Kleenex is a brand of tissue, the name of which is often used generically to mean any paper tissue. Registered to the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in America, Kleenex was the first facial tissue of the Western world, released in 1924 as a way to remove make-up or creams. Only a few years later was it marketed as useful for colds and hay fever, which by the 1930s had become its main use.
Today, the Kleenex brand also covers toilet paper, nappies and paper towels under different trade names such as Huggies and Viva, and the products are sold in over 170 countries around the world.
Royal Ascot is a five-day horse-racing event held at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire every June. The meeting was founded by Queen Anne (who opened the racecourse) in 1711 and is still attended each year by members of the royal family, usually including Her Majesty the Queen. The royal family and their invitation-only guests occupy the Royal Enclosure; the remaining two enclosures are for other race-goers.
Over 300,000 visitors attend Royal Ascot – it is the best-attended race meetings in Europe. A particular highlight is the Royal Procession which marks the beginning of each day of racing. The Thursday of the week is always Ladies’ Day, on which the Gold Cup race is held and the fashionable hats worn by the lady guests are the focus of much attention.
Patpong, the red light district, is another of Bangkok’s most famous sights. Home to a daily night market, the area is also synonymous with Bangkok’s thriving sex industry and markets itself, unfortunately, to Western tourists and expats. Patpong features numerous go-go bars, strip clubs, sex shows, ‘massage parlours’ and other brothel-like establishments - some of them are illegal, many not.
Traditionally a kimono is sewn by hand from a single and entire bolt of fabric, often a richly coloured and patterned silk. Designs are often varied to be appropriate to the season, incorporating different flowers, animals and birds.
Today, a kimono is usually worn in Japan on special occasions, although some women and men may wear one on a daily basis. The kimono style became popular in the Western world in the early 20th century and a ‘kimono type dress’ is likely to be a loose, flowing wrap-around dress in a bright oriental-inspired pattern.
Instructions for making a kimono.
Perhaps Britain’s most famous forest, Sherwood is associated with the legend of the outlaw Robin Hood, who hid out in the woods with his followers. Roughly half a million tourists visit every year and the Robin Hood Festival is held for a week every summer.
The style was most commonly used for churches, cathedrals and abbeys, and also for important buildings such as palaces, town halls, government and university buildings, and occasionally private homes. Features are towers and spires, arches, vaults, large windows and ornate decorations, particularly gargoyles, all designed to give an impression of might.
Pimm’s No. 1 remains the most popular of all Pimm's brands and, due to its fruity taste, is enjoyed at summer parties where it is mixed with lemonade and served with a large quantity of fruit. Other brands, No. 3 and No. 6, are available occasionally – they are based on brandy and vodka respectively, whereas No. 1 is based on gin. The Pimm's brand is currently owned by Diageo.
The Miss World competition was introduced in 1951 in the UK by Eric Morley. It is the world’s longest-running international beauty pageant and continues to take place annually, now co-chaired by Morley’s widow Julia.
Entrants to the competition must have won the beauty title for their native country and attend a series of preliminary balls, galas and events. The competition itself is usually a month long and consists of beauty pageants, talent contests and, more recently, other challenges designed to test intelligence and ambition.
The winner of Miss World spends the next twelve months touring the world to raise awareness of and funds for the Miss World Organization which promotes various charitable interests. The winner of the 2012 competition was Yu Wenxia of China.
Dixie, or Dixieland, is a nickname given to the Southern United States. This is generally considered to mean the eleven southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. The origins of the name are unclear, but are thought to be based on either the old currency issues in Louisiana, on the notes of which was written the French word ‘dix’ (meaning ‘ten’); a famously kind slave owner called Mr Dixy; or Jeremiah Dixon, a surveyor instrumental in establishing the Mason-Dixon line which divided the USA unofficially into areas of free and state slavery.
The Savoy gave birth to a group of hotels which are now owned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. It recently underwent extensive renovations which have kept it firmly at the pinnacle of the London hotels.
The River Thames flows through southern England and is the longest river in England. Beginning at its source in Thames Head in Gloucestershire, it flows over 215 miles (346km) to the Thames Estuary where it runs into the North Sea. It is most famous for flowing through central London and has become an iconic image of the city, but it also flows through other towns and cities including Oxford, Windsor and Henley-on-Thames. Over 80 islands are dotted along its course and the river is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. It has been used by humans as a fresh water source, transport route, economic industry and leisure facility throughout the ages. The Thames is the home of competitive rowing in the United Kingdom, with over 800 clubs along its length and some of the country’s most famous races, including the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race and the Henley Royal Regatta.
Siena (population 54,000) is an historic city in the hills of Tuscany. Originally settled by the Etruscans in 900-400 BC, Siena was a strategically positioned hill fort. It still retains much of its ancient Roman and Medieval architecture such as the cathedral and town square, the Piazza del Campo, as well as numerous other churches and gardens. The town centre has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Siena is famed for its art, architecture, cuisine and handicrafts and is visited by hundreds of thousands of international tourists every year. One of the main attractions of the city is the Palio, a medieval bareback horse race which is run in the Piazza del Campo twice every summer.