Champagne should be in Imperial units anyway

Hopes that EU ‘hangover’ will be cured with pints of sparkling wine
Ministers are pushing for a return of the imperial measurement for fizz favoured by Winston Churchill and vintners alike

Champagne, as fizz, only exists because of English advances in glass and bottle making. So, righteously, should be pints all the way.

Just to explain to Brits

Indeed Martin, the “king of cool” for a generation of Americans, was putting on a act when he prowled the stage swigging whisky, smoking cigarettes and singing songs, He also sang Little Old Wine Drinker Me. Often, and unknown by fellow Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr, his tumbler was full of nothing stronger than cider.

We can imagine how bad it would have been of the whole lot had been done on scrumpy…..

“Drinking — that was his gimmick”, his daughter Deana, who is also a singer, told the New York Post. “There’s no way he could have done that body of work [while drinking].” The “whisky” in the glass was actually apple cider, Martin’s Ocean’s 11 co-star Henry Silva said.

The thing being that to Americans “cider” is more a sorta non-alcoholic, curdled, apple juice. What we over here call cider is to them “hard cider”. And of course scrumpy doesn’t exist. As it doesn’t anyway out of that sacred and divine area roughly from Pilton to Priddy.

Just lovely, gorgeous, logic

People who are very fit, healthy and active are more likely to be heavy drinkers because they feel their exercise habits entitle them to an alcoholic reward, a study suggests.

They find that people who are fit (able to run well on a treadmill it seems) are more likely to drink heavily than those who are not. More than 14 units is much more common among the fit than the sorta fit and the unfit.

The academics suggest that the correlation between alcohol intake and running ability might be due to the fact people who are exercising regularly are more inclined to give themselves a reward. However, it may also be down to the fittest people also having addictive personalities and exercise and drinking may both be symptoms of the same core personality trait.

Actually, the simplest explanation is that more than 14 units makes you healthy. Which, odd as it may sound to those steeped in modern medicine, is actually true. All causes risks of death etc are higher for teetotallers, lower for boozers and only go back to reaching teetotal levels at proper toper levels, 40 units a week and up sorta thing.

That is, the old wisdom of partaking moderately of grain and grape is good for you is true. All that’s changed is that the modern prodnoses are getting to define what “modestly” means.

Hogarth as a European

Adieu gin, au revoir roast beef! How Hogarth became a proud European

Well, sorta. What the article actually points out is that Hogarth looked at what Johnny Foreigner was doing, nicked the good bits and rejected the rest of that Johnny Foreign stuff.

This being entirely different from the modern definition of becoming “European” which is to junk all the stuff we do well and copy only the idiocies of J Foreign. Roman law is not an advance upon Common but that’s what we were being forced into, just as the one example.

It’s also a bit difficult to claim as properly European someone who penned these lines:

Beer, happy Produce of our Isle

Can sinewy Strength impart,

And wearied with Fatigue and Toil

Can cheer each manly Heart.

Labour and Art upheld by Thee

Successfully advance,

We quaff Thy balmy Juice with Glee

And Water leave to France.

Genius of Health, thy grateful Taste

Rivals the Cup of Jove,

And warms each English generous Breast

With Liberty and Love!

Sure this has happened before

Not in Turkey:

A Turkish man who was reported missing after he wandered off from his friends while drunk unwittingly joined his own search party.

According to Turkish media reports, relatives of the man, Beyhan Mutlu, raised the alarm about him going missing on Tuesday.

For several hours, Mr Mutlu’s friends and family had been unable to find him, prompting them to set up a search party in the forest where he had disappeared.

But Mr Mutlu, 50, eventually stumbled across one of the groups in the woods and joined their search. He was only discovered when someone called out his name and he replied “I am here.”

Just some little buzz at the back of the mind that this story has run before. Not this specific one, but someone joining the search party for him.

Seems reasonable

The survey of 2,000 adults for Churchill Motor Insurance showed that overall up to 34 per cent of motorists said they would have drinks containing between two and four units in the belief that they would not break the law.

You know, given that it’s largely true.

People are weird

The fight to save one of America’s last lesbian bars: ‘We’re like an endangered species’

You don’t have to fight to save a bar. You go there, have a drink or three, give them the cash and they’re saved. Well, if enough people do that they do.

As to the deeper point. So, lesbian bars are in decline. This being excellent. Being lesbian is no longer something tucked away in one of society’s backstreets. It’s now just one of those variations of being human. At which point special places for specific outcasts aren’t required – because of not being those specific outcasts from the rest of society.

Sure, a lesbian bar makes chance lesbian hook ups easier but then the same would be true of a bar that caters to redheads making redhead hook ups easier.

It’s even possible to use this as predictive. When the specific social subgroup no longer does cluster in special places but is dispersed across the normal range of social outlets then that subgroup is being perceived, societally, as being simply part of the norm, right?

I thought everyone knew about champagne?

The row over the origins of champagne is about who invented the method of making the French wine sparkling, and popularised the effervescent drink.

Dom Perignon, a French Benedictine monk, is credited with champagne production in 1697, although his story is shrouded in myth. The claim that he called to his fellow monks: “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” was invented for a late-19th century marketing campaign.

