Saturday, May 30, 2020

Plastic is Fantastic !!!



Plastic is Fantastic !!! by ©LeDomduVin 2020 


Plastic is Fantastic !!!


I don't get it. I really don't. More than 20 years that scientists are telling us to reduce the production and consumption of plastic and derived products, and instead we can see even more plastic everywhere invading all corners of our daily life. What's up with that? 


A brief history of plastic

"Rubber" consists of natural polymers of the organic compound isoprene, harvested/collected in the form of the "latex", the white milky sap (or colloid) extracted from the rubber tree, which is then refined into rubber (via a chemical process called "vulcanization"), to be used for different purposes. 

Understandably, prior to the vulcanization process was invented in the 19th century, natural rubber only existed under its primal form known as "latex". 

Surprisingly enough, although latex has always existed, being present in rubber trees growing in various places around the globe (such as some countries of Africa, Asia and the Americas), and thus, could have been discovered and put to use long before, the first traces of its use only go back to 1600 BC, with the Mesoamericans (pre-Columbian societies of Central America) who, apparently, used natural rubber (latex) for balls, bands, and figurines. (*) 

After that, natural rubber and its uses remained pretty much the same, with no major breakthrough until the end of the 18th century. 

In fact, the evolution of "natural rubber" (latex) into "rubber", then later into "plastic" really started in the 19th century, with a few primordial discoveries like 

  • 1844 - Patents of the vulcanisation of rubber deposited by Thomas Hancock (in the UK) first, then Charles Goodyear (in the US)
  • 1872 - PVC was accidentally invented
  • 1889 - Eastman Kodak successfully patented the celluloid film
  • and a few more...

At the dawn of the 20th century, the first "synthetic plastic" was invented by Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a Belgian-born American living in New York state. It was based on a synthetic polymer made from phenol and formaldehyde, with the first viable and cheap synthesis methods he created in 1907. (**) 

In the 40 years that followed its creation, synthetic plastic triggered the interests of both scientists and industrials alike. It was then further studied, developed, enhanced and produced, yet was mainly created and mostly used for various household and industrial products, at first. 

Also, probably due to the timing of its creation and development between the two World Wars, plastic remained a kind of novelty up to the mid-1940s. 

The Golden Age of plastic came after WWII. Like for most petrochemicals derived products, the 2nd half of the 20th century marked the beginning of exponential growth and production, obviously accelerated at the time by the needs and demands of the Baby Boomers (my parent's generation, born between 1946 and 1964).


To resume and list some of the major advances made in terms of plastic evolution during the 20th century (*): 
  • 1941 - Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is discovered in Britain and expanded polystyrene is first produced
  • 1950 - DuPont begins the manufacture of polyester.
  • 1951 - Polymerized propylene for the first time to produce polypropylene
  • 1953 - Polycarbonate independently developed
  • 1954 - Polypropylene was discovered by Giulio Natta with production starting in 1957
  • 1954 - Expanded polystyrene, used for building insulation, packaging, and cup was invented by Dow Chemical.
  • 1957 - Italian firm Montecatini begin large-scale commercial production of isotactic polypropylene.


Which brings us to an interesting and historical point in time, important for this Wine Blog and more particularly for this specific post about plastic: 
  • 1960s - High-density polyethylene (or polythene) bottles are introduced to the market and soon replace glass bottles in most applications (soap, shampoo, detergent, chemicals, etc...).

This historical point in time was the moment that started the chain reaction, which led to the ever-growing production of plastic that we have been experiencing and living ever since (until today). 

Plastic, plastic and more plastic... (sigh). 


For those of you who may not know, polyethylene (or polythene) is basically the most popular plastic in the world. It is the polymer used to make pretty much everything we use in our daily life, from packaging and grocery bags to most bottles (soap, shampoo, sodas, wine, etc..), as well as children's toys, and even bulletproof vests. It is a very versatile material with a very simple structure, which represents the simplest of all commercial polymers. 

As of 2017, over 100 million tonnes of polyethylene resins are being produced annually, accounting for 34% of the total plastics market in the world. (***) 

So, to close this brief history of plastic, in the mid-60s, after polyethylene bottles were introduced to the market, industrials rapidly understood the benefits of synthetic plastic: low cost, easy to produce and manufacture, versatile, stretchable, moldable, fairly resistant and impervious to water. 

Consequently, plastics started to be heavily produced and used, as a part or as a whole, in a multitude of products and tools of different shapes, forms and scale, ranging from simple paper clips to parts of houses and other buildings and even vehicles like car, train, plane and even spacecraft. 

