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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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The Cheese & Wine Party

Cheese-making is a truly ancient art. No-one really knows who made the first cheese but according to ancient legend, it was made accidentally by an Arabian merchant. Before setting out on a day’s trek across the desert he put his … Continue reading

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M. Parmentier & The Potato

Potato Pete! An iconic potato shaped character from the war years whose sole purpose was to encourage the planting and harvesting of potatoes in an effort to make the country more self-sufficient during the second world war. But, iconic though … Continue reading

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The Curiosity Of August 2014

August is the eighth month of the year (between July and September) in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of … Continue reading

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