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Wine and Music: “Careless Love”

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The composer of this classic blues song is unknown: “Trad” is the best guess. There have been many version of this tale of heartbreak and vengeance. I have chosen Bessie Smith’s magnificent recording. The song is not really about wine … Continue reading

Wine and Music: Goran Bregović’s “Champagne For Gypsies”

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A nice title by Goran Bregović, a well-regarded Bosnian musician whose songs cover a wide variety of genres. He composed the soundtrack for the sumptuous 1994 film La Reine Margot, starring Isabelle Adjani. I have not seen it for many … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

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A message from Vic Mills: “A tad frenetic here as we put together our refugee Kit Aid appeal. It’s starting to take shape. Which is just as well as we’ve an overnight sailing to the Hook of Holland on 31 … Continue reading

Alan Ross’s “Australia 55” and “Australia 63”

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During the long winter months I like to read classic cricket books to keep me going until the new season begins. Recently I read Alan Ross’s Australia 63 and Australia 55, his reviews and travelogues of two memorable Ashes series. … Continue reading

Wine and literature: Paul Farley’s “From a Weekend First”

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Nestled in the multi-award-winning poetry of Paul Farley is a gem called “From a Weekend First”, published in his 2002 collection “The Ice Age”. The poem references red burgundy and pinot noir to – I think – comic effect, though … Continue reading

Wine and Music: Oz Clarke on Radio 3’s “The Choir”

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My long-standing colleague and friend Oz Clarke was on Radio 3’s “The Choir” recently: “Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces this week’s pick of the choral world. Wine expert, author and occasional professional chorister, Oz Clarke chats with Sara about some of his … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: JANUARY NEWSLETTER + REFUGEE KIT APPEAL

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A message from Vic Mills at Project Front Foot: “I hope this isn’t too early in the morning for curry? But I’ve a little curried cricket for you in the shape of the PFF January Newsletter. Another busy month in … Continue reading

Wine and Music: “Port Wine Blues”

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“I’ve got to have it…” sings Ruby Smith. Me too, though probably not in the same quantity or frequency as her. Ruby Smith was a niece by marriage to the great Bessie Smith, with whom she toured in the mid-1920s. … Continue reading

Whinging (Champagne) Poms: 19th Century England tours to Australia and Pommery Champagne

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It has long been widely believed that “pom” – the not always well-intentioned Aussie term for somebody from England, and often joined with the adjective “whinging”  – was an acronym from “Prisoner of His Majesty” or “Permit of Migration”. But … Continue reading

Wine and Cinema: Valpolicella in “Letter from an Unknown Woman”

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BBC2 shows old and largely unknown films on Saturday mornings. In December 2016, Letter from an Unknown Woman was screened. This 1948 melodrama was directed by Max Ophüls and stars Joan Fontaine, who had already been in two Hitchcock films, … Continue reading