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Budhha Baba, Turn The Cap

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Budhha Baba, Turn The Cap
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Budhha Baba, Turn The Cap
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There are four main aspects to a bottle of potable alcohol: closed, open, the outside, and the inside. Of these, the last has two further, critical, sub-aspects: full/still not empty, and empty. Most bottles of booze are completely anonymous, their ‘bottleness’ totally irrelevant to proceedings save one requirement, that the damn thing doesn’t break before it’s been emptied. And then, even among empty bottles of alcohol there are hierarchies. Beer bottles, slimy with warmed condensation, would come at the bottom of the pile. Next would be wine bottles, a few standing out, each marked only by the label that reminds us of the amazing wine they once contained plus, perhaps, the mom­entous occasion and the company in which it was consumed. Hard liquor and liqueur bottles would be at the top of this topply pyramid, simply because they cost the most and (usually) take the longest to consume. Even among these heavy-hitters, very few bottles stand out in the hand, so to speak: there is the triangular feel of Glenfiddich and the generationally different one of...

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