Well, I am back from my final trip of the year and I didn't get eaten by a lion, catch malaria, pick up a tummy bug or get carjacked. More on my trip on my Darkest Africa blog here. It's not been too bad on the travelling front this year; only nine countries (USA, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, UAE, Switzerland, Lithuania, Zambia and Turkey for the record) but next year may be worse again.
It was good to get down to Aquae Sulis again. My friends are great cooks (they import all their fruit and vegetables direct from Italy by courier!) and have a wonderful, real cellar. We had some nice Dom Ruinart 1996 Rose, some good claret (Gruard Larose), a fine Barolo and bottles and bottles of other stuff fom the cellar (I think the four of us drank eight bottles with dinner on Saturday!). One blast from the past was Coteaux du Tricastin which used to be a favourite from Sainsbury's years ago. I used to drink it with a former girlfriend V in the early eighties. It was a very nostalgic bottle, especially as my hostess in Bath (she later married one of my best friends) was my girlfriend immediately before V. All very complicated. Not the wine; that was as rustic as ever!
I also finished some Darkest Africa British, which I started years ago, inspired by a recent Wargames Illustrated article by Gary Chalk. I also have a batch of British askaris, which I might now fast track, to go with these.
This week looks quiet on the work front so I may get some more done this week.