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 Mumbai with the Dharavi children. Other notable features include: European royalty deputising in PFF’s enforced absence; Kit 4 Croydon via the British Refugee Council; a new academy for our friends at Female Cricket; an insight into cow corner Matunga-style; and a novel approach to physiotherapy.

Cheers

Vic”

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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.

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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.

“Ah! godiamo, la tazza, la tazza e il cantico,
la notte abbella e il riso;
in questo, in questo paradiso ne scopra il nuovo dì”

(“Let’s enjoy the wine and the singing,
the beautiful night, and the laughter.
Let the new day find us in this paradise”)

Sounds like my kind of night out – or in.

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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 returns home. It’s good fun.

The film was remade in 1962 as Something’s Got to Give with Marilyn Monroe but she died before the film was completed. There are still photos of what would have been the first Hollywood motion picture release of the sound era to feature a mainstream star in the nude. Marilyn nude! Swoon…

In 1963 it was remade as Move Over, Darling, starring Doris Day and James Garner. 

There is a scene where Grant, on his honeymoon, is sent a bottle of Mumm 1921 from somebody claiming to be a friend and who knows that it’s his favourite. It’s sent by his now returned first wife, of course.

This is a famously good Champagne vintage, with Pol Roger considered to be the best of them from that year. I’ve never seen any but this wine has a legendary reputation.

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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 the Sherry country. Yum. 

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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 – on arrival in Mumbai the week after next – is to provide daily Facebook pictures and postings. To follow PFF’s progress simply click on the following link www.facebook.com/projectfrontfoot/.

Cheers

Vic”        

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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 version on “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” is the best-known. It later featured on his “Unplugged” album, too.

It’s a warning about the perils of excessive spending on fine wine: “Bought bootleg whisky, Champagne, and wine”.

Rudy Kurniawan should have listened to it…

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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 the UK including news of an exciting tie in with the Lord’s Taverners.

Cheers

Vic”

 

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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 were changed to the more innocuous “bop ba!”

“Drinkin’ wine, spo-dee o-dee” was first recorded by Stick in the mid-1940s. Subsequent cover versions were by Jerry Lee Lewis and Mike Bloomfield’s Electric Flag.

We don’t condone drunken violence, nor do we condone drinking Port and Sherry together, as Stick does in this seminal Blues rocker.

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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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