HAPPY NEW YEAR! FOR ONCE, I THINK I CAN SAY WITH SOME CERTAINTY THAT THINGS ARE UNLIKELY TO GET WORSE. THEY MIGHT NOT GET BETTER, BUT WORSE SEEMS HIGHLY UNLIKELY. By DAVE BARRY VIA THE WASHINGTON POST

Sometimes, you just need something to laugh at when there's absolutely NOTHING to laugh about. To say that 2019 was a really awful year doesn't come close to understanding how bad it was. And not just for us. Everywhere. I don't know what happened to the concept of government. It certainly has turned to total … Continue reading HAPPY NEW YEAR! FOR ONCE, I THINK I CAN SAY WITH SOME CERTAINTY THAT THINGS ARE UNLIKELY TO GET WORSE. THEY MIGHT NOT GET BETTER, BUT WORSE SEEMS HIGHLY UNLIKELY. By DAVE BARRY VIA THE WASHINGTON POST

THE YEAR IS NOT NEW…I MEAN THE YEAR IN REVIEW – By TOM CURLEY

It’s that time of the year again. At the end of the year. In more normal times, the time of the year we look back, reflect and get shit-faced drunk on the last day hoping the next one will be better. For the last few years, we changed that to looking back in dread of … Continue reading THE YEAR IS NOT NEW…I MEAN THE YEAR IN REVIEW – By TOM CURLEY

A Miscellany of Marvellous Mead

Mead is delicious. But what a hangover it leaves behind!

As my Mead-ieval Quest draws to a close and the festive season begins, I wanted to share a taste of all kinds of things I’ve discovered during my journey through the realm of honey wine. This enduring drink cropped up all over the place, enjoyed by all levels of society from peasants in humble taverns to nobility and royalty in their sumptuous great halls. And its fame is immortalised in literature, featuring in great works from Beowulf to Chaucer and Shakespeare, the latter possibly because it was one of Elizabeth I’s favourite tipples. Mead is an age-old boozy beverage that crossed the divides of class, culture and land the world over, so come with me on a wander through the weird and wonderful world of this unique drink.

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A mead by any other name

Mead has all kinds of aliases, appearing throughout history in a plethora…

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SQUARE DAWN’S FIRST EARLY LIGHT #1 – Marilyn Armstrong

First square, the first light of dawn It's a square New Year, my friends. Even though these pictures look more or less identical to ones I took before Christmas, this is a new dawn. A different sunrise with fresh early light. The problem is that pictures taken from my deck tend to look the same, … Continue reading SQUARE DAWN’S FIRST EARLY LIGHT #1 – Marilyn Armstrong