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The Spoken Word: Travel Writers

The Spoken Word: Travel Writers

 ‘In spite of all hardships, discomforts and sicknesses, the lure of exploration still continues to be one of the strongest lodestars of the human spirit, and will be so while there is the rim of an unknown horizon, in this world or the next.’ – Freya Stark – Earlier this […]

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Andaz West Hollywood

Andaz West Hollywood

From the moment one enters Andaz West Hollywood smack bang in the middle of the Sunset Strip, greeted by a host who offers you a glass of wine whilst checking you in on a netbook, one just knows that this is going to be a relaxed stay. There’s no reception or bell boy here; just a very cool lounge […]

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Giger and Gruyère

Giger and Gruyère

Last night I watched Alien; a film I last viewed around ten years ago, and was once again struck by its utter brilliance. Although made in 1979, nothing about the film looks dated. Directed by Ridley Scott, this science fiction horror epic went on to win a heap of awards, including most deservedly, the Academy Award for Best […]

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Food, Travel

Hatfield’s, Los Angeles

Hatfield’s, Los Angeles

As a Brit, dining out in LA can sometimes be a little tricky. Unlike London and New York, where fancy restaurants usually demand a fancy outfit, dining in LA is a great deal more casual. Sure, if you dine out at Wolfgang Puck Hotel Bel-Air every night then you can pile on the glitz […]

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James Dean And The ‘Little Bastard’.

James Dean And The ‘Little Bastard’.

This was the nickname which James Byron Dean gave to his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder. He purchased the ‘Little Bastard’ new from Competition Motors in Hollywood just as he was wrapping up the filming of Giant. Even though the actor was a novice racer, he was a fully fledged petrol head and had already experienced […]

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A Saunter Around 20th Century Fox

A Saunter Around 20th Century Fox

Last week I spent a fascinating afternoon wandering around the backlot at 20th Century Fox. A friend is working on a film there and for me, nothing beats the buzz of a working studio. I’m familiar with most of the studios in England: Pinewood, Shepperton, Leavesden et al, but everything here in Tinseltown is on a […]

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Hearst Castle: A Californian Fairy Tale

Hearst Castle: A Californian Fairy Tale

Every time I visit California, I always have good intentions to visit the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, but for one reason or another, I never seem to make it. This time however, I was determined to behold the romantic vision of the publishing magnate whose lifestyle, eccentricity and art collection influenced the film […]

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The Westin Monache at Mammoth: Almost ski-in, ski-out

The Westin Monache at Mammoth: Almost ski-in, ski-out

Strangely, I wasn’t expecting much from Mammoth as a ski resort. Most likely because I have been incredibly fortunate to spend most of my American ski vacations in Aspen and Telluride, and they’re rather a massive act to follow. I’d always heard great things about Mammoth, though; I just needed a little convincing . . . Arriving at the The Westin Monache Resort […]

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Palm Springs: The Home of Desert Modern

Palm Springs: The Home of Desert Modern

Palm Springs became a fashionable resort in the 1900s when tourists suffering from ailments requiring dry heat, arrived to take advantage of the town’s unique microclimate. On their heels came the Hollywood movie stars, who in the 1920s, would drive down from Los Angeles to enjoy the hot dry, sunny weather, not […]

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Thrifting for Vintage in Palm Springs

Thrifting for Vintage in Palm Springs

No trip to Palm Springs is ever complete without a hunt around the best thrift stores in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area. This is where many of the top US fashion editors come to get their vintage fix. For those readers who share a love of quality vintage clothing, I would recommend putting aside half a day to patiently flick through endless racks to find a treasure. It’s not for the faint-hearted and your efforts won’t always be rewarded, but when you do find that beautiful Louis Viutton dress for $30 or the pristine pair of Ferragamo pumps in your size for $8.00 (as I did yesterday), then it’s worth it.

by × February 6, 2012 × 2 comments

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Portmeirion: The Last Folly of the Western World

Portmeirion: The Last Folly of the Western World

I crafted the above heading from a borrowed quote in The Times. In 1973, this is how the paper described  the beautiful, unique resort – built in the style of an Italian village – in Gwynedd, North Wales. Of course for lovers of cult television shows from the 1960s (including yours truly), Portmeirion is also recognisable from its starring role, […]

by × January 30, 2012 × 0 comments

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Best of the Venice Biennale

Best of the Venice Biennale

Recently I was in Venice working on a feature, and decided it was the perfect opportunity to check out the best of the Biennale. The 54th International Art Exhibition, directed by Bice Curiger, is open at the Giardini and Arsenale venues and elsewhere around Venice.  The Central Pavilion features 83 artists from around the world. Here […]

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