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This is an issue that goes beyond nationality, beyond issues of borders or culture or any of that stuff.
How do you open a bottle of wine if you have no bottle opener? Do, as we used to when I was younger, more foolish and far prettier than I am now, find a spoon or screwdriver and jam the cork further in, until, with a fountainous squirt, the seal is broken, but the cork remains trapped? Or do you effect some kind of smashing maneuver and straing the broken glass out with your teeth?
Note: if you do do that, don’t do that.
Well, help is at hand, thanks to MirabeauWine, who have released this video, showing you a safe way to get at your wine without risking gums or soft furnishings:
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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