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  1. No, I'm not saying luggage is never lost. I know it is. Most often it's not lost but delayed, commonly because an arriving flight is delayed and you have 5 minutes to get to your connecting flight. Your bags show up later on. And more often, your luggage arrives safe and sound at the very same time as you do.


    You need to get better travel insurance then. The one I have allows for the baggage to be missing for 24 hrs. During that time I can get compensation for "the little things" you might need to get around.

    After that, it covers cost for clothes and other necessities up to a certain amount. A rather ok amount too. If the luggage is not recovered within 7 days, I think it is, you will get further compensation and if your luggage is completely gone, it will cover most items. Also, your home-insurance would then kick in and compensate more.


    At least that's how mine works. I'm happy to say that the only time I've had delayed luggage it worked perfectly.


    That said, I know it's a pain in the ass when these things happen but I also think it's a little silly to immediately jump to the conclusion that from now on every single item or bag you bring will be forever lost.


    Solution, either check you bags with booze or mail it.


    Edit: I remember when they applied the restrictions for nailclippers, little swiss army knifes, scissors and all that... Everyone had to rave about it. Then, you suddenly realize that maybe you didn't even need to bring the damned nailclipper. You never used it on your travel anyway. And why the hell did you carry around that Leatherman tool all the time?


    If this is what it takes to keep flights more safe, I'm happy to adjust my planning wihle travelling.


    And another edit:

    However, the day the stop all carry-on luggage. THEN I'll be all over things. :)

  2. Musicians may love their instruments but I doubt they know much about aviation;


    Temperatures can go well below minus 10C in the hold, and a clarinet, violin, or oboe, will never be the same after that experience


    Again, this is not common among major airlines. Of all the times I've travelled I'm surprised none of the non-alcoholic fluids (or even the once containing alcohol) I've had in my checked luggage have ever been frozen...

  3. "Currently absinthe is making a comeback through ordinary wine shops all around europe, where absinthe is again legal, and through underground circles in the United States."


    That would be more like it.

    Though, the whole "underground circles" thing is pretty damn lame.

  4. Sure this is annoying but seriously... It's not the end of the world.

    If you're travelling from say the UK to the US you're likely to be having checked luggage anyway. No big deal.


    If you have transfers it's really only a good thing not having to carry around the extra weight between flights.


    I've travelled a lot and I have NEVER (thank you God) had any trouble with luggage getting lost or anything like that. The worst that can happen is that it gets delayed and they bring it to your hotel or wherever you're staying.


    In most cases you're even entitled to compensation through your travel insurance.


    So what if you can't bring a toothbrush on the plane, or your hair-gel... It's not a fucking fashion show.


    I prefer having to check all my luggage instead of getting any plane in the world blown up by a bunch of no-good idiot dumb fucks.

  5. And... absinthe is still explicitly forbidden by customs...

    Customs doesn't make the rules, they only enforce them. In this case, they are enforcing the FDA ban on thujone.


    Well, yes that much is true but absinthe is explicitly named as a fobidden "substance". Other thujone containing products may not be. So, even if FDA was to go with new thujone limits, absinthe would have to be removed from custom's list of forbidden items.


    Now, Jane Avril; the USA is behind this report and study along with the WHO and so on. This has nothing to do with absinthe in particular but with flavouring agents in general. Among those, thujone is one considered toxic in large amounts. Therefor they set up rules as to how much may be present in various types of food/beverages. The amounts stated are valid for ANY liquor or food.


    It's only us here who really sees this as a possible opening for absinthe in the US.


    The reasons why the US government could not use the WHO report are quite technical [...]

    simply because US officials work on a major international report, it does not mean that the US is under any obligation to accept that report.


    Very true. The one thing that IS good about it is that there were any US officials at all working on this. It is also good that those US officials did this along with WHO. This is good because in the long run there are really no arguments as to why the US couldn't use the same recommendations as the most rest of the world and particularly since much of Canada is on the same page.


    Some research I've done have indicated that if you're going through the right channels, pointing towards Canada and the EU may very well be the road to go. A report like this helps a lot in that.

    Government may be slow, but if you find the shortest route to go, you'll finish early.

  6. Yes, I noticed this a while back as well. As Pan Buh says it doesn't necessarily mean much in regards to US FDA etc but still, this document doesn't only touch the subject of thujone, but a other "falvouring agents" as well. That makes affect a whole lot more than absinthe and by that makes it more likely to be something adopted more or less world wide eventually.


    This lists methods for analysis also and we all know that methods listed as approved by the FDA today are very old. It is likely that the FDA will make changes, yes. Question is when.


    And... absinthe is still explicitly forbidden by customs...

  7. Modigliani



    Plot Outline: The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne


    Starring: Andy Garcia



    Something I don't quite get about this one is that the movie is set in 1919; Four years after the ban in France. And the two scenes referring to absinthe seem to be in pretty normal establishments (not speakeasy-like). Hmmm.



    That wouln't necessarily mean they couldn't serve absinthe there. There was a time for them to sell of current stock AFAIK.

  8. This is a little screen from the trailer of an upcoming movie. Premiere September 29th.

    Starring Jean Reno among others.


    Have a look at the glasses in the back at the bar and also I think you can make out what's so special about the bottles there...


    I will say no more right now.


  9. Of course you knew that. I just wanted to clarify for those who might not have known.


    AFAIK the new owners of the Pernot distillery are a lot more open to good ideas and suggestions and listen a lot more to what is said about production, which is also why changes and improvements have been made to the Emile 68 and the White Fairy.


    I don't know about filteration of the WF.

  10. Yes, that "documentary" was very... ummm... Michael Moore-ish. HA!


    No, seriously, they did a program about absinthe... Where did they travel to learn more? To San Fransisco and Prague!


    And that, just after the intro, telling how absinthe was a French/Swiss thing to start with.


    YAY! Good thinking.

  11. I can't read czech but does it actually say that it will be a distilled product, according to what we actually consider a distilled absinthe? Not a distilled spirit with macerated herbs? If it's actually being properly distilled, it's atleast a step in the right direction.


    I noticed these bits though:

    Absinthu spočívá v obsahu thujonu, psychotropní

  12. This site is reporting that Martin Sebor is dead...


    Wow what a great site! I think I need to order some of their really fine "cream of the crop" stuff! OOOOH YEAH!


    60% alc./vol. 0,75 Liter (750 ml)


    PREMIUM CZECH ABSINTH STRONG from Czech Absinth s.r.o. Distilleries, the cream of the crop, on the special order with the limited order volume, the product that will surprise even an real connoisseur. The ceramic bottle with an cork & wood closure and seal, that contains 5 years old Absinthe from the private reserve of the owner, that will satisfy every specialty herbal alcoholic beverage lover through its high content of more than 25 various top quality herbs, included the famous artemisia absinthium (wormwood or thujone). It is recommended to drink it in small doses for its well known hallucinogenic effects and ecstasy. In small doses it does not cause any health damage at all, on the contrary it has a healing effects, supports digestion and enjoyed in moderation works as an excellent aphrodisiac.


    Holy mother of God this is kaaahwaaayzee!

  13. I'm certainly not an expert in this but the brouilleur would be made that way to fit most any glass, narrow or wide...


    Again, it's hard to tell from photos, but I'm with Wild Bill here... The brouilleur, with the thicker glass and it's shape seem ok. The glass in the photos would most likely be "post-ban". The glass you actually got, with the thicker glass in the bottom, may very well be older though. Post photos of it if you can.