... or, hangover cure?
Is everyone recovering from the excesses of the Christmas and Hogmanay festivities?
I forgot to take part in the traditional New Year's Day dip in the North Sea. Again! That is, I think, the 39th year in a row that I have forgotten. Ah well, never mind. Here is a better method for clearing away the cobwebs from your mind - open the windows, turn up the volume and play these loud!
- with thanks to Wiggia for helping to compile this selection.
Here's a lovely New Yorker article on the demon drink:
- of which a nugget:
"... prehistorians have speculated that alcohol intoxication may have been one of the baffling phenomena, like storms, dreams, and death, that propelled early societies toward organized religion. The ancient Egyptians, who, we are told, made seventeen varieties of beer, believed that their god Osiris invented this agreeable beverage. They buried their dead with supplies of beer for use in the afterlife."
If you want to follow that up, here's a couple more links:
The tomb of an ancient Egyptian beer brewer (from The Atlantic monthly)
Beer in ancient Egypt