Well Hung

Mr Miyagi and I both understand the importance of balance. To quote the great man, “Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good.” His words of wisdom are just as important to the craft of tailoring as they were to the floppy haired Daniel LaRusso, who broke a thousand pre pubescent hearts in the…

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It’s a small world

Dear Friends – on Saturday 26th February at 12.51pm, my second daughter came into the world at great speed weighing a healthy seven pounds and eleven ounces. Introducing, Miss Elizabeth Jasmine Michelsberg. 🙂 Sitting back afterwards with a cup of tea, feeling the happiest man on earth, our paediatrician popped in to check on our…

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What Ho!

I’m halfway through Stephen Fry’s second Autobiography and it’s an absolute gem. When it comes to penning polished prose, he’s a master and it’s a joy to see our beautiful language used with such fondness and aplomb. As an actor, he was marvellous as the towering, mustachioed ‘Melchett’ in Blackadder – perhaps the best sitcom…

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A new home for a new year.

Remember when our Queen had her ‘Annus horribilis’? The year was 1992 and Prince Andrew divorced Fergie after she was caught sucking her boyfriend’s toes, then Diana spilt the beans about Charles & Camilla in her tell-all book, Princess Anne divorced Captain Mark Phillips and to cap it off, Windsor Castle caught fire. Well, December…

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Michelsberg Debating Competition

Hats off to Yorkshire’s legal eagles who yesterday stuck two fingers up at the weather and bravely stomped through the snow to take part in the grand final of the Michelsberg Debating Competition. Twenty eight trainees from fourteen of the biggest legal firms in Yorkshire took part, with Adam Roney & Pete Mills (Eversheds), Maria…

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It’s Coming Home

Shears are being sharpened and the knives are out as the young guns of the tailoring trade prepare to do battle in the next “Golden Shears” tournament. It’s a bi-annual competition and I’m proud to say that we made it to the final in 2009. This year I have two young ladies on board who…

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Wedding Bells & Summer Swells

This month I thought we’d kick things off with the meaning of life. Maslow would have us believe it is to reach ‘self-actualisation.’ Robin Williams, in the film Dead Poets Society, would probably just say ‘Carpe Diem.’ I like the phrase ‘smile and the world smiles with you’ and believe, although a bit schmaltzy, that…

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Man versus Machine

“Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more.” I feel like everyone has been getting their rocks off in Ibizia, sailing in Greece, or, canoeing down the Dordogne, whilst I’ve been working my fingers to the bone, delivering suits for weddings, the races, and well dressed fun in the sun. Saying that, I did…

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Sins of Summer

When it comes to the most inhospitable place on Earth, El Azizia in Libya, or, Death Valley in California are up there. Yesterday, I found a serious contender. The Northern Line, London. I was down South visiting the agent of an Italian manufacturing business. Riding the tube, or as I call it, ‘the land of…

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