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Blending Botanicals with Plymouth Gin

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Master mixologist Rob Wagland is the perfect man for explaining the art and science of gin making. The drinks expert is one of the devotees of the celebrated Plymouth Gin offering a masterclass that gives everyone the chance to craft their own unique spirit. (more…)

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My Durban: Mike Procter, Cricket legend

The fully automated Umhlanga Lighthouse. Umhlanga means 'Place of Reeds' in the Zulu language. Photo courtesy of The Oyster Box Hotel.

The celebrated cricket all-rounder Mike Procter was born in Durban, the largest city of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, in 1946. While Durban is known as Surf City and boasts South Africa’s top surfing spots, the young Mike was drawn to the game of willow on leather. (more…)

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Exhibition showcases Smartphone Art and Enterprise from Kampala

IMG09501-EditA remarkable exhibition featuring the photographic work of 12 Ugandan women has been showcased in London. The images highlight the inspirational work of Kiteka, a social enterprise empowering female entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa through access to mobile technology. (more…)

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Doisy & Dam: Caring about Chocolate

D_D_HighRes-24_copy_0501a3eb-47fd-4379-8853-dfeef240884a_large“No crap, nothing unnecessary, better quality ingredients!” is the simple formula that entrepreneur Rich Wilkinson uses to introduce the Doisy & Dam chocolate range to an audience drawn from the food and drink industry in London last month. (more…)

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The real story behind Baileys Irish Cream and other great drinks brands

gluckman book comp‘‘That s*it will never sell!’’ is the title of David Gluckman’s autobiographical book that reveals the astonishing working life of one of the greatest innovators in the drinks industry. Just as incredible is that fact David’s career was launched after creating the Baileys liqueur in just 30 seconds… (more…)

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Wine tasting at Plaisir de Merle

Pl de M 1Cape Town Series: One of the highlights of my visit to the Cape Winelands was a visit to one of the most incredibly picturesque and renowned estates of this remarkable wine country.  The great Plaisir de Merle vineyards, that wrap majestically around the dramatic Simonsberg Mountain, can trace its origins to the late 17th century. (more…)

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