Port and literature

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Re: Port and literature

Post by PhilW » 20:48 Sat 09 Jan 2016

21:00 would be ideal, especially in the week when that would allow me to read it at night, instead of the following morning.

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Re: Port and literature

Post by PhilW » 20:58 Sat 09 Jan 2016

DRT wrote:It surprised me that a butler of Craven's experience would not know how many dozens of Ck08 remained in the bin. Perhaps that was the only way to introduce the cellar book as a suspect?
Surely that would depend on the volume of the cellar? He should be precise on entry and use, but especially without OWCs, remembering the available number of all bottles of all vintages off-hand might be ambitious.

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Re: Port and literature

Post by PhilW » 21:46 Sat 09 Jan 2016

It's almost time...

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Re: Port and literature

Post by DRT » 22:03 Sat 09 Jan 2016

PhilW wrote:
DRT wrote:It surprised me that a butler of Craven's experience would not know how many dozens of Ck08 remained in the bin. Perhaps that was the only way to introduce the cellar book as a suspect?
Surely that would depend on the volume of the cellar? He should be precise on entry and use, but especially without OWCs, remembering the available number of all bottles of all vintages off-hand might be ambitious.
This is a man who has been managing a cellar for one man's drinking for four decades. He would know, just as he would know how many spoons needed to be polished by the kitchen maid each morning before she ate her gruel.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: Port and literature

Post by DRT » 22:05 Sat 09 Jan 2016

PhilW wrote:It's almost time...
The time has come and gone. The projectionist is presumably sniffing meths again.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: Port and literature

Post by PhilW » 22:18 Sat 09 Jan 2016

Looks like we might have to make our own story tonight...
DRT wrote:... just as he would know how many spoons needed to be polished by the kitchen maid each morning before she ate her gruel.
Gruel? Every morning?! We were lucky if we had one bowl to share between ten of us, once a week!

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Re: Port and literature

Post by jdaw1 » 22:55 Sat 09 Jan 2016

DRT wrote:It surprised me that a butler of Craven's experience would not know how many dozens of Ck08 remained in the bin. Perhaps that was the only way to introduce the cellar book as a suspect?
I always know exactly how many Dow 1908s are in my cellar.

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Re: Port and literature

Post by djewesbury » 23:26 Sat 09 Jan 2016

jdaw1 wrote:
DRT wrote:It surprised me that a butler of Craven's experience would not know how many dozens of Ck08 remained in the bin. Perhaps that was the only way to introduce the cellar book as a suspect?
I always know exactly how many Dow 1908s are in my cellar.
Me too!
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Re: Port and literature

Post by djewesbury » 23:28 Sat 09 Jan 2016

Calm down everyone. A healthy dose of suspense [government note: there is no safe level of suspense] never does you any harm [Chief Medical Officer: yes it does]

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Re: Port and literature

Post by LGTrotter » 23:53 Sat 09 Jan 2016

Thank-you Daniel. I assume we have all correctly divined the true meaning of the question about the pond or stream? Of course, absurdly simple.

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Re: Port and literature

Post by djewesbury » 23:54 Sat 09 Jan 2016

I hope you don't get led too far astray Owen.
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Re: Port and literature

Post by DRT » 00:47 Sun 10 Jan 2016

I am now officially on the edge of my seat. I just can't think of any good explanation about the boy flying the kite. What is that all about?
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Post by djewesbury » 00:49 Sun 10 Jan 2016

Yes. Good. Well done Derek.

Tomorrow's episode is really exciting. A major revelation is impending.
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Re: Port and literature

Post by DRT » 00:56 Sun 10 Jan 2016

My breath is bated.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: Port and literature

Post by jdaw1 » 11:40 Sun 10 Jan 2016

Commendation for Daniel’s very good theatre.

And an excellent name for a wine merchant: Plummett and Rose.

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Re: Port and literature

Post by djewesbury » 18:26 Sun 10 Jan 2016

jdaw1 wrote:Commendation for Daniel’s very good theatre.

And an excellent name for a wine merchant: Plummett and Rose.
This and all like comments hitherto received I gratefully acknowledge and accept. It's a pleasure working with such an appreciative crowd.
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Re: Port and literature

Post by DRT » 18:44 Sun 10 Jan 2016

Surely it is only a matter of time before this wonderful adaptation of the author's work is properly recognised?
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Re: Port and literature

Post by djewesbury » 20:54 Sun 10 Jan 2016

Are you ready? I'm ready.
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Re: Port and literature

Post by djewesbury » 22:42 Sun 10 Jan 2016

Oh in that case…
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Re: Port and literature

Post by PhilW » 23:14 Sun 10 Jan 2016

All ready here, but nothing to read...

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Re: Port and literature

Post by LGTrotter » 23:24 Sun 10 Jan 2016

It's your time we're wasting.

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Port and literature

Post by djewesbury » 23:32 Sun 10 Jan 2016

LGTrotter wrote:It's your time we're wasting.
Not at all. I'm watching Jake Chapman speak some of the most intelligent sentences yet heard on BBC TV, while I make a bolognese.

Now do you want to know what happens in the cellar or not?
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Re: Port and literature

Post by djewesbury » 23:33 Sun 10 Jan 2016

Oh go on then. You've been so good until now.

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Re: Port and literature

Post by LGTrotter » 02:42 Mon 11 Jan 2016

Not far to go now. Still no news on whether the niece is mousey. Perhaps the port in question will prove to be the 1896. Look out for a tasting note similar to this;
AHB wrote:Pale in colour, a dull burnt sienna, and slightly cloudy. Hot on the nose, smelling slightly of burnt rubber. Oranges and citric acidity in the mouth with the acidity creating quite a lot of heat. Dry and mostly dried out but showing some citric fruit - think of biting into an unripe orange. Strange sensation of tannins. A huge burst of heat on swallowing, which takes a long time to fade but eventually settles into a long and delicious finish. 90/100. Drunk 29 June 2009.

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Re: Port and literature

Post by PhilW » 11:20 Mon 11 Jan 2016

Will Mr. Egg be able to identify to which other stack of empties the rogue bottle belongs (either by smell, bottle-type, capsule or white-wash)?
Will the real bottle used for last night's drinking be found in the cellar or elsewhere?
Is the niece mousey?
Is Derek's breath still bated?
Only one man (and a lot of book stores, and libraries, and possibly websites, but never mind those) has the answer...

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