In less than a few decades after they were first invented, plastics of all kinds have prevailed over traditional materials, such as wood, stone, horn and bone, leather, metal, glass, and ceramic, in some products previously left to natural materials. (**) 



The plastics situation today


Nowadays, it is said that the global production of plastic roughly corresponds to 45 to 50kg of plastic / per person produced per year: 


45 kg x 7.6 billion people = 342,000,000,000 kg = 342,000,000 metric tonnes 


50 kg x 7.6 billion people = 380,000,000,000 kg = 380,000,000 metric tonnes 


Which seems to be correct, as the estimation from various websites (including www.statista.com) confirms that in 2018, for example, the world plastics production totalled around 359 million metric tons. 


Global Plastic production from 1950 to 2018 (in million metric tons)
courtesy of www.statista.com



FYI: a US "ton" only weight 2000 pounds = 907.1847 kg, and is therefore different than a "metric ton or tonne" which weights 1,000 kg. 


That's really a LOT of plastics, don't you think? 


More especially knowing that out of these 359 million metric tonnes produced per year (total from 2018 above): 
  • about 8 million metric tonnes (roughly 2.22%) are dumped into the oceans and seas around the globe every year
  • only about 35 million metric tonnes (roughly 9.75%) is recycled
  • thus, that's a whopping 90.25% (324 million metric tonnes) that is NOT recycled

Here is a comparison chart I made for you to have a better understanding of the situation and what I'm trying to say. 


Global Plastic Production Dumped - Recycled - Unrecycled 
by ©LeDomduVin 2020 (v2) 









And they're not many solutions to get rid of the unrecycled plastics, in fact, understandably and logically, there are only 3 solutions to waste disposal: unrecycled plastics are either: 

  • Incinerated: as per the statistic, this method only represents between 12-15%
    • Burned in specialized incinerators with smoke filters to minimize air pollution,
    • Or, burned outside in open fields (with no smoke filters) which is a major source of air pollution around
  • Buried: probably the most common way to do it in most countries, representing about 80-90% of most waste including plastics
    • Pilled up in opened fields becoming garbage landfills on which some people live and feed as they have no other alternative if they want to survive
    • Pilled underground and covered with dirt/soil, usually used as landfills for agriculture
  • Dumped in water: between 2-5% depending on the source
    • Dumped in rivers and lakes, ending up in oceans and seas eventually
    • Dumped in oceans and seas


Here is another comparison chart I made for you to have a better understanding of the situation. 



Global Waste - Plastics Disposal Methods Comparison 
by ©LeDomduVin 2020 



As you can see on the two charts above, the situation is quite desperate and critical, and not only for plastics but for waste in general. Yet, if I focus on plastics for this post, its because they are now used for pretty much everything and everywhere around the globe. 

And despite the warnings and suggestions from the scientists and other experts for the past 20-30 years now, the production of plastics never ceased nor decreased (refer to the chart of Global Plastic production from 1950 to 2018 (in million metric tons) courtesy of www.statista.com above)

In fact, plastics are present in between 5 to 75% in most things we use daily and in most places we work, live and leisure daily.


























The Packaging dilemma 


So, now that we know a little more about plastic, let's move on to the main reason that prompted me to write this post: Packaging. 











We now live in a sanitized and sterile world, where our immune system is no longer able to fight on his own any diseases and virus, which would have been totally harmless and insignificant to our health 30-40 years ago. 


What I mean is that I grew up in the countryside drinking water from the well for more than 2 decades and I have always been in fairly good and strong health compared to most people I know. 


I very rarely went to the doctor and never really had to either, unless it was really serious; which, thank god and touch wood, has never really been the case, except once, here in Hong Kong, a few years ago, when I caught the rickettsia due to a nasty tick's bite when I was hiking around. 


I stayed for 10 days at the hospital and could have died as the pathogen's infection had already disseminated in my blood and contaminated several organs, more particularly my liver and was on its way to the kidneys and the lungs. A nasty Genus bacteria, I'm telling you. 


However, what I'm trying to say is that back in the old days, when I was young, people strength seemed stronger and plastic was mainly used and found in reusable and recyclable products. 













Thank you, 

Cheers! Sante!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

I Get Lifted - The retrieved lyrics



Barbara Tucker - I Get Lifted (Underground Network Mix - Vynil label)
Barbara Tucker - I Get Lifted (Underground Network Mix - Vynil label)

I Get Lifted - The retrieved lyrics


As you may have realized by now, LeDomduVin is not only about wine, it is also about life in general and the various things that make it worth living. One of this thing is music. What else? 

