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Hockney – Tate Britain

Hockney – Tate Britain

Writing about the latest David Hockney exhibition at first seems rather like trying to write about a Stones concert. These cultural icons have established places in the audience’s hearts. Everyone knows exactly what to expect and that’s just fine and dandy although it leaves us struggling to find something new […]

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Conversations

Clifford Slapper and David Bowie together at the piano on the set of ‘Extras’. © RayBurmiston

The Clifford Slapper Conversation

  Cliff, at what age did you begin to play the piano, and who or what were the influences which led you to learn it? When I was aged about six, my parents bought me a toy piano. It was the one toy I kept going back to, so they […]

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Food, Travel

Hotel Baur au Lac – Zurich, Switzerland

Hotel Baur au Lac – Zurich, Switzerland

Arriving at Zurich’s original ‘Grand Dame’ hotel, the  Hotel Baur au Lac, on a grey and snowy mid-winter day we find its interior a riot of full spring colour. Immaculate vases of garden fresh flowers adorn every spare space. Whether in giant vases, linear displays or dining table pots, the […]

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Travel

The Gombit Hotel – Bergamo, Italy

The Gombit Hotel – Bergamo, Italy

It is not often one gets an offer to stay in hotel in a medieval tower. As this one was also a member of the wonderful Design Hotels Group and naturally therefore featured interiors in ultra modern style we quickly accepted. The Gombit Hotel is in the northern Italian city of […]

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Travel

C-Hotel & Spa – Como, Italy

C-Hotel & Spa – Como, Italy

Following closely on the heels of our review of the B2 Hotel in Zurich we move through the alphabet to the C-Hotel and Spa. We guess the C stands for Colzani – the owners of this tight family-run operation, but it could also be for Como, the spectacularly scenic lake […]

by × February 21, 2017 × 1 comment

Arts & Culture, Travel

Fondazione Prada, Milan

Fondazione Prada, Milan

It would be very easy to visit Milan and miss the Fondazione Prada. Since its opening in May 2015, when it received much coverage, mostly in respect of its architecture – the online travel pages of the major publications appear to have declined to add the foundation to its list […]

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Travel

Ferrari Museum – Maranello

Ferrari Museum – Maranello

“The best Ferrari ever made is the one which is yet to be built” – Enzo Ferrari “Live the dream!” is certainly an apt tagline when visiting the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. As the world’s most powerful brand, Ferrari represents innovation, glamour, excitement, speed and technical excellence, and a tour of […]

by × February 9, 2017 × 0 comments

Health & Beauty, Travel

B2 Hotel & Spa – Zurich

B2 Hotel & Spa – Zurich

There seems to be a definite trend towards giving hotels short – very short – names, in fact just letters. As well as the B2 we have also stayed in the C Hotel near Milan, there are also D & E hotels plus many more right through the alphabet to the W Hotel group, […]

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Arts & Culture, Travel

Chaplin’s World – Vevey, Switzerland

Chaplin’s World – Vevey, Switzerland

When Michael Chaplin first told us about his plan to to turn the family home into a museum dedicated to his father, we knew what an immense undertaking this would be. At that time, Michael was still living at Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, with his family. When he […]

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Travel

Hotel N’vY – Geneva, Switzerland

Hotel N’vY – Geneva, Switzerland

Hotel NvY is part of a rather unique hotel chain. The Swiss Manotel Group to which it belongs, consists of just six hotels; every one is in Geneva and all sit cheek by jowl within just a few hundred yards of each other. This is the Paquis district of the […]

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Travel

Das Almdorf Luxury Chalets & Eco Cottages, Carinthia, Austria

Das Almdorf Luxury Chalets & Eco Cottages, Carinthia, Austria

Imagine, if you can, a cross between an Austrian mountain hamlet, a five star hotel and a conference resort – all dedicated to world peace and set in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Not easy I know, but I can assure you that the result is something very special indeed. This […]

by × January 27, 2017 × 1 comment

Travel

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

“It was a voyage of discovery, a quest for excellence that inspired universal trust and faith. In that brief unfinished journey, he made us believe once more in the great historic purpose of this land. He filled America with pride and made the nation young again.” – Edward M Kennedy. […]

by × January 25, 2017 × 0 comments