1962 intrudes delightfully on a 2010 Christmas

We made the call to drive down last night to Maidstone, and a painless journey has us ready to celebrate Christmas for the first time in a while with all the Jones’. Christmas is always a family time, but as this is the first time in a while, and the kids are so small, it’s shaping up to be a bit of special one.

Searching in the understairs cupboard though has now stepped it up another gear, with the discovery of the following ;

It’s a 1962 bottle of port given to us from the cellars of New College Oxford. As the label is missing, we have no idea what it is. Having sampled a similar bottle 3 years ago (which was possibly the nicest alcohol I have had on planet Earth), I am seriously looking forward to what should be some stellar port.


The hangover as usual will be non-negotiable, but does anyone have a clue from the seal as to what sort of port this will be?

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone on the sofa drinking port.

Music to feed the Soul

It’s been a profoundly musical day for me today, and everything I have listened to has moved me enough that the Facebook update I was going to post, has turned in to a blog post.

It started by listening to the Smiths “The Queen is dead” at work this morning, and wondering how lucky we are that Johnny Marr and Morrissey came together. We then had a short walk as a family this afternoon in Duncliffe Woods, and there was a particular bird that haunted the woods with it’s song as we wandered through the leaves.

Jack shared an early video of James brown dancing on facebook this afternoon that had me trying to bust some moves at 38, and after a house clear up Cath made my evening by surprising me with a programme she taped for me off Sky Arts last night of the making of Stevie Wonders “Songs in the Key of Life”. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you need to buy it and devote some time to it in my humble opinion. It’s simply his best album and is underpinned by a strong spirituality and musical open mindedness that still has it as a classic for me now.

I’m tired from a slightly manic couple of weeks, and today has been a real tonic in reminding me that listening to music, rather than having it on as a background to life, makes a world of difference in how it uplifts you.