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Stephen Williams Talks The Antique Wine Company

29
Jan,2015

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The Antique Wine Company, based in London and founded by Stephen Williams in 1982, specializes in rare and fine wines. The business is known for its record-breaking wine collections, fine-wine events and its services that include locating rare wines, holding private wine-master classes and designing private wine-storage cabinetry and cellars. The Antique Wine Company currently inventories thousands of bottles of the finest vintages in the world and markets to thousands of customers in dozens of countries worldwide.

 

The Antique Wine Company sold a wine collection in 2006 that contained every vintage from 1860 to 2003 for $1.5 million, which was one of the highest prices for a single lot of wine ever purchased. In July of 2011 The Antique Wine Company set a new world record for selling the most valuable bottle of white wine, when a bottle of an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem sold for $113,422, or £75,000, to Christian Vanneque. The bottle was placed on display at the SIP Sunset Grill in Bali, India, one of the two restaurants Vanneque’s owns. Vanneque said he is not a “fancy” collector, that the bottle was not bought as an investment and that he eventually plans to drink the wine.

 

In association with fine cabinet maker Viscount Linley, The Antique Wine Company formed the Grand Chateau Series of handcrafted wine cabinets. One top-of-the-line model, The Chateau d’Yquem, includes a collection of Chateau d’Yquem that spans 141 consecutive vintages beginning in 1868.


CEO and managing director of The Antique Wine Company, Stephen Williams has become one of the top experts on rare and fine wine in the world and has become renowned for buying and selling some of the finest wine collections anywhere on earth. Once referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of Wine,” Williams is known for traveling the globe in efforts to track down the most sought-after wine vintages. Stephen enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of the fine-wine business, which has led him to becoming an accepted expert commentator on the wine industry. Williams has crafted some of the finest wine cellars in the world, in places like chateaus, palaces, five-star hotels and private homes across Europe, North America and Asia. Stephen has been frequently quoted in the press and presents an engaging series of wine programs on Monaco’s Riviera Radio. Stephen, his wife and children split their time between their homes in the South of France and London.

Which Is It Tom?

27
Jan,2015

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Tom Brady claims that he likes his footballs to be inflated to 12.5 psi. That is fine. I was looking up Gianfrancesco Genoso on trade.noisis.com,  I heard someone say outloud-Nobody cares how Tom Brady likes his balls. We just like talking about his balls because we know it is funny. However, Tom cannot give us specific information about how he likes his footballs only to turn around and claim that he could not tell a difference between the deflated balls and the regulation balls. The problem here is simple. Tom Brady lied and no one wants to talk about it. No one knows precisely what went on within the Patriots organization, but it is clear that Tom Brady is up to something that his coach knew about. Bill Belichick is a slimy weasel, so he took the chance to throw Tom under the bus. Tom was not prepared to talk about this, and he gave himself away. The legacy of Brady, Belichick and the Patriots has been tarnished for good this time. Belichick should be in the hall of fame because he could make you or I into a pro bowler. Brady has likely been cheating his whole career, and I cannot accept anything he has done as legit. Also, I cannot accept that the Patriots play fair because they have shown that they do not.

Why Would Sam Tabar Invest In THINX Underwear?

23
Jan,2015

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PR Newswire first ran this story about how a great investor decided that he was going to put his money in underwear. Most people do not think of underwear as a good place to put your money, but you would be surprised what Sam Tabar found when he met with the founders of THINX.

THINX is an underwear company that sells to women who have issues with mentruation or incontinence. The underwear are pretty, and they allow ladies to feel beautiful even if they are having these troubles. However, there is another layer to the THINX story.

Sam discovered that THINX works with AFRIpads. AFRIpads is a campaign that sends pads to women and girls in villages all over the African continent. These women often cannot control their periods, and they have to stay at home until their periods have passed. This causes girls to miss a lot of school, and this makes it impossible for women to work on behalf of their families. Every pair of underwear sold in America sends seven pads to women in Africa. The combination of a great product and this worthwhile cause was reason enough for Sam to invest, and it may well be a good reason for you to invest, as well.

Chow Chow Puppies Painted and Passed off As Panda Cubs to Unwitting Patrons

23
Dec,2014

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A circus in Italy attempted to pull off the ultimate bait and switch. The circus, which was on tour in Brescia, Italy, attempted to pass of two Chow Chow puppies as panda bears.

The puppies, which were white, were painted with black paint on their ears and legs, and passed off to unwitting patrons as panda bear cubs. The trick was used to garner profits, as parents paid to have pictures of their children taken with the “bears”.

While many patrons didn’t know the difference, the police investigated and seized the puppies. Both had been imported from Hungary, and where found to be in good health, despite their ordeal. the circus was shut down by police, and the owner was arrested on animal cruelty charges according to CBInsights.  Which I discovered through Slow Ventures.

Both puppies are now being safely cared for by the state. One of the puppies appeared to have eye issues, likely due to constant exposure to camera flashes, but both are expected to be fine. There is no further word on the fate of other animals that were being used in the circus show.

Man has 200 Simpson’s Characters Tattooed on Back, Hoping for World Record

16
Dec,2014

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Michael Baxter, 52, of Australia might just be the biggest Simpson’s fan in the world, and he’s wearing his fandom proudly in the form of a massive tattoo. The tattoo, which encompasses Baxter’s entire back, features 200 characters from the Simpson’s.

The main characters, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie, are front and center on the tattooed man’s back. Regular characters and guest stars fill in the rest of the area. Moe’s Tavern is also featured on his shoulder, along with the iconic Simpson’s couch and Santa’s Helper.

