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curmudgeon n: a crusty, irascible, cantankerous person, full of stubborn ideas (and beer)

"When you have lost your inns, drown your empty selves
For you will have lost the last of England" (Hilaire Belloc)

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THE PUB CURMUDGEON BLOG
- a jaundiced view of life from the darkest recess of the saloon bar...


For Curmudgeon's latest "Opening Times" column, please click here


ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Why Nanny should become the new 'N' word
Brendan O'Neill reckons that the modern State has more in common with the Inquisition than Mary Poppins

Labour has an Orwellian mission to control what the working classes put in their stomachs
Brendan O'Neill argues that Labour now views the little people as corruptible creatures in need of protection – from adverts, from alcohol, from chips, from chocolate

We love pubs and churches, but don’t want to use them
Rowan Pelling says we love to complain about the decline of our institutions, but want someone else to do our praying and drinking

The disease of “Public Health”
Chris Snowdon reckons we are in the midst of an epidemic of lifestyle moralism

A nanny state that dictates what we drink will soon be telling us how to think
Simon Heffer complains that governments now see it not merely as their right, but their duty, to intervene in our lives

A black market in booze fearmongering
Chris Snowdon reports that Panorama has been caught out peddling dodgy alcohol stats, only the latest instance of junk-science moralising by the neo-temperance lobby

Minimum pricing means minimising choice
Ramping up the price of booze won't change drinking habits, argues Patrick Hayes, but it will squeeze just a little more freedom out of life

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The Grumpy Old Sod

Freedom 2 Choose

Site Index

CURMUDGEON'S "OPENING TIMES" COLUMNS

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Highlights from earlier years:   1993 | 1994 | 1995

Curmudgeon Extra
A few Beer and Pubs items that, for whatever reason, never made it into the pages of "Opening Times"
Curmudgeon on Drink-Driving
Comments made in the Curmudgeon column over the years on the drink-driving issue

Opinion Pieces

Only Here for the Beer?
A critical but sympathetic look at CAMRA's achievements since its foundation
Driven to Drink
The surprising truth behind 21st-century Britain's toxic binge-drinking culture
The Death of the English Pub
Alcohol consumption is at a post-war record, so why is the traditional pub in crisis? And is it ultimately doomed?
Why 50 mg is Wrong
Lowering the UK drink-driving limit would in practice do nothing to cut road deaths while putting thousands of pubs out of business
Drink-Driving - A Fresh Approach
How we could really make serious inroads in drink-related road deaths, if the government had the moral courage to put political correctness to one side
Real Pub Food in Every Pub
Promoting real food in pubs should not equate to food snobbery

Miscellaneous

Interesting Links
A collection of links to sites relating to beer, pubs and drinking, and others of a curmudgeonly nature
Interesting Articles
A collection of opinion pieces from the press reflecting the themes of "The Curmudgeon Page"
About this Site
So what's this nonsense all about? And who is "Curmudgeon" anyway?
Feedback
Your views - and what Curmudgeon thinks about them
Curmudgeonly Quotations
A selection of my favourite quotations on the subjects of beer, pubs and drinking, and liberty and lifestyle freedom
Curmudgeon's Ideal Pub
The features I'd look for in my perfect pub - including Hartington Best Bitter and a characterful pub cat. But would anyone turn up?
The Facts About Drinking and Driving
A scan of an official booklet from 1986 that deals with the issue in a much more honest and straightforward way than would be possible today
The Curmudgeon Questionnaire
A unique insight into what makes the author of this website tick
Rants and Moans
The tiny handful of blemishes that disturb the sunny uplands of Curmudgeon's view of the world
Drinking Jokes
A small collection of politically incorrect jokes about drinking
Stockport Pub Guide
A comprehensive list of all pubs within the Stockport MBC boundaries (no longer updated since April 2010)

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