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The wines of Trentino

Yesterday I attended a tasting of Trentino wines, the wine tutor having recently returned from a trip there. It’s not a region I know well and that I know it at all it is for political reasons as there is an independence movement there harking back to its Austrian governance. It is situated north [...]

July 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Anthony Quinn

The comments about cricketer Jack Russell having a second career as an artist prompted me to think of other film stars that emulated him. Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida, who was 92 yesterday were excellent photographers but the only star I could think of who could really paint was Anthony Quinn [...]

July 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Brighton/Fulham celebration

Alan Tanner and myself had promised to host a celebratory lunch with some Brighton supporting pals should Brighton stay up and Fulham go up. Both happened and we were as good as our word. We chose the right day yesterday as there was no World Cup game and we could also add England’s successful if [...]

June 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

World Cup update

Much of the build up to England’s game v Belgium was spent on the debate on whether either side would try to win given they were both already promoted from the group and second place offered seemingly the best route to the Final since it avoids France and Brazil. It was one of those surreal [...]

June 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Prince William’s Middle East visit.

The visit of Prince William as a news story has had to play third fiddle to the World Cup and the greater Manchester moorland fire but it will be one followed closely by the Anglo Jewry community for whom it has long been a sore that the Queen has never set foot in Israel. The Jewish prayer book is [...]

June 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Lord Ted /Alan Lee

It’s always interesting to read a biography – or autobiography – of someone one knows well  to see if it chimes with your impressions and what bits of their life you know which have not been revealed. Alan Lee’s biography was published in 1995 after Ted Dexter resigned as Chairman [...]

June 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Golfing weekend

After a near disaster in the US Open, I was back on track this weekend, so much so that I said to the missus: ‘Never mind, IKEA, we are shopping at Harrods now.’ Jeremy Chapman only picked the 1, 2 and 3 in the BMW German Open (Matt Wallace, Kerkonnen and Olesen) and 1 & 2 in the Travelers [...]

June 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

After the Party/Cressida Connolly

I can probably as I am one say this without being ravaged in social media but After the Party is very much a woman’s novel. It features at its heart the relationship between 3 sisters and covers subjects such as food, rearing children and middle class county socialising, all more likely to engage [...]

June 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another glorious day at Arundel , the woes of Durham and Jack Russell

Five years ago I was at Arundel as the guest of Ivan Conway. In walking around the ground – one of the delights of  a day at the Castle ground – we saw an awning under which were  the Durham Players. There was Mark Stoneman, Scott Borthwick, Graham Onions, no longer there, all of whom [...]

June 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Greeks Bearing Gifts /Philip Kerr

I had occasion to seek the advice of a friend who is a loss adjuster to be informed that he was on a remote Greek island investigating a claim. Coincidentally Bernie Gunther, in the latest Philip Kerr novel, is doing exactly the same. I drew this coincidence to my friend’s attention to be [...]

June 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

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