Tuesday, 19 August 2014

25 years old – I know… we're looking good aren't we!

After 25 years at the helm, we cast off our lines and headed for the Cowes to celebrate our birthday at the end of regatta festivities.

The red arrows display and impressive fireworks weren’t dedicated to us specifically but they certainly added a sense of occasion. That and the countless Dark and Stormy cocktails and slices of delicious birthday cake!

The drizzle did nothing to dampen our spirits and a great time was had by all. Roll on the next 25 years!

Our beautiful cake was created by Kelly's Cakeaway in Hamble:

Monday, 21 July 2014

From counter-culture to mainstream body design: Why the red-hot tattoo boom is only skin deep!

Very recently, Nike pulled a line of leggings and sports bras inspired by Samoan tribal tattoos following an outcry from Polynesian people. This event marked a tipping point in the dark and dirty cultural history of tattoos.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

By changing nothing, nothing changes…

There are many clichés around change; ‘a change is as good as a rest’, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’ and ‘ring the changes’ to name but a few. Out of all of these, the most prominent (and in our case the most truthful) is that by changing nothing, nothing changes.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Uber App – it must have seemed like a good idea at the time...

Most of us involve with the ‘media’ have recently read about the noise made by taxi drivers all over the world following the release of the Uber app.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The funny thing bout writing...

Before this piece gets too far beyond the first sentence, I need to point out that I’m not talking about writing jokes. I’m talking about the long held belief that I inject humour into all of my blog writing. Except no one notices. Until I point it out! And, like all good humour, if you have to alert people to the funny side it probably wasn’t funny in the first place.

So what is so difficult about writing with humour? Well, study the topic and it’s all about structure, incongruity and – well, that other funny word!

It’s about misdirection and illogicality and sometimes the risqué (should you be brave enough to not worry if you upset someone - and there aren’t many of us who think like that…)

And now that I’ve started to put keyboard to paper, it strikes me how incredibly difficult it is to try to explain my desire to make people smile when I write. I have a fairly normal disposition, but I have no desire to become a stand-up comic. So why do I need people to smile at my prose? I have no clue!

Maybe it’s because ‘a smile is the same in any language’ – it can never get lost in translation.

Maybe it’s because ‘laughter is the shortest distance between 2 people’ (Victor Borge said that!).

Maybe it’s just a primal desire to be liked? Who knows, but it’s a rare skill, not often evident her in these lines. But I do know a funny thing when I see it…

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

"It's not the cost of the suit that counts, but the worth of the man inside it."

The story of Les Sapeurs, or The Dandies of The Congo.

A dandy is a man who places extreme importance on physical appearance and refined language. It is very possible that dandies have existed for as long as time itself. According to Charles Baudelaire, 19th century French poet and dandy himself, a dandy can also be described as someone who elevates aesthetics to a religion.