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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Are you Tottenham in disguise?

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I’m not aware of an immediate or obvious link between wine and football, unless

a) you happen to be Sir Alex Ferguson who apparently knows his stuff (coming in for some stinging snobbery last year courtesy of the Telegraph)

b) you’re a Russian oligarch in which case you are vying with the Chinese for control of the Bordeaux vineyards

c) you’re a member of the Prawn-Sandwich-Brigade, which would mean you probably don’t know your Riesling from your Riise.

But after my most recent bottle of wine and with the culmination of the English domestic leagues fast approaching – the Manchester derby on Tuesday and Southampton making an emotional return to the top-flight after 7 years – the two subjects seem apposite. Well, I’m giving it a go anyway…

As a newly relegated single man (only by virtue of a trip to the UK by my wife) I was angsty about spending the weekend on my own. I’d trawled the malls, contributed to global capitalism, solo-lunched, and bitched off my local climbing gym. I was very definitely Will Freeman from Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, but without the massive bank balance. Read the rest of this entry

Sun, Seafood & Sauvignon

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The week just gone has been characterised by sun. What started off as a dry week in KL progressed to the sort of monsoon-like conditions one can only imagine in a nightmare. Huge, and I mean massive, cumulonimbus clouds mushroomed out of nowhere, the air thickening into huge droplets of rain coupled with cracks of thunder to make your ears pop.

But then calm was resumed and the bright sunshine and clear evenings returned.

It was so sunny at the weekend in fact that I managed to get quite burnt. Roped into playing tennis for an expat sports day at the terribly-terribly Royal Selangor Club no less – a manouver expertly manipulated by my wife… Read the rest of this entry

Balcony breakfast

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Feeling a bit hungover this morning after last night’s unexpectedly intoxicating bottle of Jim Barry 2004 The Lodge Hill RieslingRead the rest of this entry

Mutant King

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Today is Wednesday, a public holiday, hastily brought in to celebrate the coronation of the new King. As I understand it here in Malaysia each state has a King or Sultan that gets a chance at the national hot-seat every 5 years, and this time round it’s the turn of the Sultan of Kedah. The previous King, from the eastern state of Terrengganu, was Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and the new dude is Sultan Abdul Halim who actually reigned before between 1970-1975.

Hopes of an early morning bike ride have been dashed by a murderous monsoon, that has engulfed our area of the city, and inundated our little balcony – scattering our poor potted herbs like skittles.

So I write about wine. Read the rest of this entry

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