Bodysgallen Hall – From the Mountains to the Sea

“The living need charity more than the dead” so stated the US poet George Arnold. Why am I mentioning charity whilst describing a Welsh hotel in 200 acres? Well, Bodysgallen Hall is one of three hotels that were donated to the National Trust, a charity, to ensure their long-term protection. So a stay at this…
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Cartagena Dreaming

The clear liquid hit the back of my throat like a bullet, rendering me momentarily speechless. I looked up and through my watering eyes saw the smiling face of Noah, bartender at El Barón who was taking us through his rum and cigar tasting masterclass at the Santa Teresa hotel in Cartagena. ‘Strong, eh?’ he…
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The Full Stop Lives On

The full stop is a relic of WhatsApp-free years gone by. Or so it might seem, until you set foot on London’s Lamb’s Conduit Street, where artfully placed full stops abound. A stroll down this haven of artisanal retail soon reveals that, far from being a quirky gimmick, this supposedly inessential dot is loaded with strategic…
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Method and Madness – Midleton’s New Whiskey Range

As Scotch whisky reinvents itself, Japan struggles to keep up with demand and the American whiskey scene is like a joyous Spaghetti Western–with strangers and unexpected heroes taking pot shots at the Sheriffs, breaking all the rules and generally having a rootin’ tootin’ time–‘whisky vision’ is suddenly less myopic.  Somewhat less restrained than the Scots…
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Heathfield House, the New Forest

England’s rural idyll has got a lot to answer for: the sweet promise of bucolia, of quaint English greens and rolling fields and sad shire horses dragging iron ploughs. Village fetes and maypoles, hay bales being slung at harvest time, damsels drinking cider from earthenware. Is it really such a paradise or just a big romanticised fib…
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Why There’s Business in Sleep

Are you reading this a little bleary-eyed? Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Maybe you want to spend some money on that? Certainly a number of brands want you to. The business of sleep is the next big thing to keep ambitious CEOs awake at night. (Yes, we couldn’t resist that one.) Have you read…
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Testing Waterproof Watches

“The Superman” is a labour of love project for filmmakers Jack Pirie & Alex Hylands-White, made in collaboration with underwater photographers The Ocean Brothers and Bamford Watch Department. The short film follows diver Francisco Del Rosario, who lives on the remote island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands. Previously featured watch customiser and founder…
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All That Jazz – The Wellesley

At times, the mere hint of it brings a rush of emotion that could be measured somewhere on a scale between minor annoyance and sheer terror. Sometimes, it is a beacon of hope, a sign that I shall soon be whisked home, away from the clamouring hoards on the street. Other times, it simply marks…
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Living the Dubai Life

Dubai is the on the way to everywhere. Just on the east of Europe, just on the west of Asia, over two-thirds of the world’s population lives within eight hours flight. It’s on its way to becoming the world’s third busiest airport, behind Beijing and Atlanta. With so much money passing through, Dubai’s rulers are…
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