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This episode is the last of series one, when we started out there was no plan to split the episodes up into short series (which is why series one ended up with 18 episodes). Looking back on what we have achieved so far is the focus of this episode. We'll be looking at our favourite beers over the course of the series, and what we'll be offering in series 2. Looking Back to the Start It was a Sunday afternoon and I was meeting Todd in the Duck in the Pond pub in Harrow. It's a pretty decent pub owned by a company called Ember Inns, their beer selection is fairly up and down. Sometimes they'll have some amazing beers on tap, while other times there's almost nothing. We hadn't seen each other in around 2-3 months, which was quite unusual for us. When we were in our early 20s we'd usually see each other about 6-8 times per month. But if growing old has taught me one thing, it's that socialising is a difficult thing to do. Friends move away, your social circle becomes fractured, and you lose touch with people. There are falling outs, and break ups that can split a group, there are an endless number of things that can affect how often you see people. As relationships grow, family becomes more of a commitment. You aren't living with your parents any more, so now you spend weekends going to visit them. Then your partner also wants to visit their parents, suddenly 15-20 of your precious 52 weekends per year are taken up. But there's one thing that you can say about Todd, that guy never turns down a beer if he can help it! We sat down and went through their entire beer collection in methodical fashion. At one point the bar staff themselves congratulated us on our collection of bottles and glasses. Well at least I think they were congratulating us, they definitely said "That's a lot of bottles you've got their guys, and there's only two of you?". This sounds like a compliment to me.   While we drank we set the world to rights, well the sporting world anyway. But we also talked about beer, we made each other laugh, and we reminisced about the time Todd got in crazy shape for a personal training competition that I had entered. We also got exceedingly drunk. As we were heading off, Todd to the loving embrace of his family, me to a girlfriend who was just SUPER happy that I was 2 hours later than I had said I would be, I asked Todd something that I had asked only one person before. Whether he'd like to do a podcast with me. I didn't even mention the subject that I had in mind, because I was scared of rejection. But he seemed pretty excited. I casually mentioned beer, which he readily agreed with, and then I mentioned doing it on fitness. I held my breath (okay I probably didn't but allow me some artistic licence here) and he said the following, incredible words "Yeah sure, whatever the fuck you want to do it on mate sounds good to me". One day I want those words engraved on a marble statue of Todd. Our First Episode Usually, when I have a really good idea it falls flat almost immediately. I've started 3 bootcamps in my life, all of them have fallen apart in fairly spectacular fashion. The first was in Regents Park, me and a couple personal trainers decided that it would be a great way to make some extra cash. I booked a spot in the park, printed t-shirts, created flyers, and even got some media interest (two journalists and a photographer came for a photoshoot and interview). I offered the class for free to around 20 people, and turned up to session one with one of my PT buddies (the other had already quit) at 6:30am. Nobody showed up. We waited 20 minutes, then went to a Walkabout pub in Shepherds Bush to watch some Rugby League and have a beer (yes the pub was open at 8am and was filled with Aussies drinking). I have failed in projects like this more often than I care to say, and a lot of the time it has been due to a burst of enthusiasm on my part, and absolutely no enthusiasm on anyone else's.

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