“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)





13 August 2015


In one of the deepest dungeons at Penfolds Magill: sleeping babies ... photo Philip White

And look what Sandie Coff, daughter of Max and Thellie Schubert, has found in the old family home at Magill:

Since the recent death of her Mum, Sandie's been sorting through a trove of photographs in the humble family cottage a short walk from the Penfolds Magill winery at The Grange.

I can't recall where we were, or why we were there, but I reckon this would be in the early to mid-eighties. Left to right: yours truly, Andrew 'Ox' Hardy, then winemaking at Petaluma, Robert 'Mouse' Hesketh, chairman of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, Geoff Merrill, and Thelma 'Thellie' Schubert with her beloved Max ... photographer unknown ... If anyone can help me with details of this occasion please let me know. Was it the party celebrating Petaluma's purchase of the derelict Bridgewater Mill? Similarly, I'd love to know the identity of the photographer.


Jealou$!!! said...

Jesus Phillip howd you keep your corkscrew in your pocket? Did you?

d'Arry O said...

It's good to see you clean-shaven, Philip. Beards are filthy things. See how much younger you look without it!