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Fields & Applications Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry

Booze, Barbarism and… Beeswax

So-called “consumption practices” were an integral part of early Celtic life. We know this from writings of the time – some of which describe the abuse of one particular consumable: alcoholic beverages. For example, Diodorus Siculus of ancient Greece apparently documented first-hand experience of this boozey buffoonery in his Bibliotheca historica: “The Gauls (Celts) are exceedingly addicted to the use of wine… and since they partake of this drink without moderation by reason of their craving for it, when they are drunken they fall into a stupor or a state of madness” (1).

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Matthew Hallam

I've always wanted a career in which I could practice my creativity, even when I worked on the assembly line in a fish factory. At one time, I channeled this need into dance, drawing, poetry and fiction, and I still do most of these things. But, following completion of my MSc(Res) in Translational Oncology and time working in labs and as a Medical Writer for major pharmaceutical companies, I'm happy to find myself in a career that allows me to combine my creative side with my scientific mind as the Deputy Editor of The Analytical Scientist.

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