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Hark! A blog post!

Those of you who follow me on faceache would know that in November I went for a medical - blood work and ECG. The blood work says my thyroid, liver, kidneys and prostate are working fine. Cholesterol is above normal but not in the YOU'RE GUNNA DIE range. Nothing some change to diet and a little more exercise can't fix. Blood sugar is above normal but not in the OMG DIABETES! range. My insulin level is a little higher than normal and indicates some insulin resistance. This is possibly weight-related. so a change of diet (less carbs, more fibre and exercise) to reduce the weight a little would help. He suggested a 20 minute fast walk every day at the Mall. The Mall? It's flat, and air conditioned.

The ECG showed a mild, occasional, irregularity in my heart beat; just before the main upwards spike there was a tiny downward dip. My GP said it was probably nothing. He said it's nothing to be concerned about.

But.

So I had an appointment booked with a cardiologist. After getting the ECG resting, he put me on the treadmill.

Him: You're struggling?
Me: Yeah
Him: Chest pains? Shortness of breath?
Me: No. I've been a lazy bastard for four years.
Him: ...
Him: I'll slow it down a little.

Then he looked at my heart via ultrasound (ugh. goo) and examined the ECG. In the end he said "Right! Nothing wrong here. See you in 12 months."

So I am actually quite healthy, apart from being an overweight lazy bastard.

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Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 206: Nosey Bob Red Ale

Nosey Bob Red Ale

Pours a clear, dark red-brown colour. Very fine carbonation visible, with a medium head.

First Sip: A lot of malt, with a lot of coffee and a little dark chocolate flavours. A small amount of hops which lingers for a long time after the swallow. Mild carbonation tingle on the tongue, and a medium mouth-feel.

This is my second favourite ale after Black Horn, from my favourite brewery. Again, I'm not saying this simply because the brewery is just down the road from me. This is a very yummy ale and I'd never say "no" to it, unless the choice was between this and Black Horn. Even then, I'd have to ponder for a while to make up my mind. It is cool and refreshing and very tasty. Even the beer-burp in nice. And the ale is still tasty when it warms a little.

When I bought this 4-pack I get talking with Brendan, the brewer at Devil's Elbow. He invited me back to the off-limits Secret Brewer's Area, where we tasted some of the malt straight from the bag. It was crunchy and tasted of coffee and slightly burnt toast. Devil's Elbow is too small to have a malt-house, but Whoever does their malt does a great job. Then Brendan uses his Secret Brewer's Alchemy and MAGIC, and suddenly it's yummy yummy beer.

Nosey Bob Red Ale
Devil's Elbow Brewery, Dubbo
5.2% alc/vol
375ml can

Nosey Bob Red Ale

Same again. sir? YES! Why do you even ask?

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Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 205: Cricketers Arms Keeper's Lager

Cricketers Arms Keeper's Lager

Pours a clear amber colour with a small head. A lot of carbonation is visible in the glass.

First Sip: Very mild malt with a taste of citrus. Mild hops which lingers for quite some time. Strong carbonation tingle on the tongue and yet not too fizzy. Mouth-feel is a little thin.

Lagers really aren't my favourite type of beer, and yet this is a very good session lager. It's a great one to knock back a six pack around a BBQ while you watch the Aussie cricket team enjoy thrashing playing against New Zealand. There's not a real lot of flavours going in in the beer, but it's a lager so you don't expect that. On the other hand, it's a very good lager. This one is a ... keeper.

Cricketers Arms
(owned by Asahi)
4.8% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Cricketers Arms Keepers Lager

Same again, sir? Yes.

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Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 204: Longstocking Autumn Ale

Longstocking Brewery Autumn Ale

Pours a moderately cloudy, mid brown colour. No carbonation visible but a very large head (Pour fail!)

First Sip: moderately malty and a bit bready, with a little light citrus flavour. Mild hops which linger for quite some time. Nice carbonation tingle on the tongue. Medium mouth-feel.

So I had a major pour fail: the bottle fizzed when I opened it and I lost a bit of beer. I did an emergency pour into the glass, and filled it up with 99% head. It settled down and I could pour it properly, but I only got 4/5ths of the glass full.

This ale goes down very well. It's quite yummy, but a little too warming for a mid-Summer drink. But it *does* say "Autumn Ale" on the label, so no real complaints. I would love to try this one in cool weather but I didn't want to wait 6 months for that to happen.

Autumn Ale
Longstocking Brewery, Pambula, NSW
4.8% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Longstocking Brewery Autumn Ale

Same again, sir? Yes!

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Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 205: Black Horn Dark Ale

Black Horn Dark Ale</a>

Pours a very dark, almost opaque brown, with a small head. Some carbonation is visible in the glass. Light passing through the ale comes out a deep red-brown.

First sip: Quite a lot of malt flavours, with caramel (mostly) and a little coffee and dark chocolate. There is a small amount of hops bitterness which lingers on the back of the tongue for ages. Medium mouth-feel, with a lot of carbonation tingle.

This ale is highly drinkable and very yummy. I'm not saying that just because the brewery is just down the road from me. But the brewery is just down the road from me. Occasionally the in-house bakery makes a left-over brew malt bread, but I haven't had a chance to try it. In my head I imagine it to be yummy, like this ale. I am really enjoying the lovely warming feeling the ale leaves in my stomach even though it's 44C (111F) outside and I'm under the AC as I write. It would be a great winters-day-by-the-fire ale, but I will be drinking it at any time no matter what the weather. I will never say No to this beer.

