Friday, 1 August 2014
Don't be a Victim of Activity
Never wanting to become a 'victim of activity', as Michael Oakeshott might put it, it's time to padlock the gates at Tweed Towers for the summer and turn this pale skin an incarnadine red.
If you get too hot on your hols, I believe the general medical advice is to press an ice-cold glass of Sipsmith gin and tonic to your brow and relax on your terrace. Then you're meant to doze off listening to the distant chug of a small fishing boat trying to catch your dinner in the azure waters below.
Have a lovely, peaceful summer.
If you're struggling for diversions this summer, might we recommend the following? Firmly established, they're the kind of civilised events that help make the season.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo dates from 1950. Who knows what might happen to this event, and the Royal regiments that take part, should Scotland decide to walk away from the union? Get in quick.
Straight after Glorious Goodwood - which you should also attend — Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight is great fun whatever the weather. This event started in 1826, mainly because George IV liked messing about in boats.
Newport Jazz Festival
An American one. Newport Jazz Festival is 60 this year. If you can't attend the event in Newport, Rhode Island, content yourself by watching a film of the 1958 event — the wonderful Jazz on a Summer's Day [Amazon].
If you watch the film, do look out for the shaven-headed preppy prototypes in the audience and the timelessness of their appearance.