So the age of Trump has begun. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only,” Charles Dickens. The opening sentence of “A Tale of Two Cities”, set at the advent of the French Revolution in 1789, encapsulates a society on the edge of tumultuous change, although I must admit I cannot quite grasp the meaning of the last part of his counter intuitively long sentence (If you fancy the challenge drop me an email by 19th December with your interpretation and the best or most amusing explanation will win a dinner for two at Boisdale of Mayfair and may possibly be published, but probably not). The French Revolution was undoubtedly one of the most significant events in the history of Western civilisation. Could the sentiment of Dickens’ portrayal of late eighteenth century France be a pertinent description of society today? Certainly quasi-revolutionary zeal is fermenting noxiously in contemporary France as well as in many other parts of Europe and I for one, had not appreciated that the socio-political division in America was quite so violently polarised. Are we on the edge of a new epoch? Well for what it’s worth I don’t think so, but there is definitely a change in the air. It is somewhat paradoxical that in the 21st century ideological orthodoxy seems to be the greatest enemy of civilization, having been the principal cause of its creation. Perhaps what we need is pragmatic non-emotive fair-minded decision making. Could Trump be that man? In this issue Bruce Anderson elucidates with clarity on the Trump phenomenon.
The big news this side of the pond is that the good people of Mayfair are in for a real treat. Boisdale of Mayfair is now open! All I can say is that I think it is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world, but what else would you expect me to say? It is the Fabergé egg of the Boisdale collection. For casual dining our innovative British Tapas menu with the monumental cheese selection, Crustacea display and charcuterie counter is perfect for a relaxing comfortable meal or even a lovely indoor picnic! Whilst the restaurant boasts all the Boisdale classics, the very best Aberdeenshire dry aged beef, stunning Hebridean shellfish, superb Highland game and wonderful fish from the South coast, what we are particularly proud of is our undeniably magnificent and extraordinarily elegant, impossible not to caress, green velvet armchairs! They have to be sat in to be believed. Anything else positive about the restaurant is simply a bonus!! But before you do so please visit the Old Fashioned Bar downstairs and order one of our many intriguingly delicious and inspired takes on the classic old fashioned cocktail. Your ice will be hewn from a single block on the bar and the resulting concoction is guaranteed both to make you better looking as well as increase your IQ, although I do have to warn you that these effects are sadly temporary and can only be sustained by constantly repeating the dosage! Most importantly you should also be aware that we have live piano jazz and blues every night and if you visit from Monday to Wednesday you can hear my son Angus tinkling the ivories! Finally to entice you we are offering an introductory 50% off food voucher at Boisdale of Mayfair. There is however limited availability so if you are interested please email your request at your earliest convenience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime may I wish you all a very merry Christmas full of Boisdale cheer!
Editor-in-Chief Boisdale Life Magazine Founder Boisdale Restaurants & Bars