Great news from Hungary, as since last weekend it’s no longer a crime to ride a bicycle drunk. The Central European country had a zero tolerance policy for driving under influence on major roads, no matter what vehicle it was. With a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0,05 (0,5 by European standards) or more one would get a fine of 30.000 forints (almost 100 euro) before. But since last Saturday everything changed in Hungary. Cyclists can now be as drunk as they want on all roads. The decision to make a modification to the 2012 traffic regulations came as a complete surprise. The news was simply published in the official gazette of the government with the signature of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The simple logic behind the new law: “Drunk cyclists can only hurt themselves, not others like drivers of motor vehicles.”
This world is getting more and more crazy. Stuff that we were laughing away as stupid science fiction in the past is getting very, very real. The latest violation of people’s privacy in Europe comes from the United Kingdom, where new laws are introduced to force people to wear booze bracelets. This device measures the amount of alcohol in your sweat every half hour. Soon British courts will have the power to give alcohol offenders a drinking limit or cut them off completely. In the United States the booze bracelets are already being used. For example actress Lindsay Lohan is wearing one.
Probably everyone knows the story of Robin Hood, the outlaw who stood up for the poor when England was being oppressed by the Normands. But have you heard about Lewis Redmond also known as the ‘Robin Hood of moonshiners’? He was a skilled moonshiner and bootlegger from the 19th century who became an outlaw after shooting a deputy U.S. marshall in North Carolina (USA). From then on he and his own merry men were hiding in the rough Appalachian mountains and became a hero to the poor locals, since he fought the tax collectors and supported them with the profits of the illegal liquor he made by moonlight.
,,I’m going to be around until the Atomic Energy Commission finds a safe place to bury my liver.”
American musician and comedian Phil Harris
We already gave you some tips and tricks to get rid of your hangover. But every country has its own traditional dishes to make the process go faster. We like to give you a taste of the international anti-hangover cuisine. This time we present you a dish from the famous French cuisine. Cassoulet is a powerful dish that is especially popular in the South-West of France to speed up the recovery process after heavy drinking. We chose for a typical recipe from Toulouse.
If you are a regular follower of Lords of the Drinks you know we like to keep things light around here. Also you will very rarely see a post written in the first person. Well, this post is gonna be different. Every since a boeing of Malaysian Airlines carrying 193 men, women and children from my country Holland (298 people in total) was shot down I have been struggling a little bit with myself and there are some things I have to get of my chest before I can continue to deliver your regular doses of drunken fun. In the next lines I will explain why I believe we shouldn’t blame Russians in general, but focus on mister Vladimir Putin and the former KGB agents who surround him. But first let’s start by raising our glasses in a salute to all the innocent victims that died in this disaster.
The newly appointed president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker “has cognac for breakfast”, claim sources among European Union officials, quoted by The Independent. The Luxembourger, 59, recently became famous not only for his high position, but also for his alleged heavy drinking and smoking.