Monday, 27 March 2017

'De Facto' by Her Majesties Passport Authority


Well this is a rather amusing post today…..so in the spirit of Highlander ‘there can only be one’ and it would appear in this instance it would be me. Yes apparently I’m the only chap in the UK with an official acknowledgment of being the legal Laird of Dunans. It’s ‘De Facto’ so to speak by virtue of Her Majesties Passport Authority recognising my deed of ownership care of Charles Dixon-Spain.  I must say this is rather tongue & cheek as traditionally Scottish Lairds (Landlords) would have owned rather large tracts of land attached to some dwelling outside of a town area not just a few square feet of land positioned outside a derelict castle……oh well who am I to argue with Her Majesty’s Passport Authority......I shall accept this official observation  in all good humour :-)  


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Loake 641 Last Stand


A few years ago I had the great pleasure of discovering the most wonderful pair of shoes. I’ve had a battle with shoes over the years and finding something that fits ones feet comfortably is a true joy. Enter Loake Last 641. A quality made in England pair of shoes in good quality calf leather in a G fitting. My first pair of 641’s I acquired simply by accident when I placed a bid on eBay for a pair of stout looking country brogues….to my surprise I won the auction and once upon my feet a lasting relationship was established with this shoe in the perfectly shaped 641 Last.
These I have now discovered to my horror have been discontinued…..apparently the marketing chaps at Loake feel there is a lack of demand for this particular shoe. Thankfully the 7 or 8 pairs I have acquired will have to service me for the rest of my life but at least Loake still service this shoe so I should be fine.

I see this blog today as the Loake 641 ‘Last’ Stand.  So fare well Loake 641 you were the perfect shoe for my feet and fingers crossed the boffins at Loake see sense and reintroduce this classic Last once more for other chaps to enjoy.   

Saturday, 18 March 2017

What to do with a Coat of Arms?

So what on earth do you do with a coat of arms? Obviously in days of old it was placed upon a knights shield. The obvious way i suppose to wear arms these days is in the form of a personal seal in the form of a signet ring. Traditionally a signet ring is worn on the left hand smallest finger. It's a nice subtle way of bearing arms in the contemporary world. This can be expensive or modestly cheap depending upon who you have make your arms and also if  you choose to go fully bespoke hand engraved or laser engraving. Metal choice, gold, silver or other metals can also be another variable to consider.

I decided to approach one of my local jewellers and asked  them to melt down some old gold rings i was no longer wearing and have the gold made into a signet ring. The end result I think you will agree is is most pleasing.


Following on from this ring I decided I wanted to explore titanium......a metal that is very hard and durable . I discovered a company in Canada that makes relatively inexpensive personalised rings for around $85 Canadian. This time I decided I wanted just the shield purely to make the image larger. I think for the price the result is very fair.