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Old Essentials

Barrie Thomson - Bookends and BinEnds Blog

Chris Roberts


T W Steel Oversize Watch
This is probably as ostentatious as I get; a treat of a timepiece that always attracts a
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Parka London Coat
It is little surprise that this coat is made for Autumn, my favourite season. I hanker after
crisp, chilly mornings so I can wear this beautifully toasty parka.
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Green Man Festival
I love live music and having broken my festival duck two years ago at this gorgeously
un-commercial gathering in the Brecon Beacons, the tent is out of the loft for Public
Service Broadcasting, Super Furry Animals, Mew, The Fall and The Staves.
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Tan Double Monkstrap Shoes
There’s a hint of the Imelda Marcos in me that is only satiated by adding unnecessary tan
shoes to my collection. Jones Bookmaker does decent quality without breaking the bank.
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Beard Oil
My ‘retirement’ beard is into its second year … it has opened up a whole world of male
grooming and general manliness previously hidden to the fresh-faced me. Beard oil keeps
the hirsute chin in good order. First Olympian gets my vote every time!
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Notebook/Fountain Pen
I am an inveterate scribbler and I find it impossible to look beyond the elegance and
quality of Moleskine. Talking of elegance, I love the handwriting that flows from my
Montblanc fountain pen. The only challenge is to settle on a colour of ink …
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MacBook Air
For all the old school reassurance of ink flowing onto high quality paper, the electronic
repository of my musings, snapshots and bookmarks is an essential weapon in this
blogger’s armoury.
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Eat (Nigel Slater)
There is a chef inside me … since a week long course at the amazing Ashburton Cookery
School I know my hollandaise from my dutch cheese but a ‘go to’ cookbook for boys is a
must! Nigel Slater is the man (now I have forgiven him getting to interview Sophie Dahl).
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Etape - The Untold Stories of the Tour de France’s Defining Stages
I am fascinated by cycling, particularly the Tour de France, and intrigued by its
contradictions. I read avidly and this book, more than others I have read on the subject,
sees the pressures and the physical challenges through the eyes of the protagonists.
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