Statues and Spanish Grapes film in London

Spanish Grapes Film in LondonThe day was appropriately hot and sunny to attend a special screening of Zev Robinson’s Spanish Grapes film as well as see some sights in the heart of London on my walk to the venue.

Spanish Grapes Film in LondonSt Paul’s was thronged with tourists with city workers and tourists enjoying the sunshine and the public statues which appear all over London.

Spanish Grapes Film in London

The Lovers by Georg Ehrlich

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Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Trapped II by Donna and Colwyn Hanson (left) and Quarter-acre Weatherboard Paradise by Richard Wedekind

During our few months in New Zealand we have discovered a national fondness for sculptures and sculpture parks. Perhaps because it is easier to share your choice of art if it’s on show in your garden or park. And New Zealand is a country that embraces the outdoors!

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

So the other day I took the ferry to Devonport, a speedy 20 minute ride across the sea, to visit the 10th NZ Sculpture Onshore exhibition at the Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve site.

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

NZ Sculpture OnShore is a biennial exhibition of contemporary New Zealand sculptural work. The event raises funds to support NZ Women’s Refuges. Since 1995 ten outdoor sculpture exhibitions have been held and over $1.34 million has been raised for NZ Women’s Refuges.


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Jazzy Street Eats, Auckland

Jazzy Street Eats

At the end of August the Auckland Restaurant Month finished with a day of Jazzy Street Eats in Shed 10, Queen’s Wharf.

With a diverse line up of central city restaurants serving up their favourite street food for this one day only. There were tastes from around the globe, from Middle Eastern shawarma to Asian summer rolls, Tuscan donuts and much more.

We arrived late in the day when some of the food was running out after the end of a very successful event. But we enjoyed sharing in the fun of the AKL Street Eats with everyone relishing the good food and wine as well as great music.

Dishes from around the world

There was wine, and beer, as well

Happy eaters

Busy kitchens

Interesting people…

Not forgetting traditional food trucks too

All served with great jazz by the Liam Neeson Tribute Band

Jura Wine Book and Tasting in Geneva

Jura Wine Book and Tasting

A few photos from a successful evening at the Jura Wine Book and Tasting in Geneva on Thursday.

ura Wine Book and Tasting, Geneva

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Virgile’s Vineyard

Virgile's Vineyard

It was, as my old friend Michael used to say: “A happy chance” – Patrick Moon has had a couple of them, which encouraged him to write this book.

In 1997 Patrick, then in his mid 40s, decided to quit the legal profession, thinking that there ought to be time in life to achieve more than one thing. After spending a little time in India, in 2000 he inherited a run-down property in Saint-Saturnin, inland from Montpellier, in the heart of the Languedoc.

A lover of wine and good food he set about discovering the excellent and diverse local produce in his new home. He happened to meet a young winemaker who was also starting a new business in the Languedoc.

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