The mark of the Gentleman Rogue. Handcrafted in Birmingham, England. In sterling silver.
This is the ring of our brethren. The seal of our secret society. The opener of doors.
The promise you make as to your character by wearing it.
Today all is verified as real by data encrypted codes with keys held only by sender and recipient. And signatures just about still work as a proof that you are who you say you are.
But not for long.
There was a time when the proof was in the seal. Literally. Without which all was lost. The heraldic crest of a family, the seal of a king long gone, or simply a guarantee that the message was from who it said it was. Or that the words on the page could be counted upon. Acted upon. Treated as worth their weight in gold.
Weigh heavily upon whether you should join us. For we expect loyalty, and brotherhood. Just as you should expect nothing less from any other of us.
Ponder this, and, as usual, read from the bottom up, mix that cocktail, and enjoy.
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watch: the scarlet pimpernel
They seek him here, they seek him there,
those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Be he in heaven, or be he in hell,
that damned, elusive, Pimpernel...
As heads roll, literally, during the purge of the rain of terror during the French Revolution, someone is outsmarting Madame La Guillotine and stealing her prospective victims from her jaws.
Robespierre and his army only know the ringleader of these annoying shenanigans by his seal - that of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
read: the golden ratio
"The Golden Ratio," was discovered by Euclid more than two thousand years ago. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places, from mollusk shells, sunflower florets, and rose petals to the shape of the galaxy. Psychological studies have investigated whether the Golden Ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing proportion extant, and it has been asserted that the creators of the Pyramids and the Parthenon employed it. It is believed to feature in works of art from Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali's The Sacrament of the Last Supper, and poets and composers have used it in their works.
While pondering secret codes, seals, and signs of things hidden to those who are not looking, you could do worse than understand the mathematics of a ratio which is all around us, controlling the very nature of the universe we live in.
cocktail: the hanky panky
Perhaps so should you.
La Quintinye Sweet Vermouth
Optional: Bordiga Maraschino Cherry Liqueur
Give two healthy shakes of orange bitters into a shaker, and a dash of maraschino liqueur if you fancy. Pour equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Fernet Branca into the shaker — about 1.5 ounces each, for a single drink. Carefully fill shaker with enough ice to just submerge in the liquid. Stir continuously until the outside of the shaker feels ice cold, then strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a zest of expressed oil from an orange peel, and drop the peel in if you wish (this will make the drink more bitter over time...so giddy up!)