Yes, music is everywhere in our life. And most of us could not even live without. I know I can't. I need music every second of my life. In fact, we are constantly listening to music.  

At home, on TV, radio, computer, laptop, smartphone and other music portable devices. At work, in the lobby, in the lift, even sometimes as background music. In some public transports and at their stations. Etc...and so many other places. 

At the cinema, restaurants, brasseries, bars, cafes and more importantly in lounges, clubs and discotheques where music is the most essential feature of these places, directly influencing the mood, comportments and behaviours of the customers and patrons.  

Yes, music is everywhere, even in nature, you just have to be silent and listen, or learn how to listen, as most of the people living in the big cities have totally lost that connection with nature and the pleasure to stop everything and do nothing for a minute just to listen to nature's sounds: the birds, the insects, the animals in general, the wind in the leaves and the trees, the flowing water of the river, the rain, and so many other natural things making music, only if the human ears were to realize it.  

And during this time of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music has become an even more essential part of our life. Stuck at home with nothing do for most of us, music is now a source of energy we are seeking to put us in the right mood to go through the day. Music is a beacon which conveys emotions, sensations, feelings and has the power to decide over our mood, comportments and behaviours. 

I mean you get the picture, better to hear a good song right when you wake up to start on the right foot and set up the mood for the day.  

Five years ago, Stephane Bey, a friend who happens to be a Chef, and I were discussing music, while drinking beers in a cosy bar, in a street perpendicular to Hollywood Road, near Central Hong Kong. It was a good discussion where all the classics of all the music genres and styles that spawned and evolved since the 1950s until now, were evoked.          

We talked about Blues and Jazz, and the birth of Rock'n'Roll in the 1950s, followed by the explosion of the various styles and genres of the 60s like the swing, the yeah-yeah and folk-indie-hippie amongst others like Motown, as well as the groove and soul as the foundation of what will become the R&B. 

Followed by the affirmation of rock in the 70s, leading to the beginning of Punk and Heavy Metals, as well as the premise of Electric and House Music, as well as being at the same time the Funky-disco era. The 70s spawned some of the best groove-soul-funk-disco tunes (all combined together or each in their respective ways) that are still considered as classics to this day.  

Then we moved on to the 1980s, which was surely the decade with the most revelations to date, accentuated by the creation of MTV (music television) in 1981. A channel created to solely show music videos, marking the beginning of video clips specifically made to showcase the bands and their music or anything else they wanted to show or express via this new medium to attract a public always eager to watch them. Pop-Rock was born.  

Additionally, the 80s saw sub-genres like heavy metal, hard rock, and glam metal became extremely popular. Hip-Hop also appeared during this decade, evolving into sub-genres like Breakdance, Trip-Hop, Downtempo, Lo-Fi by the end of the decade. Subgenres which became very popular through the early to mid-90s, competing with more commercial pop-rock on one side and the explosion of electronic music genres on the other side. 

Electronic genres like Techno, Acid, Trance and Ambient of the late 80s to the early to mid-90s, could be heard everywhere in clubs and discotheques and where often associated with the various drugs circulating back in the days (LSD, Mushrooms, ACID, and a few more, taken atop of the already widespread and heavily used marijuana, inhalants, methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin, etc...). While Trip-Hop, Downtempo, Lo-Fi and other styles like Chillout, Nu-jazz, etc... became a thing. 

The 90s saw the birth of Grunge, somewhere between post-punk, depressing rock and Hard Rock, without conveying the same message. Pop-Rock and Pop were competing to take the lead, while Boys and Girls bands were appearing every month and R&B was becoming more popular too.  Hip-Hop and Breakdance evolved into more engaged and violent Rap styles.  

The 2000s were a medley of all the above, mixing genres and styles... and as for the 2010s, if you are reading this post, you are surely old enough to know what happened in this last decades.  

All these were compacted into a discussion of a few hours while talking with Stephane (and 1 or 2 more friends, I don't exactly remember) and drinking beers and enjoying the moment of the various styles and genres of music played in the bar that night. 



Ur-fonotec Facebook music page banner
Ur-fonotec Facebook music page banner


That night, we discovered our mutual love for music in general and the pleasure to share our experiences and various tastes in music, which led up to Stephane creating a page on Facebook a few days later, solely dedicated to music and called "Ur-fonotec", a private group page accessible by invitation only, where we immediately started to share all sort of music from our favourite repertoires. 

