Normally at the start of every year I get off to a good one, all refreshed, lose my Christmas indulgence weight, restore my fitness and so on.

This year it didn't feel the same. I just didn't feel right inside. I decided, sod it, I am taking Monday off and booking myself a day to myself. This was after I received a promotional email from River Cottage that made the decision so much easier. A full one day cookery course it was then!

Wine and Rum paired tasting - Library of Liquor, Southbourne, Dorset.

Tasting Wines and Rums finished in the equivalent wine cask

Peter Holland and Martin Hudson, who is a Master of Wine, held a special tasting event over Sunday Lunch in the Library of Liquor (Southbourne) matching rums with wines. The approach was to first taste a wine, fortified or otherwise, and then sample a rum that had been finished in the equivalent cask. In one case this was even matched down to the actual specific wine casks.

A very interesting event indeed, based on an idea that probably hasn't been tried in the UK until now or at least not to this depth. Steady as she goes, as there was a lot of hefty booze that afternoon what with six wines and six rums. Whist I call Peter Holland Mr Rum, Martin Hudson is literally a Master of Wine, so we were in very good company.

I follow a feisty Instagrammer called Whisky Anorach who posts on her love of whisky, her travels (to Scotchyland) and her dress designs which are inspired by the different distilleries.

She also has an interesting and poignant story to tell as a Vietnamese immigrant to the US. Yes, the Internet can be some sort of voyeuristic looking glass into others but sometimes it acts as a mirror reflecting some of the meanderings and feelings of others.

Instagram account: Whisky Anorach

We had our company Christmas party at one of Matt's events that was held in the Deans Court Café, Wimborne under his new venture called Flaming Peaches.

We knew of Matt Davey's food from his time at the Tickled Pig (also in Wimborne) and wanted to join in on this pop-up restaurant Supper Club type thing. Not to lie, the fact that it was also Bring Your Own certainly added to the attraction for a company do.

I was asked by Mark Masters, who hosts the You Are The Media Lunch Clubs that I regularly attend, to write something about what I get out of the events. it was supposed to be a few short sentences but I felt the need to write something much bigger. Something that has been developing over the course of the past couple of years.

The Lunch Club is an event to meet other people and to listen to guest speakers over a provided lunch. Very much an informal networking and learning event.

The article : You are the media - Gordon Fong.