Actually, etiquette for always, but Ask Andy About Clothes has the 411 here.
Intelligent Life has a nice piece on the Martini. The drink is 100 years old this year (give or take a few years and other disputations). It has become a sophisticated drink. And like all drinks of such a nature, they are meant to be sipped, and savored. Oh but there is some debate over the origin and the mix of the concoction, so go here for more.
As noted here, custom tailors are experiencing a boom–even in Saville Row. The market is a funny thing. In a time of economic downturn and austerity, expensive custom suits are experiencing a boom!?! Yep:
Business is thriving as well on London’s Savile Row, where an average of 10,000 hand-made garments are sold every year. The Row has seen a steady increase in business in the past five years despite the economic downturn. In 2010, order books swelled more than 10% from 2009, says Mark Henderson, founder and chairman of Savile Row Bespoke, a group of 14 companies formed to protect and promote the art of hand-crafted tailoring on Savile Row.
Mr. Henderson said he’s convinced the recession has made people question the true value of things. “People have started to look for real quality,” he says.
It’s an opinion shared by Simon Cundey, owner and director of Henry Poole, the first firm to open on the Row. “Customers like to see where things come from, how their suits are cut and sewed, in the exact same way they have come to appreciate seeing the kitchen of the restaurant,” he says.
A former student of mine pointed me to A Suitable Wardrobe. His blog is advancing ver nicely. In this short video, he explains suit care:
According to Time, drinkers, and heavy drinkers (this does not mean drunks), are likely to live longer than those who do not drink, or are drunkards.
But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one’s risk of dying, even when you exclude former problem drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers. (See pictures of booze under a microscope.)
Moderate drinking, which is defined as one to three drinks per day, is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies. Moderate alcohol use (especially when the beverage of choice is red wine) is thought to improve heart health, circulation and sociability, which can be important because people who are isolated don’t have as many family members and friends who can notice and help treat health problems.
But why would abstaining from alcohol lead to a shorter life? It’s true that those who abstain from alcohol tend to be from lower socioeconomic classes, since drinking can be expensive. And people of lower socioeconomic status have more life stressors — job and child-care worries that might not only keep them from the bottle but also cause stress-related illnesses over long periods. (They also don’t get the stress-reducing benefits of a drink or two after work.)
But even after controlling for nearly all imaginable variables — socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support and so on — the researchers (a six-member team led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin) found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who were not current drinkers, regardless of whether they used to be alcoholics, second highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers.
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