November 12th, 2006


More Deltaness

I already know the wonderful Vilagrad Wines who produce award-winning wines and fun parties (I have been to two) not to mention the Vila Brothers band, but Delta Vineyard has just taken the Air NZ champion of show medal with their pinot noir (and I see by that link that they did pretty well in London). Go, Vila! Wine-making is so much more fun and much more profitable than rebellion. :-)

That's a nice price too. I must look for it at the wine shop before it goes up.



I had to take Claudia to the vet yesterday because she was gacking and pawing at her mouth. I thought, like glitterboy1 with his Thomas, that she had something stuck in her throat but it turns out she has gingivitis, plus she appears to have scratched her gum with her own claws. Poor little thing. She was trying to tell me something on Friday but I don't speak Burmese. I know that when she's upset, there's always a reason, but all the water bowls were full and none of the cats had broken anything or vomited.

So she's now on antibiotics and pain killers (both liquid, which is much easier) and has to have an operation in 2-3 weeks to have her teeth scaled. I knew this was coming up and she was meant to have it done in the middle of the year, but I put it off. I lost a cat under anaesthetic during a minor mouth op, as did a friend, and Claudia has a fast heart rate (tachycardia?). So I'll get her blood tested thoroughly first and hope for the best.

loose cannon

And some Starkness

I saw something about this in the paper today, so I googled it. Reporters are being encouraged to use the new word 'starkish'. It's some weird PR campaign with the prize of a trip to New York. I've looked further, and here's a bit more about it. Stark is a new vodka drink and apparently "women don't want artificial flavours and colours so we ensured them that Stark was free of all these".

As a Farscape fan, I'm quite amused (though appalled at the cynicism behind it). 'Starkish' is supposed "to describe something with a sense of proportion and good taste" which is not really the Stark we know and love. I'm tempted to use it with the exact opposite meaning.