24 November

National Sardines Day

Smoked Salty Sour

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Smoked Salty Sour

They're small, smelly, and generally found tinned or canned, but National Sardines Day is here to change your opinions on these surprisingly nutritious fishes.

Sardines might not appeal to us all, but they are packed full of goodness such as vitamin B12, Omega 3 fatty acids and a whole load of other health-boosting vitamins and minerals. They're used far more widely than we might think and are the second most consumed fish by humans. They can be tinned, canned, used for flavouring or enjoyed whole, making them a very versatile food source.

Their name comes from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where they were abundant and due to the ease of preserving and shipping, they became an important trading item.

Fun fact: There are 21 species of sardine, six of which are called pilchards.

So please don't turn your nose up at them; try them. Maybe you already love them, but we're toasting the humble sardine with a Smoked Salty Sour.

The Origin of Species was published this day

An English naturalist and geologist who spent almost five years recording the wildlife of Latin America from his base on board HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin published his defining work, On the Origin of Species, on this day in 1859.

The book, he recorded in his diary, sold out that same day, and the theory of evolution it contained would transform biology, theology, medicine and more. Honour Charles, a courageous man who overcame nervous illness to publish pioneering thought, and his big idea that has shaped our thought, with a Charlie, a pleasantly sweet bourbon concoction.

It's also Buy Nothing Day

Do you ever feel you have too much stuff? Or, equally importantly, too little money? Then Buy Nothing Day - today - is for you!

The challenge, presented by the folk behind Adbusters, is to spend absolutely nothing for an entire day. Which, this close to payday, might not be that huge a challenge for some of us.

Why? Well, we are part of the 20% of the world's population that uses over 80% of the earth's resources. Much of what we buy is produced by third-world workers, many of them children, in hideous conditions, and the crap it is wrapped in is destroying the environment.

We are going to give it a go. If you can too, why not reward yourself with a Pall Mall Martini rather than a shopping mall.

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