60 Years of The Game Fair

After months of research, The Game Fair’s original founding father – the late Nigel Gray ­– has finally been tracked down ahead of the event’s 60th anniversary celebrations this year. Mr Gray’s family have kindly donated a black-and-white portrait photo of him at the very first Game Fair in 1958 which will be on display at the onsite museum being curated to celebrate the history … Continue reading 60 Years of The Game Fair

Brexit Derangement Syndrome

BY SAM HOOPER Warning of economic Armageddon didn’t work, and nor did peddling ludicrous conspiracy theories about government perfidy. So now, prominent Remainer opinion-setters are resorting to tear-stained pleas that Brexit is so personally stressful as to be injurious to their mental health. One of the more annoying aspects of modern political journalism is the way that those who cover events increasingly seek to insert … Continue reading Brexit Derangement Syndrome

The Manhattan

Instructions: In an ice filled mixing glass, briefly stir together 5–10ml Vermouth with a dash of Angostura bitters. Add 60–90ml Single Barrel Rye (Michter’s Rye suits the purpose) and stir again until it’s as cold as a winter sea off the Frisian island of Föhr (where the Manhattan, surprisingly, is their national drink). Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.   Continue reading The Manhattan

Why Do Horses Jump Rider-less?

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS We have all seen the videos in which a rider falls while show-jumping, and the horse continues to jump the fences. Most of the video comments have a very positive outlook on such an event. Most people will agree it’s because the horse loves jumping and has been trained well. The more ignorant comments will suggest that the horse is attempting … Continue reading Why Do Horses Jump Rider-less?

The Hugo Cocktail

BY NONI CHRISTOPOULOS This is the perfect summer drink to serve guests during the warmer weather and BBQ season.  Deeply refreshing and very easy to make. Ingredients: 1 part gin A glass half-filled with ice Good splash of elderflower cordial Several mint leaves Lime wedge 3 parts Prosecco or any Brut sparkling wine (non-sweet) Soda water Method: Pour a generous measure of gin into a … Continue reading The Hugo Cocktail

Leave British Soldiers Alone

BY JAMIE FOSTER It appears that the government is backing away from an amnesty for service personnel who may be accused of committing offences during the Northern Irish troubles. Senior Tory MPs had proposed a statute of limitations to prevent anyone having served during that time being prosecuted. Following concerns voiced by victims groups, Sinn Fein, the DUP and the Irish government, it would appear … Continue reading Leave British Soldiers Alone