September 10th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Lindt, Hershey, Frys, Nestle, Cadbury all famous types of chocolate and they all have something else in common. But first, as we celebrate International Chocolate Day, let us peel back the layers of time and explore the rich history of this food of the Gods. It was said the Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl was cast out […]

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 20th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Considering it’s a superfood, the mighty tomato has had a pretty lousy press over the centuries. Up until 200 years ago it was wrongly regarded as poisonous by some because it is part of the nightshade family. And for centuries it’s been a go to weapon for anyone wishing to voice their displeasure at artistic […]

April 16th, 2021   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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If we were to ask what drink is synonymous with Great Britain, we’re pretty sure we know what your answer will be. No, it’s not beer, although that comes a very close second and with pubs and restaurants opening outdoors this week, we’re pretty sure that more was downed than the nation’s favourite drink. We […]

January 15th, 2021   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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“We’re all going on our summer holiday, no more working for a week or two.” Ah, read that first paragraph and imagine listening to the dulcet tones of the great Sir Cliff Richard. Granted, we may just have lost half our readership with that reference (Cliff who we hear the millennials say?) but there’s a […]

January 8th, 2021   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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We bet the organisers of Veganuary feared the worst when the Government announced lockdown 3.0 this month. The same could be said about the charity Alcohol Change UK, who are behind Dry January. Given January is always the most miserable month of the year, global pandemic or no global pandemic, you could forgive people if […]

December 11th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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So, with exactly two weeks to go (if you are reading this on Friday) until the big day, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. Yes, we’re talking about Brussels sprouts. The most controversial part of any Christmas dinner. Whether you love them or you hate them, it’s not Christmas without the tiny […]

December 4th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Ok, let’s see a show of hands. Who put their Christmas decorations up in November? Apparently, according to a survey in Good Housekeeping, 63% of Brits think November is too early to put up a Christmas tree. Well, from our observations, it would seem the great British public are telling fibs! We’ve never seen as […]

October 30th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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From trick or treating to apple bobbing, Halloween is always a highlight, particularly with people taking inspiration from across the Pond and really making a ‘thing of it in recent times. In our day, Halloween consisted of carrying a carved out turnip (yes dear reader, there were no pumpkins back then and you try hollowing […]

September 11th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Imagine our surprise when we were researching this week’s blog and discovered that an English muffin is not actually English at all! That certainly set the cat among the pigeons, especially as Chef Chris has already prepared his recipe (more on this shortly) with this in mind. In a month of blogs dedicated to great […]