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Richard's Diary

September 2008

Autumn Smoking

By Richard on September, 29th 2008 - 10:26 am

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells

(John Keats - To Autumn)

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End of Summer Smoking

By Richard on September, 23rd 2008 - 4:07 pm

With the Summer coming to a quick finish, the temperature and humidity conditions are changing. Your cigars will start to feel the difference and it is up to you to accommodate your cigars for the changing atmospheric conditions. During all Seasonal changes, keep a close eye on your hygrometer (your settings should be as closed to 16-18°C (60-65°F) and 65-70% humidity as possible). Changes will happen and you may need to find different storage areas to get the correct temperature conditions, as well as adding or removing moisture to/from your humidor. Remember, cigars can put up with gradual changes and will adapt. Avoid major changes in temperature and humidity, as this is what will shock your cigars beyond smokability!

// Jeff // October, 14th 2008 // 12:22 am

Richard,

Thanks for the reminder about the change in temperature and humidity as the seasons change. I've been concerned over the drastic drop in both temperature and humidity in my humidor over the last few days as the weather changes, but then a quick review of the local weather report, on the heels of your timely reminder, has helped me to remember that weather conditions outside my house affect the conditions inside my humidor. (My humidor, it's such a loyal, valiant little box, trying its best to keep up with the climatological changes. All things considered, it's doing a fine job.)

I'm no expert by any means, but the lesson I've learned is this: what happens in the external atmosphere affects my cigars, no doubt about it. The solution to the problem: buy more Cuban cigars from TopCubans! That will solve the current weather cunnundrum and everything else in between!

Gotta go, I see a cold front moving in.....

Richard Smokes Europe - Step 3 : England

By Richard on September, 19th 2008 - 5:16 pm

Although England was recently described as 'a nation of “overweight, sex-and-celebrity-obsessed TV addicts” (The Rough Guide to England - 2008), England, more importantly, does have an long colorful history and wide culture that hugely outweighs the loud present day 'trash Pop-Art' image that some have come to associate with England and London in particular. It may be the country that produced Neville Chamberlain, Mr. Bean, Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards and Spotted Dick (a sugary dessert), but it also gave us Shakespeare, Newton, Darwin, Churchill, John Lennon and Football. Once, the center of an Empire that ruled half the world, England has had to learn to adapt to merely being a part of Europe. When visiting England, you will notice a huge difference between the rich South (London being the center) and the more industrial North (this is slowly changing). Be it the music, food, art or language, the many different parts of England have an infinite amount of secrets to divulge. Like Paris in France, London puts forward a more global image of English culture, diluted and re-packaged for easy use. The intricate subtleties of this culture may be found in a more primal form outside of the major metro-pole. My weekend spent in England for this trip included a wonderful overnight stay in the lake district. This natural park is a must for any nature lover. The English county side is an institution in itself, with a specific culture and rules of etiquette to go with it. County Manors, antique fairs, country Pubs, Craft-works, tea and scones, hedges, ladies hats, etc... all make up the legend. Worth and afternoon trip for sure. Up North, I would suggest visiting Liverpool. Home of the Beatles and Liverpool F.C., Liverpool is the European Capital of Culture for 2008. Check out the transformation of the Liverpool waterfront area (UNESCO World Heritage Site), including the Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse, which at the time of its construction in 1901, was the world's largest building in terms of area, and is still the world's largest brick-work building. Also the ill-fated passenger liner RMS Titanic was registered in Liverpool. The delicate question of English food is always a stopper when visiting. To often, one comes away having suffered badly battered Fish and Chips, boiled tasteless vegetables and chips, English Fry up and chips and chips. I have only one thing to say to you, visit the Fat Duck (Heston Blumenthal's 3-Micheline star restaurant in Bray, named No.2 restaurant in the world) and think again! Remember to pop in and visit my friend Mr. Patel at Regal Cigars & Tobacco in Windsor, he has a fabulous cigar shop and is very knowledgeable on all aspects concerning tobacco.

You can see:
Official site of the Fat Duck
Visit Liverpool
Visit England

The end of the world?

By Richard on September, 10th 2008 - 12:13 pm

Geneva, 10th September 2008, 10h28 a.m. The first beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN was successfully steered around the full 27 kilometers of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. This historic event marked a key moment in the transition from over two decades of preparation to a new era of scientific discovery. Recent fears of the LHC creating a black hole that in turn would swallow us up have so far proved unfounded, allowing us the time to enjoy a few more cigars before judgment day!

You can see:
CERN
Explanarion of the LHC

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