Hard Candy: BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981

In 1972, having created the still-lovely arc of the Porsche 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of the Bauhaus-trained original, left the car marque to cast the family eye wider. Design groupies across the world venerate the master’s (and his studio’s) subsequent work. Ranging from watches, televisions, sunglasses and all manner of consumer art pieces, the…
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Spa Girl: Yin Yang Goolies

“Want one?” he asks, completely ignoring the fact that I’m laden down with bags from Selfridges and downs the remnants of his glass. “Isn’t it a bit early.” I suggest, to which he looks at his watch, grunts “past eleven,” and signals to the barman for another. Ever since he lost his job he’s been…
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Death of the Kitchenette

Rightly or wrongly (well, if we’re honest, rightly) so, the serviced apartment has long been considered the dowdier cousin of the more illustrious Grand Hotel. They were usually only contemplated for their suite-like space, one suspects, for the ability to rustle up a meal in the confines of a closet-like kitchen. In recent years, however,…
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Spa Girl

Certainly, I would say monogamy is the way forward in any other circumstance, but I’m justifying this on the grounds that everything is above board. We have no secrets: I’ve left Roger. But why, I hear you ask? There are a number of reasons – his refusal to help remortgage Mummy and Daddy out of…
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Will Art Fall Flat on its Face?

We always like to laugh when the French get something wrong, but we’re sitting on the fence and waiting this one out. Art Exchange, which launched on January 11th of this year, is a Parisian-based company, which, as the name suggests, is a stock exchange for Art. That is – people will be able to…
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Jinger’s Jaunts – 10,000 Kilometer Outback Rally

Ever watched Mel Gibson in the Mad Max movies and thought to yourself, I’d love the chance to drive through a post-Apocalyptic Aussie landscape in a big truck or on a bike and experience those kind of adventures? Well, here’s your opportunity to do just that – without the pesky nuclear war. Jingers Jaunts expertly…
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Cape Town

“This cape is the most stately thing,” Sir Francis Drake wrote in his journal in 1580. “The fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.” Who am I to question Sir Francis? But I thought I’d better hop in a helicopter just to be sure. We circle over Table Mountain, spot a…
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Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Years of using Hong Kong as a layover for Pacific-bound journeys made me curious about Macau. “It’s just like Las Vegas”, everyone told me, as if that’s a good thing. It is just like Las Vegas in that every hotel either has a casino or shopping mall attached to the side, bottom or top of…
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Parental Guidance is Advised

She taught me the joy of getting your hands dirty and earning that bucket of fried chicken. Sure, then I struck oil, paid people to get their hands dirty while I had two extra buckets of fried chicken, but I didn’t forget the lesson. Mostly because I pay someone to remember it for me, but…
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