20 December 2005
Xmas party and end-of-year celebrations at Redbank went off relatively smoothly this year. Company caterer excelled as always. Proprietor again made excessively long speech – droning on about big year, much achieved, I remember during the war etc. Silenced by flying missiles, some hard.
Richard made shorter and better speech afterwards, but may have been encouraged to brevity by sight of Proprietor felled and bleeding.
Other highlights: Philippa in a skirt (until now only a rumour that she owned one); Brian’s annual attempt at resigning (something he always does after his second beer, but inevitably gives up after ugly threats to his property from senior management – Brian is, after all, indispensable); Karen’s chillingly accurate rendition of Frank Ifield’s immortal I Remember You; Kale’s proposal of marriage to Billy the Goat; Michelle’s double-time can-can, and so on.
A noticeable improvement in demeanour and behaviour was noted once staff progressed from lager to the more refined products of our own vineyards. Mark was kind enough to repeat his triumph from last year, "My favourite 25 Shakespearean soliloquies”’ as the bonfire dwindled towards midnight.
Amazingly our erudite staff know at least 18 of them word for word.
Next year Mike and Sue have promised to work up their highlights from Verdi and Puccini, a cappella naturally.
Other reports contradict the above. Indeed the T.P. Christmas do has always enjoyed a reputation for sobriety and good manners. Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between?
15 December 2005
T. P. Ranked Among the Stars We continue to admire Geoff Kelly’s wine reviews (“independent, analytical, non-commercial”) and recommend his site (geoffkellywinereviews.co.nz). See his review of...More
30 November 2005
Proprietor mired in controversy again Redbank and Mr Neill featured on T.V.1 last night in current affairs programme Close-Up in segment devoted to Keith Stewart’s proposed...More
13 November 2005
Chickens, pigs and mower repairs Staff and management distraught! Today Austin, ladies man and all round avian dandy (see photo) was found deceased in the chicken...More
5 November 2005
Proprietor gone... Opening weekend for fly-fishing is always an important milestone in the cultural calendar here at T.P. More than that it means work around the place...More
17 October 2005
T.P. notes narrow defeat of Neil Diamond fans in general election. The mass singing of “Sweet Caroline” at start of Election put the frighteners up us...More
14 October 2005
We have been inundated with requests for news from the Maternity Paddock Lambs [below] Brian Brown, snr. -- Any resemblance to an Australian movie star either...More
8 October 2005
The proprietor and Mark Field have been in Australia this last week with 15 or so other Central Otago wine producers, flying the flag. Melbourne and...More
30 September 2005
Congratulations all around In a startling reversal of their usual display of winter mediocrity, our TWO PADDOCKS ski team has triumphed – first in the Coronet Peak...More
21 September 2005
At this time of year, our South Suffolk ewes find themselves, after a time of wonder, lambing in mid-spring. But first they like to be seen...More
18 September 2005
Politics and wine don't mix Election over and all at T.P.H.Q. sighing relief. Politics and wine do not mix, and the Proprietor has been firmly told to...More
4 August 2005
*BEFORE* Fully restored, running well Our 1947 Chevrolet 1.5-ton Thriftmaster stake-side pickup truck, a thing of rare and splendid beauty, is now home. Fully restored, painted in...More