At first, the music posted only came from the two of us, but after a few days, we both started to invite some of our FB friends to share the experience with us and open the page to all music styles and genres. As at the end of the day, that's what music is all about: sharing the experience and the emotions by living the moments, sometimes alone, but mostly with others.    

And sharing music on Ur-fonotec is what led me to write this post today. You see, I love House Music and often share some on Ur-fonotec, amongst a lot of other styles and genres, as in fact, I really listen to anything and everything, more especially if I get lifted by the music. Meaning that, for me, and although I can also listen to very depressing tunes that I love, music, in general, has to be a positive experience. 

When I listen to music I mostly want to be lifted, uplifted, motivated, inspired, empowered, challenged, spirited. I want to move my feet, my body. I want to express myself physically, even dance (even if I don't know how to). I want to sing along and express myself verbally, spread the good Word all around. I want to be somebody. I want to help others. I want to share my experience with others. I want to live life fully. And even if I don't know how to sing or even play an instrument, Music has always been, for me, an expression of the body, mind, spirit and soul. 

I usually find these emotions and feelings while listening to all sort of music, it just depends on the moments and the mood I'm in at that particular moment, like for most people. However, I usually find peace of mind and joy while listening to Jazz, Rock, Funk, Disco, Groove and Soul, but I also have a penchant for electronic music like EDM and more specifically House music, and especially House music with strong, soulful, gospel-like voices. 

House music with strong, soulful, female gospel voices, like the one of Barbara Tucker, for example, generally delivers a positive message of peace, love and reunification that feels good and that even invites you to sing along ... It usually is a very positive message. Like in Sunday mass gospel church choir where everyone is singing and rejoicing. I love it, it's very positive and, actually, it feels good ... moreover, I love the energy that emerges from it. 😊  

Some house music songs really encourage people, especially those going through difficult times, like the confinement due to the COVID-19 most of us have to deal with these days, for example.     

One of the members of Ur-fonotec (Clo Drine), posted the following song, "So What If It Is" by "The Foreign Exchange", which is a great House song with a really feel-good, hopeful and very uplifting message if you pay attention to the lyrics. 


Here is the link for the video on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqxEu7yvnmE (or you can watch it below, but actually, there is no video, just an image, but you can listen to it while doing something else, and put the volume up)





Here are the lyrics if you are interested to sing along this very uplifting and hopeful house music song
by The Foreign Exchange - So what if it is


Everybody's got a song and dance about 
What it means the struggle is to go about 
No one thinks that there are other problems this is true 
It's true People running scared amongst these changed times 

Recession, depression, unemployed and blind 
Everybody needs a mental healing, yes they do 
They do 

Now's the time to raise your voice and lift your hand 
Show your love to every woman, every man 
Nobody believes things will get better 

But I do, I do 
Don't you worry about the pain infest today just 
Remember to live 
Don't be afraid, it's not the end of the world 

So, so, so what if it is 
So what if it is, so what if it is, 
So what if it is, so what if it is, 

Everybody's searching try to find a way 
Reaching through the darkness for a brighter day 
Looking for the sunshine, in the sky to smile so blue, so blue 

Now's the time to raise your voice and lift your hands 
Show your love to every woman every man 
Nobody believes things will get better 

But I do, I do 
Don't you worry about the pain infest today just 
Remember to live 
Don't be afraid, it's not the end of the world 

So, so, so what if it is 
So what if it is, so what if it is, 
So what if it is, so what if it is, 

People running scared amongst these changed times 
Recession, depression, unemployed and blind 
Everybody needs a mental healing, yes they do, 
They do 

Now's the time to raise your voice and lift your hand 
Show your love to every woman, every man 
Nobody believes things will get better 
But I do, I do 

Don't you worry about the pain infest today just 
Remember to live 
Don't be afraid, it's not the end of the world 
So, so, so what if it is 

So what if it is, so what if it is, 
So what if it is, so what if it is. 

Source: Musixmatch 
Songwriters: Coleman Phonte Lyshod / Rook Matthijs 
So What If It Is lyrics © Daddy's New Bowtie, Nicolay Music







So, after listening to that great house tune, I commented that It was a "nice house tune" and that I love house music (for the reasons already cited above). And that there is a tune I love by Barbara Tucker. And that's where "Get Lifted!" came up.

So, I put the link of the song in the comment for her to listen to it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4En_rYmiUMg) (no video on this one again, just a picture). 





