Robinsons, Iron Maiden & Help For Heroes Join Forces To Launch Light Brigade In The U.K.

Fans of the Iron Maiden group of beers might be interested in this new flavor and collaboration. I’ve placed the press release here since The Chronicles Lifestyle Blog has been upping our Food and Drink content to keep your hungers and thirsts sated. Check it out.

The Press Release:
British rock legends IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers ROBINSONS announce the creation of LIGHT BRIGADE, a unique golden English ale with a 4.1% ABV. Available in the U.K., LIGHT BRIGADE has been developed in support of HELP FOR HEROES, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service. 6p of each pint and 5p of each bottle sold will be donated to help the thousands of Servicemen and women who live with complex wounds and injuries – both physical and mental – and are looking to regain their purpose in life.

HELP FOR HEROES met with ROBINSONS in the summer of 2017 to explore the possibility of launching a beer. ROBINSONS and IRON MAIDEN, who jointly launched TROOPER Beer almost five years ago and which has now sold over 20 million pints worldwide, were immediately enthusiastic about the idea. Indeed, the origin of TROOPER’s name, which comes from the classic IRON MAIDEN song, ‘The Trooper’, based on the Battle of Balaclava of 1854 in the Crimean War, reflects the band’s well-known interest in history.

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As ever with the TROOPER range of beers, ROBINSONS’ Head Brewer, MARTYN WEEKS, and IRON MAIDEN lead vocalist and ale aficionado, BRUCE DICKINSON, teamed up to create the new and original beer, with the final tasting and approval taking place at HELP FOR HEROES’ Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, last Autumn.

BRUCE DICKINSON said: “We are very proud to have been asked to get involved. I have been an instructor on several of British Airways’ flight simulator ‘Flying Heroes’ days for HELP FOR HEROES Veterans, so I know the charity and the work that they do well. LIGHT BRIGADE is our interpretation of a golden ale that maintains the elements of strength and character that are the essence of TROOPER but at a more sessionable level. In fact, the two beers complement each other very well.”

BETH MILES, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at HELP FOR HEROES: “We are thrilled that BRUCE DICKINSON has developed a new beer for us under the TROOPER brand with ROBINSONS. We are sure that LIGHT BRIGADE will have a very popular appeal and raise significant funds, enabling HELP FOR HEROES to empower more Veterans to reach their potential and regain their purpose. This is the beginning of a partnership which we hope will see TROOPER fans and ROBINSONS customers join The Force for Good campaign to support the thousands whose lives have been affected by their service.”

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Bruce Dickinson by John McMurtrie

MARTYN WEEKS commented: “Bruce and I were recently invited to visit HELP FOR HEROES in Wiltshire, where we had a tour of the incredible recovery facilities there and met some of the Veterans. We were both hugely impressed with the work they are doing and launching a new beer in support of this Charity is, we believe, a great way to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause. ROBINSONS will also be supporting the Charity through fundraising in our pub estate.”

LIGHT BRIGADE is designed as a session ale for beer and music fans everywhere. It will also be produced on a long-term basis, differentiating it from the other limited edition TROOPER beers: 666, Red ‘N Black, and Hallowed. In keeping with the Trooper brand, LIGHT BRIGADE’s original bottle label features IRON MAIDEN’s iconic mascot EDDIE on horseback in one of the uniforms of the LIGHT BRIGADE.

LIGHT BRIGADE is available to pre-order online now at www.robinsonsbrewery.com<https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/skyJC1jADSqANqFq4oqM?domain=robinsonsbrewery.com> for delivery from February 1st. It will be stocked in supermarkets nationwide and selected pubs from February 19th onwards.

For more information on IRON MAIDEN BEER, please visit the link below. For more information on ROBINSONS Brewery, please visit the link below.

Piercing Ken Thoughts: So I’ve only had “Trooper” as a beer so far from the Iron Maiden beer line of products and while I liked it at first, began to find it a little too strong for me. I tend to prefer a lighter ale when I have an alcoholic beverage of this type. Thought this is currently only available in the UK I am sure that much like “Trooper”, “666” and “Hallowed” that it will find its way here sooner or later. So what do you think about this new brand to the mix? If you are of legal drinking age and have sampled the Maiden brews so far please chime in with your thoughts. If you aren’t of age please don’t rush it. In time you can. Thanks for listening.

Official Websites:
Iron Maiden: http://www.ironmaiden.com
Iron Maiden Beer: http://www.ironmaidenbeer.com
Robinsons Brewery: http://www.robinsonsbrewery.com

Happy New Year 2018 Readers!!!

Well here we are my friends, “Happy New Year” and “Welcome To 2018”. It’s my hope that you are on the way to recovery from a rousing good time last night with friends or at least finding yourself rested if you had a chill night. I waited until just past noon to get this online so my own hangover would be less impacting, oh who am I kidding. I chilled out on the couch and watched bits and pieces of “The Honeymooners” and “The Twilight Zone” marathons that were airing before I finally fell asleep. With the bright shiny New Year here, I’ve done my annual photo with my model Miss Spooke and offered up a bunch of principles that will hopefully guide you in being a better person during the course of the year. Check them out below.

1. Keep up with Family. Some are farther away than we’d like but the phones, Skype and the old traditional mail work fine on staying in touch. There are also those things we call visits. Goods stuff.

