The prime function of this time-honoured celebration of gastronomy and poetry is to pay tribute to the Scottish national poet, Robbie Burns (1759–96). It was first held on 25 January 1801, on Robbie Burns’s birthday.
A lockdown Burns Night, conducted on Zoom or similar, certainly presents
Are January blues stealing your productivity and focus? In years gone by we might have explored how January blues are almost entirely psychological, with the post-Christmas comedown, shorter days and colder/wetter weather being contributing factors. However, in January 2021 it’s safe to say that, between
Now we know what you’re thinking; late for what exactly? But in the current lockdown it is more important than ever not to let your standards slip. This applies particularly to punctuality.
With oceans of stay-at-home time ahead of us and normal working patterns suspended for
Whether it’s a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates or a pair of cufflinks, re-gifting is the art of passing on a present that was originally given to you by someone else. In a world of waste and excess, there is a legitimate argument
Taking the time to write when you have received a present, hospitality or some other kindness, reassures the giver that their efforts are appreciated. A handwritten letter or card is preferable to an email or text message, but digital thanks are better than none. Christmas
Penhaligon’s is a British heritage brand with a history dating back to 1870; it has Royal Warrants from both the Duke of Edinburgh (1956) and Prince of Wales (1988) and is a proud supplier of bespoke fragrances to the royal family. For 150 years Penhaligon’s
Aptly named the ‘silly season’, the run-up to Christmas is usually the time when businesses throw caution to the wind on the hosting front. Strengthening relationships and having fun tend to come to the fore, while belt holes and expense slips are January’s problem.
News that we can spend time with loved ones over Christmas will be welcome for many of us, but the ever-changing social challenges of the past year may make the prospect of hosting a festive gathering even more daunting than usual. Here are some common
While we await full details of our festive fate, one thing's for sure: this year will be a Christmas like no other.
Whether we're required to stick to our 'households' or are permitted to mix in small numbers, the etiquette questions are numerous. How much Zoom
If you're growing out your facial hair this month, remember that it needs just as much upkeep and attention as a clean-shaven jaw line. We sought advice from one of Truefitt and Hill's master barbers.