The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

“I’d been out un­til 8am on New Year’s Day, and hadn’t had even a sip of al­co­hol. I had held firm al­though every­one around me had been en­thu­si­as­ti­cally im­bib­ing the spirit of the oc­ca­sion. What a leg­end. New Year’s Day was a hot one, 30some­thing de­grees with that north wind whip­ping through Mel­bourne from the great deserts of Cen­tral Aus­tralia. I felt sorry for all the peo­ple nurs­ing hang­overs. It was a day when a so­phis­ti­cated drinker — some­one like me, for ex­am­ple, who hadn’t got messed up the night be­fore — might have a gin and tonic and quench their thirst. Yes. One. In a tall glass. With a slice of lemon. So I dropped by the bot­tle shop and bought my­self a one-litre bot­tle of gin ...”

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