Like the song from The Foreign Exchange above, Barbara Tucker "I get lifted" is a very positive song with uplifting lyrics. And I wanted to put the lyrics of that song as a comment for Clo to read them and eventually sing along if she wanted to.  

However, and that's what triggered me to write this post in the first place, it is impossible to find the lyrics of  Barbara Tucker "I get lifted" anywhere on the internet!!! What's up with that? How come? 

I mean, if you do a google search for "Barbara Tucker I get lifted lyrics", you will find some lyrics co-written by Barbara Tucker and Little Louie Vega and surely end up here to realise that these lyrics have nothing to do with the lyrics you are hearing in the song (in the video above).

Puzzled, I searched and searched again, via different ways, listening to various mixes and versions, and, again, realized that the lyrics they stated in relation with that song have nothing do to it.  

Consequently, as I love this song, "Barbara Tucker - I get lifted", and as I really wanted to find these lyrics to share them with you on Ur-fonotec and other social media, I decided to carefully listen to the song and retrieve the original lyrics for you. 

So, for you Clo and all the people of the world, and without further due, here are the lyrics of this very inspirational, classic house music song that I love by Barbara Tucker - "I get lifted" 


I get lifted, I get lifted

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
When the music is on my mind

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
Leaving all my things behind

When the world is going through changes
And there is nothing left to embrace
Open your mind to understanding
And maybe we can find a trace

(back vocals: maybe we can find a trace)  

A trace of peace, tranquillity 
Through the music gathered everywhere 

(back vocals: Everybody)

Everybody let's get together 
Show peace, show joy, show love

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
When the music is on my mind

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
Leaving all my things behind

No one said that life would be easy
There's gonna be some rain sometimes

(back vocals: but do it together)

The rain won't be for so long
Come take my hand we've got to be strong

(back vocals: you got to believe) 

The magic in the music
Let the rhythm take you there

(back vocals: let the rhythm take you there)

Check up your moods
And leave them right at the door
Common, believe
And you'd be lifted

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
When the music is on my mind

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
Leaving of my things behind

I get lifted, I get lifted
Lifted
Lifted
Lifted
Lifted
I can the music playing in my mind
In my mind

I get a little lifted
I get a little lifted 

Oh,
I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

(many repeats)

I get lifted
I get lifted
I get lifted

Round, and round, and round
(back vocals: round, and round, and round)
Everything is going around
(back vocals: everything is going around)

I feel peace, 
Oh, in my solitude
I've changed my way unlike my attitude

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
When the music is on my mind

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
Leave all my things behind

Oh, I want to .... (missing part)

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
When the music is on my mind

I get lifted, I get lifted
I get lifted every time
Leaving all my things behind

I get lifted
I get lifted

Lifted, lifted

I can hear the music
I can hear the music in my mind
In my mind
Oh yeah

No more worries and no more pain, no
I've got the music 
I've got to sing, yeah

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

Leave your problem behind

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

Leave your problem behind

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

Common, you get lifted, lifted
Lifted, lifted, lililililifted 
Lifted, lifted, lifted, lifted

Yeah, 
I get lifted
Oh, yeah, Oh yeah
Yeaaah

I get lifted
I'm lifted 

Oh,

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

I get lifted, Oh
I get lifted, Yes

(many repeats)


Voila!

Now you have them, these are the original lyrics of that great song "I get lifted" by Barbara Tucker, and as you can see they have nothing to do with what you can find online. Not sure why...  

I even listened to the following video (a different version of the one above) many times too (where the voice seems clearer and more audible) to make sure.  





"I Get Lifted" is 1994 song, sang and recorded by the American singer Barbara Tucker, who co-wrote the single with Little Louie Vega, who produced the track. more info on Wikipedia here

Credits: 

Label(s): Strictly Rhythm Records (US), Positiva Records (UK), Quality Records (Canada), EMI Records (Australia), ZYX Records (Germany) 
Songwriter(s) Barbara Tucker, Harold Edward Matthews, Ron Carroll and Louie Vega 
Producer(s) "Little" Louie Vega


And if you really like House Music with strong, soulful, gospel, female voices, (like me), you should check out the following two songs. Lots of energy in these two songs. Great voices. Pure extended mix of House Music bliss for your ears. These are two of my favorite House songs ever. 



