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ublishing, what a wonderful world to work in, it provides opportunities to meet our idols and to learn and write about the icons we were unable to meet in life. This issue has provided me with the chance to do both. For me there was no doubt that the most interesting person I could have the chance to have on our front cover was Sir David Attenborough. Sir David my hero. He is one of the most powerful voices and faces in television. He has dedicated over 60 years to his work, and I do hope that it continues for much, much longer. We look at his incredible life and work on pages 20-23. From television hero to literary giant – from page 32 we talk to bestselling writer Louis de Bernières, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Bird Without Wings and discuss his latest release The Dust That Falls From Dreams. We also take a look at the life of fashion icon Coco Chanel on page 28. Additionally, we have been lucky enough to talk to not one but two inspirational chefs – Pascal Barbot and Claudio Sadler – don’t miss our interviews with them on pages 80 and 84. Finally, as the nights draw in and our thoughts turn to winter festivities, don’t miss our guide to the best Christmas markets in Europe on pages 46-49. So this issue is the last of 2016. It has been a great year with many wonderful changes that have helped H Edition grow across the world. We have a strong distribution, we have a large digital footprint and we have launched H Edition Milan just this month. For 2017 we will be launching Venice and Monaco. I wish you a wonderful Autumn/Winter and look forward to seeing you in 2017!
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CONTENTS COVER STORY
Sir DaviD attenborough The world’s greatest broadcaster
Keeping in touch Exclusive with Hervé Martin CEO of Frette
brexit & the billionaire
the realiSm of magic
xmaS marKetS acroSS europe
The world’s wealthiest on Brexit
The journey of a style icon
Face to face with Louis de Bernières
The top four to visit in 2016
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Unrivalled dynamics and everyday usability
FINE DINING BY DANY STAUFFACHER
paScal barbot ✶✶✶
clauDio SaDler ✶✶
Interview with the 3 Michelin star prodigy
Tradition & creativity in Milan
â€œIf one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorableâ€? Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Keeping in touch If you want the most luxurious feel for your night of sleep – or passion – there is only one name to remember: Frette, the most exclusive brand in bed linen. Chief executive Hervé Martin tells Philip Whiteley about the company’s ambitions at the launch of its new store in Mayfair, London
When We think of fine art and classic design, we tend to think visually. But human life is experienced through different senses. One of these is touch. this is mostly sub-conscious, yet also powerful; and not least when we sleep. the world’s premier brand in bed linen is Frette, established 160 years ago by italian inventors who pioneered the use of jacquard textile weaving for high-quality yarn required for creating the finest quality linens. Frette is a company whose products combine manufacture and art, pleasing both sight and touch. For over 150 years its products have been first choice for the most luxurious settings: the Orient express, superyachts, five-star hotels and the Vatican. hervé Martin was appointed CeO of Frette in 2014, after its takeover by Change Capital Partners. he is a brilliant and experienced business leader, and he brings the understanding of the paradox that lies at the heart of a classic brand: it has to be simultaneously traditional and cutting-edge. it has to be reinvented continually in order to give the impression of permanence. ‘i speak very little about history; it is not the justification, it’s the starting point, then you develop,’ he explains. ‘A brand cannot be static; it cannot be stable. there needs to be constant evolution, like a human being. When a person doesn’t move, he’s dead. A brand is the same. Frette has a historic name; it needs to be faithful, and clear about where it comes from, but in no shape or form can it be restricted to just repeating itself. it’s a brand invented as a business 160 years ago in italy, which obviously makes it the most highly recognized historical name in our sector, and we need to be a brand of the 21st Century. that’s absolutely key.’ 8
Our interview is on the day of the launch of a new Frette store in London’s Mayfair, on South Audley Street near the legendary Berkeley Square, nestled amid other designer stores, fine restaurants and hotels. We are surrounded by beautiful linens and cushions, including a special range of linens designed for Frette by Ashley hicks. Mr Martin describes the ‘subtle balancing’ of preserving the essence of a brand while adapting to the changing world. the challenge is complex; many are the cases where custodians of a brand have engaged in unwise change, resulting in brand stretch, or dilution. Mr Martin perceived that this had started to occur when he took over in 2014. there were italian stores and some product lines aimed more at the middle market. ‘in italy in particular there was an attempt to make the brand more accessible, with the result that it was probably stretched in product category – was not core business for us. those kinds of diversification initiatives were tried but generated only confusion. [there arises] a question of whether you are still credible as a luxury brand.’ his strategic shift was clear, resulting in the closure of 20 italian stores, discontinuing certain product lines, and reinvesting in designs and products for the very top of the market. Change Capital Partners have been supportive owners with a strategic view, investing in skills and resources to enable this continual innovation. ‘now Frette is one brand, which is reinvented. What we’re doing in London [with the store opening] is part of that; a redefinition of the brand in 2015, with a new logo, new colours, new shopping bags.’ the Frette diamond logo, elegant and understated, sits modestly at a bottom corner of the store’s front
window, and discreetly at other points of the store. Some of the new designs are modern but with a nod to the past. Mr Martin, an aficionado of the visual arts, references the influence of art deco, the modernist designs of the 1930s that still manage to look daring today. Yet while this is an influence, his designers are empowered to think anew, and create something fresh. ‘For me, a classic style doesn’t mean a style of the past; a design today is for someone who is going to be buying our product in 20, 50 years’ time.’
“A brand cannot be static; it cannot be stable. There needs to be constant evolution, like a human being. When a person doesn’t move, he’s dead. A brand is the same” Frette’s founders understood the importance of touch and feel, devoting hard work and ingenuity to providing the most luxurious finish. there is far more involved than just thread count in assuring the highest quality sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases. their manufacture requires many features; finest yarn and
finish. the thread count is but one factor. this is hi-tech manufacture blended with sophisticated design. the company is steeped in tradition, but Mr Martin wonders if there needs to be an evolution beyond the seasons of traditional cloth manufacture, which run from new year till the summer break, then the autumn season (in the northern hemisphere) until Christmas. Bed linen differs from clothing in not having seasons; it is a 365-days-a-year product. ‘Distributors visit us twice a year in order to do their buying and the cycle follows that programme. i’m not convinced it’s the best way to organize. i want us to have more time to innovate.’ his vision is for Frette to have a business model more akin to an entrepreneurial design company that is continually innovating, every day of the year. there has already been much innovation in the business model. Frette has learned to work more closely with business partners such as luxury hotels and cruise companies. the bed linen, after all, form part of the visual and tactile aesthetic of a suite. So as well as off-the-shelf products, Frette can produce bespoke items, working with the interior designer of the business partner. Styles need to reflect changing tastes of a global audience. the economic world has altered out of all recognition compared with the 1860s. Wealth is now distributed widely, with significant luxury markets in india, South America and China, as well as the older industrialized regions of western europe and north America. But while people are far more mobile, their tastes are still influenced by the culture in which they were raised. ‘if [customers are] from the Middle east, or the Americas or Chinese, they are absolutely different [in their tastes]. that’s the biggest challenge for the luxury brand.’ it is the same with corporate partners: ‘the Asian architect, or South American architect; their expectations, the way they see the world, their language, are sometimes not the same. We need to have the ability to understand that. We don’t
have one designer for each market, that would be too complicated, but we need to have international resonance.’ And will there be more stores? the answer is yes, but selectively. this is a premium brand. there will be one in Shanghai, for example. ‘not too many stores; more good stores. i prefer fewer stores, but better,’ he says, simply. One route to identifying influential customers is the world of the luxury yacht. it is not a huge market in itself, ‘but it is an excellent way to develop greater visibility at the top of the market,’ he says. So Frette exhibited at the Monaco Yacht Show, and is collaborating with leading firms such as San Lorenzo. the demands for continual reinvention influence his open and empowering leadership style. ‘i want open minds, people who will say “Let’s not just repeat what we had in the past”. in order to do this, you need to give your team space and support. i recruit for entrepreneurial skills.’ As a lover of fine art, he and his wife were keen to attend the expressionists exhibition in the Royal Academy on Piccadilly during their stay in London for the launch of the store in Mayfair. it’s
tourism, if you like, but such appreciation naturally informs the head of a company based on style. Design, look, feel, and the entrepreneurial instinct for reinvention. it’s called keeping in touch.
Brexit & the Billionaire
t was a vote which quite literally split the UK in two. In June 2016, after what many felt was a divisive campaign and among accusations, from both sides of the debate, of scaremongering and negativity the UK voted narrowly in favour of leaving the EU. At the time, business people from all over the world spoke passionately both in favour of and against voting to leave and one of the key concerns off all was the potential impact a vote to leave would have on world economies. Before the referendum, billionnaire.com looked at the views of some of the world’s billionaires. Here we take a look at what they said and at the extent to which post-referendum UK reflects their concerns and predictions. Among the most vocally pro-Leave billionaires was Peter Hargreaves. The British co-founder of investment company Hargreaves Lansdown, and the largest single donor to the Leave campaign, argued that the city of London and Sterling would benefit from the UK leaving the EU. Concerned that the EU was too dominated by France and Germany, Hargreaves suggested that Singapore was the best business model for the UK. He explained to Bloomberg: “Every year in the EU it gets more political, it gets more legislative, more regulative; we don’t seem to get very much benefit from it. We will be far better out.” US presidential candidate Donald Trump agreed, saying “I would personally be more inclined to leave, for a lot of reasons [such as] having a lot less bureaucracy.” UK tycoon Sir James Dyson, was also pro Brexit. He told The Daily Telegraph that he believed that George Osborne and David Cameron’s claims that exports would fall if Britain left the EU were fundamentally wrong. He explained: “If, as David
Cameron suggested, they imposed a tariff of 10 percent on us, we will do the same in return. We buy more from Europe than they buy from us, so we would be the net beneficiary and based on these numbers it would bring £10 billion into the UK annually. Added to our net EU contribution, it would make us around £18.5 billion better off each year if we left the EU.”
“Every year in the EU it gets more political, it gets more legislative, more regulative; we don’t seem to get very much benefit from it. We will be far better out.” Billionaires in the Remain camp included George Soros, the currency trader who made a fortune out of Britain’s “Black Wednesday “collapse 24 years ago, by betting against the pound. Seros said in The Guardian: “Sterling is almost certain to fall steeply and quickly if Leave wins the referendum. I would expect this devaluation to be bigger and also more disruptive than the 15 percent devaluation that occurred in September 1992.” Virgin boss Richard Branson agreed, arguing that a British exit from the EU would be “devastating” for the UK’s longterm prosperity. Branson recalled how “difficult” it was for businesses to operate effectively before the EU, and explained to the BBC “I’m very fearful that if Britain loses the market of 500 million people that it will be catastrophic.
I think we’ll find the pound will plummet, stock markets will collapse and that will inevitably have a knock-on effect on pensions and a knock-on effect on jobs.” The world’s richest man Bill Gates, was also concerned about the effect leaving the EU would have on jobs and investment. In a letter to The Times, Gates argued that Britain would be “stronger, more prosperous and more influential” inside the EU, saying “it is clear to me that if Britain chooses to be outside of Europe, it will be a significantly less attractive place to do business and to invest. It will be harder to find and recruit the best talent from across the continent; talent which, in turn, creates jobs for people in the UK.” Concern with the economy was also behind Asian Billionaire Li Ka Shing’s support of the Remain campaign. Whilst admitting to Bloomberg that, in terms of his business “It’s not the end of the world if Brexit happens”, Asia’s wealthiest man argued that staying in the EU was the right thing to do, saying “If Brexit happens, it will be detrimental to the UK and it will have a negative impact to the whole of Europe.”
