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Second thoughts

I have often criticised the Norwegian alcohol monopoly stores, but my concern is more about the system than the shops themselves. They seem to have good knowledge of everything they sell (except beer, that is), and there is friendly and service minded staff in most shops.

They even have a color magazine for their customers, which gives fair and well written information about various tipples without promoting any particular brands.

In the summer edition they have a good article on food and drink outdoors, where they sing the praises of having a picnic on a balcony or in the park. There are brightly illustrated recipes for a chilled vichyssiose and vegetables with home made aïoli. With this they propose drinking a Savignon Blanc or Riesling, with a pale lager or wheat beer as alternatives.

But then, as an afterthought – please don’t do this anyway:

Remember it is not allowed to drink alcohol in parks or other public places.

Dream on. What passes for summer around here is over anyway!

Vega 199

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According to the Publican, the new British regulations to curb exessive drinking will contain the following:

  • Banning promotions in pubs and bars such as “all you can drink for £10”, speed drinking competitions and “dentist’s chairs” where alcohol is dispensed directly into the mouth of any customer.
  • Ensuring all bars, pubs and clubs offer alcohol in both measures so customers have the choice between a single or double measure of spirits and a large or small glass of wine
  • Requiring alcohol retailers to display information about the alcohol unit content of drinks and for supermarkets and convenience stores, the health impacts of alcohol under powers from the Food Safety Act
  • Sounds quite sensible to me. I would hardly think this will mean the downfall of any serious public house. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a dentist’s chair in a pub. I should get out more.

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