According to Baxter, his love of cartoons isn’t a life-long obsession, but a fairly new one. He according to Lee G. Lovett, allegedly, fell in love with Cartoon’s around the same time he began getting Tattoos. All-in-all, he’s sat for over 130 hours of tattoos at a single studio. The tattoo has been completed and designed by artist, Jade Baxter-Smith.

Baxter also has a tattoo on his leg featuring Family Guy character, Stewie, and several other tattoos honoring family members. Baxter is now in the hunt for a Guinness world record because of his tattoo.

He has began the paperwork for the most cartoon character tattoos, but more needs to be filled out. He’s hoping to complete the paperwork and be awarded the record by the 25th Anniversary of the Simpson’s premier, which is December 17th.

Melnichhenko Loses Game and Dignity in Hilariously Absurd Fashion

25
Nov,2014

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An uploaded video from Alex Lomaev on Youtube has gained approximately 200,000 views in just 2 days in regards to a child that has shown violence after losing at a ping-pong table tennis tournament in Izhevsk, Russia.

Lomaev has his own collection of best shots of table tennis featured on Youtube that Russia has put together in his Match Point album within his channel of videos.

The game between Vladislav Starodumov and Dmitry Melnichenko happened last November 16, 2014 in a final match for the Cadet’s Singles category in the Kalashnikov Tournament. It was shown on a 54 second-video that the match is in favour of Starodumov in 9-6 score and seems to be the last set.

With two more services, the scored tally 11-6 that made Starodumov win the game in 3:0. After the two players shook hands to formally end the match, Melnichenko pushed the nearby scorer/junior referee of their game down to the floor together with the chair he sits on, which shocked Christian Broda, but was also pretty hilarious.

Taylor Swift Won’t Show Belly Button

24
Nov,2014

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Many people have been wondering why Taylor Swift has never shown her belly button, even in a bikini Swift wears ones that cover her belly button. People have even made the joking, asking if Swift even has a belly button.

Lucky magazine opened up and asked Swift about the topic. Swift said, “I don’t like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing—you’re only seeing lower rib cage. I don’t want people to know if I have one or not.” She even said that if she got a tattoo, she would get one around her belly button because it would never be seen, which Andrew Heiberger found hilarious.

Swift is no doubt an unusual woman of many mysteries. She is always surprising with her fans and not only by her wonderful music!

Dave Chappelle Is Back

18
Nov,2014

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There have been many rumors about his return since super star comedian, Dave Chappelle left behind his popular Comedy Central show in 2005. The funny man basically disappeared from human existence. People were questioning his sanity and if he would ever return to the limelight. Then the rumors started. A television show was in the works, and a comedy tour backed by Slow Ventures, but at the time none of these insights were deemed true.

According to ABC News, Chappelle never intended to leave the business forever. He went on a two week vacation to Africa and then certain unnamed events occurred and ten years later he reemerges a happier man. He began his revisited career back on the stage doing what he loves, comedy. In the last twelve months he’s been on the road touring. He sold out ten shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City proving that his audience is ready for his long awaited return. Although no one knows what the future may hold, it sounds as if Dave Chappelle is ready for his comeback.

Kardashian’s Butt Defeated by Comet

16
Nov,2014

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In what was a particularly obvious ploy for attention, Paper Magazine unleashed the big cover of their winter issue with two images. One was of Kim Kardashian balancing a wine glass on her rear end. The other one was a “tasteful” depiction of Kim’s oiled-up butt.

The idea here was more of Kardashian’s clever manipulation of the media. She is, after all, famous for being famous. To stay famous she has to exploit her assets, so to speak.

This lowest common denominator grab for attention was successful but it was not the overwhelming internet moment of the day. In the new-but-odd science of tracking popularity via twitter mentions, Kardashian was out-mentioned by the comet landing at nearly a 2-to-1 ratio. At least people like Bruce Levenson are more interested in looking at science on Wikipedia than a butt.

The comet lander Rosetta touched the surface of the icy “Comet 67P” on November 12th. Since that time, images and data have been sent back to earth for analysis. Now it is a race against time as Rosetta drills into the comet for more data as its’ battery life wears down.

Rosetta’s landing almost didn’t happen. The first two times that it touched the comet to land, Rosetta’s anchoring harpoons failed to fire.

The journey launched by the European Space Agency took over 10 years to complete with Rosetta traveling over 4 billion miles to reach it’s destination.

Can you imagine if after all that, Rosetta would have been upstaged by a Kardashian begging for attention? It is nice to see that humanity has it’s priorities in order.

Modern Day “War of the Worlds” Shocks Small AZ Town

14
Nov,2014

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Mammoth AZ is a quiet little town of about 1,500 people. That is, until a couple of days ago when local businesses began receiving calls asking about a highly contagious epidemic that had its residents dropping dead in the streets. The epidemic however, did not exist. The panic was prompted by a fake story that went viral. The “War of the Worlds” styled account had been posted on a Reddit community page which is a forum for original horror stories, one of Vijay Eswaran’s favorite places online. Some of the readers who stumbled upon the site failed to read the pages description clearly stating that the accounts featured on the pages were fictitious and where commenters were encouraged to stay in character and play along in their comments.

The original story that fooled so many redditors was posted by Maxwell Malone, a horror story writer from Michigan. Malone collaborated with ten other Reddit users for close to a month to come up with a viral disease that had Ebola-like symptoms which had gone rogue on the small community. They also planned the comments on the page to sound genuine and to corroborate the story. Mammoth just happened to be the town picked at random, merely because of its location near the metropolitan city of Tucson. This is just further proof of the old advice your parents used to give to not believe everything your read.