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Don’t let yourself be a passive consumer

OK…now who ordered the glass half empty, and who ordered the glass half full?

I came across this cartoon in the New Yorker this week and it chimed nicely with Margaret Rand’s latest piece. It also reminded me of that line about us Brits – I think it was the comedian Bill Bailey who coined it – and our need to “covet disappointment”.

One of the things I’ve resolved to do this year is to drink less but much better. Turn down the mass-produced plastic bottle of wine offered in economy class, enjoyed in cramped solitude, and wait until I get the chance to drink something more inspiring. Preferably with good food and company, in my hotel. Instead of just glugging alcohol, I want to seek out wines that stimulate my brain and emotions, as well as my senses.

We think that we are passive consumers, but we’re not. The engagement we bring to a good bottle is our choice. The glass should always be half full, as it were.


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