...for last night Bacchus descended to the humble quarters of Islington Conservatives HQ.
Those who paid obeissance to the deity were graced with fine vintages of sparkling white wines from Spain and Champagne, and were led in revelries by the esteemed Jacob Gaffney of the Wine Spectator and author of the Interwined blog.
Fortune was also smiling on Arthurian Legend as he succeeded where so oft his hopes have been dashed against the cruel rocks in that ancient rite of the Conservative raffle...The Hand of Fate drew his number and a 2004 Kirchspiel Riesling that the night before had graced the German ambassador's table was in a flash transported to a new and better home.
And to crown the evening with the happiest of garlands, he received a call from his sister to inform him that last week in New York her boyfriend had asked for her hand in marriage and she had accepted..! Hurrah!
"Once back here I got to thinking - 'how do I get out of this?' Perhaps the really haunting spectre is that I would have to turn my back on the lake, and the prospect of the sword." Alan Clark, Diaries - 19th May 1999