Red. A touch brash. A little sudden.
We recommend this instead…
There. That’s better.
The Man From The Hornet writes…
Oh God. Bloody Christmas perfume ads on TV. Mini epics of pretentiousness and vacuity.
But Christmas is a nostalgic time, so we’ll take the opportunity to look back at how we used to sell scent. And the smell of Christmas Past would not be complete with out the aroma of Hai Karate – although aroma is a rather delicate term to apply to this blistering stuff.
The Hai Karate campaigns remain lodged in the mind of anyone over 40 as classics of political incorrectness. Their famous slogan, Be Careful How You Use It, suggested that merely opening the bottle in a room full of women would cause an immediate blizzard of knickers. It was an innocent time and it was a sinister time (to paraphrase Dickens, the man who invented Christmas).
This one is from 1969. It would be laughed out of Charlotte Street or Madison Ave today. It certainly keeps us chuckling here at The Hornet…
(More Christmas ads soon…)
Late last season, The Guv’nor became a convert to the round ball game when he made his first visit to a football match. His destination of choice was, of course, our local ground Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea.
(You can revisit his “match report” HERE.)
But there is an even more local association with association football.
As a by-the-by, it is from the word association that we get the name “soccer” – a classic, public school abbreviation/word play: Association; assoc; ‘socc-er, as in rugger from rugby.
And it is through a local school that we get our connection to the F.A.
Back in October 1863 – 150 years ago – 11 London teams and schools met to agree on a new, unified code for the game. The Football Association was born and Kensington School, situated in Kensington Square, was one of the founder members.
The vintage football cufflinks above are one of sixty lines of cufflinks currently available at Hornets. Click HERE for just some of those cufflinks (more to be added soon).
A great lover of words is The Guv’nor.
His current faves seem to be Vitreous Enamel. There he goes, marching up Kensington Church Walk exclaiming “Vitreous Enamel!” to anyone and everyone.
We thought it was perhaps some arcane superhero that we hadn’t heard of. You know, like some old radio show, Vitreous Enamel Saves the Earth and all that.
Turns out, no. (Which is a pity.) Here’s the definition…
And can we use it in a sentence? Why, certainly. How about this one from the sign currently in our window…
Sixty lines of cufflinks – many of them vitreous enamel and many of them new to Hornets – are now available in the Kensington shops. We popped 10 pairs online this morning (see link below) and we’ll be adding new lines to the website as the week goes on.
And there’s a little cufflinks film in the pipeline, too…
We strolled along Jermyn Street last week here on The Hornet, looking at a little bit of the history of that fabled thoroughfare as shirt capital of the world (click HERE to read earlier post).
But we can go further back than the 17th Century, for here in London we have the oldest known garment in existence – a linen shirt that dates back to around 3,000 B.C.
Tracey Golding one of the expert Egyptologists at the Petrie Museum likes to joke that it was probably the property of a teenager – given that it was found balled-up and discarded in a most careless fashion in a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb at Tarkan,
The Petrie Museum of Egyptology is one of London’s best-kept secrets – find them at Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT. Their website is HERE.
(*With apologies to Rod Stewart, whose song An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down provides us with punning inspiration for today’s headline. We’ll be coming back to Rod another day.)