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by Bargepole
Sat May 17, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Back to Jolly 'Ole
Replies: 68
Views: 9097

Re: Back to Jolly 'Ole

I could see the London Eye from the rooftop of my flat in Bloomsbury. I've always thought it rather beautiful. And London always has been a sort of carnival... now The Shard and The Gherkin and all those other vain puffed-up towers that deface the City, they're a different matter. I irrationally res...
by Bargepole
Sat May 17, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Dandelion and Burdock
Replies: 4
Views: 948

Re: Dandelion and Burdock

But Corona *did* a dandelion and burdock. It was my favourite, second to the "Limeade" (which was almost the exact colour of a green highlighter) and Clarona, a bright-red concoction flavoured with... well, something bright red, I suppose, and generally known in my house as "Red Pop". For those beni...
by Bargepole
Sat May 17, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Penhaligons Sartorial
Replies: 6
Views: 1652

Re: Penhaligons Sartorial

Yes. It starts off a bit odd though appealing -- tailors' chalk, steam, some sort of hot metal smell involving helional I think; the atmosphere (says M. Duchaufour, who designed it) of a Savile Row tailor's shop -- and settles into something which reminds me a bit of the old (original) Brut: a smoot...
by Bargepole
Thu May 01, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: An old Navy Yarn arrr
Replies: 27
Views: 5713

Re:

Quite true, you nee the captain's permission to grow a beard, which must be a 'full set'. Chris Not quite how I remember it. Captain couldn't give you permission to grow a beard; he could only give you permission to stop shaving and report back in two weeks. If by then the embryo beard showed signs...
by Bargepole
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:27 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Royal Yacht
Replies: 46
Views: 9504

Re: Royal Yacht

In London, I was told, it was available at Swaine, Addeney, and Brigg Gordon And to think I remember when Swaine Adeney Brigg was a briefcase-and-brolly shop on Piccadilly. I have an umbrella and a swordstick from there. I always wish I'd sprung for the shotgun umbrella, too. A little 9mm job and y...
by Bargepole
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:14 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: The Method Shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2818

Re: The Method Shower

. . . I have come to believe that when you take a shower, you open up your pores to the chemicals in the water. They say that it is equal to a dose of 10 glasses of unfiltered drinking water absorbed through your skin. But 8 litres of water ➙ hyponatraemia. So if 1 shower = 8 glasses of water (i.e....
by Bargepole
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Royal Yacht
Replies: 46
Views: 9504

Re: Royal Yacht

Well if it's any comfort it's not that great. In that fancy Olde Edwardian bottle it was a reworking of the G Thomas original, far less interesting; the old one was coumarin-y and musky and smelt vaguely of admirals; this one (I don't recall the company but it had a damn fool name and described itse...
by Bargepole
Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: The Method Shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2818

Re: The Method Shower

Yes, but don't we need Special Magic Words for stuff like towel = hygroscopic wicking sheet shower = dihydrogen monoxide dispersal system tub = reusable dihydrogen monoxide immersion chamber washcloth = Fibe-O-Rub™ vegetal friction square shampoo = dipole keratin surfactant conditioner = polymer cro...
by Bargepole
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Old Favorites Revisited
Replies: 15
Views: 2089

Re: Old Favorites Revisited

bernards66 wrote:Something about some sort of super molecule that apparently they can no longer use
Gordon
Nitro musks. Damn them.
by Bargepole
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies - Drugs Suspected Cause
Replies: 14
Views: 963

Re: Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies - Drugs Suspected Cause

Kyle76 wrote: I have no idea what drove Hoffman to heroin addiction
An ex-girlfriend who had been a junkie, but with incredible willpower and determination had kicked the habit, put it well. "What drives you to heroin can be anything. What drives you to heroin addiction is: heroin."

