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Australia’s Favourites

So something I’ve been meaning to get around to since… one of the lockdowns, I forget which, is sampling and reviewing Australia’s Favourite Beers. Not as judged by a poll so unregulated and highly influenceable (and therefore ultimately meaningless) as the Hottest 100, but by something that TNG fans have been clamouring for since the…

Café Entropie du Societé

Well, we survived the year of the Wiggles. Barely. With 2022 behind us and lockdowns in the distant rearview mirror, the pandemic carries on but we… just don’t seem to care anymore. I mean, our government is still side-eyeing China, calling to implement stricter testing and border controls on everyone who has so much as…

Notes from an Advent Calendar

Once again, the season has passed and the Carwyn Cellars Canvent Calendar has been and gone. Like Frosty the Snowman, it brought with it important lessons, love and joy, as well as something to do in the silly season before disappearing for another year. Below are my tasting notes for each of the beers –…

Pairings

The silly season is once more upon us, and aside from all the tacky things like family and love and generosity and togetherness, it is a time for indulgence in food and drink. Should you find yourself in need of some ideas, below are some of the beverages you might find me serving or enjoying,…

Hazy Days

The idea of lost time is a beguiling and sometimes terrifying concept to us as humans. Our experience of time as linear and predictable, broken up into orderly units of seconds, hours and days is an inseparable part of us. Our experience of time is our experience of life. And when you disrupt our concept…

Rediscovery

Rediscovery has been much on my mind of late. Old friends, old favourites, old interests; rediscovered pleasures are rare jewels. Recently, I have begun reading again for the first time in a while. This may come across as incongruous, from someone who writes. The written word is all, surely? Well, yes – in a way…

Liminality

Do you ever think about the between-places? The ones that separate Here from There, or Then from Now? Artists and other creatives love them for their potential, and fantasists and magical realists can spin wonderful tales of soft places in the world where the fabric of reality is thin. Such places exist within each of…

Death to Tyrants

The End of the Tyranny of Choice I have previously written about the difficulty presented in making a choice from the vast sea of options we find in front of us these days. I have exhorted you to embrace the chaos and lean into the confusion, to learn and rejoice in learning and perform your…

On a Relatable Problem for a Man of the People: How to Alienate Everyone You Know – Particularly Those of a Parental Disposition: A Tract (self published, in E-form) By Chudley Smythington-Smith-Smythe-Smith, Baronet

A Tract (self published, in E-form) By Chudley Smythington-Smith-Smythe-Smith The very worst crime imaginable happened tonight. Come with me on wings of fancy and picture this, dear reader: It’s Tuesday Night, and you’ve been out for a lovely evening somewhere, a trivia night or several cleansing ales with choice friends, perhaps a pub night or…

Opportunism vs Selectivism

In conversation with my partner the other day, she asked me the simple question ‘what is your favourite chocolate bar?” I think I surprised both of us by not really having an answer. Well, not having a satisfying answer – my response was “I usually just get whatever’s on special.” It was true when I…

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