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 […]

May 26th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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As the nation prepares to take a well earned breather to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, it’s worth reflecting on the influence Her Majesty has had on modern life. During her 70-year reign she has inspired many through her choice of clothes, jewellery, hairstyle and of course established corgis as the pet by royal […]

May 19th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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There’s no doubt that great food can inspire – whether that’s in art, literature or song. But in some cases the impact can be so profound it’s the last thing we think of during our time on Earth. Legendary American frontiersman Kit Carson, whose anniversary falls next week, inspires admiration and revulsion in equal measure. […]

May 12th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Parts of Rome were placed under curfew recently and the reason may surprise you and give you food for thought. It wasn’t due to power shortages or Covid-19, but an influx of wild boars looking for food. Picnickers are a particular target for the beasts that often prowl with a litter of piglets in tow. […]

May 5th, 2022   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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As sunshine threatens (watch this space) to break out across the UK we can celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the real treats of summer – the ice lolly. It emerged by accident, when 11-year-old Frank Epperson left some home made lemonade in a glass, along with a stirring stick, outside on his porch […]

April 28th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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How will you spend the forthcoming Bank Holiday? Visiting a local beauty spot or heritage site? or just relaxing at home, possibly pondering how you will spend the double bank holiday coming up in June that marks the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth. Well, however you spend the day, spare a thought for Sir […]

April 21st, 2022   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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You’ll no doubt have heard how dangerous the age of 27 can be for rock stars. The “27 Club” charts the demise of famous musicians at this age. It’s an extensive list that starts with the father of the blues Robert Johnson, includes Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison either side of […]

April 14th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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When it comes to creating inventions that have transformed the world, Japan ranks as high as any country and in the words of Alphaville (this reference will only mean anything if you are a fan of 80s music), everything is Big in Japan From martial arts to video games, electronics and transport, this island in […]

April 7th, 2022   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Sharp rises in the cost of living mean many of us will be tightening belts in order to pay bills and for some there’s a real worry about being able to afford food. Fortunately help is at hand, both in terms of tips to make your food budget stretch further and financial assistance for the […]

March 31st, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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It’s good to laugh and this year marks the 65th anniversary of one of the most memorable April Fools Day pranks. We know from records that April Fools Day has been around many hundreds of years. The exact origins remain a mystery, though connection to the onset of spring heralding merriment and general confusion of […]