Word.
by Bargepole
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Correct Pronunciation of Valet
Replies: 44
Views: 4114

Re: Correct Pronunciation of Valet

So if I try to act posh I'll get tossed out on my arse? No. It's more nuanced than that. It'll be on your ass . 8) Murray, I've notice that too. I think it is indeed regional. I don't actually know when the idea of "received pronunciation" came in (together with a special edition of it for the posh...
by Bargepole
Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Home blending of scents
Replies: 7
Views: 1118

Re: Home blending of scents

Interesting mixture... I've never been attracted to the idea, nor that Tom Ford stuff about "layering". It seems a bit like introducing a drum machine into a Beethoven string quartet or a bass-viol-and-harpsichord continuo into Dave van Ronk's a capella version of Last Call . Still, there are plenty...
by Bargepole
Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Correct Pronunciation of Valet
Replies: 44
Views: 4114

Re: Correct Pronunciation of Valet

tl;dr -- If you're posh, it's "VAL-itt" and "fWHY-ay". Middle-class is "VAL-ay" and "Foy-ay" (to rhyme with "toy day"). "va-LAY" is pretentious; and working-class is "VAL-ay" and "FOYuh". Lots of English english pronunciations are class markers; declining, but still plenty of them around. A lot of ...
by Bargepole
Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: ShutterBug Shaver
Topic: Hungry Deer
Replies: 16
Views: 2238

Re: Hungry Deer

drmoss_ca wrote:Leica M9, Summarit 75mm
Chris
Res ipse loquitur. I curse you. Doubly so, if you have the OLD Noctilux. No. Don't even tell me. I couldn't bear it.
by Bargepole
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:18 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Creed and Knize shaving soaps
Replies: 16
Views: 1841

Re: Creed and Knize shaving soaps

I was in their Vienna shop >48 hours ago. I asked. Politely. You know: "Is the shaving soap still made to the traditional formula?" "But of course." Information received, nobody's honour impugned. But I agree with the others; it's not that good. Rather thin lather. I had the Green Irish Tweed shavin...
by Bargepole
Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Ok, fall and winter scent time
Replies: 47
Views: 7934

Re: Ok, fall and winter scent time

Ouchmychin wrote:...women hate it and cheap...
Wouldn't it be great to live in a world where that could be an advertising tagline?

"Fahrenheit. Women hate it. And it's cheap."

They'd make a fortune.
by Bargepole
Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Penhaligons shaving soap update - EF; BB; Sartorial
Replies: 8
Views: 1393

Re: Penhaligons shaving soap update - EF; BB; Sartorial

How odd that their reply should be written by someone who doesn't quite speak English. I thought "Englishness" was what they were selling. It certainly isn't decent shaving soap any more. Ho hum. EDIT: Though I see elsewhere in this forum that some say the latest Penhaligon shaving soaps are back on...
by Bargepole
Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Guerlain Lime?
Replies: 7
Views: 1426

Re: Guerlain Lime?

The soaps - I still have a box of three Habit Pour Homme Rouge Homme Pour un Homme somewhere -- were actually called "Sapoceti" because it was made avec blanc de Baleine which is a polite way of saying "whale blubber". I must find them and use them. I don't know of anything called Guerlain Lime; I w...
by Bargepole
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: How to create or clone a fragrance
Replies: 28
Views: 3152

Re: How to create or clone a fragrance

The thing about Cavendish tobacco is it's a method of processing -- steamed with sugars (as Chris says, molasses), pressed, fermented briefly (from five days to three weeks) and cased and/or flavoured. So there's a huge range of possibilities ranging from Captain Black through Troost to McClelland c...
by Bargepole
Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Ok, fall and winter scent time
Replies: 47
Views: 7934

Re: Ok, fall and winter scent time

Michael. Pasteum rose by eau d'italie? Its that or the le labo or kurkdjian lumiere I had another blast at the Kurkdjian Lumière a couple of days ago. That's the one I'd go for, I think. It's witty without being silly; it's rosy; it lasts well, it projects enough to entertain the wearer and not eno...