1 February

The anniversary of the last Thames Frost Fair

Dry Ice Martini

So we are drinking a...

Dry Ice Martini

This day in 1814, the River Thames finally froze solid enough for Londoners to enjoy their last ever frost fair.

Someone led an elephant across the river at Blackfriars to show the ice was safe to walk on; shopkeepers set up tents selling brandy, beer, wine and gin; someone set up an open fire, roasted a sheep on it and sold it as "Lapland mutton". When the ice melted a few days later, it was the end of an era. Victorian engineering changed the flow of the river, and the Thames would never freeze again.

We are commemorating the great fair, and our home city, with an aptly named Dry Ice Martini.

The anniversary of Nipplegate

It was on this day back in 2004 that Janet Jackson hit the headlines...only it wasn't for her singing, but for a wardrobe malfunction!

Janet, who was 38 at the time, was singing during the halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII, which was being broadcast live to millions. She was dancing with Justin Timberlake, who sang Gotta have you naked by the end of this song then ripped off poor Janet's top revealing her right breast, partly covered by a nipple shield - naughty thing!

America was divided - half of the country went mad, and demanded legal action and new censorship regulations, and the other half ... well, let's just say that it got a hell of a lot of hits on Youtube!

What better excuse to knock back a Slippery Nipple?

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