21 October 2014

Retrospectively

Today in many ways I'm the kind of man I never really thought I'd become. Physically, personally, mentally, professionally. It's quite remarkable to me bearing in mind the upbringing and life experiences I've described in this column over the last several years.

You know to what I'm referring.  The clues were always there: the failed relationships, defiance, restlessness, fighting, sex, drinking, dissidence, jail, etc. All dressed up, of course, in the uniform of the circles in which I was raised. That's me. I own all of it.

These thoughts were elicited by the recent discovery--entirely random, on an unrelated website--of a photograph of me with my late father in New York City in the early 1980s, both of us standing in jackets of Tweed with our backs to the camera.

How things have changed since then. I can say with some satisfaction that I'm not the sort of man I envisioned myself becoming, nor is this the life I sought. But here I am, and there it is.

Across the Universe (Laibach)

Old Barbour

20 October 2014

Book Lovers Never Go To Bed Alone

A friend reading the proof of our upcoming debut volume

18 October 2014

A Noble Manner

'It was she [Benoist’s Grandmother] who first taught me the meaning of noblesse oblige: viz., that belonging to the aristocracy does not consist in benefiting from more privileges than others or in having additional rights, but in imposing greater burdens upon one oneself, having a higher notion of one’s duties, feeling more responsible than others. Behaving in a noble manner, whatever class one comes from, means never being satisfied with oneself, never reasoning in terms of utility. It means the beauty of gratuitousness, of “useless” expenditure, the beau geste, the conviction that one could always have done better, that it is odious to boast of what one has done, that a man’s quality is tested by his ability to act contrary to his own interests whenever it becomes necessary.'

- Alain de Benoist, Mémoire Vive

White Mischief (1987)

17 October 2014

Bowler Assemblage

13 October 2014

Tintin: l'un de nous

10 October 2014

Tintin en France

Hussar Style

09 October 2014

The Flash


08 October 2014

Books 4 Lyfe !

Proper Fit

07 October 2014

Trout of North America

06 October 2014

Quoi donc, old chap ?

Brixton Bowery Flannel

Locals Only !

Eastwood in Italy

04 October 2014

Barbour's of South Shields

The classic. I regularly wore a Barbour, the definitive Bedale model in olive, starting in the mid-1980s. In late September 1992 I visited South Shields on a pilgrimage to the Barbour factory. It was dark and drizzling outside. I managed to pick up a couple of Barbour 'seconds' in the factory shop. These days I've no idea where these jackets are, which is of no consequence as there is scant need for such garments in the Southern California sun. Occasionally, reflecting on where I've been and where I'm going, I entertain the notion of moving back to England or Europe just so I can wear a Barbour jacket.

30 September 2014

The British Grenadiers

Nice Boys Finish Last

29 September 2014

Locals Only !

Telling

In the US, a double-barreled surname is more often than not a bitch-tell. That, along with short hair, a degree from a Seven Sisters college, and a career. Consider yourself warned.

26 September 2014

Cooking For Chaps: Stylish, No-Nonsense Meals For The Man About Town

The Chap, in collaboration with expert cook Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen, has written a cook book aimed at reviving the lost art of British cookery.

Cooking For Chaps trawls through great British recipes from the last 200 years to bring you the finest selection of meals to prepare for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, high tea, dinner and supper. The traditional courses have all been observed, with the addition of helpful advice on pre-dinner cocktails, picnic foods and table manners relevant to the contemporary dinner table.

Recipes begin with breakfast, with particular emphasis on breakfast in bed – both the optimistic and pessimistic versions, depending on how successful an evening a chap might have had. Lunch recipes include the Harry Palmer omelette, as created by Len Deighton for the Ipcress File, while other fictional gourmands consulted include James Bond and Bertie Wooster, including Jeeves’s legendary hangover cure.

High Tea, that criminally neglected meal, allows one to serve a houseful of guests with a table laden with pre-cooked delights, but doesn’t allow them to outstay their welcome – ideal for prowling maiden aunts and irritating brothers-in-law. Supper, too, is reintroduced as an essential meal for those who have skipped dinner to attend cultural events where champagne is the only meal served.

Dinner itself obviously gets the most attention, with four courses covering every set of flavours, seasons and occasions. From Brown Windsor Soup to Battered Samphire, through various servings of venison, pheasant, kidneys and skate, to a delicious array of puddings that would not look out of place on the trolley at the Reform Club and which include Shirt-Sleeve Pudding (yes, cooked in a shirt-sleeve), rounding off with the long-neglected tradition of serving savouries with pudding. 

Cooking for Chaps sets out to re-educate men and women in the basic, fundamental art of British cookery. Published by Kyle Books, it is available from www.amazon.co.uk For further information about the book, visit cookingforchaps.com.

23 September 2014

September Gurls (Big Star)

17 September 2014

Robinson Jeffers Paterfamilias

Tor House, Carmel, California

16 September 2014

New Values (Iggy Pop)

A Woman's Place (Operation Hang Ten)

cute and deadly surf twins
"Bill closed his eyes. He felt his jaws ache from gritting his teeth. Where was Lulu? Right there was the jolt he needed. A woman’s place was in the oven. Girls belonged at home, barefoot and pregnant, their lives should revolve around some man. This was not work for them. They were created for the care and pleasure of man."

Patrick Morgan, Deadly Group Down Under (1970)

09 September 2014

The Last Domino (South Africa Border War)

Salisbury - Rhodesia (1971)