The Ram Rampant
13 hours ago
Real Ale & Real Music
|Joanne Louise - banished to the wilderness |
after Bar Eighty Eight pulled the plug
|Ninkasi, Sumerian Goddess of Beer|
|The band at a previous gig in The Mount|
|An increasing sight in town centres|
I have sympathy for anyone who has suffered from drunken aggression, but the fact is that violent drunks are not transformed by alcohol: they are simply violent people who have learnt to associate aggression and violence with drink - a learnt behaviour, not caused by drink. Blaming alcohol for bad behaviour is also a convenient excuse if trying to appear apologetic after sobering up, or when in court.A year or two ago, a local lout who had launched unprovoked attacks on several people one evening blamed his disgraceful behaviour on alcohol in an attempt to distance himself from his actions. I wrote a letter to the local paper making clear my view as an experienced drinker that such a defence did not stand up - that the violence is in the person and not created by alcohol - but it wasn't printed, probably because it was too obvious which court case I was referring to and could have risked a libel case.
|The Blue Anchor complete with a - ahem - gold anchor|
|The King of Rock & Roll|
"By protecting our trademarks, when we have to, we are just looking after our business and our team. We own trademarks just like we own our buildings, our brewing equipment, and our dogs. If someone stole our dog or our bottling machine we would not be happy, intellectual property is no different."
|Will Brewdog ever appear on a stamp?|
|Karaoke - my own bête noire|
|A detail in one of the Lion's windows|