You often hear phrases like “firewater” or “that’ll put hairs on your chest” and “gutrot” used to describe strong liquor.

‘Chernobled’ could be a new one.

Jim Smith, a professor at the University of Portsmouth and researchers at the infamous nuclear plant that blew up in 1986, have produced a vodka made from grain and water in the area around the abandoned plant.

Just one bottle of the spirit - named Atomik - has been produced as part of a study into how the land has recovered since the catastrophic accident.

Passing over the question of whether these clever people shouldn’t be doing more with their time than making hooch, you wonder what the market for this would be.

Prof Smith admits the rye used was “slightly” contaminated but insists: “This is no more radioactive than any other vodka. We asked our friends at Southampton University to see if they could find any radioactivity.

“They couldn’t find anything Everything was below their limit of detection.”

I like a drink. I’ve even had that worm at the bottom of a tequila bottle. But I can’t say this appeals to me.

Prof Smith says it is hoped the sale of the vodka could support communities around the exclusion zone.

You’d think that given the area’s reputation, they might choose something a bit more health-giving than vodka....

n Cumbria Tourism had plans to make the region the ‘Adventure Capital of the UK’ by 2018.

The area is home to the highest mountain, the deepest water and the longest lake in England.

But that drive to promote Cumbria as the nation’s most exciting area seems to have stalled.

TV channel Dave carried out a study of the greatest adventures in the world and in the UK to mark the launch of its new series, Expedition with Steve Backshall.

According to its research, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro came top, trekking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru was second with rafting the Grand Canyon, Arizona third.

The greatest British thrills, it reckons, are conquering Ben Nevis, potholing in Gaping Gill, Yorkshire and swimming with Seals off Lundy Island, Devon.

Even open water river swimming in Oxfordshire ranked higher than doing anything in Cumbria.

Obviously, our tourism bods need to work harder at telling the rest of the country what we have here - though I think the couch potatoes who watch Dave need to get out more.