My heritage has never been an important aspect of my life like it is for some people. I’m not fond of continuing outdated traditions for some misplaced obligation to my ancestors’ way of life. I’ve always been told that I’m half Norwegian, a third Swiss/German, and the rest Irish. Despite my heavily Nordic name, this has meant very little to me. I’m a futurist. I’m much more fascinated in where we are going. Not where we’ve been.

On a whim, I recently ordered an Ancestry DNA and the results are in. My Norwegian heritage holding strong at 47%, but to my surprise rather than 1/3 Swiss/German I have 29% of my ancestry coming from Great Britain. The rest a mix of Irish, Western European and Southern European.

I’ve always had a strong affinity for British comedies…and of course, the drinking…


The Bramble


Invented by a man named Dick Bradsell who worked at Fred’s Club in London in the 1980’s, the Bramble is a super easy to make cocktail.


  • 35ml gin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 1tsp sugar syrup
  • 15ml blackberry liqueur
  • Garnish – slice of lemon and a blackberry


  1. Add all of the ingredients into the glass;
  2. Stir thoroughly and garnish by adding a slice of lemon and a blackberry on top.
  3. Drink up, mate!

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