Bristol crawl proves that (sometimes) a plan might be useful

A famous bridge in Bristol

A famous bridge in Bristol

So for all our bravado, perhaps it might have been better to have a plan for Saturday’s crawl of Bristol. Oh sure, the pubs were superb and the punters therein were extremely enthusiastic and welcoming, but perhaps the lack of a plan might have cut down on the number of pubs we did. Oh yes, and perhaps it would have been worth checking that all the pubs were still open before we turned up.

Nevertheless, it was a fantastic crawl, visiting two DERT pubs (The Beer Emporium and The Shakespeare Tavern), rediscovering some old favourites on St Michael’s Hill, and discovering a lovely German-themed bar, The Bavarian Bierhaus.

If you want to find out what you missed, check us out on Facebook or Twitter, then follow it up in reality. We practise every week at 8pm on Tuesday nights at The Curfew in Bath.

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Bristol Crawl: Details? You’re talking to the wrong people

Potential pubs (possibly)

Potential pubs (possibly)

As previously reported, we are on Saturday abandoning the fair city of Bath for a short trip down the road to visit her more disreputable sister city Bristol, wherein we shall dance the night away in as many pubs as we can manage before the last train back.

We’ve been asked by many people (some of them in the team itself) for a sort of “itinerary” or “plan” for the evening. Well, really. Do we look like the sort of people who plan things? Or work them out to the last minute detail? Hardly.

However, given the number of people wanting to join us throughout the evening, we’ve decided to go against our principles and put together a rough map of what may very well be our route. You’ll see here no timings, no promises and certainly no guarantees.

What we will guarantee is that we’ll start at the Beer Emporium in King Street at 4pm, and we’ll add a promise that whatever follows will involve steel, beer, and vigour aplenty.

There’s a rough map here. You can trust it if you like.

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Bar sits poignantly empty as Northgate postpone practice to protect crawl

A bar remains poignantly empty

A bar remaining poignantly empty

As everyone knows, one must be careful not to practise rapper dancing too much lest you suffer from over-toning of the calf muscles or RSI in the wrist (this latter being a risk to many users of the internet, too).

We have therefore decided that we’d skip practice this week to ensure no training-related injuries prior to next Saturday’s epic Bristol crawl. Safety first and all that.

So don’t turn up at the Curfew this Tuesday: leave it till the week after.

But do join us in Bristol starting at 4pm on Saturday 7th in the Beer Emporium. It’s going to be legen – wait for it – dary.

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Bristol beware: sword-wielding maniacs set to invade

Bristol - DERT lush

Bristol – DERT lush, innit?

Yes, the lads of Northgate have decided to get off their collective arses and hurry back to Bristol to check out yet more of the pubs in advance of the upcoming and incredibly exciting DERT competition.

We were in Bristol only recently but enjoyed it so much we can’t stay away. Is it Bristol’s lively arts scene that calls to us? The restaurants? Or is it the pubs?

Whatever, we’re meeting at The Beer Emporium on King Street at the incredibly early hour of 4pm on Saturday 7th February. We have literally no idea where we’re going to go from there, but suspect that other pubs will be involved.

More details as they appear on Twitter and Facebook.


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Last day of term: Christmas Carols and mulled cider

The Bear, scene of spell-binding carols

The Bear, scene of spell-binding carols

It’s Christmas, and that means we’ve closed down for our traditional over-indulgence in food, alcohol and simplistic emotions.

To start things off, a few of the Northgate lads headed over to the marvellous Bear in Bradford on Avon, wherein we succumbed to mulled cider and the beautiful singing of old Somerset carols.

We are now duly primed to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf and of course Doctor Who, and  will restart practices in early January.

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Big Bristol crawl tonight: three teams, nine pubs, one aim

DERT-2015-logoTonight’s the night for Bristol!

The lads of Northgate, along with Silver Flame Rapper and Taff Rapper, are dancing in the nine shortlisted pubs to decide the venues for DERT next year

The pubs are below along with some (inevitably approximate) times.

The Big Chill 19:30
Elephant 19:45
Small Bar 20:00
The Apple 20:15
Ye Shakespeare 20:45
Seven Stars 21:05
The Shakespeare Tavern 21:30
Bag o’ Nails 22:00
Hope & Anchor 22:30

Follow us on Twitter as events unfold. Or better still, come along and buy us a drink.

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Practice tonight 8pm sharp

A clock. With Swords. Not showing 8 o'clock though.

A clock. With Swords. Not showing 8 o’clock though.

Yes, with a rather weak sword-related pun, we remind you that the lads are practising this very day at 8pm in The Curfew in Bath.

Come along, watch us throw some shapes and then apply bandages to the wounds.

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Northgate’s philosophy inspired by Confucious

ConfuciusAt last the truth can be revealed: the true philosophy of Northgate is inspired by the writings of 5th century BC Chinese wise man Confucious.

A spokesman for the team said, “We are glad that this has come out at last. We’ve been living by his words ever since we heard this quotation ten minutes ago, and have spent the intervening time diligently searching online for other quotes that might relate to sword dancing. There weren’t any. There was a good one about opening a book though.”

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Northgate practice before big Bristol beano

DERT-2015-logoOn Saturday 22 November, Northgate and their chums Silver Flame and Taff Rapper will be hitting the pubs of Bristol to decide which ones make the grade to be used in next year’s DERT competition.

This is a very serious business and requires a lot of consideration, based on the three main criteria of decent flooring, decent beer and decent landlord and landlady. The assembled hoard will therefore be heading to The Big City to check out just some of the hundreds of pubs on offer.

In order to ensure they’re in peak condition for this arduous task, the lads of Northgate are having a super-special practice on Tuesday 18th in the lovely upstairs bar of The Curfew in Bath. Join us. Join us. JOIN US.


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A week off practice to catch up on a little reading

A delightful read (possibly)We’re been busy practising and crawling and damn it, we deserve a week off!

So practice is cancelled this week to allow us some time to catch up with our reading, and top of our list(*) is the possibly delightful Sword Dancer by Jennifer Roberson. It’s currently available on Amazon for a penny, which I suspect says it all. In case it doesn’t, the first review on the site might: “One of the worst books I have ever read.”

Anyway, we’re ducking out of practice next week and will reconvene on Tuesday the 18th at the Curfew. See you there.


(*) This is a lie. We’re reading Secrecy by Rupert Thomson at the moment, and very good it is too.

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