Lonely rock

30 Jul

This is a curious rock.
It is rather large.
It stands (sits, rests, lies – whatever rocks do) in the middle of a field.
It is not a rocky area as you can tell by the background.
The view behind the camera is quite similar.
No rocks – but this one.
How did it get here?

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Weekly Vinyl – Banjos

28 Jul

The Thoroughly Modern Hits of Today
The Banjo Barons
(year)

I feel thoroughly ripped off.
I was expecting banjos.
I was expecting to hear duelling banjos playing the “Modern Hits of Today.”
I realise that the term “today” is relative. As is the term “hits.”
What this album is, is just your standard cheesy orchestration of a few known tunes with a bit of banjo thrown in as garnish.
What thorough disappointment.
What a thorough let down.
What thorough shite.
At least the cover is cool.

Weekly Wine – Spinelli

26 Jul

Spinelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc
2016
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$8.45 (LCBO)

This wine has a gold circle that proclaims that it is the best wine under $10.
This is proclaimed by the Toronto Star (according to the gold circle, that is not a stick on but is printed with the label, meaning that this is definitely marketed to the Ontario consumer) – a local paper of some note that is quite dominant in Ontario.
It is a good wine. It is not the best wine under a sawbuck. There are better ones.
This one though has character and is actually quite good. It has a sharp attack due to it being a trifle acidic but this is then nicely smoothed out with a rich bouquet of plum and berry flavours.
This is one of the few wines in this category that gets better when it aerates for a bit – that I find quite interesting.
I like this wine but am not convinced that it is the best under ten bucks. I know I have tasted better ones. This is my 229th bottle of wine under 10 bucks. Although I like this wine I can’t say it is the best.
It is quite good though.

Fight the night

24 Jul

As I night person, I have never have problems getting to sleep.
I would just keep on doing things until sleep found me.
This might be a good strategy when you are young – although medical professionals tend to frown on this.
I’ve never had a problem pulling all-nighters, to finish working on a project, sitting around with friends, taking available light photography at night – etc.
I pulled a all-nighter a few days ago and am still feeling the ill effects. On one hand, I guess I should not do this anymore but I really feel that I am simply out of shape.
Time to get back on it and fight the night.

Kids and Ruins

23 Jul


It will be a beutifull park soon. Just wait thill they remove the ruins of a generating plant.

Weekly Vinyl – Marimba-mania

21 Jul

Baja Marimba Band
Baja Marimba Band
(year)

This is a tacky album. I think this is one of those that I picked up in Switzerland many years ago. It is an Austrian pressing.
There is really nothing to this music except fake Mexican pastiche. It is rather szmaltzy and overblown. IT is cheap and uninteresting.
The only thing that makes me want to listen to side two is the hear the song The Portuguese Washerwoman. I want to hear this because I am drinking a rather bad cheap bottle of Portuguese wine at the moment and want to see if the song will make the wine palatable or the wine will make the music sound better.
Nope.
Bad Song. Bad Wine.
Time to move on.

Weekly Wine – Vila Regia

19 Jul

Sogrape Vila Regia Douro
2015
Portugal
750ml
12.5% ABV
$8.30 (LCBO)

This wine comes with a cork.
This alone sets it apart – especially for those without a corkscrew.
But I have many that are stashed in and around the house – so this was not a problem nor an obstacle for me. Out popped the corked and the wine started to flow.
This is Portuguese wine – so the first impression is an earthy flavour. It is like biting into a fertile field. There is a melange of flavours – berries, apples, pears even a hint of vanilla.
This is not an idle wine that one drinks and casually forgets it. You take a sip and you instinctively look at the glass if just to see if the wine is looking back at you.
I like this wine even though I know it is not for everyone. Some will comment that the earthiness is a sign of a cheap and unrefined wine. But so what – this is a great hones wine that is a bit different.
I reviewed this wine over two years ago. It was a 2013 vintage. I liked it then and I like it now.