Vineyard and Cellar

Pumpkinisation of our society

The last time that I remember anything from Halloween must have been 10 years ago. The time before that there was something about nearly drowning in a zinc bath of water trying to bite a floating apple whilst blindfolded with my hands behind my back .. or was that the time I was a hostage in Beirut. Anyhow it was …


I am laden down with dustbins –

Dustbin Laden   I am at risk, again, of offending the Barrow-In-Furness Simmering Hostility Police. This time the focus of my ‘just off boiling’ pointed remarks is Allerdale Refuse Management. Refuse = Garbage (for the benefit of our American readers). Refuse Management doesn’t mean refuse management…. I’m labouring this … move on quick. Allerdale Borough Council charge an additional £2.56 …


From October 2005: Whats nepotism Dad

What’s nepotism Dad? Nigel said, as they drove to work in the Rolls. No idea son.. that windscreen’s dirty … must remember to wipe it. But Dad what’s nepotism? Yeah well drop me a note and get your mother to type it. I’m on the train to London and back. Virgin’s £297 fare has worked wonders and made sure that …


The endless waltz of Virgin Rail

from Thursday, October 06, 2005:   The endless waltz of Virgin Rail Carries both, me and the mail Travel first or standard class Standard will still cost some brass..   …..So. Last week I did my monthly tour.. Car to Leeds, then train to London, 2 nights in the city (country bumpkin looking up at buildings….chatting to taxi drivers….. Avoiding …






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