Sunday, 18 August 2013


It's summer, we're all bored. Time for a stupid quiz.

I was going to make it "What do I hate Most?". But Dolores thought that was too negative. ("That's rubbish, Ronald. Don't do that." Is what she really said.) Who am I to disagree? And it's too obvious*.

"I like the photo, though."

"OK, let's go with a picture quiz. What do I hate about this picture?"

"Still too negative."

"I know. I'll just think up some ridiculous question to go with the picture."

Where, when, why is this photo?

Any guesses?

* One of my tracks (available nowhere) is called "I hate Arsenal".


Pivní Filosof said...

Prague, 1980's. It's a pub, of course. I wish I could read the text in the sign.

It does look familiar, I've seen a photo of this place somewhere else, but can't remember where.

Velky Al said...

Brno, early 80s, because you were studying Czech.

Ron Pattinson said...

Yes, comments do still work on my blog.

Neither Prague nor Brno, though.

Barm said...

I quite like Most. It tastes a bit like real cider. You can buy it in the wine-growing regions in Germany at harvest time, in litre bottles. Need to drink it quickly before it ferments in the bottle though.

The picture is in Cheb, I reckon.

Why do Czech textbooks tell you the word for pub is “hospoda” when the signs actually say “hostinec” ?

Ron Pattinson said...


the Czechs have loads of names for pubs, boozers, vaults and bars.

Pivní Filosof said...


Why do Czech textbooks tell you the word for pub is “hospoda” when the signs actually say “hostinec”?

Must be because "hospoda" is the word Czechs normally use to refer to a pub (but also a restaurant). Here we say "Jdu do hospody", regardless of whether that hospoda in particular we are going to has "hostinec", "pivníce", "šenk", "restaurace" written on the front.

Barm said...

Should I expect anything to be different if I find myself in a “hostinec” rather than a “hospůdka”?

Atis said...

Seems like 80ies, I am not sure if jeans and plastic grocery bags were common sight before that. It was a hot summer day and possibly it was one of the few open pubs in some small Czech town and due to peculiarities of the Soviet style planning it had hot food only (as it says on the sign), but no beer.

Ron Pattinson said...

Atis, Czech pubs always had beer. That's the one thing they didn't dare let run out. You can see a tempting looking glass on one of the pub's signs.

Pivní Filosof said...


No, not really. (though a hospůdka will be a small place)

Gary Gillman said...

This is Tepla, a charming town in the western part. Tepla is also the name of the river in the town and that part of it was considered (historically) a warm stretch, hence the name.

It's clearly a warm day, so more visual punning on warm (warm river, warm food, town name).

Perhaps you visited the town and was disappointed not to find the beer shown on the wall? Here I peter out though..


Ron Pattinson said...


I'm afraid that's not even close.

I'm dead pleased with myself because I've been able to find the building on Streetview. And it's still a pub.

Ron Pattinson said...

I'd have thought it was pretty easy to guess the town. It's not obscure at all.

Matt said...

České Budějovice before the fall of the Eastern Bloc? Something to with the Budweiser trademark dispute?

Ron Pattinson said...


that's it, České Budějovice. The year, 1986.