On April 1st 1998, Burger King took out a full page in the USA today newspaper introducing a new variant of the Whopper which was designed specifically for lefties. This new burger was the same as the original but was rotated 180 degrees. Nonetheless, thousands of people swarmed BK’s up and down the U.S demanding a left-handed burger.
The year was 79 AD, Julius Agricola had just travelled up the M40 and arrived in what he called Mamucian. What a fine place he thought as he had visions of great football teams and the Happy Mondays. Ever since, not much has changed. Just the name.
The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, meaning “to cover”. Some say tapas got its name because back in the day Spaniards used to cover their drinks with small plates to stop the flies.
George Orwell, famous author of many classics including Animal Farm and other dystopian novels, once said this of the pub:
So you've just paid for that Jeff Goldbloom shower curtain that you might, definitely maybe need at some point in the future because your bacon strips shower curtain is looking a bit dated. That's arriving just before your Donald Trump toilet paper which will almost certainly get used one way or another. But then you see little hands for your fingers so you get them too.
I love an American diner. I love how the character of the restaurant seems to be taken more seriously than the food and I love how there is always that chirpy waitress who becomes third wheel to awkward dates.
Believe it or not, the hottest curry ever made didn’t come from India or Bangladesh. It came from Grantham. ‘The Widower’ was made with 20 infinity chillies, famed for their hotness. Only one person has ever managed to stomach it. It took an hour for this hero to finish the curry, 10 minutes of which he spent hallucinating from endorphin rush.
Mooching round the cold streets of Manchester, it hits you. Hunger. Your Belly gurgles and groans. You quickly translate the message; it wants steak. Juicy, tender steak.