A Scots Tory minister turned the air blue after dropping a glass of water during a Brexit debate. Peers were left red-faced after Justice Minister Lord Keen blurted out “a***” after dropping a glass of water during a Brexit debate. The peer used the expletive after he took an intervention from Baroness Altmann during the EU (Withdrawal) Bill committee stage debate and knocked a glass of water all over himself. A doorkeeper later mopped up the water from the floor and surrounding desk. … [Read more...] about Watch Tory minister turn air blue after dropping glass during Brexit debate
We are officially halfway out of the exit door. In exactly a year from now, the UK will formally leave the EU and enter a transition period lasting until 31 December 2020. So, expect a lot of press column inches to be devoted to this subject today, with a great deal of crystal ball-gazing about how successful the British government might be in securing an orderly exit from the EU. In case you had somehow forgotten what is at stake for London, the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) warned on Tuesday that the capital will be at “immediate risk” of a £22bn economic hit in the event of a hard Brexit. The CEBR said London was more exposed than the rest of Britain to a cliff-edge departure from the European Union (EU) because of its dependence on the services sector – particularly financial services – and its reliance on a skilled workforce from Europe. A “no-deal” scenario next March would see the capital’s economic growth slump … [Read more...] about Halfway to Brexit, is the glass half full or half empty? Both.
The West Suffolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale is gearing up to roll out the barrel for the 27th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival On the basis you can’t have enough of a good thing, the 27th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival returns to The Apex next month.Organisers West Suffolk and Borders CAMRA branch will be featuring more than 100 real ales from East Anglia and award winners from around the UK.Add to that more than 20 ciders and perries and there’s something to suit all tastes.But if you’re unlucky enough to be the designated driver, there will be free soft drinks to ease the pain.And you can always enjoy the live acoustic music sessions each day.Held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, it starts on Wednesday, April 18 and runs through to Saturday, April 21, noon to 11pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and noon to 9pm on Saturday. Live music will be between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 10.30pm on Friday and noon to 8pm Saturday.There is a … [Read more...] about Culture: Raise a glass to the 27th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival
The CharacteristicsSince Austrian designer Thomas Zichtl founded MarkThomas in 2012, elite dining destinations have adopted the company’s wine glasses, including Michelin three-starred restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and Minneapolis’s cozy Bachelor Farmer. The sides of the handblown Allround are only about a half-millimeter thick, making the glass lighter than most. Gently beveled curves near the base of the bowl aren’t merely cosmetic; the design creates a larger surface area to aerate the wine and highlight its flavors.The CompetitionAt $70 per glass, the MarkThomas Allround is within range of the top-shelf options from Riedel and Zalto, two other Austrian names that dominate the market. (Spiegelau, another well-known glassmaker, was acquired by Riedel in 2004.) Riedel specializes in specific varietal glasses and has become a wedding registry staple, but its Sommeliers series includes glasses for rare whites and reds that cost three figures. Zalto, like … [Read more...] about The Wine Glass That Stands Out by Focusing on What’s Inside
Described as the "queen of the dinner party," and hailed as the author of The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, Hannah Glasse would have been 310 on March 28. In her honour, Google is changing its logo in more than 16 countries to a doodle of her work. But, Glasse was not recognised for her achievements during her lifetime. Her identity as the author of one of the most popular cookery books was challenged until 1938. This is her story: Illegitimate child Hannah Glasse was born on March 28, 1708, in St Andrews, Holborn, London. Her mother is said to have been Hannah Reynolds, a widow, and her father, Isaac Allgood, was a landowner who was married to another woman, Hannah Clark. Glasse was brought up in Allgood's home at Simonburn near Hexham. During her education, in spite of being an unwelcome presence in her father's home, she witnessed good living and tasted the foods of the upper class. Allgood and his wife died of illness … [Read more...] about Hannah Glasse: Why Google honours her today