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Beer never tastes better than at 10.30am, and thanks to The Thinking Drinkers we had an excuse to tuck in. Their Craft Ale Trail stopped off at The Four Thieves was great - we talked about our beers, everyone tried them, and off they went to the next cool spot.

Beer never tastes better than at 10.30am, and thanks to The Thinking Drinkers we had an excuse to tuck in. Their Craft Ale Trail stopped off at The Four Thieves was great – we talked about our beers, everyone tried them, and off they went to the next cool spot.

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Laine’s Loves… Making A Murderer

Oh god, how good is Making A Murderer? 10 hours of documentary about...Well, we don't really want to tell you what it's about.

Laine’s Loves… Making A Murderer

Normally we like to write a bit here about why we love the thing we’re recommending, but this is slightly different. We don’t want to tell you a single thing about it. The way this ten hour documentary unfolds and surprises is one of the most amazing things about it. But what a story, what a crazy story.

So, what will we tell you? Well, it’s taken 10 years to make, and the level of research is incredible. They filmmakers seem to have found every piece of video related to the case, dug out every phonecall. No stone is left unturned. Each episode seems to end on another WTF cliff-hanger. We’re on episode seven and can’t see how it can keep getting this intense and this maddening. Watch it now before someone starts talking to you about it.

Available on Netflix (we’d post a trailer, but we don’t want you to watch it)

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Last night's opening for Watson's was absolutely amazing. Huge queues - we were blown away. So much love on Twitter, which comes right back to you guys. Amazing crowd, proper lovely people. This is the start of something special.

Last night’s opening for Watson’s was absolutely amazing. Huge queues – we were blown away. So much love on Twitter, which comes right back to you guys. Amazing crowd, proper lovely people. This is the start of something special.

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If you like really good pubs then you'll be pleased to hear that Watson's General Telegraph is now open. It's looking absolutely amazing. Come down.

If you like really good pubs then you’ll be pleased to hear that Watson’s General Telegraph is now open. It’s looking absolutely amazing. Come down.

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The best present since Christmas ever, our brand new bottling and kegging until is ready to be unwrapped. Shit just got real. Red Empire, the keg line is coming for you.

The best present since Christmas ever, our brand new bottling and kegging until is ready to be unwrapped. Shit just got real. Red Empire, the keg line is coming for you.

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We're exhausted and completely buzzing to see the finish goal on the opening of our new pub, Watson's General Telegraph. East Dulwich is getting some serious beers, to die for food, great music and world class beer garden. All from this Thursday (28th Jan).

We’re exhausted and completely buzzing to see the finish goal on the opening of our new pub, Watson’s General Telegraph. East Dulwich is getting some serious beers, to die for food, great music and world class beer garden. All from this Thursday (28th Jan).

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Laine’s Hates… David Bowie Dying

What a terrible start to the week, turning on the computer to find a heartfelt Facebook eulogy from one of our friends to his hero David Bowie. So we’re putting on the B-side of ‘Low’ and saying what he meant to us.

Laine’s Hates… David Bowie Dying

What a terrible start to the week, turning on the computer to find a heartfelt Facebook eulogy from one of our friends to his hero David Bowie. We can’t give a better description than the many obituaries rolling out about why Bowie was so important (something you probably already know anyway) so we’re putting on the B-side of ‘Low’ and saying what he meant to us.

Side 2 starts at 19mins 30secs

We were already fans when we found every single one of his classic run of albums at a car boot sale in the 90s. From Space Odyssey to Scary Monsters, with not a scratch on the vinyl. Where to start? We bounced round each of them until we settled on ‘Hunky Dory’, the arguably his most easy going album. It remains our favourite – side one is completely flawless. Then the abstract doom-ambient of ‘Low’ caught our ears. It joins first half of the front-loaded ‘Let’s Dance’’s pure pop as our most worn Bowie vinyl.

We did get to see him, once, but it was a close run thing. After days at Glastonbury we were a bit worse for wear. A little sleep before Bowie would do the world of good. We woke to the distant sound of ‘China Girl’. Rushing toward the stage we missed more of our favourites – Life On Mars, Changes – but once we were in the delighted crowd there were so many killer songs left that we soon forgot. After almost 40 years he was an amazing performer and this was the final moment that reminded the world of his legend status, something that was amazingly forgotten by many for a decade or so.

Every album from ‘Hours…’ onwards was considered a return to form, not least ‘The Next Day’, his surprise from a couple of years ago that lead to James Murphy’s ‘Love Is Lost’ remix – our favourite Bowie track since the early eighties. But it’s fitting that he ended his career not with another incremental “return to form” but with probably his most challenging of his half-century, ‘Blackstar’. To think of him rushing to finish it knowing the end was close says so much about where he was as an artist. We’d love to have been able to hear where he would have gone from here.

There will never be another Bowie. The distractions in the modern world mean that music can never take a hold on so many lives in the way that Bowie did, and if that were to happen could any new pop artist have the balls to fight the commercial nature of modern pop to constantly reinvent themselves so dramatically?

