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A Greenland Food Adventure

Posted by Admin On September - 15 - 2014

Twenty-four hours after departing a chaotic and densely populated London Heathrow, I touch down in Greenland on what appears to be the only patch of land that isn’t blanketed in white for as far as the eye can see. The reason I’ve come to this predominantly uninhabited and perilously cold country is to learn as much as possible about its mysterious and unique food culture.

With worldwide interest in Scandinavian food at an all-time high, Greenland and its eating habits remain largely enigmatic to the rest of the world. Over the next eight days my plan is to eat as much traditional food as I can manage and spend the rest of the time meeting and speaking with locals, chefs, fishermen and anyone else related to the food industry in an attempt to gain a better understanding of what it is that typifies Greenlandic cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »

Poles Apart

Posted by Admin On November - 26 - 2013

Early last year, one gloomy spring morning, the gods of travel journalism offered me, an amateur explorer at best, the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Greenland, following in the footsteps of Amundsen, Franklin, Fiennes and the other greats of Arctic exploration.

My task was to report on the country’s culinary revolution mixed in with some Arctic fishing and a bit of extreme sledging. With landscapes, fluorescent green skies, temperatures dropping as low as -50 and even more savage winds, it was pure adventure that shattered any David Attenborough-induced preconceptions I might have had. Read the rest of this entry »

The Frankfurt Book Fair

Posted by Admin On April - 21 - 2013

The rather unconventional, early morning Eurostar commute from London to Frankfurt for my first Buchmesse was not without incident.

Things began promisingly with a continuous and complementary showering of various French patisserie, fresh juices and high-brow periodicals, but started to take a turn for the worse after a series of unprecedented technical delays and breakdowns – in German territories of all places. The journey was somewhat rescued after the final round of Deutsche Bahn musical chairs, landed me a seat in the company of a prominent Germanised, Chilean actress en-route to the same port of call. From the little she divulged in our brief encounter, our first Frankfurt Book Fair experiences sounded likely to be somewhat different. Read the rest of this entry »

The Food of Ilulissat

Posted by Admin On June - 1 - 2012

As our small propeller-powered plane begins its descent into Ilulissat I’m glued to the small porthole-shaped window mesmerised by the breathtaking views. Once we break through the stationary clouds and snow-capped mountains, the sea reveals itself for the first time.

Frozen, motionless like a snapshot in time, the first signs of cracks are beginning to appear across its glistening surface. Trapped within it is a mass congregation of icebergs waiting for the waters to melt so they can continue on with their journeys. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: High Stakes bookshop

Posted by Admin On April - 1 - 2008

The idea of a UK-based gambling bookshop first came about in 1990 when the publisher of Oldcastle Books, Ion Mills, reissued that landmark of poker literature, The Education of a Poker Player by Herbert Yardley. 1991 saw another gambling classic republished, Thirteen Against the Bank by Norman Leigh, the story of how a team “broke” the bank at a French casino playing roulette. Read the rest of this entry »

Feature: Poker Robot Wars

Posted by Admin On April - 1 - 2008

If you want to consistently win at sit&gos, then stop playing poker and start ‘pushbotting’

If you play a lot of online poker you will have come across a number of players who make a good living playing mid-stakes online sit&gos.

And yet, while most of us play these one table tournaments – few of us manage to replicate their success. So how exactly do they do it? The answer may surprise you: sit&gos are simple games. Most players just don’t realise it. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Bertrand ‘ElKY’ Grospellier

Posted by Admin On March - 1 - 2008

French pro Bertrand Grospellier made history in the Caribbean Adventure when he outlasted a record field of 1,136 to claim the $2 million first prize.

What did it feel like winning this tournament?
It felt great to win this tournament. Of all the events outside of the WSOP, this is the one I wanted to take down. The PCA is made up of all the top online players and a lot of my friends – and players I play against online – were in the event. I think it has one of the toughest fields of the year. these days all the best online players are taking part in live tournaments and as a result the fields are getting much stronger. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Taylor Caby

Posted by Admin On March - 1 - 2008

When it comes to online cash-game specialists, few names are more recognisable and feared than Taylor ‘Green Plastic’ Caby. the 24-year-old with a screen name taken from a Radiohead website has been beating the highest stakes cash games for over four years. He’s also found time to create and develop Cardrunners, one of the most successful poker training aids currently available on the internet. Caby was one of the first of a new generation of young US players – post Chris Moneymaker – to have huge success online and he has never looked back since. So how did the finance major from Illinois find time to pass his degree while beating the toughest games the internet has to offer and start his own business? Read the rest of this entry »