July 29th, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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Cheesecake. A cake made of cheese. Not in my lifetime! Ah, do you remember that Peter Kay classic sketch? Or perhaps you remember this number: “Ohhhh….Cheesecake. Munchin’ on a cheesecake, munchin’ on a cheesecake. Cheesecake, munchin’ on a cheesecake, munchin’ on a cheesecake” If you haven’t heard this jazz gem before, take a trip down […]

July 22nd, 2021   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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As the sun beats down onto a golden beach what better way to celebrate summer than enjoy a deliciously decadent ice cream. You can buy one in February if you really want to and risk frostbite to your tongue as your gloves clutch desperately to your soggy cone on a windswept, rain-lashed, promenade but somehow […]

July 16th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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As Freedom Day dawns and lockdown restrictions are eased we can (look forward to getting back to normal and enjoying the pleasures of life we have been denied for the past 15 months, hopefully anyway. We say hopefully because ‘Independence Day’ in 2020 didn’t end up the way we all hoped, but there is genuinely […]

July 8th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Could it actually happen? Dare we dream? Is the unlikely about to become likely? After all, we have waited so long haven’t we? No, we are not talking about ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July but the little matter of a European Championship final in a few days time. And what a final it’s going to […]

July 2nd, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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Is it really coming home? Could the impossible become possible? Are 55 years of hurt about to be erased? Well, if you listen to the majority of the Great British Public at the moment, the answers to these cryptic (only if you don’t understand or care football that is) questions is undoubtedly yes. Then, if […]

June 24th, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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When I heard it was National Picnic Week I thought great, a chance to indulge in my favourite snack with its delicious combination of peanuts, raisins, wafer, caramel and chocolate. It has just the right texture and tastes substantial without the sickly gooeyness of, say, a Cadbury’s caramel. I’ve always liked picnic bars but must […]

June 17th, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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It’s a rivalry which stretches back centuries. Whether it was Emperor Hadrian (not even English!) building a wall to keep the marauding Scots out, the invasion of King Edward the First’s army which led to the legend of ‘Braveheart’ William Wallace and the subsequent defeat of the English at Bannockburn by Robert the Bruce, it’s […]

June 11th, 2021   |  
Author: Neil Shaefer   |  
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The Euros kick off today and the joy of such tournaments is not only wall to wall football but also the chance to learn a bit more about the countries taking part. Even if you don’t like the beautiful game, why you can still try out foodie footy challenge for Euro 21 and by happy […]

June 3rd, 2021   |  
Author: Neil Shaefer   |  
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In terms of double acts, it’s right up there with Morecambe and Wise or Ant and Dec for our younger readers. In terms of what Britain has given the world, it stands proudly alongside Shakespeare and cricket. We refer, of course, to Fish and Chips which, quite rightly, now has its own national day. The […]

May 27th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Everyone loves a great origin story. One such story concerns the humble hamburger. For over a century the origins of the hamburger have been disputed more hotly than a flame grill barbeque but one thing seems clear – the name has nothing to do with the ingredients. Nowhere has it ever been suggested that ham, […]