Clivilles and Cole - A deeper Love (Deeper Feeling Mix) 







Masters At Work feat. India - To Be In Love (Original MAW Mix)







And as a bonus track here is another one of my favorite songs from of one my favorite female with a strong soulful voice: Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives


Here is the regular version






But because this post is mainly about House Music, here is the Classic Club Mix version of Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives






I just love all these songs above. in their own respective way, they all have great energy and high spirit, which is what drives me into music. Positive vibes and the irresistible need to move your body and express yourself. 



Thank you for reading this post, and stay tuned for other posts coming soon. 

Cheers! Sante! 

LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noel) 

PS: as a French-American, my ears may have misled me to understand certain words while Barbara Tucker was maybe singing different ones, so by all means, leave me a message in the comment below if you find any mistakes, and I will correct them into the post (especially the missing part, just a few words I could not ear properly). 

Thanks

Dom 

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY


To all the lonely souls tonight...



Alone tonight ??? Have a big glass of wine... Happy Valentine's Day meme by ©LeDomduVin 2020
Happy Valentine's Day meme by ©LeDomduVin 2020



ALONE TONIGHT ???
HAVE A BIG GLASS OF WINE...
😁🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷


Just a little meme I did earlier today for all the lonely souls who will be alone tonight for Valentine's day. My thoughts go to you all, as, like you, I will not celebrate Valentine's day this year again. 

Fortunately, my kids are at home with me tonight, so I won't feel alone. Hope for you too, that if you do not have a lover, you will have at least somebody else to share it with, even if you don't do anything special for the occasion.     

In my opinion, Valentine's day is a day to celebrate all sorts of love: 
  • Love from your partner (husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend)
  • Love from your family (always there to support you in their own ways)
  • Love from your friends (always there with you good times /bad times)
  • Love from your pets (sometimes who needs a partner, family or friends, when your BFF is your pet)
  • Love from someone you just met today and you not sure how the story will unfold or if it will even last more than dinner (or more than a one night stand...)
  • Love from your neighbour who secretly has had a crush on you since you first bump into each other but will never admit it
  • Love to eat pizza and drink wine or beer while watching your favourite TV series marathon on Netflix
  • etc, etc.... 
So, you see, at the end of the day, you're not alone! And if you feel that you are and can't stand the fact of being alone in your apartment or house tonight, go out! Try to meet some people and have fun. 

Give a phone call to your family or some friends (some are probably alone like you tonight and might want to go and have a bite and/or a drink). See what they are up to and if they want to hang out. 


If everyone is taken or not inviting you or you do not feel like doing anything with other people, try not to stay home still, it will be depressing and you know it. 

So, go to see a movie for example. Or even better, go to a bar where they play music, it could be fun and you never know you might meet some people you like. The other solution could be to go to a stand-up comedy show, they are rarely sold out so you can easily buy last-minute ticket on-site, and at least you will have a laugh (if the comedian is funny that is, but still, at least you won't be alone...).  

There are surely plenty of other things that you can do to not stay alone at home tonight. 

In any case, whatever you decide to do, Happy Valentine's Day to you! At least one person would have wished it to you today! 😁    

Santé! Cheers! 

LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noel)

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Friday, January 24, 2020

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020


HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020

YEAR OF THE RAT



Happy Chinese New Year 2020  by ©LeDomduVin 2020  Remy from Ratatouille courtesy of Disney-Pixar
Happy Chinese New Year 2020
by ©LeDomduVin 2020
Remy from Ratatouille courtesy of Disney-Pixar 




Cheers! Santé! And best wishes for the year 2020 to all of you and your family and friends. 

LeDomduVin a.k.a. Dominique Noël


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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A HUGE THANK YOU !!!


A HUGE THANK YOU !!!



No 85 Feedspot Top 100 Wine Blogs Websites & Influencers in 2020  by ©LeDomduVin 2020
No 85 Feedspot Top 100 Wine Blogs Websites & Influencers in 2020
by ©LeDomduVin 2020




WOW!!! I'm speechless... 

A few minutes ago, I was just googling the name of my blog "LeDomduVin" as I do occasionally from time to time (as every other blogger does 😊) to check the various links to websites and articles citing or containing my blog's name. 

So, I scrolled down the first page, and pretty much all the links were mine (Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Wix, etc...). Then, logically, I went to the 2nd page, and to my surprise the first link was https://blog.feedspot.com/wine_blogs/  

I was not expecting much of it and I even thought that it was a mistake. I mean, I remember joining and submitting my blog to "Feedspot" once, about a years ago, to promote my blog, but I did not go back to visit it for a while. And I did not think they will have kept my blog's name in their database. I thought that it was one of these websites were you have to submit your blog's name every year to be a participant and eventually enter the list (maybe I didn't the fine print properly). 

