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    The "guy in the chair" is actor Henry Cavill from "The Tudors." He is also the model in many Dunhill fragrance ads and commercials.
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    JaimeB, this poem is for you...

    Alone And Drinking Under The Moon

    Alone and Drinking Under the Moon

    Amongst the flowers I
    am alone with my pot of wine
    drinking by myself; then lifting
    my cup I asked the moon
    to drink with me, its reflection
    and mine in the wine cup, just
    the three of us; then I sigh
    for the moon cannot drink,

    and my shadow goes emptily along
    with me never saying a word;
    with no other friends here, I can
    but use these two for company;
    in the time of happiness, I
    too must be happy with all
    around me; I sit and sing
    and it is as if the moon

    accompanies me; then if I
    dance, it is my shadow that
    dances along with me; while
    still not drunk, I am glad
    to make the moon and my shadow
    into friends, but then when
    I have drunk too much, we
    all part; yet these are

    friends I can always count on
    these who have no emotion
    whatsoever; I hope that one day
    we three will meet again,
    deep in the Milky Way.
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    Oh, uh, thanks! It's actually from a TV show I used to watch (Red Dwarf) =)
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    Reviewing a fragrance is an art, and obviously you're an artist in this domain, very poetic, accurate and pleasant to read.
  5. I got the feeling from your message you thought I was bragging about Royal Ascot. I hope I'm wrong I just wanted to share my news with you nothing more. If I came across that way I do apologize. I know my life is different from most and it can be a bit tricky when I talk about my life and the things I do but I assure you I take none of it for granted. It's just the way my life is and I know not everyone lives as my family and I do. Best regards, Slane
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    We were there last Saturday, as it happens! But, we were eating earlier in the evening, so we missed you by a good few hours. Gorgeous day, though, so I'm happy you came to our city then rather than some other day in what's been an unseasonably chilly June.
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    Yes, in Victoria we have a rather silly tradition of faux-Englishness. There's a neighborhood called Oak Bay that does scones and Tudorbethan exteriors to the max, and I myself live not too far from "Anne Hathaway's Thatched Cottage", recently rebranded as "Anne Hathaway's Conference Center". You can't make this stuff up, sometimes...
  8. Hello Jamie! As always I hope you and your family are all doing well and are safe and happy. I have a busy week ahead of me, Royal Ascot is the 15th through the 19th. My mum and dad and I always look forward each year to going. It's always fun to see the hats the ladies wear my mum always trys to top herself each year. Then of course there are the horses which are my passion. I'll be in my top hat and tails I can look quite the gentleman when I want to lol. And it's always great fun to enter the royal enclosure and have HM The Queen standing just a few feet from you. I'm sorry I don't mean to rattle on but it's just so exciting! Best regards, Slane
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    Thank you, Jaime. I have to say you do important work--and perhaps that's part of why you so beautifully.
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Native of Brooklyn, NY; speak Spanish and French (more recently, some Italian); former Anglican/Episcopalian monastic, now married
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"Why spend life seeking that which does not satisfy? Why remain a slave, when freedom waits? Let your life shine; illumine the world with your truth!"

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Fiat justitia ruat cælum.

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Qui nihil potest sperare, desperet nihil.
Let him who can hope for nothing despair of nothing.

Male irato ferrum committitur.
It is an evil thing to arm an angry man.


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Personal Updates, with an Emphasis on Scents

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 04:45 AM
Note: This has been sitting as a draft unposted since February 2014. I just discovered that I never actually posted it!

OK, so I decided to switch horses in the middle of the stream; I'll start over.

It's been over two years since I last posted to my blog, or since I've spent much time on Basenotes, for that matter. The reasons for that are a little bit involved, and I don't want to say too much about that in this blog entry. Maybe I'll save most of it for another one later

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Fanciful Transformations

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 04:38 AM

Odd things come unbidden to mind and assume new associations.

For example, as I was sitting down to read a rather mundane mystery novel, seemingly out of nowhere I suddenly remembered part of Ariel's song in Act I, scene ii of Shakespeare's The Tempest:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and

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What is Luca Turin up to these days?

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 01:11 AM

Luca Turin has had quite a run, first surfacing as a popular writer on scents with two books, The Secret of Scent (2006) and the Perfumes: The A-Z Guide (2008). He had already become a familiar name to some through Chandler Burr’s book The Emperor of Scent (2002), which contained the first account of his theory of olfaction. After a bit of a gap, The Little Book of Scents came out in 2011; finally, we saw a collection of Folio Columns 2003 to 2014, which appeared in 2015 .

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Nocturnal Meditation in Translation, "Clair de Lune"

by JaimeB on 12th July 2017 at 06:42 AM

Translation is at best a difficult and dissatisfying, often even frustrating, task; yet I feel drawn to try my hand at it from time to time.

This is a poem of Paul Verlaine, he of the sad and broken love affair and infatuation with the younger poet, his sometime admirer Arthur Rimbaud. The poem was also the inspiration for Claude Debussy's orchestral rendering in his piece of the same name, part of his Suite Bergamasque.

Verlaine paints a moonlit landscape grounded

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Updated 27th July 2017 at 04:21 AM by JaimeB

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A Picture from the blue

by JaimeB on 25th March 2015 at 03:02 PM
A friend of mine was on a fight to Dubai recently and noticed one of the cabin crew was wearing a name tag with the same family name on it as mine. He took the man's picture and emailed it to me remarking on the strange coincidence. Of course, the flight attendant was from the same part of Spain, Galicia, as my parents, but it led me to think about some things I hadn't considered for a long time.

Here's what I wrote to the friend who emailed me that picture:

Thanks for

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Updated 25th March 2015 at 10:05 PM by JaimeB

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