So, as usual, pour yourself that drink, sit back down, and then peruse some Q+T at your leisure. Do remember to send to friends who may enjoy. And remind them that you do not need to be a fully initiated Gentleman Rogue to sign up.
get science: isaac newton
Although not actually hit on the head by a revelatory apple under a tree in his parent's garden, the apple tree did play a role in changing the face of science. His assistant, John Conduitt, put it like this:
"… Whilst he was musing in a garden it came into his thought that the same power of gravity (which made an apple fall from the tree to the ground) was not limited to a certain distance from the earth but must extend much farther than was usually thought. ‘Why not as high as the Moon?’ said he to himself..”
By the time he had returned to Cambridge from his family home, the laws of Newtonian Physics, as we know them today, were born.
goodies: get some
Shirt Club. A perfect time to join. Sign up now, and get an extra shirt on us. So 14 instead of 12. Order as you like, when you like, in lumps of 4 or more once we make your first sample.
Remember you can also always pay it forwards with a gift card that gets you a 10% bonus. Use at your leisure once the coronamist lifts. Perhaps some of our new handmade English shoes which take 8 weeks or so to make anyway, or a new bespoke suit based upon measurements we already have. Either way we'll honor it against everything from a tie to your spot on our Elephant Charge Team for 2020 / 21.
make love: keats
We'd like to agree with John Keats who remarked, “Much have I traveled in the realms of gold,” - the gilded pages of books. This, dear reader, is one of the reasons we recommend so many books for you to stick your nose into.
Keats was quarantined off Naples in 1820 during an outbreak of typhoid. Soon to die of consumption, aged 25. Rising from the ranks of the poor and the ordinary, and qualifying as a Surgeon, his dream was to be counted among the English poets of his time. Some might say he far exceeded his own expectations. To become one of the most celebrated poets of the English language of all time.
understand war: storm of steel
Being in quarantine may not be like being at war. But you often have to fight to survive both.
Ernst Jünger ran away from home in 1913 to join the French Foreign Legion and trained briefly in North Africa before returning to Germany and volunteering on August 1, 1914.
He arrived in France on December 27, 1914. Over the course of the war, he was wounded at least fourteen times, including being shot in the chest twice.
He survived. And was awarded the Iron Cross. And the Blue Max.
This is his story.
study: a language... for burns night 2021
Learning any new language is always an admirable pursuit. Sometimes it can lead to laughs. And sometimes it can lead to tears. But this time around we can pretty much guarantee that using your quarantine wisely to swot up for Burns Night 2021 will have you in tears of laughter.
No if's, or head butts, just pick up a pint, Clansman style, and do it. And let it prepare you for your magnum opus "Willie Wastle" with us somewhere in a corona-free New York City around January 25, 2021.
cocktail: quarantini variation #1
A classic Sidecar is a simple cocktail: three ingredients - cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice - shaken with ice and strained into a glass, ungarnished.
But just as we love to make our French 75's
or Dom Perignon, we think that now that the end of the world is nigh we should throw caution to the wind and recommend making one with one of PMSpirits
insane offerings of small, artisanal, Armagnac
1 oz. Armagnac
1 oz. Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Splash Lime Juice
Sugar half the rim of a cocktail glass.
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.
Strain into the glass.