“If Brexit happens, it will be detrimental to the UK and it will have a negative impact to the whole of Europe.” After the leave vote Vanity Fair reported that the world’s billionaires lost a total of $99 billion, with the top ten richest losing $21billion between them. However, despite the plunging pound there were some winners. In line with his prediction that only speculators would gain from a leave vote, George Soros’ prudent pre-vote investments look set to make him another windfall and the Daily Mail reported that Hedge Fund tycoon Crispin Odey made £220million after betting on stock value falling. As predicted by Soros and Branson, in the immediate aftermath of the vote result, the markets were shocked and the value of the pound plunged. However, the reduction in interest rates seems to have absorbed some of this shock and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has since reported that, as suggested by Dyson, British exporters order books were at their highest levels for two years in July 2016 and looked set to keep rising over the course of the year. Certainly, so far, the UK economy seems to have weathered the storm, despite the fact that the value of the pound remains at a 30 year low. This perhaps reflects Hargreaves argument, in
The Guardian, that a slump in sterling may be good for the economy in the long term: he argued that “If Brexit means the pound goes down then whoopee-do. It will be positive for exporters and the market.”
“If Brexit means the pound goes down then whoopee-do. It will be positive for exporters and the market.” However, as Theresa May hasn’t yet invoked Article 50 and the negotiations re the UK’s future dealings with the EU and the rest of the word have not yet begun, it remains difficult to ascertain if leaving the EU will ultimately damage or benefit the UK’s economy. There are some who believe that the worst is yet to come. For example, Gary Shilling, president of Gary Shilling & Co, fears that the Brexit Effect is just beginning and that a
recession in the UK and EU is almost inevitable. Writing in Forbes magazine, he further suggests that Brexit could be “contagious” and precipitate a global recession. Clearly, how Brexit affects UK, EU and other world economies very much depends upon how the negotiations play out and how the world markets react to this. Post referendum and pre invoking Article 50, UK politicians’ focus seems to be on whether the UK opts for a ‘hard Brexit’ in which the UK would operate under World Trade Organisation Rules and establish a hard line on immigration on leaving the EU or a ‘soft Brexit’ where the UK remains in some way part of a European common market and follows a similar path to Norway in its relationship with the EU. How the exit is handled is vital to the economic impact it will have. Whilst we can’t predict whether the best or worst case scenarios will play out, what is clear is that major change is afoot and that businesses and billionaires alike will be watching to see how they can adapt to, and perhaps even profit from, this change. By Jo Walker
Global Review by roberto Pucciano Ceo of anchorage group global
The central Asian republic of Uzbekistan is undergoing a change of regime for the first time in a quarter of a century. News of the death of the authoritarian President Islam Karimov first leaked out through a statement by the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in early September, and was later officially confirmed. The delay in a formal announcement may have indicated a power struggle behind the scenes, as the dictator had left no nominated successor. Presidential elections are due to be held in December 2016. Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev is the country’s acting president in the interim. The regime of Karimov was widely criticized for being oppressive. The former dictator had pointed to an Islamist insurgency as a reason for clampdowns on dissidents and restrictions on democratic freedoms. The country became independent in 1991, following the demise of the Soviet Union. It has experienced economic growth, with the help of gas, cotton and oil exports. GDP has soared from around $10 billion to over $60 billion in the 2000s, according to World Bank data. Control of corruption is poor, with the country ranked 153rd on the Transparency Index. Life expectancy has improved from under 60 to 68 in the past few decades, and the literacy rate is nearly 100%.
The landlocked, southern African nation of Zambia has experienced relative political stability over the years. Edgar Lungu succeeded Michael Sata, who died in office in 2014, and became the nation’s sixth President since independence from colonial rule in the 1960s, winning his own term in elections in August 2016. Although there has been economic development in recent years, much has depended on exports of copper, which has been subject to falls in the international price. Around two-thirds of the population still live in poverty, according to the BBC. GDP rose sharply in the first years of the new century, but has fallen off in recent years. A bad harvest in 2015 compounded difficulties, according to a World Bank report. The country’s counter-corruption ranking is midtable, being placed 76th out of 168 nations on the Transparency Index. Health indicators have recovered. Life expectancy actually fell during the 1990s, mainly owing to the spread of AIDS, but has improved considerably since. Life expectancy fell to below 50 at the turn of the millennium, but reached 60 by 2014, according to the World Bank. The literacy rate is 71%. The country’s population is growing quickly, and the current population of 13 million is set to triple by 2050.
Luxembourg is, per capita, one of the richest nations in the world, with a GDP of over Eur 50 billion shared by half a million inhabitants. Nestled between Belgium and Germany, with France to the south, it is tiny – smaller than most of the Länder, or Federal States, in Germany. The economy is advanced, but to a significant extent is aided by a corporate-friendly tax regime. There have been criticisms of operating as a tax haven, with the capital hosting offices for many large international corporations, taking advantage of its low rates. This controversial issue is also highly fluid, with European countries responding to the ruling by the European Commission in late August 2016 that the US giant Apple should pay Eur 13 billion to Ireland in order to stay compliant with state aid rules. The Irish Government, which wants to attract inward investment, is appealing the ruling. It could have a huge impact on the economy of Luxembourg, which is also an EU member. Luxembourg’s tax deals with Fiat and Starbucks have also fallen foul of EU rules. Luxembourg scores well on counter-corruption, being placed 10th on the Transparency Index. Social indicators are healthy, with life expectancy over 80. The current European Commission President, JeanClaude Juncker, is a former Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
One of the last countries in the Americas to gain independence from European rule is the small Central American nation of Belize, which was under British rule until 1981. One of the issues holding up full independence was a border dispute with Guatemala, which lies immediately to the West and which refused to recognize the country under the territory it claimed. British forces fought the Guatemalan army during the 1980s. Tourism has been a mainstay of the country’s economy in recent years, with cruise liners visiting its Caribbean barrier reef. It also boasts rich fauna in tropical rainforest. There is also an oil industry. The World Bank reports a recovery from the recession that followed the international financial crisis in 2008, noting a return to GDP growth, albeit slowing between 2014 and 2015 to 1.7%. The population is very small, at just 318,000. Literacy is 70% and life expectancy is good at 75. The Transparency Index currently lacks sufficient data for a ranking on the counter-corruption index. It is relatively stable politically. Dean Barrow has served as Prime Minister since 2008. He is a member of the United Democratic Party. The country is a constitutional monarchy and a Commonwealth country, with Great Britain’s Elizabeth II as Head of State. HEditionMag
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syria A civil war of exceptional violence has meant that parts of this large Middle Eastern country effectively constitute a failed state, and millions of refugees have fled to Turkey and Europe. The extremist Daesh, or Islamic State, cult took over swathes of the country, though has suffered reverses in recent months. A glimmer of hope emerged in September 2016 when the US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov came to an agreement, resulting in a ceasefire beginning 12 September. The main point of difference between the USA and Russia has been the regime of President Assad. Russia supports Assad but the US regards him as a belligerent, and has supported some of the rebel groups; however the greater threat of IS has created a common point of interest. Prior to the conflict Syria had experienced considerable economic development, with the help of income from oil. Statistics from 2009 show that literacy was 84% and life expectancy 76. It is likely that a significant proportion of civilian refugees are highly educated, so a key factor of any post-conflict recovery may lie in the extent to which people return. The war has had a devastating impact, reducing the size of the economy by almost half.
CoLombia Another country plagued by civil war took a major step forward to normalization in June 2016 when a formal peace agreement between the Bogotá government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) was announced. There was a shock ‘no’ vote to the terms of the peace deal in a referendum in October 2016, although this does not appear to herald an immediate return to war.’ Timoleón “Timochenko” Jiménez, the leader of FARC, a left-wing guerrilla group, announced: ‘May this be the last day of war,’ after shaking hands with the President Juan Manuel Santos. It could mark the end of an era for the continent, as many South American countries were affected by violent conflicts between conservative regimes and Communist guerrilla movements. Colombia’s conflict was unusual in its duration, having lasted 50 years, long after Chile, Peru and others returned to democracy. Other parts of this huge, mostly mountainous country, which has both a Caribbean and Pacific coast, had already been recovering economically after a reduction in drug cartel activity. Tech firms have blossomed in recent years, with the IT sector contributing around $7 billion to the economy, according to government figures. The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg travelled to Bogotá in January 2015 for the company’s first ‘town hall’ meeting to take place outside of the USA. The country is mid-ranking on counter-corruption, placed 83rd on the Transparency Index.
The Life of SIR DAVID After a life-time bringing the natural world alive into our living rooms, Sir David Attenborough is arguably the world’s greatest television broadcaster. Here is a look back at an extraordinary career on screen.
ailed as the ‘Nation’s Narrator’, voted the coolest man on earth and thought to be the most travelled person in recorded human history, even at the age of 90 yearsold Sir David Attenborough shows little sign of slowing down. After taking part in a special BBC documentary celebrating his 90th year, he’s also planning a new series of Planet 2 and helped launch a new digital archive of his work spanning 50 years. But who exactly is the man with the inimitable soothing voice who’s taught generations of us about the natural world? Born in London in 1926, Sir David’s upbringing was rather more humble than many might assume. Rather than the plains of Africa or another glamorous location it was his early love of the Leicestershire countryside that sparked a life long passion for nature. Attenborough’s own father, a university lecturer at Leicester, was not wealthy enough to send his inquisitive son to university but he had a major influence on him. Sir David remembers: ‘He asked me: what is it you want to do? And he encouraged us to find out for ourselves.’
One of three boys, Sir David was not the only son to become a star. His older brother Richard became an Oscar winning film director. At a young age David collected fossils to form his own museum and later won a scholarship to study Geology and Zoology at Cambridge University. Following graduation and stint in the Navy, his first role was editing science books. But in his own words he found it ‘indescribably boring’ and applied for a radio job. After being rejected, his CV was luckily spotted and he joined the BBC full time in 1952 as producer for non- fiction broadcasts. Extraordinarily the TV star’s big break came by total accident. Originally told his teeth were too big for TV it was when the presenter of Zoo Quest, a programme about the animal collecting expeditions, fell ill that Sir David was asked to step in. Aged just 28, he teamed up with camera -man Charles Lagus, to film the series and they didn’t shy away from danger. After almost losing their lives when their boat was nearly sucked into a whirlpool on the way to a remote Indonesian island, they also took risks
taking footage. One achievement was capturing the first colour film of Komodo dragons up close. Sir David said: ‘We were rebels who were rather sneered at by the film department. ‘They were good days and I wouldn’t change them... Looking back I don’t think you would let two kids in their 20s just go off like that and nobody asked us anything about health and safety or anything else. ‘I mean we just disappeared and they said, when will you be back? Oh just before Christmas, I think. Oh right-o, goodbye. So happy days.’ Despite a rocky start where he was dismissed as being ‘amateur’ the show became so successful with viewers that the BBC set up the Natural History Unit in 1957. And it kick started Sir David’s phenomenally successful career spanning five decades.
