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Thank You Very Much

WELCOME TO EDITION 774 of GRAPEVINE Thank you very much for the encouraging feedback on our first Wine Not? video. There will be a follow-up video on how to navigate temperatures. At the same time, there will be tips on how to split a bottle into two servings while keeping the other half as fresh as …

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WHO cares?

WELCOME TO EDITION 773 of GRAPEVINE The “Diamond Standard” of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. WHO cares? The World Health Organisation is meeting today – Monday 18 May 2020 – concerning the coronavirus pandemic. It is a waste of time because WHO will not be considering the two most important issues …

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Coronavirus Quiz

WELCOME TO EDITION 772 of GRAPEVINE One has died and the other remains “disappeared”. Dr AI Fen (left) and Dr LI Wenliang worked at the Wuhan Central Hospital. CORONAVIRUS QUIZ Two of the most democratic places on earth are South Korea and Taiwan. Inhabitants there enjoy freedom of expression, movement, and thought. South …

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President Donald Quack Trump

WELCOME TO EDITION 771 of GRAPEVINE “Detergent will cleanse your body of the virus”, President Donald Quack Trump. Donald Trump should make the ultimate sacrifice for the country he professes he loves so much. The President of the US of A should put his mouth where his ego is. Trump should purposely contract …

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Singapore Jumps

WELCOME TO EDITION 770 of GRAPEVINE Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh flanked by President Narendra Modi of India and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. As recently as last month – March 2020 – Singapore was admired and envied as a “Gold Standard” in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The country took restrained measures …

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Covid 19 Casualties

WELCOME TO EDITION 769 of GRAPEVINE The (Hoax) President of the United States of America and Leader of the (Virus) Free World, Donald Trump. USA “We have it totally under control.” 22 January 2020 “We only have five people (infected), we pretty much shut it down coming from China.” 30 January 2030 “It’s going …

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Free Download

WELCOME TO EDITION 768 of GRAPEVINE The second edition of 100 Top Chinese Restaurants of the World 2020 will go on sale in Hong Kong this Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 13 major bookstores. The 404-page annual is in two editions: English and Traditional Chinese. In these anxious times, a new book about restaurants – …

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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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