The Bloodhound

Ingredients 1-ounce gin 1/2-ounce sweet vermouth 1/2-ounce dry vermouth 1/2-ounce strawberry liqueur Fresh strawberry to garnish   Instructions Place all of the ingredients, except for the garnish, into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and then shake the mixture vigorously for 30 seconds to chill. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass, garnish with the cherry fresh strawberry, and then serve immediately. Continue reading The Bloodhound

The British Dream

BY MANDY BALDWIN Al Murray’s alter-ego the Pub Landlord said “There is no British Dream…. because we’re awake.” On the other hand, Theresa May has vowed to bring back the British Dream – which she defines as the hope that each generation will improve their lot compared to the previous one. Maybe she believes in that particular manifestation of a British Dream because she is … Continue reading The British Dream

Truth Twisters

BY JON ALEXANDER I’m sure you all watched on in horror last week as Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. As a result, their infrastructure has been decimated, much of the region is without power, roads are destroyed and their emergency services stretched to the limit. Yet, the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, spoke out against the current U.S Government’s response, begging the current … Continue reading Truth Twisters

The Stained Glass Artist

Country Squire Magazine’s Dom Wightman interviews Andrew Fitzsimmons, the talented stained glass artist. Born in 1978 at the start of the ‘punk era’ in London, Andrew spent his early childhood on Mersea Island, near Colchester. Andrew has one daughter, Lilly, who’s also an artist and he lives in Southend.  Dom: How long have you been an artist? Andy: I come from an artistic family of, painters, … Continue reading The Stained Glass Artist

Is Simon Brodkin Funny?

BY JAMIE FOSTER Theresa May’s conference speech raised an important question this year. Is Simon Brodkin funny? The prankster, also known as Lee Nelson, (the persona he adopts for television), offered her a P45 from Boris during the speech. It was, at best, a weak joke, reliant upon the embarrassment it caused for its humour.  Brodkin has staged a number of such high-profile stunts. He … Continue reading Is Simon Brodkin Funny?

The Conservative Cataract

BY SAM WHITE Younger voters want change, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Pushing on and looking to the future is how we get men on the moon, and carry smartphones that can change our photos so we look like cats. And what’s wrong with shaking things up and pissing off stick-in-the-muds anyway? It’s one of the pleasures of Brexit. But in Britain, Corbynism has … Continue reading The Conservative Cataract