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The Diary was quietly pondering the secrets behind Winterthur Life director David Thompson’s witty speech at the firm’s recent wine tasting night when the answer was literally thrust into our hands. After politely enquiring as to the origins of Thompson’s endearing if slightly sexist “men are like fine wine, women are like fine wine” joke, Thompson offered a print-out of the gag complete with the web address from where it came. The answer is the personal website of bearded, bespectacled American computer programmer/amateur astronomer Jeff Bondono, who spends his nights observing the skies with his homemade eight-inch Meade Newtonian. Behind every great man’s humour there is a nerdy computer geek.