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The moon over London yesterday evening as seen from my new office.
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The photographic evidence continues to arrive in dribs and drabs. Here you can just about see me making my first ever foray onto the actual stage at the #ChapOlympiad, having been roped into a supporting role of Champagne butler in a game of Not Playing Tennis. I was penalised by Tristan Langlois for use of foul language, which I feel rather guilty about in hindsight having only noticed upon seeing the photo there were two young girls standing just a few feet away. I blame it on stage fright, m'lud.
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I didn't take nearly enough photos at the #ChapOlympiad yesterday but here's the few I have.
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Are any of you planning on attending the Chap Olympiad this year? It's this coming Saturday.

(I feel as though I ask this question here every year, and it hasn't met with much success, but ever the optimist...)
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Walcot Hall, as it happens.

I once completed a treasure hunt across half of town to secure a ticket, but then on the day the weather turned and I stayed indoors with my hip-flask...
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The future may be uncertain but at least we still have the pub.
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Let's face the music ... and get slightly sozzled.
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Good afternoon from Ascot chaps.
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Good effort... You must tell me more about this mysterious contact, once I have bought a top hat, of course.
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I just noticed Cereal Killer has a branch in Camden now, and they offer delivery via Deliveroo:
https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/camden/cereal-killer-cafe-camden-market

Finally you can now enjoy a bowl of cereal in the comfort of your home! Never before was this possible - I think you'll all agree the future has arrived.
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Nice selection of portraits at the #ChapOlympiad  by the roaming professional photographers, including one of your humble servant.
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+Adam Baylis-West yes some amount of umbrage was taken!
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Thanks to Instagram I've been able to fill in some of the photographic gaps from yesterday, and am particularly pleased a stranger caught this shot of me hobnobbing with the inimitable Atters.
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Were the Hobnobs complimentary?
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The 100 year old roasting machine at Camden Coffee shop.
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In Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell the protagonist bemoans a rather dull landlord having told him of an equally unremarkable regular, about whom the most interesting thing which could be said is that he loses a lot of umbrellas.

"I know the shortage of eccentrics is acute these days, but you'd think that a pub landlord of all people could come up with someone slightly more interesting than an umbrella loser."

Noting that I am in dangerous waters here, I nonetheless feel the need to report I have something of a lucky umbrella. Numerous have been the occasions when I've left it behind somewhere, and I always manage to retrieve it again. Today, in one of the only very slightly more interesting incidents in this otherwise quite tedious saga, I left it on one of the ferry boats at Henley Regatta. Having quite happily crossed the Thames several times without me, I did indeed manage to reclaim it once again.
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+Adam Baylis-West I am deeply sorry for your loss.
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Do I have too many pairs of brown brogues?
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They are all different. I have three identical pairs of black Oxfords from Tricker's...
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I go here now and again to buy slightly out of the ordinary products, good for vegetarian things. The only place I've ever seen buffalo mozzarella made with vegetarian rennet. Also vegetarian kimchi, vegetarian parmesan, etc.
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reviewed a week ago
This place was a bit of a godsend - we had just a few minutes to spare to find something to eat before boarding a long slow train back to London, on which there isn't a trolley service or anything. We were a bit unprepared, had already used up all of our emergency snacks earlier in the day, and had our 4 year old daughter with us. As this was the only business of any kind within the immediate vicinity of the station I hurried in. There was a queue of several (to be honest) rather grumpy old men in front of me, but the member of staff behind the counter, on hearing I had a train to catch in a few minutes, very kindly gave me our food first. Ours was a quick and straightforward order, I doubt it delayed anybody else's by more than a minute, but still, I can imagine he may have got some flak from the other rather surly customers for that after I left, and so I am particularly grateful. We ate the fish and chips on the train (the carriage was practically empty so it didn't bother anyone) - there was a general consensus that these were actually pretty good fish and chips, and a potential toddler crisis was averted. Thank you Station Fryer.
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Public - a week ago
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This idyllic country pub is the stuff of dreams. Many country pubs, particularly in well to do parts of the country (as I'm assuming this area must be, looking at the local house prices) end up turning into soulless gastropubs, stripped of all their charm, with the same generic Farrow and Ball paint job. I'm happy to report the Rising Sun has avoided this fate, it still has a cosy and unspoilt pubby feel to it - especially in the bar, and some pleasingly quirky and unique features, but also serves really excellent food. I started with the baked camembert, which was the envy of the whole table, although there was stiff competition from the excellent tomato and mozzarella salad, with really superb tomatoes grown just a few hundred metres away from a producer which I believe also supplies some of the top restaurants in London. As if that hyperlocal produce wasn't enough, the village of Nutbourne is of course right on the doorstep of two excellent wineries - both Nutbourne vineyard itself, and just beyond that the famous Nyetimber. I was really pleased to see the pub offered a selection of wines from both wineries. As we were in the area for the Nyetimber vineyard tour we thought we'd try the lesser known Nutbourne with lunch, and really enjoyed both the Nutbourne blush and the Sussex reserve. We didn't have time to sample the beers, but at a quick glance at the bar the line-up looked really interesting and I would love to come back.
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reviewed a week ago
Worked pretty well as a venue for a meal with extended family where we were very constrained on location. One or two quibbles (our booking seemed to have got lost, and there was a bit of a wait for the food) but overall a successful lunch. Had five kids with us and they all generally seemed quite happy. The ravioli with sage butter was quite tasty.
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I'm a huge fan of their wines, and was in no doubt that I'd thoroughly enjoy their vineyard tour and tasting - alas only held on two weekends of the year! We were very lucky to be able to get tickets at the last minute owing to some cancellations, and for the September open days apparently some people had bought tickets six months prior. It's a beautiful estate: the ancient manor house, the surrounding gardens and the timber frame barn where they hold the tastings make a wonderful setting to learn more about and enjoy these exquisite sparkling wines.
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Update: September 2016 - no longer doing the deep fried halloumi, and nothing else vegetarian on the menu. So disappointed! Alas can't give this place 5 stars any more. This modern, upmarket fish and chip place was (like Folkestone in general to be honest) a pleasant surprise. Smart, clean, nice interior design, pleasant staff, nice spot down by the harbour which on a sunny afternoon was really lovely with the doors open and the warm sea breeze wafting in. Oh and well maintained, clean loos with really good baby change facilities. ...and most importantly for me they had a vegetarian "fish" and chips on the menu - halloumi in batter, which I've had in a few places before, but I thought it was particularly well executed here. Albeit that this was on their specials board, so not sure it's a permanent fixture on their menu (I also liked the sound of the deep fried asparagus, also on the specials board, wish I'd been greedy and tried that too!). If you are, like me, a vegetarian, be sure to ask them to fry yours in vegetable oil rather than beef dripping, which is the default - they're happy to do this. On a reckless whim, I actually said yes to their suggestion of mushy peas to go with it - I've never been a fan of mushy peas, but this was yet another pleasant surprise - theirs were fresh tasting (probably helped by the mint) and rather good. I've since been back a second time, this time with my wife with us as well, and was really pleased that second time round our soon-to-be-3 year old daughter actually asked to come here - it had been a hard won battle to persuade her to leave the beach the first time! Seeing the girls tuck into their fish and chips (whilst I also enjoyed mine, accompanied by a cheeky pint) after a lovely morning at the beach was utter bliss.
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Have been twice now - both times not really by choice (it isn't the sort of place I'd go for, having a vague sort of "international menu") but have to admit it is well run - the standard of both the cooking and the service is good.
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