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Cancelling electrification works will lengthen journey times, increase carbon emissions and raise the cost of running Britain’s rail network, the Labour party warned on 2 August. 320 more words

Politics

Best's Great Western Sparkling Shiraz 2013

Some claim that sparkling shiraz is an Australian “invention.” Happy to put that on the mantle piece along with barbed wire and the ute. Best’s certainly have one of the more consistent and mature editions of the style. 124 more words

Tasting Notes

Rail electrification and HS2? You need some better hot takes

Readers with no interest in the nerdy details of UK railways can look away now. This post is one very long, tedious “actually I think you’ll find” reply that I didn’t have time to make fit into a tweet. 2,294 more words

Alberta beer-tax court challenge pushed to September

The Alberta government won’t get to defend the constitutionality of its beer tax system in court until Sept. 19.

The delay comes after arguments from lawyers representing two breweries outside the province stretched into the second of the two days allotted. 175 more words

Money

When the Queen came to Slough Train Station

Today I met the Queen. Well, no I didn’t, but I saw her from my window! Because you see, the Queen came to SLOUGH!

WHAT?! 627 more words

Slough

2015 Best's Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz

The Grampians and Great Western, a place of quiet brilliance. Never had the scale of production or popularity but for a few of us a favourite Australian Shiraz. 109 more words

Shiraz

Best's Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

While Shiraz seems to take the lead in the Great Western’s red stakes, there’s pockets of elegance and intrigue with other varieties. Best’s have a few wines in this category with their Pinot Meunier and Cabernet Sauvignon. 73 more words

Tasting Notes