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Annabel Goldie-Morrison heads for Laikipia in the heart of Kenya’s wild Northern Frontier, a hot and dusty drive from Nairobi through lush valleys, arid plains, and the dramatic foothills of Mount Kenya

ith a holiday like this, there’s no gentle way to start, so we threw ourselves in at the deep end and spent the first four nights camping with Karisia Camel Safaris. Each morning we were woken at 6.30am with a gentle ‘hodi’ from our Samburu guides, and after a hearty breakfast we walked for five or six hours, accompanied by our surprisingly amenable camels, before reaching our next camp in time for lunch. The skilful guides could spot animals that were several valleys away, and with their superb tracking skills got us as close as possible to some amazing creatures. My particular favourite was the endangered Grévy’s zebra, beautifully pinstriped with huge fluffy ears. Elephant encounters were a daily occurrence and, when on foot, this is both a wonderful and somewhat scary experience. We also spotted gerenuk (a long-necked species of antelope), common zebra, giraffe, impala, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, and a plethora of birdlife, including some beautiful eagles – and on our last day, caught a glimpse of leopard and lion. Laikipia does not have the sheer numbers of wildlife found in the Masai Mara, but it has the richest ecosystem in terms of endangered species, and it is a privileged experience to see these rare animals in their natural habitat. True, in a park such as the Mara or Serengeti, you are more or less guaranteed a close-up of all the great animals, but it seemed so much more real to bump into game wherever it happened to be, rather than to inspect it in a park, sharing every sighting with six other wagonloads of gawping tourists. A few hours drive from Karisia was our main destination, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille on the far northern escarpment of the Laikipia Plateau. Perched on top of a rocky hill, The Sanctuary is a pioneering eco-retreat in the heart of the private 14,500-acre Ol Lentille conservancy, within the community-owned Kijabe Group Ranch. Run by English couple, John and Gill Elias, the lodge provides luxury accommodation alongside ambitious

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Kudu on a daily basis within the conservancy, and were lucky enough to see the elusive African Wild Dogs out on a hunt, one of Africa’s most threatened species. The birdlife is also thriving, and amongst others we spotted hornbill, the comical Go-Away bird and the majestic Verreaux’s eagle. The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is an island of comfort in the midst of a great wilderness – a taste of what life once was for the English in Africa. Kenya has long been synonymous with breathtaking landscapes, fascinating people and abundant wildlife, but after decades of poaching, drought and overgrazing it has become more important than ever for tourism to run in synergy with nature and local communities, and where better to experience this than Ol Lentille, where the motto is ‘Having Fun, Doing Good’. n

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conservation and community development programmes. A percentage of the revenue from guests helps finance local schools, mobile clinics and businesses, and it was great to see this in action all around the local community. The Sanctuary is romantic and incredibly chic, with four private houses, each with its own unique style and breathtaking views, taking in the surrounding grassy hills and deep valleys, heavily wooded with acacia trees, and in the distance looms the craggy peak of Mount Kenya. We stayed in the two-bedroomed Colonel’s House, where the décor was very reminiscent of the house of a well-travelled military man, with a very English backdrop, interspersed with artefacts and furnishings from across the British Empire. From the house we had a view over the recently constructed wildlife dam in the valley below, and there were nearly always elephants in sight. It was delightful to watch the babies playing in the mud and the adults greeting each other, their social behaviour extremely human and fascinating to observe. Aside from the four houses, The Sanctuary has a communal club room, known as ‘The Library’, a wonderfully friendly room built into the rocks, filled with interesting books and comfy sofas, on top of which is a viewing deck looking out over the waterhole. Right on top of the hill there is a serene horizon pool surrounded by loungers, cushions and secluded pods, where my family was frequently found after lunch, sprawled around like a wellfed pride of lions. Active guests can indulge in horse and camel riding, quad biking, mountain biking and archery, and for the real fanatics there’s a parcours jogging trail. When you feel a bit over-exerted, there’s a spa on the property and shaded croquet and boules pitches where you can while away the hours, gin and tonic in hand. Our dedicated Masai guide, Solomon, was always on hand to take us for a game drive or walk, and escorted us on various activities. At The Sanctuary you are fooled into thinking you’re the only person around, but the impeccable service and constant supply of delicious food reminded us otherwise.

