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

Monday, 30 November 2015

Save Lewisham Libraries: tonight 7pm @ Civic Suite, Catford

A quick change of plan:

Rather than stand outside the Civic Suite for too long, our lobby for the Safer Stronger Select Committee will start at the same time as the meeting - 7pm!
Maximum impact for minumum time in the cold. We had a great Saturday with campaigners, poets and storytellers out on the streets collecting loads of signatures in Catford and Lewisham. Special thanks to Library Tales Lewisham, Lewisham Writer-in-Residence Chrissie Gittins and all the others who told a tale or two.

Let's get this week off to a good start too, see you there at 7pm!

Save Lewisham Libraries Campaign <>

Sunday, 29 November 2015

118 Stanstead Open Studios today

Entrance to 118 Stanstead on the South Circular 

We had a great visit to the Open Studios at 118 Stanstead, which is on the South Circular in Forest Hill just beyond the Railway Telegraph pub as you head towards Catford. It did prove to be rather expensive but that was because there are so many lovely things being made there and with Christmas coming up...! So some present buying including some for ourselves.

We were particularly impressed by: Emily Forgot, Rachel Frost, Emma Jeffs, Louisa Taylor, Janice Tchalenko (great ceramicist), Paul Murphy and Debbie Powell.  

 Looking towards the South Circular past the studios. 

In the late 19th Century apparently the workshops were part of the largest photographic studios in the world  – The Studios of A. & G. Taylor (Andrew Taylor and George Taylor).

Having visited 118 you shouldn't miss Havelock Walk
in downtown Forest Hill 

Lisbon: Adegga Wine Market Saturday December 5th – coming soon!

 Adegga Winemarket Saturday 5th December, Altis Grand Hotel 

The December 2015 edition of the Adegga Wine Market in Central Lisbon is now less than a week away. The price of tickets ranges from 15€ to 50€ if you want the opportunity to taste the rare wines in the Sala Premium. Starts at 15h to 21h – professionals or members of the Exclusivo Club have a quiet hour from 14h-15h.

After several editions at the Hotel Florida right by the Marquês de Pombal, the recently renovated Altis Grand Hotel is the Wine Market's new venue in the Rua Castilho. This is just a short walk from the Hotel Florida but closer to Rato, which is the closest Metro station at the end of the Yellow Line.The promotional video on the Altis site shows a virtually empty hotel, however I suspect that it will be more crowded next Saturday!

These are great events and a brilliant opportunity to meet Portuguese wine producers, taste and buy their wines. 

A few photos from the Summer 2015 edition of the Adegga Wine Market: