Et Nova Et Vetera

Just your average, slightly eclectic Journal.

Daily Wes No. 2

Steve: I hope you’re not gonna bust our chops on this one Bill.

Bill Ubell: Why would I do that?

Steve: Because you’re a bond company stooge.

Bill Ubell[scoffs] I’m also a human being.

Steve: All right, I take that back. How about a little teamsmanship?


Daily Wes No.1

Steve Zissou

“Those fucking amateurs. You left your dog, you idiots!”

London Heathrow

Bored in the Library.

Photo taken after flight back from Hong Kong to london – 5:15am


Taiwan 2011

Couple of images from a trip to Taiwan in April of 2011

My friend Tom down some stairs in Taichung

Random adjustments

Safe to say we didn’t pack light

Steve Zissou

“Nobody knows what’s going to happen.

And then we film it.

That’s the whole concept.”

Sweet Lime Recipe (The Darjeeling Ltd)

Sweet Lime

From: Rushmore Academy

(Gin Version)
2 ounces of gin
3 ounces sweet lime juice
2 Basil Leaves
1 ounce simple syrup (a.k.a. sugar water, a tablespoon of sugar or more to taste dissolved in a little warm water will do if you don’t have simple syrup handy)
Pinch of salt
Splash of Soda Water

Selection of Life Aquatic

Criterion Collection Cover

Another Criterion Collection Cover

Scott Morris Movie Poster



Winter Coats

What is a man without a long winter coat in his wardrobe. Here are three of this seasons best.

Paul Smith – Double Breasted Coat – £915

Burberry London – Wool Overcoat with Shearling Callar – £1,295

J. Crew – Mayfair Wool-Blend Coat – £400

Snuff Boxes

Now, I have never smoked and probably never will, but this summer I stumbled upon snuff as an alternative for a habit I never had. I like the smell of tobacco however, until somebody sets fire to it, then i literally cant stand it, strange really. But anyway I brought myself a snuff box (unsurprisingly its not the easiest thing to come by, it does not appear on the shelves of your local convenience store) and now I rarely leave the house without it.

Selection of Snuff Boxes & Tins

Now for those of you who now find themselves standing outside a bar or restaurant in the pouring rain trying unsuccessfully to light a cigarette, or those who have been “giving up” for what seems like forever, Snuff is a fantastic alternative, As its tagline goes “Smokeless Tobacco Enjoyment”. And the best thing about Snuff is its price, as not subject to the same import duties as cigaretts, a box of snuff will set you back no more than a few quid, and will last you up to a month.

A box of Poschl Tabak menthol snuff (my preferred choice) – £1.65

Where to Buy: Snuff is not that easy to come by at you local store, but you can find it at a proper tobacconist or in the Selfridges Wine & Spirit Store (London)

How to Take: Tap a small quantity of snuff between you thumb and forefinger, or on the back of your hand, put close to you nose and gently inhale.

Best Brands: Gletscher Prise Menthol or Extra, Lowen Prise, Red Bull.

Types: Most snuff tends to be menthol flavoured, but there is a hugh range of flavour available.

Walking Canes

It has come to my attention that there is a distinct lack of men using canes, not that at any point there was a surplus of cane users, but I feel its a situation that should be swiftly changed. By the time men stopped carrying swords on their person at all times (probably for the best), the cane became an essential member of a gentlemen’s wardrobe. Im not saying that all men should carry a cane on their person at all times (appart from those with a bad leg of course), but all should own at least one. Ill admit, mine stays resting upon my desk for the most part, but if I feel particularly inclined I occasionally take it out for a stroll, and I can happily report that it does give one a certain strange sense of authority, and who doesn’t like that once in a while. When it comes to Walking Canes you can go one of two ways, town or country, and honestly it depends on your style afflictions, personally I like a silver topped country cane. However because of the distinct, and very sad, lack of demand walking canes are not always easy to come by, but for those of you living in London, or even Britain, there is only one choice for canes, James Smith & Sons Umbrellas, New Oxford Street. One final point remains, for those who dont feel the need to keep a walking cane on their person, there are other solutions, most importantly the umbrella, the perfect half way house between form and function (even when its not raining, you never know in Britain). Finally for the slightly more eccentric of us there is the speciality cane, the Drinking, Dagger or Corkscrew cane. Whatever you inclination, the joy of holding a walking cane or sleek umbrella in your hand as you wander round town is a feeling not to be missed.

James Smith & Sons (Estd 1819)

James Smith & Sons Drinking Cane – £455