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Our ever-efficient butler, Chris, was always on hand with an ice-cold Tusker, or to book a spa treatment when the fancy took us. A ‘wherever, whenever, whatever’ policy operates at The Sanctuary when it comes to meals, and we did our best to test it out. For breakfast we basked in the sun on our terrace, planning our day and listening to the lone bull elephants pushing trees down in their frustration; lunches were in the shade by the pool, or picnicking at the top of Ol Lentille hill after a leisurely hike up; and in the evenings, dinner was served in our house, the library, any of the other houses if they were empty, and even in the middle of the bush. The picnics were truly spectacular. On one day we toured around the local community and visited one of the schools, and afterwards drove to a sandy lugha (dry riverbed). After a short stroll to look at Vervet monkeys, we returned to the Landrover near which Chris had laid out lunch, complete with crisp white linen and a fully stocked bar. Only a few years ago, the conservancy was pretty barren and overgrazed, and now it’s wonderful to see how the wildlife, including many endangered species, has moved back into the area. We The elephant and rhino orphans at spotted elephant, baboon, dik dik, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rock hyrax, impala, klipspringer, www.davidsheldrickwildlifetrust.org Grant’s gazelle and the rare Greater

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ou won’t have to trawl back too far in your memory to recall November’s snow; the one that brought the country to a juddering halt. A mate of mine was caught in the chaos and had to spend the night in his car, trapped with a long line of fellow motorists on a major road that hadn’t been gritted or cleared. He was rescued the next morning by a guy in a 4x4, who pulled him out of the snowdrift and sent him on his way. All over the country other 4x4 drivers were doing the same thing and, for once, even the Daily Mail was lauding them as heroes rather than anti-social owners of ‘gas-guzzling Chelsea tractors’. And that just goes to show how daft this anti-4x4 thing is. Yes, there are some that are hugely powerful, ridiculously thirsty and produce too much in the way of emissions. Still, if people want to drive a V12-powered Audi Q7 then let them… after all, they are contributing enormously to the country’s coffers in terms of the road tax they pay and the fuel charges they have to meet. But when it comes to cars like the latest Volkswagen Touareg, the antis have got it so, so wrong. Think of the Touareg as an estate with big wheels. Yes, it has four-wheel drive but so what? If we have another bitter winter, Touareg-man will not only be safer than the rest of us in two-wheel drive hatchbacks, he’ll also be in a better position to help us out when we get into trouble. Gas-guzzling? Hardly. The 3.0 TDI, by far and away the most popular version, delivers 43.5mpg on the combined cycle and produces under 200g/km of CO2 emissions. Those figures are on a par with a

conventional saloon with a similar power plant – the Jaguar XF, for example – yet the VW is notably shorter so takes up less road space, as well as having the reassurance of four-wheel drive. As far as the antis are concerned, best not to let the facts get in the way of a good protest. Aside from its new Golf-like corporate nose, the latest Touareg looks broadly similar to the original, which first burst onto the scene in 2003. But in fact, this is a totally new version, rather than a facelift. Overall, it’s a little longer and a mite lower than before, but it is noticeably lighter to benefit both handling and emissions. The V6 diesel engine has also been breathed upon to be more efficient, while it’s mated to a remarkable eight-speed automatic gearbox, in which the two top gears are overdrive ratios to reduce fuel consumption. Add in Stop/Start, which cuts the engine when the car is stationary in traffic, and its environmental credentials can stand up to the closest scrutiny. On the road, the Touareg is a great place to be. You sit high up so have a better view of the road ahead, while the surefooted chassis provides a sense of security in poor weather that ordinary cars simply cannot match. The TDI engine is a real gem, providing plenty of low-down grunt at the same time as effortless top-end performance. The new transmission is pretty special, too, with wonderfully smooth shifts under all conditions. Thanks to the new longer body there’s a little more room in the rear, and the rear bench now slides forward and aft to increase legroom or load space as required. The ride is limousinelike, especially with the optional air suspension.