“Looking back I don’t think you would let two kids in their 20’s just go off like that and nobody asked us anything about health and safety or anything else” However, despite quickly making his name as an informative presenter, Sir David chose to work off screen for a period between 1965 and 1973 when he became controller of a fledging BBC2 and director of programmes subsequently. Brave both on and off the camera he made extraordinary choices when it came to his commissioning new genres. Not only did he give the go- ahead for the first series of odd -ball comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus, he also took a gamble on filming televised snooker for the first time. The Flying Circus quickly launched long careers for the likes of John Cleese and Michael Palin and snooker enjoyed a renaissance. But by the mid 1970’s Sir David chose to return to his first love; filming wildlife documentaries. In 1976, he made the ground-breaking Life on Earth series, where viewers were taken a journey examining the role of evolution in nature around the globe in staggering 96 episodes. Always eager to try new technologies, Sir David’s team used cutting edge filming equipment to get closer than ever before to wildlife. His personal passion translated brilliantly on screen, beaming animal, insect and bird species into households across the country and indeed, the world. By the time the series had ended, over 500 million people had watched it and Sir 22
David’s reputation as a household name was assured. Since then, Sir David has fronted a string of spectacular series including The Trials of Life, Life On Earth, The Living Planet, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth. He’s also narrated many other programmes including 250 episodes of the BBC’s Wildlife on One. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, and 3D. Due to the enormous amount of travelling each series required, Sir David is thought to be one of the most travelled people on earth. For example for The Life of Birds documentary he journeyed across over an astonishing 250,000 miles, the equivalent of circumnavigating the world ten times over. However, in spite of this nomadic lifestyle, Sir David also enjoyed a happy home life. He married Jane Ebsworth Oriel in 1950 and their marriage lasted until she died in 1997. The couple also had two children, Robert and Susan. When he’s not making award-winning TV Sir David has focused his terrific energy into high profile campaigns on leading issues. From endorsing the Green party candidate Caroline Lucas to opposing the UK policy on badger culling and Scottish independence. Most recently he spoke of his concern on the impact on wildlife following the Brexit vote. He said: ‘That is sad. Swallows aren’t members of the union, and migrant birds and so on. ‘One just hopes that collaboration on these issues, conservation issues, will transcend political divisions.’ His natural leadership qualities have made him a popular choice as patron for various organisations too. These include the World Land Trust, which buys rain forests to preserve wildlife and Population Matters, an organization that looks at the impact the human populations growth has on the environment. For a man who has contributed such a recordbreaking amount of work as a naturalist it’s no surprise Sir David has received a myriad of honours. He was not only knighted in 1985, he holds more honorary degrees than anyone else (more than 31 in total, including
Oxford and Cambridge) and he received the Order of Merit, from Queen Elizabeth in 2002. Eager to commemorate his 90th birthday, the BBC released their largest digital archive of Sir David’s work with a free app called The Story of Life, featuring more than 1000 clips from the landmark series. Always looking for ways to encourage an interest and love in the natural world, Sir David said he hopes the series will inspire a new generation.
“Knowing and understanding the natural world is one of the greatest gifts that humans can possess” He said: ‘Knowing and understanding the natural world is one of the greatest gifts that humans can possess. If we lose our connection with nature then we lose ourselves. ‘I’ve had the great privilege of being allowed to travel and discover the infinite variety of life on our planet and to share these stories with audiences all over the world. ‘To keep sharing those stories in a digital age means taking them online and I hope The Story of Life will reach and inspire a whole new generation.’ With such a huge expertise in our natural world, Sir David is often quizzed about his own beliefs with the question: ‘Do you believe in God?’ The answer is apparently not, as he told Kirsty Young when he appeared on Desert Island discs in 2010. He said: ‘I don’t think that an understanding and an acceptance of the 4 billion-year-long history of life is in any way inconsistent with a belief of a supreme being. I am not so confident as to say that I am an atheist. I would prefer to say I am an agnostic.’ He later added he didn’t believe an understanding of evolution is incompatible with religious faith ‘Evolution is as solid a historical fact as you could conceive.’ Despite his advancing years, Sir David has no plans to retire. His irresistible enthusiasm remains a regular sight on screen. In the past two years he’s filmed the Walking Giants, a documentary about the discovery of the biggest dinosaur found in Argentina, a new series on the Great Barrier Reef and even interviewed President Obama on environmental issues. With a typical humility Sir David rejects his status as a ‘national treasure’, and quietly admits he feels lucky to be fit and healthy into his ninth decade. He said: ‘I have friends, contemporaries, relatives, people who are my age, who can’t walk about. I am unbelievably fortunate.’
Very few presenters have also enjoyed such longevity when it’s comes to popularity. Prince William credits him for his love of conservationism and being part of the ‘national psyche’. While Michaela Strachan, who currently presents popular wildlife show Springwatch with Chris Packham, hailed him a ‘God of Wildlife presenters.’ She said: ‘I think when you think of wildlife programmes and presenters, he’s God, isn’t he? ‘And he is unbelievably intelligent, not just on wildlife but on many other subjects as well. ‘I don’t know anybody that doesn’t like David Attenborough. I know lots of people that don’t like us but everyone loves him.’ For all Sir David’s accolades, perhaps the most fitting tribute has been the number of species he has been named after. In honour of his 90th birthday a newly discovered dragonfly from Madagascar was entitled Acisoma attenboroughi. Over the years other species that have been named after him include a spider, grasshopper, ghost shrimp, and even a weevil. If further proof was needed of the massive public appreciation of Sir David, this year a new research ship for the Natural Environment Research Council was named RSS David Attenborough pipping the popular ‘Boaty McBoatface’ in a poll to choose a name. For someone who’s devoted his entire life spreading knowledge about the natural world such tributes surely could not be more fitting. By Shannon Kyle
TASIS at a Glance Founded
M. Crist Fleming
Montagnola, Ticino, Switzerland • 10 minutes from Lugano Airport & Train Station • 1 hour north of Milan, Italy • 3 hours south of Zurich, Switzerland
Grade Levels Academics
Pre-K through 12 & PG (Academic Year) Ages 4 ½ through 18 (Summer Programs) American Diploma International Baccalaureate Diploma Advanced Placement English as an Additional Language Highest IB Score (2016): 41 AP Scholars (2016): 19
Total Enrollment: 720 Elementary School: 190 Middle School: 140 High School: 390 Boarding Students: 260 Day Students: 460 Countries Represented: 61
Average Class Size
Student - Teacher Ratio 6:1 Accreditations
• European Council of International Schools (ECIS) • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
25 Buildings 9 Dormitories
Mission Statement TASIS is a family of international schools that welcomes young people from all nationalities to an educational community that fosters a passion for excellence along with mutual respect and understanding. Consistent with the vision of its Founder, M. Crist Fleming, TASIS is committed to transmitting the heritage of Western civilization and world cultures: the creations, achievements, traditions, and ideals from the past that offer purpose in the present and hope for the future. Seeking to balance the pursuit of knowledge with the love of wisdom, and promoting the skills of lifelong learning, an appreciation for beauty, and the development of character, each school combines a challenging academic program with opportunities for artistic endeavor, physical activity, and service to others. Believing in the worth of each individual and the importance of enduring relationships, TASIS seeks to embody and instill the values of personal responsibility, civility, compassion, justice, and truth.
To learn more about TASIS, visit tasis.ch or contact our Admissions Office at email@example.com or +41 91 960 5151.
W h at Se t s u s A pa rt
Courage to Dream Big
Beautiful Campus Setting
Strong Academic Programs
From its founding in 1956 to her passing in
Perched on a hillside in sunny southern
With an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and more than 15 Advanced Placement courses, our academic program is designed to challenge all students. TASIS students have consistently outperformed their peers in their pursuit of the IB Diploma, which opens doors to outstanding universities around the world.
2009, M. Crist Fleming cited TASIS as the fulfillment of her dreams and encouraged students to follow their own—to dream big enough and bold enough to lead a life of consequence and make the world “a better place in small and large ways for all the humans who inhabit it.”
Switzerland with commanding views of snow-capped mountains, palm trees, and Lake Lugano, our global village comprises 25 buildings dating from the 17th-century Villa De Nobili to the Campo Science Center, completed in 2014.
Vibrant Global Community
Our many talented artists are inspired by a
TASIS is known for attracting educators who
Our student body represents more than 60
majestic natural setting and enjoy access
are adventurous, driven, and enthusiastic,
nations and speaks more than 30 languages.
to a robust Fine Arts curriculum that
and more than 70 percent of our faculty
The TASIS experience unlocks the unique
includes more than 20 classes in Visual
hold advanced degrees. We are proud
potential of every student and produces
Arts, Music, and Drama, ranging from
to employ gifted, passionate teachers
what M. Crist Fleming called “international
introductory courses in Photography to IB
who encourage intellectual curiosity and
human beings—men and women who are
and AP offerings in Theatre, Architecture,
demand the most from their students.
capable of moving easily in any society and
and Drawing & Painting.
any civilization on the face of the earth.”
Europe as our Classroom
Service on a Global Scale
Spirit of Adventure
Committed to academic excellence, we
Our Global Service Program transforms
We place a great deal of emphasis on
have made our natural and cultural setting
lives by providing every student an oppor-
teaching physical fitness and healthy
in Europe our classroom since 1956. Twice
tunity to connect across borders through
lifestyles, offering a large variety of
a year, all Middle School and High School
experiences that build empathy and
adventure trips and varsity and recreational
students take Academic Travel trips that
encourage personal responsibility. Students
sports. Students leave TASIS with a
are related to courses of study or particular
go on life-changing service trips to destina-
heightened appreciation for the outdoors
tions across the world, including Cambodia,
and an understanding of what it takes to
Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, and Zambia.
succeed in challenging environments.
ART & CULTURE
â€œWhen one lives in a society where people can no longer rely on the institutions to tell them the truth, the truth must come from culture and artâ€? John Trudell
The Chanel brand with its interlocking Cs, and its association with all things chic – in both fashion and fragrance – is perhaps one of the best known, most iconic and most enduring in the world. Yet, for someone whose fortune on her death was estimated in millions of dollars, its founder Coco Chanel had remarkably humble beginnings.
oco Chanel was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in 1883, to impoverished, unmarried parents. When her mother died, she was sent to an orphanage run by the convent of Aubazine. It was perhaps here that the seeds of her fashion empire were sewn: her convent education included lessons in sewing which enabled her to gain employment as a seamstress in a draper’s store and with a tailor, for whom she altered breeches for cavalry officers. Her work led to friendships with the officers, visits to concerts with them and even to a regular slot singing on stage and a change of name: she became well known for the only two songs she had in her repertoire ‘Ko Ko Ri Ko’ and ‘Qui qu’a vu Coco’ which, according to her biographer Justine Picardie, led to her becoming known as Coco. She began a relationship with rich cavalry officer Etienne Balsan and, with his support, moved to Paris, where she began designing and making hats for herself and her friends. According to Picardie, the hats she created were “stripped of embellishments, of the frills and furbelows that she dismissed as weighing a woman down”, an early indication of the sense of style that would lead to her becoming noticed in fashion circles. Through Balsan she met, and later began an affair with, the equally wealthy Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel. Between them, these two men financed the millinery business, Chanel Modes, that would eventually led to the creation of the House of Chanel.
