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Campaign to Thank Xi Jinping

WELCOME TO EDITION 767 of GRAPEVINE When politicians sack incompetent bureaucrats, it is usually a sacrificial rite. To make people think the politicians are doing the right thing. We must not be so gullible. We should be asking how those incompetent bureaucrats were appointed in the first place. Was it based on their …

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What’s Next?

WELCOME TO EDITION 766 of GRAPEVINE Have you heard any politician voice a need to convene an international conference on Covid 19. How to better cope against it. And future epidemics? Some medical teams have indeed been to Wuhan and China to learn about the disease. But we have not heard a whimper …

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The 2019 Bordeaux Vintage

WELCOME TO EDITION 765 of GRAPEVINE Although not a member of the UGC, Chateau Petrus is also tasted by journalists and merchants – by appointment – during the en primeurs week. The Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux has organised the tasting of the Bordeaux 2019 vintage for 30 March to 2 April …

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First in the World • First Carrefour Bio

WELCOME TO EDITION 764 of GRAPEVINE First in the World On 3 February 2016, France became the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate them to charities and food banks. The law was passed unanimously. It followed a grassroots campaign in …

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Airline Travel – Gangsters at Work

WELCOME TO EDITION 763 of GRAPEVINE Of all forms of public transportation, bus, taxi or uber (or the equivalent where you live), train and planes, the last is the most out-of-date, dinosaurus, bullying and “corrupt” imaginable. If you took a taxi from your house to work or to visit a friend, would you …

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Goodbye Li Wenliang

WELCOME TO EDITION 762 of GRAPEVINE Dr Li Wenliang left behind a 5-year old son, wife, and their second unborn child. Last Friday, someone died in Wuhan trying – when he was alive – to warn us against a virus that was going to kill many more people. Instead of listening to him, …

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A Wonderful, Little Change

WELCOME TO EDITION 761 of GRAPEVINE Last month, I made a conscious decision to effect a change in my life. I suppose you could call it a resolution as it was close to a new year but, to be perfectly honest, it had seemed rather ridiculous to make a change in one’s outlook …

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DRC Romanee-Conti 1990

WELCOME TO EDITION 760 of GRAPEVINE Back in 1993, a friend called – on a land line, not mobile, phone – to ask if he should accept an offer he had received from the distributor of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. I am not sure if the same technique is used to sell the …

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Breaking Rules • 24 March 2020

WELCOME TO EDITION 759 of GRAPEVINE Champagne flutes waiting to be filled at Restaurant La Gare, le Mesnil sur Oger. New Year is a traditional time for people to make resolutions. What this usually means is that for the entire year, we had been making excuses not to implement those decisions in the …

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Happy Holidays!

WELCOME TO EDITION 758 of GRAPEVINE Champagne flutes waiting to be filled. Photographed at La Gare, a casual restaurant that used to be a train station in Le Mesnil sur Oger. Christmas is a public holiday in Singapore and Hong Kong. But not in China. In Singapore and Hong Kong, most of us …

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