jamie goode's wine blog: Random thoughts from Norway

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Random thoughts from Norway

Some random thoughts from our brief holiday in Norway.

1. From what little I've seen of Norway, I like it - it's functional, efficient, reliable and the people are nice. A bit like Sweden.
2. Trysil is a really good place to come skiing in half-term week, when the alps are crowded and crazy expensive. The skiing here is fantastic and the resort works really well. In fact, it's a good place to ski any time in the season.
3. Things I like about the hotel: it's brand new, it's beautifully fitted out, the staff are great, it's ski-in/ski-out, and the wifi is free. Things I don't like about it: everything extra is expensive, the swimming pool costs extra, the wine list is short/over-priced, and I'm sharing a room (OK, suite, with a separate bedroom) with my kids.
4. If I'd come just with Fiona this would have been a perfect holiday. Unfortunately, my kids can be lovely, but they can be utterly horrible - and I mean horrible. I hope that one day they look back and realize just how horrible they were, and set out to make amends.
5. We are so lucky to be able to come away skiing to a luxury hotel and experience such perfect snow conditions. This is while a sizeable portion of the human race struggles to get enough to eat and/or is denied basic human rights.
6. I'm really enjoying the remainder of the Vinha da Palha that I blogged on yesterday. It's a really characterful wine that delivers lovely well-defined flavours - just what you want from a relatively inexpensive bottle. I'd like this as a house wine. I'd not grow tired with it quickly. Is this the Castelao character? It reminds me of some of the Terras do Sado wines that I've enjoyed.


At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

So Jamie, do your kids read your blog?! I've experienced similar with ours, but wouldn't dare put it in writing - bravo to you for that!
Must consider Norway sometime for a half-term option. We're going to France at Easter because it's cheaper than Half-term, but it is risky in terms of conditions. I hear they've been having the best season in many years, but will it hold out?

At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone said on here before, I'd love to know what your kids think about this blog - another mention, another heavy criticism!!!

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Ole Martin Skilleås said...

Not so random, I thought. It is interesting to read an outside perspective on my country - even if brief and from a short stay in one spot.

I hope you come to Norway again, and then you must get in touch and let's sort something out.

At 8:48 PM, Blogger thor iverson said...

A bit like Sweden.

Are you trying to cause trouble?

At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the previous anonymous muppet - what business is it of yours? - you are a sad individual.

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the other anonymous muppet, all I asked was how do Jamie's kids feel about being mentioned – ALWAYS – in such a negative light on here.

Why do you feel the need to attack another person so viciously?

I merely asked a question.

At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Lizzy said...

Personally, I find it very refreshingly honest how Jamie posts about family life. Being a parent is far from a bed of roses all the time and I think it's very brave to be honest about this.

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

I also find it honest but having witnessed how badly behaved many kids are nowadays,I often wonder whether they need more discipline both at home and school.
I was often cained at the boarding school I went too and I have no regrets or bad memories of the place---quite the contrary in fact.
Deserved that smack across the bum,and reckon it has made me a better and more resonsible person in later life.
Ah well no point going on like Victor Mildrew--ha ha!!

At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the insecure individual in the previous anonymous post - what Jamie says about his own kids has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with you!!! Go back to your own (obviously FAILED blog) and your sad loser life.

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never had a blog in my life, thank you. Sorry to disappoint you.

You're the one going on the offensive all the time, and bringing lots of hate and negativity to this site.

I suggest you cool off for a while. Your blood pressure must be going through the roof!

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Paul Tudor said...

I recall a discussion via this blog a few weeks back where everyone seemed to agree to disagree.

What happened to the spirit of fair play guys (I assume you are both male, apologies if you are not...)

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Peter Walsh said...

I've been reading your blog for a while and I find the comments about your kids/elder son incongruous and increasingly vexing. They can't defend themselves on these pages and there's nothing to be gained by negative confessions on your part - even though you protest that this is some kind of honesty. The kids just HAVE to come first - they should eclipse anything in your blog. It's your obligation, IMHO, to support them unflinchingly, to never undermine or humiliate them, to withstand all their thoughtlessness, anger and self-destructive whims and never to falter and whine about your role as father. How can they possibly benefit from your blogging catharsis?

At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wrong again anonymous loser - "negativity" - what a ridiculous american misnomer - you are the constant critic - go bother other losers like yourself - what a sad individual you are

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There, you see, going on the attack again.

This is a blog, with a facility on it to comment.

If you don't like that, I suggest you go and live in Russia.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm....interesting.....and you are so proud of yourself for making inane criticisms on personal issues which do not concern you? Are you unemployed and alone and have nothing better to do with your time?

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just a total idiot who shouldn't be allowed onto the Interweb.

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said it, mate.

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm the only person allowed to post as anonymous on here!

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous lizzy said...

I never cease to be amazed by people's capacity to be judgemental towards others particularly on the issue of parenting.

Makes me want to pick things up and throw them across the room.

Some of you need to be careful of your halos - they appear to be slipping and they might just choke you.

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said - my guess is the sad case who keeps slagging off Jamie on these issues has no children (and probably no friends either).

At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you care to read my post, I wrote: "I'd love to know what your kids think about this blog".

I did NOT slag Jamie off. I merely asked a question. Do you understand that, or are you going to post another broadside?

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Please be nice to each other, anons. You're worse than my kids!

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HA HA - put back in our place by The Headmaster - but Jamie - you are right of course - we love you.


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