For the latest Touareg, VW has acknowledged that most owners never take their vehicle off-road and so have removed the low-range gearbox that was a standard fit on the original. While that saves a hefty 200kg of weight, it does mean that fans of serious mud-plugging will need to specify the Escape version of the car, which retains the off-road hardware. Standard SE trim is generously equipped with satnav, leather, four-wheel drive, parking sensors and a plethora of safety equipment but the test Touareg was an Altitude model, to which is added a styling kit, bigger wheels and suspension lowered by 25mm. More useful additions include the multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth and a headlamp cleaning system, though whether it’s worth the extra £3,500 VW ask for the upgrade is debatable. What isn’t debatable is the thanks you’ll need to give the 4x4 driver, as he rescues you from a snowy grave this winter… even if you’re an anti. n

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his Christmas Day, while you stress over whether you have a big enough turkey to feed the family, take a moment to think of Camila Batmanghelidjh and her ‘family’. “Christmas Day is a massive operation, as we have to cook 4,000 chickens to feed everyone,” laughs Camila, founder of Kids Company. She and her team will provide a full festive feast for more than 3,000 children this year. “Around 2,100 kids will be at a school near the Oval, which we convert into Santa’s Grotto, and then another 900 plus will be at satellite parties around London. I wake up at 6am on Christmas morning and make my way down to the school and then I don’t leave till 9pm. It is a very moving day and when I get home I always burst into tears – it is emotionally draining, but totally amazing.” Welcome to the inspirational world of Camila Batmanghelidjh, a long-time Hampstead resident, who

founded Kids Company in 1996 to offer practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children, many of whom have experienced significant trauma and neglect and live in poverty. Kids Company operates through two street level drop-in centres – The Arches II in South London and The Tree House in North London, as well as a therapy house, an Urban Academy for over-16s accredited education, and several programmes that take place in 38 schools around London. Kids Company employees are a widely skilled team of professionals who work at street level to offer a unique, ‘wraparound’ model of care combining health, housing, emotional well-being, mental health, arts, sports, youth justice, education and employment. Talking to Camila, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by what she and her staff do for these forgotten children. Lightly spoken, but with a hearty and infectious laugh, she is both sensitive and tough, and armed with an incredible sense of


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Our plan is to demonstrate how imperative love is. And how it can give children remarkable resilience determination and purpose. “I remember being nine and thinking I have so much energy in my hands, I’m going to fry with my own energy. I had this sense that I had to lead my life outside of the boundaries of my own personal life,” she explains. “I won’t write an autobiography and I don’t want to leave a legacy, they are not my reasons for doing what I do; it is not like that. I just want to do the job and be gone.” Far from being neglected herself, Camila spent much of her formative years being chauffeur driven between her palatial home and her Iranian father’s luxury resort hotel by police bodyguards in Tehran. At the age of 12, she was sent to the UK to be privately educated at Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset. But after just two years, Camila’s tranquil world was turned upside down. With Iran in the grip of an Islamic revolution, her father was arrested and all his assets seized. As her world changed forever, she was able to finish school, but had to take a job to cover her living expenses,

