What Men Talk About In Pubs 2008

For the third year, I’ve kept track on the topics talked about in the Newcastle Beer Festival (see also 2006 and 2007). There is a reason for this. It’s because we’ve all come home at one time or another and had this conversation:

So who were you out with, then?
Oh, er… Harry and Joe
So how’s Harry’s wife and kids?
What about J—
Well what did you talk about then?
Just … stuff. You know.
What sort of stuff?
Er… general.

And it’s not because we don’t want to tell you. No, it’s because it’s pointless drivel, and five minutes after we’ve finished talking about it, we’ve forgotten what it was we were talking about. And the purpose of tracking the topics is to prove to our wives and partners that it’s pointless drivel…

So what made this year’s list?

I’m afraid it’s an abbreviated list this year, ‘cos I got distracted by … well, the pointless drivel … and forgot to write anything down after the first couple of hours. But here goes:

  • Oven cleaning
  • Negotiating/Haggling for:
    • Phones
    • TVs
    • 1 penny off a carton of batteries
  • ‘Making It’
    • The Road To Success
    • Starting Out
    • From a corner sweetie shop to The Gateshead Arms
  • Brewery Tours
    • Asking lots of questions and actually being interested in the product
    • Masham
    • Pouring your own pints
  • Hanging & Gibbeting
    • Will Jobling
    • Dick Turpin
  • Nietzsche, Hegel, Kierkegaard and Kant
  • Mobile Phone Ringtones
    • Aerosmith
    • “For the love of Pete”
  • Weird Al
  • 5-a-side and 11-a-side football
  • Newcastle United

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