What a year that was, was it?

No, we can’t remember it either, so we’re pleased to have these reminders. Forget Trump, Brexit and the Skripals, here’s the important stuff:

January

After a titanic struggle, Catford’s Blythe Hill Tavern won the 2nd Deserter World Cup of PubsCheers!

Pic: Duncan Palmer

And we saw that in times of adversity, a leader will emerge…

(Pic: Barnacre Alpacas)

They say January is a quiet month, but the evidence on the street told a different story.

A South London romance, Kennington.

February

A new shop opened in Deptford for all your French stuff:

Pic: @badteethclub, Twitter

While we got the hang of commuting again. All hail Dressing Gown Woman on the 08.52 to Victoria.

Pic: I. M. Coyle

In a cold snap, we noticed how everything looks so lovely in the snow.

Pic: David Vitty

Meanwhile, as our book crowdfunder was launched, the Raider demanded to be flown to Tenerife to “make a start on the title”.

Pic: Fingers O’Baille

March

We heard from Carole, whose response this was to a nurse who told her that, at her age, she should have a bar in the shower:

Via @PadraigBelton, Twitter

And several of you spotted these fine motivational words in Charlton, SE Heaven.

Pic: C Mason, HT D Philpot

March also saw the TV debut of this little heroine, as a Netherlands mascot. Teach them well and let them lead the way.

Pic: @Glenn_Kitson, Twitter

April

An early heatwave caught out all but the most intrepid Deserter: “Took a little while to fill the pool but well worth it in today’s heat.”

@shaunesden, Twitter

An anti-smoking poster was widely ridiculed: “This poster makes no sense; just look at how fucking cool that chicken is.”

@pullovergirl, Twitter

May

The heatwave continued into May and many struggled to keep cool in the city. Not this feller. “As we came from the water, so we must return”.

And we were reminded that before capitalism took hold, these Victorian “day beds” proliferated throughout South London.

Pic: K. Charles; HT @rebelpaws, Twitter

The Grapes in Sutton decided to give itself a name change, and it was perfect. 

Pic: @moonbolt, Twitter

June

In June we doffed our caps to Gus, who got a beer in for each of the 32 countries in the 2018 World Cup.

Via @ballstothis, Twitter

And to this fan, too, enjoying the unbeatable taste of that first pint of the day…

Via @whypree_tho, Twitter

July

Guys and dolls came out to play in Greenwich.

Summer fling don’t mean a thing.

While WH Smith messed with out minds. Where the fuck are we supposed to drink it then? 

Pic: @byronicman, Twitter

August

We were momentarily concerned when we heard rationing had been introduced at the Door Hinge micropub, Welling:

Pic: M. Eames

And shocked at what Bungle from Rainbow looks like now…

Via @helengrantley, Twitter

Just a normal Monday afternoon on the South Circular:

Pic: @davidvidecette, Twitter

But our summer hero was this bloke, who crashed out in Bensons For Beds, Streatham, for four hours.

Via @sethdjacobson, Twitter

September

Courageous, non-conformist and with a keen sense of balance. We spotted leadership potential immediately.

Pic via @DickKingSmith, Twitter

The Raider, at enormous physical expense to mind and body, visited every Spoons in South East London, including this one, The Kentish Drovers, Peckham.

That Friday feeling.

October

We made a mint with our special offer:

“FOR SALE: False widow spiders, 4 for £5.” 

“Get your office closed immediately and spend the afternoon in the park with a bag of cans.”

We got first sight of Neil Gower’s brilliant cover for our book:

Available in all good bookshops. And Amazon.

And decided to celebrate with a pub crawl. We found a handy map of every pub in the UK.

Via reddit

We were alerted to a device-naming masterclass:

Via @vinnyflood, Twitter

November

We launched our book (and a new batch of Deserter IPA) at the Dulwich Beer Dispensary. Lucky we’ve got the pictures because we can’t remember a thing about it.

Pic: L. Riemers

At Borough we were given blessed respite from the tyranny of advertising.

Pic via @ScrtDrugAddict, Twitter

Also, buy our book, yeah?

We were reminded of the little victories that make work bearable.

And were are thrilled to announce the purchase of three water cannon from the office of the Mayor of London which we used to spray Deserter IPA through the streets of South London during the festive season.

Bring a bucket.

We spotted a message to the people of Plumstead. 

Pic: @Matt__Keen, Twitter

And were thrilled by the sight of a wild pizza drinking from an urban watering hole.

Via @griffski, Twitter

December

We were enraged that our Christmas TV ad was deemed unfit to broadcast:  

But pleased to find a toy made in our own image.

Pic via @obviousplant_, Twitter

[some sort of amusing cheerio message and ‘hello 2019’ bit here, please subs, I can’t be fucked]

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