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so she began working as a nursery nurse. She went on to study psychotherapy and was soon counselling children referred to her by local authorities. Now, through Kids Company, Camila has changed the lives of more than 14,000 children who would normally have been deemed beyond help. “What I run really shouldn’t be run as a charity, as we are picking up where the State is losing these children. Most of the kids who arrive at our street level centres are homeless, criminally involved by the time they get to us, have already been pulled into drug couriering aged eight or nine years old, and many have been sexually mistreated,” explains Camila. “While 550,000 kids every year get referred to child protection, they actually only take fewer than 40,000 and place them on the register, and then de-register them within a year to avoid the number increasing. What I find so mindboggling is that in such an advanced country, the issue of child protection and vulnerable children is not addressed – these children are actually scavenging for care.” Calling on her studies in psychology, Camila has brought in international experts in brain development to help show how chronic states of fear in children and maltreatment actually damages the brain circuitry and structures, and how care and love can reset this damage. “If you are being exposed to a lot of violence, the part of your brain associated with violence becomes over-exercised and more sophisticated, and the other parts that are responsible for pro-social behaviours shut down. But, this ‘damage’ can be reversed if you put intensive care into it. Our plan is to demonstrate through science how imperative love is. And how it can give children remarkable resilience.” This is impressive work, but finding the £20 million it takes to keep Kids Company going every year, and the prospect of government funding ending in January, is a worry. Camila says she spends a large proportion of her seven-day working week campaigning for funds and looking for innovative ways to raise money, while providing the kids with new opportunities. The latest idea sees a new charity app for the iPhone, called the Kids Company Mouthoff. Teaming up with digital interface company ustwo, the app allows users to choose from a set of hilarious ‘mouths’, which have all been designed by Kids Company children aged seven to 12, and works by holding your iPhone in front of your mouth. Does she ever have days where she doesn’t want to get out of bed? “I probably have one or two a year; it can be hard sometimes. But then you watch these courageous kids, who have this incredible dignity and forgiveness. My philosophy is that if a five-year-old can live it every day, me, the grownup, can cope with hearing about it.” Being a ‘full-time mother’ to thousands of children leaves little time for herself and, although it seems that she wouldn’t have it any other way, she does have one wish. “I’d love to have a swimming pool just for me to swim in. I love swimming but I don’t like it when people are in the pool because they disrupt the water; I like the peacefulness of the water. That is my only dream in life really,” chuckles Camila. Such a simple request from such an extraordinary lady. n To donate, volunteer or buy a child a Christmas gift, visit www.kidsco.org.uk

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beautiful, ancient part of London, Hampstead has a great history and a classic character that it has impressively managed to retain over the years. While modernisation has pushed relentlessly through in parts – Rymans, Waterstones, Monsoon and Gap make up the high street staples here – the insistence of local residents on keeping that traditional charm has ensured there is still something of the old way of life to be found. And the gentler pace of life is no more obvious than on some of Hampstead’s sweet

cobbled lanes and alleyways. In fact, if you just take a few small steps off the beaten track, you can uncover a magical world of independent boutiques, hidden treasures and classic shops that wouldn’t be out of place in Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. Here are some of my favourites.

Flask Walk This is a sweet little street, seconds from the tube station, which leads from the high street right through to the quieter side of residential Hampstead,

and it’s packed full of wonderful shops selling an incredible range of things. You wouldn’t find it hard to come home from here with designer wellington boots, a vintage leather jacket, a first edition of Anne of Green Gables, a leopard print Filofax, and a teapot-shaped lampshade! Start by turning left from the tube station and left again almost immediately onto Flask Walk. The first shop you’ll come to is the wonderful Keith Fawkes Books, 1-3 Flask Walk, 020 7435 0614. This place is an incredible maze of little rooms and corners, stuffed full of books. It’s the


