Archive for December 17th, 2007

According to the Sunday Times,  Scottish & Newcastle is set to ask the Takeover Panel to force the Carlsberg/Heineken  consortium trying to buy it to either make a formal bid or walk away.

Details of a possible joint bid for S&N by Carlsberg and Heineken, two rival beermakers, emerged in October, but so far they have yet to put a formal offer to the company’s board or its shareholders.

They have made two indicative proposals, the latest of which values S&N at 750p per share, which equates to £7.3 billion. This was rejected by the Edinburgh-based brewer as “wholly inadequate”.

S&N is losing patience and is preparing to ask the panel, which regulates bids in the UK, to intervene by issuing a so-called “put up or shut up” notice. This would set a deadline for a formal offer.

There were speculations on this issue in the British and Danish press over the weekend – if a deadline is set it would probably be at the end of January.

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This is mainly of interest for Norwegian readers, although it will possibly be available on the web as well:

The Norwegian TV channel NRK1 will be showing its usual quiz programme Julenøtter this Christmas. (I assume their web pages will be updated later this week.) On Boxing Day  (2. juledag), they will show footage from Nøgne ø, filmed while they were brewing this year’s Christmas beers.

More news from Nøgne ø: Dark Horizon Second Edition is maturing, but it will probably not on sale until 2009. Furthermore, there are plans for a Mikkeller/Nøgne ø collaboration next year…

The photo was taken in August – I can assure you al fresco drinking is not quite as inviting here in Norway in December!

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Although Heathrow airport is less of a nightmare on arrival than on departure, the need for some refreshment when you arrive in more central parts of London is ofte acute. If you take the Heathrow Express train or the new slightly slower and a fair bit  cheaper Heathrow Connect, you arrive at Paddington Station.

Before throwing yourself into the perils of the Undergound, you can enjoy a decent pub within the station itself. The Mad Bear and Bishop is not immediately visible, but two floors up via the escalators you find an inviting Fuller’s pub. The full range of cask ales from Fuller’s is available, plus a guest ale. St. Austell’s Tribute was on when I was there. They even had the bottled 2005 Fuller’s Vintage Ale, which is seldom to be found in pubs.

There is a food menu, too, though I have never eaten there. A convenient place for meeting people, a convenient place to catch your breath, you could wish for one in every railway station.  Sure, there are places with more charm and tradition, even close by, but this one does well what it sets out to be.

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