Monday Sep 25, 2006

A french man's nose...

Most of the Europeans are flying in today and we arranged to visit a 'french' restaurant called "The Left Bank" in Palo Alto where we let Eric Bezille, the only frenchman choose the wines. This was an excellent move; he found an American Chenin Blanc (Ballantines 2005), which was quite tasty and herby, an excellent french Vouvray and a Californian Pinot Noir, called Irony, which is one of the best I've drunk in California, lacking that meaty earthy taste which presages the mother of hangovers. I was able to crack my "mmmm, I get the taste of grape" joke, which most hadn't heard before so that was good. We may have to go back as the some of the other starters sound too good to miss.

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Sunday Sep 24, 2006

I.T. is business critical!

I finished off yesterday's Independent and noticed in the business pages that MFI has had to get out of its iconic flatpack furniture business due to significant losses arguably caused by a new IT systems implementation described by the Indy as, "so mismanaged that it couldn't deliver ...goods". I wonder whose fault that was!

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Films on the Plane

Normal sort of journey, and I took the opportunity to watch X-Men 3 and V for Vendetta. So X-Men 3 confused me, while watching it I thought it was rather good and I enjoyed meeting some of my underused favourites, but after it finished I felt unsatisfied. There's so much unfinished, and possibly unfinishable given that some (critically important) characters have been written out through death or 'cure'.

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