A short video of the 1921 speaker connected to an iPhone…….

Posted By on October 14, 2014

1921 Bluetooth Speaker

The Chap’s 77th Edition

Posted By on October 9, 2014

The 77th edition of The Chap is devoted to the twin Chappish pursuits of eating and drinking.

We preview the Chap’s new culinary tome, Cooking for Chaps, by providing a handy excerpt with a 3-course meal, beginning with London Particular pea soup, followed by Lamb Cutlets with Reform Club Sauce and Shirt-sleeve Pudding, a version of jam ropy poly cooked in an old shirt sleeve. Gustav Temple and his co-author Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen explain how they came to write a book that aims to revive the lost art of British cookery.

Tom Cutler gives his ever-informative and witty comments on the art of cooking and dining out, while Dan Etherington-Hortop explains why modern sliced bread makes us all feel so bloat, and how to bake a proper loaf of bread with old-fashioned flour. Natty Adams explains the dandy significance of drinking champagne and instructs in the noble and dangerous art of sabrage (chopping the top of champagne bottles with one’s sword). We take a long hard look at new British breweries, some of whom are insisting on selling their brews in classic pint bottles, even offering a free pint jar to drink them from. Cheers! Our cricket and music writers embraced the theme, providing articles on fat cricketers and rude songs about food.

Taking things from the dinner table to the after-dinner mints, Atters meets dark lord of London’s exclusive night life, Edward Davenport, who gave his first interview after being released from prison for embezzlement. They met in Davenport’s crumbling Fitzrovia mansion and spoke about ghosts, naughty parties and executions in Sierra Leone.

Sartorially we have not neglected gentlemen’s raiment, with a detailed look at the history, wearing and purchase possibilities of the trench coat. We also examine the best portmanteau for a gentleman to travel with, as well as revealing whom sent us the most knackered wallet or impressively worthless banknote to win a brand-new wallet.

All this, plus the usual regulars the Butler, the Lip Weasel and Am I Chap?

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Dieselpunk adventure series Constitutionens Voktere returns!

Posted By on October 8, 2014

Mixing together elements on retro sci-fi and old cliffhanger adventure serials, we’re proud to see “Constitutionens Voktere” back with a brand new episode!

It’s now 1937 and Agent J Fjeld Jr. and Ulvar Dahl are trying to stop a sinister anarchist attack. Along the way they meet some familiar faces from the past. Will they survive?



The Main Benefits of Air Mattresses

Posted By on October 7, 2014

All of us want a soft bed as we simply abhor sleeping on hard surface. There are several mattresses that you can purchase on the market, and if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a bed you can get a new air mattress that utilizes air to cushion your back and sides.

What are the benefits of an air-filled mattress?

Air MattressesCompared with a typical bed, this type of bed doesn’t require stuffing. All you need to do is open the valve and add/remove air, depending on what your back needs or desires. In some models, splitting its inflation level into 2 parts is possible.

The weight of this bed is also exceptional because since it’s made of air, it’s very light weight. If you won’t be using it for a few months, you can easily deflate it so you can keep and store it.

Another positive thing about this bed is that you can move it without a problem. And if you deflate it, you’ll be carrying the actual material of the bed. When the need to use it arises, you can put air again to inflate the air mattress.

You also don’t need to flip it often, unlike an innerspring mattress. However, you do need to flip it when you have to clean or dust this bud. Because it’s filled with air, there’s no need to flip it every now and then.

However, an air mattress isn’t a perfect bed that you can have. You may find the temperature is not right plus some units are quite expensive, especially if they have a chambered separator. This air mattress may cause uneven sagging in the middle of the bed, thereby, limiting the number of users who can lie down.

Since it’s filled with air, the air may seep out without you noticing it. This makes it a bane for users of air mattress.

