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Things to do in Ingliston when you’re dead

April 30, 2009

Bartenders are social creatures and often tend to congregate in places where alcohol – particularly rum – are abundant, even if that place happens to be Ingliston.

Ingliston is a small village on the outskirts of Edinburgh, if you define a village as the stretch of road between Edinburgh Airport and the Park&Ride. Its major claim to fame is the annual Royal Highland Show which I believe involves showing off livestock and examples of Scottish masculinity. Outside of that, the showground is used for events and trade shows throughout the year, including Bar Scotland 2009 which ran on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

First of all, I’d been issued with a laminate that said “Jon Hughes, Head Bartender,” which made me way happier than it should have. That translated into a greater tolerance of salesfolk, especially of the less exciting (read non-alcoholic) products.

EPOS Salesman: what kind of tills do you use at the moment?
Me: [The kind of tills we use at the moment].
EPOS Salesman: Terrible system, absolutely awful. Let me show you our solution.
Me: That’s really something our head office decides on.
(Five minutes later.)
Me: Does this do anything [our current tills] don’t?
EPOS Salesman: Well, if your manager is off playing golf and you run out of beer, you can send him a message through the till to order more.
Me: From the golf course?
EPOS Salesman: Yup!
Me: Does this do anything [our current tills] and a phone don’t?

It turns out that trade shows are weird. A free pen is not enough of an inducement to drop £500 on a set of scales for counting money and nothing is enough of an inducement to stock a 37.5%ABV vodka in a discount store bottle at £4.50 a shot. Still, there was plenty of goodness – the lovely UK rum ambassador Ian Burrell, Monkey Shoulder moleskines, Beefeater 24, the reps from Specialty Brands slipping us tasters of Diplomatico Reserve even though our supplier doesn’t carry it, the rep from Funkin Purees telling us about the fight in our bar the night before, free beer and flair training from LA Bartenders, robbing crisps from the snack manufacturers stand, and flat-out asking from Havana Club Cuban Barrel-proof, please.

Newsdesk: aquae vitae

March 11, 2009

(The Alchemist from Chemical Heritage Foundation, licensed under Creative Commons.)

The discovery of distilled spirits was welcomed by the alchemists of Old Europe as the key to one of the great mysteries of their art: the elusive aqua vita, the water of life that would cure all ills. Hundreds of years later, these same spirits are often seen as the cause of many of society’s troubles. But every once in a while, they are credited with something good.

“A lot of research shows that people who drink moderately flat-out live longer than those who don’t,” Lloyd tells Page Six. “From the pre vention of the common cold to the pre- vention of the onset of Alzheimer’s to preventing certain types of cancer, regular drinking can be very beneficial.”

The day in Twitter

November 15, 2008
  • 17:25 £2.50 Miller’s & tonic at the Bon Vivant – how is this place not packed? #

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November 13, 2008
  • 20:21 That’s my part of the Legacy comp regional heats over. Only one spot in the final for each region, though… #

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November 12, 2008
  • 21:04 …yes, I am watching the Book Quiz. Don’t ask why. #

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November 10, 2008
  • 12:48 We’ve been named as one of Edinburgh’s top 5 cocktail bars – tinyurl.com/5wxflq – Woo! #

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The day in Twitter

November 6, 2008
  • 02:44 "When Wall Street collapsed, it collapsed on John McCain." That’s from former McCain senior staff. #

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November 5, 2008
  • 20:06 Obviously no voting for me, so next best thing: West Wing marathon. #

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October 31, 2008
  • 14:40 Woot! Through to regional heat of Bacardi Legacy comp! #
  • 17:17 @Tiare62 thanks! I’ll find out more in November. #

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October 29, 2008
  • 22:57 Woken up, refreshed and ready for the day ahead. It’s 7:55am.

    In Tokyo. I am not in Tokyo. #

  • 22:58 @mhughes2k Just give it 9 months… #

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