Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I like Billy Bragg

How nice to see Billy Bragg in town at the Occupy Sheffield camp outside the cathedral. 

What a decent bloke he is...

It made feel a bit wistful. I remember the 1984 pit strike very well, and Billy had a part in it for me. I was unemployed and living in Barnsley at the time and all the male side of my extended family worked for the NCB (National Coal Board).The whole thing was a proper education, what with the with incredible scenes of civil unrest and everything else that was gong on.

I lived in a shared house then and one of the few records we had was 'Brewing up with Billy Bragg'. It was played to death, partly because we had nowt much else, but it was perfect for the time. For me the whole year long strike seemed to be played out with Billy's album as a sound track.

He looks older these days.

And so do I.

But it's just typical of him to turn up to lend the Occupy Sheffield protest his support. He sang a few songs, and patiently dealt with all the press so that the camp received the maximum publicity he could give them.

I don't have many heroes....

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hunters Bar pub is cooking up a big value breakfast...

If you are a fan of this kind of thing, just now the best value traditional breakfast around the Hunters  Bar/Ecclesall Road area of Sheffield is to be at found at the Porter Brook pub at Hunters Bar.

What can't speak can't lie, as they say...


This comes with a pint or a large glass of pop and costs just a fiver.

Ample and inexpensive as it is; this breakfast is better than it might first appear. Anyone can knock out a cheap fry-up, but one of the hallmarks of a good breakfast is the use of good quality ingredients.

And the Porter Brekky scores heavily in this department by using proper back bacon, first class sausages with branded baked beans and fresh tomato. It's grease free too.

Value should never be confused with inexpensive but when both occur it's a double bonus.On this occasion both apply.

Served in good time, in a clean and comfortable pub with attentive and pleasant staff, there's nowt here not to like. Not sure how they make money on this but that's their problem not yours.

They sell it all through the day.

Go grab it whilst it's there...