So, intrigued and curious to see if my blog's name was contained in that website, I clicked on the link. 

And the first thing I saw was that


Feedspot Top 100 Wine Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2020  (screenshot courtesy of https://blog.feedspot.com )
Feedspot Top 100 Wine Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2020
(screenshot courtesy of https://blog.feedspot.com )

Well... What !?! Top 100 Wine Blogs, Websites and Influencers in 2020... 

Could the name of my blog be on that list? 

I immediately scrolled down towards the bottom of the list, slowly to check all the names of the blogs and websites, and not to miss mine, if it was there. Scroll, scroll, scroll... scroll more.. the end was near but I wanted to be sure. 

Then suddenly, my heart stopped. Here it was at number 85. My blog "LeDomduVin" was at number 85. I was so happy (still I'm now as I'm writing this post 😊), I couldn't believe it. Not sure how I  manage to make it to the Top 100, but who cares. I'm IN !!!!  And that's really satisfying, trust me!


LeDomduVin No 85 of Feedspot  Top 100 Wine Blogs Websites & Influencers in 2020
LeDomduVin No 85 of Feedspot
Top 100 Wine Blogs Websites & Influencers in 2020
(screenshot courtesy of https://blog.feedspot.com )



It's exciting as back in April 2019, I discovered that I also made the "Feedspot Top 100 list Wine Blogs, Websites and Influencers", but back then I was number 92 (read the post here). And this year, I'm number 85. And that's GREAT!!!

It may not mean much to you, or for the big bloggers out there, who have already certain notoriety and public recognition and thousands of followers. But, it is a big deal for me, as I'm just a small independent wine blogger, who only writes about 20-25 posts per year (in average), which is far from some bloggers I know who write about 5-6 posts a week (or even more). 

I don't write much as I don't have the time or do not necessarily make the time to do so. Moreover, my posts are usually very, very, very long, full of details and apartés, (and usually take time to write), which for most people is too boring and too lengthy to read even one post until the end. And I received lots of criticisms for it. But I don't care, this is my way of writing and I like it that way (hoping you do too). 

I love sharing my knowledge and telling stories about wines. This is the reason why I created this blog in the first place, to be able to share with you about all sort of things related to wine and life in general.  

And obviously, some of you probably enjoyed reading some of my posts, otherwise, I will have never made that list, and for that, I would like to give all of you a BIG HUG and a HUGE THANK YOU. 

Being on that list means a lot to me. It makes me feel proud and motivates me to continue writing even more. So THANK YOU again.  This is AMAZING!

And if "LeDomduVin" made it to that list, it is because of YOU, not me, YOU !!!

YOU, all the readers and followers, so THANK YOU / MERCI. You made me a very happy wine blogger. 

As the list is regularly updated, I'm not sure how long I will remain at number 85, but for today I am number 85 (😊). 


Take good care of yourself, and stay tuned for more posts this year. 

Cheers! Santé!


LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noel) 



NB: I love writing so much in both French and English and telling stories about everyday life situations too, that I created a second blog called "Really!?! The Adventures of the courteous stickman" where I write about people behaviours and their lack of courtesy and politeness in big cities, illustrated with stickman put into various situations. If interested go check it out at    https://ledomduvin.wixsite.com/reallybydomelgabor

   

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

When is "too much" too much?


When is "too much" too much? 


Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 ©LeDomduVin 2020
Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020
©LeDomduVin 2020


Like every year, we received countless amount of "Happy New Year" cards from the Chateaux in Bordeaux. It is a nice gesture and it is much appreciated... 


Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (2) ©LeDomduVin 2020
Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (2)
©LeDomduVin 2020


Look how beautiful this card from Domaine Clarence Dillon signed by Prince Robert of Luxembourg is, isn't it ?... 


Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (3) ©LeDomduVin 2020
Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (3)
©LeDomduVin 2020


And after opening the envelope, the card itself comes into, not 1, not 2, but 3 more folders. Isn't it nice? Or a bit too much (should I say)? And I can't even imagine how high their marketing budget must be.?... 


Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (4) ©LeDomduVin 2020
Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (4)
©LeDomduVin 2020


However, as nice and beautiful as it is, it is also discouraging and sad.


Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (5) ©LeDomduVin 2020
Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (5)
©LeDomduVin 2020


Discouraging because, in an age where we are asking people to pay more attention to the environment, their carbon footprint, to recycle, to consume less to reduce their waste, prestigious Chateaux should be leading the way and showing the right example. But that is not the case unfortunately. . . 


Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (6) ©LeDomduVin 2020
Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (6)
©LeDomduVin 2020

And sad because in an age where climate change is induced by pollution and deforestation (among other things), I can't help thinking about the trees and nature, when I have to unfold so many folders to read a "Best Wishes" card that will end up in the trash bin few minutes or a few days later. . .


Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (7) ©LeDomduVin 2020
Domaine Clarence Dillon Happy New Year Card 2020 (7)
©LeDomduVin 2020



Don't get me wrong, I love the wines from Domaine Clarence Dillon (Haut-Brion more especially being my favourite wine in the world), and I have the utmost respect for Prince Robert of Luxembourg, but still, I'm asking you the question again (even for luxury goods):

When is "too much" too much ?...


In my opinion, this type of elaborated "Happy New Year" cards are terribly bad for the environment, as for example, this particular card comes into 1 envelope + 3 folders inside before you can get to it. It is a lot of waste for a card that will last only a few minutes before being trashed in the bin (as I was saying above).

And it is true, the intention and the gesture are nice and very much appreciated.

However, it is still bad for the trees, and it generates more useless trash and frankly travelled all the way through from France to Hong Kong to arrive on my desk for basically nothing.

I can even risk myself saying that this is the kind of things that has to stop if we want to save our little planet.

Of course, we can also take the problem on a different angle by saying that if we stop the Christmas card then the graphic designer, the printer, the postman, and the people on the chip or the plane may have less work or even end up losing their jobs.... but, at some point, we are going to have to make a choice... (sigh)

What should we save? The Christmas and New Year cards or our planet?


I let you meditate on that...



Santé! Cheers!

LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noel)



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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Trump 100% Tariffs on French Wines

Trump 100% Tariffs on French Wines




Trump 100% Tariffs on French Wines by ©LeDomduVin 2020
Trump 100% Tariffs on French Wines by ©LeDomduVin 2020



As if the 25% Tax on European products was not enough (effective since October 18th, 2019),  late December 2019, the Trump administration threatened to impose a tariff up to 100% on French products (including handbags, clothing, wine, cheese and other products) after France passed a tax on digital services in July 2019. On Monday, January 6, 2020, France warned that it would retaliate if the US followed through with the proposal to slap tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of its products.

Such high tariff would be devastating on both sides of the Atlantic, at both ends of the process from the producers in France to the consumers in the US and everyone in between (importers, wholesalers, brokers, distributors, agents, promoters, retailers, restaurants, bistros, bars, hotels, etc, etc… and consequently would be catastrophic for both Americans and foreigners working in the wine and beverage industry overall in the US.  

So I wrote this post and made this illustration to express my discontent and the fact that I'm opposed to such high tariff on French products.  You will note how I intentionally wrote: "loosers" with 2 "o" and not only 1. The urban dictionary says that "loosers" are losers who can't spell losers, which seems appropriate for a guy like Trump. 

Regarding the 100% Tariff on French wines 

The tariff on French wines will do more bad than good on both sides of the Atlantic, but more especially on the American side. Thousands of people will be affected and a lot of them will lose their jobs. 

The tariff will affect all people at both ends: the producers, winemakers, growers, Negociants, agents, but also, importers, wholesalers, brokers, distributors, retailers, promoters, restaurants, bars, bistros, hotels, etc, etc... and even the consumers. 

The U.S. is the largest consumer of French wines and spirits, importing $3.5 billion worth of bottles in 2018, up 4.6 percent from the previous year, according to the Federation of French Wines and Spirit Exporters. 

The U.S. is also the 5th largest customer of French Wines based on sales volumes. 



No Wine Tariffs Sign
No Wine Tariffs Sign




Therefore, it is wrong and would be a mistake to think that imposing a 100% Tariff on French wines would do any good to the US economy and all the people working in the wine industry in the US. 

And consequently, I think I that it would be wise to reconsider applying this tariff. 

The 25% tax effective on October 18th 2019, already deeply affected the wine market and the wine industry, a 100% tariff will kill it. 

There are two things you can do if you too are against the 100% Tariffs on French Wines. 

1. You can leave a comment on the government official websites, it is very important and the sooner the better, as the tariffs might be effective as of mid-February 2020 (click the following link) 


2. You can also join a Facebook group like "Organizing Wine Tariff Response" or others, and voice out your disagreement about the tariffs on French wines (French products in general). 


Thank you for your understanding and help on the matter. 

LeDomduVin (a French-American Sommelier) 


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