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A colleague of 20 years, Grant Henderson, was kind enough to give me an excellent bottle of single map when I left the BBC in April 2014.
I used to drink the same whisky in Baghdad. It's great stuff.
Thanks to Grant and to all the other cameramen I've had the great privilege to work with over the past 25 years.

The Balvenie

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse24 Apr 2014

Smooth tawny peppery fire
whispers of a bottle
in a bottom drawer
of a desk,

opened and sipped
on hot evenings
to an accompaniment
of murder.

I sip still in the evening
watching the level lower,
watching it slowly
run out.