A Pub at Last!

By Robert Harland

Rumor has it that a traditional British-style pub will open this year in Talisay. Let’s hope so. If it’s a success I expect we’ll soon see a pub on every street corner in Negros. Hurrah!

In Britain, most of us have a ‘local’ – that is a pub near our homes which we like to patronize to enjoy good company, good beer, a game of darts and some good old fashion pub grub.

In Britain, most of us have a ‘local’ – that is a pub near our homes which we like to patronize to enjoy good company, good beer, a game of darts and some good old fashion pub grub.

The prospect of at last having a ‘local’ at hand started me thinking about pubs back home in England.

The pub, short for public house, has been around for centuries. The title for oldest pub in Britain is hotly contested. The Guinness World Records lists the Hertfordshire pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, as the oldest. It’s an 11th century structure built on an 8th century site making this ‘local’ over a thousand years old.

The largest pub in Britain is said to be The Moon Under Water in Manchester. It’s a converted movie house big enough to hold 1,700 people.

By contrast, the smallest pub is The Nutshell in Suffolk. It measures just 4.5 by 2.1 meters. The pub can manage around ten customers – 15 at a push.

The longest bar in Britain belongs to London’s Zander Bar. It’s more than 48 meters long.

And the smallest bar can be seen in The Dove, a 17th century riverside pub in London. It’s a mere 1.27m x 2.39m.

Perhaps the most bizarre pub in Britain is the 250 year-old Glynne Arms (more popularly known as The Crooked House) in the West Midlands. It suffered badly from mining subsidence and as a result leans at an angle of 15 degrees.

Too much of the coal that lies underneath the area was removed with obvious consequences. As the result of an optical illusion, without even taking a drink, beer bottles can really be seen to roll up the table.

Some years ago, the pub was shifting and sinking but buttressing prevented further damage but left it tilted some 15 degrees out of true. Doors, floors and windows all sit at odd angles to one another, causing patrons difficulty upon entering the pub and walking to the bar.

The sloping floor creates an eerie illusory sensation, making drinkers feel drunk even after only one beer.*

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Changing the World

“I” for Change has been the catchy theme for a host of activities in April to celebrate Earth Month. It signifies that one act to help the environment and be environmentally aware can make a difference.

Batfish at the Danjugan Island marine reserve and sanctuaries

Batfish at the Danjugan Island marine reserve and sanctuaries

Organized by the Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation Foundation (PRRCF) Earth Month celebrations, which started one April 1 with a fund- raiser art exhibit at the Orange Gallery, will reach a climax on Saturday, April 30 with a fun run and a concert.

The Earth Month ‘I RUN for FUN’ run kicks off at 5am on Saturday at the newly-opened Art District behind Lopue’s Mandalagan. It will feature three, five and 10 kilometer runs plus a special one kilometer event for children.

Athletes, runners, joggers or just plain walkers of all ages with their families and friends are invited to join in the fun, and at the same time do their bit for the environment.

Registration is open until April 28 at the PRRCF offices at MK room 14a, Art District, Lopue’s Mandalagan; NFEFI’s Center by the Provincial Lagoon; Cool Runnings at the East Block Canter and the Run Club Bacolod at Robinsons’ Mandalagan.

Youngsters taking part in a coastal clean-up as part of a youth  marine and wildlife camp on Danjugan Island

Youngsters taking part in a coastal clean-up as part of a youth marine and wildlife camp on Danjugan Island

In the evening, Earth Month celebrations will end on a high note with a free concert at the Arts District. Starting at 8pm, it will feature the exciting sounds of noted guest acts including MALIGNU, Mike Tupas of Mitu’s Tribe and Arthur Mirano, Grupo Espading, Wicked Tarsiers and Stealth.

The Earth Month fun run and concert are designed to increase environmental awareness in Bacolod City and to raise much-needed funds for the vital work of the PRRCF’s Danjugan Island Education Program and reforestation projects of the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation.

Said organizer Kaila Ledesma “We’ve had incredible support for the many Earth Month activities from sponsors and local artists, who generously donated the proceeds of their work or performed their music without a fee. We are truly grateful for the strong support we have received.”