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Penh Folds – The Four Wines of Destiny

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Penh Folds - The Four Wines of Destiny “The Ox is slow but the Earth is Patient” Confucius The recent Spring Festival and Lunar New...

Faces to the Rain

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FACES TO THE RAIN Where are the poets in a world gone mad, The sonnets, stanzas and quatrains? Words are sharpest from the edge, Where is the caesura...

Natural History part 5. ‘The One Straw Revolution’ On Man...

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Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau  Masanobu Fukuoka (1913 –2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher, he was a trained...

Natural History Part 4. ‘Voltaire’s Bastards’ On Reason and Nature

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I noted with interest that a special 20th anniversary edition of John Ralston Saul’s jeremiad, ‘Voltaire’s Bastards’ had been released, a book that provoked...

Natural History Part 3. The Opimian Falernian, One Wine...

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  “In vino veritas, (in wine, truth)” ― Pliny the Elder As we approached the end of the second millennium, huge growth in wine production in...

Natural History -part 2. A Hegelian Dialectic

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  “Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Consumer preferences in wine are a bit like hem-lines in the...

Natural History part 1. Desire

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A list of the requirements to live a happy life: Freedom Self Sufficiency Friendship Thought Wine Bread & Cheese -Epicurus, (#Note: Epicurus was an avowed teetotal, the author here has...