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[[SPOILER]] 37. She Will Build Him a CityShe Will Build Him a City by Raj Kamal JhaMy rating: 3 of 5 starsRaj Kamal Jha's novel is set in New Delhi, and intertwines three stories set in that city: a woman talking to her sleeping child about their shared past, a man contemplating murder, and a baby abandoned at an orphanage.Jha seeks to blend his realist narrative with fantasy elements, especially in the baby's story. This is clunky at times, and I don't think it really...
That's one of my favourites. I agree that it does not smell like a typical Guerlain, but it is one of my favourite summer scents.Today's Guerlain was L'heure Bleue EDP. TBH I hardly ever wear this - this might be the first time. It opens quite powdery, probably more than I'd like. I got the iris, which I do like, but it soon goes floral in a big way and stays that way. This is just too femme and too strong for the office, which is where I need to be able to wear all my...
They look good. Is there anywhere you can buy them other than Glue? Their website is seriously pissing me off - won't let me look at anything unless I register for their mailing list. F*ck that.
I tend to agree; it's always informative to hear from the guys why they like something, especially when it's new to me.In the spirit, I am part of a challenge elsewhere to wear Guerlain every day for a week. Today I wore L'instant Homme. .Now it would be fair to say that I don't tend to wear this any more; I always tend to reach for LIDGE instead. However I wore LIDGE last week, so I thought "give this another try".L'Instant to me has that cocoa vibe that makes both of...
I've been thinking of getting some deck shoes for summer, but I'm wondering if it might not be better to get leather-topped, or even canvas, sneakers instead. Any thoughts? I will be wearing them on holiday up at the GBR, and need something that will go neat casual as well as knocking around. Later they are more likely to be worn poolside or just walking around.
My experience with eBay approved shipping has been uniformly disastrous. Goods arrive in Australia and then faff around forever. Last time it took something like a week and a half to truck a package from Sydney to Melbourne, which was the difference between my wife getting her Christmas present, and not. I've given two sellers neutral feedback telling them not to use it.
I wore my Mitsouko today. Mine's a modern formulation EDT. I quite like this one, but I can't say that I gave it a fair shake. I spent the day cleaning out the fish tank and then going for a swim, so there's very little trace of it left.
I have both of those. The Shalimar is my wife's, and I suspect it may have turned. My bottle of Mitsouko is still around somewhere; I will need to dig it out.
[[SPOILER]] 36. Thermopylae: The Battle for the WestThermopylae: The Battle for the West by Ernle Dusgate Selby BradfordMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThis is a really interesting read that tells the story of Xerxes' crossing of the Hellespont and the invasion of Greece by the Persian empire. The battles of Thermopylae, Salamis and Plataea are described with great immediacy.Bradford probably over-eggs the pudding by claiming that the 300 Spartans under Leonidas saved Western...
Got excited in an op shop today. 50% off everything in the shop. Not expecting much, go to the tie rack. Zegna Couture, 2 x Stefano Ricci, Andrews, Borrelli and a Takeo Kikuchi. On closer examination, holes and/or stains in all of them except the last two, so at least it wasn't a total disappointment.
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