August 4th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Ice lollies have brought great joy to the world and in recent weeks their ability to rehydrate sweltering bodies has been recognised as potentially lifesaving. It was 25 years ago this month that Jan van den Berg had his own moment in the sun when he claimed the record for the world’s largest ice lolly […]

July 28th, 2022   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Taste buds are complicated things and there seems no rhyme or reason as to why certain people just can’t abide certain foods. The new science of Gastrophysics has tried to get to the root of the problem and concluded it’s down to a variety of factors – how the food looks, smells and its texture […]

July 21st, 2022   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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The heat is on in the UK (well for a few days anyway) with new highest temperatures being set in all four nations.  It’s also possibly the first time on record that Brits have wished they could jet off to the West Indies to enjoy cooler temperatures. The importance of taking water on board to […]

July 15th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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When you think of France what goes through your mind? Great art? Great scenery? Or the hilarious mis-speaks of Del Boy Trotter in Only Fools and Horses? With France celebrating its national day on July 14 it’s perhaps worth reflecting on how its influence has spread across the world in so many ways. The people […]

July 8th, 2022   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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The tell tale signs of summer are here – midges at dusk ganging up against anyone entering their domain, devil-may-care fashion faux pas of socks with sandals and shorts with a jacket and, of course, the shell-shocked look of teenagers as they wade through the exam season. At least for the latter there is the […]

June 30th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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In the northern hemisphere July can appear the laziest of months, a time to kick back and relax, take some holiday. Yet the name July emerged from one of the most cold blooded – and celebrated – murders in the history of mankind. The Ides of March was the time when Romans settled debts and […]

June 24th, 2022   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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The glorious warm weather (we have even had some on our fair shores this week) being enjoyed across Europe offers a chance to carry on an ancient tradition of getting out and about to celebrate midsummer. The long summer days have inspired artists throughout time, from George Gershwin’s 1934 classic Summertime to Monet’s 1891 masterpiece Grainstacks […]

June 17th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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When it comes to a day of devotion, it has to be said that fathers get the best of the parental deal. With Mothers’ Day falling in March the options available in the UK are often limited weather wise. Experiential presents are all well and good but having to break the ice before enjoying a […]

June 9th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Whether it’s food or drink, few countries have had such an enormous impact on world cuisine as France. Champagne to start of course, followed by Chateaubriand washed down with a ruby red Bordeaux or a coq au vin accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc, then there’s the cheese to follow and a glass of cognac. Yet French […]

June 1st, 2022   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Food is essential for life and good food can be one of our greatest pleasures, but there’s nothing more important than food safety. However, if food isn’t stored or prepared carefully it can have adverse impacts, which is why the United Nations takes time each year to encourage global food safety awareness.  Under the slogan “Food […]