Suspicious Men in Black

Oh No!!!…a suspicious deal between “Some Men in Black” – sound familiar?

by Pip G. and Arden

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Russian government finally admits that beer is an alcoholic drink, not, um, food

Sad news everyone: that fun pub fact that you loved to trot out whenever Mother Russia came up in conversation will no longer be true soon. Yes, that’s right: Russia no longer officially recognises beer as a foodstuff, admitting finally that it’s an alcoholic beverage.

Using this odd loophole to their advantage, beer has been advertised whenever and wherever in Russia, served into the small hours, as well as being sold in gargantuan volumes.

With new Kremlin-lead laws, no beer can be now sold near schools or other public places, which will dramatically change public life in Russia – you know, what with it being in the top 5 biggest drinking countries in the world, with each Russian chugging down 32 pints of pure alcohol per head annually.

President Dmitry Medvedev has called the country’s drinking problem “a national disaster” in the past, but this beer legislation is far from a cure-all as most Russians view beer as a soft drink – preferring, as you’d expect, the harder stuff.

Read more: http://www.asylum.co.uk/2011/02/24/russian-government-finally-admits-that-beer-is-an-alcoholic-drink-not-food/#ixzz1EuLlwiZS

by The Punjapit Alliance

An Inflection Point in Menswear?

TOKYO, Japan — On the streets of Tokyo, the heritage look still rules. The patchwork tweed jackets and rough wool bowties in the windows of “select shop” boutiques like Beams Plus and United Arrows’ Beauty & Youth continued to draw a steady crowd last autumn. But after two solid years of celebrating Anglo-American “neo-trad” style, influential Japanese fashion magazine Brutus and its little brother publication Popeye began to turn towards a darker, more European vision.

Fashion has always been a celebration of perpetual difference. Back in 2004, after years of European luxury looks, Thom Browne sparked a re-evaluation of American trad style with his new take on the charcoal gray sack suit, white oxford shirt and rep tie.

A large part of the industry eventually followed suit, creating more nostalgic, traditional clothing. Soon came classic British suits, tweeds and plaids, followed by rugged workwear like chambray shirts and high lace-up boots. But there are growing signs that the enormously successful heritage boom may finally be peaking.

Heritage saturation has been building for some time. Last September, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “L.L. Bean Driving the Runway?!,” while the anonymous Tumblr “Fuck Yeah Menswear” quickly gained notoriety for waxing satirically on the excesses of Alden snobbery and necktie obsession. Indeed, with heritage overload in evidence at Pitti Immagine again this season, the novelty of beards, Barbour coats and Indy boots is quickly wearing off.

http://www.businessoffashion.com/2011/02/an-inflection-point-in-menswear.html

by A + E

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Boom Times For Vintage Baijiu, Chinese “White Lightning”

Vintage Bottles Of Maotai Selling For Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars At Auction

This bottle of 1958 Moutai sold last year for $220,000

 

With prices for Moutai (茅台), China’s most popular brand of premium baijiu (distilled sorghum spirits), spiking in recent months amid soaring demand and ostensibly dwindling supply, and rampant counterfeiting causing the company to release special imprints with extreme security features, the country’s fever for high-end Chinese “white lightning” is now starting to light up the auction market. Much as Chinese collectors have caused prices for favored wine vintages like Chateau Lafite ‘82 to skyrocket at auction in Hong Kong to “insane” levels, well-heeled Moutai lovers are bidding hundreds of thousands of dollars for rare vintage bottles, prices that only a few years ago would have seemed outlandish. In response to the swelling demand for 1950s and ’60s Moutai, domestic Chinese auction houses are now scouring the country, “Antiques Roadshow“-style, searching for old bottles.

Despite the far lower demand for baijiu outside of China — bottles of Moutai can be procured in New York’s Chinatown for around half of what they’d cost in China — in China rare or expensive bottles carry a prestige that’s hard to overstate. A recent article in the New York Times about the spiraling price and demand for Moutai in China neatly sums up the motivation that many in China have for sometimes spending the equivalent of the average Chinese laborer’s annual wage on a single bottle of spirits:

http://www.jingdaily.com/en/luxury/boom-times-for-vintage-bottles-of-baijiu-chinese-white-lightning/

by aniie + Arthur

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Most Weird Dog Toys

Hot doll, Love Doll for Dogs

Dogs are species providing large sexual appetites such a can not be controlled easily. So such a is in artificial way to prevent dogs inborn character. The Hot doll is a normal way (and that much a beneficial one for dog’s health) to control its sexual impulses. This Love Doll for dogs is shaped to be grabbed only by the dog’s paws similar to grabbing female hips.

Hotdoll, Love Doll for Dogs

 

Grrrona Mexican Beer Dog Toy

Long Summer days kicking going back among a Mexican beer and a slice of lime. Summer bliss! Your pooch may sttink the present embroidered plush Grrrona toy featuring a squeaker inside for added delight + now toy is around in two sizes: Small and Large.

Grrrona Mexican Beer Dog Toy

Lips

Funny humungous lips.

Lips

http://top10latest.com/top-10-most-weird-dog-toys/

by Arf the Dog

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A Tiger in the Kitchen – Serge the Concierge

an article over on Serge the Concierge about Singapore Cuisine..

Food is part of the culture wherever we come from.

Some places have a more intense relationship than others with culinary delights, Singapore happens to be one of them.

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan took a break from her busy American life to reconnect with family and learn her favorite childhood recipes during an extended stay in Singapore.

She shares the experience and a few recipes in her memoir A Tiger in the Kitchen (Voice/ Hyperion, February 2011).

full article: http://www.sergetheconcierge.com/2011/02/talking-tiger-in-the-kitchen-with-cheryl-lu-lien-tan-family-food-and-singapore-.html

by Elizabeth + remora

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Viva BananaMana!

A Punjapit Alliance plug for BananaMana.com

by The Punjapit Alliance

Posted in 1, Beer, Far East Asia, They Said. Comments Off