The Donald

Oh goodness, I’ve broken cover.

Everybody is headed for the Canadian Border, and even the Canadian Immigration website crashed when all the Americans realised Nigel Farage Donald had won.

The ‘Perfect Storm’ is brewing

First Brexit and then The Donald, the wind of change is blowing a gale and the only thing not moving is Donald’s quiff.

Apparently Francois Hollande is impeach, I thought Michael Portillo and I were the only people who wore that colour!

Monsieur Hollande should take a tip from Donald’s coiffeur, as it probably costs a great deal of money to arrange this particular topiary, something little Frankie is not shy of, at least Donald looks like he gets value for money. Frankie’s hairdresser has to deal with his helmet hair, where as the Donald’s had a helmet made to minimise the effect!

You just know that his head will appear on a dollar bill one day. Perhaps the billion dollar note, which he will be unable to use because no one will be able, or want to give him change.

Much like the €500 note.

The Helmet

The Helmet

Donald is now familiarising himself with the White House.

Where best to have the photos for Hola taken, perhaps add a condo, or a golf course and resort.

But apparently he is having problems accessing one or two areas. Some of the doors are locked and he is being shadowed by someone from the FBI telling him there is nothing to see behind them!

They’ve even removed anything with buttons on, including the remote controls and microwaves just in case he gets the midnight munchies, or needs to go for a Wikileak and it ends in Armaggedon, rather than a Pot Noodle. Just when Hillary thought she had first dibs on Jon Bon Jovi, you wouldn’t want to miss a thing!

I’ve heard that he may be given one of those telephones with the big keys, but it’ won’t be wired up, as Vlad the Lad will be listening in.

He’s got that sulky look on his face that he gets when he’s done something to upset Ivana and she is reading the riot act, and Hugh Hefner (is he still with us?) is off the Christmas Card list, even at 90 he’s been staying up all night!

Wandering in the hallways of the White House, Donald is suddenly confronted by a faun, and the faun beckons him into one of the many bedrooms. Donald thinks finally the magic will happen and he will understand the inner machinations and workings that go on behind those locked doors.

The faun opens a wardrobe door and ushers Donald through, his tiny hands pushing away Melania’s fur coats, on and on the two of them wander until Donald feels his feet starting to get wet and suddenly the path drops steeply away, and Donald is falling; faster and faster, then there is daylight and Donald is catapulted through the air landing with a huge splash in a giant swimming pool to huge cheers.

When he surfaces, next to him in the pool are Hugh Hefner and Snoop Dog, leading the cheering crowd is Hillary dressed as the white witch and directing a Mexican wave!

Hillary and the crowd shout in Unison, “Welcome to our all inclusive resort!”

In the real world the person that appears to be Donald is softening his stance, keeping Obamacare and talking not about building stonewalls, but fences he can sit on.

Have you noticed how his hair is parted on the other side, and do his hands do seem slightly larger?

Make mine a double!

Copyright © 2016 Adrian Holdsworth. All Rights Reserved.

Better late than never – Bacchanalian celebrations continue

For goodness sake, give me five minutes sojourn from travelling, and celebrating my birthday in order to write a newsletter.

I thought you’d all be glad of a rest from all this drivel, but I have been reminded more than once, that I hadn’t written anything in ages.

This has meant that I have had to break off from my Bacchanalian feasting long enough to press fingers on keys and give my own peculiar take on world events.

My birthday; if you were not aware occurs on All Saints Day, this was a source of mirth for one or two of you. Moi the third Duke of Pimlico in a vineyard in Bordeaux at 3am with my reputation?

But my thoughts are drawn to current affairs…. No, the news, not my private life. For heaven sake, do you have to look at everything from a juxtaposition? I tried it, my back has only just recovered, and I know there are some of you who will go home and try this tonight, I warn you it’s not what you think, so don’t blame me.

Politics on both sides of the Pond is starting to look like a really bad haircut, with politicians fighting for attention, like Donkey in the Shrek movies, pick me, pick me. Waiting for Simon to press his Golden Buzzer.

