Old School Tie

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A striking display of college ties of Cambridge University.

And an equally striking display of sophisticated tribalism.

A statement that says “I belong to the group”.

Wearing one of these will mark you out from distance, I suppose.

Apart from the elitism of it all, the interesting thing from my perspective is the perpetual tension between the collective and the individual.

I mean, nothing says “I belong” more than people who are serene in themselves and don’t need a “brand” to hang their hat (or tie!) on.

They are the ones who really know their place in the world.



Birds Of Paradise


Flora corner: Bird of Paradise (also called crane flower) plants seen on the weekend.

You either love or hate them, but they are striking and individualistic.

Mimicking a bird’s head with plumage or with petals like a bird in flight – take your pick – they make a statement of unique style that would be the envy of any fashionista.

Go with your own style I say – nobody totally inhabits it like you!