Friday, 31 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
If you're feeling a little more adventurous you might wish to sample the chicken, bacon and avocado salad or even hamburger and chips, all cooked under the watchful eye of Mark Hix, former executive head chef at The Ivy and served in a little oasis of calm amid the tension of the West End. You will not be disappointed.
They serve a wicked virgin Mary, too.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
For those new to the tour, riders compete to win different coloured race jerseys.
Four jerseys are up for grabs at any given stage:
Green jersey - the race leader on points
Yellow jersey - the winner of the last stage
White jersey - the best young rider
Polka dot - King of the Mountain, or the rider with the most points in the mountain stages
These days riders who have won a jersey are kitted out from head to toe in the relevant colour, and that includes the sunglasses. His team sponsors are also on his winner's jersey. So each rider must have his own outfit relevant to each coloured stage win, just in case.
The polka dot King of the Mountains jersey was voted best. Our judgement was based purley on aesthetic appeal.
On to our dream team jersey - that which I would design if entering my own team, and could choose the sponsors I used.
It would have to, naturally, be a Rapha classic team jersey. Black would be the first choice but seeing as this is already the Rapha Condor team colour, I'm thinking olive green with Rapha pink flashes at the neck and on the sleeves, trademark Rapha white band on left sleeve.
Visvim, the Japanese clothing brand, would be a main sponsor - the V logo appearing on the right chest.
Dunhill, another sartorial fave, would occupy the space below Visvim
The logo of Acronym, the German brand know for jackets made from technical fabrics, would sit below the collar at the back of the neck
Monocle magazine would take the right sleeve
Thomas Pink would have a place around the hem of the left sleeve, below the white Rapha band
Miracle-Gro fertiliser would have a space on the back somewhere near my arse
And slapped right across my chest in 50 point bold would be the gourmet love of my life, Higgidy pies.
Now that's what you call a TDF race jersey.
The name of the team? Pie-Vis-ibility
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Then it arrived, in a little clear box which took me straight back to the model spaceships I used to get for Christmas, and all I could think about was attaching it to the bike. And you know what? It actually makes the bike look better! Incredible!
Unlike the Eden Project, which began as a very intriguing experiment in growing plants under giant grenhouse domes and has become akin to a walk through a particularly busy garden centre, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are an example of the types of highly exotic flora and fauna that can thrive in this country given the right conditions.
But it is the extraordinary story of Heligan House that really captures the imagination. For hundreds of years the Tremayne family stocked and maintained the gardens, travelling across the globe to find the rarest and most exotic species available. They planted whole swathes of tree ferns and established a jungle in a valley in the grounds where they grew bananas, palms and even giant California Redwood trees.
Then the First World War arrived and half of the 22 estate gardeners were sent to the trenches. Heligan House was commandeered as a convalescent home for officers and then let out to tenants.
After a period of neglect, the gardens were forgotten about and became overgrown. They were rediscovered in the early 1990s and restored to their former glory on a shoestring budget.
Tim Smitt, one of the three men to lead the restoration of the gardens, then went on to create the Eden Project. I can't help feeling this would also benefit from a few decades of neglect, if only to rid itself of the school parties that swarm over it. Perhaps some pesticide would do the trick.
Friday, 3 July 2009
Orlebar Brown (OB) beach shorts however, are. And that has taken the efforts of a UK company.
I can't go on enough about how well fitting and stylish these shorts are. Thanks to the sort of workmanship and attention to detail that you might expect on luxury designer garments, such as branded zip-pulls, and a tailored cut, these shorts look equally as good while lunching along the riviera as they do taking a dip in the med.
Nice muted colours too, and a few lengths to choose from. Even the baggier Dane beach short is well cut.
At last a reason to bury those Bermudas.
What's more, enter 99183533 in the promotional code box when you place your order and you could be in for a discount.