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Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Start your day off with this bird

Saturday, January 28, 2012

EAT: Dim Sum

Chinese tapas. From barbequed pork buns to chicken feet. 
Drink gobs of tea to help devour the double delishness.
A recipe for one of the best. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

DRINK: Dark n Stormy

The drink. Tasted tonight here by yours truly. 
Delicious.  And great ice cubes to boot!  (It's all in the cubes.)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

READ: The Sun Also Rises

Paris, Spain, fishing, bull fights, the Lost Generation, American masterpiece.
This novel was inspired by a trip Hemingway himself took to the bull fights in Pamplona.  Spoiler alert: Hemingway is Jake Barnes

Monday, January 23, 2012

CELEBRATE: Chinese New Year

The Year of the Dragon. 
From the South China Morning Post:
The Dragon vibe rolls in with a bang, 
bringing excitement, extremes, and unpredictability. 
Dragon will keep you on your toes this year. 
That's a good thing - we can only grow if we reach beyond our grasp. 
Enter the dragon. Kung hei fat choi.

STYLE: Camouflage

It wasn't until after our boys fought in the Great War that we English-speakers no longer called it dazzle painting. Please don't tell Lisa Frank.

Friday, January 20, 2012

DANCE: Pina Bausch

Revolutionary choreographer. Remarkable company. Blurring the lines between dance and theatre.  Truly breathtaking.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Today we wave arrivederci to 1/2 of BnB creative.  They're off to Hong Kong for big city adventures.  We all look forward to dispatches from the far East.  Bon voyage, gals.  HK's never gonna know what's about to hit it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ARTIST: Peter Beard

Animal blood, clippings, photographs, hair, mud, you name it, Beard used it.
Karen Blixen's Out of Africa inspired this playboy to travel to Africa and create his masterpieces.
Love. it. Love. him

(and that Land Rover ain't bad either...)

Monday, January 16, 2012

EAT: Biscuits

Whether you enjoy the Yank version for breakfast or with chicken, or the Brit iteration with a nice cuppa while watching Downton Abbey, everyone enjoys a good biscuit.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

WEAR: Long gloves

Friday, January 13, 2012

MUSIC: Woody Guthrie

The king of folk. Check out the album, Mermaid Avenue. The lyrics to all the songs were written by Woody Guthrie sometime before his death in 1967 and put to music by Billy Bragg and Wilco about 30 years later. Lend an ear here. Is Woody strummin' on a tailgate of a Burb in one of those video shots?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

ENJOY: Snow Day

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WEAR: Glasses

Stylish and practical.  Get an inspired pair here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

LOST ART: Shoe shine

Do it yourself.  It will become a calming ritual.  Line 'em up and shine 'em up.
All you need are a few tricks of the trade.

Monday, January 9, 2012

INNOVATION: Typewriter

The Italians created an early prototype called Cembalo scrivano o macchina da scrivere a tasti ("Scribe harpsichord, or machine for writing with keys").  The Danish made a Writing Ball.  The word "typewriter" is often cited as the longest English word that can be typed using only one row of keys of a QWERTY  keyboard.  
Mark Twain claims to be the first important writer to hand a publisher a typewritten manuscript for his memoir, Life on the Mississippi. 
And e. e. cummings couldn't have composed this gem without a typewriter.

Friday, January 6, 2012

FOR: Wild Rivers

Now hear this.  A letter from Patagonia founder and owner, Yvon Chouinard.

TRAVEL: A Rail Journey

A dream.  To travel by a big way.  
Ever since reading Agatha Christie's tale 
which unfurls on this iconic locomotive.  All aboard.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Famous poppy enthusiasts include Van Gogh, Ancient Egyptians, and the Royal British Legion.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

ERA: Art Nouveau

Monday, January 2, 2012


Birds do it.  Bees do it.  Even educated fleas do it.
Let's do it.  Let's play gin.

Don't know how?  It's easy.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year.

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