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Eating the unspeakable

Shocking news on the ether today. Anthony Bourdain, ex-junkie, ex-chef, voyageur et aventurier has died in France, apparently, and perhaps inevitably from suicide (he always made me think of The Velvet Underground). Kitchen Confidential was a great read, and his tv … Continue reading

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An evening in

With risotto ai carciofi, vitello tonnato, cheese (yes cheese – passim) and cake! we spent Saturday evening in. Lest they be forgotten there were also four friends. It was all white on the night: 2016 Greywacke – Sauvignon Blanc 2015 … Continue reading

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Cheesed off

France 2018 is all change. (Tout est rélatif). But among all the réformes and inevitable lutte sociale, is there not another more visceral cultural tsunami? Une véritable crise existentielle de proportions pharaoniques? A threat to the very foundation of gallic … Continue reading

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Bad Language

Am I wrong? but it was always drilled into me that consequences are owing to an action rather than due to an action. I guess it’s like the split infinitive. Acceptable in modern life…but like a pebble in a shoe, … Continue reading

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It went something like this…

Asparagus always comes in two services. It’s sometimes hard to decide which is best; that often depends on the sauce or the vinaigrette. But what to serve with Asparagus? Some swear only to beer, but I confess that I have … Continue reading

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Family Matters

Family Matters is a great book by Indo-Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry. Perhaps not as great as his masterpiece, A Fine Balance. It’s greatness starts with the duplicity of the title, the one sardonic, the other imploring. Last weekend was Family … Continue reading

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Down and Out in Paris and London

  George Orwell, such a great man and so many great titles. But this one is very apt for my just finished lightning trip to London, (Stevenage), Deauville and Paris. La raison d’être was 30th reunion of my class from … Continue reading

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Thunder and Lightning, very very frightening…

But welcome. La familigia has been ensconced high in the hills above Greve in Chianti for fifteen days. The only thing higher has been the temperatures…up to 41° and more in the shade and the vines have been suffering. In … Continue reading

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On virginity

Amongst fellow imbibers, one thing that slightly grates me is the judgement, “Oh, but it’s only slightly corked.” No it isn’t. As in life, you can’t almost be a virgin, you either are, or you aren’t. It’s either corked or … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened on the way to the forum…

Should you find yourself not in Clitheroe, but Reims and short of a fine bottle, you should head here. To Les Caves du Forum; there is symbiosis with those Lancashire lads. Just off Reims’ own Roman forum this wine shop … Continue reading

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