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19-04-2010, 18:13
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http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_GmjnOI2FKxc/S8yET4kFncI/AAAAAAAAAYA/zcX1K5TnhA4/s200/lucozade.jpg (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_GmjnOI2FKxc/S8yET4kFncI/AAAAAAAAAYA/zcX1K5TnhA4/s1600/lucozade.jpg)From Northampton with love. In a quiet corner of the Bridge (http://www.thebridgeinndulverton.com/), Saturday afternoon reflections, sunlight spearing in through the window, a spotlight on the carpet, I lift a glass of Carlsberg Cold (http://www.carlsberg.co.uk/Carlsberg.aspx). Itís the colour of the sort of cellophane that shopkeepers once hung in their windows to keep out flies (or Lucozade bottles used to be wrapped in). Can of sweetcorn opened 30 minutes ago on the nose, itís cold and crisp in the mouth and has a hint of lemon-flavoured boiled sweets ó then thereís a dryness developing. Itís slightly sharp, but thereís no real flavour. Itís refreshing enough in the way a glass of shandy does the honours after a particularly ferocious game of squash. It doesnít float my boat, but itís not as frightening and fiendish as who-have-you-converted-to-real-ale-today types would have us believe. Itís there, itís here, itís beer. I leave my glass half full and order a draught Budvar (http://www.budweiserbudvar.co.uk/home.php), Iím intrigued to note that the Carlsberg Cold develops a burnt rubber note on the nose as it cools. Landlady Rachel passes by and agrees with me. Whatís this burnt rubber all about then?


If Iím going to write about lager then I cannot ignore this bestseller, well I can but at the moment Iím saving all my ignoring for the monstrous Bedlam that is Britainís Got Talent.

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