Potemkin’s gay bar

The Gruniad is reporting that a new development must run a gay bar for at least 12 years. So in an age where discrimination on the grounds of sexuality is illegal, a developer is being forced to discriminate on the grounds of sexuality. But has been demonstrated time and again only some forms of discrimination on the grounds of sexuality incur the ire of the powers that be. That however is by the by, the article claims that queer bars are closing at an “alarming rate”, which whilst it doesn’t specify what that alarming rate is one must assume that … Continue reading

Cooking on Shrove Tuesday

In this time of austerity and belt tightening, I thought it might be nice to turn to the wisdom of Mrs Beaton to brighten the day with her much neglected recipe for richer pancakes. You won’t see cooking like this from Jamie Oliver, Jack Monroe and co. Ingredients: 6 eggs 1 pint of cream 1/4 lb of loaf sugar 1 glass of sherry 1/2 teaspoonful of nutmeg flour Mode: Ascertain that the eggs are extremely fresh, beat them well, strain and mix with them the cream, pounded sugar, wine, nutmeg, and as much flour as will make the batter nearly … Continue reading

Finding the real Puritans

(This article first appeared on Drinkuary.) A few days back, a friend of mine linked me to an article on “Christian anger over booze filled advent calendars. Now, the person in question isn’t normally in the habit of reading the Daily Mail, so not quite sure how it caught their attention, but they thought it would be nice for me to have “some real Puritans to get [my] teeth into”. So with such a challenge I of course had to take a look at the article. In a completely unsurprising turn of events, the article is almost completely manufactured puff … Continue reading