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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
31st December 1759
The Birth of Guinness
Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in 1759 at the St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin. On 31 December 1759, he signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum for the unused brewery. There have been claims that Arthur Price, a Welshman, took the original recipe with him to Ireland where he hired a servant, Richard Guinness, whose son later opened the brewery.
Guinness is an Irish dry stout that is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. It is brewed in almost 60 countries and is available in over 120. Annual sales total 850 million litres (1.5 billion Imperial or 1.8 billion US pints).
A distinctive feature of the beer is the burnt flavour that is derived from roasted unmalted barley, although this is a relatively modern development, not becoming part of the grist until the mid-20th century. For many years a portion of aged brew was blended with freshly brewed beer to give a sharp lactic flavour. Although the Guinness palate still features a characteristic "tang", the company has refused to confirm whether this type of blending still occurs. The draught beer's thick, creamy head comes from mixing the beer with nitrogen when poured. It is popular with the Irish both in Ireland and abroad, and, in spite of a decline in consumption since 2001, is still the best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland where Guinness & Co. makes almost €2 billion annually.
The company moved its headquarters to London at the beginning of the Anglo-Irish Trade War in 1932. In 1997, it merged with Grand Metropolitan to form the multinational alcoholic drinks producer Diageo.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Sleep patterns appear to have rebalanced themselves over the last 24 hours. I had two hours sleep as planned yesterday afternoon, went to bed again at midnight (after one of mine and son's "Deep Chats"), had the "wee at three", went straight back to bed and awoke at 07:00 this morning. I will still probably have another two hours this afternoon to fully pay off sleep debt, all geared up for New Year's Eve frolics tonight.
With son celebrating with his mates tonight, New Year's Eve will simply be me and Missus - and that will suit me just fine! Being a natural introvert, I feel uncomfortable at parties. Missus also prefers the creature comforts of home. I'm not completely against parties - I'd go to a rock party and enjoy it, but don't particularly want the time, expense and effort of finding one, getting to one and getting back.
At home there is every comfort and facility, entertainment, music and food of my own choice and I'm going to be loved, appreciated and get laid. I therefore don't need the back drop of a crowd, which does nothing for me. I will have a fabulous time with my creature comforts and lover/best friend. She may be a loon and I may be her carer, but she's still my favourite company, because only she has an agenda and destiny tightly interwoven with mine.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you really know what you really enjoy, rather than supposed to enjoy?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Weathertrack: A depression approaching from the south-west will move across Britain overnight
Air Pressure: 1021 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Relationship or hallucination? I don't care. Either way, I'm seeing somebody. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Gabriel Iglesias - Pregnancy Scare
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9. ZEN WISDOM
People shouldn’t hesitate to exert their all, in a way true to themselves. How can you possibly ever know how far or fast you can go if you’ve never run all-out? To give up even before you’ve tried is actually arrogance—an affront to the wondrous power of life within you and disrespectful to yourself.