Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Canadian bike tour operator looking for local Loire rep

Message from Susan Walter of Days on the Claise

I've had an email from a Canadian bike tour operator who is seeking a local rep. They want someone who speaks French and English and can meet clients (usually in Tours) for an hour to get them going on a self-guided bike tour. The pay is €70 per client, usually in groups of 2-4 and they expect to have 20-100 clients in 2017. They also want someone who knows about bike maintenance or can take bikes to the repair shop and has storage for about a dozen bikes. There are extra payments for this. They are looking for people around Tours, Chinon, Azay le Rideau or Amboise.
If you would be interested yourself or know anyone who would be let me know and I will put you in touch with the company. (


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@The Source of the Loire: September 2014

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

London – autumn colours

Looking towards the Horniman Museum
(above and below)

Despite the gloom of Brexit, there were some compensations – one being the autumn colours from Forest Hill outwards.....

 Golden tree 

Central London in the late afternoon light

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Back in Mrs Brexit May's England

Leave voters were sold lies about NHS funding
Chief liar Johnson then promoted to UK Foreign Secretary

After five good weeks in the Loire we are now back in London. Back to Mrs May's Bedlam. Back to complete confusion over what Brexit might actually mean. After five weeks away we are no further forward in knowing what the UK government intends to do than we were back in the second week in September.

May's mantra that Brexit means Brexit is about as helpful as saying Weetabix means Weetabix or Pain au Chocolat means Pain au Chocolat. It is increasingly apparent that May is well out of her depth and her government has little nor no idea what it is doing. Little wonder that Nicola Sturgeon expressed very considerable frustration after her meeting with Brexit May yesterday.

Despite May and her government's continued inability to work out what Brexit actually means, its implications for the UK and what it will mean are increasingly evident:

• A plunging pound against both the dollar and the euro 
• Large banks considering moving HQs out of London in the next few months
• Nissan not committing to further investment in its car plant in Sunderland, whose voters opted to leave the EU.
• A marked increase in racial and homophobic attacks since the referendum of 23rd June 2016

• May looking increasingly out of her depth.
• Other EU leaders appear to have summed May up and got her number.
• Johnson, Davis and Fox appear to be ready to inflict maximum damage on the UK's economy on the Brexit altar.

• There are serious implications for Scotland and Ireland and can these be squared? May appears to think they can be fed a few talking bones and all will be OK. 

I could go on but it is too depressing.