ITV’s new two-part documentary takes a look behind the scenes at the Major Trauma Centre at Southampton General Hospital – one of twelve institutions in the country set up to treat potentially life-changing injuries.Tonight, we meet three victims of road accidents, the biggest provider of patients to these centres. We also watch the team at work in situations where – as clichéd as it sounds – every decision really could mean the difference between life and death.
While there are the prerequisite gory scenes that may prove difficult for those with weak stomachs, the real punch in this documentary comes from interviews with families and victims who realise their lives have been changed in a split second. Not always easy to watch, but a fitting testament to the people who keep these centres running.
Despite its inconspicuous location at the bottom of a spiral staircase on a quiet street in Shoreditch, Ninetyeight is not a bar afraid of its own ostentatiousness. Inside, it’s as bizarre as it is colourful, and a range of quirks in the decor – from spray‐painted chairs to toy dinosaurs on the walls to a ‘bandage room’ (literally a room in which everything is covered in bandages, available for private hire) – places this joint above the darker, stuffier cocktail bars nearby. Cocktail‐wise, you’re looking at a small but impressive menu of original innovations (no bog‐standard mojitos or margaritas here); the Candylife, served with enough strawberry puree, yoghurt and Haribo to overwhelm its vodka base, will please anyone who favours sweetness above all, while the Smoking Head (whiskey with coffee liqueur and orange bitters) and the Chilli Treasure (chilli‐infused tequila, lime and agave syrup) should satisfy anyone after something a bit harder. In terms of sheer quality, you can’t go wrong with their Green Lady: gin complemented by cucumber, apple and cucumber liqueur and pepper – the latter of which didn’t quite give the kick it was probably supposed to, but the rest of which worked well for an easy‐drinking yet complex cocktail. Ninetyeight is practically empty in the late afternoon and early evening, but the crowds really ramp up from sundown until closing (at 1am). Despite that, table service is the norm and the servers are as friendly as they are knowledgeable about the
Venue says: “Come down and enjoy your evenings with our newly launched seasonal cocktail menu!”