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Corona Blog #2

The Corona Redemption

I re-watched the classic Shawshank Redemption recently, one of the most quotable films of them all and one line in particular really hit home.

      “Get busy living, or get busy dying." The sentiment brought to mind the attitude of some people and business I know.

For some time I managed to shop only at my local fishmonger as he diversified his business. Fresh bread, pasta, pasta sauces, eggs, loo roll! Tonic water, beer and of course sensational fish. There is a hotel nearby which has erected a huge, roadside marquee which offers drive in burgers and chips. Top Distillers G11 have diversified into producing hand sanitiser, which I hear is as brilliant as their gins. Although, I would advise against drinking it; after all I am no US president. 

      As I continued to watch the film some of the famous lines began to attach themselves more and more to our current situation.

  1. "There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret..." Absolutely no one in government.
  2. "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged." Mr D. Cummings.
  3. Finally, I hope for those of you that have suffered through this, I pray that you will all end up like “ good friend Andy, who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side."

The pubs are reopening, we seem to be heading in the right direction but we still want you all to stay safe and well.

Drinks for redemption:

Grapefruit Gin, Generation Distillers, £34.99

A riot in the mouth. Smartly done; the tang of the Grapefruit, heady booze, massaged by a beautifully smooth texture; refreshes and caresses. Hand sanitiser also available.

Even Sharks Need Water, Verdant Brewery, £5.70

A couple of years ago I went on a sort of pilgrimage to a trading estate on the outskirts of Falmoiuth in Cornwall. Not as sexy as the Santiago de Compostela I know but I have a feeling that in redemptive terms grabbing any of their double IPA's and imagining dipping ones head into salty savageness of the Fal would be a pretty fine way to celebrate an escape from all this.

Kreuznacher Krotenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett, Donnhoff, £21.95

If you feel like you need a hug from an old friend then trust Donnhoff to deliver. A simply gorgeous wine, plenty of sweetness of fruit combined with pure, crystalline flavours. It will make you smile.





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