Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Take Me to the Pub


I mentioned that as well as the Pete Brown trilogy - no I haven't started reading the damn things yet - I got a SatNav for Christmas. Now in the heady days when I drove 30,000 miles a year on Her Majesty's business, such a device would have been a great boon and would have meant a great deal less stress and many fewer meetings where I stumbled in late, muttering apologies. But nowadays, where I rarely drive anywhere I don't already know, I am not so sure. Still, I mean to use the thing one way or another.

Two things caught my eye which provide a useful addition to my new technology. Firstly CAMRA supply a Point of Interest version of the Good Beer Guide for a fiver, so that's a good bet. Secondly, Cask Marque has put all their pubs on a similar platform and this can be downloaded free. I'll probably get both as soon as I can work out whether there is enough on board memory in my Garmin, or if I need an SD card. I can guess the answer, so I might as well buy the card now.

Of course this is well and good, but it doesn't solve the problem of designated driver. It seems I am doomed mostly to using this to check out pubs for articles for my CAMRA magazine, which I now edit, or for delivering them by the quickest route. There's always a use for technology, though I reckon a compliant partner would be a better option. She also likes a slurpo, so isn't likely to drive me to drink, at least in that sense.

Oh well, it works in walking mode too!

8 comments:

Tyson said...

You can get all the Spoons on it as well.

Tandleman said...

Handy!

Tyson said...

One for Cookie!

Cooking Lager said...

What sexy voice have you picked? Can you set it for an irish woman? Something sexy about the accent of an irish woman. Especially the accent of an irish woman with big tits.

Jeffrey said...

... on her Her Majesty's business

Bugger! That means you're probably a trade unionist, and my taxes pay your beer money!

Your post highlights something that spoils my dreams of having a nice, posh country pub one day: the need for people to drive to it, meaning they can't drink. When you live in London you forget that people out in the country can't just walk or get the tube everywhere, so need to stay sober...

Tandleman said...

I was, but my missus's taxes pay my beer money nowadays, so don't worry. Yours end up in JDW. Or supporting terrorists who dislike us a rather a lot, but somehow can't extend that dislike to our social benefits. Please work hard for them.

And yes them there drink driving laws preclude a lot of pubs from my purview.

Jeff Frane said...

I say you just hook the thing up to your hat. Having done a bit of pub crawling with you, I can see how it would be helpful. Maybe it can be sure you get off on the correct subway stop rather than backtracking across Glasgow.

Erlangernick said...

Tandleman wears a hat?

If you can figure out how to load open source maps on it, you can load up Krautbrauerei locations too.