Britain's Pubs Dying
Big surprise: two top causes are the smoking ban, and taxes on alcohol.
Link to CNN video
This may well be hailed as a good thing. Obviously, smoking and alcohol are bad for you. But, what about tradition? I once planned a trip to Britain with friends that included at least one London pub crawl, because to me, it just screamed, ENGLAND! (Sadly, the trip was scrapped due to work.)
Says British beer blogger Pete Brown, "If you took a guy from the 10th Century, and brought him forward in time, the only things he would recognize today are the churches and pubs."
So, another corner of the planet becomes more homogenized. Great.