Monthly Archives: March 2009

Truth in wine description

Winemakers and wine critics are responsible for some of the most pretentious crap that ever flowed out of a word processor. But I did enjoy these descriptions from a Marlborough winemaker. Each starts with the usual tosh, then degenerates into … Continue reading

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Martinborough Fair

Martinborough’s famous fair attracts many thousands of people to the town on the first Saturday of February and March every year. There’s plenty of tat and junk, as in the photo above, but there’s good stuff too – you just … Continue reading

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Samuel Pepys

Yesterday a colleague told me one of his daily joys was reading the diary of Samuel Pepys. Every day my colleague gets an email containing the ‘current’ diary entry (the correct month and day, but from three and a half  … Continue reading

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New kitten coming up

Parents of the Burmese kitten that may take over our lives from around early July. We visited the breeder in Upper Hutt last Sunday. Mum and Dad were mated last week and kittens are due on 25 April. They could … Continue reading

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