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I'm not sure what "orthodoxy" Mr Farquharson is referring to here, I see nothing particularly outlandish about a three button jacket. Leaving it entirely unbuttoned when standing, however, is of course reprehensible.
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He also seems incapable of keeping his tie knot straight.
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I've got a motor-car and a basket of strawberries and a bottle of Château Peyraguey — which isn't a wine you've ever tasted, so don't pretend. It's heaven with strawberries.

I bought a bottle this evening, and as Sebastian from Brideshead Revisited suggested, had it with strawberries (yes, entirely out of season, sorry). Delightful - fragrant confectionery - roses and candied orange peel.
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...It's dark and we're wearing sun-glasses. Hit it.
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Apart from the staff I may be the only person here. It isn't exactly the Drones.
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It looks rather well kept... I expected the Royal Overseas League to be all peeling paintwork and cracked rattan furniture...
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Further to my earlier posts on summer suits, it seems Cad & Dandy do at least make fully bespoke suits which still have the floating canvas but are only part lined. I had somewhat imagine that the two things were mutually exclusive, and therefore it didn't really make sense having a bespoke summer suit made if, like me, you really want it to be as cool as physically possible.
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There will now be a full inquiry into how I got it so wrong.
 
My musical prediction for 2014: sea shanties are going to be massive.
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Do you have a prediction for 2015? Just so I know which shares not to buy.
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Sacred made a special gin for the Tate which is surprisingly different from their normal (excellent) offering, and also really interesting in its own right. This is quite unlike the usual light and citrusy profile, instead being rather spicy, exotic and complex; including frankincense, apparently. It really holds its own in a Negroni.
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Snap! Nice isn't it? Ours is bottle 202 of batch a. :-) Shame G+ doesn't allow photos in replies...
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I've just noticed I've passed 1000 followers. Which is nice.
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Whoop, whoop. etc.
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Displays of cuffs and collars on Jermyn Street. Apologies for the reflection of the ugly mug spoiling the view a bit.
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But Edward Woodward would, wouldn't he?
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This development should rather simplify your weekends, +John Hawkins...
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Bought a book on UK land law. Was a bit concerned it would be dense and unintelligible, but it turns out to be incredibly straightforward.
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This may be slightly complicated by the fact that the legitimate king of England was an Australian, who died in 2012.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Abney-Hastings,_14th_Earl_of_Loudoun
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For the record, I quite like HP sauce, and have never voted UKIP.
Mr S is inclined to believe this is a piss-take, lest it be clear the Guardian completely disappeared up its own bottom. Apparently enjoying HP Sauce basically makes you some…
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+Scott Watson You've got to be wondering who owns HP by now, surely? It's the Yanks. Infiltration is a given, but they don't like it back at - em! 
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Not normally one for tech nostalgia, but stumbled across this and couldn't help but feel a twinge of something or other like that. It's a Sanyo DSC-MZ2 from 2002. I think it was my second digital camera.
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Interesting how nowadays digital cameras aim to look more like conventional film cameras of old. The first digitals were quite avant-guarde really.
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This modern chain of Lebanese restaurants probably serves as a good introduction to Lebanese food - it's certainly a bit more accessible than some of London's more "authentic" Lebanese eateries. The mezze section of the menu, although shorter than you might expect to find in a genuine Lebanese ran place, had a good number of the usual favourites, portion sizes perhaps a bit smaller than you might expect elsewhere, although that's also reflected in the prices. The fatoush and tabbouleh were fresh tasting, the falafel were OK, the halloumi good but gone in seconds. Sadly the foul medames was not available the day we went. Probably should have ordered at least one more dish, left feeling a bit hungry still. They didn't bring any bread, which comes as standard in normal Lebanese restaurants, and disappointingly they don't serve Lebanese coffee. Service also a bit mixed, the chap who initially greeted us was extremely pleasant, the lady who took over from him was a tad surly.
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Has the distinct air of a local favourite - the very accommodating member of staff I dealt with on my first visit was joking around with a couple of the regulars. I went for takeaway on a busy Friday night, and as there was a bit of a wait they threw in several freebies. Food quality was overall pretty good, would definitely go again.
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I was initially reluctant to try this place, "gastropubs" always making me hesitant, and also having been a bit put off by the wording of their kids policy (only kids who stay in their seats or some such - which pretty much corresponds to no kids in our case). Anyway, I happened to be passing by myself around Sunday lunchtime, spotted they had a decent sounding vegetarian Sunday roast on the menu (mushroom nut roast, with a reassuring note about the potatoes being cooked in olive oil) and thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt. Glad I did - whilst on the expensive side, and the gravy was really salty (can't single them out for that, it's like that everywhere), this was overall a very satisfying lunch. Roast potatoes were good, Yorkshire pudding was good, vegetables very nicely cooked - the mushroom nut roast itself was also tasty and worked well with the rest of the plate.
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I'm generally pretty chain averse but have to admit for basic, no-nonsense Italian classics at bargain prices, and with generous portions, this place is actually pretty good. Mostly go for pasta, but the pizza is surprisingly not bad either. Good for a cheap and cheerful weekend lunch. Quite a small restaurant, and tables are a bit packed together, but staff are pleasant and kid friendly.
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Sardinian restaurant with lots of Sardinian dishes on the menu, a large board of daily specials, and a strong focus on seafood. Also serves pizza. Staff very friendly, children welcome, and has a sort of family run feel to it. Wine list was decent. Popular with Japanese people (including my wife), but as a vegetarian I found the options on the menu a bit limited compared to a "normal" Italian restaurant, and the one pasta dish on the menu which didn't contain any meat or seafood was a bit underwhelming. I don't want to be too harsh on them, they're good at what they do, it just isn't for me.
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Initially dismissed this place as yet another generic convenience store given the rather unimpressive signage, but it's actually quite a different beast - surprisingly good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of good organic tinned vegetables, beans etc - things you wouldn't be able to find in the supermarket down the road.
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The place looks fairly unprepossessing from the outside, the interior is pretty shabby, and to be honest I'd considered it a few times then thought better of it as a result of peering through the window. Eventually though I did give it a try and am glad I did - the staff were very nice, the food very reasonably priced (main courses around £4 or £5) and although predictably erring on the side of the unhealthy (quite salty, quite oily) it was actually quite tasty and there were a decent number of vegetarian options, including ones involving fried tofu and mock duck.
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