PX is a unique Spanish sweet wine that I discovered a while ago, so sweet in fact that it resulted in me having to make a trip to the dentist. PX, or Pedro, short for Pedro Ximénez, is one of the darkest, richest, stickiest wines in the world and by rights shouldn't exist as a wine at all. Oozing with viscous sucrosity, it's the perfect blending sweetener, in small doses, for cream sherry and sweet oloroso. Did someone dunk a finger in a cask of Pedro one day and think "I could get a pat on the back from the mouthwash industry for bottling this on its own"?
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Sunday 10 October 2010
Saturday 02 October 2010
Saturday 04 September 2010
Sunday 22 August 2010
Could there be anything nicer than ripe English berries? Whether served as they come – perhaps with the smallest sprinkle of sugar and a good dollop of thick Jersey cream – puréed with a simple sugar syrup to make a refreshing cordial or added to prosecco or cava and served as an aperitif, they are perfect to eat right now.
Wednesday 04 August 2010
Fritz Teufel was a West Berlin-based radical who came to the fore during the 1960s as part of the student movement. He helped establish the concept of the Spass-Guerillero or "fun guerrilla" with the manifesto-cum-motto of Witz als Waffe or "Joke as weapon". For all that, he spent eight years in jail between 1970 and 1980, lived a life on the lam for years using false papers to avoid the West German authorities and baked bread for a London baking co-operative after his release from prison.
Sunday 01 August 2010
Cricket must have seemed like an odd pastime to inhabitants of the far-flung corners of the Empire – as it still does to the rest of the world – but it wasn't long before they took to it and then started thrashing us at it with gusto. So perhaps Alex Horne has the right idea in The Games That Time Forgot (BBC4, Monday): move the goalposts and rule the world again. In his examination of neglected British sports, he tries cricket on horseback. Jonathan Trott might even get up to a canter, and surely the England tail would swish more effectively.
Saturday 31 July 2010
Saturday 17 July 2010
Thursday 17 June 2010
A pamphlet from the think-tank Politeia this week makes a persuasive argument for promoting Latin in primary school on the grounds that it can help youngsters master other subjects and learn other languages. Unfortunately, however, Politeia overeggs the pudding by suggesting that Latin is not in widespread use in primary schools because Labour banned it from them under its plans to promote modern foreign languages for children.
Saturday 29 May 2010
Saturday 24 April 2010
Thursday 25 February 2010
Sunday 03 January 2010
Thursday 24 December 2009
A restaurant asked more than 350 diners to sign a legal waiver before eating its £7 Christmas pudding.
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