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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Attention all Wine Lovers!

...the Oxfam Wine Challenge is here!
Buy a mixed case or two of quality Australian wines and help support the Oxfam Challenge!
Thanks to Denman Cellars, Team Canberra (aka Bek & Steff) are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase:

The Oxfam Challenge Premier Dozen for $150
- that's only $12.50 per bottle!
The Oxfam Challenge Dozen for $100
- that's only $8.30 per bottle!

with Denman Cellars generously donating the profit from each case sold to the Oxfam Challenge.

Each case you buy assists Bek, Marty and Steff in reaching their goal of raising at least $15,000.
We are only able to deliver the cases in Canberra and Sydney. If you would still like to take advantage of this offer but live outside this area, please contact us.

Wine-loving Melbourne supporters will be able to support the Challenge in the not too distant future.
We are taking orders until Friday 11 March 2005. You can pay by credit card, cheque (payable to Denman Cellars) or cash and payment is due at the time of ordering.
If you have any questions, please contact us.

The Best Red Wine in the World

The Oxfam Challenge Premier Dozen ($150) contains a number of quality Australian wines, including Promised Land's Cabernet Merlot 2003 which was recently named 'The Best Red Wine in the World'.
Other wines include:
  • Promised Land Cabernet Merlot 2003
  • Promised Land Crouchen Riesling 2003
  • Stepping Stone Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
  • Stepping Stone Chardonnay 2003
  • McGuigan Bin 2000 Shiraz 2002
  • McGuigan Bin 8000 Sauvignon Blanc 2004
The Oxfam Challenge Dozen ($100) contains the following quality Australian wines:
  • Nottage Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2002
  • Nottage Hill Chardonnay 2003
  • McGuigan Black Label Shiraz
  • McGuigan Black Label Sauvignon Blanc
  • Rosemount Split Label Cabernet Merlot 2003
  • Rosemount Split Label Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Monday, February 07, 2005

Sore and sunburnt

When you ask someone else to apply your sunscreen, make sure they get everywhere....
I currently have matching red patches under both my shoulder blades and they're a little tender! No doubt when the rednes has disappeared, they'll complement the other interesting tan lines I've obtained by daring to go out in the summer sun!

My red wings are a result of riding up and down Canberra yesterday. Team Canberra managed a respectable 40km around Lake Burley Griffin, past Black Mountain, through Aranda and Belconnen, skirting past Lake Gininderra and then back to our starting point through the Bruce and O'Connor Ridges.
We did have to back track a little at one point to find a turn off, because the Canberra Cycleways Map, while extremely useful has the National Musuem of Australia in its former location. It has been on Acton Peninsula for a number of years now but not according to the map!

Yes - there were hills involved. Yes - Bek beat me to the top of every single one. And Yes - I was exhausted!

The only mishaps were the bike chain getting jammed resulting in greasy, black hands and then Bek realising she had another flat tyre! She had been wondering why it was getting harder to ride all of a sudden, but put it down to getting tired!!

For an archive of rides in the Canberra region, visit

Friday, February 04, 2005

Team Melbourne doing it tough

This is a typical Melbourne shared bike path on Thursday morning*:

And typical Melbourne cyclist on Thursday morning:

OK, the person depicted isn't Team Melbourne (no fluoro whatsoever) but the recent hiccup in the weather has proven challenging for anyone on two wheels. Those paths that weren't under water were covered in bits of trees (or, in some cases, just trees) and/or silt from the beautiful brown Yarra River (four inches thick and slippery as [expletive deleted] )

On the other hand, the ability to use footpaths, pedestrian bridges and high ground generally gives one a real advantage over motor traffic. I was one of the "lucky" few that got to work on time on Thursday (although I was also the only one covered in miscellaneous gunk from the knees down.)

*or "walking trail" as the photographer/editor would have it, notwithstanding the little pictiure of the bike. Clear signs of pedestrian bias at the Herald Sun. But then it's a pretty pedestrian newspaper... :o)

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