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Henry Hitchings

Writer - language, books, art, food, theatre, stories.

Joined on 9 May, 2009

http://henryhitchings.com

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Amused to learn that the now defunct BlackBerry (smartphone) came close to being called the OutRigger.

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Quoted @jessesheidlower

It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of the Historical #Dictionary of Science Fiction, which I've been working on for a while, at . Comments/corrections welcome, it's being constantly edited! #sciencefiction

This looks great.

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Today I learned that the bits of brown residue you dissolve when you deglaze a pan are called "sucs" - and that the resulting liquid is called "fond".

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Replying to @AnnieOedipus: Marshall McLuhan's copy of Finnegans wake

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Marshall McLuhan's copy of Finnegans wake

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Same building, but Dame Ivy’s side looks much bleaker!

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In fact, they’re similar to shrubs.

Eh?

Okay, I have to admit I knew nothing of this kind of “shrub” until a few months ago. But I’ve been busy making them recently, inspired by @dietsch. Refreshing, and good to layer into an evening awash with other libations!

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With that in mind, I’m tonight trying these, the brainchild of @MatthewSJukes. They’re elegantly packaged cordials, designed to go with food. Which they certainly do, though the mouthfeel is not wine-like.

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I spent quite a bit of time last year researching low-alcohol drinks. I wrote about them here - - but the subject is bigger than this.

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There are some versatile and satisfying low-alc spirits, from companies such as @everleafdrinks and @threespirit_, and some good low-alc beers, such as @LuckySaintBeer. My experience with low-alc wines, however, has not been great.

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Replying to @TheEconomist: Teetotalers who like cocktails once had few options. @henryhitchings tells “The Intelligence” that’s changing: you could…

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Teetotalers who like cocktails once had few options. @henryhitchings tells “The Intelligence” that’s changing: you could stock a whole bar with booze-free “spirits”

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Cassoulet for breakfast.

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Quoted @RailwayMuseum

This poster was produced in 1929. It shows Dr Samuel Johnson in an LNER restaurant carriage raising a glass of wine and addressing James Boswell.

What passenger from the past would you like to share a train journey with?

Nice poster, but Samuel Johnson told James Boswell that he no longer drank wine!

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Quoted @betterknownshow

NEW EPISODE: To celebrate our 150th episode, please enjoy the enlightening choices of physicist @jimalkhalili. He discusses why Gertrude Bell, the Bohr-Einstein debate and the British countryside should be Better Known. Listen to the podcast at

This is always a good podcast - interesting guests, generous presenting style. It’s great to see it celebrating its 150th ep - and I love that @jimalkhalili chooses Gertrude Bell as someone who should be Better Known.

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Quoted @MPSSthRichmond

Our patrols took us to Old Dear Car Park where we saw some very important NHS workers carrying out some important tests. 💗 ^2215.

Oh deer.

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I'm not sure this is going to be the driest of Januaries... but I wrote for @1843mag about the new wave of low-alc spirits.

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“This is my T Rex’s favourite thing in all the world. It makes him so happy he does a singing!”

What could this magical item be?

Ah, a cuff link.

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Replying to @FergusMorgan: First issue of The Crush Bar, my theatre newsletter has just been sent!

Thanks to the amazing @Gracelgall of @UglyBucket

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First issue of The Crush Bar, my theatre newsletter has just been sent!

Thanks to the amazing @Gracelgall of @UglyBucket for agreeing to be interviewed. And thanks to everyone for sharing it (especially @mrdavebyrne).

You can read and subscribe here:

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Unseasonal viewing: the raw, gritty #CountyLines, an impressive first feature from Henry Blake, superbly shot by Sverre Sørdal. Cracking cast too, in which Conrad Khan stands out. Not uplifting, but amid the grimness there are moments of unexpected beauty.

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