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A Show of Whisky

Whisky is one of my favourite drinks, as any regular readers would know, however when I say whisky I’m being very generic as there are thousands of different malts and many different types of whiskey. You’ve got the main ones like Single Malts, Blended Malts and Bourbons, add to that the Single and Blended Grain whiskies, Tennessee whisky (Jack Daniels), and Rye whisky. And then you have to take into account the fact that many of these are made in different countries across the world, aged for different periods of time and matured in different casks, and you see that it can be hard to keep track of which ones you are tasting!
With tasting in mind, there are various events that take place across the world throughout the year where you can sample of the expressions from various distillers. London has its fair share, the main one I guess is Whisky Live, but I’ll come to that one shortly. Last year I attended The Whisky Show, an event held by a partnership of The Whisky Exchange (a whisky…

Championship Bound Bulls?

It’s nearly time for the NBA All-Star break, and with that I thought it was about time for me to write about the Chicago Bulls and how they’ve been doing this year.
First off, a bit of history about the team. During the mid to late 90s there was only one team to follow in the NBA, and that was the Bulls. 6 NBA Championships in 8 seasons saw them rise to the top of the game, with some key players that made the difference every year. Anyone with a passing knowledge of the Bulls would know that these guys were Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, coached by Phil Jackson. The dynasty lasted until the end of the 1997-98 season, when after the 6th Bulls championship the team disbanded and a huge rebuilding process began. 6 losing record seasons followed, with “saviour” draft picks coming and going. Things changed during the 2004-05 season as the team put together their first winning record since the Championship season, ending up 47-35 overall. Then began a run of average seasons with playoff …

An Olympic Dream? Or An Olympic Nightmare?

Its that time again, another hefty load of spiel gets put on the screen so people can glance over it and realise that I’m a sport-obsessed nutter!
First off I have to talk about the end of the NFL season. I was planning to watch the Superbowl at home with my feet up, but someone on Twitter came to my rescue! A person I follow was given 2 extra tickets to the Superbash, the big Superbowl party held at the IndigO2 venue within the O2 Arena. So I asked nicely and was given one of the tickets, and that led to a late hotel room being booked in Greenwich so I could sleep afterwards, and then off I went! I met with @NYNDA and @chrischarlton80 just before the event started, and we got on pretty well thankfully! The party started well, with some Q&A with former Giants RB Tiki Barber, and performances from the Colts cheerleaders. The game was great as well, Green Bay had a lot of support within the Bash, including myself, and there was a huge cheer as the Packers rushed into a 14-0 lead. Hal…

Another One Flies By

The time is flying already, January has gone by the wayside and February is here to move us on through the year. This month brings us some exciting events, and it also prompted the end of another as the January Transfer Window finally closed on Monday night.
The transfer window has been an interesting time for football teams since it was introduced back in the 2002-03 season, with the focus being on the final day each time. There have been some huge deadline day transfers since then, but none as big as the two that occurred late into the night this past Monday. Chelsea spent £50 million on buying Fernando Torres from Liverpool, whilst in response to that Liverpool spent £35 million on buying Andy Carroll from Newcastle. The amount of money spent on just those two players shows that football has clearly gone mad with its spending. It’s even more evident when you note that David Villa, one of the best players in the world, was recently sold for £34 million (no way is Carroll worth more …