That being said, this is not a happy ramble across the Highlands! This is a dark, scary horror mystery, with delightfully disturbing revelations that, without spoiling anything, seems to draw a bit on old Highland tales like the legend of Sawney Bean. Due to this story, I've avowed that I will never again take rambling holidays alone in the Highlands, and if I ever do, I won't stray from the marked trails ever again!
Which is probably wise, in any case, so I thank Beckett for that! A rather thin and transparent plot with adequate Hebridean atmosphere. Reminded my of a short story, Specialty of the House by Ellin.
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Gerald Stevas from a London office of some ministry comes to one of those places in High Scotland where it is better having off-road tyres, but he hasn't thought of this when he started his roundtrip with a Landrover. Watching eagles fly, he went off the road and now he is stuck in a waterlogged peat. Searching for help - without any signal on his android phone - he has to procede in the direction of the bay, where an island of about 50 acres shaped like a horseshoe has obviously houses and cultivated fields.
Michael, the chief of the inhabitants of this island far out of the real world, explains the reasons for this outpost settlement where life is conducted like in the Victorian era. People are obviously ill and dying, but don't want a doctor to be called. There are other contradictions difficult to ignore for an intelligent man like Gerald Stevans. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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Chemist, historian and absinthe distiller Ted Breaux has claimed that the alleged secondary effects of absinthe may be because some of the herbal compounds in the drink act as stimulants , while others act as sedatives , creating an overall lucid effect of awakening. Today it is known that absinthe does not cause hallucinations.
It was once widely promoted that excessive absinthe drinking caused effects that were discernible from those associated with alcoholism, a belief that led to the coining of the term absinthism. One of the first vilifications of absinthe followed an experiment in which Magnan simultaneously exposed one guinea pig to large doses of pure wormwood vapour, and another to alcohol vapours. The guinea pig exposed to wormwood vapour experienced convulsive seizures, while the animal exposed to alcohol did not.
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Magnan would later blame the naturally occurring in wormwood chemical thujone for these effects. Thujone, once widely believed to be an active chemical in absinthe, is a GABA antagonist, and while it can produce muscle spasms in large doses, there is no direct evidence to suggest it causes hallucinations. As such, most traditionally crafted absinthes, both vintage and modern, fall within the current EU standards.
The high percentage of alcohol in absinthe would result in mortality long before thujone could become a factor. One study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol  concluded that high doses 0. It delayed reaction time , and caused subjects to concentrate their attention into the central field of vision. Low doses 0.
While the effects of the high dose samples were statistically significant in a double blind test, the test subjects themselves were unable to reliably identify which samples contained thujone. Most countries except Switzerland at present do not possess a legal definition of absinthe unlike Scotch whisky or cognac.
Accordingly, producers are free to label a product "absinthe" or "absinth", whether or not it bears any resemblance to the traditional spirit. Absinthe is readily available in many bottle shops.
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Until July 13, , the import and sale of absinthe technically required a special permit, since "oil of wormwood, being an essential oil obtained from plants of the genus Artemisia , and preparations containing oil of wormwood" were listed as item 12A, Schedule 8, Regulation 5H of the Customs Prohibited Imports Regulations Cth. These controls have now been repealed,  and permission is no longer required.
Absinthe was prohibited in Brazil until and was brought by entrepreneur Lalo Zanini and legalised in the same year. While this regulation is enforced throughout channels of legal distribution, it may be possible to find absinthe containing alcohol in excess of the legal limit in some restaurants or food fairs.
In Canada, liquor laws concerning the production, distribution, and sale of spirits are written and enforced by individual provincial government monopolies. Each product is subject to the approval of a respective individual provincial liquor board before it can be sold in that province. Importation is a federal matter, and is enforced by the Canada Border Services Agency. The importation of a nominal amount of liquor by individuals for personal use is permitted, provided that conditions for the individual's duration of stay outside the country are satisfied.
The sale of absinthe is permitted in all EU countries unless they further regulate it. The sale and production of absinthe was prohibited in Finland from to ; no current prohibitions exist. The government-owned chain of liquor stores Alko is the only outlet that may sell alcoholic beverages containing over 5. Despite adopting sweeping EU food and beverage regulations in that effectively re-legalised absinthe, a decree was passed that same year that preserved the prohibition on products explicitly labelled as "absinthe", while placing strict limits on fenchone fennel and pinocamphone hyssop  in an obvious, but failed, attempt to thwart a possible return of absinthe-like products.
A legal challenge to the scientific basis of this decree resulted in its repeal ,  which opened the door for the official French re-legalisation of absinthe for the first time since The French Senate voted to repeal the prohibition in mid-April It is legal to produce and sell absinthe in Georgia , which has claimed to possess several producers of absinthe. A ban on absinthe was enacted in Germany on 27 March In addition to banning the production of and commercial trade in absinthe, the law went so far as to prohibit the distribution of printed matter that provided details of its production.
The original ban was lifted in , but the use of Artemisia absinthium as a flavouring agent remained prohibited. On 27 September , Germany adopted the European Union's standards of , which effectively re-legalised absinthe. The Fascist regime in banned the production, import, transport and sale of any liquor named "Assenzio".
Although absinthe is not prohibited at national level, some local authorities have banned it. The latest is Mataura in Southland. The ban came in August after several issues of misuse drew public and police attention. One incident resulted in breathing difficulties and hospitalising of a year-old for alcohol poisoning.
The sale and production of absinthe has never been prohibited in Sweden or Norway. However, the only outlet that may sell alcoholic beverages containing more than 3. Systembolaget and Vinmonopolet did not import or sell absinthe for many years after the ban in France;  however, today several absinthes are available for purchase in Systembolaget stores, including Swedish made distilled absinthe.
In Switzerland, the sale and production of absinthe was prohibited from to March 1, This was based on a vote in To be legally made or sold in Switzerland, absinthe must be distilled,  must not contain certain additives, and must be either naturally coloured or left uncoloured. In , the Federal Administrative Court of Switzerland invalidated a governmental decision of which allowed only absinthe made in the Val-de-Travers region to be labeled as absinthe in Switzerland.
The court found that absinthe was a label for a product and was not tied to a geographic origin. This was made possible partly through the TTB's clarification of the Food and Drug Administration 's FDA thujone content regulations, which specify that finished food and beverages that contain Artemisia species must be thujone-free. The import, distribution, and sale of absinthe is permitted subject to the following restrictions:.
Absinthe imported in violation of these regulations is subject to seizure at the discretion of U. Customs and Border Protection. Beginning in ,  a product called Absente was sold legally in the United States under the marketing tagline "Absinthe Refined," but as the product contained sugar, and was made with southernwood Artemisia abrotanum and not grande wormwood Artemisia absinthium before ,  the TTB classified it as a liqueur. The Absinthe Prohibition Act , passed in the New Hebrides , has never been repealed, is included in the Vanuatu consolidated legislation, and contains the following all-encompassing restriction: "The manufacture, importation, circulation and sale wholesale or by retail of absinthe or similar liquors in Vanuatu shall be prohibited.
Numerous artists and writers living in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were noted absinthe drinkers, and featured absinthe in their work. The aura of illicitness and mystery surrounding absinthe has played into literature, movies, music, and television, where it is often portrayed as a mysterious, addictive, and mind-altering drink. Absinthe has served as the subject of numerous works of fine art, films, video, music, and literature since the midth-century.
Supernatural Fiction Author A. Mengel incorporated absinthe into his series The Tales of Tartarus. The main protagonist, Antoine, has a penchant for the intoxicant and serves it to several characters throughout the series of novels.
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