• People with beards often forget they have a face underneath that needs care. Apply hot flannels to your skin every so often to open up the pores underneath – or put your face over a steaming bowl of hot water instead. Use a moisturiser afterwards.
• Shampoo your beard regularly.
• Imagine a line between the top of your ear and the corner of your mouth. Hair should not grow above this line, nor on your neck, unless you are going for the wolfman look. If you are going for the wolfman look, what are you doing reading this?
• Clippers are essential for maintaining your beard and for keeping it at an optimum length.
• Every you time you think about growing a goatee, slam your head in a car door. You’ll soon learn.
• It happens to most of us, don’t fight it too hard.
• It looks unnatural to reach a certain age without a grey hair and usually signposts a dye job. If you must dye your hair, do it so it looks natural.
• Don’t go for a full, all-over dye. Instead, apply dye with a comb. It won’t give you an all-over coating but will remove some of the grey leading to a more natural look.
• Get your hair cut more often: grey hair looks better shorter.
• Talk to your barber: tell him what you do, where you live, what you do on the weekend. Tell him where you drink, where you eat and the films and music you love. It all helps to build a picture of who you are – and means your barber can tailor the cut to you.
• Get your hair cut every five weeks – slightly more regularly for shorter hair and slightly less for longer.
• Never trust a barber who reaches for the clipper before the scissors.
• Have an idea of the sort of look you want – go here for inspiration – but be realistic: your barber can’t turn thinning hair into a lion’s mane.
• Try not to talk on the phone. It makes trimming around the ears a little awkward.
• Wait for the barber you want: you’re paying the bill so, at a traditional barbers feel free to wait for your man to become free.
• Tip your barber if he’s done a good job. About 10% is fine.
• Be nice: barbers can legitimately hold a razor to your throat after all.
Short men: the shorter and rounder you are means the more you need your shirt to enhance your build. A traditional shirt, with pleats, will give you a better profile while hiding anything lumpy. Vertical stripes can help draw the eye up and down, but checks will work against you. For short, athletic builds then a fitted shirt can create a squarer look which will enhance height but is unlikely to work for non-athletic builds.
Big men: a pleated shirt will allow plenty of room to manoeuvre while a fitted shirt will enhance the wrong parts of the body. The bigger you are, the bigger the check you can wear while vertical stripes will always help create a more slender impression.
Sporty men: if you have the perfect athletic build, you can get away with almost anything though a more fitted shirt will be the perfect thing to show off your body. Too fitted, though, and the shirt simply looks like showing off. For very muscled men with shorter necks, avoid long collars.
Thin men: a fitted shirt will enhance a slender build though that may not be ideal. To avoid looking too thin, a traditional, pleated shirt can make you look bigger and more powerful while a cut away collar can create the illusion of a broader chest.
A good pair of shoes ought to last a lifetime – but they will need proper care to do so. Leather shoes need a couple of days to dry out after use but should not be left near sources of heat. Instead, place a cedar shoe-tree inside them so as to draw out the moisture or, if really wet, stuff with newspaper for a night before using the shoe-tree.
As extravagant as it sounds, it makes sense to own a different pair of shoes for every day of the week as a simple shoe care routine can keep them in decent nick for a lifetime. Simply apply a quick coat of polish each night as you return home. Don’t buff or shine, but allow the polish to feed and nourish the shoes for the rest of the week. When you put on your Monday shoes the following week, give them a quick shine with a duster before leaving the house and they will be both immaculate and properly looked after.
For an intensive shine, the best results can be achieved with spit and polish. Apply the polish with a moist cloth then work on small areas intensively until the polish is no longer cloudy. Repeat this all over the shoe until you are dazzled.
Brown shoes should be polished with a wax of slightly lighter shade so as to help encourage their natural tone. Black shoes need a more reflective polish.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California: Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
1963 Aston Martin DB5: Goldfinger
1967 ShelbyMustang GT 500: Gone In 60 Seconds
1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT: Bullitt
1968 Mini Cooper: The Italian Job
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T: Vanishing Point
1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
1983 De Lorean DMC 12: Back To The Future
The Nürburgring is nearly 13 miles long, travels over extreme height changes and is one of the most difficult courses in the world to drive … yet anyone, whether driving a Ferrari or a saloon from the hire shop, can give it a whirl provided they pay their fee. Here’s what to keep in mind on the track:
Don’t try to memorise the track – there’s too much of it. Instead, drive instinctively.
Power is key. Lightweight cars struggle with the changes in height.
Don’t get lost. Some corners resemble others meaning it’s easy to get confused – which can be fatal.
Look out for motorbikes, lorries, vans, nutters – if the track’s open to you, it’s open to anybody.
Don’t race a local. They know this place like the back of their hand.
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For those who have never gambled in a casino, it can be an intimidating business. So when people who know what they’re doing are out to take your money from you, it pays to have a rough idea of what’s going on. The first time you head into the place, it’s worth keeping your eyes open. Watch how things are done, then join in only when you see a table that seems to match your ability.
While casinos are no longer the bastions of elegance they once were, someone’s got to have standards and it may as well be you.
Before gambling in a British casino, you’ll have to become a member first. Bring ID, but keep your phone, camera or other electrical devices away from the tables.
Know the rules
On top of the knowing the game you’re playing, you should know the house rules – whether or not you can talk to the dealer, for example – and the table rules: don’t touch cards dealt face up, don’t touch anyone else’s chips and keep your own cards in view.
Be a good sport
Winning a cool grand should be treated the same way as losing one: with grace and dignity. By all means throw a fist in the air (or into the wall) later, just don’t let anyone see you doing it.
The line that you drive for show, but putt for dough is almost as old as golf itself. Still, when you’re on the first tee and the members terrace is busy behind you, it’s not your putting that you’re hoping to impress with. While not everyone can crush the ball 300 yards like Bubba Watson, there are a number of ways to improve your distance.
Go to the gym
Your glute muscles are the engine for big drives – work on them to increase your distance. For right handed players, the right powers the backswing and the left drives the downswing.
Work on your wrists
Swinging a weighted club at speed will help you develop more power and explosive energy. It will also strengthen your wrists, giving you more snap. Wrist strength can also be increased by swinging your club with just the right hand or the left hand.
Use your imagination
As you pull back your swing, imagine you are using your big, core muscles to build up power then – as you bring the club down – imagine it is now your wrists in command. It helps maintain equilibrium in your swing.
Hit the range
Before teeing off at the first, hit 20 range balls for 20 minutes to loosen up. Failing that, swing two clubs with your left hand, then two clubs with your right. It will help get your wrists working correctly.