Wine Bottle Sizes

In ancient times, cloaks and capes were worn as important styles of dress to indicate an individual’s rank. Members of the higher classes as well as scholars wore…

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Capes And Cloaks

In ancient times, cloaks and capes were worn as important styles of dress to indicate an individual’s rank. Members of the higher classes as well as scholars wore…

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The History of Buckingham Palace

From more humble garden roots, through many rebuilding projects and a World War, to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, Buckingham Palace’s history is as multi-faceted

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Truffels

The record price paid for a single white truffle was set in December 2007, when Macau casino owner Stanley Ho paid $330,000 (£165,000) for a specimen weighing 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb), discovered by Luciano Savini and his dog Rocco….

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An interesting interview with Estate & Manor

Last year (2016) I was interviewed by the magazine Estate & Manor, it’s a wide ranging interview covering many aspects of the butlering world, my work history and of course my work at Buckingham Palace but also some discussion about my company White Glove Consultancy and the move I made to Coco Privé in that same year.

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An interview about my life and work

Paul Brown’s early life was much like any other British teenager’s, until he reached 18-years-old, when it took a rather dramatic and odd turn. One evening, Paul was watching a TV episode of Upstairs, Downstairs, a British drama…

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Shoes and Boots 

Oxfords are one of the most formal type of footwear you can own. Black and brown are the most common colours …

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Arabic Coffee (Saudi Style)

Arabic coffee, or ‘‘Al-Qahwa’’ (Arabic: قهوة‎‎, qahwah, locally gahwah or g’hawah), is made from roasted coffee beans and cardamom, other spices are used like saffron (to give it a golden colour), cloves, and cinnamon. Some people add a little milk to slightly...

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The livery companies of the City of London

A liveryman is a full member of their respective Company. The term livery originated in the specific form of dress worn to retainers of a nobleman and then by extension to special dress to denote status of belonging to a trade. When a Freeman becomes a liveryman, the...

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The History of Christmas Crackers

Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the UK. They were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. He had seen the French ‘bon bon’ sweets…

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The History of Christmas Dinner

The Christmas feast has its roots from before the Middle Ages, but it’s during the Victorian period that the dinner we now associate with Christmas began to take shape. Roast turkey also has its beginnings in Victorian Britain, previously other forms of roasted...

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How to Test and Calibrate a Hygrometer

Fill a milk bottle cap or other small container with salt, and add a few drops of water (not enough to dissolve the salt).
Put the cap inside of a baggie or plastic container along with your hygrometer, and seal the bag.

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