Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Homeopathy in the UK and Integrative Medicine in The USA - Contrasting Approaches

The NBJ has reported that the US government would purchase integrative (ie natural) medicines from the public purse worth $15B over the next 10 years. Frankly, this a stunning number and endorsement for Complementary and Alternative medicine.

At the same time, homeopathy has been under fire in the UK. Above is the BBC investigation into homeopathy from Newsnight which paints a very negative picture of the practice.

An amazing divergence of opinions...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Off Topic

I remember when you watched the movie to avoid having to read an assigned book in lit class. Now there are even ways to avoid sitting through the movies...

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I don't know about you...

I don't know about you, but when I think iced tea, I think cage fighting...

Ok, so the young male consumers of 99c teas may be the right connection, but Chuck Liddell seems an unlikely way to engage the tea consumer, even with the popularity of MMA.

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Yesterday's news...

Sweetbay's own brand of vitamin-enhanced water appears to be on the way out...

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The joys of a big display.

I have been in Florida for the weekend, and visited a few Supermarkets. Being January they are dominated by the merchandising of beverages, snacks and beer to get people in the mood for the superbowl. Some were big vertically, some horizontally- but my favorite was the fake truck bed from a Publix in Fort Myers.

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Location:Main St,Sarasota,United States

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Wander Down Memory Lane

Vimto - An Early Favorite

As a tween, my family moved from Sheffield in the Northeast of England to the Northwest: To be precise St Helens. Actually a city of around 200,000 it was a similar industrial center - we swapped a decaying steel-making city for a decaying glass-making town.

But the change of locales included a change of available foods and drinks - and my first encounter with Vimto. Most Brits can identify Ribena - the GSK blackcurrant drink. But there are a select few that really know Vimto. I can remember the first time I saw it - and had no idea what it was - at a small independent grocery. I bought it and enjoyed for the first the time the sweet, yet complex purple fluid. It is not as sweet or simple on the palate as Ribena, it is a mix of spices and juices that remains unique.

After a quick check Vimto on Wikipedia, I note that the canned version I used to buy was carbonated (I remember it was still) and it can be a cordial too (vaguely remember that as well).

But mostly I remember Vimto as a new, underground discovery (since it was created in 1908 - I was wrong).

And apparently they have had a good year and are now in a new PET bottle. Ah, for a Huyton's Iced Bun and an ice cold (well lukewarm) Vimto...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Twitter n'Stuff

I decided to start a tweet stream of the interesting food and beverage stuff that I come across... Follow me at . I will continue to do my personal tweeting (hope you like cricket and music) at