George Orwell famously described a utopia he imagined under water for an article he published in 1946 for Evening Standard magazine, entitled: The Moon Under Water. Orwell listed 10 features his ideal pub should possess;
The Correct Realm
One of the greatest things about our solar system is its complexity: every system contains its own rules and peculiarities, such as ocean currents. As part of Earth’s surface waters, oceans play an enormous role in weather, temperature control and ultimately supporting life on Earth – yet most people know very little about them! That made for an interesting topic of conversation when recording one to a million episodes for record counting purposes!
So where better to try our luck than in our very own tavern? On such an important evening, it was great having John Robins and another special guest from overseas as hosts and attendees alike savored every drop before it came time for dinner.
The Earthly Realm
After decades of close encounters between Earth and its satellite Moon, another realm is beginning to open up for public observation: that of the outer solar system where four giant planets exist beyond Earth’s orbit.
The outer solar system contains four gigantic planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Each reaches about 11 times larger than Earth; Jupiter was only recently discovered.
Though large in scale, our universes are generally round. Philosophers such as Aristotle long held this view of reality. He believed that terrestrial bodies were composed of earth, fire, air and water combinations while celestial bodies beyond the moon had one additional substance known as quintessence that composed their composition.
A team of scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and Colorado, Arizona and Israel has provided evidence of increased oxygen in Jupiter’s moon Europa than previously anticipated. Through a computer simulation they have shown how salt water within its icy shell transports oxygen to an ocean of liquid water below that may support alien life forms.
Scientists have also been studying the daily rhythms of plankton, which sink to depths greater than 1,000 feet during the day before rising again at night to avoid predators. Scientists have observed that some plankton depend on lunar cycles as part of their biochemical clocks to keep themselves at an ideal level of abundance.
Arctic oceans present unique challenges – where sunlight never penetrates to reach deepest parts of the sea floor, plankton (mostly comprised of algae) must rely on lunar illumination for guidance in their daily movements.
The Moon’s impact on life isn’t only subtle or unexpected – it is profound. Our planet depends heavily on it for optimal functioning – without it, life on Earth would wilt away every 10,000 years with extreme temperature swings threatening our existence on this planet.
Behind The Cellar Door
There’s a pub in London called Moon Under Water that serves as an outstanding example of what a public-house should look like: people gather there to drink beer and chat; its unique characteristics set it apart from many of today’s dingy back street public houses: there’s an outdoor garden space, children’s chute and an atmosphere that oozes Victorian grandeur.
Henry Jeffreys has written an outstanding book entitled Drink to Know More by which has received widespread acclaim worldwide and should be required reading for anyone seeking more insight into alcohol! We’ll hear directly from him this week – his idea of an ideal pub will likely include all its elements!
Behind The Cellar Door is a two-day passport event that brings Amador Wine Country’s premier wineries together with wine enthusiasts for an immersive weekend of wine-focused activities, perfect for novices as well as connoisseurs. Visitors take part in hands-on tours through Amador Wine Country to witness first-hand how trailblazing, award winning winemakers are creating some of Northern California’s most prized vintages.
Backstage The Cellar Door offers visitors a chance to explore Amador Wine Country – from mineral rich vineyards in its Mother Lode to tasting unique varietals that thrive in its mountains – while tasting unique varietals that flourish here. Along the way you will witness why Amador Wine Country has long been recognized by leading national critics.
Over the weekend, participants will engage in an array of immersive activities from touring century-old vineyards and state-of-the-art wineries, to attending seminars featuring award-winning winemakers. Seminars will focus on “The Art of Winemaking”, giving visitors the chance to interact with many Amador winemakers who have become pioneers in their fields.
Our innovative two-day, reservation-only format enables participants to navigate their own path through Amador Wine Country, Fiddletown, Shenandoah, Amador City, Drytown West End and Sutter Creek based on their individual interests and CellarPass capabilities. By mapping their itinerary using CellarPass they will easily select up to four winery experiences per day!
The Pub of the Mind
The Moon Under Water is an exceptional example of a traditional English pub, boasting the distinction of being one of only a handful remaining that offers good stout in a hand-turned pewter pot. Additionally, this establishment provides delicious lunch offerings like liver sausage sandwiches and mussels (not the ones with sour meat! ), cheese, pickles and those delicious big biscuits with caraway seeds found only at public-houses.
Moon Bar offers more than just beer; guests can also sample delicious draught wine and fish and chips! Although located in Watford, its proximity to central London means it provides commuters an oasis of calm when returning from their office. While busy, drinks remain fresh while staff remain friendly and obliging; an additional perk includes an enclosed garden complete with a chute designed to entertain children on summer evenings.