I was watching The Herbs as part of my recovery programme.

Gordon Rollings did the voices. He was one of the many brilliant British character actors whose face everyone knew, but whose name was a mystery.

Turns out his most famous role was as Arkwright, in the John Smith’s Yorkshire Bitter ads (which was a very good, consistent, pint on a hand pump, and men who say otherwise are more anally retentive than the average CAMRA Beerhadist).

The John Smith’s Yorkshire Bitter ads featured the outside of a pub called the Three Ferrets. Turns out the pub still exists, is called The Hermit, and is near Ilkley.

While I was looking for The Three Ferrets I found the Three Ferret news item in the headline. I wonder if the ferret keeper turned to cannabis growing to pay for the ferrets? Maybe in a few years all the people playing bowls of a weekend will be discussing how to grow better cannabis, whilst they nod and tut about the game.

The John Smith’s adverts should be below. They made me smile, which is a tick on my programme.