The EU’s new sound ordinance is set to smack Scotland where it hurts, right in the bag pipes. These sacred instruments resonate at a decibel level of 122 and have been asked to take it down a notch. To give you an idea of decibel levels, The Who held “the loudest rock band” record registering at 126 decibels, until last year when Watford punk band Gallows raised the bar to a whopping 132.5. Read the rest of this entry »


Tips for Tea

April 20, 2008

Living in London is a full-spectrum lifestyle with one main mark to its name. The brilliant ritual of Tea, it keeps your heart warm through the winters of hibernation and a happy chat is always nearby with afternoon tea calling your name. As a Southern California native, I feel accomplished with my first “real” winter behind me and now claim myself to be a connoisseur when it comes to the liquids of leisure. That is why I write with much regret as I tip my Herringbone Ivy Cap to France and give félicitations to Mariage Frères when it comes to tea. Yummy flavors of Marco Polo are a pure delight. It is everything a tea should be, story and all…the taste of luxury.

Un-Natural Disaster

April 20, 2008

When Artwise Curators commissioned Troika to create the signature sculpture for the new addition to Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5. they had no idea the tornado would be so apropos. The recent baggage debacle that has resulted in the resignation of high level staff, has brought a new level of irony to the artwork. Read the rest of this entry »

Beat By Meat

April 18, 2008

In the US, stores are closing, mortages are being defaulted upon, and the cause of all this repressive economics is said to be the high cost of gas and food staples, taking a chunk out of consumers’ pockets. As a result, the newest crime wave may be food theft. In Massachusetts, a thief broke into the meat locker of a restaurant where he attempted to make off with an armful of freezer booty. The restaurant owner surprised him, mid-theft, and beat him with his own meat.

Big up to the boys at Frank 151 for the tip off

Painting by Luke Chueh, LA

Ham by Luke Cheuh, LA

Brigitte Bardot’s lusciousness made so many people happy in her film youth, it just breaks us up to see her in this sad photo.

Madame Bardot went on trial on Tuesday for insulting Muslims and it’s the fifth time she has faced the charge of “inciting racial hatred” over “her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers.” Read the rest of this entry »

Brazil is always on the radar. It was voted vacation most likely to fix whatever ails you. This might be an indication of why that is.

Famous Flakes For Sale

April 14, 2008

A chemical peel doesn’t sound like something that should happen to your face. And a vial of celeb skin cells doesn’t sound like it would make the coolest gift.

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street style

More than a blip on the tourism chart, Buenos Aires is constantly in the top ten of travel destinations. After its currency received an economic beating in 2001, it went from pricey to budget and is enjoying an economic bloom thanks to the influx of travelers.  It is that good, I live here and love it, but not for tango or even for steak and wine that is amazing for the price. It is great for its circus performers, its hidden vintage shops, secret restaurants, and faded luxury manses. It’s a city rife with the good old days, in a world where much of that element is being wiped away. Its counterparts can be found in the former Eastern Block, minus the hot Latin men and lovely local music.

Boom Town

April 14, 2008

This painting lives behind these flowers in the city of angels. Banksy is a big deal in the galleries, but remains a street artist dedicated to his urban footprint. He connects immediately with his audience, so do we. The Boom Bip is glad to meet you. Come by for a cordial whenever fancy strikes.