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6th February 2011 - doom, doom, we're all doomed

Them as know me will recognise my lifetime worrying about the extent to which “the Fat Man” is taking over our world. Somehow I managed to find myself working for the Fat Man in a manner that I always felt was little better than prostitution (hence my tongue-in-cheek moniker “corporate whore”). I am so relieved to have escaped from that world now – at least I can live with my conscience when I go to bed at night these days.

Sadly my University is throwing its all into trying to push students (including me) into that corporate world without a thought for wellbeing or psyche. I am sucked into it in a laughable way. As part of the coursework for one of my modules I have had to write up a CV – because too many students leave Uni without a suitable CV to get themselves a job……hmmmmm. My next coursework assignment is to prepare and deliver a 10-minute presentation on a scientific subject of my choice…..because too many students leave Uni without a clue about how to deliver a coherent presentation…..double hmmmmmmmm. I mean quite apart from the fact that I’ve delivered more presentations than I’ve had hot breakfasts and looked at more graduates CVs than most people will see in a lifetime, let’s face it – I’d rather eat my own toenails than go back into the world of big business. To be frank, I’d rather eat someone else’s toenails than do that again.

Anyway, it’s got me thinking about what I will do with the rest of my working life after I finish my degree. As I just said, the thought of working for a bunch of corporate sharks again leaves me cold so that means I need to formulate a “Plan B”.

I got to thinking that it might be nice to work for a small business that holds values similar to my own – quality, not quantity and providing a great product or service that makes people want to buy it. I want to work for someone who’s not beholden to the stock market and there isn’t some city bank/investment group/private equity firm (substitute any other fat cats that I’ve not thought of) creaming off the profits and cracking the whip. You MUST deliver bigger margins, more revenue, more for us, even though we don’t even know what it is you do, just give us more of your money……because let’s face it, we’ve not got enough of it yet……

So, it was with great misery that I discover that one possible employer that might fit my bill, not to mention one of my all-time favourite tipples – Doom Bar – has, this week, fallen into the hands of the Fat Man. Molson Coors to be precise. We were proud to serve Doom Bar at our wedding – a local beer, made only a few miles from here and from a small business.

Crap, crap, crappety crap. This can only be BAD. No good can come of it.

Oh yes, they’re making all the right noises about keeping brewing in Rock and about their “tremendous opportunity”…..yeah right, call me cynical but it strikes me it’s a tremendous opportunity to crap all over a great beer for the sake of a “great brand”.

I had a bit of a shock when I realised that Sharps isn’t a long-established brewery but a relatively young one, having been established in 1994. Not a bad return on 17 years work & investment – twenty million quid huh? Perhaps the lure of that sort of filthy lucre was just too great a temptation for the erstwhile owners. It was described as “a great marriage” – yep – the Fat Man waves about a big fat wad of cash and gets what he wants……..again.

Us little (now, sadly also erstwhile) drinkers of Doom Bar are nothing more than a new profit stream for some faceless bunch in, I think, Canada. Excellent.

So, mine's a pint of Tribute in future, thanks very much. We'll be putting our hard-earned into the pockets of a real local brewery.

Thanks to Iain and Becks for providing me with my photo opportunity – I’ve wanted to do this rant since the news broke but not had the props.

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Guest 02-Mar-2011 15:46
Tried to send you a link with my sons take on the world of corporate job advertising. Link didn't work.
Ho hum.
Guest 02-Mar-2011 15:45
The Peculiar Language of Job Ads and Advice
Eric Hewis09-Feb-2011 12:33
Linda/Exzim, a grovelling apology, it was Carlsberg who bought and closed the Tetley brewery,not Coors.
I must have been drunk when I posted my comment, I'd been drinking this stuff -
exzim08-Feb-2011 21:26
Strangely Molson Coors is still a family owned company. The Molson and Coors families own the majority of the voting stock. Its just a big family owned company.
I used to drink Palmers of Bridport beer and I understand they're still around. Eldridge Pope of Dorchester was another but they went out of business in the 90's I read, after some bad corporate planning.
Must stop typing and go open a Sam Adams - great beer !
David Mingay08-Feb-2011 18:35
I'd just like to add, for those who don't understand British beer, a pint of bitter is neither warm nor flat. But neither is it chilled or fizzy. If icy low temperature and a high density of bubbles was a measure of a quality beer, then we'd all drink Bud Ice. I'd rather a pint of ordinary from a local brewer any day.
Linda Alstead08-Feb-2011 06:51
Sorry if it doesn't come across as equal scorn for both parties - it's meant to.

However, while you may feel that the Molson family have done great things locally in Canada, see Eric Hewis's comment re their treatment of another English brewery.
exzim08-Feb-2011 03:42
Sorry to disagree with you Linda, but the Molson family are not faceless, they have been an integral part of the support network for various charities and have provided a great deal of money for both amateur and professional sport for many years in Canada. As well as making much better beer than any English brewery does, all of which tend to be warm and flat.
I understand and sympathise with much that you say about the corporate world. But I think the English ? ex owners of the brewery who sold out for a fat sum rather than keep making beer deserve your scorn much more
Guest 07-Feb-2011 23:28
Sigh, understandable I suppose. Worry worry worry and work all hours to keep the business afloat and/or growing, or twenty million pounds and go lie on a warm beach. I can see the attraction.
Still, always did prefer St Austell beers......
Michael Todd Thorpe07-Feb-2011 00:50
I whole-heartedly agree, Linda... on all counts.
Eric Hewis07-Feb-2011 00:09
There's still hope.
Eric Hewis07-Feb-2011 00:06
I was drinking Doom Bar in Wetherspoon's Chorley a couple of weeks ago, now I know why.
One of my best days out ever was a tour of Tetley's brewery in Leeds, one of the oldest and finest breweries in England, bought out by Coors and closed, I'm tempted to go teetotal.
( I'm not)
Lee Rudd06-Feb-2011 22:17
sadly gone the way of many local brewers.... lets hope for the best but fear the worst...
Ray :)06-Feb-2011 20:57
Well said, and I find it quite ironic that her name is Becks ;-)