Rick Enfield

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A toast to beer, from Plato to Frank Zappa

A review of Beer: A Global History. Reading about it is second in pleasure only to drinking it<p>‘He was a wise man who invented beer,’ said Plato, although I imagine he had changed his mind by the following morning. <i>Beer: A Global History</i> (Reaktion, £9.99, Spectator Bookshop, £9.49) is the latest …

The Most Amazing Scuba Dives on the Planet

For most novice divers, the otherworldly world beneath the surface of the sea is fantastical enough in its own right. No major bells or whistles are needed to make it more alluring.<p>The natural underwater attractions -- sherbet-hued coral, Skittles-colored fish, and the deep, unending void of blue …

Egyptian Man Dives To More Than 1,000 Feet Under Water To Break Scuba Diving Record

Gabr, a member of the special forces, reached the depth of 332.35 metres (1,091 feet) in 12 minutes but took almost 15 hours to return to the surface in order to avoid injury or illness.<p>The record was achieved Thursday at the popular Red Sea diving resort of Dahab, surpassing the previous mark of …