New Location

November 24, 2008

Readers:

After a very successful test run for Vodka/Soda Magazine, I am proud to announce that we will be moving to a new location to be announced later this week for our relaunch.

 

Stay tuned.

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The vilipending of embrangle – words in danger of being lost forever

September 23, 2008

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New words are constantly added to the dictionary, while others fall out of favour and disappear

Have you ever experienced calignosity? Have you ever heard someone say something that was absolutely fatidical? Did you ever wish a malison upon someone? Or are you wondering what the heck I’m talking about?

Collins Dictionary is getting ready to chop some words from the English language. Here’s a quick list:

Astergent – cleansing or scouring
Agrestic – rural, rustic, unpolished, uncouth
Apodeictic – unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration
Caducity – perishableness, senility
Calignosity – dimness, darkness
Compossible – possible in coexistence with something else
Exuviate – to shed (a skin or similar outer covering)
Fatidical – prophetic
Griseous -streaked or mixed with grey
Malison – a curse
Manseutude -gentleness or kindness
Muliebrity – the condition of being a woman
Niddering – cowardly
Nitid -bright, glistening
Olid – foul-smelling
Periapt – combative, antagonistic or contrary
Recrement – waste matter, refuse dross
Roborant – tending to fortify or increase strength
Vaticinate – to foretell, prophesy


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Meet Sore Alba – a new addition to Vodka Soda Magazine

September 11, 2008

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Actual photo of Sore Alba writing a rant….no one knows how he manages to transmit paper and pen thru the internet

Dear Readership:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of a new full-time writer to Vodka Soda Magazine: Sore Alba. Based in Scotland, Sore Alba will give us a unique perspective on all things British (and especially Scottish). Read his introduction here to get a better sense of what he will be bringing to Vodka Soda. Sore Alba will be contributing a weekly article/post to Vodka Soda in exchange for drinks :)

We also plan on adding another writer soon to our stable, so be on the lookout for that as well. In the meantime, we will be updating our About Us page to reflect the new changes once Sore Alba sobers up enough to write a bio :)


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Sore Alba has arrived!

September 11, 2008

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Sore Alba plants his flag at Vodka Soda

In a galaxy far, far away …

On the distant edges of Europe the small resource rich nation sits uneasily within a larger political entity dominated by its more populous neighbour. A swelling separatist movement preaches oil-fuelled American style free markets when the suits are in town yet promises the population cradle to grave socialism when the cameras stop rolling. And while the smaller people laud their blood-soaked heroes of yore, and hail the Olympic standard bearers of last month as symbols of proud nationhood, the question is still to be answered: do they have what it takes to break away and go it alone?

Is this one of those tiny countries somewhere near Russia you’ve never heard of and have even less chance of pronouncing correctly, where centuries old stagnation of the donkey and cart variety rapidly meets ultra modern weaponry? Nah, not even close. Think closer to home. Real close to home. Place that spawned many of you moose-shaggers ancestors, and where your current head of state resides.

That’s right! It’s the United Kingdom, or more pertinently, England and Scotland, the two largest constituent nations (Ignore the Welsh, they don’t count and Northern Ireland; aw jeez, let’s really not start that up …) of said United Kingdom.

You may have heard, but it probably didn’t sink in, that Scotland not only now has its own Parliament, but is actually run by the Scottish National Party. The SNP being the lads and lassies who want to make Scotland independent. And in their leader Alex Salmond the SNP has what could well be the most gifted politicians in the western world. Barack Schmarack, Wee Eck would eat him for breakfast if the American system allowed for anything so dignified as an actual opportunity for party leaders to go at it under parliamentary privelege.

While a small but persistent majority of Scots still say they wouldn’t vote for independence in a referendum – Salmond’s planning one for 2011 – there is no denying the political wind is filling Nationalist sails. And the English? They are champing at the bit to get rid of their Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who just happens to be er, Scottish, and the man they blame for all their credit crunched troubles. Could yon bairn gan oot wi tha bathwatter like? Translation: could the English decide they want nothing to do with the Scots before the Scots decide they can live without the Sassenachs?

Does this mean anything to you? Is it at all interesting? If you in any way care and want to know more, this column will be back next week and every week after that until its humble author gets on the wrong bus on a wet Glasgow night and meets a sticky end on the point of a sharpened screwdriver. Welcome to Auld Reekie: All things Scottish, some things British and a few things by the by. Sore Alba, the newest, and bestest, and most able to handle it’s boozest, addition to Vodka/Soda.

…which is by the way is a lassie’s drink.


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Eco-Friendly Product Design

September 7, 2008

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Knives used from recyclable material

Consumers are more and more choosing “green-friendly” options in their purchases. Whether it’s because of trends or because of a real environmental conscience, the rise of the eco-friendy product cannot go unnoticed.

Here is a sample of some eco-friendly products with cool designs made from recycled materials.

Knives (image above)
Austrian Paul Kogelnig and Swiss Gabriel Heusser have crafted these bottle-openers out of old cutlery. According to them, “The future of mass production is mass customisation.”
www.pervisioni.it

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100th Post!

September 5, 2008

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Fireworks just outside of our world HQ celebrating our 100th post :)

We here at Vodka/Soda would like to thank everyone who has stopped by and visited and has commented on our site as we hit our 100th post since coming online almost two months ago. Thank you very much.

We are number 5 on google when you search vodka soda and we top the google rankings when you search for vodka/soda magazine.

In the meantime, you may have noticed the addition of two new tabs on the front page. The first one is Featured Articles and will contain full-length articles that are original content by myself and others. The second tab is Featured Posts which contains the most interesting posts made here on Vodka/Soda.

Also, I’d like to inform you that two new writers will be joining the site soon. Both are writers elsewhere and will be helping to make this place a much more interesting one.

If you have any feedback, requests, or suggestions, please let us know in the comment box. We’re interested in catering to our readership as we move on to the next plateau – 500 posts!


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La Belle France

September 4, 2008

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A village in the south of France

The word “France” conjures up images of wine and cheese, of art and beauty, of quaint villages and the metropolis that is Paris. A compact country, France is nevertheless quite diverse in itself as one goes from the Norman coast along the English Channel through its Midlands and down into the Mediterranean south.

Anthony Peregrine, a British reporter for the UK Times, so fell in love with France that he’s moved there and has married a local. He writes an excellent series on France for his publication entitled Peregrine’s France.

In Peregrine’s France, you’ll learn about thebest towns in Provence, the Smart Guide to Gascony and you’ll be taken on a virtual cheese tour of the country.

Visit Peregrine’s France and share his journey with him.


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