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  • Built like a tank!

    06 Jul 2015
    By Clive FraserAs a child growing up in Brisbane, I have wonderful memories of visits to the Queensland Museum at Bowen Hills.They had butterflies, shrunken heads and a real live...

  • Gentlemen, draw your Muscats

    06 Jul 2015
    It’s a fickle world sometimes in the wine business.What was once great and esteemed can quickly come to be considered so second-rate that only alcoholics or the old would enjoy it...

  • Premium case of diminishing returns

    25 May 2015
    It’s almost five years since it became mandatory for all doctors in Australia to have medical indemnity insurance.I come from the low tax state, Queensland, where it was never...

  • Wicked virgins in Rutherglen

    25 May 2015
    Never let a wine tasting opportunity go by. While watching my daughter play water polo in Albury, the wife and I had a window to sneak off to the historic town of Rutherglen. Gold...

  • The much-maligned Merlot

    20 Apr 2015
    It’s hard not to discuss the red grape Merlot without touching on the recent Hollywood movie Sideways.The film’s main character, Miles, has several tantrums in which he declares...

  • Mini Cooper S Restoration Part 3

    20 Apr 2015
    After spending so much time, energy and money on the restoration of the Mini Cooper S, it’s great to see that it’s finally on the home stretch.With the re-built engine installed...

  • Mini Cooper S Restoration (Part 2)

    16 Mar 2015
    Last month’s column took us through the arduous process of resuscitating a middle-aged car, a 1970 Mini Cooper S to be precise.We got as far as stripping it back to its skeleton...

  • Queen of the vines

    16 Mar 2015
    It is with great admiration that I call one of the most respected and revered wine writers the Queen of the Vines.Jancis Robinson is one of the most influential wine writers of...

  • Mini Cooper S Restoration (Part 1)

    16 Feb 2015
    By the time most of us reach 45 years of age, we’re definitely on the downhill run.Hypertension, glucose intolerance and worn joints are all starting to take their toll.On average...

  • A passage to India

    16 Feb 2015
    In a classic scene from the cult British comedy Fawlty Towers, long-term hotel resident The Major reminisces about how he “took a girl to see India.....at the Oval, ...she stole...

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