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Movember: Fun days out for you and your moustache, Notebook

Movember: Fun days out for you and your moustache

Whether you greet the month now universally know as ‘Movember’ with a sigh at all the hipsters sporting gregarious face-ferrets, or whether the prospect of being able to curate your very own little furry caterpillar on your upper lip fills you with joy, there are several events taking place this month that are a lot of fun regardless of whether you’re into facial fuzz or not.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 8 November 2012 at 2:25 pm

Why us Australians can’t get enough of Oktoberfest, Notebook

Why us Australians can’t get enough of Oktoberfest

At 4am on Thursday morning, myself, a Polish friend and two Englishmen will all begin the long and tiresome journey to Munich for a long weekend. After moving from the sunny shores of Australia to London two years ago, it comes as a bit of a surprise that I’m showing my European friends just what it is that makes Oktoberfest a place worth going to, and returning to, as I set forth into Beerfest for the second time in as many years.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 27 September 2012 at 4:00 am

Brits Abroad: Our behaviour has to change, Notebook

Brits Abroad: Our behaviour has to change

As the number of Brits who died abroad has increased by 4 per cent, it’s time to reconsider how we behave on holiday.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 6 August 2012 at 3:00 am

Scotland’s 50p alcohol tax: Battling health with money, Health

Scotland’s 50p alcohol tax: Battling health with money

Scotland has elevated far beyond Theresa May’s 40p proclamation then, with an impetus to enforce a minimum 50p per unit levy on alcohol prices. Nicola Sturgeon’s arguments are less annoying than Theresa’s at least; if we were to hear yet another tirade of ‘pre-loading’ nonsense I fear for my health for entirely different reasons.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 at 10:29 am

Lager is dead. Long live lager, Notebook

Lager is dead. Long live lager

If you want to appreciate how British beer has changed, have a lager. Once upon a time this middle-European beer style was regarded as the devil incarnate by many British ale drinkers, the cuckoo in the nest that had laid waste to a nation’s proud heritage. Not any more.

By | Notebook | Friday, 9 March 2012 at 8:36 am

Beer: The new (old) taste of London

Sometimes it’s possible to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. You wouldn’t expect, for example, to stumble upon one of Britain’s most interesting breweries under a railway arch in Bermondsey, but that’s where you’ll find The Kernel. The floor is sopping wet and the ceiling shakes every 30 seconds or so as a [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 17 December 2010 at 10:14 am

Christmas Drink-driving to rise this year?, Notebook

Christmas Drink-driving to rise this year?

It was difficult to shake the images shown in Think!’s pre-Christmas anti drink/drugs driving campaign in the previous few years. Everyone remembers the little girl lying in the road, hearing her bones crack in slow motion; or the teenage boy who’s skull crashed against the windscreen, blood spattering across the screen. Visually powerful, the message was hammered home that drink-driving could not only kill, but ruin others’ lives and consciences – haunting to all involved.

By | Notebook | Monday, 29 November 2010 at 9:54 pm

World beer: Great Danes and Italian Masters

The current brewer of the year is Stefano Cossi of the Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire. If you think that sounds like a pretty Italian name for an English brewer, that’s because it is and he isn’t. Cossi is Italian. The award – handed out by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group in the summer – is [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 22 September 2010 at 3:28 pm

A beer at half-time? No thanks, Sport

A beer at half-time? No thanks

English football has become hugely popular around the world. You only have to visit a Premier League football ground to realise what a draw the excitement and atmosphere of our native game is for tourists. This is the league that welcomes players from all corners of the globe, and now supporters too.
And while many go [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 13 September 2010 at 5:15 pm

British beer: Booming or boring?, Notebook

British beer: Booming or boring?

British beer is enjoying a remarkable renaissance. There are now 767 breweries in the UK, more than at any time since the Second World War. According to Camra, 78 new breweries have opened in the past 12 months (and although a fair few have closed, too, there are still 56 more now than this time [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 9 September 2010 at 12:54 pm

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