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Is this vineyard owned by :
__ an ordinary conventional grower who is not aware that the life of a soil is a prerequisite to making good wine, or
__ a grower who is an official in the local Appellation system and works as a jury in the agreement commissions (you know, the guys who decide if your wine fits or doesn't fit the Appellation tasting standards)...
I guess you'll say asking the question is answering it.
Recently, they unknowingly went to a car owned by the wife of a Chechen big shot, she was agressive, called for help by phone and this led to a messy brawl (1:25 minute in this video)...
Stop Kham (means "Stop the Rudeness") is a group where you also find daring young women like these ones preventing cars stuck in traffic jams from driving on sidewalks, like it's common in some areas. Stop Kham is a branch of the Nashi youth movement, which has support in the presidential circles.
It reminds me, on a completely different level, something I read a couple years ago about the one-man fight by a New-York guy against idle cars keeping their engines running while parked. I don't find a link but just by giving his business card to the (sometimes angry) drivers, he could bit by bit force these people to switch off their cars or leave.
To find more thrilling videos about the Moscow streets, paste the words СТОП ХАМ in Youtube...
You can see many other pictures by Serguey, the photographer, on his webpage. He lives in Sebastopol, a historic military port in Ukraine. There are quite a few photo reports related to wine here, like this showing a wine tasting that took place at the Theater of Wine and Crimea, a public museum featuring many wine and distillation tools. Crimea officials and tourism promoters organized this tasting and journalists were offered to taste a few local wines. This other tasting which took place in a high-end hotel in Yalta is also interesting, sort of, if you have never seen a Mouton-Cadet Rosé or a Marquès de Caceres handled by a white-gloved sommelier, this is is here. This brings the question of import duties in Ukraine as well as Russia : lowering them would bring more choice to the local consumers, and also encourage the competition.
Serguey also visited a winery and in addition to good, informative pictures, the writing is lyrical.
On this site the author even gives a recipe for taking good sunset pictures : the sea, seashore, 2 guys, 2 tripods, 2 cameras, a few snacks, onions, slices of salo .... and a bottle of your favorite vodka. Ukraine rocks...
I found that video on Eryk's This Japanese Life, a website full of inspiring reflexions. Eryk Salvaggio is an American expat who reports deep reflexions on Japan from the inside. His essay on Drinking in Japan is passionating because it sheds a new light on company workers drinking with their co-workers and/or with their boss.
First, this is to ask the question : when is your first glass of the day ? We all tend to drink more than the average, but I hope that you first hard liquor (or even wine) isn't in the morning (except for special tastings or occasions) and also that you don't have a whisky or another hard liquor every day. At least that's the way I feel it for myself : wine everyday is OK (evenings), but hard stuff not, even though I don't follow this line when I'm in Russia, but there's something special going on there between vodka and food.
Speaking of whisky, we don't often address the way this spirit is served, albeit depending of the serving mode you can get a wholly different type of drink. I've been changing my ways of drinking whisky these last years, and this post gives me the opportunity to write about it. You can drink whisky dry or mixed with water or soda. I like too much whisky to mix it with soda, but drinking it like Jack Nicholson in this iconic scene of Easy Rider isn't either my favorite way, it's particularly harsh an experience, and not only when it's cheap booze. I always prefered some kind of dilution, even for the standard 40 ° strong that you find most commonly. Since my early 20s' I used to dilute with a couple of icecubes that would progressively melt into the drink. But in the recent years I favored what I think is a gentler way for the whisky aromas : I just add a bit of room-temperature water (5 or 10 % maybe) so that I get more of the silky and aromatic side of Whisky or Bourbon, and less the harsh, kick butt side favored in this video. One thing is that you get high as well with this light diluting way, you'll not get it better by drinking straight and burning your throat. Something I never really indulged into, except a couple times in Japan, is the Japanese way of drinking whisky. It's so Japanese that it has a Japanese name-tag on it : Mizuwari (水割り), and it's basically whisky being drown into water and ice. I don't blame anyone and purists probably look down my own small dilution, but still, mizuwari to my opinion doesn't let you enjoy the aromatic and silkyness potential of a given whisky, it's way too cold and diluted. I know Japan is hot in spring and summer, but still, so much ice will ruin your whisky experience.
The ad was commissioned by "Sud de France", a bizarre, weird-sounding new regional brand created a few years ago to purportedly simplify the visibility of southern-France's products here and abroad. The TV ad in question is supposed to help boost the sales of Languedoc-Roussillon wines. There's an unsual rebelness mood in this otherwise-bland video, as the sommelier-dressed guy, speaking with a southern accent in a cool cellar, vaunts the grapes of his region, saying that "the sun helps grow these excquise grapes and"(showing the casks around) "all this range of..." then he interrupts himself, looks on his back as if checking if someone else listens, and just says ...about this, I can't speak to you.... Seems to me the first advertising for wine where there's an obvious allusion to the censorship issue. Beyond the humoristic second degree, this TV ad is quite appalling and if censorship-proof, I'm afraid it lacks the colorful visual vibes of a glass of wine. I don't see how the consumer would feel more compelled to go buy Languedow wine after viewing this. A similar ad was made to promote the restaurants of Languedoc, and with these empty glasses on the table near a jug of water, you really feel the whole country has turned dry...
On the Sud de France webpage listing all the videos of this advertising campaign, they really took care that the word wine was nowhere to be found, and when you mouse-over the different ads of this campaign, the
No comparison with this humor-filled Israeli Samsung ad featuring disguised undercover Mossad operatives meeting in Iran. Explosive. (Samsung has been banned from Iran as a result)
Apparently the sitcom has been purchased by a minor French TV channel (NRJ 12), these guys are suicidal....
I found these two stories on Bourgogne-Live.com
It may be interesting for those of you who are curious about Rudolf Steiner's agriculture teachings to read his conferences on the subject. The Rudolf Steiner conferences about agriculture can be found on this unique web resource where it seems that you can find all his lectures. Rudolf Steiner's conferences in general are a unique source of inspiration, and he gave plenty of them in cities spread all over the German-speaking world (and even beyond), from Strasburg to Leipzig and Breslau to Dornach. But they ask for a preparadness in an understanding of the world and cosmos that is not conventional, to say the least.
The agriculture lectures which are regrouped under the tile The Agriculture Course consists of 8 lectures which took place in Koberwitz (Silesia, then Germany) in 1924. the transations look good and you can learn directly from the source here. You'll find the links to the 8 lectures on the page, plus additionnal Q & A transcripts. Great resource indeed.
I shot the picture above a few years ago when I visited the Goetheanum in Dornach (Switzerland).
I even heard that some people who still have their valid driving permit use such a 50-cc minicar when they know they'll be over the limit in terms of breath-check allowance, because they know they'll not be pulled over. I don't know if it's true but if yes, that's a way around the problem of going out with friends and driving back home safely, both physically and fiscally...
Because of lost points or because of the excessive price to pass the driving permit (1200 € on average if you don't fail the tests), it is estimated that around 400 000 people drive without a valid driving permit in France, some regions like the northern suburbs of Paris having a higher occurence of the infringements.
Video report about a minicar manufacturer near Limoges, France (from min 1:45)
Specialized website and forum on minicars.
The ones featured here were spotted early june in a supermarket, they cost 2 € apiece with a validity up to 10/13 (october 2013). This thing seems to weigh no more than 10 grams and the company that made these, named Turdus Testers Of Capacity [sic] is going to be very profitable...