Brewdog Bar



Lang LangI am a lover of popular classical music, and I adore listening to Classic FM first thing in the morning when I wake up, last thing at night, in the car to keep me calm and also on my iPhone when travelling on the train (something I do twice a week from Birmingham to London to work at QVC).

And there’s a wonderful piece of music that I retreat to whenever I need clarity in my mind, whenever I need to relax and ask my brain to let go of stresses for a little while. There was a time that I’d listen to it occasionally, but it seems that I listen to it more often than not. It’s almost every day now, and what a magical piece of music it is, played by world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

Here it is – a gentle, lilting, slightly melancholic piece composed by French composer, Erik Satie in the late 19th Century – Gnossiennes No 1.

He’s a fascinating guy, who set up his own music foundation to try and assist young talented musicians from poorer backgrounds who show promise for a musical career. I scooted around YouTube to see if there was anything else of his that I could find to actually see him in action, instead of just hearing him.

Here he was on The One Show last September (starts at 2:37)…


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Is there a favourite piece of music that you like to listen to? That helps ease your mind? Makes you particularly happy? Has the capacity to help you get through a tough day? Let me know what that is – I’d love to listen to it!

As well as working at QVC this Wednesday and Sunday I’m squeezing in a quick trip up to Aberdeenshire this week. I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly because it’s a trip to visit the people who own and run the infamous Brewdog Brewery. I say ‘infamous’ because they are classed as quite a rebellious brewery with super powerful beers, packed with flavour (some might say too much, and too strong), with a cheeky attitude in terms of their beer bottle labels too.

And in the last two years they’ve expanded at a rate of knots opening Brewdog Bars which are interesting places, with fabulous bar food, a great selection of beers and well trained men and women behind the bar to help with your beer choice. Those bars have really changed the way that beer is being seen and served, for the better I think. Although there’s nothing wrong with old, traditional carpeted pubs. See my pic of my local Brewdog Birmingham and you can see how unusual it might look compared to a classic British boozer.

Brewdog Bar

Brewdog barI’ve been a beer writer for five years now, I’m one of the few women in the UK who’s a qualified Beer Sommelier (in other words, someone who’s taken exams about beer to reinforce their expert knowledge), who writes about beer and enthuses about how it’s a great low alcohol alternative for women. To that end, Brewdog have invited me to visit them for the last three years now, but because of work commitments I’ve not been able to get there.

So like I said, I can’t wait. I believe there’s a small group of us going up, and we’re due to have dinner all together, as well as a tour of where they brew all their beers. It’s going to be an exciting trip – am I bonkers to get excited about going to visit a brewery??

Keep an eye on my @TVMarv and @BeerBeauty Twitter accounts for all the action on Friday.

Where to see me on QVC…

Wednesday 13th May 9am – The Morning Show
Wednesday 13th May 12pm – Fashion by Together

Sunday 17th May 7pm – Dresses by Tiana B
Sunday 17th May 10pm – Diamonds
Sunday 17th May 11pm – Isaac Mizrahi Live!

Wednesday 20th May 9am – The Morning Show
Wednesday 20th May 10am – Casual & Co
Wednesday 20th May 12pm – Hairdo by HAIRUWEAR

Thursday 21st May 9am – The Morning Show
Thursday 21st May 10am – Artscapes Fashion
Thursday 21st May 12pm – Laura Geller Make-up

Stay in touch, I do love hearing from you live on air as well as when you don’t see me, feel free to Tweet me (@TVMarv) and Facebook ( me anytime!


  1. jenny stanford May 13, 2015 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Hello Marverine I find your page very interesting with information about beer etc. I also hope your househunting is going well but I do wonder if you could possible y help me I am trying to find out the name of a piece of piano music, it is played quite frequently on QVC between items particularly on the Extra and Style channels also I have heard it a lot on the BBC between programmes I did ask your people at the customer service department and they said that it was a library piece but I wondered if you might know what it is called as you are fond of classical music it is one of my favourite pieces but it is very frustrating not to be able to get to hear all of it . I know that there are methods of recording things and then finding out on the web what they are but I am not very technically minded and I don’t have a mobile phone I would be grateful if you could let me know if you are able to say what this piece is. thank you regards Jenny Stanford.

  2. Marverine Cole May 14, 2015 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Jenny, thanks for getting in touch – do you want to message me via my website – the contact page on www dot marverinecole dot co dot uk

    If you can record a snippet of it on your phone and then send it to me, I’ll ask around. Is it mainly piano or strings? Does it sound like anything famous that you’ve heard before?

  3. Louise May 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marverine
    I listen to mainly more recent classical music, and like you enjoy Eric Satie – not just Gnossiennes but also Gymnopedies. I tend to find certain composers are a “sure thing” for relaxing. When I had a very stressful job to complete to tight deadlines I found listening to just about anything by Ludovico Einaudi kept me sane. I am sure if you listen to any of his stuff, you’ll find something you’ve heard before.
    Glad to hear you’re still on the beer trail. Do you have any recommendations for light fresh summer-drinking beers for this lovely summer we’re going to be having?
    Hope your house-hunting project is going well – I can remember how many places I looked at before “the one”, and I’d begun to give up hope of finding what I wanted.

  4. Marverine Cole May 27, 2015 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Louise – OMG I adooooooooooorrrrrrrre Ludovico. many years ago I took my Mum to see him in concert at Brum’s Symphony Hall – he was outstanding. So glad you love him too – the ultimate in relaxation as well. They have a positive vibe for sure.

    As for summer beers – definitely BREWDOG’S THIS IS LAGER. Also anything from Badger Ales and also PILSNER URQUELL is fab. CURIOUS BREW – all of those can be found in the supermarket. Lodden Brewery’s Ferryman’s Gold, Oakham Ales Bishop’s Farewell, Fuller’s HONEYDEW – oooh I could go on. Better do a blog post on SUMMER BEERS then! xxxxxxxxxxxx

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