PROJECT FRONT FOOT: APRIL NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills:

More tales from the far pavilions with PFF’s April Newsletter.

Another all-action month on the project front including a guest appearance by Hobbs (or is it Sutcliffe?) the pavilion cat and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.   

Cheers

Vic”

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Off the rails: London & North Eastern Railway wine list from 1936

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I love railways. I’m always looking for excuses to go and watch trains somewhere.

A statue of Sir Nigel Gresley was unveiled at King’s cross recently – a perfect excuse to visit the station.

IMG_0140As part of the unveiling celebration, a lovely old London & North Eastern Railway train and carriage was at Platform 1. The beautiful teak dining carriage contained two LNER menus from 1936, one for First Class Dining on all trains and the other for dining on “The Silver Jubilee”, the crack express between King’s Cross and Newcastle.

The quality and depth of the wine list is remarkable by comparison to today’s anodyne offering. I guess that Virgin Trains would use Virgin Wines, which is not a pleasing prospect.

IMG_0136I doubt that Virgin or any other train company would list Mendoza’s 1863 Brown Sherry at one shilling (5 pence) per glass.

The Mosel wines are twice as expensive as the Medoc and St-Estèphe wines, which would be unthinkable now. Niersteiner costs the same as Sauternes.

“Empire Wines” would now be called “New World”. (“Commonwealth Wines” wouldn’t go down well with Australasian republicans.) To aid neophyte drinkers, an Australian wine is described as “Hock type” and a South African wine as “Burgundy type”. I can’t think of a contemporary “Hock type” of wine made in Australia, though Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Elgin could be described passably as “Burgundy type”.

IMG_0139The Champagne offering is outstanding. Pol Roger 1926 is priced higher than the great Krug 1928. The renowned Pol Roger 1921 is available in an Imperial Pint bottle for 19 shillings (95 pence). One can estimate a price of £2,000+ for a bottle of this nowadays.

 

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Project Front Foot March 2016 Newsletter – just in time for the start of the cricket season

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On the day that the 2016 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac landed on my doormat, here’s a message from my friend Vic Mills:

“More news from deepest Mumbai. Turning just a tad sticky there now. Away from the hype and hoopla of the World Cup and IPL we continue to battle the heat and dust at the Gymkhana. Another busy month on the project front including the visit of Sky Sports.

Cheers

Vic” 

The full newsletter can be downloaded here.

Well done Vic – keep up the good work.

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Ever Wondered What It’s Like To Be…a Wine Consultant? Launch of Versopolis: The European Review of Books, Poetry and Culture

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My friend and colleague Noah Charney has just launched an exciting new online literary magazine: Versopolis: European Review of Books, Poetry and Culture.

Funded by the European Union, it aims to provide an Anglophone publication, in the vein of the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and the Guardian Review section, but focused on continental Europe.

Publishing multiple new articles every weekday, its scope is pan-European, with great new writing on books, poetry, art, film, music, thought, travel, opinion, and more.

My article “Ever Wondered What It’s Like To Be…a Wine Consultant?” is in the inaugural batch to be published.

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PROJECT FRONT FOOT / Sky Sports Clip

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A message from Vic Mills at Project Front Foot:

“Dear Friends & Project Supporters,

Apologies for the generic nature of this email, but we may be limited in just how long the Sky Sports report on our work in Mumbai will remain on their website. To access the report please click on the following link:

http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/cricket/10205939/cricket-to-the-rescue

Thanks so much for your continued support in making this possible and to the Sky Sports team for producing such a slick presentation.

With all good wishes

Vic”  

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Project Front Foot’s February newsletter

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A message from my friend Vic Mills:

“More tales from the far pavilions in Project Front Foot’s February newsletter. A nice mix of pictures, prose and play for a Sunday morning.

In the Front Foot Forum section there’s a small mention of SKY Sports News. They’re spending a day with the project this coming Thursday: filming around the slum in the morning and then at our afternoon coaching session at the Gymkhana. At some point thereafter PFF should make its TV debut. Not bad for a project from the sticks.”

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Dinner at Vintners’ Hall

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Last night (Wednesday) I had an unexpected treat when I was invited to dinner at Vintners’ Hall courtesy of St Aubyn Leschallas Wines. I went to taste their portfolio and planned to come home, have dinner and listen to football commentary on the radio. But I ended up at a three-course dinner in the Livery Hall, which dates from 1671.

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Pre-dinner drinks were in the the Court Room, which contains some historic paintings, including a portrait of Charles II that I recognised from David Piper’s book Kings & Queens of England and Scotland, owned by my parents from its publication in 1980 and which I retain in my own library. A nice feeling to see a painting that I have known for 36 years.

