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Drinks That People Drink With Their Mouth Despite Having Already Seen Them: 1: Beefamato
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Dear internet. I am not being judgemental. But please explain this to me.[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 2: Lord John Russell
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The Lord John Russell is a blue pub. It is the only blue pub I know. Blue on the outside certainly, plenty of pubs do that. But very few continue this motif indoors. But then this is part of the joy of the LJR. It is so clearly a proper pub, with its[…]

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Nuns of Caen (cheesy lover #87)
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Sorry! This is Stinking Bishop – they look very alike! I neglected to take a photograph before scoffing the cheese.
A washed rind cheese from Gloucestershire, bought from Neal’s Yard Dairy.
Very exciting!  An FT cheese exclusive! I can’t[…]

Bo urr, carnt see no cowses roun ere etc.
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Non-alcoholic drinks aren’t always a concern of Publog but there are perfectly good arguments for sitting in a pub and drinking them, not least because dammit some of them, namely the noble Slime, are pretty great.
I am from South Oxfordshire, […]

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – WRAP
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Well you all know what happened. Now Roger Bozack and Peter Baran set up camp in the eerily empty Media Center in Johannesburg, abandoned coffee cups littering the floor, and try to make some sense of it all. Ultimately that means playing a bunch of […]

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Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? The Results, Decade By Decade.
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Finally, the moment of ABSOLUTE POP TRUTH is upon us! And my goodness, what a nail-biter of a contest this has been. Halfway through the voting, two decades broke decisively ahead of the pack, establishing a lead that proved impossible to catch up wi[…]

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Pleasant Ridge Reserve (cheesy lover #86)
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A raw-milk hard cow’s cheese made in Wisconsin, and bought from Neal’s Yard Dairy.
Inside this wedge of cheese the paste’s a bright yellow, scattered with the white dots that promise lactic acid crunch, and with cracks running the […]

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Summer Party Blend!!
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Resonance FM 104.4 in London has been airing our breathless coverage of every Pop World Cup match since it started way back in whenever it was, and the last half-hour roundup goes out this Saturday at 16:00. Peter Baran and Roger Bozack will analyze […]

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Pop World Cup 2010: Nigeria Crowned Champions!
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Nigeria 3 Germany 1
The Pop City Stadium in Johannesburg is awash in white and green tickertape; the team jog around the perimeter bearing manager Matt DC aloft upon their shoulders; a continent rejoices as for the first time an African nation has wo[…]

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? The Results, Round By Round.
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Before we get to the final rankings for our six decades, which I’ll be posting in the next couple of days or so, here are the final totals for each round.
Round One: The Number 10s.
246 points, average score 4.82: Kelis – Acapella (2010)
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