Articles by: Stuart Forster

Food & Drink

Inside the Schlenkerla brewery tavern in the Altstadt of Bamberg, Germany.

Germany’s beer purity law: the Reinheitsgebot of 1516

“It had, of course, a large effect on the brewing world in Bavaria. The whitelist of ingredients prevented the use of ingredients such as, in part, poisonous herbs and disgusting ingredients, such as ox gall bladder. The former were used to increase the effect of beer, the latter to bring down the costs, and both to evade taxation. Hops were taxed, so was milling at the city malt mills,” explains brewer Matthias Trum.

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The Valle Flor Palace and Pestant Palace Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal.

Pestana Palace Hotel and National Monument, Lisbon

The Pestana Palace Hotel and National Monument is a five-star hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. This luxury hotel, located roughly half-way between Lisbon’s waterfront Praca do Comercio and Belem, is the place to stay chosen by numerous A-list celebrities during their visits to the Portuguese capital. Unusually, this property is more […]

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Experiences, Places, Travel

15 reasons to visit Inle Lake, Myanmar

15 reasons to visit Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake is developing into one of Myanmar’s most popular tourist destinations. Enjoy boat tours? Love landscape photography? Appreciate people watching? Appreciate visiting destinations offering great insights into a country’s heritage? If you do, you’re likely to be rewarded by a visit to Inle Lake. Here are 15 reasons to […]

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Grooming & care

L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic quenching gel moisturiser

L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Energetic quenching gel

L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Energetic quenching gel is a moisturiser developed for men’s faces. Applying a pea-sized dab of the delicately scented blue gel has an invigorating, cooling effect. The product’s packaging says the gel brings an “instant icy feeling”. Tests here in the office resulted in comments ranging […]

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Experiences, Travel

Reconstructed Roman-style tower near Idstein along the route of the Roman Frontier in Germanic lands.

5 reasons to drive the scenic German Limes Route

This posts provides 5 reasons to drive the scenic German Limes Route. Fans of citrus fruit, prepare to be disappointed. This driving route has nothing to do with the tangy green fruit that is one of the key ingredients in the caipirinha cocktail. If you’re want a holiday picking citrus […]

by × April 3, 2016 × 7 comments


Boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali.

I am the Greatest: Muhammad Ali at The O2

Is Muhammad Ali the greatest sportsperson of all time? There’s new fuel for that classic pub debate at the O2 in London, where the exhibition I am the Greatest: Muhammad Ali at The O2 runs until 31 August 2016. The exhibition conveys the life story and career of the man […]

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Grooming & care

The Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor has five blades.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide – an even closer shave

There was a time when having two blades on a razor was revolutionary – one hundred percent more than was then the norm. The Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor has five. Disclosure: Some of the links below — marked with (£) — are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to […]

by × March 13, 2016 × 1 comment

Places, Travel

Luxury Spa destination near Ipoh, Malaysia - The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat at Ipoh, Malaysia

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a luxury spa and wellness resort with 25 villas set on the edge of jungle close to Ipoh, Malaysia. The resort’s garden villas have private courtyards. Each one has a hot tub, a pool and a dining area. The water villas, meanwhile, overlook a canal. […]

by × February 29, 2016 × 1 comment


Bait Al Baranda in Muscat, Oman

Bait Al Zubair in Muscat, Oman

If you’re keen to learn about the traditional jewellery and clothing of Oman, then make sure the Bait Al Zubair Museum, in Muscat, should be on the agenda during a visit to the Sultanate. The museum is the home to artefacts providing insights into the heritage, culture and communities of […]

by × February 2, 2016 × 3 comments
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