Looking back at 2018 & forward to 2019

Three generations of the Boulays – one of the very best Sancerre producers. Left to right: Thibault, Thomas and Gérard picking on the very steep slopes of their Clos de Beaujeu   Time to look back as 2018 slinks away into history. In the UK much time and money has been wasted on the nonsense …

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Various – People’s March + weedkiller ban

Brexit: People’s March London 20th October 2018     On Saturday London saw a remarkable march calling for a People’s Vote on any final Brexit or No Deal with the option to Remain. The march attracted a huge number of people from all over the U.K. as well as continental Europe. Attendance estimates range from …

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Report from the lunatic asylum (now a 5-star establishment…)

Perhaps I should apologise if my posts are starting to include elements of politics but if your country (UK - if you hadn't already guessed) has decided to commit collective suicide it is almost impossible to ignore the current lunacy. There is now apparently a serious possibility of a No Deal Brexit with the UK …

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A few dispatches from a bizarre little island off the north coast of France

You may have thought that the government of this bizarre island were convinced that they should get out of the EU. However, in July they will host a conference that seeks to persuade countries from the Western Balkans to join the EU. See below – you couldn't make it up! Here are some of the …

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A dispatch from the lunatic asylum…..

But for a slip on black ice on 2nd January I would be at the Salon des Vins de Loire in Angers. Unfortunately when I fell my left leg went underneath me and ruptured my quads from my knee cap. This necessitated having on operation on 4th January to reattach the tendons. (See ambulance and …

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#winelover in the madness of Brexit (lack of progress report)

UKIP and Farage + papers like Daily Mail played and continue to play race card My apologies for rather straying from the subject of wine but as we head towards the six month anniversary of the madness of the UK's lunatic referendum result, I think a progress report from this little island off the coast …

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What is more depressing – 2016 Loire or Brexit?

"You idiots!" Berlin taxi driver brilliantly sums up the UK's stupidity 2016: Mildew has been virulent in the Loire attacking not just leaves but grapes, too At first sight I am finding it difficult to decide which is more depressing – the 2016 Loire vintage or Brexit. Both have very considerable capacity to induce gloom …

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