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kind of place you’ll find that perfect first edition you’ve always been searching for, or a limited version of a childhood classic. The shop buys and sells second-hand and antique books, so it makes a great alternative to Oxfam. Next door you’ll find Joule, 5 Flask Walk, 020 7794 7700, www.jouler.com, a bespoke jewellers, quite new to Flask Walk. Their range of dress earrings is stunning; square cut aquamarines are encased in a diamond surround, while dusky pink droplets hang from delicate chains. They also make a unique range of engagement and wedding rings, both bespoke, and from their designer collections Christian Bauer, Takhol, Bunz, Tacori and Christian Wharton. You now want to nip across to the Exclusive Second Hand Designer Store, 2 Flask Walk, 020 7431 8618, a tiny treasure trove of vintage designer clothes and shoes. A quick browse offered up a divine pair of red Prada shoes, a Max Mara coat and a Sisley

handbag. For the younger fashionista, head a few doors up to Mystical Fairies, 12 Flask Walk, 020 7431 1888, www.mysticalfairies.co.uk, a literal dream world for little girls. The pink exterior and display window is jam-packed with fairy paraphernalia, and the interior is just as spectacular. Fairy wings, fairy bedding, furniture and pictures, princess outfits and unique presents will keep little ones busy for hours. For presents for adults J.M Pennifeather, 020 7794 0488 4 Flask Walk, www.jmpennifeather.co.uk is a quirky little store that specialises in fountain pens, but also sells a unique range of cards, diaries, pictures and other stationery. Also perfect for presents, even if they’re just for you, is Judy Green’s Garden Store, 11 Flask Walk, 020 7435 3832 – an expert florist that offers a whole lot more. The stunning bouquets and displays outside will easily seduce you in, to a whole range

of country chic classics including Hunter wellies, beautiful distressed metal lanterns, quirky gardening tools, scented candles and vintage plant pots. When you’ve satisfied your outdoor needs, pop next door to the recently renamed Joseph Interiors Lighting and Design, 13 Flask Walk, 020 7443 5484. A welcoming cosy glow on a cold November afternoon emanated from this shop, which offers both off the shelf lights and fixtures to buy, as well as a comprehensive bespoke design service. They stock a gorgeous range of unique chandeliers and standing lamps, as well as some other quirky display pieces. Other hidden gems on this cobbled lane include ‘Enry ‘Iggins Hairdressers, 7 Flask Walk, 020 7435 6007. The salon uses Paul Mitchell and Fudge products, and haircuts start from £13 for children, men £19 and women £32. Unique Tailors, 15 Flask Walk, 020 7431 3314 is a classic shop with

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a long reputation for expertise and superlative service in tailoring. For pampering I love the Beauty Boutique, 17 Flask Walk, 020 7431 9111, www.beautyboutiquelondon.co.uk, a friendly, welcoming salon – the perfect place to finish off a day’s shopping with an Aromatherapy Massage (£45) and a Mini Manicure (£23). At the very end of Flask Walk is a lovely Hampstead institution, Le Cage Imaginaire, 16 Flask Walk, 020 7794, 6674, www.le-cage-imaginaire.co.uk. This sweet little French restaurant is renowned for its classic French food at very reasonable prices. Atmosphere is friendly and quaint, and it’s the perfect place to zone out after a day pottering around Hampstead. Top dishes include snail casserole, chestnut and raisin stuffed quail and sea bass with fennel and Pernod.

Perrins Court This quieter little street, slightly further away from hub that surrounds the tube station is the place to come for arts, crafts and antiques. And, without question, your first stop should be The Antique Textiles Store, 1 Perrins Court, 020 7433 3311 www.antiquetextilescompany.co.uk. This gorgeous little shop is filled floor to ceiling with some of the most exquisite and beautiful quilts and textiles around. It specialises in antique English Durham and North Country, Welsh and American handmade and patchwork quilts, all of which have had quite the style revival in recent years. The owners have worked hard to make the shop one of a kind, and it certainly lives up to expectations. The Zebra One Art Gallery, 1 Perrins Court, 020 7794 1281,  www.zebraonegallery.com at the