Unfortunately it seems our politics have never been more polarised and the speeches are being made from the wings each playing to their own gallery, too scared or unable to understand how to take the centre stage.

The Washington and Westminster villages are starting to look like bubbles where the people on the inside are the ones wielding the pins and seem set on trying burst them!

I leave it to the Bard to Prologue the scene:

Two households, both unalike in dignity,
In fair Parliament, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean….

After Shakespeare.

Jingoism Unchained, the people are set free, we are all headed for Candyland.

Europe meanwhile, has been enjoying an Indian summer, et ego quoque.

I decided that this year the celebrations would mirror those of Bacchus, but only after I had returned to the white isle for one last swim. I have a small secluded beach I run to, where I can guarantee that I will not be troubled by people requiring my sartorial advice, where I can be at one with nature.

S'estanyol

S’estanyol

Even in the middle of October the water in Ibiza was warm enough for me not to require a layer of goose grease, anyway it would be a terrible waste of foie!

Neil was on sparkling form, we were going to cycle together now that we have formed the Inkadelic Cycling Club, but a short, sharp shower put paid to that and Neil decided that I required a little more work. Raoul my ‘waxer’ was mortified, but he does scare easily and Halloween was just round the corner. He just kept muttering, is that blood, real blood?

It was my intention to post a photo of Neil at work, but it has been censored following several complaints after I had posted it on Facebook.

Inkadelic Cycling Club Ibiza

Inkadelic Cycling Club Ibiza

Neil has finally put down some serious roots on the island, and is looking forward to moving into his new pad in D’alt Villa next year.

We both made a new friend this year and our thoughts are with this new friend and his dad after Shifty came off worse in an altercation with a car. Shifty is a miniature pinscher and those of you who are that way inclined can follow him on Instagram ‘Shiftys_world’.

Instagram shiftys_world

Instagram shiftys_world

My life is full of rich experiences, whether someone is chucking pound coins at me and demanding that I dance, perhaps this is what it is like being at a West Ham game (it transpires that the rent on the Olympic Stadium is less than I pay for the shop, how does that happen?); or an older lady telling me how much she admires how I fill out my clothes, it appears I’m on to a winning streak!

Bordeaux by night

Bordeaux by night

My birthday celebrations took place in Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, swanning, not swaying round a couple of Chateaux.

My private tour was organised by ‘Bordeaux with Elodie’.

http://www.bordeauxwithelodie.com/

I cannot recommend Elodie and Laetitia highly enough.

They organised two wonderful days around Bordeaux.

A marvellous tour of two vineyards in Saint Emilion, Chateau Guadet, which is one of only two Chateau in the centre of the village, full of history and eerie limestone tunnels.

http://www.chateau-guadet-saintemilion.fr/

This was followed by a tasting of some magnificent wines, and before you ask, that is a bottle of Chateau Angelus, and yes we did taste 8 wines. Hic!

If I must!

If I must!

And I may have bought the odd bottle.

This was followed by lunch and a visit to a more modern set up, at the newly renovated Chateau Tour Saint Christophe, set in the beautiful rolling hills around Saint Emilion. Wonderful wines with a different structure.

www.vignoblesk.com

Laetitia drove us back to Bordeaux, via all the Chateaux of the area. The sun went down to end a perfect day.

Sunset over Chateau Angelus

Sunset over Chateau Angelus

The next day was spent at the Dune du Pyla, where I imagined I was Lawrence of Arabia… I can but dream, but by all accounts I have strange imagination and do not live in the real world.

Dune du Pyla

Dune du Pyla

And lunch…… You can see the weather was kind.

La C(o)rniche

La C(o)rniche

We have many new projects afoot including a 360 degree view inside the shop on both levels. Just drag the little dangly man on Streetview over the shop on Google Maps and by the power of the interweb you are beamed by Scotty straight onto the ground floor, press the lift button and the basement beckons.

There will be a new website, it will be attached to this blog and also as a separate entity and much more impressive presence on social media.

And if you have read all the way to the end, there will be a wine tasting soon, including some of the wines I brought back.

