From the ever vigilant Ale Fan comes this news of an actual practical application of information technology:
My thanks to yesterday's Independent for a little article pointing out this wonderful service. I suspect the more enlightened of you know about it already; Wherever you are in the country you can get details of the nearest good pub by texting The Good Pub Guide. On a planned visit, I would normally research or take a pub guide with me, but I've put the number etc. into my mobile for those, growing number of, occasions when I forget about taking the book with me. It's my age.The service is described here. Pretty darn useful - especially for the traveller to the UK. Maybe we can get some testimonials as to the usefulness of this bit of trinketry.
...and I just noticed that The Independent runs a beer column by Richard Ehrlich. Don't know if this is a weekly thing.