“If malt is the soul of beer then hops are the spice,” says Charlie Bamforth, professor of brewing sciences at the University of California. “The hop is an ancient plant, believed to aid digestion, ease constipation, soothe anxieties, and overcome premature ejaculation.”
August 9 is the birthday of the singer Whitney Houston (born 1963), and the actresses Melanie Griffith (1957) and Gillian Anderson (1968). It was also the day Jesse Owen won four track and field gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the day in 1979 when Brighton became the first place in the UK to be granted a nudist beach.
Newcastle Airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary. It was officially opened on July 26 1935 by Secretary of State for air Sir Phillip Cunliffe-lister. The airport, managed initially by the Newcastle Upon Tyne Aero Club, cost £35,000 to build and consisted of a grass runway, a wooden clubhouse, hangar, and a garage. The runway lights … read more
Hexhamshire Brewery, at Ordley near Hexham, uses a Thomas Bewick 18th century woodcut as its logo; two men in hats and breeches with a wooden barrel suspended on ropes between them. Brewery owner Geoff Brooker, landlord of the nearby dipton Mill Inn with his wife Janet, was given to understand tha the pair were lugging … read more
It was billed as the place, “where everyone knows your name”. Cheers, the long-running television series, ran for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993, earning 111 Emmy nominations – with 26 wins – and 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning six of the coveted awards. It also made huge stars out of its actors. Cheers was … read more