Food & Drink


The Bombay Sapphire

Posted on November 1, 2015

When brown signs for the Bombay Sapphire arrived all over Basingstoke a while ago, I have to admit that I initially thought it was a new Indian restaurant somewhere in Overton. However, knowing Indian restaurants after being involved with them in the past in a professional capacity, I am aware of how ferociously they protect their cash and brown sign posts are not cheap; in fact, they range between 8 to 40 thousand pounds for a single ...

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Is Fattism the Same as Racism?

Posted on September 15, 2014

Contentious Blog alert, contentious blog alert... Okay, so here goes. A publication from the University College of London says that fattism (discrimination against fat people) is the equivalent of racism. Now, if I was in a classroom and told this, my hand would be raised in the air frantically demanding the attention of my tutor. "Sir...Sir...Surely you can't become Black or Asian over a period of time due to your lifestyle choice?" ...

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To Guildford and Back!

Posted on November 25, 2013

One thing I always look forward to, is the annual all day booze up with my oldest group of friends. It normally falls in November with my birthday being the excuse to meander in and out of pubs before going on to watch a band or indulge in a hot curry. The Traditional Annual Boys Booze Up This year took us to the town of Guildford in Surrey, with the day culminating with a nostalgic trip down memory lane in the form of 'From The ...

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When Sainsbury’s Becomes the Highlight of the Day

Posted on October 25, 2013

It's a funny old thing running your own business from home. You have times when you don't know where to turn and busy periods that become littered with problems such as cash flow, invoicing, chasing money and satisfying the requirements of customers. Then there are the lulls that come along every year as autumn sets in and the summer rush subsides. It is during these periods when I come intensely bored and end up looking for business ideas ...

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A Cheeky BLT and a Sausage Shocker!

Posted on October 17, 2013

Facebook posts and links from my friends are often about nostalgia, a Great British fascination recalling the golden days of Commodore computers, Rubik's cubes, footballers with perms and Sam Fox's breasts.  So imagine the diversity in my delight when today, I did the exact opposite by experiencing what it is like going forward thirty years rather than back. I did this with my fiancée, Justine, by visiting Poppies, a tea room/cafe in Ringwoo...

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