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Tesco and the Serious Fraud Office: Every Little Helps
Following today's news that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is moving in on the Tesco £263m auditing 'black hole', I suspect that several people I know and like will be feeling quite apprehensive at the prospect of some serious official questioning. There is...
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Pontet Canet or Francois Hollande? Which do you respect?
Picture from the Independent Francois Hollande is currently le Président de la République Française . He enjoys an approval rating of 13%. His illustrious title doesn't seem to be doing him much good. People are judging him by what they see. From Decanter T...
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In praise of hobbyhorses
"Get off your hobbyhorse...";  "Stop banging on..."; "Can't you just change the subject..."  Pity the people who had to spend time with William Wilberforce when he was going off on yet another of his tirades about why it was wrong to turn darker-skinned peo...
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Crimea and Punishment
Ok, first things first. Crimea is legally part of Ukraine and Ukraine is not part of Russia. And, speaking as someone who has both just read Sebastian Haffner's  Defying Hitler , a brilliant, blood-chilling contemporary account of the apparently inexorable ...
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The way I think...
I'm often struck by other people's - especially wine people's - difficulty in coming to terms with the way I think. Why, they wonder, do I always have to bang on about all the things I think are wrong with the status quo? Leafing through this week's Financi...
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Why Tesco's woes are raising a cheer in Germany
A small - or possibly fairly sizeable - bomb may be about to explode in the heart of UK retailing. In the wake of the revelation that Tesco, the country's biggest grocer, had overstated its latest profit warning by a cool £250m and the reported suspension o...
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Watch out for the sheep on the BBC
These are some of the scenes the BBC shot with their profesional cameras - as opposed to the iPad used to film this. It was fun having a small BBC crew turn up at the winery to include le Grand Noir in a This World programme on France to go out next January...
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Tesco: the giant canary in the mine
' Commercial income ' like 'c ollateral damage ' is one of those attractively anodyne expressions that hides a decidedly unpleasant reality. In the UK, even the most sophisticated members of the business community have rarely encountered this term that neat...
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Time, Money and Wine. A personal theory of relativity
Poster by Viktor Hertz Time and money are both rather peculiar. They each share the odd quality of being simultaneously absolute and relative. Anyone who has ever lacked the means to pay a bill, or the time to complete a task, knows all about the implacabil...
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The shrinking shelf. What Dr Who has to teach the wine world
Most wine producers seem to imagine that retailers' shelves and store-rooms are miraculous places that resemble the Tardis in Dr Who . For those unfamiliar with this UK cult BBC TV series, the Tardis resembles an old British police box used by the eponymous...
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Sex, Shopping, Wine... and Aldi
Like 99.9999% of the rest of my fellow human beings, I have no idea how Google gets the numbers it does on its searches, but I have to say that the idea of three hundred million people having typed "sex and shopping" into a search engine does strike me as a...
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Drinking the Kool Aid
Every so often, somebody gives me a phrase I really can't let go of. UK-born PR person, Louise Hurren, who earns most of her living by helping small Languedoc producers gain some kind of visibility outside their region, did precisely that when she used the ...
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