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Smoke: Weird Beard Brewing Company

Smoke: Weird Beard Brewing Company

I’m not telling porkies, honest!  Yesterday I discovered Weird Beard’s Smoke, a beer which tastes like bacon.  Bacon is well known for its hangover curing properties but could it double up in order to get you drunk as well?  The cure turned source of the problem! Smoke (6% Rauchbier) Smoke, from the aptly named Weird Beard Brewing Company isn’t actually made of bacon.  In fact, it’s vegan friendly.  However, the aroma is dominated by the smell of smoked bacon, the…

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Why society needs to take note of the Nationwide advert…

Why society needs to take note of the Nationwide advert…

The Nationwide Advert   The popularity and availability of social media makes it easy to reach out to people.  Now, more than ever, it is easy to keep in touch with friends and family even if you are miles apart.  A quick text message, WhatsApp or Snapchat takes seconds.  The idea that you don’t have to be in the same place as somebody to ‘talk’ to them is welcome in today’s global society.  I keep in touch with friends I…

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Claudio Ranieri: Leicester’s Departing Hero

Claudio Ranieri: Leicester’s Departing Hero

On Thursday night, Claudio Ranieri’s dream as manager of Leicester City ended.  Ranieri was sacked after Leicester’s continued poor league form which sees them languishing near the relegation zone.  They are in 17th place with just thirteen games to go.  Ranieri’s class and respect for the club was evident on Friday afternoon when he issued a statement about his departure from the club.  Claudio Ranieri finds himself without a job just nine months after Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions. Champions 2016 There…

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Sam Allardyce and the Crystal Palace job

Sam Allardyce and the Crystal Palace job

Just over two months after leaving the role of England manager, Sam Allardyce is the favourite to take over as Crystal Palace boss.  He is odds on favourite to get the job after Alan Pardew was sacked earlier today in light of Palace’s poor league position.  But how has the disgraced England boss been forgiven so quickly? His tenure was the shortest in the history of England managers at a mere 67 days.  Big Sam had only taken charge of one game…

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A star named Frances

A star named Frances

Some weeks ago I sent one of my favourite musicians a message.  I didn’t expect a reply, nor did I expect it to come so quickly.  I was thrilled to receive that reply just two days later.  Frances is my favourite solo artist, not just for her voice but also the lyrics that she writes.  It is a privilege to have her blessing for this article.   Introducing Frances Frances is an emerging artist, rising quickly to the top of the…

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England vs Sri Lanka Third Test Verdict

England vs Sri Lanka Third Test Verdict

The third and final test in this one sided test series between England and Sri Lanka was a rather dull affair.  It was a test which never seemed to spark into life; the weather affected ending an apt finish to the game.   After Alastair Cook reached the 10,000 run milestone in the last test, his performance was more fluid than previously in this series.  It would have been fitting for the captain to amass a century after all the…

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The closure of Little Stoke Parkrun

The closure of Little Stoke Parkrun

Just two months ago I commented that the idea to charge people to exercise in their local park was absurd.  Parkrun offer an opportunity for anybody to run a timed 5k course in many different parks across the country.  The Little Stoke Parish Council were intent on charging people for running in the great outdoors and unfortunately, Little Stoke Parkrun has now been closed for good as a result of the council’s decision. After the announcement was made that Little…

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One last hurrah for Compton?

One last hurrah for Compton?

Nick Compton’s test statistics are far from gloomy, he has thus far averaged just over 30 in all the tests he has played.  Consider that he bats at the top of the order when the ball is at it’s hardest and the bowlers are at their freshest and his stats aren’t bad at all.  Compare that to Adam Lyth who occupied an opener’s position for seven matches in 2015 averaging just over 20.  Sam Robson has also played 7 tests…

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