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Damien Hirst: Lost Souls

Damien Hirst: Lost Souls

For someone who suffers from Lepidopterphobia (roughly translated as a fear of butterflies), it was with more than a little trepidation that I made my way to the Paul Stolper gallery in a beautiful Bloomsbury Street for the opening of The Souls by Damien Hirst last week. Thankfully my fears were alleviated as […]

by × October 10, 2010 × 2 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Give Peace a Chance – The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Give Peace a Chance – The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

According to the hotel’s housekeeping records, furniture was found in the corridor, pictures were taken off the walls, and all that remained was a double bed placed in the sitting room. To complicate matters, a houseman had to vacuum three to four times per day since John Lennon liked to […]

by × October 8, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

American Prince

American Prince

Tony Curtis wasn’t just an actor, he was a movie star, something altogether different. Although if you asked Tony how he viewed himself, surprisingly he would say that he was an artist (as in painter) before actor. As a child growing up on the east side of Manhattan, he would […]

by × October 7, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Gauguin: Maker of Myth

Gauguin: Maker of Myth

Words are an integral element in Gauguin’s work and I firmly believe that’s why he has always been one of my favourite artists. Long before Warhol boldly decorated his canvases with letters of the alphabet, Gauguin would choose fragmentary texts as titles, either painted directly onto the canvas or carved into […]

by × September 29, 2010 × 0 comments

Food

Chocolates Fit for a Queen

Chocolates Fit for a Queen

Prestat’s hand-finished chocolates have been part of the Royal Family’s private and public life for decades – sailing round the world on the Royal Yacht Britannia and being much sought after at state banquets. There is no better nor more regal introduction to Prestat’s choclates than their opulently packaged Jewel […]

by × September 21, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Coutts Bank and London’s Theatreland

Coutts Bank and London’s Theatreland

Coutts & Co has a long history of supporting the performing arts and has looked after the financial affairs of many past clients connected with the arts. Past clients have included Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Chopin and Berlioz. The Coutts family were always  great fans of the stage. In fact links between […]

by × September 19, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Goldeneye, Jamaica

Goldeneye, Jamaica

“Paw-paw with a slice of green lime, a dish piled with red bananas, purple-star apples and tangerines, scrambled eggs and bacon, Blue Mountain coffee – the most delicious in the world – Jamaican marmalade, almost black and guava jelly. As Bond, wearing shorts and sandals, had his breakfast on the […]

by × September 19, 2010 × 0 comments

Food, Health & Beauty, Travel

Luxuries of Goa

Luxuries of Goa

The fabled palm-fringed coastline lapped by the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, also known as the ‘pearl of the orient’ is finally living up to its lustrous label. The word Goa was once synonymous with hedonistic holidays; a reputation which began in the 60’s with the first influx of […]

by × September 16, 2010 × 0 comments

Travel

Haute Living

Haute Living

Fashion designers never cease to inspire us with their latest collections, but now their well tuned ascetic is no longer assigned to the catwalk. Hotels all over the world are realising that bland design, no matter how luxurious, will simply not cut it anymore. People who frequent top hotels want […]

by × September 16, 2010 × 0 comments

Health & Beauty, Travel

Napo Wildlife Centre

Napo Wildlife Centre

Burgundy droplets spoiled the shiny surface of the Swiss Army knife, as its constant stabbing motion caused a trickle and then a positive flow. The blood was rare and despite the oppressive humidity, we had to work quickly using a sully-free container to avoid contamination. Blood from a Drago (Dragon) tree […]

by × September 2, 2010 × 1 comment

Food

Cake Boy

Cake Boy

Life is currently extra sweet for Master Patissier Eric Lanlard and his Cake Boy emporium based in Battersea Reach. A successful coffee lounge; a thriving Cookery School; his own TV show: Glamour Puds and now an exciting collaboration with renowned shoe designer Patrick Cox. Cake Boy is no ordinary coffee […]

by × August 30, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Von Ribbentrop’s Watch

Von Ribbentrop’s Watch

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself the owner of a watch that once belonged to Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hitlers friend, fixer and Nazi Germany’s Foreign Minister? I asked the same question of my friend, writer Laurence Marks (The New Statesman, Birds of a Feather) at a dinner party last weekend and discovered an ingenious way […]

by × August 27, 2010 × 0 comments