“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland)

Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin

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10 January 2013

CUT DOWN TREES PUT UP A PARKING LOT

Main Steet, McLaren Vale. There were beautiful shady mature gum trees here. Mr. Scarpantoni, of Scarpantoni Wines,  has cut them down to make this lovely car park.  I notice he parks his car in the shade of the one tree remaining, this side of the flags, behind  your shoulder to the right.  I doubt very much that this would have occurred if Greg Trott were still alive. He would have driven  down there and stopped it. In his gentle way. The rest of McLaren Vale must be dead on its self-satisfied feet. If I'd known it was happening I woulda been there with an army ... Buy your wine accordingly ... photo: Philip White

8 comments:

HUGGER said...

How fucked is that! They were lovely healthy trees with good parking shade. HOW DID THEY GET AWAY WITH THAT?

Andrew said...

Just dropped myself off their damn mailing list, both of them. Too bad I just got my order in. How selfish! You can park cars AND have trees, idiots.

Anonymous said...

And if a branch fell off the tree and hit your car you would complain as well!

Philip White said...

Oooh yeah, them Australian trees are all killers. If we save just one kiddie, it'll be worth cutting every awful bastard down and cementing the country over.

Sal said...

Well said, Anonymous. Bloody bastard trees and their stupid shady branches ... With all that shade and shit ... Well, just, yer ... etc.

Philip White said...

Philip White@whiteswine : Brrrrrm gang gang ... They obviously see a better future than we do. We don't understand.

Dudley Brown@TheWineRules1 : How could we?

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Rich Wisken said...

I believe the trees were removed after an increase in Drop Bear attacks on unsuspecting tourists. Mature gum trees provide the perfect habitat for these vicious creatures...