Monthly Archives: October 2015

I invented a cocktail – now it just needs a name

Until recently I thought that cocktails were created in the dim and distant past by bartenders called Harry or were the preserve of Heston Blummenthal-types with degrees in Mixology from Dalston Polytechnic. Now I realise that making cocktails is just like cooking. … Continue reading

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Crisitunity!

In September I finally left my employers Oneworld Publications. One month later they won the Booker Prize with Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings. D’oh! Still at least I had my columns to keep me amused. Sadly the … Continue reading

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Is there a link between beer and beards?

They’ve got some distinctive facial hair at the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich. There’s brewer Rod Jones who sports a slightly Teutonic twirly tache and beard combo (I learnt later that he is half German which explains things). Then there’s tour … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: Definition rioja from Majestic

Do you remember the lure of warehouse outlets? Getting lost somewhere near Hemel Hempstead looking for a place that did Pringle seconds was an intrinsic part of growing up in the 80s and 90s. Majestic successfully applied this concept to … Continue reading

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Wine and golf

Apart from a couple of games of pitch and putt in my early teens, I have never swung a golf club in anger. Until a couple of weeks ago that is. I had been invited for an afternoon of wine … Continue reading

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