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Friday, July 1, 2022

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #HalloweenParty Hallowe'en Party by #AgathaChristie #Thirty-Fifth #35 #HerculePoirot #Mystery #ReadChristie2022

In this wicked heat wave in Manhattan it's time to look to fall if only in a book!  But this isn't just any book: it's Agatha Christie.  Again setting a record for most author reviews posthumously also, Agatha Christie is winding down her Hercule Poirot tales and this is sadly the third to the last.  Who know bobbing for apples could be so deadly, and covid germs have nothing to do with that!

Poirot as a character is indeed legendary and he is from the pure imagination of Agatha Christie.

"I am quite sure," said Hercule Poirot.  "When a thing arranges itself so, one realizes that it must be so, one only looks for reasons why it should not be so.  If one does not find the reasons why it should not be so, then one is strengthened in one's opinion." (p. 233)  We agree with nearly all of his philosophies except for the fact that he is not into being comfortable.  Though at times athleisure can be fashionably horrifying, you cannot beat jeans and a sweater and sneaks and perhaps we could reinvent him for today.

Agatha wins us over one more time on page one where in the very first sentence she uses whom correctly.  (High five in heaven.)

All Catholics know the Holy Days of Obligation and All Souls Day play a part here and the visual of flowers in Paris markets is wonderful.  Remember, all takes place in England where there is no Thanksgiving (obviously Thanksgiving is a celebration of religious freedom from England!) and it is funny to see the characters' take on it in November.  

Pay attention to motives, relationships and character.  As per usual, we will not give it all away but by book thirty-five, finally Peachy guessed who the murderer is quite early on correctly.  This is rare and does not reflect on the quality of the book but maybe the amount of time we have spent with Agatha and Hercule by now.

"Old sins have long shadows," quotes Poirot. (p 99)
Someone is just ALL WET.

Halloween Party is Recommended by Whom You Know.

Previously on Whom You Know, we have raved about Agatha:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

Murder in Mesopotamia

Cards on the Table

Murder in the Mews

Dumb Witness

Death on the Nile

Appointment with Death

Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Sad Cypress

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Evil Under the Sun

Five Little Pigs

The Hollow

The Labors of Hercules

Taken at the Flood

The Under Dog and Other Stories

Mrs. McGinty's Dead

After the Funeral

Hickory Dickory Dock

Dead Man's Folly

Cat Among the Pigeons

The Clocks

Third Girl

About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott.

She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.

Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.

Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!


#NewYorkNotes #WestCoastPeachy @FaithHill THIS ONE'S FOR YOU FAITH @TheTimMcGraw #BootsandBrews CBF Productions Announces Music Superstar Tim McGraw As Headliner of the Boots & Brews Country Music Festival Series Finale In Ventura, CA!

We love Faith Hill, especially because she follows us back!
The best thing about Tim McGraw is Faith Hill.
CBF Productions, one of California's largest traveling festival production companies, announced that Multi-Grammy Award-winning entertainer, author, and actor Tim McGraw will headline the last installment of this year's Boots & Brews Country Music Festival series taking place on Friday, October 14th at Surfer's Point LIVE at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Boots & Brews

Tickets to this series' grand finale go on sale to the public on Thursday, June 30th, 2022, and are already in high demand. For the latest information regarding on-sale dates, other concerts in the Boots & Brews Country Music Festival series, and new event details, attendees are encouraged to sign up for the waitlist on the official website: or directly here -

With over eighty million records sold and a catalog of over forty chart-topping singles, including 'Live Like You Were Dying,' Humble and Kind,' 'Don't Take The Girl,' and 'Shotgun Rider,' the country legend is set to deliver an unforgettable experience that will have attendees at this family-friendly outdoor celebration spinning, twirling, and whirling the night away in their best dancing boots.

"We are thrilled to bring legendary country music star Tim McGraw to the grand finale of our 2022 Boots & Brew's Country Music Festival," said CBF Productions Founder and CEO, Vincenzo Giammanco. "With such a long and illustrious career in the entertainment industry, it's a pleasure and honor to bring this iconic performer to Surfer's Point LIVE for his first performance ever in Ventura."

In addition to local food vendors and breweries providing mouthwatering cuisine and refreshing craft beverages, this years' summer series features new amenities and upgraded features. VIP attendees will have access to exclusive bar & food vendors, premium restroom facilities, a brand-new upgraded Paddock Level that provides up-close viewing, and private "corrals" for rent.

Boots & Brews is a multi-event, annual country music festival, renowned for curating lineups featuring world-class entertainers like Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae, Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen, and Russell Dickerson as well as handpicking country music's next biggest breakout artists and for their state-of-the-art production year after year. To learn more about CBF Productions, Boots & Brews Country Music Festivals, and to be kept updated on new announcements, follow us on Instagram and sign up for our mailing list at for news and special offers.

