If you visit the World Heritage site at Avebury with its wonderful stone circle do not use the public toilets near the pub in the centre of the village! dirty and smelly and dark. There are good clean toilets at the National trust museum and restaurant.
- Hiking and Walking
Our wonderfully impressive successive UK governments (note the small g) have all but managed to destroy the great british Pub Culture (note the capitals P & C) and have turned the UK into a mismanaged binge-drinking society. OK there has always been an element of alcohol abuse associated with pubs but in the days that pubs were social centres much of that abuse was regulated and policed by the abusers themselves.
These days, following wonderfiully impressive successive hikes in the government duty (small g and d) on alcohol, the superbly successful ban on smoking in public places and the tax advantages given to the pubco's and supermarkets instead of to small community-orientated businesses we now have a situation whereby pubs are closing faster than an the jaws of a congregation of alligators surrounding a parcel of bleeding hogs.
Our present government (still in place as of Dec 2011) had a wonderfully impressive brainwave which they reckoned would solve all us pub-goer's problems. Beer with an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 2.8% or under would be subject to a less punitive taxation regime than enjoyably drinkable stuff. That is of course going to revitalitise the Pub Culture in that we can now all go to the lovely smoke-free pub and drink all night whilst staying stone-cold sober, use the Loo a Lot (caps on both L's) and not be a danger to ourselves or others.
And here in Chippy, which just happens to be the home of the present government leader, mr david cameron (small m, small d...) I find a 2.8%'er - Fullers "Mighty Atom" at the otherwise excellent hostelry The Chequers (caps for both the T and the C).
Well, it looks like a beer, it almost tastes like a beer, and it's 30 pence cheaper than a beer but it lacks a certain something - Effect?? What's it all about I ask myself?
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
Chipping Norton has very much a small town community feel to it. It's the sort of place where people greet each other in the streets, the pubs are unanimously friendly and the general pace of life is laid back. As such it comes as no surprise that the crime rate in the town is well below the average with the main concerns voiced by residents to the local police being things such as speeding, parking and public drinking - noting that in the latter case this is about people drinking on park benches and the like rather than those sitting outside the pubs.
It's interesting to note that from the last three months' (to end 2011) Neighbourhood Policing Updates that cannabis growers seem to be the top news -
"A house in Chipping Norton also received a visit this month following another report of cannabis cultivation. A small number of plants were seized and the ‘gardener’ was dealt with in Banbury custody. As a team we always actively follow up information on drugs so any green fingered growers beware!"