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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”  

Wine and literature: Chablis and oysters in “Anna Karenina”

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I was forced to endure Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina as an English and European Literature undergraduate at Warwick University too many years ago. It’s probably one of the reasons, among other literary horrors, why I didn’t read any fiction for at … Continue reading

Wine and Music: “All I have to do is dream” by the Everly Brothers

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The Everly Brothers’ wine references keep coming. “All I have to do is dream” is one of their most famous songs, written by Boudleaux Bryant and released in 1958. Chet Atkins is the guitarist. The verses include: I can make … Continue reading

Wine and Music: “Down in the Willow Garden” by the Everly Brothers

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Here are our friends the Everly Brothers with more wine references in their wonderful music. “Down in the Willow Garden” is a traditional Appalachian ballad that mixes wine and violence: My love fell off to sleep I had a bottle … Continue reading

What the Shah drank: Wines at the 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire in 1971

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BBC4’s excellent “Storville” series recently showed a film about “The 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire”, held by the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 12–16 October 1971 on the occasion of the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of … Continue reading

Wine and Music: The Everly Brothers’ “The Price of Love”

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Released in 1965, “The Price of Love” was written and performed by Don Everly and Phil Everly. With its sneering vocals and raucous harmonica, it was a smash in the UK but much less regarded in the USA. “Wine is … Continue reading