Google News does come up with some good stuff sometimes -
Writer Iain Banks has just written his personal take on Scotch Whisky.
In an interview he commented on "meeting his Anglo-German wife, he was
delighted to discover she drank real ale"
from BBC news - "Green-fingered Terry Walton, 57, a regular on the
BBC's Jeremy Vine Show, started giving his pumpkin plants real ale
after hearing it would encourage them to grow. Using the slops saved
from a local pub, Terry gave his plants a weekly cocktail of the
finest real ale found in south Wales. The plants soon responded, one
growing to a massive 32 lb - the weight of the average two-year-old
child. 'The secret is definitely feeding them beer, but not any old
beer - real ale is the best.'"
Exeter's Top pub apparently has just one beer at the bar - (but when
it's from Otter, the lack of choice would be fine for me) "A Devon pub
which time forgot has gained recognition for the first time in the
definitive guide for those looking for the best places to get a drink.
While other hostelries get a listing in the Good Pub Guide 2004 for
the excellence of their food or the wide choice of their beers, the
Luppitt Inn, near Honiton, gets in on its novelty value as a reminder
of how country pubs used to be."
- posted 16 years ago