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    Unnatural selection

    Hands up who’s had a Caesarean section? On average, that should be around 35% of all mothers. And, for avoidance of doubt, 0% of everyone else. But…

    11 Jan 2017 Richard Hemming MW
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    Don't believe all that you drink

    It is undeniably true that we either do or do not live in an age of misinformation.  Your own opinion on this matter may well be determined by what…

    14 Dec 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Conspiracy theories

    Conspiracy theories are by definition undebunkable. Indeed, undebunkability is woven into the very fabric of their being, because any argument…

    9 Nov 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Avoiding the norm

    When questioned, the majority of car drivers think they are better at driving than most other car drivers. In fact, one survey revealed that no…

    12 Oct 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Copyright or copywrong?

    ‘European Foods Ltd manufacture probably the best tasting cheese alternative in Europe. We can add mature cheddar for a real cheese taste, if you…

    14 Sep 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Alchemy and epiphany

    At the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice there are 13 Pollocks: 11 by Jackson and two by his brother Charles. But did you know that when…

    10 Aug 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Blend ambition

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that the fire of my loins electrocuted the Rosenbergs. Which goes to show that some things are definitely…

    13 Jul 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Speaking of wine

    After excoriating scoring here several months ago, let the spittoon of scorn now pour forth on its tasting-note bedfellow, the language of wine.…

    8 Jun 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Appellation Utopia Côntrolée

    In the infinity of parallel universes, there is a world identical to ours in every way but one: wine doesn’t exist. Imagine, if you dare, a scenario…

    11 May 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    The price of quality

    Bill Bryson, the tireless chronicler of British whimsy, once observed that you can ‘give two or more men in a pub the names of any two places in…

    13 Apr 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Insoluble suppositories

    Grot is the name of a shop that sold absolute rubbish at vastly inflated prices. It was dreamt up by a disillusioned sales executive driven mad by…

    9 Mar 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Vintage nonsense

    Disclaimer: what follows is an incoherent collection of contradictory statements and vacuous soundbites mostly pilfered from the internet to create…

    10 Feb 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    The game of the name

    Mr and Mrs West of California suffered widespread scorn for naming their daughter North back in 2013. Perhaps that’s why they didn’t call their…

    13 Jan 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Excoriating scoring

    I went on a train journey recently that was eight parsnips better than my bedside table. Not the most lucid measurement, but it does at least follow a…

    9 Dec 2015 Richard Hemming MW
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    Value and wine: it's all in the timing

    Today, the average selling price for Petrus is 164 times that of Louis Latour Beaujolais, as the oracular wine-searcher.com informs us. That will…

    11 Nov 2015 Richard Hemming MW