One of California's largest traveling festival production companies, having been at the forefront of entertainment in the Ventura County area and beyond, CBF has been producing a variety of adult and family-friendly events for over 13 years. From their legendary Boots & Brews Country Music Festivals to regional Tequila & Taco Festivals, Winter & Spring Wine Walks, and more, CBF showcases the best craft breweries, wineries, and tequilas in the state, combined with mouthwatering local cuisine, alongside amazing entertainment. CBF Productions is the exclusive promoter of Surfer's Point LIVE, southern California's newest outdoor entertainment destination, which features a full season of large-scale oceanfront festivals, concerts & events. From their various sold-out events to the revival of Ventura's Main Street with their annual seasonal wine walks.

A Grammy Award-winning entertainer, author, and actor who has sold more than eighty million records

and dominated the charts with forty-four number one singles. He is the most played country artist since his debut in 1992, has four New York Times bestselling books to his credit, and has acted in such movies as Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side. He is the founder and inspiration behind health and fitness brand, TRUMAV. McGraw is considered one of the most successful touring acts in the history of country music. His last solo project spawned one of the biggest hit singles of all time, "Humble and Kind," whose message continues to impact fans around the world.


#PeachyBears Traces of bears found in royal palaces of Silla

The Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage released news article series on the 30th about the lifestyles of Silla. In this episode, the article deals with the meaning of bear bones excavated in Wolseong.

In terms of domestic archaeological excavation, news coverages related to discovered relics have frequently been reported including excavation of earthenwares, ironwares, and stonewares.

However, relics such as animal bones easily decay, which are not usually left intact, although they once existed inside the relics. Hence, organic relics including animal bones were mainly discovered in special environment where bones can be safely protected such as swamps.

Also, after extensive amounts of animal bones were discovered inside the layers of sediments of Haeja, a pond surrounding Wolseong, it became possible to look through how people of Silla treated animals in the 5th century, about 1,600 years ago.

Most of animals found in Wolseong excavation site are mammals including wild pigs, cows, horses, dogs, bears, and deers. It is estimated that Silla people might have raised these animals as live stocks and used them for farming or meat. The investigation team especially focused on animals that are hard to live with humans such as bears, deers, and wild boars.

It is analyzed that people of Silla might have used bears in another purpose, other than eating them. Researchers of the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage found evidence in "Samguk-Sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms)," which explains how people of Silla used bears.

According to "Samguk-Sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms)," there is a record which shows that people of Silla used bear skins to make decorations for army flag.

Another record of "Samguk-Sagi" tells that there was also a governmental office dealing with leather products in royal palace of Silla.

It is estimated that various animal leather products were made in Wolseong, where royal families of Silla lived. When tanning the leather, the method of using animals' brain water is handed down. It is also presumed that this is related to a number of cases in which skulls were found broken, among animal bones excavated in Haeja of Wolseong.

Likewise, animal bones excavated in Haeja of Wolseong are attracting a lot of attentions of historic academia, providing significant evidences which show the lifestyle of Silla royal families.



The American Revolution Experience charts the journeys of 13 individuals caught up in the turmoil and ultimate triumph of America's struggle for independence

As tensions mounted in the 13 American colonies during the 1770s, an entire generation was faced with a momentous choice: would these ordinary citizens risk rising against a great colonial power in pursuit of liberty? Or would they remain loyal subjects of the British crown, coming into conflict with neighbors and family? A new digital exhibition from the American Battlefield Trust and Daughters of the American Revolution examines the lives of 13 men and women who witnessed the dawn of a new nation, and how their decision shaped the journey they faced in those tumultuous years.

New digital exhibit showcases the diverse experiences of the Revolutionary Generation.

Trust President David Duncan further emphasized the role of individuals in the nation's origins. "Independence may have been declared in Philadelphia by the Declaration's 56 signers, but it was won on the battlefield with the blood of thousands of patriot soldiers. The experiences of ordinary people, soldiers and civilians alike, and what they sacrificed for the promise of a new nation must be remembered."

The American Revolution Experience marries the two organizations' respective grounding in the fascinating people and places of the Revolutionary era. It brings to life diverse viewpoints and experiences, touching on the fates of Patriots and Loyalists, men and women, Black and Native populations and even international allies. Rather than focusing only on generals and famous statesmen, it introduces audiences to drummer boys, military mapmakers and other ordinary people who were impacted by global events.

