Posts Tagged ‘Marble Brewery’

Happy New Year and Daddy Don’t Get Drunk on Christmas Day!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

No more champagne
And the fireworks are through
Here we are, me and you
Feeling lost and feeling blue
It’s the end of the party
And the morning seems so grey
So unlike yesterday
Now’s the time for us to say…

The above as all will recognize are the opening lyrics to “Happy New Year” by Swedish super group ABBA from their 1980 album Super Trouper. What you probably didn’t know was that the song’s working title was the more festive; “Daddy Don’t Get Drunk on Christmas Day”. Recorded in 1980, the English-language song wasn’t released as a single until 1999 and charted in Sweden (#27), The Netherlands (#15) and Germany (#78). Apparently the song is still very popular in Vietnam and played often during New Year holidays! (more…)

Pump Clips, Beer labels and Branding

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Real ale’s image problem. From the inexplicable to the abhorrent, the world of real ale is beset by profoundly ill-advised branding.

The above was the headline of a recent article in The Guardian written by Jeff Pickthall of Pumpclip Parade

And it seems that beer’s image is on a few people’s mind at the moment as Mark Dredge, in his excellent blog also recently wrote about  Beer branding as has Sophie Atherton on her blog,  A FemAle View, in a couple of recent posts, including a post about sexist pump clips. The above got me thinking what ticks the boxes for me when I’m in the beer aisle at my local supermarket, the excellent Booth’s in Lytham, or when faced by a bank of hand pumps. Which bottles stand out the most, or which clips?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo courtesy of The Ormskirk Baron (more…)