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Luke Honey
London
Antiques & Fine Art Dealer and Writer. Unhealthy interest in second-hand books and unreliable cars. Loves gin and backgammon, loathes mashed potato.
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Oh crikey, have we really got time for this? "Words" can most certainly be "illiterate". Have a look at secondary definitions in the dictionary.
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The Duke de Richleau and Rex Van Ryn had gone into dinner at eight o’clock but coffee was not served till after ten. Dennis Wheatley, “The Devil Rides Out”, 1934 We’re in Courvoisier territory again. Serve up a box of... Continue reading
Very sorry to hear that. Many thanks for letting us know, Best wishes, Luke.
Hang on, I’m not sure you’re right about this. I’ve had a good think about what you’ve said, and I hope that I am a fair type. Hardly “bitter and cynical”- it’s just what I genuinely think. And that’s what blogging is all about! What’s bitter about saying that “I can’t make up my mind about the Design Museum”? Ok, I wasn’t happy about the removal of one side of the Heal’s Deco windows, that is most absolutely right. But it may have been done for commercial reasons, I accept that. And did you ever eat at Quaglino’s in its latter days? Was I there? Yes I was. No, I may not have attended one of your starry launches, but I visited the Museum many times- as an ordinary visitor. And, sorry, but that is exactly the impression- as a visitor on rainy weekends- that I got of the place. I have the same problem with the Tate extension at St Ives. Brilliant building, but it always leaves me a bit underwhelmed. In comparison, the re-making of the First World War rooms at the Imperial War Museum has been outstanding. Can you compare different types of museums? Possibly. And Mezzo? Sorry, it really wasn’t my cup of tea- at all. And it was exactly as described- at least on the occasions I went there. Do I need to censor this, because other readers just happen not to agree with me? And I love the Boundary- as I make clear in the later part of the post. Terence Conran has been a brilliant, brilliant influence on British design and if you read the rest of the post you will see that I’m all praise. I love those early Habitat catalogues. But the post was an attempt to explore my very genuine mixed feelings I have about his career, from the perspective of someone born here, in London, in the 1960’s. Ansd what’s wrong about that? And homework? - My God, if only you knew what a load of work the Greasy Spoon is. I spend hours researching it. I’m nuts about history, and like to get my facts right. I agree with you about Soho- the same has happened all over London, one by one many of my favourite, quirky little shops have closed down for redevelopment- look what’s happened to the East side of Jermyn street. Good luck with your book- and please do post a comment about it when it comes out, or let me know if you want me to include it in a post. Sort of thing the readers of the GS will appreciate.
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Ahoy there Lovebirds! It exists! A genuine Italian cookery book written by- cue trumpet fanfare- one Sophia Loren. In the Kitchen with Love was first published in 1971 by Doubleday (or at least the American edition, translated from the Italian... Continue reading
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It’s a cheat, I know, but it’s a quality cheat at that. It’s Cox’s Original Bloody Mary Spicer. I’ve been in and out of bed over the last few days with a boring February sniffle and living off over-spiced Bloody... Continue reading
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I bought The Name-Dropper's Cookbook (or to be pedantic, Hugh's Who: The Name-Dropper's Cookbook) second-hand, from one of those splendid old-fashioned bookshops in Burnham Market, Norfolk. It's been languishing on the shelf for a year or so, unread, and I've... Continue reading
I used to pretend that I liked January. Actually, I don't. It's a bleak, miserable, Cromwellian month, enlivened by never-ending grey skies and not much to look forward to, apart from bills and the promise of February- which says it... Continue reading
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Very taken by the recent Bunny Mellon sale at Sotheby's: Oak Spring was her understated- and relatively modest- Virginian 50's farmhouse. Wonderful collections of eighteenth century English porcelain, country furniture, equestrian mezzotints, antique silver, and a stunning museum of historic... Continue reading
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Rex Whistler (1905-1944): Father Christmas, 1939 Wishing all my loyal readers a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year. A massive thank you to all those who have taken the time to leave comments and send personal... Continue reading
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Philip Reicherstorfer: Restaurant Evangelist We dropped by Counter, to see how the building work was getting on. Readers of The Greasy Spoon will remember my recent post: Counter is- or will be- a new restaurant and brasserie for Vauxhall, the... Continue reading
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Terrific second-hand find for Christmas. It's Victorian Cups and Punches and Other Concoctions, published by Cassell in 1974. I like Cassell's cookery books from this period. Neat little numbers in hardback, charming Victorian engravings, thickish paper and lovely old-fashioned typography.... Continue reading
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Go on, have a look at your bookshelves. How many cookery books have you got on Belgian cuisine? None? Doesn't surprise me one iota; but thinking about it, isn't this a bit strange when Belgium "boasts more three-star restaurants per... Continue reading
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Photograph: Sam Fraser-Smith, under Creative Commons Licence. I've just been experimenting with that British all-time classic, Toad in the Hole. Jamie Oliver's recipe from Jamie's Great Britain is quite good, but didn't work as well as I had hoped. His... Continue reading