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20130118 121940 The Road to TipperaryFinding myself unexpectedly in the City of Londinium, I very nearly allowed an impromptu tour of the local Porter houses to scupper my Janathon attempts.

It started with an extremely fine pint of Guinness in The Tipperary.

I always think of Guinness as a horribly bitter drink requiring at least one shot of blackcurrant to make it palatable. This glass was a delight of creamy smoothness and if hunger wasn’t spurring me on I’d have had another and another.

We moved off in search of a Chop House but instead fell into the Longroom at Smithfield Market where we sampled porters and salt beef.

I was attracted to the Espresso stout but it was truly disgusting – think of used coffee grinds steeped in cold water. It became, what I think is, the first unfinished pint of stout.

20130118 122418 The Road to TipperaryI followed it closely with a half of Black Isle Porter which proved to be a treat of creamy beeriness. It’s a potential winner in my month of stouts.

By the time I got home I was ready to fall into bed but the guilt of Janathon played on my mind. In the end I pressed play on Day 2 of Insanity and ended the evening on my hands an knees in a sweaty heap of pain.

The cat maintained his dignity throughout the 40 minute ordeal. He watched me through squinted eyes and maintained the illusion of sleep despite being bounced up and down by the heffalump attempting power squat jumps.

I made very good use of my Give Me Tap water bottle that I’d been sent to review. The concept is simple. Buy a bottle, fill it with tap water, repeat. An ever increasing number of shops and cafes are coming onboard and offering free refills so you should never be far from free water. There is a charitable element to the scheme with half the proceeds from the bottle sales going to fund water schemes in the third world. Apparently 2 bottle purchases can provide one person with water for life.

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  • Jilly 19 January, 2013, 1:59 pm

    That’s dedication, don’t listen to the cat!!

  • Tipperary Tourism 23 January, 2013, 7:46 am

    Tipperary is a fabulous place to make your trip on holidays. The beautiful and charming natural and cultural beauty attracts plenty of visitors to this place.

  • Jane Ribbon 24 February, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Very cool to read you also have a GiveMeTap bottle! I got one a few months ago- has been very handy. But I much prefer the sports cap (friend of mine was kind enough to do a swapsy) as the cap can be a little fiddly if you drink often. Great concept and I’ve probably saved loads of cash now not buying bottled water after the gym. Even better to know that the organisation is doing something good!

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