From the "Oh, Snap" Department: the Scottish brewery BrewDog has created a 1.1% beer called "Nanny State" in response to an attempted ban on a controversial brew the company put out.
Earlier this year, British anti-alcohol groups protested the launch of Tokyo, and 18.2% ABV Imperial Stout flavored with jasmine and cranberries and billed as "the [...]
Here's a fun read: Notes From a Hospital Bed, written by someone with the pseudonym "Traction Man," a freelance journalist forced to spend months in an NHS Hospital bed after being "struck down by a bone and flesh-eating bug." (For those who do not know, the NHS, or the National Health Service, is the publicly-funded [...]
It's nothing new in the US, but the shelled and pre-hard-boiled eggs from the Happy Egg Company have adorably outraged the British press: The Times wrote: "It makes you weep." The Guardian blogged: "Does anything else so epitomise the indolent sloth, the splattered-shirted, fat-arsed torpor of modern living?" going so far as issuing a call [...]
Sometimes facial-recognition software works too well: The Register tipped us off to this great find: Google Street View protecting Colonel Sanders' privacy in the UK.
Schools in the UK need to buy bigger desks and chairs because "children are getting too fat for furniture used in most classrooms." Led by former Cabinet minister Charles Clarke, the commission on the future of education called on schools to "refit classes with sturdier chairs and higher tables to curb a rise in the [...]
It's not just restaurants that going under in the UK. Tim Hayward writes for the Observer:
In the past few months the foodie media have adopted a new tone: a kind of guilty nervousness... there's also an uncomfortable realisation that much of what we have come to regard as a kind of 'foodie establishment' developed in [...]
The credit crunch / economic turmoil hitting the US is also affecting the dining scene in the UK. Witness: Michelin-starred Tom Aikens' two restaurants went under, screwing their suppliers out of money owed. Jay Rayner, writing in the Guardian UK, fears for the UK's restaurant industry:
There is a new smell emanating from the heart of [...]
The Chinese health scare over milk products contaminated with melamine affects even the kinky in the UK. The Guardian UK reports:
Ann Summers, the sex shop chain, has pulled thousands of novelty chocolate products from its shelves and website after tests revealed they were contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine.
The Food Standards Agency issued an alert [...]