The Art of Ludwig Hohlwein

Posted By on October 2, 2014

Let me present a Steam/Diesel era artist whose influence on advertising industry was (and remains) tremendous. A genius who stood at the side of Evil.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Hercules Bier. 1925

Ludwig Hohlwein was born on July 26, 1874 in Wiesbaden, Germany and enjoyed a privileged childhood in a prominent family.* While studying architecture at the Technical University in Munich from 1895 onwards, he made his first illustrations for the newspaper of the Academic Architects Association. He designed the association’s program booklets, invitations and book decorations.

After his studies in Munich and at the Dresden Academy he undertook study trips to London and Paris. Eventually he settled in Munich as an architect. In addition to the interiors of private homes, he took orders for decorating ocean liners.

In 1901 Ludwig married Leoni Dorr. They had two children. In this period he regularly takes part in exhibitions with his prints, watercolors and tempera paintings in the Munich Glass Palace. He developed his unique style early on in his career which showed little changes over the next forty years.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Stuhr's Caviar. 1909

Stuhr’s Caviar (1909)

Hohlwein left architecture and started focusing on graphic design in 1906. He began as a poster artist, building up a self-taught style which was primarily influenced by the collage technique of the British Beggarstaff Brothers. He was very productive and quickly gained name and fame in the world of graphics and among important clients.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Wilhelm Mozer. 1909

Wilhelm Mozer (1909)

Accelerating industrialization in the first decade of the twentieth century turned Germany into a fertile ground for the orientation of art towards industry. The combination of industry and art gets an ideal testing ground in the design of company posters and product advertisements.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Munich Zoo. 1910

Munich Zoo (1910)

With Art Nouveau we entered the early modern period rebelling against what is Victorian excess. In the German “plakatstil” (or poster-style) all ornaments and embellishments are further omitted. The simplification is even more extensive, leaving only taut lines. This leaves us with recognizable pictorial references and a persuasive communication, a style consistent with the commercial and technological demands of the age. This new type of poster soon became far-famed.

Announcing The New, Improved Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted By on October 1, 2014

Okay, I can’t lie; the only real improvement is that you can now click on the music tracks and play them right on the main page, without having to go to another website and register with the management there.

Other than that, it at least looks different, and a lot of personal “sweat equity” went into the graphics and formatting. Since I only sort of halfway know what I’m doing whenever I use HTML, it took a fair amount of trial and error to get it to come out right. Mostly error.

And so, without further ado (anyone know where I can get some more ado?), here’s the Pilsner’s Picks Page of the Future! Or at least the present— and still a direct portal to the past.

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Most Important Price Factors in Water Softeners

Posted By on September 30, 2014

Water SoftenersA water softener is also aptly called as water conditioner as it removes excess minerals from your water supply. The water that you drink every day contains minerals, like calcium and magnesium and they can cause scaly buildup in your appliances and pipes.

Hard water also creates soap scum. This is difficult to remove especially when it sticks to your sinks, appliances and tubs. With the help of this appliance, dissolved minerals can be eliminated before they flow into your pipes.

How much does it cost?

The cost will depend on the brand. For an ion-exchange type, you can expect to pay around $400 to $1,000 but remember that the cost doesn’t include the installation fee which can go from $100 to $500, depending on the professional you want to hire and the type of water softener that the pro will install.

Larger homes need units with high capacity, with prices that can be around $1,000 to $2,500. And if you include the installation fee, the overall cost can go up to $10,000. The cost may add up if you’re installing this unit to an older home that’s not pre-plumbed.

Does the size of the unit affect the overall cost?
It does. The bigger the unit, the pricier it can get. The price of this unit will also depend on the features that it has. Of course, you’d expect to pay more if the unit you want has advanced features.

Maintenance cost

You need to maintain this unit if you want it to last for many years. You may want to hire a company to maintain the system for you. The cost can be higher but it’s more convenient on your part as you don’t have to worry about how to properly maintain your water softener. With a professional checking the system on a monthly basis, you can be sure that the unit will last for long.

Finished and pumping out music!

Posted By on September 30, 2014

A little further on…..

