Under The Counter

Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
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Gin category in Dire Straits

For reasons not particularly well understood, UTC has long had a curiously enthusiastic loathing for ultra-bland English soft...

Survivor pack
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What’s wrong with a Bloody Mary?

Not that he has a personal requirement for it, of course, but UTC was intrigued to hear about...

Wellpark Brewery
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Probably brewed in Northampton

UTC’s fondness for a wee pint or two of Hugh Tennent’s finest is no secret – so he...

Rocket passing through doughnut
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Rocket store for doughnuts

In UTC’s personal circle, a dark and murky place, the word ‘rocket’ is widely used as a sort...

Joe Baines
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Stone the crows

Say what you like about Tesco, they clearly know their stone fruits. UTC can confirm that Tesco has...

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Branding: you’re doing it wrong

Designers, in UTC’s experience, are a bunch of self-important, whiney, thin-skinned divas. And he cites this example of...

Zodiac candles
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I smell… pish

“Scents and aromas are a powerful thing,” began the press release, somewhat ominously. If you’ve ever followed UTC...

Pedigree Wrap
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Michelin star-isation puzzler

Never having been much of a pet man, UTC has limited patience for the trend towards what he dismissively...

Full sugar Irn-Bru
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That inflation’s pure phenomenal

He may have left the industry, but former SLR Editor Kevin Scott just can’t kick the retail obsession...

vegan savouries: saag aloo lattice
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‘Veganism’ sparks ‘flood’ of ‘apostrophes’

Being something of an old-school pedant when it comes to grammar, UTC has rather taken the hump with...