Got an e-mail from Harvey’s Brewery telling me I could have a pint of Kiss (their February special ale) for half price if I went to the Nelson with my Reward Card. Who could resist? Certainly not me, even though it was cold and raining. The open fire helped dry me out outside as the Kiss wetted me inside – perfect harmony. Drier and warmer I sat down to re-read a slim volume of poems bought recently: ‘Do Horses Fly?’ by Brighton guy Brendan Cleary. Only a handful of poems all based around the life of Eadweard Muybridge, the guy who built kit to take a sequence of fast photos of a galloping horse, ultimately proving horses do fly, sort of.
Then it was down to the Great Eastern to get Brendan to sign the book. Every Saturday Brendan ‘spins the discs’ all afternoon in the Great Eastern. No discs involved any more, but his playlists are generally good for an old man like me – this day it was early Dylan, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and Eric Burdon’s Animals.
Stayed around longer than planned because of the good music, several interesting conversations and excellent Franklin’s ‘What Mama Don’t Know’ bitter. The change of management has not spoilt the place. Saw a beer I could not resist, just because it came all the way from Hawaii – where my brother’s grandchildren live.