Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Donald: A thought

This is not a new thought, it’s something that’s bothered me for a while: size. Not the size of his hands, but the size of his mouth. It is tiny, which is ironic really. To be less prosaic, and especially … Continue reading

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Back to wine

I was at Dijon’s market at 08.20 this morning, and I was up for it. I had invited a couple of erstwhile Beaunites for lunch; I’d made a kilo of pasta at 22.30 the night before and I was ready for … Continue reading

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Deeply

Yesterday morning I must have struck an odd sight, mesmerised, car door half open in front of the local boulangerie. I was listening to this on the Today Programme. Fifty years to the day since the Aberafan disaster, John Humphrey’s … Continue reading

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Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before

I have often felt myself apologising for/ to myself for my-non knowledge of Joy Division or  even New Order (sic).  As a teenager i was locked in a torpid round robin of Dire Straits. Middle of the road, middle class, less … Continue reading

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An Enchanted Place

Of my earliest literary memories, beyond Where the Wild Things are, or Green Eggs and Ham, the most poignant and the most emotional I can remember is the final chapter of The House at Pooh Corner. I have always loved … Continue reading

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Where the wind blows

Legless on Route 66 1.3 I award myself a medal. The Burgundian sky is azure blue, with mares’ tails high in the sky. And believe me it is blowing a bloody gale. I learnt this first hand today as I … Continue reading

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Menu à la mode

You have to chuckle. Increasingly, earnest, no nonsense, modern foodie-ism likes to cut to the chase. Surely a brief list of a dish’s ingredients is a salient expression of a cook’s honest lack of pretension than a hackneyed reference to … Continue reading

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