Author Archives: Lohcifer

Another Anthony Harris Pipe

Anthony Harris is a talented woodturner who has applied his skills to making some extraordinary pipes that smoke so great! Read about him here. I already own two of his pipes and acquired another one at the annual show of … Continue reading

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Clowning Glory

Maurizio Fraternale was at our pipe show in Singapore last October and it was nice meeting him at the annual show of the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club earlier this month. We chatted a bit and I bought an Insanus pipe from … Continue reading

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Marquette – Yooper Country

Some weeks ago, I flew from Singapore to Hong Kong, Kong Kong to Narita, Narita to Chicago and then from Chicago to Marquette, Michigan, to visit a dear friend, a world-renowned pipe maker, whose masterpieces command four-figure prices. I spent … Continue reading

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Pipe Making – From Ground to Mouth

Never in my wildest dreams did I thought I would be able to make my own pipes; but I did, after learning from masters when I went to Michigan and Chicago. What made me do it? I believe that the … Continue reading

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Two Must-Go Restaurants in New York City

The social media explosion has resulted in people presenting their lives as “showreels.” Everyone can be someone now. Pathetic losers post pictures (99.9% Photoshopped to death) of selfies and wefies and boast about the exotic – to them, that is … Continue reading

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All Nippon Airways – Food Onboard

If you still think that “airline food” is an oxymoron, try flying ANA, Japan’s five-star airline. About three weeks ago, I flew from Tokyo to Chicago, and absolutely enjoyed what was served. (I chose the Japanese meal.) Note: Description first, … Continue reading

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Barely Alive

By the end of today, poor Inuka could be dead. Inuka, the 27-year-old polar bear at our zoo is ailing and may be put down. Today is supposed to be D-Day. Inuka would be in his 70’s in human years, … Continue reading

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Global Search My Big, Fat, Hairy Ass!

When a client asks for consultants with experience working on engagements in the same industry, I often deliberately send in a team without the relevant industry experience. I don’t want anyone with preconceived ideas to help the client. In any … Continue reading

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Out of Stock Again?

When McClelland Tobacco Company decided to close shop – citing a totally farfetched reason that only retards will believe – pipe smokers rushed to buy up all available inventory. When they heard that Dunhill pipe tobacco will no longer be … Continue reading

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A Bridge Too Far

A bat flew into my apartment the other day. It was weak, seemed very exhausted and soon died. I guess it came from the nearby forested area, an area being cleared for housing development. Such deforestation has driven animals out … Continue reading

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