As her millinery business began to thrive, Chanel turned her attention to clothing. In a post-Chanel world, where the ‘little black dress’ is an accepted wardrobe essential, it’s difficult to comprehend that the simple style which epitomizes the Chanel look was groundbreaking at the time. In the early twentieth century, women’s clothing meant corsetry, colours, silk and satin. Chanel’s designs were simple, stripped back and elegant. She was instrumental in making black, a colour usually association with mourning, a colour that could be worn every day. Asserting that “I make fashion women can live in, breathe in, feel comfortable in and look younger in”, she worked with jersey (a fabric normally used for men’s underwear) for women’s fashion because it draped well and was comfortable to wear. The resulting clothes were sleek and fluid and also designed to be worn without corsets. These minimal designs transformed women’s fashion and created shapes which still form the basis of fashion design over a century later. Her work also led to trousers becoming acceptable everyday wear for women and even to a transformation in handbag design, with the addition of practical pockets and, in 1955, a shoulder strap (handbags were usually intended to hang over the arm) to free the hands and arms. Her approach to fragrance was no less innovative than her approach to fashion. In an age where a respectable women’s fragrance was the essence of a single garden flower and the heavier musk based perfumes tended to be associated with prostitutes and courtesans, she set out to create a new kind of blended fragrance which would express the new age and style of the 1920s. This led to the creation of Chanel No 5, a fragrance which blended traditional perfume oils such as jasmine and may rose with modern aldehydes – organic compounds of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon – which boost and preserve the scent. Chanel would later say “this is what I was waiting for. A perfume like nothing else. A woman’s perfume with the scent
of a woman.” She also applied her sense of simple, classic design to the perfume bottle itself. Spurning a traditional ornate crystal fragrance bottle, she opted for the famous rectangular glass design with its clean lines which was designed to focus the attention on the fragrance itself. Like the iconic Chanel Suit, the Chanel fragrance bottle became such a cultural artifact that in the 1980s Andy Warhol commemorated its iconic status in his work Ads: Chanel.
“this is what I was waiting for. A perfume like nothing else. A woman’s perfume with the scent of a woman” Whilst the work Chanel did in the world of fashion was hugely positive, the same cannot perhaps be said for the rumours about her personal and political life. According to US journalist Hal Vaughn, Chanel was a Nazi spy who was “Fiercely anti-Semitic long before it became a question of pleasing the Germans”. Vaughn claims that she was recruited into the Abwher (German military intelligence) in 1940 and had an Abwher lover – Hans Gunther Von Dinklage – who was honoured by both Hitler and Goebbels during the war. She was listed in Abwher records as Agent F-7124 and was codenamed ‘Westminster’ after her ex-lover the allegedly antiSemitic Duke of Westminster. However, after the war, it seems that her connections and influential friendships may have saved her from the consequences of any collaboration. In September 1944, she was called in to be interrogated by the Free French Purge Committee, however, the committee had no documented evidence of any collaboration. She was later quoted as saying “Churchill freed me”. The extend of Winston Churchill’s involvement is unknown, but it is possible that he intervened to prevent her being prosecuted because her evidence could have caused considerable embarrassment to top level Britons, including officials, aristocrats and even royalty. There are many contradictory stories about Coco Chanel’s life (several of which came from Chanel herself) but what cannot be disputed is the style legacy that she left behind. This legacy is such that it’s quite possible that the statement made by Harper’s Bizarre’s in 1915: “The woman who hasn’t at least one Chanel is hopelessly out of fashion” could have made in their most recent edition. Chanel once said: “fashion fades, only style remains the same.” However, it seems her style will never go out of fashion.
Photo by Alan McCredie
The realism of magic Louis de Bernières rose to prominence in the 1990s as thousands of readers were captivated by his epic and bewitching novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. In an exclusive interview for H Edition, Philip Whiteley asks a living genius about story-telling, telepathy and the hidden mysteries of everyday life
ith his French surname, his South American tales in the magical realist tradition, and the sweeping grandeur of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the bestselling novel set on a Greek island, it’s easy to forget that Louis de Bernières is British. He is, perhaps, the least typical British novelist currently writing, one of the most poetic and one of the most intriguing; arguably the finest. Key to understanding his unusual perspective is the extent of his immersion in Latin American culture in his formative years as a young adult. He worked as a teacher on a ranch in Colombia, fell in love with the great writers of the region, especially the master himself, Gabriel García Márquez, before dedicating himself to writing fiction. His first three novels followed the style of magical realism – the practice of describing the real and the supernatural in the same descriptive narrative, ‘with a brick face’, as García Márquez, or ‘Gabo’, described it in an interview. The continent had a particularly rich outpouring of literary genius in the mid-late 20th Century. In addition to Gabo, one can add Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, Carlos Fuentes, Ernesto Sabato, and many others. de Bernières also pays tribute to the 19th Century Brazilian writer Machado de Assis. ‘What he [García Márquez] did was to take people’s beliefs literally,’ says de Bernières. ‘That was the basis of magical realism. Isabel Allende has a different kind of magical realism; she genuinely believes the magic. She’s genuinely Californian.’ We have one of de Bernières’ school teachers to thank, for telling him at the age of 17 ‘that if I didn’t read from all over the world I couldn’t be considered truly literate. So I’m not a typical British writer.’ This had a profound impact. For a ten-year period after living in Colombia, he read Latin American literature almost exclusively.
Yet it was with his fourth novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the first to be set in Europe, that he would become internationally famous. It largely eschews the magical realist style, with the exception of a dazzlingly beautiful introduction to Chapter 12 All the Saint’s Miracles, with its horde of non-venomous snakes that appear and suddenly disappear, and the goats with gold and silver teeth. The book is a classic that will endure. The dazzling prose shines as vividly on the page as when it first enraptured readers some 20 years ago. An astounding tale, with its hauntingly beautiful concluding chapters, it bears comparison with any of the truly great works of literature. If you cry towards the end, the tears come from deep within; from a yearning shared between the reader, Captain Corelli and Pelagia for the promise that their love holds, and for the timeless human desire for peace and a union of souls in a violent world. Like all great writers, de Bernières looks reality squarely in the eye, not flinching from the cruelty that people can display. In his early South American novels, and in Captain Corelli, there is unsparing detail of the calculated sadism of political violence, contrasted sharply with the tenderness of human love and eccentricity of human interests; all told with poetic clarity, shorn of hyperbole or adjectival excess. The extremes of human nature fascinate him. ‘I think that it’s in extreme situations that you find out what a human being is really like,’ he says. ‘You don’t know if you’re a coward until you’re in a fight, then you discover. You don’t know the degree to which you will sacrifice yourself until the soldiers come around the bend and you have two children to look after.’ The influence of South America was not confined to its literature. He had first-hand experience of the political troubles in Colombia. The ranch where he worked was on the front line of the war between HEditionMag
Government forces and the leftist guerrillas FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). ‘I was on a ranch, with quite a large number of kids. They were in fear of being driven from their ranch by the FARC; indeed, in the end they were. They still haven’t got their ranch back. My job was to teach them to O Level standard in every subject. I learned some Castilian but they mostly spoke English. The first thing I had to do was to learn how to use a revolver. My employer was getting into pickles because I think he quite liked that.’ Although principally inspired by non-British writers, he singles out Thomas Hardy for praise. The Victorian novelist ‘was interested in what happens to ordinary people in difficult situations. He had the courage not to have happy endings, and he was writing at a time of Christian optimism’. Perhaps more intensely than most Anglophone writers, he understands that life is not linear, predictable, or easily described by mechanical science. Everyday experiences can feature magic, or at least phenomena that are not easily explained – aspects that are under-explored in contemporary literature, given our preference for the detail of historical dramas and noir-ish thrillers. In the Anglo-Saxon world, belief in non-material phenomena is not merely discouraged, but actively sneered at. This atheist-materialist culture is not conducive to inventive literature; arguably, it may not even be helpful for science. De Bernières maintains a healthy agnosticism: ‘to go one way or the other is arrogant intellectually’, noting that advanced physics shows how matter and energy are interchangeable; that if devices can pick up radio waves, perhaps the human brain can too. ‘More of these things are going to become demystified. Scientists should remain agnostic.’ He adds that he had one particularly powerful
telepathic experience. ‘There was a friend I hadn’t seen for a couple of years. I was in the garden when suddenly thought “I must call Colin”. I have witnesses for this. I ran indoors and ran to the telephone. I rang him up and his wife said “You have to come now, because he’s dying”. He had Motor Neurone Disease. I was able to tell him everything I wanted to tell him and he died the next morning.’ When he finally published a book based in Britain, his home country, he brought a fresh eye. The collection of short stories Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village, published in 2010, is based on characters that he remembers from his 1950s and 1960s boyhood. The tales feature, as he describes in the Afterword, ‘the belligerent spinsters, the naked generals, the fudgemakers, the people who talked to spiders’. It includes the story of a woman who lives with the ghost of her husband, whose death had been foretold by the spirit of his grandmother – which sounds pure García Márquez, especially if read in a Castilian accent. The book beautifully undermines the notion of a cool, rational people. ‘People have forgotten that spiritualism was hugely popular in Britain at the time of the First World War,’ he says. ‘People wanted to get in touch with their lost boys. In the 1920s and 1930s it was rife. Sir Oliver Lodge [an accomplished scientist and pioneer of radio technology] wrote about talking to his dead son in the book Raymond. People who got interested said it could be done scientifically. They investigated; the Psychical Research Society’s standards were stringent. All of this springs from the ineradicable hope that something could be salvaged from the dreadful condition of being human.’ Few writers are instant successes; most build their reputation gradually, Corelli was the fourth of his novels to be published. And even then, sales figures did not peak immediately, but grew slowly ‘for three to four years’, he notes, before taking off, largely through word-of-mouth recommendations. Part of the slowness of recognition may have come from the epic and meticulous nature of the work. There are multiple narrators, and we do not meet the Captain until about one third of the way in. De Bernières is unapologetic: ‘I’m really not interested in readers who can’t concentrate. Get lost. There are plenty of people who are prepared for a serious read.’ Did the success of Captain Corelli take him by surprise? ‘I did have delusions of grandeur right at the beginning [of my career as an author]. Every writer does. There was a publicity woman who said it [the first novel, the War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts] would win the Booker, and it didn’t get anywhere near … It did cause a lot of difficulty [Captain Corelli’s success]. Everyone wanted my attention; it was time-consuming,
and it made it hard to write the next book. The more successful you are, the less time you have for writing. It is part of the job – doing interviews, festivals, and I love doing that, and often you get ideas for stories [from the people you meet]. When I started out, I thought I was the only one like me, but then I met other writers and discovered that there are a large number of people as mad as I was.’ He doesn’t just write fiction and poetry, of course. Not everyone is aware that he actually can play the mandolin, as well as other stringed instruments and the flute. He is an accomplished songwriter, and has recently begun to compose songs again, resuming an interest from his early adulthood. He is being strict with himself: ‘No American accents, no “babys”, no “yeah-yeahs”.’ He is influenced by the French chanson tradition, as well as the more obvious Anglophone singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. ‘One of the wonderful things about music is that it’s international. A Russian can listen to a drummer from Senegal in the same spirit that I can. Schopenhauer pointed this out in the 19th Century, and it does have a physical effect. I am convinced that we don’t [each] hear sound in exactly the same way. And it does change as you get older. You can start off liking Black Sabbath and when you’re 70 you like Tchaikovsky.’ There persists in de Bernières a sense of wonder at the power, beauty and richness of all the arts; the mystery of how a symphony, a song, a story, a poem resonates in the human soul, and our commonality yet uniqueness as people. ‘You’re living in fairy-land [as an artist], you’re trying to make something amazing out of nothing. I still don’t understand why the human race [is so drawn to] poetry, stories; why do we like music?’ Perhaps, if one were to inquire too methodically into the question, some of the magic would fade, and our brief existence might lose some of its lustre. Better to cherish those moments of aesthetic or spiritual joy, especially if they are brief and few, than subject them to death with over-analysis. Life can contain magic; all the more so if you have read de Bernières’ books. * Louis de Bernières’ latest book, The Dust that Falls from Dreams, was published April 2016 by Vintage.