He, he will be king…

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It's not all about the Tap Room at The People's Park Tavern. Oh no, there's also a new art gallery, serving cocktails in the garden. Plus an immersive game, Lady Chastity's Reserve. It's properly tense - you'll probably need to look at some calming art afterwards.

It’s not all about the Tap Room at The People’s Park Tavern. Oh no, there’s also a new art gallery, serving cocktails in the garden. Plus an immersive game, Lady Chastity’s Reserve. It’s properly tense – you’ll probably need to look at some calming art afterwards.

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It's extremely rare that a meal beats us but The Exhibition Burger knocked us on our arses. Huge isn't the word. Tasty is though. We managed all the burger, all the onion ring, half the fries and coleslaw. Once you've seen it with your own eyes, you'll know how impressive that is.

It’s extremely rare that a meal beats us – yeah, whatever, we’ve got a high metabolism alright – but The Exhibition Burger knocked us on our arses. Huge isn’t the word. Tasty is though. We managed all the burger, all the onion ring, half the fries and coleslaw. Once you’ve seen it with your own eyes, you’ll know how impressive that is.

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Laine's Loves... Kings Of Convenience 'Homesick'

Like the Mamas & The Papas we're happy to be sad, and this Norwegian folk song is the perfect soundtrack. Click expand to join our bittersweet mood.

Laine’s Loves… Kings Of Convenience ‘Homesick’

There’s something just so special about Erlend Øye. Our favourite Norwegian writes the most amazing songs across a range of genres and has the voice of a particularly good natured angel. He also seems really sweet. Kings Of Convenience sound quite a lot like Simon & Garfunkel, who we also love, and this song could be about them – a story of working in a record shop and finding a record that obsesses Erlend so much he ignores the customers. “Two soft voices, blended in perfection,” he sings, his own soft voice blended in perfection with his Kings partner Eirik Glambek Bøe. 

But more that the lyrics, this about the melodies and chords. As the name suggests it’s lovely and melancholic, something we’ve been drawn to since we were teenagers. In fact that’s our default setting for music, from folk to house.

As Nick Hornby says in High Fidelity (though we’d change miserable for another less negative word), “What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?”

Either way, the sadness makes us so happy.

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The Tap Room at The People's Park Tavern is now open and it's absolutely god damn amazing. Fridges filled with the world's best beers to drink in or take away - every one is a carefully selected beauty. Looks great too - here are some photos.

The Tap Room at The People’s Park Tavern is now open and it’s absolutely god damn amazing. Fridges filled with the world’s best beers to drink in or take away – every one is a carefully selected beauty. Looks great too – here are some photos.

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We won. We won. We won. Yep, we won three Time Out Love London Awards. The Aeronaut is still the best pub in Acton, The Great Exhibition is still the greatest place to drink in Dulwich. And now The Four Thieves is the best pub in Battersea. Half of our pubs won an award (if you round up slightly), which is pretty amazing when you consider how many boozers there are in London.

We won. We won. We won. Yep, we won three Time Out Love London Awards. The Aeronaut is still the best pub in Acton, The Great Exhibition is still the greatest place to drink in Dulwich. And now The Four Thieves is the best pub in Battersea. Half of our pubs won an award (if you round up slightly), which is pretty amazing when you consider how many boozers there are in London.

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When we close our eyes at night, this is what we see. Meat. But not just any meat. Burger Bear burgers, served at The Old Nun's Head. Oh god, they're so good.

When we close our eyes at night, this is what we see. Meat. But not just any meat. Burger Bear burgers, served at The Old Nun’s Head. Oh god, they’re so good.

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Laine's Loves... Johnny Flynn's Detectorist Theme

Oh, it's just a delight isn't it. Sets a lovely tone. Click expand to listen and to read why we love it so.

Laine’s Loves… Johnny Flynn’s Detectorist Theme

There’s something undeniably lovely about the feel of Detectorists – the sunshine filled shots of Lance and Andy hunting for artefacts in the green fields, the gently mocking humour of best friends, the slow pace of country life – but there’s something that really sets out the tone from the off. Johnny Flynn’s theme tune is just gorgeous, a perfect slice of English folk. That the lyrics use a metal detecting analogy and still pull at your heartstrings is nothing short of miraculous. It’s sent us checking out Johnny’s back catalogue, but this is our favourite track so far.

Incidentally, if you haven’t seen the TV show, it’s very much worth checking out. The story isn’t massively important so you could probably start on the second series, currently on iPlayer, but we recommend tracking down the slightly better first outing. Mackenzie ‘Gareth out of The Office’ Crook has written and directed a pastoral sitcom so good it’ll make you fondly remember Last Of The Summer Wine.

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Just because the sunshine has gone doesn't mean that the live music at The People's Park Tavern has disappeared from Sundays too. This weekend Ben and Jasmin warmed us inside*.
*Literally and metaphorically

Just because the sunshine has gone doesn’t mean that the live music at The People’s Park Tavern has disappeared from Sundays too. This weekend Ben and Jasmin warmed us inside*.
*Literally and metaphorically

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