Acceptable Jewellery For Men

The question for what jewels men can bedeck themselves with, without look like a tit, is something of a question for the ages, but if it comes to sticking my two pence worth in, its limited to the following, no man should ever be the jerk in a string necklace, or with the blinged out choker, with matching bracelet:

Cufflinks:

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Cufflinks can be pretty functional and can really add your own personal touch and a little bit of pizazz to an outfit.

Tie Pins/ Clips:

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Again tie clips do serve a function and once again add that trifling bit of identity onto any old set of clothes.

Watches:

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Watches serve a great purpose, but it is a hotly contested topic as to whether or not watches actually count as jewellery, but as they’re a shiny accessory, I’m more inclined to say that they are.

Rings:

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Rings denote many things, whether or not someone is single, what their fraternal allegiances may be, etc. Whilst I don’t advocate wearing dozens of rings on each hand, simple things such as a wedding ring and a signet ring are the true marks of a gentleman.

Badges…sometimes: 

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The odd discrete lapel badge is acceptable. Things like poppy badges for remembrance day or flag pins are absolutely fine, in fact I once met an American lady who refused to believe I worked in politics purely because I wasn’t wearing a flag pin. Of course there are limits, you don’t want to wear a badge with a slogan or more than one badge, just because you run the risk of looking like one of the young ones, or worse a Greenpeace activist.

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Comic Review: Lucifer (The Whole Damn Series)

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So I read the Sandman, what may be one of the finest comic series of all time, and one of the key moments of the series (spolier warning, but seriously the series is almost as old as I am) was when Lucifer Morningstar, the ruler of Hell and the infernal regions, severed his wings and abdicated his throne head upwards to a new life on Earth.

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So cut to the new series, Lucifer is on Earth running a night club (more piano/ cabaret bar), with the aid of Mazikeen, the half faced member of the Lilim, daughter of Lilith.  And we pick up where you would expect, the host of heaven wondering just what the hell (pun a little intended) Lucifer is up to. Which turns out to be his old tricks of sticking it to his dear old creator, showing that in fact he did know better.

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The series follows Lucifer’s attempts to one up his old man by making his own universe and allowing that to run itself rather than adding predestination into the mix. It raises a lot of the questions that I’ve always had about the devil, is he evil? Or is he, for lack of a better term, demonised just for offering people a choice of their own actions.

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I wont tell you what happens to throughout the series, as by now you’ve probably clocked that I don’t do spoiler filled reviews, but I will say a few things about the series as a whole, at 75 issues long Mike Carey manages to give a fully grown up and mature comic that delivers a really complex and enjoyable story, It isn’t the Sandman, and if you pick up a copy, don’t expect it to be the same sort of thing, it isn’t, it may share a few themes, and a few familiar faces may turn up, but this is really its own separate entity.

The art team changes throughout the series, but it is luckily of a consistently high calibre from beginning to end, with vivid colours that still somehow manage to capture the tone of the prince of Pulotu (Polynesian hell). It really has been one of the more enjoyable comic series that I have read over the past few years and just under 80 issues was really the right amount to do the story justice without it becoming stale as many longer running titles have done (Hellblazer being a key example). I’m not sure how I feel now knowing that the series has been revived some 10 years later, but will undoubtedly let you know how it turns out.

 

I Got Drunk

I feel like I’m dying, I know that I was home relatively early but goodness me I must have been drink a fair amount as I’m really hungover now. Going out in a top hat was a rather novel experience, however the tailcoat went down a treat, even if I was called the monopoly man a great deal.

How To Make The Perfect Negroni

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Its a little bit like a Martini, but a bit sweeter and served over ice, so it isn’t as strong.

 

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Ingredients: 

2 shots of Gin (I recommend Hendricks)

2 Shots of Sweet Red Vermouth (Go with the Martini Rosso)

2 Shots of Campari

A slice of orange

Ice (don’t be a dick, use your judgement on how much)

Method:

Take some ice, put it in a cocktail shaker, add your gin, add your vermouth and stir counter clockwise 7 times, drizzle the campari in while stirring, then pour into a glass then add your orange slice. Then drink it, then make another.

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I’ve been mucking about with some more ideas for wedding centrepieces here is part of a batman themed one that I have been working on.

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As you can see, the GCPD headquarters is only partially finished, as I have to add a great deal of graffiti and some other bits, but it should be done in good time for the wedding.

Book Review: Stardust

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I’ve been reading a lot of stuff by Neil Gaiman lately like the Sandman series  and Mr Punch and I recently started watching American Gods and one of the books on my 30 before thirty was Stardust. I’d seen the film, but wasn’t sure if it bore any resemblance to the original novella.

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So I went over to amazon to pick myself up a copy and dug right in. It was an easy read, I probably finished it in about 4 hours. The story is a pretty basic one, boy of humble and mysterious origins goes on quest to win the love of a fair maid, along the way discovers who he really is and lives up to his destiny by fighting a wicked witch and a would be usurper before living happily ever after.

Gaiman’s writing is superb and the way he world builds in such simple terms is reminiscent of Terry Pratchett in the early days, he really does manage to sum up the essence of the old European fairy stories in very few pages while actually penning a tale that both fits in and shakes up the genre quite a bit, and has actually made this one of the easier reads of my 30 before 30 thus far.