‘… But He Gets Results!’ Good cops gone bad

Cops gone rogue on the wrong side of the law with nothin’ to lose! This trope has been done to death, but, with a little rejuvenation, it never gets old. In the US, it still comes with high praise with cop shows, from Justified to True Detective. Fortunately, the UK has a plentiful heritage of its own, […]

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Cracker, Prime Suspect & the glory days of the British police drama

Ahh, the nineties… Remember those days?  If you’re a British twenty-something reading this, television probably consisted mainly of SMTV Live, Diggit and reasonably drawn cartoons within five glorious terrestrial channels before the days of Freeview or CBBC. In contrast, the grown-ups witnessed a growing revolution in the television industry as it started to mature after […]


Whitechapel and Ripper Street: London’s skewered past

With a history dating over 2,100 years, London is one of the world’s most significant financial and cultural hubs. However it has endured plague, devastating fire, blitz, and a fair share of villains. Arguably, the most infamous of all was the elusive Jack the Ripper whose brutal murders galvanised public opinion against the overcrowded, unsanitary slums […]

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Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie: The Queen of Crime. Although popularised by TV movies starring Peter Ustinov, and later David Suchet, as the Belgian super-sleuth, Hercule Poirot, her page-turners have been adapted for the silver screen since 1928. This long-standing celebration of her work raises the question: is there anything left to explore? Transpose British tales of bloody […]


Selecting & Sewing Buttons For A Blazer – English Handcrafted Buttons By Benson & Clegg

In addition to tailoring, Benson & Clegg has established itself as one of the country’s premier suppliers of brass blazer buttons. Their vast range stocks over 150 varieties that represent some of Britain’s most prestigious military and academic institutions. Moreover, there is a diverse range of historical and decorative designs that also coincide with sports and […]

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SRW Strops Review

For even the most frugal enthusiast, an essential accompaniment to straight razor shaving is a strop to keep the blade in service. Contrary to popular belief, a strop doesn’t sharpen or hone a blade by removing material, like a whetstone. Strops are actually designed to re-align microscopic indentations in the blade after each use. Without a strop, a straight […]


Review: Wet Shave Club

Subscription-based services are growing to be a popular trend amongst consumers. It’s an attractive concept – a customer pays a fixed monthly rate in order to access goods or services without the inconvenience of ever leaving the house. Once upon a time, this would be carried out through catalogue orders but today, the internet takes […]

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An Introductory Guide To Fragrances

Because a fragrance is not something seen, it is often overlooked by the hasty groomer. But elegantly paired with a discerning gentleman’s appearance, fragrance can play an extremely powerful role. Whether one chooses a cheap and cheerful aftershave or a lavish luxury perfume, fragrances play a key part in how we are perceived, and can be […]


Ascenseur pour l’Échafaud

To summarise Louis Malle’s 1957 debut feature film, Ascenseur pour l’Échafaud (“Elevator to the Gallows”), in one word, only “cool” comes to mind. Nothing else seems quite appropriate. A thriller well before its time, Ascenseur pour l’Échafaud was a precursor to the renowned and influentialNew Wave film movement that essentially revolutionised filmmaking as we know it. This week, it’s getting a […]

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Nicky Ritoit: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Barber in the heart of Paris

Hidden in a nook of the iconic Rotonde de la Villette, a celebrated pre-revolution historical building-turned-bar facing the Canal St Martin, you’ll find a Rock ‘n’ Roll, washboard-playing, traditional barber in the heart of the Parisian vintage community. Nicky began his professional career in 1984 with renowned Teddy Boy barber Jacky David, who founded his salon […]