Posts from 6th September 2006

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Sep 06

Food Science Day Two: 1 – Marmite Chicken

FT + Pumpkin Publog20 comments • 5,026 views

Marmite Chicken may not seem particularly scientific. Indeed there is not an awful lot of science involved in much of Food Science Day’s initial ideas. Nevertheless the principle of science -to test a hypothesis to breaking point is the point of our science, and part of that is merely to satisfy whimsy. And so the screen goes wobbly and we flashback to a drunken night in a converted barn in France five years ago.

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How To Make Tony Scott Redundant In 88 Minutes

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The German Poster For Crank : More Stylish than the UK oneI urge readers to read more on this story and play the very short podcast which accompanies this review of Crank, one of the most ludicrously entertaining films I have seen in years. Done that? Yes, the picture is bigger too (German poster, much better than the UK one). Right then, lets begin.

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HELL IN A HANDCART, or the decline of the London Pub part 89734362346

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Further to Pete’s post about the Intrepid Fox, the deal Mitchell and Butler have done, according to this story, effects more than then just a few metallers:

It has been sold along with 20 other central London pubs as part of a £53 million deal. […] A Mitchells & Butlers spokeswoman said: “The Intrepid Fox has been sold as part of a package to investment companies and pub operators. “The 21 pubs were all prime locations but quite small, with average weekly sales of £7,000. The rest of our pubs have average weekly sales of £16,000.”

This, I can only assume, includes the Cambridge Circus All Bar One, which has been closed for a few weeks, and our old favourite The Polar Bear, which was closed when publoggers tried to go for a beer there last night (in fact, was the Lyric the first casualty in this?). Can it really be the case that boozers taking a grand over the bar every day are not profitable?

Actually there seems to be horrendous maths at work here, as according to the M&B Strategy the average at all pubs is 17k a week, don’t tell me someone has just subtracted one from the other???

The problem here I think is how M&B segment their market. There’s no room in this rigid format for the unusual (unless it’s The Bear in Oxford with it’s c0cking tie collection…), the friendly, the personal, the human-sized, the EFFING PROPER BRITISH PUB, because, as they put it:

Our on-going focus is on growing returns, first by capturing drinks market share and raising our food sales mix and secondly by driving down the cost of the construction templates for converting pubs to these brands and formats through the innovation and creativity of our property teams.

Anyway, if you can think of some good questions to ask them they have a page for that too