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My “The Drinks Interval: Wine and Cricket” article published by FINE India

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Following India’s victory over West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on 30th June 2017, the former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who scored 78 not out, was asked by a journalist about how he is getting … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: “MUMBAI SPECIAL” NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, After arguably the weepiest week in the history of the game, it has fallen to Project Front Foot to put a smile back on the face of world cricket. A big … Continue reading

Wine and literature: Marcus Brigstocke’s “The Red” – and Lafite 1973…

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Marcus Brigstocke’s drama “The Red” was recently broadcast on Radio 4. The synopsis read: “Benedict has been sober for 25 years. On the day of his father’s funeral, he learns he has left him an unsettling final request. Benedict’s father … Continue reading

Wine and literature: Roald Dahl’s short story “The Butler”

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Roald Dahl’s wine-themed short story “The Butler” was recently dramatised on Radio 4. George Cleaver, the Sausage King of the North, sells his business and moves to London in order to enter society. He employs a butler, Tibbs, to help … Continue reading

Fake or fortune? Pétrus 1952

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Which one of these three Pétrus 1952 bottles is an imposter…? I should point out that I haven’t seen these bottles in person, so any opinions on colours, shapes etc are far from definitive. And the image is not high … Continue reading

Wine and Music: “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ by Ian Dury And The Blockheads

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I had never noticed the wine reference in this great hit from winter 1978/9: “In the wilds of Borneo And the vineyards of Bordeaux Eskimo, Arapaho Move their body to and fro” I’m old enough to remember this reaching No.1 … Continue reading

Wine and music: “Red Wine and Promises” by Norma Waterson

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Here’s another folk gem courtesy of Mike Harding’s folk show podcast that was broadcast on 15th October 2017. Sung by Norma Waterson, “Red Wine and Promises” is from Lal & Mike Waterson’s 1972 album Bright Phoebus. It has been covered … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: JANUARY NEWSLETTER.

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A message from Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, A busy weekend here in Berlin. Currently in the middle of a pre-Mumbai desk-clearing exercise; part of which is the attached January newsletter. Trying to do as much as I can before throwing … Continue reading

Wine and music: “The Rooftops of Copenhagen” by Tom Russell

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Described by the folk music expert and broadcaster Mike Harding as “balladeer and story-teller”, Tom Russell released his album Folk Hotel in September 2017. “The Rooftops of Copenhagen” describes a man, in Russell’s Johnny Cash-type baritone, walking into a bar … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, There’s something of the miraculous about this current project newsletter. As I write, the bottom left corner of my laptop screen appears intent on detaching itself from the whole, while a … Continue reading