Users are invited to watch the physical journeys of the Revolution's participants unfold across the map, discover thematic connections between the lives of subjects and explore contemporary connections via namesakes, descendants and other mechanisms. The exhibit links throughout to the Trust's industry-leading battle content and makes use of incredible documents and artifacts in DAR collections. It is richly illustrated with custom, impeccably researched artwork by South Carolina artist Dale Watson.

The Trust and DAR are united in understanding the power of tangible links to the past, the way that landscapes, objects and family legacy can bind us across the centuries to the essence of the American story. Earlier this month, they came together for a symbolic planting to initiate the DAR Pathway of the Patriots, a 250-tree commemorative grove honoring individual Revolutionary War participants on one of the battlefields where they fought. In April, when the Trust announced its goal to protect 2,500 acres of Revolutionary War battlefield land during the 250th anniversary period, DAR enthusiastically embraced the vision.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With nearly 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America's hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 55,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at


New Column: Peachy Bears

We all know Peachy loves Rabbits therefore Peachy Rabbits has existed practically forever.  Well, she loves Bears too.


#AsiaPeachy #ChampagneWishes #AGlassOfWorldClass #Diageo Reserve to Host the World Class Cocktail Festival in Mumbai: Consumers to Experience a Whole New World of Cocktail Culture

Cocktail culture is constantly changing on the backfoot of an evolved Indian aesthete. The desire for explorations in all things food & beverage has seen consumers gravitate towards cocktails and experimenting like never before. Recognizing that consumers today are well-travelled, constantly evolving and on the search for the new, Diageo Reserve announces the First World Class Cocktail Festival to bring alive an immersive, unmatched cocktail experiences for consumers to discover #AGlassOfWorldClass.
Image courtesy: Diageo India

Image courtesy: Diageo India
The festival is all set to deliver an array of unique cocktail experiences, including bar takeovers by the highly acclaimed Little Red Door, Paris and Tesuro, Goa. It will provide attendees with a peek into some of the best bar talent emerging from India, creating a new benchmark for mixology being set by Diageo Reserve World Class. Consumers can step into different experience zones to witness a untread path into the future of cocktails and innovation, through immersive botanical experiences such as 'Garden in My Glass,' among many others.

The World Class Cocktail Festival also pays homage to iconic classic cocktails embedded in cocktail culture across generations. Commenting on the promise of World Class in its new fervor this year, Shweta Jain – Chief Business Development Officer Luxury, Reserve, Craft Diageo India, said, "India's drinking culture is radically evolving with a desire for mindful luxury. Indian consumers are now on the constant lookout for experiences that are modern and globally inspired. Consumers are at the forefront of this dynamic new ecosystem, driving new cocktail trends which is the result of exploration and experimentation of the classic serves. The World Class Cocktail Festival 2022, part of the global iconic Diageo World Class Competition, is curated to get the larger consumers to taste the future of cocktails backed by new set of flavors and discover #AGlassOfWorldClass. This is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the Indian Bar Community that is constantly winning accolade on a global stage."

The World Class Festival aims to take the idea of cocktail experiences to a new realm bringing the consumers at the center of innovation and immersion. It will also play a role in making today's generation conscious about what, where, and how they drink, aiming to inspire them to elevate their own drinking experiences and acquaint themselves with what goes into #AGlassofWorldClass.

Audiences can experience #AGlassOfWorldClass at The World Class Cocktail Festival on July 2nd and 3rd, 2022 at Famous Studios, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai.

With experiential zones curated to appeal to different consumer palates, the festival is set to deliver a bespoke experience to the Indian audiences. Tickets available at

Celebrating Life, Every Day, everywhere | Drink Responsibly


WORLD CLASS is on a mission to inspire people to drink better and create unforgettable experiences in the process. Whether at home or in a bar, WORLD CLASS encourages consumers to think and care about fine drinking in the same way they care about fine dining.

WORLD CLASS has supported, trained and inspired over 300,000 bartenders across the globe over the past ten years, while partnering them with the world's finest spirits – the Diageo Reserve collection. WORLD CLASS is also the authority on the drinks industry whom consumers look to for the information on the latest drinks, trends, cocktail recipes and industry insight.

About Diageo Reserve

Created in 2004, Diageo's Reserve division focuses on the global luxury opportunity, bringing together brands built on strong heritage, craftsmanship and authenticity. This luxury portfolio consists of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Ciroc, Don Julio, Tanqueray No. TEN, Ketel One vodka, Zacapa, Bulleit and a fine collection of Single Malts. The Reserve portfolio accounts for 16% of Diageo's total sales and has grown by 7% this financial year.

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan's and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff and Ciroc vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands and performance, visit us at Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.


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