Thursday, April 22, 2010

Theme Thursday : Draft


I was about to sit down and compose a Theme Thursday post last night when I was unexpectedly invited out for a pint by The Lad and his girlfriend. Anything in a contest with a trip to the pub is always going to come off second-best in my book, so I abandoned my plan to do a Theme Thursday post and decided to embrace serendipity and put together a post for my "Pint of Best" blog instead. The pub in question was The Slubbers' Arms in Huddersfield and from what I knew  of the place it was a prime candidate for my Great Yorkshire Pubs series. Theme Thursdays' loss would be Great Yorkshire Pubs' gain. So off we went : met some very nice people, visited a very distinctive pub, drank some very decent beer - and I came home determined to  put a beer-stained post together. But the beer began to work its' magic : tiredness supplanted creativity and all I managed to produce was a rough draft of a post.

In the cold and sober light of a Theme Thursday morning I looked at the notes scribbled on a blank file card. I looked at the subject of the weeks' theme Thursday which just happens to be "draft". I remembered with fondness the smooth power of the draught Timothy Taylor Landlord I consumed last night (for my American readers that is draft Timothy Taylor Landlord). And everything just seemed to fit together. As the wise man once said : if you are lucky enough to meet Serendipity on the road to Huddersfield, embrace her.


23 comments:

  1. Ha! Very serendipitous indeed! And you got your beer, too. The Universe is working in your favour...

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  2. Alan, have you come across THIS Jackie Leven song called "Classic Northern Diversions"? He namechecks The Slubbers Arms!
    "I,m sat in Huddersfield in the Slubbers Arms" he croons!

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  3. ha. works for me...other than that you didn't invite me along...you know. smiles.

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  4. Tony : Just listened to that Jackie Leven track - it is superb (and it would be a fabulous song with or without the mention of the Slubbers).
    Brian : Any time you are passing - and now the skies are open again, who knows.

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  5. LOL Oh that was too funny and I really enjoyed your serendipitous moment. One could not have thought of a better draught in a time of need. And I can see why everything would come in second to the pub.

    God bless.

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  6. you couldn't have planned a better contribution to tt! and a pint to boot! (I choose one of today's pics especially for you - guess which?)

    heres (cheers?) to serendipity!

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  7. Mrsupole : If you saw the pub you would indeed appreciate its superiority to most things. When I get time I will write it up for Great Yorkshire Pubs.
    Kimy : I have already seen your TT post and I wondered whether that particular image had been posted with me in mind. All I can say is "Cheers"

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  8. Don't you love it when you get an accidental post that just fits! Bloody Americans . .it's draught! (and flavour and organise . .don't get me started on boots and taps and lifts) What's a slubber? Sounds like me on a Sunday afternoon!

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  9. Love that charming Serendipity! Slubbers Arms made me giggle. It conjured images of how my fifth grade teacher's arms wobbled as she wrote on the blackboard.

    Love the sidebar pic.

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  10. Perfect serendipity! Just like the water revealed the colours in those old magic painting books, beer revealed the draught/draft of your post.

    I hadn't heard of Theme Thursdays. Something else to check out one of these days.

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  11. Oh dear. I just realised I muddled (slubbered?) you and Martin up. He's the one who mentioned the magic painting sets of yore. Forgive me, please. It's very early (5 AM) and I haven't had my coffee yet.

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  12. Baino : Slubbing was a textile process which involved removing the knots and tangles from wool and other fibres before spinning the yarn. The pub in question has been called the Slubbers Arms since opening in 1853. It is believed that the son of the original owner was a slubber in a local mill.
    Willow : You paint a delightful picture of your teachers' arms (and that could be the name of another pub : the Teachers' Arms)
    Nana Jo : To be slubbered up with Martin H is a compliment indeed. Forgiveness is not required.

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  13. When I saw the theme for ths week I was pretty sure we'd hear more about beer from you today. Heh, heh! I have a beer post, too, natuarally!

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  14. Draft, draught...pint is easier and quicker?

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  15. Pointed Pub -- I love it. And it seems that we both had te same idea about "draft" (at least in part).

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  16. Serendipity is one of my most favorite words in the English language! I have found that I will be visiting Manchester the first week of June. Any ideas for "must visit" places? Friendly pubs, etc?

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  17. a pint with The Lad and his girlfriend....you just can't beat an invitation like that! ;)

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  18. There's nothing like a nice homophone on a Thursday.

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  19. It's nice to know where TT rates in your life! -J

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  20. Ayup theear, theur av done reeight well wi' dis 'un!

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  21. You can't have a much better post for "draught" than this--going right to the source!

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  22. One should never pass up the opportunity to lift a pint with one's offspring. It lets them know you're cool.

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