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Brrrr – Coats and Blousons

As Winter rolls in, so do the coats and blousons.  Less arty this time to actually show what they look like!

Navy Blue Quilted Coat with Grey insert

Navy Blue Quilted Coat with Grey insert – £890

Brown Leather Jacket with Nylon insert

Brown Calf Skin Jacket with Nylon insert – £1,100

Navy Blue Suede Front with Wool sleeves and back

Navy Blue Suede Front with Wool sleeves and back – £690

Light Brown Wool Blouson with Hollofil Lining

Light Brown Wool Blouson with Hollofil Lining – £350

Blue Wool Blouson with Hollofil Lining

Blue Wool Blouson with Hollofil Lining – £350

Navy Blue Nylon Front with Wool sleeves and back

Navy Blue Nylon Front with Wool sleeves and back – £220

Brown Wool Blouson

Brown Wool Blouson – £650

Grey Wool Blouson

Grey Wool Blouson – £650

New Shirts – The Sequel

It’s taken me while to tie my shoe laces, but you can’t rush perfection.

So, I may have adapted this slip of the tongue, but I wanted to use it before it went viral, as it’s called. I have used my own spin on it, so now it’s mine!!!!!

Repair up to two years of damage for a beautifully smooth economy, or reduce split parties by up to 80% with these two new products from

TRESemmé.

It’s how you say it!

Anyway new shirts if you were feeling a little blue.

Dark Blue Mosaic Print

Dark Blue Mosaic Print

Brushed Cotton Gradient Stripe Shirt

Brushed Cotton Gradient Stripe Shirt

Dark and Light Blue Brushed Cotton

Dark and Light Blue Brushed Cotton

Dark Blue Brushed Cotton with woven design

Dark Blue Brushed Cotton with woven design

Blue and White Birdseye design Brushed Cotton

Blue and White Birdseye design Brushed Cotton

Dark Blue with White Shirt

Dark Blue with White Shirt

Blue and White woven Birdseye design

Blue and White woven Birdseye design

White, Light Blue and Dark Blue Large Oxford weave

White, Light Blue and Dark Blue Large Oxford weave

Dark and Light Blue woven micro design

Dark and Light Blue woven micro design

Dark Blue, Light Blue and White Chevron design

Dark Blue, Light Blue and White Chevron design

Light Blue with Dark Blue Check Brushed Cotton

Light Blue with Dark Blue Check Brushed Cotton

 

Dark Blue with Green Check Brushed Cotton

Dark Blue with Green Check Brushed Cotton

Dark Blue and White Printed design

Dark Blue and White Printed design

Blue Panama Shirt

Blue Panama Shirt

Dark Blue with White Check and design

Dark Blue with White Check and design

Light Blue Printed design

Light Blue Printed design

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New Shirts

More, much more to follow. Just tying my shoelaces!

Denim Blue Jersey shirt

Denim Blue Jersey shirt – £145

Burgundy and White Oxford Cotton

Burgundy and White Oxford Cotton – £145

Brushed Cotton Check

Brushed Cotton Check – £145

Blue and White self pattern

Blue and White self pattern – £145

Denim with contrast stitching

Denim with contrast stitching – £145

Printed design

Printed design – £145

Blue and Navy & Blue and Brown Dogtooth pattern

Blue and Navy & Blue and Brown Dogtooth pattern – £145

Dark and Light Blue woven patterns

Dark and Light Blue woven patterns – £145

Some arty photos of some new stock!

Some arty photos of some new stock!

There will of course be more new things.

Merino Wool Full Zip cardigan with hidden buttoning

Merino Wool Full Zip cardigan with hidden buttoning – £220

Blue with Brown Check Flannel Trousers

Blue with Brown Check Flannel Trousers – £165

Merino Wool Button Neck Pullovers

Merino Wool Button Neck Pullovers – £150

Blue Check Flannel Trousers

Blue Check Flannel Trousers – £165

Merino Wool Full Zip cardigan

Merino Wool Full Zip cardigan -£175

Grey Check Flannel Trousers

Grey Check Flannel Trousers – £165