Early morning at 13 – and OMG I’m looking at street furniture again!!!  But this time its because of what’s up on top of it – the remnants of a good night out in Bristol’s outer suburbs.

And, as well as early morning for me, its also early morning for those drinkers who were here last night – wherever they are this morning.  And this morning is hangover alley, the famous “morning after”….   But after what?  Well, lager with vodka chasers and maybe other variations on The Electric Soup too, together with ciggies and certain “illicite substances” perhaps.  Which irresistibly brings to mind a drinks order from the wonderful (and cult) film Withnail and I,  which I totally recommend (the film, not the drinks order) – the order in question being “Two large gins, two pints of cider, ice in the cider.”.  That’s what I call real class.

But why were these party people in this alley anyway, when there’s a pub only yards away across the road?  Well, underage drinkers maybe – which brings to mind my youthful dalliances with rough cider in Somerset.  Or then again, perhaps these drinkers didn’t want to pay pub prices – booze is cheaper everywhere else, especially in supermarkets.  Or then again perhaps they’d been banned from the pub.  Ah, Life’s rich tapestry …



So what were they knocking back?  Click onto the image twice to have a closer look!  The vodka is a cheap supermarket brand, and only 37.5% proof.  The white cans are Stella Artois lager at 4.8%, which is a Belgian lager that is very popular here and not bad, especially on draught.  Its Belgian, yes, but it in no way compares with the likes of the Duvel and Westmalle beers.  The green bottle is also “Stella”, as its known here.

And on the left Tennent’s Super, an 8% lager that an ex-partner of mine used to favour.  And if you have the nerve or curiosity to enlarge this image substantially, you can see two rather telling messages on the front of the can – one above, and one below, the “Alc. 8% Vol.” message.

The upper message, in large font and capitals, says “PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY”.  This message may well have to be on the can by law but, in any case, it is just there for appearances, it is just there so that someone – the manufacturer and/or the government – can be seen to be doing something, no matter how trivial and ineffective, in respect of drinkers’ health.  I do not aspire to epicurean tastes, but I do remember how foul my former partner’s Tennent’s tasted, which to me indicates that drinkers of this 8 percenter are thinking more of the oblivion that 8% can bring rather than savouring delicate its bouquets and flavours.  And should this be true, then I wonder just how many are “DRINKING IT RESPONSIBLY”, even when the can says “PLEASE”???

And the lower message, again in capitals, reads “SERVE ICE COLD” – doing this of course mutes the flavours.  Indeed, when I bought a can in a beer merchant’s long, long ago – it was a time when I was on an exploratory odyssey through beer – the proprietor of the shop actually came out with something like “I should put that in a fridge for a long time if I were you.”.  A nod’s as good as a wink, squire, say no more …

But, anyway, a good night out.

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto each image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further.

Technique: TG-5; 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 22 Jan 2019.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Here in Belgium, people drink more Jupiler than Stella. You can find empty cans of Jupiler in almost every corner. Last spring, the company decided to rebrand it as ‘Belgium’ for the 2018 World Cup. They should have called it ‘Garbage’, it would have been more appropriate…


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I recall reading that Jupiler is a pretty basic, mass market beer – I haven’t seen it in supermarkets here – but our supermarkets do have the Westmalle Dubbel, Duvel and Duvel Citra, all of which I greatly appreciate. There are specialist beer shops with other Belgian delights too – Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruits is another favourite – but I don’t get to those shops as frequently as I used to. Stella is everywhere.

      I love your “Garbage” suggestion! Pretty accurate! Adrian 🙂


  2. Meanderer says:

    Seems as if wherever one goes, a crushed can of Stella is never far away 🙂 At least they are neatly sitting on something rather than having been thrown on the ground – unless a tidy resident had picked them up 🙂

    I read that youngsters are drinking less these days – not sure what they’re doing instead 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh dear, so many things here. First, I’m aghast at the pressures youngsters are under these days – via social media, and incessant mobile phones, and incessant marketing aimed their way, and the pressure to be successful careerwise, and sex, booze and drugs at early ages. They have been robbed of the opportunity to be children.

      Then, if they’re drinking less, then maybe they’re being groomed for sensible, unimaginative modern lives – mortgages, soulless jobs, getting onto the housing ladder, spending fortunes on the perfect wedding, moving house to get their kids into school catchments, political correctness, etc etc. (Forgot to mention garden centres.)

      And then there’s the transformation of their education into a commodity, so that they wonder if their university courses will be good value for money vis a vis getting them good salaries later, rather than thinking about uni actually broadening their minds and teaching them about Life a bit.

      And then there are those who don’t go to uni, don’t get onto the housing ladder etc etc etc, and who were partying in this alleyway; and those who do achieve those things, who were probably partying somewhere more congenial >>> and sipping orange juice?????

      LOL, I’m getting old in my old age!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 But I am very uneasy at many such things, and I am glad that my childhood took place in simpler days, when children were given the time to be children. A 🙂

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      • Meanderer says:

        Yes – I feel very lucky to have grown up in what you describe as simpler days. There is so much pressure on youngsters, as you say. The need to look fantastic all the time, to be clever, popular, to have lots of material things, to go on holiday to bigger and better places ……… and so on.

        It’s no wonder there’s an epidemic of poor mental health. The internet – technology in general – has changed life so much, in many good ways, but also in potentially very damaging ways.

        I watched a film about Oasis the band this week. They found fame in the mid-90s – which in itself feels light years away from life today. At the end of the film, Noel Gallagher remarked on how incredible and unbelievable their success was. He said they were probably the last band with working class kids from a council estate to make it big, and said that the internet had changed things. It has made me think.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, kids mental health, I forgot to mention that. I have a friend who is an expert in that, we worked together in kids social services (where I was an info analyst) – she is not going to be out of a job any time soon! I offer no workable solutions, but I think we have created a toxic environment for our youngsters.

          Looking at things, I increasingly despair about Humanity, and the internet is a case in point. Here we have an incredible boon – whose inventor has been far less honoured than many other lessers – and as well as doing much good with this boon, what have we done? Well, computer viruses; ransomware; online sexual grooming; cyber attacks on state governments; spread of terrorist doctrine; availability of material that has recently made that 14 year old girl commit suicide – and on and on and on … As I say, I offer no fixes, but I do see Human Nature as, increasingly, Humanity’s own worst enemy.

          So, a gloomy start to a Sunday, M! Speaking for myself, I don’t let all this get me down – this is how it is! But I do increasingly know what I’m looking at >>> which is, most pleasantly, often the vast frothy head of a glass of Duvel and an interesting book 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. A colorful display my friend. PLEASE DRINK UP 🍻


  4. paula graham says:

    Bad and sad…is here too: chucked beercans over folk’s hedges into their patch. disgraceful.


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