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~ Sunday, April 09, 2006

British Pubs - some things to avoid:

1 Any bar serving sausage and mash for over £10, and where beer seems like a grudging sideline
2 The nearest pub to any train station
3 Any pub in a train station
4 All bars which describe their food as 'Traditional Fayre' or as 'World Famous'
5 Any trendy bar with its own merchandising (T-shirts, keyrings and other tat)
6 Any pub still clinging to the tails of the long-gone karaoke fad
7 Barn-like pubs acting as unofficial day-centres for the mentally ill
8 Barstaff clearly chosen for their looks rather than an ability to serve drinks or speak English
9 Any bar with a tips jar (attempting to usher in the US system where barstaff are minor deities) or where staff pass your change on a dinky tray and expect you to leave some of it
10 Bars with dayglo-coloured, star-shapes in the window advertising 'Half-Price Double's' and 'Hapy Hour'
11 Pubs with that carpet (the red one with the swirly pattern)
12 All Australian or South African themed bars
13 Any pub with more than two gaming machines
14 Pubs with 'No Football Colours' or 'No Hard Hats' signs, which are generally rammy magnets
15 Pubs with quizzes where a member of staff reads out the questions
~ Saturday, April 08, 2006
AT E's

A simplified list of food colourings:

E100 Curcumin, Turmeric Yellow
E101 Orange Yellow
E102 (tartrazine) Lemon Yellow
E103 Golden Yellow
E104 Quinoline Yellow
E105 Fast Yellow
E106 Yellow
E107 Yellow
E110 Sunset Yellow
E111 Orange
E120 (cochineal) Carmine Red
E121 (orcein) Red-Brown, (orchil) Blueish Purple
E122 (carmoisine) Maroon
E123 (amaranth) Dark Red
E124 Brilliant Scarlet
E125 Scarlet
E126 Bright Red
E127 Cherry Red
E128 Pinkish Red
E129 (allura red) Dark Red
E130 (indanthrene) Bright Blue
E131 Patent Blue
E132 Indigo
E133 Brilliant Blue
E140 (chlorophyll) Bright Green
E141 Olive Green
E142 Dark Green
E143 (fast green) Sea Green
E150 Caramel
E151 Brilliant Black
E152 Black
E153 Carbon Black
E154 Kipper Brown
E155 Chocolate Brown
E160a Carotene (Orange)
E160b (annatto) Orange-Red
E160c (capsanthin) Paprika Red
E161 Pink-Red
E162 Beetroot Red
E163 Reddish Purple
E170 Chalk White
E171 (titanium dioxide) Bright White
E172 (iron oxides) various shades of Brown
E173 Aluminium
E174 Silver
E175 Gold
E180 Rubine (Bright Dark Red)

Most of these are known by their chemical names, but these are the colours.

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