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Each dram has a drop from the South Pole

A dram with a difference has been launched, containing malt whisky which has been to the South Pole…

A dram with a difference has been launched, containing malt whisky which has been to the South Pole.

Each bottle of the Ardgowan Distillerys Ardgowan Expedition, a 20-year-old premium blended malt Scotch whisky, contains whisky which has travelled to the South Pole and back, carried by explorer Robert Swan OBE and his son Barney on their recent low-carbon mission – the South Pole Energy Challenge.

Only 600 bottles exist – one for every mile walked to the pole.

The exclusive dram has been specially blended by Ardgowan Chairman Willie Phillips and includes classic single casks from upper Speyside and the northern Highlands.

Each bottle – which retails at £500 – has been personally signed and numbered by Willie, who rose to fame as the managing director of The Macallan from 1978 to 1996.

And to mark the launch, Robert Swan today cracked open the very first Expedition bottle – in sub-zero conditions – in a specially-constructed ice bar.

He sampled the Antarctic spirit along with Jessica Skelton – the distillerys Mission Controller – who has brought the new whisky to market. Both declared their first dram: Superb.

The whisky is the first bottling by Ardgowan Distillery Company Limited, which is planning a new £12 million distillery and visitor centre at Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow.

Describing the 20-year-old whisky, Willie Phillips said: By combining the richness of Speyside and whiskies from the north coast, and marrying in sherry casks, the blend has an opening sweetness, a pleasant mouth feel (perhaps a little peppery undiluted) and a finish which reminds one of its age – altogether a unique and very enjoyable dram.

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Ardgowan Mission Controller Jessica Skelton said: This special whisky commemorates our partnership with Robert and Barney, who we helped by designing and making a number of solar-powered snow melters for their clean energy quest. In return, Robert agreed to take some whisky to the pole – and Expedition is the end result.

Expedition comes in a 70cl bottle in a wooden presentation case and is bottled at 46 percent. It is available direct from Ardgowan or via exclusive whisky retailer Robert Graham.

Martin McAdam, CEO of Ardgowan Distillery Company Limited, added: We are really proud of this bottling and hope it will help raise awareness of Roberts mission to protect Antarctica. The current moratorium on commercial exploitation of the Antarctic ends in 2041, and Robert wants this extended for future generations.

Expedition will be followed by a series of limited-edition malts – at around the £50 price mark – later in the year.

Ardgowan has already received full planning permission for their distillery, with construction set to commence next year.

Once operational, the distillery will create six new full-time jobs, with up to 15 additional jobs in the visitor centre and retail operations, with around 47 further jobs created in the wider economy during the first five years.

The new distillery will resurrect the name of the Ardgowan Distillery, which was founded in 1896 and located in Baker Street, Greenock. After a few years of whisky production, the distillery was used to make grain spirt and industrial alcohol until it was destroyed in the May Blitz of 1941.

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A chef is holding a sausage party with 100 different types of pigs in blankets

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A chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the wor..

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A chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the worlds first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.

Jim Thomlinson has created a sausage menu which includes a wreath of 32 pigs in blankets, ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon.

The sausage party will feature as a popup later this month – as long as he can find a venue.

Chef Jim Thomlinson, a Michelin Star Chef, is creating a menu with over 100 different varieties of pigs in blankets. See National News story NNsausages.A top chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the world's first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.Jim Thomlinson created a sausage menu including a 'wreath' of 32 pigs in blankets - ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon. The 'food party' will feature as a pop-up later this month - and will feature a number of twists on the Christmas classic - as long as he can find a venue.Chef Jim said: "Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas - I always steal so many off the roasting tray.
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Jim said: Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas – I always steal so many off the roasting tray.

I look forward both to making epic versions of the traditional pig and putting a new spin on the concept.

The idea came from Messhead, a team behind food stunts based on serial killer drama Dexter and The Walking Dead.

Chef Jim Thomlinson, a Michelin Star Chef, is creating a menu with over 100 different varieties of pigs in blankets. See National News story NNsausages.A top chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the world's first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.Jim Thomlinson created a sausage menu including a 'wreath' of 32 pigs in blankets - ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon. The 'food party' will feature as a pop-up later this month - and will feature a number of twists on the Christmas classic - as long as he can find a venue.Chef Jim said: "Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas - I always steal so many off the roasting tray.
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Creative director Emma Thomas said: There is no doubt that pigs in blankets is a huge trend for Christmas this year.

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Being the worlds biggest pigs in blankets fan I wanted to eat a menu that consisted only of this fine food.

Chef Jim Thomlinson, a Michelin Star Chef, is creating a menu with over 100 different varieties of pigs in blankets. See National News story NNsausages.A top chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the world's first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.Jim Thomlinson created a sausage menu including a 'wreath' of 32 pigs in blankets - ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon. The 'food party' will feature as a pop-up later this month - and will feature a number of twists on the Christmas classic - as long as he can find a venue.Chef Jim said: "Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas - I always steal so many off the roasting tray.
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As soon as I started to talk about this, I realised this was a dream for many and was determined to make this come true.

