Saturday Night out in Reading

We don’t get out as much as we used to so it was great to finally get to Reading last Saturday for a night out with Keith and Brian. Caught the train into Reading and tried out a few bars and a few beers.

The Sun Inn – nice selection of beers and real ales.

Pavlogs Dog – again, very nice mixture of beers, ales and ciders. Pool table and live music. Normally I like Lager, Lager and nothing but lager. Was brave this night and tried something new – quite enjoyed it – would definitely recommend this:

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The Horn. Small bar but nice feel. Had a duo singing covers.

The Hope Tap – heavy metal band – didn’t get their name as I was a little drunk by this point.

All the bars had live music. Good atmospheres. We got some food from the usual Chicken shop (haven’t come down with food poisoning yet) and am looking forward to doing this again soon.

Here’s Brian showing how impressed he was with the Heavy Metal band.

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We asked them if they could play anything more mainstream and they obliged:

This is what they normally sound like:

 

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Love this week or hate it?

Don’t panic. I recalled these words of advice from the greatest books ever written, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy….

Earlier in the week, BBC news announced marmite was amongst products to be taken off the shelves in Tesco stores in a dispute between them and their supplier Unilever.. I normally shop in Asda as it’s cheaper anyway. Damn Brexit – could I still withdraw my yes vote, was it too late. Maybe they should have discussed Brexit and it’s impact on marmite sales, I might have said NO.

The internet was awash with stories of panic buying of marmite. I work long hours. Would I find time to stock up before stocks ran out in other stores.

I’ m down to my last jar, one packet of crisps and 6 packets of cheese. Can I ration myself. Depressed at all this, I eat my last bag of crisps and contemplate a life without marmite. I’m overweight, having a mid life crisis, various ailments, i’ m a teacher And I’m broke. All this I can cope with but not without marmite to comfort me.

Wait…..

The news has just announced Unilever has made up again in consideration of its customers (profit margin more like). Tesco are stocking marmite and now Asda emails me with money off vouchers on marmite. It’s all ok again. I’ve cancelled my visit to the physiatrist.

It’s a Dogs Life

We took our Labrador dog, Sandy to the see a vet about two weeks ago. We weren’t really looking forward to it as we knew it was going to cost but obviously we wanted Sandy to be well again. She had a skin allergy and needed an injection, some tablets and Debbie purchased some flea treatments (£58 but could have got the same online for less than half of this)for both of our dogs whilst she was there. £158 later, thought that was the bad news.

The vet examined Sandy who is now 13 and said she had found some mammary lumps….. Could be cancerous, might not be, but either way surgery was needed to remove them.

We have pet insurance for Sandy from legal & general paying about £36 per month for their lifetime cover up to £2000 per illness. We contacted them to ask if the treatment would be covered and they didn’t want to say. Eventually we got the veterinary practice to speak with them directly and as far as they were concerned it should be covered.

Sandy went in for the Surgery on Wednesday and we finally managed to collect her that evening around 7.30pm.

We have been using this veterinary practice (forest house in Windsor) since I was a child. They are perhaps not the cheapest but they always seem to care and dont seem to be in business just to make money.

The final bill was around £2400. The insurance will cover £2000 – 20% deduction because she is a senior dog. The vets charged us £29.99 to claim the fee directly from the insurance which minimalises all the hassle we would have in dealing with legal & general.

The vets will also accept a payment plan to pay off our part of the bill.

Sandy is now back home and doing well. We are waiting for biopsy results to see if the lumps were cancerous. Sandy has already had one checkup and seems to be healing well. Stitches come out in 10 days. Hopefully she will live a few more years yet. When we went to taplow car boot sale last week, the regulars were already missing her but she should be back soon.