Vogel Otways Sauvignon Blanc 2014, $30. How refreshing to have sav that isn’t NZ urea nor WA insipid. This is about halfway in both senses and therefore much easier to approach in both senses too. 9/10.
Vogel Otways Sauvignon Blanc 2014, $30. How refreshing to have sav that isn’t NZ urea nor WA insipid. This is about halfway in both senses and therefore much easier to approach in both senses too. 9/10. Simon Hughes

‘The good old days’ when ‘times were tough’

IT’S A minor paradox that back when ‘times were tough’ is also referred to as the ‘good old days’.

But it fits, specially when the world then was couched in such terms as ‘hard work never killed anyone’.

Clearly a deluded lot, or perhaps that was a myth perpetuated by mining bosses? Just be thankful you weren’t around back then.

However many do go back far enough that cars were more fun, if still paradoxical.

They looked distinct and had cool names, like Zephyr, Matador, and Chevrolet which took me years to realise referred to winds, bulls and goats, which is another good thing about the good old days, they weren’t afraid to have a giggle at their own expense.

Like when blokes jacked up the back of their car to make it go faster, or jacked up the front because it looked better. You don’t see that any more.

Back when cars had venetian blinds. How cool, not.

It wasn’t that they looked good or were practical, neither was true, but some weirdos thought they did and were ample illustration of a free society.

The good old days when you pulled your car apart on Saturday and put it back together on Sunday, hopefully, and you could only do this because another feature of the good old days was everything except churches and ice cream vans were closed on Sundays.

Even if you wanted to do something (apart from pulling your car to bits) you couldn’t, except pray for ice cream…sometimes your prayers were answered.

So everyone was not so much free to do nothing, as compelled to, which sounds a tad totalitarian, and irrelevant to nurses, doctors and journalists et al who had little choice in the matter or the roster, apart from choosing the job in the first place.

Ahh, the good old days before ‘lite’ beer (or ‘lite’ anything) and Grange sold for $3.99.

Amazingly some things, including some wines have survived not only the good old days but the transformation to ordinary, generic days of ‘now’, complete with cars called Leaf, and Prius and Stavic and Kuga.

Beware of women driving the latter. Mutton used to dress as lamb, now they dress as Kugas and drink Moscato.



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