Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wine of the week: Tesco Finest Cotes Catalanes Grenache 2012

I’ve realised that my biggest weakness as a wine writer is that I’m a bit slow (that and not knowing very much about Burgundy). I’ll try a wine at a tasting, forget all about it, and then months later, think … Continue reading

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In praise of my barber

I hope regular readers won’t mind me posting an article that doesn’t even mention booze. This appeared in the Spectator recently: For 14 years only one man has cut my hair. Actually, that is not strictly true. Last year I … Continue reading

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Pidgin French

When I was taught French at school, we learnt it orally for the first year. I remember how shocked I was when I saw written French for the first time. It looked nothing like it sounded. The first words the teacher … Continue reading

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