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I'm on the train...

I’m travelling to Manchester on a Virgin Cross Country service from Bristol Temple Meads. I don’t get to travel by train very often these days (and when I do, it’s usually by Great Western to London) so this is something of a novelty to me. 374 more words


Late harvest hampers Saskatchewan’s beer-worthy barley crop

Saskatchewan’s late harvest is impacting many – from farmers to beer lovers.

Barley, a key ingredient in most beer, has suffered through wet weather during key periods for the past two or three years, according to Viv Jones, brewmaster with… 225 more words


The Farmer's Boy

Just like most folk a substantial proportion of my nineteenth century kindred worked the land, mainly in back-breaking drudgery, and pretty much until they dropped. Some managed to scratch a living on farms even into the twentieth century (perhaps even into this one, though I don’t know of any). 772 more words

Family History

Great Western, Steam Whistle earn court injunction in Alberta beer battle

An injunction has been granted after two Canadian brewing companies filed constitutional challenges over the Alberta government’s markup on out-of-province beer.

The markup was set to $1.25 per litre on Aug. 178 more words


Lil' Western electrification

As a result of “scrutiny from the Hendy review”, rail minister Paul Maynard has decided to “defer” electrification projects that are part of the ‘£2.8 billion’ programme of work along the Great Western route, between… 360 more words


Seppelt St Peters Shiraz 2006

I read this article about it being the 150th anniversary of Seppelt and the 50th release of the iconic St Peters shiraz which provided me incentive to see how the 2006 vintage had developed in bottle. 287 more words

Daily Happenings

An Old Friend

So long ago, what must be well more than 30 years now, I visited this place with my father and this little engine was running happily on a small line garnering less attention than a larger more illustrious visitor some yards away.   106 more words