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other end of Perrin Court is a wonderful independent art dealers. Run by sister and brother team Dominic and Gabrielle, the shop specialises in work from established modern British artists such as Henry Moore and David Hockney, as well as showing the work of emerging print makers. Once purchased, you can get your prints framed at the Print Room, 16 Perrins Court, 020 7794 3403, www.printroomlondon.com, which specialises in framing, and also sells a range of well-priced prints starting from as little as £100. If you or your little ones fancies trying their own hand at creating something to hang on the wall, then The Oak Studio, 8 Perrins Court, 07738 784 631, www.theoakstudio.com is the place to be. This fresh, clean space not only sells art, but also runs courses for creating your own arts and crafts, and oftens sessions on knitting, cupcake decorating, life drawing, vintage fabric collage, dressmaking, flower arranging and crochet. And, finally, take some time out to refresh yourself with delicious cakes and teas at the trendy Ginger and White Cafe, 4 Perrins Court, 020 7431 9098 www.gingerandwhite.com with its long distressed wood tables, which serves artisan espresso and sandwiches, or get out of the cold and enjoy a big cup of coffee and sumptuous looking pies and muffins at cosy Manis, 12 Perrins Court, 020 7435 0777. Of course, this is only a slice of the rich life that Hampstead offers, but it’s a great place to start. As the festive season takes hold, enjoy a leisurely afternoon away from the pounding commercialism of the high street, and pay homage to some of the independent delights that can be found hidden on these ancient cobbled streets. n

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Now in its 30th year, don’t miss out on Dazzle, an exhibition of contemporary jewellery unrivalled for its impressive and far-reaching range of beautiful, modern pieces. Taking place in the foyer of the Royal National Theatre, entry is free and the exhibition continues until 8 January. On offer is a great choice of modern jewellery design, with prices ranging from £15 to £5,000, covering every conceivable style and material, from precious metals and gems to plastics and reclaimed industrial materials. There are

displays from the hottest new designers from around the world, from Denmark to Vietnam. With so much on offer, Dazzle is the perfect place to hunt out special Christmas presents. There is even a section for men’s jewellery, for those tricky presents for the men in your life. Or treat yourself to something that will give festive fashion staples an unexpected twist, and that you will treasure forever.

After closing its doors in 1975, seemingly forever and breaking all the fashionistas’ hearts, Biba, the übericon of 60s and 70s fashion, recently relaunched, with its first collection in 35 years. Although updated, the collection remains true to Biba’s original spirit of bohemian luxury and 1920s influence. Crammed with silks, velvets, sparkling embellishment and glittery costume jewellery, Biba’s new collection breathes decadence and dark sensuality, with feather stoles and floor-length leopard print coats, while remaining ladylike. So make Sally Bowles your muse this Christmas and add divine Art Deco allure to your wardrobe. Available exclusively from House of Fraser www.mybiba.com

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Cut Above the Rest Somerville Scott, who has a fabulous showroom in the heart of Primrose Hill, is the ideal haven for design lovers and those looking for something unique to add to their home. Their new collection features beautiful curved leather chairs in vibrant purples and oranges, zebra print footstalls and domino-inspired side tables. With attention to detail at the core of every design, Somerville Scott offers a unique range of furniture. We particularly love the Chivalrous Cabinet. This gallant little cabinet is constructed from crown cut walnut and finished with natural oil and, with large, custom-arced brass handles wrapped around its four doors, this design makes a straightforward cabinet into a piece of art. Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 www.somervillescott.com

generous flowers but also offers a complete eventstyling service, for anything from birthday parties to awards ceremonies; corporate events to intimate Christmas celebrations and weddings. The festive season is the perfect time to enjoy nature’s winter offerings of wild berries, sprigs of holly and evergreen wreaths, so don’t forget your floral arrangements this yuletide. www.wildatheart.com

Winter Ceramics Known for her polka dot design, Emma Bridgewater’s latest pottery offering sees the theme of winter inspiring her designs. The Winter Flowers range is new for this season, and it combines holly, ivy, and snowdrops. Designed by Emma Bridgewater and Matthew Rice, the range comprises two serving dishes, a serving bowl, a comport, teapot, mugs, mini mug candles, cake tins and tea towels. Using traditional techniques stretching back over 200 years, Emma’s specialist pottery featuring delightful motifs has helped to create a new-found love for ceramics in the last few years. With a shop on Marylebone High Street, the winter range starts from £27, making this an ideal Christmas gift for those who like to entertain.