Bolstering the English case, it has also been claimed that Christopher Merrett, a West Country scientist, invented the second fermentation technique required to produce champagne, and the bottles to contain it, documenting his discoveries in 1662.

It’s the bottle that’s the crucial invention, not the second fermentation. Anyone familiar even with beer would know about second fermentations. It’s having a bottle that’s sound enough to be used to store something under pressure that’s important. Further, being able to make that regularly – that is, mass production of the bottle strong enough to contain the pressure.

That’s definitely an English invention. And yes, the bottles used to be exported from England to be filled and then returned.

This is all well known. Well, well known enough that I’ve read about it in some popular history or other so it must be pretty well known.

It’s even entirely logical – you can’t have bottled fizz until you’ve a bottle that can withstand fizz now, can you? So it’s got to be the bottle that’s the crucial invention.

They’re insane

Oxfordshire has unveiled plans to become the first place in England to ban smoking outside restaurants and offices.

In a bid to become “smoke free” by 2025, the county hopes to create more spaces where people feel “empowered” not to smoke.

In vino claritas

British study links alcohol with lower risk of developing cataracts
Research finds lower risk among those who drink up to 14 units a week – especially if they drink red wine

This being different from in veritas of course. The second is that people reveal themselves, the new finding is that the increased acuity enables us to see with greater clarity.

A sad misunderstanding here

Coronavirus vaccine certificates could be introduced by pubs when they reopen later this year, Boris Johnson indicated on Wednesday.

People may have to prove that they have had a Covid jab or tested negative for the virus before entering a pub, and Mr Johnson said: “I think that that’s the kind of thing – it may be up to individual publicans, it may be up to the landlord.”

His lack of opposition suggests the Government will not intervene if pubs – and potentially other private companies – decide to require proof of Covid status.

The position is a stark departure from two months ago, when Government ministers were arguing that making people reveal such information within the UK was “discriminatory” and against British values.

Inaction is simply support for the current legal status. A landlord may refuse service to anyone on no grounds at all. It’s an absolute right.

True, if every tinted – or gammon – gets denied then we’d think there’s rather a pattern developing but that right still exists. Service is at the discretion of the landlord.

So, demanding proof of vaccination, why not? If it’s by the landlord then that’s just how the law currently works.

We, of course, get to show our view on such by drinking there or elsewhere….just as with a pub that allows or does not children. A pub may, these days, allow, but it does not have to.


My generation (X), and the Boomers directly above me, have a unique relationship with alcohol. Maybe that’s because we developed an early and voracious taste for it. As a 2018 Washington Post story reveals, teen drinking peaked in the late seventies and early eighties. In 1982, nearly half of all male high school seniors, and 31 percent of females, reported consuming five or more drinks in a row in the previous two weeks. In 2015, that figure had dipped to 30% of males and 20% of females. It may not be surprising, then, that my peers associate youth with an alcoholic excess our children don’t quite share.

The drinking age was moved up in the early years of the Reagan presidency…..

Booze is really safe then

The UK rate of hospital admissions because of alcohol was higher than among users of any other drug cited in the report apart from heroin, and consumption of alcohol was much more widespread, with 94% of people in UK saying they had drunk alcohol in the last year, compared with 2.3% who had used heroin.

Err, 50 times safer than heroin at least.

He the government to stand up to the alcohol lobby and introduce mandatory health warning labels and minimum pricing, and lowering the drink-drive limit.

Winstock said: “These are all incredibly sensible things that have been recommended by several commissions, but have been ignored in the face of resistance from the alcohol lobby.”

Fuck off matey.

Obvious joke

No, it’s not actually a propensity for consuming large amounts of Guinness:

Men should be screened for the “Celtic gene”, scientists urge, as a landmark study finds it increases liver cancer risk tenfold.

It’s about excessive iron. Which does actually provide that link to Guinness as the old, bottled, stuff used to be prescribed as a treatment for anaemia, the opposite problem.

Silly thought

So, you can distill anything that contains alcohol. Do it to wine, you get brandy. Do it to cider, calvados.

OK, so what about beer?

Hmm, not really thought about it before. And this search engine stuff, fun:

Whiskey is distilled fermented malted grain. So basically beer without the hops addition.

Suppose so, really. Whiskey is distilled ale. Discuss.

Whiskey is famously made by distilling beer, but any distiller will tell you that the “beer” that goes into the still bears little resemblance to the commercial stuff you sip on game day. While it won’t kill ya, those who drink the fermented wash before it is distilled hold little respect in the eyes of the distilling community.

The answer, it appears, is yes.


Drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are limited to 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, the highest limit in Europe, while drivers in Scotland are limited to 22.
A zero-alcohol limit for new drivers would reduce the risk of people driving home after one drink, after which they usually remain under the legal limit.

You’re over a zero limit if you used mouthwash two hours ago.

Idiot stupidity.

Well, yes, seems likely

“Women do not lose their right to medical confidentiality simply because they are pregnant. Most women report drinking very little alcohol in pregnancy, if any at all, even if they may have drunk before a positive pregnancy test.”

Given the part alcohol plays in the existence of pregnancy all too often…..