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Flotsam

For the first time since 2014, I had a swim yesterday. I’ve never been one for swimming and the paraplegic mantra that water renders you weightless in tenuous. I just flail. That said, I did have a great float around … Continue reading

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Anyone want to join a club?

Originally posted on Vinous.com This one is called “The irritating and ridiculous whiskey offers I receive Club” (It could also be “The Someone thinks I’m stupid enough to pay ten Grand for a bottle of Roumier Musigny Club” – but … Continue reading

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Trump UK, Ok!

I’ll be brief, there’s no point decrying the man’s idiocy; I hold that truth to be self-evident. However, I think I get it about Boris. I mean, Boris is a Russian name right? So Boris Johnson must be a friend … Continue reading

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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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