Chip Off the Gold Block – The Palazzo Versace Dubai

In the film Showgirls (1995), the heroine says she purchased her dress at “Ver-sayse”, an indication that the lowly stripper was moving up in the world, even if she couldn’t pronounce Versace correctly. Moving up in the world is now literal for anyone staying in Dubai with the opening of the five-star Palazzo Versace Dubai.…
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Mint Polo in the Park Starts This Weekend

Chukka up for the event that blends fashion, retail and gastronomy with some thrilling, high-octane polo. For the fifth consecutive year, Hurlingham Park, Fulham will play host to one of the most hotly anticipated sporting and social events in London’s calendar: MINT Polo in the Park 2013. On June 7th, 8th and 9th the hallowed turf…
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To the Manor Born

I’m in the mood for English countryside. It’s a lucky coincidence that the Cotswold-based Manor House Hotel has just been awarded five black stars in the AA Hotel ratings. Time to dust off the tweed flat cap and get up to some clodhopping capers in a rather splendid rural retreat. On the southern edge of…
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Elephant Polo (Yes, Really)

Or maybe it doesn’t care. Its seemingly systematic and purposeful ramming continues, until the Toyota Hiace resembles the last cream cake at a Weight Watchers Christmas party spread. The YouTube clip I’m watching, amusingly called Elephant Attack – Part Deux, features this explanation – ‘Here in sunny Sri Lanka, we may love our cricket but…
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More Pony For Your Wonga

“I thank David Beckham for the burgeoning interest in polo,” says Georgiana Crofton, the horsey version of Emma Thompson and my polo teacher for the day at Adrenalin Polo Club in Windsor. “He’s made it alright to have lots of money and spend it, and that has made polo accessible!”  I’m not sure what Beckham…
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