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The starter was potted haddock with salad gribiche, paired with Vondeling Babiana 2013, a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, and Viognier. I thought that it had more stuffing and interest than the 2014 at the tasting.

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The main course of corn-fed chicken with confit potatoes was simple but delicious. I stayed with the Babiana for this but there was also a Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 from Familia Otero Ramos of Argentina. A bit punchy for chicken but good with the hard cheeses at the end of the dinner.

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As for the football… I just want the season to finish so that this lifelong Aston Villa fan can adjust to life in the Championship. Sob. 

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Project Front Foot January 2016 Newsletter

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Here’s the January 2016 Project Front Foot newsletter.

Kit 4 Kids
The UK side of Project Front Foot, in keeping with the recycling mantra of Dharavi, evolves around a Summer Appeal in which we recycle old and unwanted kit from a variety of sources and regions. The duality of our work between city and country has a huge bearing on our request for kit. While the Dharavi Cricket Academy needs everything from helmets to pads our Rural Schools Initiative requires only basic packages of wicket sets, bats and tennis balls. Since the autumn of 2009 we have taken over two tons – and counting! – of clothing and equipment to Mumbai thanks to the generosity of British Airways.

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Our monthly newsletter has replaced the planned half-year project review. Instead, the project trustees have decided upon an Annual Report to be published in July once the season has ended.

The signs for our Summer Kit Appeal again look promising thanks to early discussions with project supporters Peter Mason, Steve Archer and Sandy Mitchell.
More pictures of the January action at both the Gymkhana and Shivaji Park can be found by going to our Project Front Foot Facebook page www.facebook.com/projectfrontfoot/.

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2016 Interdisciplinary Conference on Art Crime

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The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) is pleased to announce that it will host its 8th annual interdisciplinary Art Crime conference in Amelia, Italy the weekend of June 24-26, 2016.

The call for general abstracts for the conference is now open. Please visit the abstract submission page for details on how to submit an abstract for consideration. The abstract submission deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Presenters with topics related to the following areas are particularly encouraged to submit a speaking proposal highlighting the following issues of common concern:

  • Forgery
  • Provenance Research/ Collecting History
  • Museum Security/Risk Management
  • Art Policing
  • Illicit Art Trafficking

For more details on submitting a proposal for this year’s conference, please review the link here for the 2016 Call for Abstracts.

Screen-Shot-2015-10-26-at-18.13.13ARCA’s annual Italy conference serves as an arena for intellectual and professional exchange and highlights the non-profit’s mission to facilitate a critical appraisal of the protection of art and heritage worldwide. Over the course of two days, the conference will serve as a forum to explore the indispensable role of detection, crime prevention and criminal justice responses, at both the international and domestic level, in combating all forms of art crime and the illicit trafficking in cultural property.

Geared towards international organisations, national enforcement agencies, academics, cultural institutions, and private sector professionals in the art and antiquities fields – the Amelia conference follows a long-established commitment by the Association to examine contemporary issues of common concern in the important field of art crime and to further awareness and understanding in the need for protection of art and cultural heritage.

Held in the beautiful town of Amelia (Umbria), the seat of ARCA’s Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection the conference will include two full days of multidisciplinary panel sessions; a Friday, June 24th ice-breaker cocktail reception at the Palazzo Farrattini; and an Italian “Slow Food” dinner on Saturday evening.

Presentation sessions will be held all day Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2016 in Sala Boccarini inside the 14th century Franciscan Boccarini cloister adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca “Edilberto Rosa” in Amelia, Italy. Sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 am, with breaks in the morning and afternoon for coffee and lunch.

The 2016 conference will be open to is open to scholars from different disciplines, practitioners, and policy- and decision-makers as well as anyone with an interest in the protection of art and the complexity of art crimes.

Registration for the event will open on February 1, 2016.

Registration Fees:

$120 for both day’s sessions for professionals
$75 for both day’s sessions for university students providing proof of enrollment in an academic program.

Fees for optional transfers and networking events are payable on site at the venue’s registration check-in.

For further information about this 2016 conference please contact the conference organizers at:

italy.conference (at) artcrimeresearch.org

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Project Front Foot December 2015 Newsletter

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A message from my friend Vic Mills:

“Please find attached the project’s December Newsletter. An exciting month what with the arrival and distribution of the new kit (shirts, flannels and boots), the first fixtures of our seventh season, the Player of the Month Awards, and a swag of sessions and skill sets at the Gymkhana.

Cheers

Vic”

 

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