30 December

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It's International Bacon Day

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Benton's Old Fashioned

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Perhaps not a celebration for vegetarians, vegans, Jews and Muslims, but for the rest of us this is a day to enjoy everything from bacon butties to bacon flavoured toothpaste.

Bacon is so tasty that it also appears that one "International Bacon Day" a year is simply not enough. According to that oracle that is Wikipedia, "International Bacon Day or Bacon Day is an unofficial holiday observed since 2009 on the Saturday before Labor Day in the United States. Bacon Day is traditionally celebrated on August 30th and has been since 2009." So mark your calendars accordingly.

As far as the folk at our local caff are concerned, bacon is an important part of each and every day and something celebrated with a full English breakfast. So start your day with a fry-up before moving on to more liquid bacon delights such as Benton's Old-fashioned or even a bacon garnished Mantini.

Today is also Rizal Day

Every 30 December, men and women across the Philippines celebrate Rizal Day in honour of their national hero, José Rizal. Executed by Spanish troops on the penultimate day of 1896 at the age of only 35, Rizal was a polymath: an artist, poet, writer, fencer and more.

He studied medicine, specialising in ophthalmology so he could cure his mother's incipient blindness, started a school, invented brick-making machines, and campaigned for Filipino nationhood, freedom and education. The last poem he wrote before his death, "My Last Farewell", was read by Indonesian soldiers going into battle for their freedom five decades later. Filipinos may fly their flags at half-mast today, but we are toasting José's legacy with an aptly named Jose Collins.

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