Come on, be a good Sport…

Come on, be a good Sport…

Posted by: on Jun 23, 2010 | No Comments

Living in the United States I have never experienced the gear-up for summer sports in the same way I am experiencing it now in London. With Royal Ascot last week, and Henley, Cartier Polo, and Wimbledon all coming up, not to mention the World Cup raging on (with England playing on the TV as I write this), it is tough not to feel immersed in the world of sport.

Wax and Wick

Wax and Wick

Posted by: on May 3, 2010 | No Comments

With all of the rain and general humidity the last few days, St. Louis has a lingering smell of mildew and even the air in my apartment has become stale and rank. I burn candles all of the time in the fall, but this spring it is becoming more of a necessity.

When U are not U…or are U?

When U are not U…or are U?

Posted by: on Apr 23, 2010 | 2 Comments


Recently, one of my academic advisers recommended I read Nancy Mitford’s collection of essays and letters entitled Noblesse Oblige, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The collection focuses on Ms. Mitford’s original article “The English-Aristocracy” published in Encounter in 1954, and the various responses and criticisms that resulted.

Cutting it Close

Cutting it Close

Posted by: on Apr 14, 2010 | No Comments

Men have been shaving for thousands of years, using everything from seashells, to sharpened rocks, and eventually metal tools. These metal tools changed many times over, but the modern Double Edge (DE or Safety) Razor was developed and introduced to the market by King Camp Gillette in 1901.

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

Posted by: on Mar 26, 2010 | One Comment

Just as I began to think that a breeze and some sunshine were becoming the order of the day, typical St. Louis weather kicked in and yesterday was a not-so-wonderful 45 degrees and pouring rain all day. Wednesday afternoon was spent playing croquet on the campus lawn, and Thursday was spent shivering and wringing the water out of my mackintosh’s pocket linings.