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Stranded in a hotel in an African war zone with no internet access for two weeks, I was forced to resort to desperate measures. Possessing only my passport and the clothes I stood up in; and the warning "You can catch it shaking hands with a vicar out there" ringing in my ears, I had to draw my own porn in order to preserve my sanity.

Alas, it all came out looking like Coronation Street's Audrey Roberts, but, as they say, any port in a storm.

What have you done in times of great desperation?

(, Thu 15 Nov 2007, 10:10)
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Not so desperate times!
I've just spent £6 on a bottle of wine that only I will drink. WTF was I thinking - I'm usually a £3 a bottle girl.

Bloody M&S - maybe I'm just getting sophisticated in my old age.

*Could never drink cheap vodka though, ugh!*
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:07, 16 replies)
I didn't think I was a wine snob
but I don't tend to spend less than £6 on a bottle of wine. Usually at about the £12 mark the law of diminishing returns kicks in though.
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:29, closed)
I can heartily recommend
"Oddbins Own" white and red. £3.99 a pop on their own or get 20% off if you buy six at a time.

I don't work for Oddbins btw...
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:35, closed)
I am a wine snob, but also a miser
so I usually find that bottles reduced from approximately £9 to half their price are the ones to go for.

nice wine without offending my fiscal sensibilities
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:36, closed)
Ah well!
I was brought up on a council estate and that never goes away. £12 for a bottle of wine ?- maybe birthdays and Christmas.
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:37, closed)
Six fekkin' quid???!!!
Are you that Jilly Gooliegorden bird?
Can you smell the hollyhocks and peanuts and black-currant in it?

I personally find nothing wrong with the Lambrella-brini-brusco of classique Netto vintage. £1.65 for 2.5 litres and you look ever so classy drinking it alongside the plebs who guzzle White thunder shitening cider.

(I don't actually drink wine, apart from the occasional - read: bi-monthly - glass with meals, but consider Lanson Brut reserve and Lambrella-brini-brusco to be equal and comparable in taste and palatability.)
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:39, closed)
DO NOT do this at Sainsburys. They almost invariably reduce their wines for a reason. The reason being that they're utterly vile.
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:48, closed)
I don't spend
£12 on a bottle that often. Very rarely in fact, although I did recently buy two bottles of £11 Rioja which will be quaffed at Christmas time when my sister's visiting.

Vipros - good call. Waitrose's reduced wines are particularly good, I find.

It's all a matter of taste and personal interest. I wouldn't spend any more than £15 on a pair of jeans for example.
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:49, closed)
I tend to drink beer rather than wine
but am a total snob with both. I like proper beer that comes in bottles from proper breweries and I'll spend 12 quid on a bottle of wine no problem since I'd rather drink something that actually tastes nice than burn the back of my throat off.
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 13:52, closed)
6 quid?
Sure it wasn't red wine vinegar?

EDIT: It's true, of course. You can get a decent bottle for a fiver or less. Whenever I've spent a tenner or more I can't taste the difference. I was charged £33 for a bottle of white in a restaurant recently (I thought it was free as part of the review I was doing). That's more than my last air ticket cost.
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 14:00, closed)
I'm with BGB
Was once charged £3 for a GLASS of wine in a hotel and nearly fainted! It was one step up from anti-freeze as well.
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 14:01, closed)
Knew this would bring out the wine snobs! he he
You can get a reasonably nice wine for £4 a bottle if you know what to get and dont let anyone tell you otherwise.

I will, however be savouring every drop tonight with my pizza.
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 14:05, closed)
I've done it many a time at Sainsburys always with favourable results.

had a particularly fine Rioja the other day.

my half price thing extends to pretty much everything else I buy too.

for example, my finest jeans were reduced from some ridiculous price to £14.

Trainers also, I refuse to pay more than £25 for them.

Doesn't mean you have to have poor quality
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 14:11, closed)
I'm with Vipros on the bargain thing.
I do my clothes shopping in the US of A. Especially good value with the weak dollar at the moment.

My Timberland shoes, which I'm wearing at the moment, cost me the equivalent of £35 in the US at a discount outlet. They're about £90 here. Likewise my jeans were 1/3 of the UK price in America, and I have a heap of Ralph Lauren shirts also bought over the pond for much less than half the cost they are here.

Not that I suggest flying to America to do clothes shopping, but if you happen to be over there anyway I'd highly recommend stocking up!
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 14:20, closed)
k2k6 has the right idea
I bought a fancy fin for my surfboard, which would have cost me probably about £60 over here,

got it shipped from america for £35 and it arrived 3 days after I placed the order.

this leaves me with plenty of money to spend on almost full price guitars!
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 14:26, closed)
I live in Sweden.... ;o)
... and the CHEAPEST nastiest shit you can buy will set you back 4 quid a bottle.

Good wines start to come in around 7 quid.. and I am in NO WAY a wine snob...

=( Sometimes I miss Blighty..

*Humpty needs hugses*
(, Tue 20 Nov 2007, 14:31, closed)
Agree with Humpty
My other half lives in Sweden, and whenever I go over (even for a weekend visit) my suitcase is packed full of Sainsbury's offers on wine. I tend to pick up a couple of bottles of Single Malt in Stansted duty free for myself and others if they ask - it's nearly a price difference of £40 if I bring it over for them. I know quite a few people who have their own small stills hidden away to avoid having to spend that much.
(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 8:46, closed)

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