For those unfamiliar with Fernet Branca, it might be described as a syrupy alcoholic liqueur flavoured with what tastes like a mixture of aromatherapy essences and dilute Marmite. In small doses it can be quite effective as a hangover palliative, but no one in their right minds would dream of knocking back tumbler after tumbler of the stuff.
Michael Dibdin, Guardian, 19 June 2004, Guardian
reviewing James Hamilton-Paterson's Cooking With Fernet Branca . Amazon
Rousseau propagandised the moral lessons to be learnt from the Alpine peasants, the Romantics found in the hills a mirror of God or their own personalities, and a Dr Spengler announced the mountain climate to be the best cure or palliative for tuberculosis, then responsible in England for one death in six.
Thomas Hodgkinson, Guardian, 21 October 2000, Guardian
reviewing Jim Ring's How the English Made the AlpsAmazon
For them, the two-month extravaganza — a $4.1 million production that includes sets and lighting for nearly 40 art pieces on eight staging areas with live narration and orchestra — weaves a magic that is a welcome palliative to the freneticism of modern-day entertainment.