A couple of ‘newsy’ things this week caught my attention:
We now know why bubbly tastes better in a glass. Research at both The University of Texas and University College London UK, explains why plastic and polystyrene cups just will not do for your Prosecco, Asti-spumante, or, Champagne. I can feel the regal Marques des Champagne curling their toes and gritting their pearly teeth at the thought of …plastic….polystyrene!! According to a study, the bubbles behave differently in plastic and polystyrene cups than they would in glass, The bubbles stick quite strongly to the plastic and polystyrene for longer and as a result grow bigger before they lift off, which, in turn, alters the taste of the drinks. They [the bubbles] are on their best behaviour drunk from a glass. Presumably, the small free flowing bubbles maintain the desired taste of the ‘bubbly’
While we are discussing drinking alcohol; an offence with interesting variations. An electrical engineer was caught over the drinks-driving limit, on his way to a police station to service their…….breath test machine! The driver had been seen by police driving erratically on a very bendy stretch of road. In court he was found guilty, fined and banned from driving for a year. At the trial, the police said the case presented them with a dilemma, because of the unusual circumstances. It was felt there could be a ‘conflict of interest’, given that the man serviced most of the intoximeters in the country. The prosecutor shared their view. A urine sample was therefore taken for testing.
In defending his client, the defence lawyer claimed the police had not followed correct procedures in taking the urine sample.
The Sheriff when pronouncing sentence said, that the matter had been handled correctly and by the book.