Posted By on September 29, 2014

                   

Cooking For Chaps

Posted By on September 26, 2014

The Chap, in collaboration with expert cook Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen, has written a cook book aimed at reviving the lost art of British cookery.

Cooking For Chaps trawls through great British recipes from the last 200 years to bring you the finest selection of meals to prepare for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, high tea, dinner and supper. The traditional courses have all been observed, with the addition of helpful advice on pre-dinner cocktails, picnic foods and table manners relevant to the contemporary dinner table.

Recipes begin with breakfast, with particular emphasis on breakfast in bed – both the optimistic and pessimistic versions, depending on how successful an evening a chap might have had. Lunch recipes include the Harry Palmer omelette, as created by Len Deighton for the Ipcress File, while other fictional gourmands consulted include James Bond and Bertie Wooster, including Jeeves’s legendary hangover cure.

High Tea, that criminally neglected meal, allows one to serve a houseful of guests with a table laden with pre-cooked delights, but doesn’t allow them to outstay their welcome – ideal for prowling maiden aunts and irritating brothers-in-law. Supper, too, is reintroduced as an essential meal for those who have skipped dinner to attend cultural events where champagne is the only meal served.

Dinner itself obviously gets the most attention, with four courses covering every set of flavours, seasons and occasions. From Brown Windsor Soup to Battered Samphire, through various servings of venison, pheasant, kidneys and skate, to a delicious array of puddings that would not look out of place on the trolley at the Reform Club and which include Shirt-Sleeve Pudding (yes, cooked in a shirt-sleeve), rounding off with the long-neglected tradition of serving savouries with pudding.

Cooking for Chaps sets out to re-educate men and women in the basic, fundamental art of British cookery. Published by Kyle Books, it is available from www.amazon.co.uk For further information about the book, visit cookingforchaps.com

Read the latest reviews in www.dailymail.co.uk and www.telegraph.co.uk

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Posted By on September 24, 2014

Dr. Jekyll is a kind and charitable man who believes everyone has two sides, one good and one evil. Using a potion, he splits his personalities to find the essence of goodness. When his darker side, Mr. Hyde, becomes unleashed, the poor doctor creates havoc throughout London.

Produced hundreds of times throughout cinema and theatre, these stills are from the 1920 silent horror version by the same name.

Abercrombie & Fitch Protest

Posted By on September 23, 2014

Despite the information below, The Chap will still be staging a peaceful protest against Abercrombie & Fitch at midday on Monday 29th September 2014.

A journalist at the Sunday Times saw fit to publicise all the details of the protest, which had been sent in a private email to subscribers to The Chap. Oliver Shah sniffily described our protest as a ‘posh picket’, and laughingly mocked our attempts to maintain any secrecy by publishing the date and time of the protest. Unless Mr Shah was simply looking for a picture story to fill a gap in his already rather empty column in the business section of the Sunday Times, he clearly is not on our side.

Which leads one to assume that he is on the side of Abercrombie & Fitch, given how gleefully he disregarded the embargo requested on our call to arms.

How anyone with half a brain can consider the opening of a large American chain store on Savile Row, the home of bespoke tailoring for the last 200 years, a good thing, is beyond this publication’s comprehension. There is nothing posh about wishing to preserve a manufacturing tradition in a particular location. The Chap would be just as miffed if Sainsbury’s tried to open a supermarket in the middle of Smithfield Market.

Abercrombie & Fitch Kids flung open its doors on Savile Row on 30th August this year, and thousands of people like Oliver Shah will happily continue purchasing T-shirts there, some with offensive slogans, for as long as they are fashionable. Now that the precedent has been set, Number 3 Savile Row will never be a bespoke tailor’s again, and in all likelihood other chain stores will follow A&F into the Row. The tailors will all be pushed out due to rising rents, which only big brands can afford, and, hey presto, Savile Row becomes yet another bland destination for people who don’t need brains because they have these.