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”

 

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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 last two years after graduating.

Anyway, I recently came across this delicious reference to Chablis and oysters in chapter ten of the first book of Anna Karenina. Levin, Oblonsky, and Stepan Arkadyevitch are dining together:

“What shall we drink?”     
“What you like, only not too much. Champagne,” said Levin.     
“What! To start with? You’re right though, I dare say. Do you like the white seal?”      
“Cachet blanc,” prompted the Tatar.      
“Very well, then, give us that brand with the oysters, and then we’ll see.”      
“Yes, sir. And what table wine?”      
“You can give us Nuits. Oh no, better the classic Chablis.”      
“Yes, sir. And your cheese, your Excellency?”      
“Oh, yes, Parmesan. Or would you like another?”      
“No, it’s all the same to me,” said Levin, unable to suppress a smile.

Interesting to note that oysters and Chablis was already “classic” by 1873, when the novel was first published in installments. Chablis, oysters, and Parmesan sounds like a decent meal to me.

There is white Nuits-St-Georges but it’s a tiny amount of the total percentage of Nuits wine – only about 40,000 bottles per year – and unlikely to have been found in nineteenth century Russian restaurants.

Gouges and Chevillon make prime examples of Nuits blanc but red burgundy with oysters…? Almost as vulgar as an oligarch!

 

 

 

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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 you mine
Taste your lips of wine
Anytime night or day

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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 of Burgundy wine
My love she did not know
So I poisoned that dear little girl
On the banks below

“Burgundy wine” might be a corruption of “burgaloo (pear) wine” or “burglar’s wine”. After all, it does seem fanciful that an Appalachian murderer would poison somebody with Burgundy.

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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 the Imperial State of Iran and First Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great.

Guests included over sixty of the world’s kings, queens and presidents, including such paragons of integrity as Mobutu Sese Seko and Nicolae Ceauşescu. The Queen was invited but Prince Philip and Princess Anne attended on her behalf.

A tent city was built at Persepolis to accommodate the guests. A film of the event was made, with Orson Welles as narrator. Maxim’s restaurant of Paris was the caterer.

There was a bit of wine, too.

An unverified menu includes Dom Pérignon Rosé 1959 for the official toast (great Champagne vintage); Château Haut-Brion Blanc 1964 (terrible vintage for sweet white Bordeaux but the hot summer was good for reds and dry whites); Château Lafite Rothschild 1945 (an all-time great); Moët et Chandon 1911 (another great Champagne vintage, the best between 1874 and 1921); and Musigny Comte Georges de Vogüé 1945 (great – but how did they get enough of it for over sixty guests?).

Apparently the event might have cost more than $200 million.

The Shah paid an even greater price for this extravagance. He was overthrown in February 1979.

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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 sweet, gin is bitter, drink ’em all but you won’t forget her” they sing. Ain’t that so. 

 

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PROJECT FRONT FOOT: JULY NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills:

“Hi Stuart,

I’m a tad early with this month’s newsletter, but – with August shaping up as the busiest project month of the summer – it’s a case of trying to stay ahead of the game.

There’s something of a pictorial nature to this month’s edition with a review of our past season in Mumbai; the project’s efforts on the recycling front; and a spot of recreational cricket in Yorkshire.

Cheers

Vic”

 

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PROJECT FRONT FOOT: JUNE NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills:

“Hi Stuart,

By way of tribute to the ICC Women’s World Cup, we feature a cover picture from a recent handover of project kit at a cricket club for girls and young women in the Mumbai suburb of Thane.

A little closer to home we have news and pictures of another successful kit drop for refugees on Germany’s Baltic coast. On re-reading, that sounds too much Cold War and not enough cricket, but you get the idea.

The remainder of the newsletter highlights our End of Season Awards bash with the kids of the Dharavi Cricket Academy. A fun evening and a great way to bring down the curtain on our eighth (eek!) season in Mumbai.

Cheers

Vic”

The newsletter can be downloaded here.

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Zalto glassware: Best prices in UK from here!

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We are delighted to present Zalto glasses, which we believe are the best available. Our prices are as good as any in the UK.

Check out the range at Zalto’s website.

Our price list can be downloaded here.

Unlike most other glassware, there is no lead in Zalto glasses, which makes them stronger, more elastic, and extremely lightweight.
All of Zalto’s glasses are mouth-blown in one piece, then the foot is attached: the usual method is for the stem to be glued to the bowl. The glasses are cooled very slowly, which makes them significantly tougher than their rivals. Accidentally knocked over onto a granite surface, they will almost always “bounce”.

Zalto glasses are dishwasher-proof and are resistant to clouding.

We think that the choice of wine glass is extremely important, especially when serving fine wines and older wines.

If you don’t think that Zalto adds to the experience, why not drink from the bottle…?

Please contact us with any queries.

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Days of cricket and @Moet_UK champagne

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Another image of a certain champagne brand in a cricket setting.

Not sure where and when this photo was taken but I believe it is a National Club Cup match.

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