Chinese new year lard
Zing Vaa, 7:30.

Or, meet in the Rutland Arms from 7:00 for a drink.

New year thanks + January lard
Thanks to everyone who came by mine for New Year's! It was fantastic.

Special thanks to pharrap, L and C (WANOLJ?) for stopping by early to chat and drop off an epic "fuck off 2016" cake with super-sparkly rocketscandles.

I had a great time, and I've nearly finished the tidying now!

In other news, for those whose diet hasn't quite started yet, January lard will be at The Florentine Pub on Tapton Park Road, which was recently recommended to me. (Though I can't remember who by - I might have been drinking at the time.) Meet there from 7 for drinks, or at 7:30 for food.

Happy Winter* Solstice everyone
*subject to latitude-dependent differences, obviously.

Xmas lard, new year and birthday
First, we - that is, me, RJ, GT, RC & SC, MW, JH and EC & KC & EC & TC - are all booked in to Vito's for Wednesday the 7th of December, in my name. That's not this coming Wednesday (Nov 30th) but the one after. Meet in The Rose House beforehand for a drink.

Second, I'll be hosting a new year gathering at mine for anyone... who I know. And your +1s (or +2s, if that's you) or family members. At which I will also be celebrating my birthday, becuase it's close enough that it makes sense to do so.

Um, that's it for now. If I'm lucky, I might get around to finishing one or more of the 4 or so blog posts I have in various stages of progress, some time before then. But maybe not. :-/

See you soon.

November lard, + xmas organisation
Hi everyone,

November lard will be at San Lorenzo in Crookes. Meet in The Ball.

For Xmas lard, on Dec 7th, we'll be at Vito's. If you're interested in attending, comment below, so I can get the booking right.


October lard, take 2
Due to me not remembering (until later prompted, then it all came back. Wake up, McTanys!) that we'd discussed putting lard off for a week this month, few enough people turned up last week that those of us that did decided to wait and give all the regulars the chance to sample Eritrean food together.

So, this week, at Frehiwet Habesha on Exchange Street, meeting in the Old Queens Head beforehand.

October lard
This month, we'll be trying Frehiwet Habesha on Exchange Street.

I'm not sure where the nearest best pub is. My guess is The Old Queens Head at the Bus Station. Are people OK to meet there?

September Lard
Thanks to bonedancer we will be at Red's True BBQ this week. However, it is a reservation, so if you're not a regular and want to tag along but haven't let him know yet, do so so he can update the booking.

Meet in the Nursery Tavern beforehand.

Red's True BBQ/Togo
Well, I thought I'd try booking extra early for next month, in order to ensure getting a place.

I got a place.

But to confirm it, I was confronted with a 25kB, 4500 word, 51 paragraph "Terms of Use" with 33 sections, of which section 13 - "Privacy Policy" is, in its entirety, "Togo is committed to helping you safeguard your privacy online." It doesn't even attempt to claim that it won't pass personal details onto anyone else, or in fact do anything proactive themselves to protect the User's privacy - only that it will help (or is at least "committed to help") Users safeguard their own.

Section 14 "Your Account" requires that "When registering for an Account, you must provide true, accurate, current, and complete data about yourself on the Togo registration form (“Registration Data”). You also agree to promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete."

Sorry, I can't in good faith guarantee that whenever I next move house, or change my phone number, I'm going to be able to remember to go to the website of a restaurant I once made a reservation with to update my personal details.

Finally, section 20 - "Use Restrictions" - "You agree not to (and not to allow any third party to): (1) use any robot, spider, scraper, or other automatic or manual device, process, or means to access the Services or copy any Togo Content, except as expressly authorised by Togo;"

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that that language includes "web browsers", and I can't find any express authorisation specifically allowing them. So I'm agreeing to not use the site?

On top of that, the notion of needing to agreeing to a "Terms of Use" contract in order to simply book a table at a bloody restaurant offends me. So, unless someone else wants to book instead, we'll not be going there anytime soon.
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August lard
...will be at Satay Yo! Beer on London Road. Meet in the Cremorne.


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