Archive for May, 2006

Lovely surprise


I cycled to the post office depot this morning to collect a package, thinking it was lotion sachets for my new Coolshave razor. So I was delighted to actually bring home a wedding present from Mark and Laura in Seattle. Graham and I opened it together: a card and a hand-painted jewellery box, both with love quotations.

Love is not finding someone to live with. It’s finding someone you can’t live without. – Rafael Ortiz

Big thanks from us both.

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Bluetooth push



Just got Ubuntu (Dapper) to accept file transfers from my Nokia N70, by installing the obexserver package. Nick’s Playing with Series 60 Phones and Linux page pointed me in the right direction. Here are a couple of pics from Scarborough.

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Vino de Iberia

A great tasting of Iberian wines at Cambridge Wine Merchants last night, led by Hal. Opened with a gorgeous Manzanilla to complement the warmed almonds, followed by a good Albariñho. The first Portugese wine was an oaked white which had all the feel of a good Californian Chardonnay, and I liked it so it must have been good.

A lively rose gave us the chance to compare 2004 against 2005. The younger was fresher and more vibrant as you might expect.

We moved on to some reds. A 2001 Rioja Crianza versus a 2001 Almansa Reserva was interesting, with the Rioja winning on style and the Almansa on shear interest. Next a 1995 Gran Reserva from the same Rioja house, which very nearly justified its £14 price tag.

The star of the evening was the Esporao Trincadeira, made in Alentejo by an Australian winemaker from the single eponymous Trincadeira varietal. Very very spicy and full of opulent black fruits.

The tasting closed wonderfully and fatally (19%) with a lush Oloroso sherry which had a Dundee cake nose and yummy complex flavours. In spite of having been to Majestic on Monday, we came away with 9 bottles. It must have been the wine! Next time we should spit – as if!

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Present Laughter

Excellent production at the Arts Theatre starring Simon Callow, who was full of energy and didn’t disapppoint. He gave the lead role a good range, and made the most of Noel Coward’s super script. The supporting cast was a little variable but with strong support from the characters of Liz and Monica.

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