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The 2005 Great Australian Wine Tasting [20050521|22:49]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Today, Marco and I got up late and went to Borough Market to eat bacon bubble battys. (Batties? I don't know the appropriate plural form of the English slang for "ciabatta.") We met our friends to engage in the exceedingly yuppie activity of wine tasting. I've never been to a wine tasting before. I learned many things. First of all, after ten or twelve single sips from glasses of different wines, I understood why experienced tasters spit the stuff out. I lost my inhibitions about lunging for the rubbish bins full of sawdust rather quickly after that. Secondly, wine tastings attract alcoholics of all ages, shapes and sizes. Particularly entertaining are the dowagers with their glasses carefully slung around their necks in special cradles. They are the aristocracy, the Grand Duchesses among winos.

They never, ever spit.

Thirdly, even if you do spit, your palate will be torn to shreds after four of five tastes of shiraz. Fourthly, when all the wine starts to taste the same, it's time to start drinking in earnest. Fifthly, hm, fifthly. Maybe I had a fifth point, but it's probably gone off for a swim in one of the tracts of drowned neurons.

Anyway, what's really important is that I rode the Jubilee line of the Underground for the first time today. It's the newest underground line, first opened in 1979. It services many older stations, but a lot of those were revamped to accommodate the new line. We rode from London Bridge to Westminster. I think I'm in love.



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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-05-21 23:22 (UTC)
Hey! You were at the station I get out at to go to work every day, on the Jubilee line that I take to get in and out of work. And Westminister station is absolutely huge isn't it?!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-22 09:10 (UTC)
Ooh, you get to ride the Jubilee line every day. I am envious. I usually take the Northern line when I ride the tube, which isn't that often.

Westminster is enormous, yes. I hope others are noticing the two tiny people on the escalators in the photo. Have you been to the Canary Wharf station? It's supposed to be the largest.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-05-23 18:02 (UTC)
Nah, I haven't gotten to Canary Wharf as yet, but I shall be going one day during my lunch hour, becuase I heard that it's a great place to check out.
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2005-05-22 00:03 (UTC)
I did some tasting with my parents in Napa a couple years ago. And we didn't spit either... but we also only visited 3-4 winerys a day, and never got more than one "tasting" for the 4 of us (the middle brother couldn't join us). So, alcohol intake was about 1/2 cup per winery total, all 3-6 wines they were tasting there. With an alcohol free lunch in the middle, there wasn't much getting drunk on tasting. I also believe without evidence, or authoritative support that the "finish" of a wine is different if it doesn't go down, into your throat.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-22 09:16 (UTC)
I don't know if I buy that business about the finish of a wine being different if you don't swallow it. Since what we call "taste" is really mostly "smell," I'd be inclined to argue that as long as you swirl the wine around in your mouth so that it coats your tongue thoroughly, you're going to get the full experience. Your taste buds will be able to do their rather limited work, and the organic compounds that are distinguishable by your olfactory sensorium will reach your nasal cavity.
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-05-22 01:25 (UTC)
o,, the cleanliness of all other subways (yes, the tube if you will) than the nyc metro.
(sigh)
..(although i am sure i would miss the rats &occasional rat-birds hanging about scurrying &such..)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-22 09:20 (UTC)
Is the Tube that much cleaner than the Metro? I mean, yeah, the Jubilee is probably the cleanest tube line, since it's fairly new and well maintained. The Northern line, which is the one I normally use, is filthy and usually smells like a sewer.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-05-22 12:10 (UTC)
The jubille line is the line all the politicians travel on, which is the other reason it's kept spic and span.
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-05-22 14:04 (UTC)
i seem to think i rode on a fair few of the tube lines, &they were all quite a bit more of the tidy than here.. of course, this was about 4years ago..
i will have to take some photos, & we will compare notes, yeah?
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2005-05-22 16:08 (UTC)
So clean. I was in Boston for a couple days of meetings a couple months ago and it was just disgusting. Britsh transportation systems rock. Hong Kong's transportation system was amazing and CLEAN.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-23 06:40 (UTC)
Hm, well, most of the Tube lines aren't nearly as clean as the Jubilee. It's pretty new, after all, and some of the stations on it, including Westminster, were completely redone about five years ago. Also, London has a litter problem - lots of people seem to find it completely acceptable to drop their trash wherever they're standing, and that includes buses and train carriages.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2005-05-23 14:16 (UTC)
Interesting. British people in Hong Kong are SO offended by litter and trash and the city is so clean. And Chinese people tend to litter and spit everywhere so I figured the cleanliness had something to do with British influence. Maybe not. Probably more to do with SARS than anything else.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-05-22 17:05 (UTC)
I've never been wine tasting. Sounds like fun. I like your description.

The images are nifty too. =)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-23 06:41 (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed them. When - notice I didn't say "if" - you visit, we will ride the Jubilee line and stop at every station and marvel at its beauty.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-05-23 14:50 (UTC)
with their glasses carefully slung around their necks in special cradles. They are the aristocracy, the Grand Duchesses among winos.

I'm imagining the cultured alternative to a beer hat.
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