Haute Couture Furniture Contemporary furniture manufacturers Roche Bobois has joined forces with Jean Paul Gaultier to celebrate their 50th anniversary, unveiling an exciting collection of furniture, designed by the much-loved ‘enfant terrible’ of the fashion world. Reflecting Gaultier’s trademark originality, playfulness and wit, the new designs (including ‘dressings’ of some of Roche Bobois’ most wellknown pieces) will delight and entertain. The themes of travel, romance and adventure figure strongly throughout the collection, which includes two new upholstery versions of Roche Bobois’ iconic design, the Mah Jong modular sofa, each of which is based on some of Gaultier’s most distinctive fashion collections. Roche Bobois Les Provinciales: 321 Finchley Rd, NW3 6EP 020 7317 8828

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Fed up of fads and must have crazes? This New Year follow Sim Smith’s guide to a long lasting beautiful home. Stick to a neutral colour palette and combine resident furnishings with a few new additions in a striking mix of tradition, innovation and luxury

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Try putting just a single bloom in a small glass at each place setting at a dinner table, a low, wide dish of flower heads on a coffee table, a line of tiny cacti or succulents along a bathroom windowsill. Why not plant up your own dishes, pots, glasses or baskets? You could even give them away as presents. Specialist suppliers and garden centres have a huge choice of indoor flowering bulbs. Just follow their instructions for planting and care and relatively soon you will be enjoying the results of your efforts. Paperwhite narcissi are some of the quickest to reward with their clusters of dainty, fragrant flowers. Use garden twigs to support any wayward stems and top the compost with moss or pebbles. Most of all enjoy. n

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Literary Classics The magical Molton Brown Christmas gift collection draws its inspiration from an archive of wonderful literary classics, which capture the imagination and seize the senses. The nine beautifully crafted pieces are designed to showcase a unique collection of much-loved Molton Brown products, as well as limited editions, which are perfectly tailored to enrich the mind and take you on a true sensory journey. Literary classics such as Aldous Huxley’s futuristic novel, Brave New World, influences the three-piece gift set of the same name and combines a trio of zingy products for both men and women; while Treasure Island brings together four pieces from the best-selling Heavenly Gingerlily range. Treasure Island, £65 www.moltonbrown.co.uk

treatment of the month: Vaishaly Signature Facial It’s the festive season, diaries are chock-a-block with social events, free radicals are hitting you hard, and your skin is showing the effects. At this crucial time of year we are in vital need of a little boost, inside and out. Superfacialist Vaishaly has the solution. Not only is the Marylebone clinic itself a sanctuary to escape to in-between your Christmas shopping, but you will leave with, quite simply, ‘new skin’. The experience is as individual as each client and their specific skincare needs. Incorporating deep-cleansing, skillful and effective extraction, gentle micro-dermabrasion to lift off dead skin cells, followed by ‘high frequency’ - a fantastic multi-functional tool that effectively dries and closes pores after extraction. It has a germicidal effect too, killing any bacteria in the skin (particularly beneficial for oily or acne skins). Vaishaly’s facial massage technique – known to beauty insiders as an ‘anti-ageing beauty secret’ – is what makes her Signature Facial so sought after. Her ‘touch’ is renowned to be so powerful, yet so gentle that it balances and harmonizes the mind and body, releasing tension and stress from the face, neck and mind. VAISHALY CLINIC www.vaishaly.com

Limited Edition Mini Bobbi Bright’s Palette Every Christmas like an angelic beauty fairy godmother, Bobbi Brown offers us limited edition festive-inspired products that are the perfect girly gift to add to your Father Christmas list. This year’s holiday line-up sees an intense explosion of rich, bold shadows mixed with a full range of sexy, patent lip colours, all packaged in the usual stylish, BB way. The standout must-have is the Mini Bobbi Brights Palette. Like a toy box for the eyes, the folding palette has 20 new reasons to embrace colour this New Year. £42, www.bobbibrown.co.uk

