Monday, 31 March 2014

THE UNBEARABLE NONSENSE OF CRAFT BEER.

(A Rant in Nine Acts ). By Max Bahnson & Alan Mcleod. A Read of Much Humour. The Style Very Zany in Content. Have to Admit a Lot of the Things Max & Alan Lament About. I Have Been Guilty of. Acts on Beer Styles, Values, History, Law & PR Spin. The Rant on Tastings is Spot On. Cannot Believe People Pay Such Big Amounts of Money. To Taste a Range of Beers. Which they are then Encouraged are So Fashionable. Act 7. The Vocabulary Of Beer. So Memorable. Mostly Set on a Ship, in a Full Scale Gale. Read Most of it While on a Bus From Work. Sheffield Rush Hour Replicated a Rolling Ship !. Act 8. Evangelism, Movement & Community. Also Entertaining. The Interrogation of a Pivo Geek, Hilarious. Enjoyed the Forwards Too. By Both Alan & Max. Would Have Liked the Cowboy Rode To Town, Out Take Extended. Good Read.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

FINE CZECH HOME BREW.

5-3-14. After Concert. Must Pay Visit to My New Favourite Praha Drinking Venue. Bar Napalme. First Evening Visit. Was Full. Friendly Football Match on CZ TV. Czech Republic v Norway. Was Quite Prepared to Stand. No Hardship Drinking Great Pivo. Kind Czech Man Offered Me a Seat at his Table. His Sport, Kick Ball. Later More of His Friends Joined the Table. With Three Nice Dogs. Proper Czech Bar. Friendly Nice People. Owners are Very Good People Too. Offer Me Some of Their just Produced Home Brew. There is a Lovely Smell of Herb Electronic Cigarettes. My Czech Not Too Good. Though We Get By. Much Talk About Pivo in General. Was Recommended Pivovar U Bulovky. Bulovka 17 180 00 Liben Praha 8. Football Ends in a Two All Draw. One Of Those Great Nights. Pivo is All Excellent. As You Would Expect. Had, in Order. Uneticke 10 Per Cent. Uneticke Masopustini Special Cerna, 11 Per Cent. Plus Kocour Saurus 20 Per Cent. Ano, the Home Brew was Good Too !. Talking to Max about Bar Napalme. Agree With Him. Bar & Owners Do Not Get the Credit They Deserve. In the Praha Pivo Circuit.

Friday, 28 March 2014

MARTINU FOUNDATION COMPETITION PRIZE - WINNERS CONCERT.

5-3-14. Czech Chamber Music Society. Ceska Filharmonie. Rudolfinum / Suk Hall. 2014 is Czech Music Year. Being a Dvorak Society Member. Was Looking Forward to Attending this Concert, For Some Time. The Suk Hall is Very Beautiful. The Early Start Time for 5 -30 PM. Ideal For Me in Praha. Time Afterwards for a Fuller Evening. Concert Started with Second Place Cellist Eduard Sistek. Born 1992 in Praha. Accompany by Miroslav Sekera ( Piano ). Opening with Martinu Sonata No 3. Wrote in France ( 1952 ). Before Returning to New York. Very Czech. Really Liked the Two Final Items of His Musical Programme. Gyorgy Ligeti. Sonata for Solo Cello. Ligeti From Hungarian Jewish Family. Who Lived in Transylvania, Romania. Influenced by Bartok. Suffered Oppression From Nazi & Communism. Piece Not Played to 1956. Year I Was Born !. Then Nikolaj Kapustin. Burlesque OP 97. Jazz Inspired from the Ukrainian. Sistek Studied at the Praha Academy of Performing Arts. From 2011 a Member of the Czech Philharmonic. Loved His Bold Adventurous Musical Programme. Most Of the Pieces I Have Never Heard Before. After a Short Interval. First Prize Cellist Robert Kruzik. Takes To the Stage. With Vaclav Macha on Piano. Robert Born in 1990 ( Brno ). From 2006. Has Preformed with the Matys Quartet. Kruzik is Also a Good Conductor. Particular Interest to Me. He Has Worked with Teplice North Bohemia Philharmonic & The Pavel Haas Chamber Orchestra. Second Half Starts with A. Dvorak. Silent Woods OP 68. Work was Preformed in the CZ. Before Leaving for the USA. Continues with Fairy Tale by Leos Janacek. Concert Finish,s with Martinu Sonata NO 2. Based on Czech Folk Songs. Both Cellists Give Encores. Before a Knowledge-able & Appreciative Large Audience.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

MAX NEARS BABYLON.

5-3-2014. Restaurace Jama, V Jama 7, Praha 1. Good Central Location. Ideal for a Short Notice Meeting. After Arranging Some More CZ Money. Have Some Lunch To Soak Up Some Pivo Drinking. Had the California Swiss Cheese Burger. Plus Home Made Chips. Was OK. Though the Burger Meat Breaks Up. Crumble Like. Not as Good as Burger Bar Domyno. Pivo is Good Though. Big Selection from Regional Suppliers. Start with, but End Up, Having Two. Zemsky Pivo, Half/ Dark. Max ( Pivni Filosof ) Arrives. Max is Pivo Expert, Website Owner, Writer, & TV Star !. Plus a Good Alright Guy !. Always Nice Seeing & Talking to Him. Max has a CZ TV Appearance in " Babylon ", Soon. His New Book " The Unbearable Nonsense Of Craft Beer ", is Now Out. Co Wrote with Alan Mcleod. This is Very Good Too. Finish Drinks with Matuska Pivo Lezak. Say Our Goodbyes. Must Return to Novy Dvory.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

OLBRAM ZOUBEK.

