- Invest in some serious cold weather clothing. Don’t mess about with the cold when relocating to Russia, buy yourself a good quality Parka and some warm shoes. You’ll be wearing them all winter so get the best you can afford and in a style you feel comfortable wearing. The super trendy Nobis, Canada Goose and Woolrich brand parkas will all keep you warm when the temperature dips to -30 degrees. On your feet you will need insulated shoes or boots, Uggs are great as is the Sorel brand. Something that is extraordinary to experience is that in very cold weather your boots will not get wet in the snow, you will stay dry. Remember to buy warm gloves and hats and some scarves. The hood on your parka is not principally to keep the rain and snow off but to keep you warm. Most young people will wear a wool beanie and when it gets very cold pull their hood up. You can wear fur but I would suggest waiting to buy till you understand the style and how it is worn by the Russians first. When it gets really cold I also wear the super comfortable and luxurious Zimmerli wool and silk thermals. Get them!
17/02/2016 by Thomas Murr
Technological change is a constant, the others, life, death and taxes are not really so pleasant or as interesting. There has of course been hiccups in our technological advancement; the fact that the great castles of England are made not of concrete but hewn stone is perhaps one of the most poignant examples of technology moving in the wrong direction. Even with these types of rare setbacks I think we can safely assume that our children will live in a far different future to that which we imagine today, it will be a radically different world, probably more different than that between your parents and yourself.
Header Image: Clockwork Songbird, House of Marbles Online.
8th February 2016 by Thomas Murr
For the kids who have everything the monetary value of a gift is completely irrelevant, a quadcopter is just another quadcopter, right? Another iPhone? Stack it with the others, you only need two anyway…
When you get to a certain wealth level it can be easier to send your PA out on the mission to buy something for your friend’s son or daughter than doing it yourself. You give them a budget and they return with the new iPhone, remote-controlled helicopter or, yawn, drone. If it’s a birthday party and the father is a hotshot you can expect to see a pile of these wrapped gizmos on a giant table, tribute to the family’s status and power. The intent is good and I’m sure the thought will be appreciated but what if there was another way, a new way? Imagine seeing that golden child, their cherubic face filled with genuine glee, holding your gift aloft and shouting praise! Their Parents turn in surprise to scan the faces of the guests, who realising that it’s not their electronic wonder, pretend not to have noticed. An assistant leans in and whispers into the fathers ear, looking up, he sees you, a rare smile across his usually stern face. Very good Karma indeed….
If you really want to make an impression with your gift you will need to put the effort in, research the interests of the child, ask the family’s staff members or the parents directly what their offspring are interested in. You usually don’t need to spend a lot of money to get something that will make an impression. Remember it’s not a money thing, the key is to simply match the child with a gift.
There are some rough guidelines that I should think will help you find your target.
- Get them something they don’t already have.
- Something that doesn’t require batteries will probably be novel and can be used without any set-up.
- Don’t get them anything that is too complex for them to use by themselves.
- Immediate novelty value, something to pique the curiosity of the child so they will not be able to put it down until they understand what the present does or how it does it.
- Something usually unavailable to them in their location.
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Published on 01/02/2016 By Thomas Murr
I have seen the symptoms up close and personal and it’s not good. Once treatment begins you shouldn’t hope for the best, those who are infected cannot be cured quickly. It’s symptoms can include, nihilistic apathy, depression, rudeness, feelings of worthlessness, deceptive practises, introversion and recklessness. It can strike early in childhood and usually cannot ever be truly cured once caught.
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