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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 6th May 2014

I live so close to the Channel that invariably my friends and I make a day of going to Calais, buying wine, cheeses etc and then, with the money saved, having a superb lunch or dinner on the other side.  Nowadays our savings are little but we still enjoy a great day out.

I am of French descent and possibly Huguenot.  Having atteneded the Huguenot Symposium recently I was  given a bottle of Huguenot Red from Franschoek in South Africa.  When I visited SA regularly I often visited and stayed in Franschoek - the place where the Huguenots escaping from religious persecution took their vines and planted them.  There's still an enormous feeling of Frenchness in the small town and a magnificent monument to the Huguenots as well as a Museum and Cemetery.

Through Classic FM, I received an offer from Laithwaites Wines.  Normally I wouldn't bother but at the back of the picture I spied two bottles of Huguenot wine - exactly the same as the one given me a fortnight ago.  So, feeling this was Fate, I went for it and placed my order which was delivered in record time.

Imagine my disappointment on opening the box - no Huguenot Wine.  Laithwaites explain that they have the right to substitute wines (if stocks are running low) which I perfectly understood but I really did place the order purely for the Huguenot wines.  I emailed and explained my disappointment.

Imagine my surprise when I received two complimentary bottles of Huguenot Wine (exactly the same as the present I was given).  What tremendous PR and I certainly will think of ordering from them again.  They did explain that the Vineyard is small and they hadn't enough supply to put the Huguenot Wine into every order.  I know the Vineyards are small in Franschoek and knew this to be a genuine reason.

So well done Laithwaites - you've won a grateful customer.

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