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Port Talbot Steelworks

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Tata steel: Port Talbot faces bulk of 1,050 job losses

More than 1,000 jobs are to go at Tata Steel plants, mostly in south Wales.

So why can’t the UK government help the people of Port Talbot? Because we are members of the EU and the UK has no control any more over its own industry. We have to ask the EU for permission to help and it can take up to 12 months to get that permission. What absolute stupidity. We need to save these jobs and help the local community now. Make your voices heard people and vote to leave the EU so we can get back control for our own people and our communities.

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EU out

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The fat cat meddling politicians of the European Union have done it again. Another change to the labeling of French wine. What absolute trankers. Why are they wasting our taxes? So here we go. The old quality system has been changed. Firstly we had AOC, VDQS, VDP and VDT. Then we had AOP, IGP, VDF. Now we have AOP, IGP and VSIG. The new category is Vins Sans Indication Geographique ie wines without geographical indication. People please vote to get out of Europe when the government finally gives us a referendum. The EU is just a ridiculous and petty organisation that wants to spend our hard earned money on stupidity. Now if it was just a strategic organisation to bind together states in  mutual friendship and support I might think about being a part but not the wasting of money that could be used to help support refugees for example.

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Hey George the cartoon says it all. When are you going to do what is right for the man on the street.  Its all well and good letting the Chinese take over. Are you hankering to become the next Mao?

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Simon’s big brain

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Good news for all you people in your old age who have eaten loads of veggies, fruit and olive oil over your lifetime. You have bigger brains. Apparently if you have followed the Mediterranean diet it stops your brain shrinking as we get older. That also includes drinking moderate amounts of alcohol. Great. I will continue to grow our fresh fruit and veg in the potager at Manoir de Gourin to help keep my brain as big as it is possible to be inside my skull! That must be the reason why I am so brilliant at Mahjong having thrashed my fellow players last time out. Don’t tell them what ever you do. I don’t want them eating loads of greens. The next session is on Thursday and I need to keep my winning streak going on home turf. (Don’t tell the competitors Lman and get your veggies eaten. Good news you can continue with the wine intake!). Just a note for my partner.

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The thief of Manoir de Gourin

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Hey who’s this trying to grab a bottle of wine from our cellar. I caught this cheeky chap eyeing up the wine down in the cellar today. Fortunately there was no corkscrew to hand otherwise I may have found an empty bottle. I sent him packing after he told me his name was Mr Tipsy Toad!  What cheek.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

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French traffic lights

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One thing I like about the french. They are so ahead of us when it comes to the things that matter. For example take a look at the pic i took of some temporary traffic lights in Chinon, Loire valley. In UK how often have you sat in your car at a red light and wondered how long it will take for it to turn green? Well in France they very politely tell you. On the bottom is the time in seconds (48) before the light turns to green (or in french signalling to orange – proceed with care).It  counts down to zero. Wonderful. Well done.

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Cheers.

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St Pierre, Saumur

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Off to Saumur today to pic up some stuff for the studio. Its the market on a Saturday so a chance to take in the atmosphere and pick up some food. Cheese from the little fromagerie and some veg for the week. The market has spread out a bit as the lovely square of St Pierre is undergoing a makeover at the moment. Its a building site. Normally on a Saturday its full of market stalls selling fruit and veg. Whilst this is happening the market has spread into the car park in front of the Town Hall. Some bread for lunch from our favourite boulangerie in the town hall square and back for lunch. A salad of toms ( of course) and feta cheese with olives and basil. Simple and delicious. Still on the non alcohol vacation and normally we have a glass of vine or for me a bottle of my favourite beer Bass. Never mind its all for a good reason.

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Cheers.

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www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

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Membership of the EU

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I’m responding to a report in the Independant newspaper sent to me via facebook. Its easy to make statements that have no substance or proof. Ie ‘our economy would suffer if we pull out’. Where’s the proof please?  The fact that our GDP is only 3% has no relevance to membership of the EU. Many countries of the world are smaller but function quite well in the global economy.  Countries outside of the EU trade with the EU and flourish. Actually UK  now  exports more to the rest of the world than the EU. AND  the EU parliament cost us dearly. Each of the 750 or so members costs us £1.79m. That is diabolical is it not? How can we justify that sort of cost when we have UK citizens living below the poverty level.  Let’s get out before it cost us anymore and put our money into helping the poor and vunerable.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

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enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

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EU

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Its good to debate such matters as the UK membership of EU and whether it works or not. My feeling is the concensus view is for  much less power and a more manageable EU that is more about friendship and support rather than political integration with all that is involved. It obviously does not work from the experience we have seen to date. We do not want a blotted European parliament that wastes our hard earned wages and which grows the pension bill year on year that we already cannot afford.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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Looks like the NHS is struggling for money folks from reports in the news. We might now be charged for the service unless the government finds some money from somewhere.  Or it might be that  the old and frail will probably be the first to feel the pinch like they already do. They will be neglected and left alone. Lets use that £16,000,000,000 we will save from leaving the EU. Surely its right to look after our elderly than pay some twat in Brussels for sitting around doing f all and being paid ludicrous expenses.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine blog. Its the regular spot to catch up on the latest stuff on the wine scene or maybe something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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