By Philip Whiteley HEditionMag
books By Matthew SMith Urbane Publications
The sun is still out and there’s nothing better than lazing in the shade with a wonderful book. Here is a selection of recommended bestsellers to keep you engaged, entertained and turning those pages…
The follow up to the bestselling Bounce, Matthew Syed’s Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance has been riding high in the business charts. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Team Sky and the aviation industry? What connects James Dyson and David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, all of us. Drawing on a dizzying array of case studies and real-world examples, together with cutting-edge research on marginal gains, creativity and grit, Matthew Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens – and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.
Criminal barrister Charles Holborne may have just escaped the hangman by proving he was framed for murder, but his life is now in ruins. His wife is dead, his high-flying career has morphed into criminal notoriety, and bankruptcy threatens. When the biggest brief of Charles’s career unexpectedly lands on his desk, it looks as if he has been thrown a lifeline. But far from keeping him afloat, it drags him ever deeper into the shadowy underworld of 1960s London. Now, not only is his practice at stake, but his very life. Can Charles extricate himself from a chess game played from the shadows by corrupt police officers and warring gangs without once again turning to crime himself? Based on real Old Bailey cases and genuine court documents, An Honest Man is the second in the series of Charles Holborne novels by barrister, Simon Michael, set in the sleazy London of the 1960s and the sequel to the bestselling The Brief.
Mothers and daughters alike will never look at each other in quite the same way after reading this book – a brilliantly funny observation of contemporary family life from bestselling author Eva Jordan. Lizzie – exasperated mother of Cassie, Connor and stepdaughter Maisy – is the frustrated voice of reason to her daughters’ teenage angst. She gets by with good friends, cheap wine and talking to herself – out loud. 16-year-old Cassie – the Facebook, tweeting, selfietaking, music and mobile phone obsessed teen – hates everything about her life. She longs for the perfect world of Chelsea Divine and her ‘undivorced’ parents. And the dreamy Joe, of course. However, the discovery of a terrible betrayal and a brutal attack throws the whole household into disarray. Lizzie and Cassie are forced to reassess the important things in life as they embark upon separate journeys of self-discovery – accepting some less than flattering home truths along the way. Although tragic at times this is a delightfully funny exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and ultimately friendship. A poignant, heartfelt look at that complex and diverse relationship between a Mother and Daughter set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families.
‘Chop off my head and hawk it to the highest bidder. I’m the Anatomist’s Dream, did you know? That’s what they call me.’ In a small salt-mining town, Philbert is born with a ‘taupe’, a disfiguring inflammation of the skull. Abandoned by his parents and with only a pet pig for company, he eventually finds refuge in a traveling carnival, Maulwerf’s Fair of Wonders, as it makes its annual migration across Germany bringing entertainment to a people beset by famine, repression and revolutionary ferment. Philbert finds a caring family in Herman the Fish Man, Lita the Dancing Dwarf, Frau Fettleheim the Fattest Woman in the World, and an assortment of ‘freak show’ artists, magicians and entertainers. But when Philbert meets Kwert Tospirologist and Teller of Signs he is persuaded to undergo examination by the renowned physician and craniometrist Dr Ullendorf, both Kwert and Philbert embark on an altogether darker and more perilous journey that will have far-reaching consequences for a whole nation. Longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize, The Anatomist’s Dream is a highly original, mesmerising piece of fiction.
Dr James Barry was many things in his life: Inspector General of Hospitals, army surgeon, duellist, reformer, lady killer, eccentric. He performed the first successful Caesarean in the British Empire, outraged the military establishment, and gave Florence Nightingale a dressing down at Scutari. At home he was surrounded by a menagerie of animals, including a cat, a goat, a parrot and a terrier. But most astonishingly, long ago in Cork, Ireland, he had been a young girl and a mother. Drawing on a decade of research in archives all over the world, including the unearthing of previously unknown material, Michael du Preez and Jeremy Dronfield tell the amazing true story of Margaret Anne Bulkley, the young woman who broke the rules of Georgian society to become one of the most respected and controversial army surgeons of the century. In an extraordinary life, she crossed paths with the British Empire’s great and good, royalty and rebels, soldiers and slaves. A medical pioneer, she rose to a position that no woman before her had been allowed to occupy. However, for all her successes, her long, audacious deception also left her isolated, even costing her the chance to be with the man she loved.
Crowdocracy: The End of Politics discusses one of the world’s most debated and critical issues – who decides our future and how should we be governed? Democracy is struggling to produce solutions to the challenges of our times. Populations feel disenfranchised with the political process, with the real power today being in the hands of a small elite. Crowdocracy offers a radical new way forward, one that allows all of us – not just some of us – to participate in how we are governed. Using technology and the insights of crowd wisdom, the authors describe how all of us can replace our elected officials and ultimately shape and govern our communities. A revolutionary idea that can be implemented in an evolutionary way. Crowdocracy is the second title in the ground-breaking Wicked & Wise series, a range of topical books that explore hotly debated and ‘wicked’ issues facing the planet and its people, offering intelligent, challenging and ‘wise’ ways forward that may be able to break through existing intractable positions.
‘Angelique’ by Maria Rivens
CORPOR ART... Liaising closely with galleries and artists ARTful offer sympathetically installed, contemporary art to otherwise void spaces within main corporate reception areas. Art speaks to a vast and varied audience from clients to visitors and tenants. It can be a vehicle to promote an organisationâ€™s identity & ethos, enhance the visitors experience and empower creative thought. It is a conversation starter and allows individuals to engage with art where they otherwise wouldnâ€™t expect to do so.
Time & Life Building Located on the corner of New Bond Street and Bruton Street, this picture perfect window has been host to many art installations. Situated in the most prominent and prestigious location, the exhibition space provides the ultimate platform to showcase and promote artists work. â€˜Miss You Repeatâ€™ by Miss Bugs is a stunning masterpiece and has been welcomed with open arms on Bruton Street. Working in London, Miss Bugs is an artist who likes to keep a low profile, but having said that their works are quite the contrary. Working with iconic imagery from pop culture and art history, Miss Bugs reforms it using collage, incorporating other mixed media and found objects such as toy cars. By using these methods Miss Bugs works result in bursting colours, new ideas and questions about the art scene and nature of the art establishment. Miss You Repeat on display until January 2017. Time & Life Building, 1 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6TL. To arrange an appointment to view contact ARTful or Mehtabell Projects on 0208 702 8030 Photo courtesy ARTful
Photo courtesy ARTful
Tower 42 ARTful are exhibiting works by Maria Rivans and Bonnie & Clyde with Liberty Gallery at the Iconic Tower 42 Building, City of London. Drawn to urban environments, the sea and people, Clyde wants the art to consist of accessible modern speaking via visual pictures that draw the viewer in. Using layers of photomontage, found images and textures, these are merged to express and create abstract scenes based around the social and political scene of the studied environment.
Photo Courtesy Maria Rivans
Photo courtesty Liberty Gallery
Until 3rd January 2017 Ground and 1st floor lobby, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. To arrange an appointment to view contact 0208 702 8030
Photo courtesty of artist Bonnie and Clyde
40 Portman Square Exploring and probing public interaction and engagement through the mediums of architecture, light, sound and special awareness, these â€˜Anti Prismâ€™ sculptures by collaborative artists Shuster & Moseley are definitely worth a see. Their practice is concerned with the ontology of light and the nature of psycho-physical embodiment, in response to their mediation by contemporary technologies of control. These hand cut float glass sculptures are available to view through ARTful and MehtaBell Projects until January 2016. 40 Portman Square, Marylebone, London W1H 6DA. To make an appointment to view contact +44(0)208 702 8030
Photo courtesty Shuster & Moseley
OF THE BRUNCH
London has become a city celebrated for its brunches – and for good reason. The variety of photogenic pancake stacks, perfectly poached eggs and devilishly delicious Bloody Marys around the capital leave Londoners spoilt for choice. Below, Danielle Betts has sought out the top four midmorning menus.
The Delaunay, Covent Garden
North Audley Cantine, Mayfair
Shackfuyu has introduced a Japaneseinspired brunch menu to bring some diversity to London’s mid-morning dining scene. Guests can choose from dishes such as a rice filled omelette with prawns and pineapple, or a buttermilk fried chicken bun with kimchee. Green tea waffles are ladened with smoked bacon, black sesame butter and runny maple syrup – not that we’re complaining! To wash it all down, unlimited pineapple-infused sake perfectly complements the East Asian fare. Priced at £29 and available every Sunday from 12pm until 4.30pm. 14A Old Compton St, London W1D 4TJ www.bonedaddies.com/restaurant/shackfuyu
Nestled deep within the maze of Covent Garden’s streets, The Delaunay occupies itself with the serious business of class. Boasting table clothes white enough to match the guests’ teeth, the eatery’s doors only open for the most refined diners. Glossy dark wood and polished brass features echo around the open plan dining room. For a lavish brunch, the restaurant’s European menu includes classic egg dishes along with more indulgent options such as Truffled duck egg, white bean and mushroom ragout. Main brunch dishes start at £10.50 and are available from 11am until 5pm on weekends. 55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB www.thedelaunay.com
Mayfair’s North Audley Cantine (NAC) has devised an undeniably delicious brunch menu that reflects all the class and sophistication of a chic Parisian eatery. The restaurant’s stylish whitewashed brick provides a dreamy environment in which to savour the famously immaculate N.A.C dishes. Plates of Ricotta pancakes with dulce de leche & banana and Honey chocolate French Toast, banana & vanilla ice cream will have you vowing to return for round two. Alternatively, stop by for a Greek almond smoothie or Coconut iced coffee. Main brunch dishes start at £6 and are available from 12 noonuntil 3pm. 41 N Audley St, London W1K 6ZP www.naclondon.co.uk
Plum & Spilt Milk, King’s Cross Amongst the hustle and bustle of King’s Cross, Plum & Spilt Milk sits elevated above street level. With its cream boothed seating and dark wood panelling, the naturally lit dining room oozes luxury. The eatery’s all new Saturday brunch menu, created by Chef Director Mark Sargeant, is a celebration of modern British cuisine. Meanwhile the sweet-toothed can enjoy brioche eggy bread with banana, pecans and salted caramel. Priced at £65 for two including a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne, and available every Saturday from 11am until 3pm. Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd, London N1C 4TB www.plumandspiltmilk.com
The Typing room With its stripped back style and refreshingly unpretentious ambience, The Typing Room sits quietly within the walls of East London’s Town Hall Hotel. Beautifully executed dishes created by Head Chef Lee Westcott and his kitchen team demonstrate the 27-year old’s appetite for perfection. Lunch courses include Lamb, lettuce, hazelnut and anchovy; Yeasted cauliflower, raisins, capers and mint; or for the slightly more daring, Pigs head with smoked apple. Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF www.typingroom.com
LONDON ANgLer reSTAUrANT Boasting an immaculate main dining room and a glorious heated roof terrace, this Michelin-starred eatery sits pride of place atop South Place Hotel. The eclectic menu features sustainable ingredients and local produce, with beautifully presented seafood being the order of the day. Inside, waiters ferry deliciously delicate plates to diners while outside, the alfresco terrace is the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif high above the city’s busy streets. The restaurant even houses a semi-private dining area known as ‘The Chef’s View’ showcasing London’s spectacular city skyline. South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF www.anglerrestaurant.com
Arguably the most sophisticated bar in London, Artesian serves the capital’s crème de la crème of cocktails in an intimate bar setting. For those feeling experimental, why not explore Artesian’s innovative cocktail menu and try the Snake Charmer (carrot, sesame, elderflower and orange blossom); Dreamquest (cashew, caramel, dulse, verjus and tonka); or Chameleon Crystals (Tanqueray No.ten, pisco, lime, perilla, chilli and soy). Wash it all down with one of the equally experimental bar snacks. Expect hybrid delights such as Japanese Bloody Mary macaroons and kalamansi-mango marshmallows.
