New PDF release: Acquired Tastes
By Peter Mayle
With an up to date foreword by way of Peter Mayle, Acquired Tastes (originally released in 1993 as Expensive Habits), is a party of life's extravagances. Exploring a facet of human nature that, even though mendacity dormant in tough monetary instances, is able to erupting with the trace of fine fortune and the drop of a bank card. It samples the luxuries of Havana cigars, Parisian resorts, bespoke London tailoring, hand-made footwear, the correct colour for a stretch limousine and weighs the associated fee as opposed to the excitement of conserving a mistress. Explaining the correct option to consume real caviar whereas delivering the listener with hours of natural, unadulterated escapism.
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The bar. Standard supplies usually include gin, scotch, and vodka. The more thoughtful limousine will also provide an ice bucket large enough for a bottle of champagne. There is comfortable seating for five or six people. You can see at once the opportunities for small mobile cocktail parties, with the driver stopping at liquor stores as the need arises. If your guests are the carefree kind who spill drinks, spray morsels of caviar onto the rug or shower the stereo system with cigar ash, at least it’s done on neutral ground and not in your apartment.
These you will find in abundance. All serious limousines are fitted with the following essential items: a telephone, a bar, and an electrically operated glass partition that seals off the driver where he belongs, in the engine room. ) The phone is obviously invaluable for keeping in touch with lady friends and bookmakers, but it has an important business advantage as well. Car phones, fortunately, are still not entirely free from interference. So if the conversation gets sticky or you need time to think, tell your caller that you’re passing under a network of high-tension cables, whistle piercingly into the mouthpiece and hang up.
In other words, it will be a very constructed suit. But comfortable. It will also make you look slightly thinner and an inch or two taller than you look in less well fitting suits. And as long as you don’t want to look like a rumpled parachute one season and an extra from Brideshead Revisited the next, you will be wearing your suit with increasing pleasure over the next fifteen or twenty years. It won’t date. Hayward doesn’t make extreme clothes. Alas, he doesn’t make inexpensive clothes, either.
Acquired Tastes by Peter Mayle