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    Main | Brit Bite #2: Adventures in Wonderful & Weird England »
    Thursday
    Jul272017

    Brit Bite #3: Adventures in Wonderful & Weird England

    Who Knew Shakespeare was Hip? William Shakespeare is not only the best-selling fiction author of all time (estimated 4 billion copies of work sold). He may also have the face and name that shows up in more product placements than Mickey Mouse. 

    Shakespeare’s birthplace, marriage home, and surrounding buildings are now a Disney-like compound in Stratford-Upon-Avon that could rival Legoland. Characters tell his story of birth, upbringing, marriage, creative genius, death, and ongoing presentation at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s digs just down the street on the Avon River. 

    But Shakespeare hasn’t lost his panache over time one bit. For example, Shakespeare is now LA-hip on a variety of clothing and jewelry products. And why not? His thinning hairline is rad. His moustache makes him kissably cool. And his Elizabethan-swagger is right in keeping with our Kardashian-flavored times.

    Shakespeare is also “into” modern-day bubbly wine, as well as whites and reds. He well knew the power of wine when he wrote, “Your lips are like wine and I want to get drunk.” Or “the wine cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.” (He probably sipped on a goblet or two as he penned his plays.)

    Shakespeare would probably love how his wine influence has effervesced over the centuries. He’s on vintages, corks, coasters, wine paraphernalia, wine clothing, wine hats, wine glasses, and even wine corks masquerading as thumb drives.

    In Stratford-Upon-Avon, they sell a nice variety of Shakespeare wines. Among them are a sparkling bubbly and a decent red. I can hear him now, in the back of the Garrick Inn, sipping a bit of red and whispering to his companions: “Yo. Good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people.”

    And of course Shakespeare shows up in a myriad of other products like books, bookends, posters, busts, platters, drapes, pillows, rugs, wall hangings, games, toys, masks, Halloween costumes, coloring books, and even fishing rods just to name a few.

    Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg eat your heart out. You’ll never overtake this guy. (At least for a few hundred years.)

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