Saturday 25 June 2011

Link Tank 25/06

On time and on budget.

Meet the beer archaeologist

The US looking to regulate food similar to tobacco, with hopes of saving money on health care

Denmark police propose ban on anonymous internet use ...

... while Australia begins censoring the web next month

Kiwi women going wild for horse semen shots

The inevitable failure of the Euro

US advertisers likely to go to court over graphic tobacco warnings

French wine industry to implement redical shift in strategy to boost flagging sales

Being cute could be bad for your health

Bad food most definitely has its place



Time Traveller said...

Thanks for the link, DP.

Anonymous said...

I never did get the advert on tobbaco products that show two sets of lungs. Do i take it that the healthy looking lungs where just popped out for a photo oppertunity and were going back in and the donor living a long and eventful life?

Dick Puddlecote said...

TT: You're welcome.

Anon: Interesting angle. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Dick, for another set of informative links, including the ones on Net censorship and especially the link about French wines.

I have noticed over the past few years that some wines have two different departement (county) post codes -- made in one and bottled in another. Just a reminder that if you're buying wine in bulk to drink at the weekend or to lay bottles down for a number of years, always check for words such as 'mis en bouteille au chateau' or '... au domaine'. It should ideally be made and bottled at the same location. (Apologies to those who already know this.)

Anonymous said...

Also in the France 24 links, for those interested in hygiene --

'French Are the Cleanest in Europe, Study Finds'

We see this from 'historian' Georges Vigarello:

'... it applied only to the poorer classes and “not to the nobility or the bourgeoisie”.'

Vigarello is either too young to remember or he is obfuscating. I can say that when I lived there in the late 1970s, households allowed only one bath a week. (And they were bourgeois families, too.) If you wanted additional ones, you were expected to top up your room rent per bath (nominal charge, but it was the principle of the thing and a means of discouraging too much 'unnecessary' water use). At the time, American fashion models were highly sought after in Paris, btw, as their faces always looked 'clean'.

But, yes, I agree that cleanliness in France has improved significantly over the years.