The long-awaited equestrian extravaganza returns to London on Tuesday 13 December 2016. This year’s show promises to be as exciting as ever, with world-class dressage and show jumping sessions, the Shetland Pony Grand National and of course the famous Olympia finale. As well as welcoming over 400 horses through its doors throughout the week, The Great Hall will also house an array of boutique stores and exhibitors to keep guests occupied during intervals.
1C Portland Place, London, W1B 1JA www.artesian-bar.co.uk
13-19 December 2016 Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX www.olympiahorseshow.com
Sky POD BAr Sky Pod Bar, located in the renowned Sky Gardens, offers unrivalled views of the capital framed by its floor-toceiling glass frontage. Cafe by day, bar by night, this venue has left no dining opportunity unturned. Daytime snacks include sandwiches, salads and fruity smoothies. When the night draws in, enjoy a cocktail while indulging on a delicious sharing board. The venue welcomes guests throughout the day to its sky-high gardens, and for good reason – this flourishing oasis in the clouds is as close to dining in heaven as you can get. Visit in time for sunset for a truly spectacular evening. Sky Garden, Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF www.skygarden.london/sky-pod-bar
Cinderella at THe LONDON PALLADiUm No trip to London is complete without paying a visit to one of the capital’s extraordinary stageshows. London has a decorated history of playing host to the best of global stage-show talent, with over 100 performance venues stationed around London. This Christmas, the enchanting rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella will be returning to the West End after a 29-year absence. 10 December 2016-15 January 2017 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF www.londontheatres.co.uk/london-palladium
CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN EUROPE By Danielle Betts
With the festive season fast approaching, Europe will soon be populated by an array of enchanting Christmas markets. From Prague’s fairy-tale fairs to London’s very own Winter Wonderland – revellers can expect mould wine, cinnamon sticks and towering Christmas trees decked with reels of sparkling tinsel. Here, we’ve scouted out the best of the cobbled streets and twinkling lights to bring you Europe’s top four festive fiestas.
“Christkindelsmarik” Strasbourg, France Commonly referred to as the ‘Capital of Christmas’, this Christmas market is the oldest in Europe having first been held in 1570. The market has grown with time and now offers over 300 stalls spread across 12 locations in the city centre. A living nativity, live music performances and advent concerts will commence under the warm glow of street lamps and glittering Alsation light decorations. Every year,
Christmas is made extra special with a guest-country village. This year, Strasbourg will welcome Portugal as the guest country, whose traditions and charms can be found at the Portuguese village. The narrow streets, large open squares and traditional French architecture that surround the market make this a must-see for all ages. 25 November-31 December 2016
“Winter Wonders” Brussels, Belgium An ice-rink, Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds and a spectacular light & sound show make this award-winning market the ultimate family-friendly destination. Spend the evening exploring the maze of candlelit stalls and indulging in the enormous boxes of Belgium chocolates. The market will
“Magic of Advent” Vienna, Austria One of Europe’s most well-known Christmas markets, “Vienna Magic of Advent” will transform City Hall Square into an enchanting fairytale scene. Vienna is recognized across the world as the ultimate romantic escape, and Christmas time here is no exception. Rows of softly lit stalls will boast baked breads, warm buns and hot punch while Christmas trees of all sizes will decorate the square. Craft workshops are due to take place over the two-month period for kids and the trees surrounding City Hall park will be festively decorated, enveloping the square in a sea of lights. 13 November-23 December 2016
also offer numerous events and shows. In the Grand-Place, a life-size nativity scene will depict the traditional Christmas story. Later on, a magnificent parade will light up the streets. 25 November-1 January 2017
“Rothenburg ob der Tauber” Bavaria, Germany The smell of white mulled wine and roasted almonds will permeate through this 500-year old Christmas market, perfect for those looking to explore a unique festive offering. The walled city has remained largely untouched for hundreds of years, making for a captivating setting filled with old-world charm. Local brass bands will
be braving the cold to provide live music to visitors throughout the evening. Don’t leave without sampling the “Schneeball” (snowball), a local specialty made from strips of sweet deep fried dough covered with powdered sugar or chocolate. 25 November-23 December 2016
“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” Coco Chanel
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In the engadin, on top of 1800 masl, your conceptions of a winter wonderland are very likely to be fulfilled. A completely snow covered valley, warm rays of sunshine, a striking deep blue sky, exciting sport and cultural events and top-class service, wherever you lay your eyes on. the Kulm hotel St. Moritz and Grand hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina located in the heart of the engadin deliver true hotel pioneering spirit since more than 160 years and will never miss a chance to enhance guestsâ€™ stays anew. these two five star superior properties delight every visitor with an incomparable atmosphere, elegant and modern rooms and suites and views over the natural surroundings including Lake St. Moritz and the glaciers of the Bernina massif. Unwind in one of their two 2000 sqm 54
state-of-the-art spas with floor-to-ceiling windows and emerge into a world full of relaxation before diving into a world of gourmet. this winter season, the Kulm hotel St. Moritz and Grand hotel Kronenhof have exclusively launched husky sled driving classes on top of the famous Berninapass. Rather than simply sit in a sled while someone else does all the work, guests will learn how to clamp up the dogs themselves, before learning about the equipment and driving techniques, then stepping on the back of the sled and driving the Siberian huskies around a custom-made track. not only the activity itself is promising memorable experiences, but the scenery of some of the most significant mountains of the Alps will.
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Sopwell House THe perfecT counTry reTreaT
Set within acreS of beautiful hertfordshire countryside, Sopwell house celebrates its 30th anniversary this autumn. the award winning family run hotel is stooped in history and just a stoneâ€™s throw away from London in St. albans. Slip away from it all for some well earned relaxation and pampering in the spa and enjoy a glass of wine in the cocktail lounge over looking the pretty hydrangeas. however you choose to spend your stay, Sopwell house is surrounded by nature and the ideal way to unwind and escape the stresses of city life. Plush velvet cushions and sofas adorn the contemporary and luxurious interior designed lobby with warm and welcoming staff at hand to give the upmost personal service, ensuring your stay will be relaxed and as care free as possible. the stunning 18th century Georgian Manor house comprises of 128 rooms with the jewel in the crown being the Mews Suites. Originally an old stable block, the newly refurbished suites offer the most peaceful and tranquil accommodation.
Positioned behind secluded gates and set within stunning private gardens designed by chelsea flower show gold medallist winner anne-Marie Powell, the english country garden is complimented with modern touches such as the architectural sphere water feature and oversized topiary potted plants. right at the heart of the garden is the infinity hydrotherapy pool, with the sun shining brightly its easy to drift away and forget where you are completely. a discerning oasis of calm exclusive to Mews guests only. the botanical theme extends to each mews residence, all named after a flower or tree. we stayed in the Primrose suite, a beautiful one bedroom living space with luxurious home comforts including a kitchen area, rain shower within the heated floor bathroom and an elegant four poster bed. the apartment is richly furnished with a bespoke vanity unit, printed wallpaper and luxury leather furniture with a glamorous free standing aluminium bath tub at the centre, perfectly positioned for a long hot soak in front of the tV. Privacy with peace and quiet has been carefully considered making these mews so sought after. each suite has its own personal courtyard. the comfortable wicker chairs and hot tub complete the home-fromhome luxury living experience and there is little reason to venture too far from what feels like home. if the indulgent facilities do entice you away there is a choice of two restaurants and bars including the cocktail lounge also serving afternoon tea. excellent wines and cocktails can be enjoyed either on the terrace or looking out through large windows onto the scenic green grounds while dinner in the brasserie from the award winning chef offers a creative and contemporary culinary experience, fine dining with exceptional service, the food is exquisitely presented and simply delicious. the spa area comprises of steam room, sauna, hot tub and a 14.5 metre swimming pool with a gym and 19 rooms offering tantalising treatments. relaxed guests wander through the hotel in their soft white robes and slippers enjoying the laid back atmosphere and luxuries that Sopwell house has to offer and most prestigious of all, the unique mews suites. 60
About St. Albans St. albans is a rural town within close proximity to attractions such as the Verulamium Museum which includes the Verulamium Park with the roman hypocaust and roman theatre, warner Brothers Studio, and Paradise wildlife Park. with St. albans being Samuel ryderâ€™s (of the ryder cup) hometown, the area offers several beautiful golf courses. Guides can also be hired to relay the rich history of St. albans. individual suites at the Mews start from ÂŁ244 per night including breakfast for two people.
Top 4 Retreats for an Out-of-Town Getaway If youâ€™re In search of a cozy countryside retreat this Winter, there are a number of escapes that boast unrivalled service combined with an enviably close proximity to London. Below, weâ€™ve compiled a list of the four of the most sought after destinations for a weekend away this winter.
