “Leave a light on!” a million times less fun than it was when Belinda Carlisle did so in 1989.

    ** Apart from Skag and Bone Man.

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