Beer

Beer

I was in my mid-20s before I began appreciating the full range of flavours, aromas, and characters that beer can offer. The early opening of my palate’s full potential probably came from wheat beers – Germany’s Schneider Weisse and Weihenstephaner beers, and Lithuania’s Svyturys Baltas…

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Central & Eastern Europe

History

My fascination with the countries that made up the so-called Eastern Bloc stems from childhood. Some of it comes from football as I can remember being bemused by the sight on television of Rangers playing an away to Steaua Bucharest in a stadium filled with soldiers in uniform…

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Football

Spartak Trnava

I have a strong passion for – and knowledge of – football and I’m happy to talk about it in print or on-air, humorously or seriously. As a Rangers fan, I’ve been a season-ticket holder for around 20 years. However, my interest isn’t purely limited to Scottish football…

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History

Slovakia

I studied History at Edinburgh University, earning a 2:1 MA with Hons. While I may not have used my degree in a formal sense, I’ve always retained a keen interest in the subject. In 2013, I gave three talks at Previously…Scotland’s History Festival. …

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