BBC News – India’s plan to become a leading olive oil producer

European flag outside the Commission

European flag outside the Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Olives in olive oil.

English: Olives in olive oil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is an interesting story from the BBC which is RECOMMENDED READING, in my view. Check it out!

via BBC News – India’s plan to become a leading olive oil producer.

My mind drifted to Southern Europe, the traditional home of olive oil production. Sadly, because of distorted policies like the Common Agricultural Policy which favors France and excessive focus on austerity, Southern Europe’s traditional industries seem to be dying, strangled for cash for working capital and investment.

This article should be a wake-up call to the European Commission but I fear that the Mediterranean olive groves will wither first.

Any thoughts?

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The Old Crown, Kelston, near Bath. Butcombe Brewery – Monday Night in Winter?

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Butcombe
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The The Old Crown is a wonderful 17th Century coaching inn, less than 3 miles from Bath city centre in the lovely village of Kelston. Check it out!

The Old Crown, Kelston, near Bath. Butcombe Brewery.

Monday evening, the restaurant is shut, so if you happen to arrive around 6.00 PM you will find a delightful selection of hot snacks served at the bar to customers (free of charge).

The beer is really good and I particularly like to local ale called “Butcombe” and the food is excellent and well priced.

When I leave the UK for my foreign travels, I shall no doubt miss an ocassional pint of Butcombe!