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Skyfall Fever / Royal Doulton Bulldog November 6, 2012

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Spoiler Alert! Nowadays everyone is talking about “Skyfall” the Sam Mendes incarnation of the 23rd James Bond mission. After some hardships I was able to check out this movie. It is well made and very entertaining. It is not groundbreaking but it is a very nice firework of images and good old cool James Bond wit and action. Whether you expect the shaken Martini, beautiful women or magnificent action scenes.. you will not be disappointed.

With the gifting season upcoming – I would like to focus on a neat little Bond prop that you may want to check out. The vintage Royal Doulton Bulldog.

But first let’s explore how this collectible comes to fame during the movie.

After returning from an important meeting M (played by Judy Dench) and her aide Bill Tanner (played by Rory Kinnear) must stop due to some police action on the Vauxhall Bridge shortly before the MI6 headquarter. In the meantime MI6 is under some sort of cyber-attack and just when M gets out of the car an explosion occurs in the headquarter. The explosion’s focal point is right where M’s office is.

Later in the movie M talks to James in new underground offices of MI6.

During the talk James makes a joke.

J: How come your office gets hit by an explosion and all that survives is that ugly piece. (he points to the bulldog which decorated her desk before and is now present on her new replacement desk as well)

M: I have always appreciated your decorating advise.

Much later during the movie Bond meets Eve somewhere downtown London. Eve mentions that M’s will was read and she hands him a box which M wanted him to have.

Bond opens the box and finds the bulldog inside. He smiles and notes that this does not mean he should work behind a desk. In fact, he supposes it means the opposite.

Now I find that symbolism surrounding the bulldog quite intriguing. And the best part is: It is quite a cute little object and you can order it directly at the Doulton website. So here you find the perfect Christmas present for Bond lovers.

Bulldog at the Royal Doulton Website…

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Wishlist: Bouvet-Ladubay Trésor Brut October 27, 2012

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This is fantastic french sparkling wine. Supposedly better and more pleasurable than some of the champagne brands. I do want a box of these babies.

Even large German retaile “Jaque’s Wein Depot” seems to have that in stock.

http://www.jacques.de/product_info.php/info/p1790_2009-bouvet-ladubay-tresor-brut.html

Update: You can also find it in a Rosé version – which I am desperate to try.

http://www.galeria-kaufhof.de/store/p/Bouvet-Ladubay-Sekt-Tresor-Brut-Rose/1000024141

Wishlist: Nespresso Aeroccino 3 October 2, 2012

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It’s that kind of season again. I am gathering my thoughts to find presents for friends and to tell the family what things I desire.

Today I was thinking about perfect coffee recipes.. So what can best help with that: a milk foam / milk froth machine. I.e. the quite reasonably priced Nespresso Aeroccino 3.

Up for order directly at Nespresso.com for only ca. 70€.
http://www.nespresso.com/ch/en/product/aeroccino-3-black

Aveda Botanical Kinetics – Hydrating Lotion September 19, 2012

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Gifts for Me!

I recently discovered that.. please do not judge me for posting cosmetics products wishes. But that smooth lotion by AVEDA is really great.

Botanical Kinetics – Hydrating Lotion

 

Moby Destroyed Deluxe Edition 3 disc plus booklet edition (wishlist) January 19, 2012

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Moby Destroyed DELUXE

i.e. Amazon.de : http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B005LRS91E/ref=s9_simh_gw_p15_d2_g15_i1

iManagement July 19, 2011

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Anyone care to review this book?

http://www.amazon.de/Steve-Jobs-iLeadership-Charisma-Coolness/dp/3424200492/

Books inspired by the ‘International Year of Chemistry’ June 7, 2011

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Gifts for Me!

Well who would have thought that? The international year of chemistry and a very interesting radio broadcast around that topic inspired me to set some more books onto my wishlist. Let’s see what we have:

The actual info and recommendation came from this radio broadcast. It was a very committed and interesting show of how scientific authors weave the topic of chemistry into great compelling stories.

Sam Kean: Die Ordnung der Dinge
Sam Kean: The Joy of Chemistry: The Amazing Science of Familiar Things

English

German

  • very instructive
  • compelling story
  • journey through the years and details of Chemistry

Christian Mähr: von Alkohol bis Zucker: 12 Substanzen, die die Welt veränderten

German

  • journey via the connecting stream of certain substances
  • every day value

Hubert Mania: Kettenreaktion: Die Geschichte der Atombombe

German

  • Extremely quick historic Journey
  • sovereign detail (Mme Curie cooking the radioactive substances next to her lunch)
  • thrilling

 

 

Frankfurt – New York / New York – Frankfurt March 8, 2010

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Gifts for Me!

What would be more fitting ritht now then a sunny black and white photo reprise of Frankfurt and New York? I found this wonderful picture book on my daily voyages through the city of dreams. The book was on display in the Leica Camera Gallery Frankfurt. Which is always a good address to spend some extra cash for art.

But now let’s get down to the details:

Title: “Frankfurt – New York”
Shop: here…
Availability: now
Price: 24,99 Euro

Updated and challenging Computer Games February 3, 2010

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Mass Effect 2

Dark Void

Heavy Rain

Rimowa Aluminium Luggage October 22, 2008

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For travelling with peace of mind you need adequate luggage. I think getting the best there is should do fine. Rimowa manafuctures these pieces since about 60 years. The highest quality lines or the product lines with the best reputation are made from aluminium. The current lines which are made from aluminium are listed above.

I would like to have one carry-on item (smaller trolley) about 40-50l of volume and one larger suitcase (trolley or multi wheel trolley) with about 63 to 70l of volume.

Roeckl Peccary Luxury Gloves September 30, 2008

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It’s getting colder and stuff. And I found this georgeous shop in my town. They only seel accessories. They have the best craftsmanship when it comes to gloves. For guys they have the most amazing Peccary leather gloves with outrageous cashmere lining!

Quest for the perfect portable notebook February 18, 2008

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After the announcement of the Mac Book Air I thought that was quite a piece of technology. I mean after all it’s world’s the thinnest notebook.

But soon it became obvious that there are a lot of compromises involved when you become an owner of the MBA. Now Lenovo has thrown it’s hat in the ring for the battle around the perfect notebook. The new X300 has the same display size and it does fit in one of these office envelopes as well. The wonderfull thing is: It includes a dvd burner, 3 usb ports and an ethernet port right away. Much better then the 1 (one) usb port and nothing else in the MBA. First specs and looks are available here:

Reviews:

PCPro (5 out of 6 shiny stars)

CNET (8.5 out of 10 golden trinkets)

Notebook Review (“big thumbs up”)

Excitement Coverup:

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Engadget Engadget Review Roundup

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