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Like most people, I have been using the word limelight for many years without knowing (or even considering) its origins. Lately, I happened to read Richard Kirwan’s excellent If Maps Could Speak — a history Ireland’s Ordinance Survey and memoir … Continue reading

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Don’t Fob Off my Beer!

I’ve been reading Ian S. Hornsey’s classic textbook Brewing of late. As well as getting the low-down on how to convert raw graminaceous grain into the bubbling, sparkling, frothing, nutritious and delicious beverage we know as beer, I’ve also been … Continue reading

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