A moving but very uneven journey
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Saturday 23 May 2009
Thursday 14 May 2009
Saturday 09 May 2009
I knew that rosé had finally arrived during the long, hot summer of 2003, as my overheated car and I limped wearily into Bordeaux.
Sunday 03 May 2009
Napoleon are a flamboyant eccentric soul-pop troupe from Sweden whose 10 members have an average age of 22.
Saturday 11 April 2009
Sunday 22 February 2009
The last bag of Woolworths pic’n’mix in the country went under the hammer yesterday, fetching £14,510 for less than a kilo of multicoloured, sticky sweetness.
Tuesday 17 February 2009
Anthony Rose: It won't come as any great surprise that the French have their share of amorously named wines
Saturday 14 February 2009
According to my contacts in the PR world, today is the day for romance. I'm not quite sure how they think we're supposed to fill the remaining 364 days of the year, but amid all the encouragement to ply my love with champagne and say it with flowers and chocolates, one wine PR had the honesty to preface its brazen plug with the words, "Even for those who consider Valentine's Day to be a cheesy, opportunistic marketing ploy, it's still a good excuse to pop open the pink".
Tuesday 27 January 2009
Some Australians would like to claim Laura Robson as one of their own. The junior Wimbledon champion, who has just celebrated her 15th birthday, was born here but considers herself as British as strawberries and cream, her family having left Australia when she was 18 months old.
Saturday 22 November 2008
Proof that New Zealand is not just all about sauvignon blanc comes in the form of pinot noir. Its rise in popularity has been so rapid over barely more than a decade that it's not fanciful to imagine that within a generation, we'll be talking about Kiwi pinot in the same breath as we now speak of Burgundy's fabled red wine villages of Nuits Saint Georges, Gevrey Chambertin and Clos Vougeot. Without the protective ring-fence of a tried and tested appellation contrôlée system, the Kiwi outline may still be a little hazy compared to its centuries-old burgundian counterpart. But as the vines and their human masters mature, a critical mass of pinot noir plantings has started to shape an identity and with it an expectation of premier cru quality today, grand cru tomorrow.
Sunday 14 September 2008
I am a black-plastic convert. It's been a slow process. When I first took over my allotment last autumn I had very different ideas: walking around for the first time with Jane, my new allotment chief, I was proudly shown how she had covered her entire plot in black polypropylene sheeting. "You can buy it from the garden centre up on the A40," she enthused.
Sunday 24 August 2008
Sunday 10 August 2008
Saturday 02 August 2008
Wednesday 30 July 2008
How do I love thee Woolies? Let me count the ways. The branch in my home town of Worthing was the place my Nan took me to buy my first ever seven- inch single ("Pump Up The Volume" by MARRS). Some years later, when I began to be allowed into town with friends, Woolworths was where we'd loiter after a McDonalds Value Meal. There – rather naughtily – three of us would take a large bag of strawberry bootlaces into the Photo-Me booth to scoff them all. Could you get done for shoplifting, we wondered, if you'd eaten the evidence?
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