Going through old scrap books. 1974, just look at the size of my father's ashtray, and tie.
Have an original one, finding it a hard sell on the 13 year old though,
however being a creative chap he is intrigued by his grandfather's early books
but very unimpressed that my dedication came in the boring bath one.
Regatta is over for another year.
One of the early aims of the Regatta was to help preserve the boat building skills once so common to all the Bahamian islands. During its 42 years of existence the Regatta has brought together builders from all the out islands.Racing rules state that a vessel must be Bahamian designed, built, owned, and sailed. Also wherever possible, restrictions on materials used have been introduced so as to keep these racing boats as closely related to their working forebears as possible.
The sloops participating in regattas are divided into various classes, based on the size of the boats. To be considered a major regatta it must include sloops from all of the classes.
Regatta also calls for a non stop street party, an overindulgence in the national beer Kalik and the national dish of peas'n'rice, which results in the admired lush Botticelli contours. Bigger is always better in The Bahamas.
Whether its vertical drops at unthinkable speeds through acrylic tunnels in shark filled lagoons, or quieter moments shared with fluorescent jelly fish and spotted eagle rays, having woken at dawn leaves one just too exhausted to even climb into bed. (And yes that is our book ISLAND LIFE, and no oddly I don't travel with a spare copy. But I was very flattered to find it prominently positioned in EVERY ROOM)
Last week I heard the wild names of London's new fashion recruits: Evil Twins, Humanoid, Swedish Hasbeens, Finsk (who's shoe designs have reportedly captivated MANOLO BLAHNIK). Equally wild were the shoes on the street.
Fashion is steeped in excitement, embracing artists, rebels, radicals and free thinkers. Fashion Weeks are about show casing designers in international markets with high end visability. I trundle along partially to be caught up in that excitement, partially because I love to see young emerging brands, but most importantly to buy the next collection for THE SUGAR MILL.
Unlike grown up fashion editors, with grown up jobs, I don't have to religiously follow the Fashion Weeks, sometimes its Autum Winter in New York, Couture in Paris, Bikinis's in Miami or Men in Brazil (a partcular favorite). Last week it was Spring Summer in London.
Fashion is also about pushing new horizons and channelling new concepts. However last week I was a teeny weeny bit scared by those new horizons.
Thankfully for THE SUGAR MILL there were also some reasurring moments.
The two youngest members of our household sort of learnt to swim this week.