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The Art of Food

Food preparation and consumption is a fact of life. It has been the very cornerstone of our day to day existence as a major part in our social, cultural and aesthetic life. Is it any wonder then that the appearance … Continue reading

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Make Your Own English Country Wine

A glass of home-made Country wine is a tradition of old English hospitality that stretches back centuries. Forget grapes! Despite being universally accepted as the most reliable fruit for winemaking, grapes do not fare well in England. Therefore the juices … Continue reading

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The Origins of English Wine

During their occupation the Romans introduced wine making to England, even trying to grow grapes as far north as Lincolnshire. And winemaking continued at least down to the time of the Normans with over 40 vineyards in England mentioned in … Continue reading

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A Brief History Of Wine

Wine, that panacea of the world’s woes, is in fact, older than recorded history. The earliest evidence for the cultivation of grapes and the fermentation of their juices dates back to 6,000 B.C. The Egyptians recorded the harvest of grapes … Continue reading

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Take Ripe Quinces . . .

The Quince is a fruit of ancient origin. The Roman cookbook of Apicius, a collection of Roman cookery recipes compiled in the late 4th or early 5th century AD gives recipes for stewing quince with honey and leek. Historically, marmalade … Continue reading

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Radio – The Original ‘Wireless’ Device

Given the choice between television or radio I would favour radio any day of the week. I grew up with the classic comedy series such as the Goons, Tony Hancock, Round the Horne, The Navy Lark and I’m Sorry I’ll … Continue reading

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Please Mr Postman

Before e-mail, before text, before the smartphone, (see below) the posting of a letter represented state-of-the-art communication. The Royal Mail can trace its history back to 1516, when Henry VIII established a “Master of the Posts” a position that was … Continue reading

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