Archive for November, 2012

Bingo

Posted: 28/11/2012 in Games
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Bingo is played in halls. Bingo rules and payouts and play variations vary from place to place. Bingo brochures detailing particular games, rules and payouts are usually available at each respective location.
Basically, players buy cards with numbers on them in a 5 x 5 grid corresponding to the five letters in the word B-I-N-G-O. Numbers such as B-2 or 0-68 are then drawn at random (out of a possible 75 in American Bingo, and 90 in British and Australian Bingo) until one player completes a ‘Bingo’ pattern, such as a line with five numbers in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row on one of their cards and wins the prize. There are many possible patterns to play for.
A bingo Card contains 24 numbered spaces and one free space (blank), with which you play BINGO. The numbers are assigned at random on each card and are arranged in five columns of five numbers each by five rows (5 x 5 = 25 in total including the blank square).
The numbers in the B column are between 1 and 15, in the I column between 16 and 30, in the N column (containing four numbers and the free space) between 31 and 45, in the G column between 46 and 60, and in the O column between 61 and 75.

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Furniture can be born in a variety of ways, some more crazy and unusual than others. For today we would like to share this creative collection. The collection looks amazing and each of the units comes with integrated storage space. Whether you place them in your traditional living room, or your sober office, they will undoubtedly bring a touch of style, one that will not be difficult to assess.

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Dreamy Headboards

Posted: 27/11/2012 in Houses
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I had a dream …
It was vivid and in color too.

Talk about loving to read in bed!
This Book Headboard would have me riveted to the edge of my mattress.

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If I could happen upon a cast off mantel on the side of the road, this Mantel Headboard would be perfect.

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I may be heading down the Jersey shore so I can gather up supplies to make a Driftwood Headboard.

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This might be a little much, even for me. But if I do happen across a 1957 Chevy …
hey, you never know, this Truck Door Headboard may be making an appearance.

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Rustic wooden planks

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Talk about a freebie headboard. Reclaim some old planks from a neighbor’s torn down fence, salvage yards, secondhand stores…wherever you can find them. Leave the boards in their weathered state or stain them in a hue you like. Then, simply nail them together in a pattern of your choosing above your bed. They’ll give off a rustic feel, and can look especially eye-catching with a simple message painted against the grain.

Mismatched chairs

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Which is your dream headboard?
Do any give you nightmares?

Friday Cocktail Time…

So as usual it is friday and I need a cocktail. I thought I would switch it up a bit and make a cocktail from my “The Savoy Cocktail Book”.

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The authentic vintage cocktail has made a comeback. This book does not repeat the timeworn cocktails of old. While old-fashioneds, martinis, rusty nails, margaritas, and negronis are all great drinksùand this book includes the most authentic recipesùyou can find them anywhere.
Here, historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail has hand-picked 80 drinks rarely made today, and all of them deserve revival. Some are from the nineteenth century, some from the Prohibition era, and some from just after World War II, as the golden age of the cocktail was waning. All are retrieved from extremely uncommon sources. In fact, some of these drinks were found carefully penned into old cocktail manuals or on scraps of paper and may never have been published. They are true treasures, indeed.

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails pays homage to the great bartenders of the past and the beverages they created, lost in time, but still grand and full of potential. If you have half the fun looking at this book and trying these recipes as the author did putting them together, a great party is sure to ensue.

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In this expanded and updated edition of Forgotten Cocktails and Vintage Spirits, historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail adds another 20 fine recipes to his hand-picked collection of 80 rare-and-worth-rediscovered drink recipes, shares revelations about the latest cocktail trends, provides new resources for uncommon ingredients, and profiles of many of the cocktail world’s movers and shakers. Historic facts, expanded anecdotes, and full-color vintage images from extremely uncommon sources round out this must-have volume. For anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale.

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An old piano now a waterfall – how cool is that?

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1930s light bowls used as hanging baskets – genius

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A bedroom in the garden all planted up – if only I had the space

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An ingenious use for old drawers

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If you have a tree stump in the garden then add an old tabletop, cover it in zinc and you have the best garden table ever

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vintage typewriter planter

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Street art….

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Exa Ihagee Dresden

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Kodak Brownie Starlet

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Polaroid Land Camera

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Argus C3 Match-Matic

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Ferrania Zeta Duplex

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Zorki 4k

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Certo Super Sport Dolly 1937

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Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

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Crown Graphic

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Voigtlander Vitessa 1773-74

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Lubitel

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20121121-112325.jpgRobert Vermeire
As a London barman in the 1920s, Robert Vermeire compiled a recipe book that has stood the test of time. Cocktails: How To Mix Them, published in 1922, includes the original recipe for the Sidecar, among other drinks that offer a snapshot of the times. What makes the book even more notable is how it catalogs the inventors of the drinks, preserving this historical information for posterity.

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Anything you can mix and pour into a glass is now termed a “cocktail,” but those drinks usually pale in comparison with the truly classic cocktails. Vintage Cocktails returns drinkers to an age of Manhattans, Pink Ladies, Gin Fizzes, and Whisky Sours. Included with the recipes are quirky cultural facts as well as serving suggestions, what to have stocked at your bar at all times, and how to cure the inevitable hangover.

20121121-115029.jpgThere are those who love to entertain and those who aspire to entertain, luckily this cocktail guide is for both types. Both a helpful guide and a beautiful coffee table book, Vintage Cocktails is sure to inspire the mixologist within you. It’s time to retire the cosmos and vodka tonics and embrace the Singapore Slings, Pisco Sours and Sidecars.
Unlike most cocktail guides, this book is large enough to flip open and display like an album, with easy to follow instructions and charming photos.

Bentley Barnato Roadster

Posted: 19/11/2012 in Cars

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Check out this fabulous design concept by Ben Knapp Voith. His vision was to create a modern interpretation of what the 1920s Bentley Boys would be racing if they were around today. To celebrate four consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans , Knapp Voith has called the concept the ‘Barnato Roadster’.

We like it.

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Folding Camera – A folding camera uses a bellows (that weird accordion thing) to accomplish the feat of allowing the user to carry around a rather large camera in a fairly compact manner. When closed, the folding camera is very thin and easy to throw in a bag. It then expands to add focal length when unfolded.

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Twin-lens Reflex Camera (TLR) – A TLR, as its name implies, is a camera with two lenses on the front. The lenses share the same focal length and are often connected to focus simultaneously. The reason for the additional lens is simply for the viewfinder system, which brought about several benefits (over single-lens reflex cameras) such as a continuous image on the finder screen, and a less-noticeable shutter lag. For our purposes today, TLRs are important because they make particularly attractive photographic subjects!

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Instant Camera – An instant camera is one that has a self-developing mechanism so that your images are ready to view right away. Polaroid was obviously the most popular manufacturer of instant cameras and released the first commercial instant camera in 1948. This model was called the Polaroid Land Camera and can be seen in several variations in the collection below.

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Bao Game

Posted: 19/11/2012 in Games

Bao is a traditional mancala board game played in most of East Africa including KenyaTanzaniaComorosMalawi, as well as some areas of DR Congo and Burundi.[1][2][3] It is most popular among the Swahili people of Tanzania and Kenya; the name itself “Bao” is theSwahili word for “board” or “board game”. In Tanzania, and especially Zanzibar, a “bao master” (called bingwa, “master”; but also fundi, “artist”) is held in high respect. In Malawi, a close variant of the game is known as Bawo, which is the Yao equivalent of the Swahili name.[4]