Selected for your reading pleasure by: Catherine
(it was her virgin book choice!)

In a secret ballot, we scored the book:
***** …hang on, I’m not going to sleep, I’m going to read this again!
**** …I do hope I’ll remember this book tomorrow
*** …I’ll log on to Goodreads and see what everyone else thinks
** …I’ll quickly run this book down to the charity shop
* …I’m just going to pop this book in the bin

The wine we enjoyed this month was: Merrie England Cream Sherry

How many times do I have to tell myself, 'Drink some water when you get back from the pub!'??

It’s a glorious British August, and that can only mean one thing: the WBWC’s Third Annual Thames Riverboat Festival of Grilled Meats. You see, we like a bit of tradition here at the WBWC, whether it’s Jonathan’s monthly coup attempts on Heather’s vice-presidency or Ian failing to read a book but blagging his way through the discussion. So each August, laden with carrier bags and armed with superfluous sunblock and frisbees that will never be thrown lest someone has an eye taken out (our Health & Safety officer takes her job very seriously), we make a pilgrimage down to the river, where are three things we know we can always count on: 1) there will be rain, 2) somebody will manage to burn Rachel’s food to a nice, carcinogenic crisp, and 3) Jonathan, after a few litres of Pimm’s, will strip down to his lime-green Diesels. Not that the women complain, mind, although perhaps this year Rachel took some exception to her one remaining unburnt burger being dropped on the ground.

With the rosé and cream sherry flowing freely over the course of the day, we did manage to fit in a solid ten minutes of book discussion, the general verdict on S.J. Watson’s curiously critically acclaimed novel being ‘great idea, poor execution’…which will hopefully not be the case when we meet on 8th September for the First Annual DVD and Viño Night, wherein we shall relive, in glorious sound and colour, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in ‘The Big Sleep’, and ‘On the Beach’, starring those famous Australians Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire.

Until next time, sleep tight and keep your pants on.


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