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Rum Doings Episode 33

by on Jul.01, 2010, under Rum Doings, The Rest

Welcome to Episode 33 of Rum Doings, an episode with a lot of introduction. Not discussed is whether Andy Murray has given up his hope to be the golden boy of British tennis.

Our slightly room temperature root beers come from a fridge that later investigation revealed to in fact be on 3. Put your fridges to 4, everybody.

We then attempt nostalgia comedy of the present, before drinking our illegal beverage. Nick does a splendid impression of a loud noise you’ll have just heard, and then we talk Thatcher.

We reveal why John’s girlfriend has had to be put down, the Nazi origins of John’s new car, and Nick explains why fried chicken is best. Christianity is renamed, houses are purchased through staring, and incredibly, John is doing some exercise.

Nick dies, John’s hirsute nature is discussed, we ponder those who swim, and we laugh at butterfly stroke. Some Martin Coxall anecdotes are shared, and then Nick reviews Red Dead Redemption. Then all of gaming.

And what do you think about people who read paperback books on the tube? And what if it’s by Jackie Collings?

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11 Comments for this entry

  • James Campbell

    Not listened yet but I saw this quote on the BBC website and it made me think of Mr. Walker.

    “How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person.”

    Hope it’s not relevant today!

  • Jambe

    If A&W is the height of your root beer consumption I pity you. Get you some Boylan’s (I prefer birch beer myself, as it’s more astringent and wintergreen-like than root beer).

  • Nick Mailer

    I don’t think either of us said A&W was the height of our consumption. All rootbeers are on the sarsaparilla to wintergreen continuum. I too tend more towards the wintergreen edge. I quite like IBC in glass bottles for a nice, balanced main-stream drink.

  • Pace

    hirsute: my new favorite word. Sounds like it could be used in some excellent insults.

  • Jambe

    That was a bit tongue-in-cheek, Nick. Boylan’s is certainly worth seeking out, though. As far as mainstream root beers are concerned I like Barq’s the best; it’s by far the sharpest. Most mainstream sodas are loaded with caffeine, though. I drink enough coffee for two households; I don’t need anymore caffeine!

    When you say IBC, do you mean this:

    or this:

    If the latter, you’re a king! I’m ambivalent about the former; decent taste, not so great on the texture. I’ve tried scores of brews in my 22 years; well over a hundred, anyway. Best I’ve had was opposite my usual taste, actually: a creamy, super-sweet, thick brew from Port Washington, Wisconsin. I ordered it to drink with a steak, but I got a wheat beer for that instead and drank the root beer as a dessert. And then another. Mmm. Coated the palate with an almost overwhelming sweet fizziness and had a distinct earthy cinnamon/acacia aftertaste.

    Other notes:

    I wasn’t expecting a discussion of John’s encounters with waxing and pube-shaving… but I suppose I’m now richer for the experience.

    Also… I award John 5,000 points for his comments about Day of the Tentacle.

  • Mrstrellis

    You can hear Nick’s cat purring in this podcast.

  • Alex

    The best root beer I’ve had is make by Marco beverages, but I like their spruce beer even more.

  • Gassalasca

    I’m sorry, what was it that Martin bellowed? I can’t make it out. :blush:

  • Gassalasca

    I just reached the end of the episode and came here to say – Jane Austen is wonderful, Pride and Prejudice is a delightful novel, and all my male friends who’ve read it agree with me! Put that in your respective pipes and smoke it, Mr Walker and Mr Mailer!

  • Xercies

    i dn’t have a problem with Dan brwn that much, I guess its true Joh that it is because of all the cliffhangers but I always enjoy reading them somehow. yes they are kind of trashy but sometimes you want that.

    Also he doesn’t lie, no he does something worse he subverts the truth. All his facts are right there is a document on The priory of Sion and all that. of course he never says that it got found out to be fake. And he puts these facts at the beginning making people think that whatever he says about the items in general in the novel must also be true.

  • Nick Mailer

    Xercies: he does actually lie. For example, in one of his books he describes features you can apparently find in Leonardo’s Last Supper (or perhaps it was a Madonna). If you actually look at that painting, the features he describes and promises are in the painting (which exists) … are not there.