Sibton Park, Suffolk
The Kings Arms, Buckinghamshire (35 minutes from London Marylebone) situated in the quaint village of old amersham, this Tudor hideaway boasts old english charm just outside of central London. The handsome hotel
The Pig Hotel, Brockenhurst (1 hour 40 minutes from London Waterloo) crediting itself as a ‘restaurant with rooms’, this new forest hideaway is worth a drive for it’s a la carte menu alone. Dishes change seasonally and pork features heavily on the 25-mile menu, offering a carnivore’s haven. Besides The Pig’s famous food plates, guests will find 30 bedrooms offering impossibly snug beds, oversized showers and ‘larders’ stocked with snacks and nespresso machines. The retreat’s original potting shed and new shepherds hut have both been transformed into single spa treatment rooms. The Pig Hotel, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QL www.thepighotel.com/brockenhurst
and popular wedding venue houses 34 bedrooms, as well as an additional stable Duplex separate from the main building. Guests benefit from complimentary access to red house spa beside the hotel, which offers an array of premium treatments and gym classes. The hotel’s sought after countryside location married with its extensive
facilities makes it a popular filming location for number of TV and film productions, including four Weddings & a funeral, Midsummer Murders and Miss Marple. 30 High St, Old Amersham, HP7 0DJ www.kings-arms-hotel.com
Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk (2 hours from London) Wilderness reserve, a 5,000 acre privatelyowned estate, offers all the country pursuits you’d expect from a traditional english escape, including: clay-pigeon shoots, fishing, bird-watching, buggy tours and cycling plus a naturally-filtered swimming pool and tennis court. The estate has just launched two brand new properties, The Walled Garden & Garden cottage. The Walled Garden offers eight en-suite bedrooms complete with king-size hypnos beds and quirky furnishings. Meanwhile, the old Victorian Garden cottage provides a sitting room, kitchen plus three en suite bedrooms and an en suite bunk room for up to six children. Located just two hours from London, and a stone’s throw from suffolk’s fine heritage coast with its picturesque towns of southwold and aldeburgh, it’s the ultimate out-of-town hideaway. Wilderness Reserve, Yoxford Rd, Sibton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2LZ www.wildernessreserve.com
Dormy House, Cotswolds (1 hour 30 minutes from Paddington) having recently undergone a £10 million refurbishment, this 17th century stone farmhouse offers the ultimate in luxury outside of London. The hotel boasts country-cottage decor peppered with modern touches such as in-room tablets with docking stations, flat screen satellite TVs and nespresso coffee machines. The Garden room restaurant lives up to its name, showcasing views across the far-reaching grounds. Meanwhile, the Potting shed offers the perfect spot for a long, lazy lunch in a relaxed environment. Dormy House Hotel, Willersey Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LF www.dormyhouse.co.uk
| HIGH FLYER’S INTERVIEW
EmbraEr’s LEgacy Captain Cédric G. of SmartAir, based in Brussels, is flying Europe’s first Embraer Legacy 450 and tells Rani Singh he’s the envy of his colleagues in other companies. Here’s why…
Discussing smartair’s new Embraer Legacy 450, captain cédric g. smiles… “i’m happy that we convinced the owner to buy this aircraft – at the time, we used arguments that have proven correct. Eighteen months ago, we could foresee that this aircraft was state of the art.” cédric has been with smartair for three years, and has since persuaded the owner to replace his cessna citation XLs+ with the Legacy 450 midsize jet. Owned by the chairman of a private company Board of Directors (who is in his late seventies), the Legacy 450 has various features that are greatly appreciated by those who fly in it, including individuals who charter the aircraft. “We flew the aircraft’s owner from Brussels to Zurich, and from Brussels to clermont-Ferrand near riom, France. We also recently flew to Zurich because unfortunately during the terrorist attacks on Brussels airport there was no airline service available to enable him to return to Brussels. We were asked to fly and collect him.” the key advantage of Business aviation is its flexibility – both in getting as close to specific locations as possible and flying on the passenger’s own schedule. according to cédric, that flexibility has dramatically increased with the new arrival. “We can fly direct from London city to st tropez. London city is a steep approach runway while st tropez is short, making this city-pair impossible for many business jets,” the captain reveals. “We’ve landed comfortably at La mole, in st tropez where passenger business activities might include work in tourism, real estate, marketing, local industry and hotel chains. La mole has a runway measuring just 3,280 ft., and the Legacy 450 is the biggest aircraft certified to land there. But our new jet [at an appropriate weight] is able to land on runways as short as 2,000 feet. “With the Legacy 450, we have been able to land at places in Europe where other jets of a comparable size and above can’t go without compromising on payload, or are restricted by conditions. We have even landed on shorter, wet runways.
“One businessman took a flight from nice to antwerp. antwerp also has a fairly short runway that means other aircraft of comparable size can mostly only land there when it’s dry (which tends not to be so often in Belgium), thus they would have to divert to Brussels. “We made flights from nice and from London to antwerp and there’s no question we could land if it’s raining. that added assurance for clients has proven very good for our charter business.”
“The key advantage of Business Aviation is its flexibility – both in getting as close to specific locations as possible and flying on the passenger’s own schedule” One of the key drivers behind choosing a new jet for the smart air fleet was the passenger’s need for a productive cabin space. “We were attracted by the fact that with two seats in the middle, passengers can turn them ninety degrees facing one another, enabling passengers to speak to people to the left, right, and in front of them. Because the cabin is wide, passengers can do so without their knees touching.” thus, the cabin area can be a productive space for meetings en route to the business destination – and users have also appreciated the silence in the cabin.
“Because it is quiet they can talk quietly, or make a presentation from their iPad or their phones to the monitors. they can take advantage of the flying time to work. this is a productive space for them.” While cédric doesn’t always get to know the industries of his passengers in detail, some recent clients were working in construction and others in finance. “it’s important for these passengers to arrive feeling alert, refreshed, and ready for business,” he outlines. “When you fly, the thing that makes you tired is the pressure inside the cabin. We understand the Legacy 450 to be better pressurised than comparable midsize jets. so at the end of the day people are less tired flying in our jet. a lot of people who flew with us in the last month really appreciated this,” he claims. to smartair’s credit, those who were accustomed to chartering larger aircraft simply to have more space in the cabin can now right-size their aircraft choice to match their budgets in the Legacy 450. meanwhile, customers that traditionally chartered smaller aircraft find they can enjoy more space and amenities without paying large-cabin prices. increased cabin volume; smooth, quiet flight characteristics; the boardroom layout capability; generous baggage capacity; and access to destinations typically limited to smaller aircraft – it’s easy to see why, 18-months ago cédric was so keen to press the case for the addition of a Legacy 450 to the fleet. More information from www.flysmartair.com HEditionMag
BENTLEY BENTAYGA the ultimate go-anywhere luxury express
ritish luxury marque Bentley’s first SUV is a remarkable car and an incredible feat of engineering. Billed as “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world”, it almost seems to defy logic. At about the average height of a man, more than five metres long and weighing in at around 2.5 tonnes, it’s a beast. And yet, its mighty 6.0-litre W12 engine can propel it to 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and on to a top speed of 187mph (301 km/h).
Just to put that performance into perspective, the recently announced “most powerful, most dynamic production Range Rover to date” – the SVAutobiography Dynamic – has a 0-60mph time of 5.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds) and a top speed of 140mph (225 km/h). But here’s the thing. As if all that isn’t enough, the Bentayga also has all-terrain ability. Apparently, the development programme ranged across five continents, from the dirt and gravel of South Africa and the dunes of Dubai, to the muddy fields of Cheshire, and from -30°C in the frozen North Cape to searing 50°C desert heat. So Bentley has created a new ultra luxury SUV sector in one fell swoop, and for now, it has the playing field all to itself and is making hay. The car is sold out for its first year of production. SUVs, or Sports Utility Vehicles, are the fastest growing sector in the world so even luxury
manufacturers have had to rethink their strategies. Within the next few years the Bentayga will be joined by SUVs or “crossovers” from Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and even Rolls-Royce. Already in 2016, Maserati has unveiled the Levante and Land Rover has launched the most luxurious Range Rover ever, the £148,900 (CHF 195,000) SVAutobiography. Now we come to the elephant in the room – the Bentayga’s divisive looks. With its matrix grille and distinctive floating all-LED headlamps, the front end definitely works. It also has a classy profile, despite the restraints of being an SUV, which means it must have little or no overhang at the rear. From behind it is, shall we say, understated. Inside, however, it’s oozing with Bentley DNA. Beautifully finished and sumptuous, there are metres of signature diamond quilted hand-stitched leather,
plenty of precision-cut burr walnut and cool metal elements. If the standard clock above the centre console isn’t enough for you, a bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock can also be specified. At £150,000 (CHF 195,500), it has to be the most expensive optional extra ever.
“Inside it’s oozing with Bentley DNA. Beautifully finished and sumptuous” The trademark Bentley knurling on the drive mode selector and gear knob is complemented by air vents that are controlled by highly-polished chrome organ pulls. Up above, the Bentayga comes with a panoramic glass roof, making up almost 60% of the total roof surface. The front seats deserve a special mention. Individually handcrafted at Bentley’s HQ in Crewe, north-west England, they feature 22-way adjustment, a six-programme massage system, heating and ventilation. The rear seats might not have quite as many toys, but the space available puts many a limousine to shame. As you’d expect, the Bentayga is also packed with tech. There’s an 8” touchscreen infotainment system, a 30-language sat nav, and a choice of between three different sound systems. The Naim for Bentley Premium Audio is the most powerful, boasting 1,950 watts and a network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters. Driver aids include Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist (autonomous parking), Rear Crossing Traffic Warning (radar detects crossing traffic when reversing out of a parking space) and Top View (which uses four cameras to display a bird’s eye view of the vehicle’s surroundings).
However, all that opulence and technology comes at a price. The Bentayga will set you back £160,200 (CHF 209,000), and by the time you’ve added a few items from the options list, it’s likely to end up closer to £200,000 (CHF 261,000). My test car is a case in point. It cost £193,135 (CHF 252,000 Swiss Francs) with extras. If money is no object, then the Bentayga makes absolute sense, especially if you encounter weather extremes or there’s just a chance that you may need to call upon the car’s four-wheel drive. I drove the Bentayga over a variety of roads and it’s seriously impressive. Once you’ve adjusted to its sheer size, the luxury, comfort, commanding driving position and sheer power of the engine is intoxicating. There are four on-road modes (Sport, Comfort, ‘Bentley’ and Custom), plus four all terrain modes (Snow & Grass, Dirt & Gravel, Mud & Trail, Sand Dunes), but frankly, default ‘Bentley’ is enough. The acceleration would do a supercar justice. In a car of this size, it’s simply astonishing – and, of course, it’s whisper quiet while cruising too. Thanks to Bentley’s brilliant electronic Dynamic Ride system, the Bentayga delivers a superb blend of handling and ride quality. As you’d expect there’s a little body roll in corners, but it is very well controlled. It’s almost churlish to mention economy, given that the price of petrol (super unleaded no less) is not a major consideration if you’re in the market for a car in this league, but for the record, it’s capable of 21.6mpg (13.1 litres/100 km) and emits 296g/km of CO2. More economical diesel and plug-in hybrid versions are also believed to be in development, as is a seven-seater. Verdict: The Bentley Bentayga is an SUV with unbeatable badge appeal and road presence. Powerful, practical, comfortable and luxurious, it’s also a surprisingly serious driver’s car. Review by Gareth Herincx
THE PACE The Sports Utility Vehicle boom sweeping the world means that no manufacturer can afford NOT to have a 4x4 or crossover in its range. This year alone has seen debut SUVs from Maserati, Bentley, and now Jaguar with its F-Pace â€“ the first Big Cat SUV roars inâ€Ś
Arguably the best looking car in its sector, Jaguar is billing the F-Pace as “a performance crossover for those who love driving, with unrivalled dynamics and everyday usability”. So, no pressure there then. Bigger than a Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but smaller than a BMW X5 and Range Rover Sport, it’s closest in size to the superb Porsche Macan, which is also its main rival. Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons would be pleased with the car too. He demanded that his vehicles should always have Grace, Space and Pace, and at first sight, the F-Pace doesn’t disappoint.
