IT MAY SURPRISE YOU to learn that for a few weeks this summer not a single glass of wine passed my lips. No, I wasn’t on some self-inflicted detox, I simply didn’t fancy it.
A few weeks earlier I had gone under the surgeon’s knife to clear up a minor ailment affecting one of my kidneys. Having been born with this condition, I had been putting off the operation for…well, some years. But I finally decided the time had come to get it fixed.