Tuesday 17 March 2020


Uuluuich may sound like someone is suffering from the Corona Virus after drowning their sorrows with gallons of cheap alcohol, but it would seem this is the Anglo Saxon name of our near neighbour. It's snappy and requires no lip movement which could be useful, I can't think of a scenario, but it could.

Ah. Maybe for a ventriloquist's act?

This superb map from the excellent Londonist website shows London in Anglo Saxon times. To be honest I didn't know Plumstead (or Plumstede), was even invented back then. I wouldn't mind if some clever person would tell me how far Plumstedeshire stretches back in time.

Sunday 1 December 2019

Surely a brewery could've picked from a million other names?

It would seem my name has been used by a local brewery. Well that's flattering, but would've been nice to be asked first.

Saturday 11 May 2019

Hibernating is so nice

[Yawns a long yawn]

Is it time to wake up yet?

Has anything happened in The Shire?

Friday 15 July 2016

Plumstead Live! 2016

The aroma of anticipation is in the air as the good folk o' the Shire plan their picnics, for Sunday is Plumstead Live! day.

For those who have recently moved to this green and pleasant village of Plumsteadshire, Plumstead Live is like Glyndebourne without the champagne and stuffiness. Here, the music is relaxed and it's an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbours. It's always a lovely atmosphere at this event so come and enjoy.

Fingers crossed that it may not rain for one day this Summer.

Saturday 4 June 2016

We could win, but it's up to us

I first happened across the Britain Has Spirit website by mistake as I was on the look out for a bottle of non-alcoholic absinthe. As if by some freak coincidence, The Plumstead Make Merry was in a slow motion race with a small handful of other hopefuls. This race has turned out to be mildly gripping as our festival lagged far behind the leader and within a week, have now taken pole position. Staying in front is another kettle of fish as no doubt, some voters will forget to vote, others may spoil their ballot papers and a few more will move on to the next new thing¹.

Good people of The Shire, vote every day. Borrow your neighbour's smart phone and vote on their behalf, but do not be tempted to look through their photos, for fear of potential fruity² images.

If the Make Merry does not win the £10 million pot of gold, the organisers may have to cancel George Clooney's personal appearance. I believe he was delighted to have been asked to cut the ribbon. Still, professional George look-a-like, Sadiq Khan might have to do.

If the Make Merry does not win the £10 million pot of gold, there are many ways of making it a fun packed day. Some low rent theme parks have a 'panning for gold' activity whereby you assume a character from the gold prospecting days. You swish around with a sieve and find gold nuggets in the sand or water. We don't have gold, but we have cats.

The people of The Shire LOVE cats.

So 10 or 12 people could bring their cat litter trays to the Common et voila, panning for gold Plumstead style. It's fun for everyone from 7 to 77.

1 - One of my gripes of modern life is the throw-away culture. In this instance, information on social media flashes past us before we can digest it. Information indigestion - quite a mouthful in itself.
2 - Not meaning apples and oranges.

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Now is the time to vote

Forget Donald Trump and Sadiq Khan is so last month.

We vote because we believe in what's right. We vote because we want a better future. We vote because our children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way.

The Plumstead Make Merry (a high point in The Shire's social calendar), is on the edge of winning a much needed wad of cash and it is all down to you to vote. Yes dear listener, YOU can make it happen.

Click this link and vote, preferably for The Plumstead Make Merry. Tell your friends, tell your family and vote every day.