5-3-14. Was Planning Something Different. Though this Prague Castle Riding School Exhibition. Took My Fancy. Should Have Ended 2 nd Of March. Because it as been Well Received. Continues On. His Sculpture Influenced By Celts, Greece, & Slightly By Henry Moore. Biggest Influence Though Being Alberto Giacometti. Fascinating CZ TV Documentary on Him. Found it Very Interesting. Shows his Life. From Childhood, on to Study & Exams at Praha Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design. Moving to Falling in Love, then Marrying. Shows him Working in his Studio at Salmovska Street. Highed by Hand Operated Lift. To Work on His Sculpture, in Carpet Slippers. Shows His Work in Different Stages. Working with Lead. Made Me Laugh. Assistant Working with Gloves. Health & Safety a Must !. Olbram using his Bare Hands. Much of His Work Depending on Feel. Suppose Instinct Over The Years. Cannot Say I Am Such a Big Fan Of Sculpture. This is Very Good Though. Much I Can Relate to. Like Kouros. The Jan Palach Grave Art. Melted Down. But Replaced When the Communist Era Passed. Loved the Sculpture Titled " The Victims Of Communism ". At Petrin Steps. Walked Passed So Many Times. Not Knowing the Artist. Plus the One in Stromovka Playground. Mid Day Siren Goes Off. While Taking Outside Photo,s. Plus I Have a Message. Soon I Will be Meeting Max at Bar Jama.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

HEART IN ZLIN.

4-3-14. HC Lev Praha v Spartak Moskva. KHL League Match. Although Dead Rubber Game before Play Offs. Still Worth a Watch. Good Photo Opportunity with Lion Mascot. Something I Could not Fulfil. Blame the Good Pivovarsky Pivo !. Martin Thornberg Rested. Young Guns Given a Chance. Two National Anthems. Russian One Takes My Thoughts to The Ukraine. Nice Hokej Programme. Good Russian Following. Lev Open the Scoring in the First Period. Pacovsky. Assisted by Novotny & Gragnani. Spartak Reply Two Mins Later. Zheldakov ( Volkov & Bodrovy ). Second Period Scoreless. Lev Retake the Lead in 48 Min. Birner ( Oystrick & Nemec ). Lev Now Look Comfortable to Take a Win in to the Play Offs. Though Lemtyugov Finds the Puck Presented to Him in Front of The Net. He Does Not Miss !. Match Finish,s. All Square. Five Mins Four On Four. No Further Score. Moskva Then Win on Penalty Shots. Enjoyed. Though My Sparta Heart in Zlin. Where They Also Play Tonight.

Friday, 14 March 2014

PIVOVARSKY CLUB.

4-3-14. Pivovarsky Club. Krizikova 17. 180 00 Praha 8 Karlin. Pivo Expert & Writer. Ron Pattinson,s Favourite Bar. Two Floor,s. Did Not Go Down Stairs. Good Selection of Tapped Pivo. Large Collection of Bottled Pivo. From Around the World. Good Time to Visit, Late Afternoon. Not Many In. Started with Zumberk 12 Per Cent. American Pale Ale, Good. Followed with Brevnovsky Benedict. Svetly Lezak. 12-5 Per Cent, Same. When Entering Bar, Just Started Raining. Bar Ideal if Travelling From Near By Florenc Bus Station or Metro. Finished with Gajdos, Unfiltered Lager. Good Service. Enjoyed, Will Return. By Magic Rain Stops as I Leave for Hokej.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

RESTAURACE VOZOVNA.

4-3-14. No Set Rules of Course. Things in Praha, Move & Change in Many Ways. Ladvi Market. Peaceful Haven,s. Even in Central Praha. See Red Squirrel in Stromovka. Only Grey Ones in UK. Lunch at Restaurace Vozovna, Stromovka. Baked Potato with Smoked Salmon. Tomato, Salad & Sour Cream. Very Nice. Washed Down with Latte Coffee. Lovely Fish Tank. Nice Jazz Soundtrack. Mothers Enjoying Quality Time with Their Young Ones. Obtain Ticket for Tonight,s Hokej.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

DOMYNO BURGER BAR.

3-3-14. Sunday at the Old Queen,s Head. In Sheffield . Had Very Good CZ Belly Pork, Red Cabbage & Bread Dumpling,s. While There Three Slovak Women, Nearby. Had Bottle Of Red Wine. Plus Two Plate,s Of Crisp,s. Now I am Back in My Beloved Praha. Next Table Have Pivo,s with Plate of Crisp,s. Wanted to Try the Domyno Burger Bar. 1062/12 Novodvorska. Praha 4. For Some Time. Log Fire, for Cold Night,s. TV with Sport on. US Advert,s, Plus US Car Number Plate,s on Wall,s. Have Burger. Well Kept Together. Very Nice Meat. Crisp Bacon, as I Like it. Salad, Toasted Bun. Must Say, Impressive Burger. Ano, Alex. You Would Say. Burger,s are the Home of Texas. Though Everybody Knows the USA Do Things Bigger & Better then Everybody Else !. I Love this Burger Though. And I Am in Praha !. Plus Two Pilsner Urquell Pivo,s. Glad I Came When I Did. Closed Earlier then I Thought. Catch Glance of TV. See Slavia Hokej Goal, Against My H C Sparta Praha. Bad Moment for Me. Still We Have Won So Much this Year. Let Slavia Enjoy their Moment in The Sun !. Retire to Hotel Pension Kamyk. To Message from Rada.