Come on Barbie - let's go party!

23 March, 2007

A 46-year-old mother of three known as the "real-life Barbie" has been challenged for ID in Tesco. Model Sarah Burge, who has spent more than £180,000 on plastic surgery, was challenged when she tried to buy four bottles of red wine in her ­local Tesco in St Neots, ­Cambridgeshire.

She said: "It has been almost 30 years since I was last asked to prove my age ! At first I was stunned. But when it had all sunk in I was actually delighted. I've invested a lot of time and energy in my appearance and it's not unusual for people to think I'm younger than I am. But to think I might have passed for under 18 is absolutely wonderful. I could have kissed the assistant! I'm going to buy all my alcohol at Tesco from now on!"

Ignore all the people rushing to congratulate Burge's plastic surgeon. The OLN team would like to commend ­Tesco's diligent cashier for her highly ­responsible attitude to drinks retailing.

Asking for it

Quote of the week goes to Dan Jago from Tesco. "Are retailers abusive?" Thierry's boss Peter Darbyshire pondered aloud during his five-minute ap praisal of the market at Wine Intelligence's fifth birthday dinner, where the great and the good were quietly assembled. "No we're fucking not," chirped the Cheshunt charmer. He wins an OLN bookmark.

Not so Special after all?

Under normal circumstances a crate of lager abandoned in the street would last about three seconds in the face of the onslaught from opportunistic passers-by. What then, is to be made of the fate of a crate of Carlsberg Special Brew that somehow wound up in the middle of a busy street in Brighton? Not only was no one descending on this apparent casualty of a delivery lorry meeting with a bump in the road, they were studiously avoiding it - a few even crossed the road. Brighton is not renowned for its lack of the type of inhabitant most often associated with a can of Spesh, but sadly for them this wasn't really the right end of town. Eventually, one of Brighton's other most prolific drinking communities turned up to save the day. Although even he only took a mere four-pack. Don't students learn how to get drunk any more?

New meaning for 'hair of the dog'

A York hairdresser has started advertising a "trim and tonic", "buck's frizz" and "short back and cider" after gaining a licence to sell drinks. Dannie Lea Hair Design owner Dannie Lea has spent six months training to get the licence and now sells drinks to his customers at cheaper prices than neighbouring ­upmarket bars. Let's hope he doesn't move on to undercutting local off-licences with take-home bottles of Shear-az, Shave-ignon Blanc and, er ... Mosel-hawk. (Isn't this story a bit fringe for us? Ed.)

Sounds tasty

From the marketing leaflet of Tokaj Borhaz, a "yellowisch-green" and "long lastong" wine with "long living remembrance": "memorable experience with goose liver, caviar and other posh dishes". It went great with our Big Mac too.

Tasters don't get the Blues

Following last issue's report that Oxbridge students were campaigning to have wine tasting recognised as an official university sport, or Blues sport, Oxford University Wine Society treasurer Christopher Dix got in touch with OLN to let us know the attempt has faltered.

"I personally believe that a Blue should be reserved for those with athletic prowess, while the delights of wine-tasting are left as a passion/intellectual pursuit. It so beautifully fulfils five of six requirements to become a Blues sport, but failed somewhat on the athletic prowess front. It would become the first sport, Blues or indeed non, where deodorant was hugely frowned upon," he said.

The university committee to decide which sports receive official recognition has unanimously rejected the bid.




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