So naturally I bought eight bottles including three from Williams Brothers brewery whose beers have always impressed me. Here they are...
I have had 'Woild Moild' on tap in the past, either at Wetherspoons or a beer festival and I enjoyed it. I am a fan of milds, porters, stouts and Scottish ales so I'll see how I get on with these over the next couple of weeks. I can only suggest you get down there and buy some. You'll be supporting these breweries, drinking good beers and Sainsbury's will continue to run this competition and promote good beers.
I did have another entry ready to publish regarding No.1 son but events have taken over. On the positive side he received good results for his GCSE's and he is now signed up for college. Ongoing events regarding Cornwall and long distance love may change this.
I note in the Guardian and other media that the debate regarding public sector pensions has smouldered into flame again. Every time I see a statement regarding protection of front line staff but hitting the 'unnecessary' public sector staff I know it will generally be right wing nuts with a mission to destroy Trotskyites. I have a lot of sympathy with those whose pensions were screwed up by the government/investors/financial advisors. I also agree that there need to be cuts and removal of 'non-jobs'. One particular blog (A good blog by the way) led me to the previously unknown (to me) role of the 'Political Advisor'. I'll let you dear reader google this specific non-job which I do believe can go the way of the Dodo. My first impression was of Political Commisars attached to Red Army units during the war...it still is. Special advisors, quangocrats, assorted bean counters can also go as well. Most of the frothing at the mouth right wingers (see the daily mail, express, etc..) point to 'Lesbian Outreach Workers' but I've yet to come across any of these. Youth outreach workers and mental health assertive outreach workers are known to me. Hell, my title within the Assertive Outreach team was Senior Outreach Worker...nurse to anyone else. It reflected the type of work I performed and the patients I worked with. So if cuts have to be made, and believe me they do have to be made, will they be the broad slash of the mad axe brigade or, will they be the thought out clinically precise surgical cuts to remove the unnecessary fat? I can make a reasonable guess and duck as the axes fly. My secondment comes to an end soon (Thankfully!!) and if management have any sense, from a financially prudent point of view, I would be returned to my very necessary frontline job and rota'd in to perform the best interests job alongside as and when needed. It would save the Trust money, they will get a good return on their investment and it would stop the needless empire building that goes on in the NHS. (I'm talking myself out of a cushy number - it hurts to be honest!). There are certainly a significant number of staff who could go from the NHS but to achieve that the pointless layers of bureaucracy also has to go. Simplify the paperwork and reduce the number of backroom staff. Sadly, what will happen is already happening. Foundation trusts need to save money and when an experienced band six nurse/social worker leaves replace them with a recently qualified band five. When a band five staff member leaves replace them with a band three/four support worker. Simples! It's cheap and a worker is available to assist so long as people are happy with a dumbed down second-rate service which leads to more mistakes and a greater chance of relapsing. But you gets what you pays for. As the Chinese proverb has it we are now living in interesting times.