Every time I start paying attention to this blog, something comes along to annihilate it.
Since my last post MFI went bust, at a time when I'd paid them £6500 for a new kitchen that hadn't yet been delivered, and now never will be. I had to buy a new kitchen from somewhere else, fight to get my money back from MFI via my credit card company, deal with the fact that said credit card company, after reassuring me they would follow up and resolve it, then took the £6500 from my bank account, thereby reducing me to penury just before Christmas, and cope with builders taking advantage of the situation to up their fees and reduce their service, all while having had to take a five day a week contract back in the greasy world of advertising to keep my head above water while all this was happening.
I've got a list of blog entries as long as my arm that I've been meaning to write, but don't have time. But every now and then, one comes along that jumps to the head of the queue, and even though I'm up and at my desk after midnight writing a PowerPoint TM presentation on the future of an online media player for a meeting in nine hours' time, with a good night's sleep and a 75 minute commute between me and said presentation, I can't resist commenting.
From the press release:
The brewery, based in Mortlake, London, could face an uncertain future following confirmation by Anheuser-Busch (A-B) InBev that it is reviewing its UK operations.
One analyst told just-drinks today (8 December) that InBev's US$52bn buyout of A-B has left it with "significant over-capacity" in the UK.
The only genuinely funny thing CAMRA's Roger Protz has ever written (to my knowledge) is when he pointed out the Stag brewery - formerly the home of the reviled Red Barrel, subsequently colonised by Bud - was in Mortlake, AKA 'dead water'. I laughed out loud and was jealous he'd said it and not me. Personally, I'd rather drink my own piss than Budweiser, and I think most CAMRA members would share my views. But CAMRA also oppose British brewery closures on principle, and the Stag brewery has a long and honourable history...
Rub your hands with glee and get ready for one of those moments usually only seen in sci-fi movies where the intelligent robot has two core directives: protect human life at all costs, and obey the human master, and the human master orders the robot to kill him...