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Jim is currently looking for a venue in Kent for the party, due to the original venue closing down.

Theyre open to using a pub, cafe or tea room closed down for the winter – and of course theyll be paying the owner.

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Gluten-free diets arent as healthy as you think, study finds

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Gluten-free diets are getting more and more popular for people who want to lose weight, but new research has found that they may not actually be that healthy.

Any weight loss and reduction in tummy pain are due to eating more vegetables and other fibre-rich foods, – rather than cutting out the protein itself – say scientists.

An increasing number of people are choosing a gluten-free lifestyle – even though they are not allergic to the sticky substance found in cakes and bread.

Now a study has shown the diet can help modest slimming and combat bloating and discomfort, but most of the benefits may be driven by eating more by replacing wheat, rye and other grains with vegetables, brown rice, corn, oats and quinoa.

The researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Nature Communications, said this boosts good bacteria in the gut that staves off inflammation and illness.

Senior lead investigator Professor Oluf Pedersen, of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said: By now we think our study is a wake-up call to the food industry.

A display of various gluten free and all natural food, including legumes, nuts, rice and more with a No Gluten symbol displayed in the middle.
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Gluten-free may not necessarily be the healthy choice many people think it is.

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For the study, 60 healthy middle-aged Danes were assigned randomly to two eight-week diets – one low in gluten, at 2g a day, and the other high in gluten, at 18g a day.

They had a break in between of at least eight weeks when they consumed an average 12g of gluten daily.

In comparison with the high-gluten regime, the low one induced moderate changes in the intestinal microbiome – or gut bacteria – and reduced self-reported bloating.

But during this the participants ate more dietary fibres – which the researchers think were responsible for the effects.

Professor Pedersen said: We demonstrate that, in comparison with a high-gluten diet, a low-gluten, fibre-rich diet induces changes in the structure and function of the complex intestinal ecosystem of bacteria, reduces hydrogen exhalation, and leads to improvements in self-reported bloating.

Moreover, we observed a modest weight loss, likely due to increased body combustion triggered by the altered gut bacterial functions.

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Theres been debate about whether low-gluten diets should be advised for people without coeliac disease – a severe immune response to even tiny amounts.

Professor Pedersen and colleagues decided they shouldnt – even though some healthy individuals may prefer it to combat intestinal discomfort or excess body weight.

He said: More long-term studies are definitely needed before any public health advice can be given to the general population.

Especially, because we find dietary fibres – not the absence of gluten alone – to be the primary cause of the changes in intestinal discomfort and body weight.

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Most gluten-free food items available on the market today are massively deprived of dietary fibres and natural nutritional ingredients.

Therefore, there is an obvious need for availability of fibre-enriched, nutritionally high-quality gluten-free food items which are fresh or minimally processed to consumers who prefer a low-gluten diet.

Such initiatives may turn out to be key for alleviating gastro-intestinal discomfort and in addition to help facilitating weight control in the general population via modification of the gut microbiota.

The two diets were balanced in number of calories and nutrients including the same amount of dietary fibres. But the composition of the latter differed markedly.

Based on their observations of altered food fermentation patterns of the gut bacteria, the researchers said the effects may not be primarily due to reduced intake of gluten.

A low-gluten diet has previously been proposed to diminish gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel syndrome which occur in up to 20 percent of the Western population.

Last year a US study of more than 110,000 people found a low-gluten diet increased the risk of a heart attack by about 15 per cent.

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A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay for £16

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A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay for £16. Yes, £16 for a packet of crisps that has been sat there for 26 years.

The antiquated packet of cheese and onion, found behind a kitchen cupboard, has a best before date of November 7 1992.

We found them behind the kitchen units as were having a refurb, explained crisp archaeologist Damian Connop.

They look immaculate considering their age. I couldnt find any information about them, just that they were around in the 80s and 90s.

The items condition is confusingly listed as: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item.

The 26-year-old packet of cheese and onion crisps - SELLING ON EBAY FOR ?26!See SWNS story SWBRcrisps.A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay - for ?16.The antiquated packet of cheese and onion, found behind a kitchen cupboard, sports a best before date of November 7 1992 - the year John Major became Prime Minister. The item's condition is confusingly listed as; ?New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item.? However, eating this particular snack is not recommend, the seller described the packet of Primes Cheese and Onion as an ?archive piece?.
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Of course, given how old the crisps are, anybody who buys them shouldnt actually eat them. The packet is for anyone who likes memorabilia, really – with the listing describing the packet of Primes Cheese and Onion as an archive piece.

The listing reads: Get your piece of pub snack history with an unopened packet of Primes Cheese & Onion crisps, sporting an expiry date of 7 November 1992.

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Date of manufacture is unclear but in excellent condition considering their 26 years behind a kitchen cupboard! Archive piece, not for consumption. Collection available from Park Street, Bristol.

Proceeds from the auction will go to One25, a Bristol charity helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.

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