“Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds.” – Terry Pratchett “Cocktails” – funny word for a drink genre, isn’t it? Although we think of them as a very 20th century concept, the word “cocktail” first appeared to refer to a drink in 1798’s … Continue reading On Cocktails
Scranshums has been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award! I’m canny flattered, and many thanks to A.J Sefton for nominating me. Do go and check out A.J’s great history blog. There’s lots of Anglo-Saxon stuff, which I like. The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them … Continue reading On the Real Neat Blog Award!
This week saw the Feast Day of St Cuthbert on Friday 20th March. No doubt on this date you were all still getting over your St Patrick’s Day super-hangovers, but I’m here to educate you about Cuthbert, one of the famous Northumbrian saints from the early middle ages. Amongst his fans are ill people, proud … Continue reading On St Cuthbert’s Day
This week’s article was going to be about cocktails. I’d found a strange, yet perfect, quote to start it off, from Sir Terry Pratchett: “Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds.” Meaning to google which book of his it came from, I wrote … Continue reading On Terry Pratchett
Sometimes it’s rude not to travel first class. Not all the time, but on those rare occasions when you’re scanning the internet for train tickets and find the first class price just a couple of quid more or even – sharp intake of breath – less than standard. Then you’d be crazy not to shout, … Continue reading On Going First Class on the East Coast