One of the great heroines of beer drinking was my good friend Joan. I was reminded tonight of how she stood up for women’s rights in a pub when dealing with a particularly cranky landlord in the Barley Mow. The landlord, a crusty one legged character aptly known as Stumpy, was trying it on by attempting to retrieve her glass before the others in the pub. Singling out young Joan just because she was of the fairer sex. Well Joan wasn’t taking it and after the fighting words of “Fuck off Stumpy” he threatened to hit her, and so she laid it all down with the immortal words: “Hit me there!” as she pointed to her chin. Needless to say she was banned from the pub. Joan of Arc would have been very proud.