Didn’t I promise you this some weeks ago? Yes, yes I did, and now here it is. Aren’t you thrilled? You will be. “This” is the Spanish Martini. Turns out, to my surprise, that I’m not the only person in the world to have imagined the exact same Martini and paired it with the exact same nomenclature, but hey, GMTA, eh? A Spanish Martini is, in short, a classic gin Martini, but with a dry Sherry like Fino instead of vermouth.
The other day I was wrapped up in all the IKEA nonsense, feeling abused by corporate bullshit, and then I happened to see that – once again! – one of the new corporate tapas tour companies in town had copied another of my tours. So I mentioned on Twitter how disheartening this is, to not only have people copy things I have created, but they even use the same bars FFS, as if nobody will notice that the bars no longer have actual clients in them, just food tour groups.
“I assumed they were already in the public domain on other wine review sites and liquor store sites.”So says Canada’s #1 wine writer, Natalie MacLean, in a statement as disturbing as it is wrong-headed. It seems that, despite seeking legal advice (where, in a bar after closing time? ), MacLean is under the bizarre notion that just because copyrighted work is posted to the internet, it is thereby stripped of copyright. Allow me to disabuse her, and everyone, of this notion once and for all.
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Selecting a term
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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