“On paper it’s capable of reaching 60mph in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 129mph, while returning 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. It’s big, but still manages to look graceful. It’s certainly spacious, and thanks to its combination of lightweight aluminium architecture borrowed from the XE and XF saloons and a range of engines including an economical 2-0-litre diesel, powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel and raucous 375bhp supercharged V6 petrol, it has pace, Competitively priced from £35,020 to £65,275 (44,727-83,368 Swiss Francs), I tested an “entry-level” car with a 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel in Portfolio trim which comes with allwheel drive and slick eight-speed ZF auto gearbox as standard. On paper it’s capable of reaching 60mph in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 129mph, while returning 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. On the road the engine is lively enough, if a little gruff under hard acceleration, but it soon settles down and cruises well. If economy is not top of your list, then the smooth V6 diesel or the vocal V6 petrol (lifted straight from the the F-Type) are the engines to opt for. The F-Pace is one of those cars that feels special from behind the wheel. Comfortable with a commanding view of the road over that huge bonnet complete with trademark Jaguar bulge, it has serious road presence. There’s bags of room inside for tall adults up front and in the rear, though
it should be noted that it does not have a third row of seats like some big SUVs. There’s also 650 litres of space in the boot which increases to a cavernous 1,740 litres with the seats down. There are four driving modes available – Normal, Eco and Dynamic – as well as an all-weather mode for more challenging terrain. And while it’s not billed as a hardcore 4x4 like its Land Rover cousins, it’s very capable off-road. Riding on optional 20-inch alloys with standard suspension, the ride is firm and there’s noticeable body lean when driven in a spirited fashion, so if you’re tempted to buy an F-Pace and you want your handling as sharp as the Porsche Macan, I’d go for the optional adaptive suspension. It’s also worth upgrading to the bigger 10.2-inch InControl Pro touchscreen infotainment system. Review by Gareth Herincx
Verdict: Entertaining to drive, practical, competitively priced, well equipped and with enough space for five adults, the Jaguar F-Pace is a great looking all-rounder. As comfortable cruising as it is off-road, it’s the Big Cat that got the cream.
photographe Iris Velghe
Cuvée Rosé. Inimitable.
FINE DINING by Dany Stauffacher
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food. ” George Bernard Shaw
| FINE DINING by Dany Stauffacher
PASCAL BARBOT ✶✶✶
ascal Barbot firmly established himself as a rising star of the culinary world in the early 2000s. His Parisian restaurant Astrance, opened in 2000 in collaboration with Chef Christophe Rohat, received its first Michelin star only a year later. It was awarded a second star in 2005, and a third in 2007. Barbot wanted to be a chef from a young age, when he used to watch his parents prepare traditional Auvergne cuisine. He learnt his craft at leading restaurants, Australia as well as Europe, including Maxim’s in Paris, Les Saveurs in London, and Troisgros in Roanne. A particularly important teacher and mentor was Chef Alain Passard at L’Arpège, over a five-year period. It was during his time that he met Christophe Rohat, and the two of them collaborated to open Astrance in 2000.
was fresh – so that, in itself, made me love the world of cooking No one in my family worked in the restaurant business, but a love of food and of cooking came naturally. I developed a flair for it that grew with me, and has become my passion.
As a small child did you have think about becoming a Chef?
What do you think regarding the image of the Chef today, that they have a role to influence the world?
I was born in the centre of France so had the joy of growing up with a garden at home and a space to tend to. My weekends were filled with picking, planting and caring for the vegetables and plants, and when I finished my day at school I would walk next door to the farm to pick up daily items such as bread and eggs for home. Nature for me is part of my DNA, I feel close to it and understand nature’s cycle. Cooking and eating were a joy always at home and all our meat and produce
For me it is very simple: we acknowledge that we need to feed ourselves with good healthy food! It is important not to over consume, and to eat well with natural produce. We need to support our local farmers, fisherman, and poultry farms – they are the individuals who wake up very early in the morning to present us with the very best. We need to offer them respect and stand by their side. Chefs have a high profile, so we should use our knowledge to influence and help!
Having worked in world class kitchens, what was your defining moment at Troisgros? I was a young 20-year-old, wide eyed and eager. It was the first time that I had worked in such an environment and I thrived on it. I learnt how to use the products, I was impressed by the beauty of the dishes we prepared. The staff were very professional and organized. Everything had its place. Chef Pierre, Chef Michel and Chef Claude were excellent communicators which helped me a lot.
Do you believe there is competition between Italian and French cuisine? What do you feel are the strengths of both? I disagree that there is competition; they are two different cooking styles and we cook to reflect our upbringing and devotion to traditions and the option to reinterpret that. You can find a lot of different kind of products, from fish to meat, vegetables and cheese. All are beautiful, all are wholesome.
“We need to support our local farmers, ﬁsherman, and poultry farms – they are the individuals who wake up very early in the morning to present us with the very best: You contributed to the Japanese book “Dasci and Umami”. What fascinates you about Japan? Japan has a culture that is so interesting. I wanted to understand their mentality, their feeling when cooking;
it is beautifully orchestrated. Their product is superb and fresh. In the past there was a time whereby it was illegal for certain types of meat to be consumed, so they turned to seafood. The fishermen are traditional; it is so fascinating to watch. There are plenty of similarities between Japanese cuisine and French Cuisine. France has the same attention to meat that the Japanese have regarding the fish, it is an unspoken respect. In France we used to classify meats in different categories, in Japan, they do the same with fish. It’s really interesting how two different cultures can be similar in the cuisine!
Name three items that you feel count in preparing a dish? Seasoning! Cooking! and slicing! My kitchen pays great attention to seasoning. I am very particular in how we treat meat as it is a raw material. We handle with care. Details make all the difference, for example how you cut, how you slice. Technique is high up on my list. The method of cooking is super important, it’s the main job of the Chef. One must combine traditional methods and new techniques in order to find the best way to give the customer what they desire.
Any new for the future? Yes, to keep busy, focused and support local trades people in sourcing and sustaining local produce.
| FINE DINING by Dany Stauffacher
Tradition and Creativity in Milan
ome years ago , I had the opportunity to meet Claudio Sadler in his Milan restaurant. It was a superb evening full of gastronomic emotions and very pleasant company. Since that evening I count Claudio as a friend. We have since met and shared stories of food and life many times. Claudio’s cuisine is one of beauty, which is influenced by the City in which he is based – Milan. Claudio is the president of one of the world’s most influential Chef’s associations: Le Soste and this year he is a participant in our gastronomic festival S. Pellegrino Sapori Ticino.
You are one of the founders of the Jeunes Restaurateur d’Europe, empowering the new generation of chefs, what is your take on the importance of gastronomy? Top level cooking is disciplined but also allows for creativity. Being a chef is a job that works perfectly with young individuals. Hard work requires new energy, ideas and the discipline to implement them. Good results rely on ability and concentration. My kitchens are always buzzing with young, talented individuals and I love to teach and spend time with the future of gastronomy.
What dish from your menu represents you? In the kitchen I love to create new things, but classic dishes are also always featured on my menus. Both of these reflect my personality and my upbringing. For example, Shellfish with tarragon mousse and Lamb cutlet with foie gras and truffle. I share these recipes and write books to allow them to come alive for others. For me a dish become a classic when it is remembered in the mind of those who taste it. I always try to create recipes that easily repeatable so everyone can copy or take inspiration from it.
What dish would you say represents Milan? Obviously risotto and cutlet! When a dish is already perfect, it doesn’t need to be changed or added to.
You have many fans in Tokyo, how was your experience there? The five years I had the pleasure of spending there were, for me, unique. It was like being on Centre Court at Wimbledon! I had great time. I experienced different tastes and ingredients whilst working in a multicultural environment. I learned a lot. I started to experiment with molecular cuisine but I soon realised that it was best to be myself. People’s expectations of an Italian Chef are simplicity. So I returned to cooking like an Italian. It was a great success.
What is your favourite cuisine? Without doubt Japanese. My original inspiration is regional Italian cuisine, however, Japan made me understand how important is to respect the purity of the flavours. The real aim of Japanese gastronomy is working with raw materials, to respect the original taste, and not manipulate flavours too much. 86
Another important topic for both of us is wine. Which wine are you passionate about? I love black Pinot wih all my heart, it is a wine of unique elegance. If I had to choose an Italian native wine, I would say Nerello Mascalese, a grape from Sicily that grows on Mount Etna. Last, but not least, Champagne of course!
How do you feel about being part of the 2017 San Pellegrino and Le Soste festival? Ticinoâ€™s festival is a unique occasion from a cultural point of view. The event has great prestige and it is an honour for me, personally and professionally, to participate. It also gives space to my staff and allows them to express their ability without me which enables them to grow as individuals. HEditionMag
My Favourite BORDEAUX by Dany Stauffacher Founder of Sapori Ticino
AN ExTRAORDINARy wine region, the lands of Bordeaux produce some of the best wines in the world. They’re so good that in the 1990s, for many, they became the symbol of excellence in wine production. So, when H Edition Global asked me to make a list of my ten favourite wines, I decided to concentrate on the Bordeaux area. Choosing just ten was no easy task – the region really is packed with top class vineyards and grape varieties – and, thanks to the generosity of some spectacular wine producers, many of them in Castels – I have had the opportunity to taste a number of them. Enjoy!
Château Lynch-Bages 2000 I bought a bottle of “en primeur” wine back in 1998 for 60 Swiss francs (around £49) I fell in love immediately when I tasted it. An extraordinary complexity and harmony makes this wine one of my favourites and if I evaluate based on the price it’s sits very comfortably at number one.
Château Mouton-Rothschild 1986 A rare and precious wine. Its history stems back to Lord Nathaniel de Rothschild that bought BraneMouton and gave it the name of Mouton Rothschild. A fascinating wine that is as smooth as nectar.
Château Pétrus 1970 In this case, I could just say this name in order to make you sit up and listen. The Pomerol area of Bordeaux together with the mastery of the cellars make this myth in a bottle happen. This vintage was one of the most important Pétrus tasting in the world, where 37 different vintages from 1945 to 2001 come from.
Château Latour 1996 A perfect “recipe”: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, entwined with some Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. A real gem that I have had honour to taste. Very impressive
Château Cheval Blanc 1995 A precious wine. The trademark of the historic French cellar makes me very emotional. The 1995 vintage reached a very high peak.
Château Tertre-Rôteboeuf 1998
Château Haut Brion 1990
A small reality that seems a real jewel. This vineyard is not like others; production is kept to a minimum. They produce magnificent wines. Well provided, deep, rich in personality: once you have tasted this wine, you will forget it. I never have!
Complex, elegant and full of finesse make this wine glorious. One of the wines that just cannot be forgotten an exceptional label with great culture.
Château Angélus 1990 Château Cos d’Estournel 2003 Pure splendour, an experience of great emotion from a bottle that I had the chance to drink again along with the Director of the Chateau. A wine and a company to which I’m particularly attached to.
The angelic name reaches very high levels in this vintage – 1990. It is a perfect example of a noble and classy wine. So much moves me from these 10 wines. A little note and a basic rule I learnt many years ago: drink less but drink well. Cheers!
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 2000 Elegant, with a rare harmony and with a delicacy that has no rivals: The Chateau Lafite-Rothschild del 2000 is a marvellous wine. Nature coupled with human touch in preparing this wine has made a vintage from magic. Splendid!
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