The Royal Secret

The Royal SecretThe Royal Secret by John Bentley
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Way too much information being thrown at you in the first several chapters, much of it having nothing to do with the alleged story. By the time I was getting round to the 100th page I had had more than enough.

Don’t get me started on the ridiculous name for the lead character, who comes off a pathetic wooden mannequin who only really existed for her now beloved deceased mentor, and sadly never had any genuine aspirations of her own. Absolutely couldn’t stand her she was so flat. The 2 kids are equally 2 dimensional and frankly, by the eighth chapter and the 20th plus time being reminded that the dear wee souls parents had been killed in a car accident with their grandmother, I was of the opinion that it was a bloody shame that they hadn’t been in the same vehicle.

I appreciate the author put a lot of research into this novel, but how that research is ultimately presented is what makes a good book.

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Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 | Giesen | Wine of New Zealand

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Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 | Giesen | Wine of New 

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Tasting Notes

Purity of aroma typifies Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 with notes of lemon and lime zest, jasmine, ginger and ‘petrichor’, which means the aroma of rain on dry earth. The palate has a succulent sweetness and intensity, reminiscent of lemon curd combined with the vibrant flavours of mandarin. Lovely and dry, the mineral acidity provides a structural backbone and length to the palate.

What I have to say about Geisen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012:

Fruity, sweet but not annoyingly so. THIS is a fun wine and something that should be shared with a group of friends  as we watch the sunset from my porch on a summer evening in Toronto. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

Review: Henry of Pelham Family Estate Pinot Grigio 2011

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2011 Pinot GrigioWhat critics and the Pelhma Estate are saying about 2011 Pinot Grigio:

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“Could not be nicer” – 2012 Edition of Billy’s Best Bottles
“A crowd pleaser if ever there was one. This is the first crack at the popular Italian varietal for the Speck brothers – and a well done one at that. A round, fruity nose full of ripe orchard and citrus fruit and follows through on the palate with ripe white peach, lemon meringue, and candied grapefruit, with sweet raw almond on the finish.”
– Courtney Henderson, Tonic Magazine, November 2011

4 stars – Tony Aspler
Silver (2011) – Intervin

Our Pinot Grigio breaks New World tradition as a refreshing wine with white cranberry and melon flavours. Taste the new-Old-World in our Niagara vineyards.

Winemaker’s Notes

• Made from selected Niagara vineyards.
• Harvest Date: September 3rd through September 23rd, 2010
• Fermentation and aging completely in stainless steel to maintain the fruit’s delicacy
and subtlety, bottling under screwcap to preserve fruit aromatics and freshness.”

What I have to say about 2011 Pinot Grigio:

“Anything that gives me rotgut after little more than a small glass and a half is being far better marketed than it’s taste deserves.”

Trio of wireless companies exit lobby group, claim big-player bias – The Globe and Mail

Trio of wireless companies exit lobby group, claim big-player bias – The Globe and Mail.

This news comes as no surprise.
I’ve known for years just bad the situation is with the Big Three telecommunications companies, and unless people start standing up to them, it’s just going to get worse. The government either needs to show they’re serious, or should just stop pretending that they’re interested in making transparency and fairness a part of our consumer lives