Sporting Goods

  • Holland & Holland, the quintessential English company

    This paradoxically named article may initially cause confusion. However, the name Holland & Holland is derived from the surname of the founder Harris Holland. His nephew, Henry, joined the company as an apprentice in 1861 and after Harris retired, the company name changed to Holland & Holland.   The company was founded in 1835. Whilst…

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  • Purdey

    A deprived childhood and adulthood I grew up in a home where shotguns hung from beams and were always in use.  My father and uncles were all good shots.  I knew the rules never to point, always to break when carrying and I was allowed to help in their cleaning.  Sadly guns were handed on…

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  • zai – the dream of the perfect ski

    I dream of the starting gate confronting me at the Downhill at Hahnenkamm.   However, reality sets in and this overweight, middle-aged businessman awakes from his deep slumber to realise that he will not challenge Zubriggen, Cuche or Miller, but will merely be enjoying a week’s skiing in the Austrian Tyrol.   The area I…

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