Yes, they have an in-house bakery. And an in-house coffee shop where they roast their own beans. And they make their own pizzas. And their food is very nice.

Black Horn Dark Ale
Devil's Elbow Brewery, Dubbo
4.8% alc/vol
375ml can

Black Horn Dark Ale</a>

Same again, Sir? YES! Oh so very yes!

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Around the world in 80 beers episode 204: Longstocking Amber Ale

Lonstocking Brewery Amber Ale</a>

Pours a clear, dark amber with a large head. Plenty of carbonation visible.

First sip: Lovely mid-strength malts with a slight fruity flavour. Very mild hops, with a very, very mild hoppy bitterness which lingers for a short while. Mild carbonation tingle on the tongue. Medium mouth-feel.

This is a tasty, yummy beer. Maybe it's because it's a hot day, or maybe it's because I don't enjoy being smashed on the mouth by a load of hops, but I am really enjoying drinking this. It's one for a Summer's BBQ, or even stilling in front of the fire after a Winter's day. Even the beer burp is nice.

This is a yummy beer.

Amber Ale
</a>Longstocking Brewery, Pambula, NSW</a>
4.8% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Lonstocking Brewery Amber Ale</a>

Same again. sir? Oh very yes please!

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Around The World in 80 Beers Episode 203: Longstocking Australian Weisse

Longstocking Brewery Australian Weisse</a>

Pours a pale, clear amber with almost no head (maybe a glass fault.) Some carbonation visible in the glass.

First sip: Mild, biscuity malts, with a very mild but long lasting hops on the back of the tongue. Mild carbonation tingle on the tongue.

This is a very mild beer, not outstanding but good enough that I'd never say "No" to a six-pack, and I'm not really a fan of weissebier. This one goes down easily and is very refreshing - the sort of beer you'd want for a BBQ on a Summer's day. Rehydration AND beer! It's not as good as German Weissebier, but I'm drinking it in late Winter and enjoying it.

Australian Weisse
Longstocking Brewery, Pambula, NSW
4.8% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Longstocking Brewery Australian Weisse</a>

Same again, sir? Yes.

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Around the World in 80 Beers Episode 202: Mudgee Mud Imperial Stout

Mudgee Mud Imperial Stout

Pours a deep, opaque black. The head is large, tan, and made up of very fine foam. No carbonation visible.

First sip: Sweet, strong dark malts, with a little dark chocolate. Very mild hops which linger on the back of the tongue for ages. Fine carbonation tingle on the tongue. Very warming in the belly.

Ooh I do love this stout! Like many English beers, this one does taste better when allowed to warm a little in the glass. It does not need to be chilled to be enjoyable. It is very much a "cold winter nights in front of the fire" beer, but I would drink it any time. Oh hey look at the time! It's winter, almost night, it's a bit chilly, and I have a fire. Excellent.

Mudgee Mud Imperial Ale
Mudgee Brewing Co, Mudgee, NSW
8% alc/vol
750ml bottle (= 5 standard drinks)

Mudgee Mud Imperial Stout

Same again, sir? Oh so very yes!

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Shoulder injection #2

The first cortisone shot 6 weeks ago was into the bicep ligament and went rather well and was largely painless. Yesterday's shot was into the gap between the ball and socket. i.e into the joint itself. This was not largely painless.

The procedure had to be done in the CT Scanner with me lying still. The tech put a target patch in my shoulder, sent me into the scanner, then returned and marked a spot on my back. This was okay.

The Doc entered the room, administered a local, and said "Okay, this might still hurt a little." He explained that he would put the needle in, pump in some saline, then put me through the scanner to see if he had the needle in the correct place. "Don't move!" he added.

I said "Aargh!" as the needle went in. And "AAAARRRRGH!" as the saline was injected. Then the doc removed the syringe but left the needle in place FOREVER while I was pushed through the scanner again. He'd hit the right place which meant he didn't have to removed the needle and start again. Which was nice.

"Okay, I'm going to inject more anesthetic before the cortisone, but it might still hurt a little."

It did. I said "aargh!" then "MMMMMMPH!" into the foam supports holding me in place.

'All done!"

And it was over. 20 minutes was all it took. It hurt a lot at the time but that pain quickly subsided into a sort of dull, constant ache I've felt for the last 24 hours. It's about a 2 to 3 on the 1 to 10 pain index. I didn't sleep well because the pain woke me when I moved and stressed the shoulder, and I'm feeling a little wrecked today.

The 3rd and final shot is in 6 weeks, and after that I'll know if I need an operation.

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Around the World in 80 Beers Episode 201: Longstocking Dark Ale

Longstocking Brewery Dark Ale

Pours a deep, almost opaque red. Very little carbonation visible and a very small head.

First sip: Strong malt, with chocolate, coffee flavours up front. Very little hops - enough to put a very mild woody bitterness on the swallow. None of the flavours last long. Mild carbonation tingle on the tongue. Quite warming in the belly.

I know it sounds a little insipid, but this is a very drinkable beer. It goes down well, maybe a little too fast, and leaves you wanting another sip as soon as you finish the last. The dark maltiness wants me to linger over the brew, but I find myself halfway through the glass in no time at all. This is a yummy beer which leaves you warm in the belly.

Make that 2/3 of the way through the glass.

Longstocking Brewery Dark Ale

Dark Ale
Longstocking Brewery, Pambula, NSW
4.8% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Same again, sir? Yes please! (bugger. Finished this one already.)

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