(…) I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.
George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Football is the most played sport around the globe. It can be played by anyone, anywhere, with official balls or handmade ones.
The american apparel giant Nike team up with spanish advertising company Double You, and came up with a brilliant idea to compensate the lack of proper football fields in urban areas. Using an app, players could request a visit from Nike’s laser-equipped van. A crane would then be raised, projecting a football field on the floor.
Nowadays, it seems that chivalry is dead. Although you might have seen your grandfather hold the door for a woman, it is unlikely that you actually do that.
A true “gentleman” is hard to find, partly due to women’s emancipation and the sexual revolution of the 60’s; and partly due to young people thinking chivalry is outdated.
To be a “gentleman” implies a certain superior standard of moral conduct, an intellectual refinement which manifest itself in unrestrained yet delicate manners.
A gentleman is cordial, intelligent, masters the art of conversation; knows how the world around him revolves, has basic understanding of science, mathematics, literature and art.
A gentleman should know how to differentiate a Picasso from a Renoir, but should never employ bad manners on those who don’t, or show exasperation when others aren’t comfortable with the subject.
A gentleman should be confident about his own knowledge, but also humble enough to admit he lacks some; he must learn something new everyday.
A gentleman should read newspapers and magazines in a thoughtful way, for he must be have a formed opinion on any issue. A gentleman should never be caught off guard in any subject.
He must be comfortable discussing politics, religion and other difficult topics, but he must have the sensibility to understand in which situations these topics are inappropriate.
Being a gentleman also means treating others, especially women, respectfully.