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Project Front Foot November newsletter

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, While not, by some distance, the edition I’d planned, it nevertheless remains Business as Usual on the project front. The attached November newsletter highlights the start of our NINTH! season in … Continue reading

Wine and music: “Wein, Weib und Gesang” (“Wine, Woman, and Song”) by Johann Strauss II

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An E-flat major waltz on a pertinent theme by the younger Strauss, composer of the well-known The Blue Danube.

Wine and music: “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” by Verdi

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“Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (“Let’s drink from the joyful cups”) is a popular brindisi drinking song from Verdi’s La Traviata. The song is for male tenors – here’s Pavarotti – though there is a recording of Maria Callas performing it. … Continue reading

Wine and Cinema: “My Favourite Wife”, starring Cary Grant

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Another recent Saturday morning treat on BBC2 was an obscure Cary Grant screwball comedy.  In My Favorite Wife, Grant’s character is about to remarry after his first wife is declared dead. It turns out that she was marooned and now … Continue reading

Wine and Music: “La Puerta del Vino” by Claude Debussy

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No lyrics here but a Spanish wine-themed piece by Debussy. “The Gate of Wine” of the title is the Alhambra Gateway in Granada. Granada does not produce any wines of distinction, but it’s not a million miles from Jerez and … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: OCTOBER NEWSLETTER.

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, More tales from the far and not so far pavilions with PFF’s October newsletter. I’m just a tad early this month on account of some serious desk-clearing before India. The plan … Continue reading

Wine and Music: “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” by Bessie Smith – and Eric Clapton

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This Blues standard was written by Jimmy Cox in 1923 and popularised by the great Bessie Smith, whose release coincided with the Wall Street Crash in September 1929. The tale of a millionaire losing his wealth struck a chord. Clapton’s … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “A little light reading for the weekend in the shape of the Project Front Foot September Newsletter. The focus, despite a return to Mumbai less than four weeks away, remains on events in … Continue reading

Wine and Music: “Drinkin’ wine, spo-dee o-dee” by Stick McGhee

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Here’s an absolute gem from Stick McGhee, who I’d never heard of but it turns out that he is the brother of Brownie McGhee, who I do know. The original lyrics were extremely profane – “Drinkin’ wine motherfucker!” – but … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: AUGUST NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart,        A heady mix of monsoon mayhem and motorway miles; please find attached the Project Front Foot August Newsletter. Cheers Vic”