Soju is a clear, colourless alcoholic drink from South Korea. It varies in alcoholic strength from about 17% to 45% but is usually about 20%. While it is not too well known in the Western world it is extremely common in the East and is easily one of the world’s largest selling alcoholic beverages.

The distillation method used for Soju varies. Historically it was first produced with rice, but shortages of rice lead to its production with sweet potatoes, Tapioca and grains. Some of these methods proved to be cheaper that previous methods and continued even when the rice shortage ended; by contrast grain based Soju was more expensive and continued as a high end gourmet product.

Because the alcohol content is usually lower than most spirits (less than 25% when sold in the west) Soju does not require an expensive distilled liquor licence when sold in the west. This mean restaurants and bars can serve it using only the type of licence need for wine. Some retailers use this loophole to produce Soju equivalents of cocktails that are traditionally made with stronger spirits. These cocktail are lower priced than their hard liquor equivalents and can be sold by retailers not usually known for mixed drinks.

Some popular Soju drinks are:

  • Bomb drink (Poktanju): a shot-glass of Soju in a pint of beer.
  • Suso Poktanju: A shot glass or beer in a pint of Soju (the opposite of the above).
  • Fallen Angel: 45mls Soju, 15mls green Crème de Menthe, 30 mls lemon juice, a dash of bitters and a cherry. Shake ingredients together and strain over ice.
  • Soju with Yogurt: Equal parts Soju, Yogurt and soda. Shake with ice and serve. Asian yogurt drinks tend to be thinner than western types, much like Yakult or “healthy bacteria” drinks.
  • Soju with grapefruit juice: 1 part Soju to 3 or 4 parts grapefruit juice. Add club soda or seltzer water and fine sugar to taste. Serve chilled.
  • Anything that traditionally used Vodka can be varied to use Soju. The results are different but comparable to the vodka original, and lower in alcohol.

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The alternatives to curtains

Blinds can put aesthetics first, and still be highly functional. Curtains are effective, and of course you can colour coordinate them; but roller blinds can put the picture first, print whatever design you want, allowing you to design around your room’s established pattern or choose a blind to set the pattern for the rest of the room.

Roller blinds have much less trouble being blown about by the wind than curtains.
Blinds can block out light when needed and still allow circulation of the air. Keep fresh air and remove the UV that causes sunburn. Alternatively you can get a blind material that allows a certain amount of light through. Opaque blinds provide privacy, but prevent UV light from interfering with your house.
Roller blinds are super easy to clean, no washing like curtains. Blinds are much less likely to soak up any odours.

It is possible to have two blinds in the one bracket system, providing a choice of options.

Blinds can be motorised, or have a simple, low maintenance manual operation. Motorised blinds can be put on a timer, so somebody looks to be home to discourage the thieves.

When inside the bracket roller blinds take up very little space, and are almost unnoticeable.

If you change blinds between summer and winter seasons the storage and re-installation of the blind is super convenient.

Wedding Dress Preservation

Though you only use it for its intended purpose once the wedding dress is one of the most important, and most expensive garments you will even own. You will probably want to preserve it for years to come.

Before it is stored you will need the wedding dress professionally cleaned. Don’t procrastinate about this. If there are stains on the dress you need to get them out as quickly as possible; the longer you put this off the harder they may be to remove. Additionally, some stains are hardly noticeable to the naked eye, particularity light grease or food stains, but they will damage fabric over time. Removing these promptly will prevent parts of the wedding dress from becoming rough, brittle or discoloured. Avoid the nightmare where a pristine white dress to turns yellow.

Wedding dresses are a special cleaning situation, requiring custom solvents and dry or wet-cleaning methods applicable for fragile textiles and gowns with sequins, veils, beads, ornamentations … etc. State-of-the-art cleaning methods and cleaning fluids are needed for optimal results.

Proper storage for a dress seems a little expensive at first, and should be seen as part of the wedding budget. Unfortunately, the type of dry-cleaning bags used for transporting clothes are unsuitable for long term storage here. They are designed to prevent any damage on the way back from the cleaners, but they don’t breathe at all. As such they will trap moisture in the fabric and can cause mould if left for too long. Furthermore, these bags are designed to be hung upon a coat-hanger; a dress left on a coat-hanger will tend to lose its shape over time, especially around the shoulders. Padding the shoulders helps considerably, as does a fabric clothes bag that breathes, but it is much better not to store the dress on a hanger.

A dress is best stored in a dust-proof box, which must be made or acid free cardboard or other non-reactive materials. Some of these have a transparent front to allow viewing of the dress without removing it from the box. Lining the box with acid-free tissue paper is also recommended.

Boxes specifically designed to accommodate a wedding dress are the only real choice. Ask our wedding dry cleaning staff for a recommendation or search the net. A well designed bow should display well, be acid free, and be strong enough to withstand years of handling.

What’s In A Name ?

Our name is intertwined with our identity. It is one of the first words we come to recognise in print, learn to write, and respond to when heard aloud. We either come to connect with our name, or occasionally find that friends and colleagues prefer to use a nickname. The fact that a name is occasionally changed to something else is testimony to the fact that the name has to somehow suit the individual. If the birth name doesn’t seem right, a nickname is used instead.

There may be a history behind the person’s name. It was a family thing, named after a relative; else the name might just sound right in isolation, or even just look right when written down. We can have a visual image associated with a name, and make all sorts of assumptions about a person simply because of this label; the origin of these assumptions being a little bit of a mystery, the assumptions changing in an instant if we meet someone who contradicts our expectations. Really, if someone is named ‘Ernest’ do we thing of Oscar Wilde’s comic play or Hemingway’s rugged masculinity? Its actual meaning is closer to Hemingway’s personality; Wilde’s used it ironically. But parents don’t necessarily look up the meaning when they choose for their newborn child. I think often the given name is simply a phonetic match with the Family name that we have rather little choice about. The name’s associations come from what we experience in connection with it.

What about unorthodox variations? Parents want the child to be recognised as an individual, so give it a name that nobody else has, or spell it in some unconventional way? Does this make the person different, or does it indicate that they always were different. A few people wonder how an unorthodox name wears for a child at school. A popular child can dare to be different and still be accepted, and the distinctive name goes with this. At other times a child is ostracised for not being part of the convention. Again, does the name influence this or simply reflect it.

Ancient Roman’s thought the name was an omen of what the person was, or would be. At the same time they would change the name if the person’s social status changed. The two ideas don’t quite reconcile; does the name determine character, or does the character determine the name? Probably not either really. It’s probably that the name should indicate the individual’s character. Either way the link is not arbitrary, we are not just given a number. Somehow the name must suit the individual.

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