I’ve just looked at the statistics of today’s readership of the blog so far (8pm). There have been 32 from Ireland, 29 from the UK, 8 from the USA, 2 each from Ukraine, Hungary and Hong Kong and 1 from Canada. How have I offended the Canadians so badly?
Back to business: The first lecture after lunch was delivered by Adrian Douglas, the Malteser, on the subject of Physio-Chemical analysis of honey.
He started telling us about the history of bees on Malta. The name of the island was originally Melita – the land of honey, but was changed to Malta under Arab rule. There are lots of ancient bee boles there and pottery ‘jug’ hives.
Then he got into the technical part of the lecture involving food analysis, EU regulations and the proportions of carbohydrates of different types. HMF (hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde), pfund scales, refractive indices, pH and all sorts of exciting things, finishing with melissopalynology.
It was quite a pleasant and lively lecture but lots of the technical stuff went over my head.
Time for tea and biscuits.