2. Keep up with Friends. I mean that you should do this in the real sense and not just liking a status on Facebook. That is not keeping up at all. Okay sometimes its hard to do but give it a shot. Another thing you should do with regards to friends is be wary of the Energy Vampires or those ones who manage to find fault in everything. Spend less time with those sorts because they will only be happy if you are miserable as well.

3. Love your Pets. Sadly, our little furry friends are not with us as long as we hope them to be so while you have them in your personal world spoil them. They deserve nothing but absolute love from you. If you are considering using this year to become a pet owner, consider rescuing one that needs you more than others.

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Presenting My Swarm 2017 “Year In Review”

As 2017 steamrolls faster and faster towards its close, I was alerted to the news that my “Year In Review” for 2017 was available on Swarm. This is the application that I use for Check In’s at the vast and varied locations that I go to during the course of the given day. Since I love sharing this kind of stuff on The Chronicles let’s see what they tallied up for me based on my use of the app.

swarm, year in review, foursquare

Hmm. “518” check-ins is a lot lower than my 2016 tally of “622” but in my defense, I didn’t always remember to open the app and there were some places that I couldn’t make it work no matter how hard I tried. Those efforts were the most annoying and helped make my statistics lower. Bah.

swarm, year in review, foursquare

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Wishing A “Merry Christmas” 2017 To All :)

Hello there my friends in the online land and of course the real world ones that are checking into the doings here on “The Chronicles”. I’d like to take a moment and wish you all a very “Merry Christmas” if this is your holiday.  It’s one of my very favorite times of the year and as you can see Miss Spooke also feels the same way and is acting as Santa’s Little Helper once again.  Generally speaking she is NOT a big fan of hats since she must hear everything that goes on around her.  She is a cat after all.

The hat also came with this cute little Santa suit but it was a little too tricky to get her into so she opted for using it as a bit of a blanket while she waited for her nightly treats.  We took this shot about a week or so ago.  I am appreciative of her patience since its not always easy to indulge us weird humans when you are a pet.  Well, at least I think that this is what they are thinking when they look at us and our dealings with silly but super cute costumes.  I’m sorry I lost track of myself for a moment so where were we….oh yes, MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

We really hope that you are having or planning to have an excellent holiday today.  A lot of friends started their fun last night with Christmas Eve and to many they go all out for that one too.  Last night I kept it local and simple with some Chinese take out from one of my favorite places and with the Tuesday matinee performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on my plate I’ll likely be making a few small things and having an easy day with a quick visit here and there for good measure.  I’m at Christmas Mass at the moment and this was queued to go online nice and early to start the day off properly with our wish.  Be sure to call the relatives that you can easily reach and use those unlimited texts to let friends know that they are on your mind.  Be good to your beloved pets of course and just try to be an even better person than you were yesterday.  Everyone can use a little personal improvement IMHO.  Enjoy the holiday.

AOL Instant Messenger (“AIM”) Says “Goodbye” (1997-2017)

Today is the day my friends in the cyber realms, for AOL’s Instant Messenger aka “AIM” is signing off for the final time. It first launched in May of 1997 and was in my opinion was pretty awesome for quite some time. Younger readers might not really remember it since texting and Facebook Messenger seem to rule the world of online chatter nowadays but back in the nineties this was initially all that you had.

Way back in the bygone days, my AOL account was set up with the KMPIERCE1 profile since I could not get KENPIERCE and believe me that was so annoying. Eventually they allowed for longer Screen Names so I was able to secure KENNYPIERCE before another version of me could snag it. In AIM you would organize your real life friends and the online ones into groups that made the most sense for you and I recall having one for musicians, family and even the occasional co-worker. As time went on and other services got into the mix, AIM would have competition from MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and even this thing called ICQ. To use any of these you needed their own software client and all of this was used via a dial-up modem. My how the times have changed.

Eventually software such as Trillian allowed users to load ALL of their respective online profiles into a single client and this was super helpful. You didn’t need four different applications running at the same time and instead could just use the one. I would use Trillian for years to access my AIM buddy list and the rest. Of course, speaking frankly, I haven’t used many of my old screen names for a number of years because those I wanted to “speak” to via the computer I would just email or text if I knew them good enough. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat dominating the way that everyone is interacting, there didn’t seem much sense in keeping up with it anymore. MSN Messenger would get replaced by Skype which I NEVER use and Yahoo Messenger is only functional on the web instead of a client and I deleted the ICQ account in total a few months ago during a purge of extraneous online items. I’ve read that your AIM Email address will still function but your Buddy List, Images and Chats will be gone (unless you had the setting enabled to save them for the last option) so hopefully those of you who were still using the service took some action. If you didn’t its ciao ciao.

Closing up I have to say that I did enjoy using AIM for the time that I did. Thanks to some topical chat rooms, I even kept a cabal of online friends who I would have never met in the real world and even so many years later some of them still touch base with me once in awhile which is nice. It feels like forever ago since I heard the dial-up strains to connect and the words “You’ve Got Mail” when there was something in my In-Box but like my Father always says “the only constant is change”. Thanks AOL for giving us AIM and letting us connect to worlds that were not as easy to reach back then. I hope all of the folks on my original Buddy List are well, and should any wish to catch up, I am easily found thanks to the websites. Now its time to click the sign-off icon and say “Goodbye”. Twenty years is a great run for sure.

Official Wiki Entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM_(software)

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