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This winter Dior is fascinated by gold, which is the inspiration behind their latest, precious collection of evening makeup. A multi-faceted gold creation, the New Look Evening Gold palette reveals unique and ultrafestive shades of perfect white gold, fantasy bronze, brown gold, silver gold and black gold, with a hint of pink champagne, and a glint of platinum. With the Christmas party season around the corner, gold is the shade to help create a mesmerising evening look. Available from all department stores

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SCARRED FOR LIFE? NOT ANY MORE... There was a time when medical surgery resulted in noticeable and permanent scarring; but as Josephine O’Donoghue discovers, surgery can be virtually scarless

“I recently removed 40 centimetres of colon containing an 8cm tumour through a 3cm hole in the belly button,” Mr Paraskeva said last month. This is especially revolutionary for cancer patients as this method means that people can have major surgery for a colon cancer through one cut and stay in hospital for only a few days. The SILS method of surgery can be used to remove the appendix, gallbladder, kidney and ovaries, repair hernias and remove cancers in the colon. For doctors all over the world, carrying out surgery on a patient is a last resort and an experience that the medical world is constantly striving to make both less invasive and less traumatic. Many people find the thought of major surgery to be extremely stressful and frightening – and it has long been the hope that a simpler method could be developed. While keyhole or laparoscopic surgery has been a popular alternative in recent years (involving 3-4 smaller cuts), Mr Barry Paraskeva (based at The Wellington Hospital in London) has been pioneering a new and very effective method of scarless single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) for over two years. “I have been using and developing an almost scarless and innovative option, using a single incision in the belly button to access the body, since early 2008,” he says. “The beauty of this kind of surgery is that it uses an existing hole in the body. Furthermore, the patient takes the same time to heal and the scar is buried, so surgery is virtually scarless, which they love.” Mr Paraskeva was the first surgeon in the UK to perform a gallbladder removal and appendix removal using the SILS approach. He is also regularly performing removal of the colon through the belly button alone.

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At present Mr Paraskeva has completed 150 SILS produces in 2010. Single port laparoscopic surgery is certainly the next big step in less invasive surgery, and signifies a positive change in modern surgical medicine. For more information or appointments, visit www.thewellingtonhospital.com or call 020 7483 5148

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE Talking to The Daily Mail recently, one of Mr Paraskeva’s patients said: “I had the operation under general anaesthetic last year and [it] took an hourand-a-half. Afterwards, I was very tender round the belly button area, but I was still able to leave the hospital by 6pm that day. The bruising lasted a few weeks, although I could move around OK. Even after a week, it was difficult to see the scar on my belly button. We’d had to postpone a holiday, so three weeks after the operation we went to Majorca. It was so wonderful to lie on the beach in a bikini and no one could tell I’d had an operation. Five months on, I feel fantastic!”

THE FACTS Can surgery be performed with no scar? Over the last few years, doctors have started to consider using patients own orifices to access the inside of the body and this method is called NOTES (natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery). However, this approach is controversial and as yet, untested. Single port surgery offers an alternative to traditional keyhole surgery, which leaves no scar and is available now. The umbilicus or belly button area can be used as a point of access for surgery for many common conditions of the abdomen. Common procedures performed with regular keyhole surgery can be performed through the belly button such as gallbladder removal for gallstones, appendix removal, ovarian cyst treatment and even removal of portions of the colon for both benign and malignant conditions such as colon cancer. How is the surgery performed? A special port device is inserted into the belly button; through this long instruments (which have the ability to bend and carry specialised heads) can grab, dissect, cut and clip tissues. The belly button is repaired using dissolvable stitches and heals with no scar visible.


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Platinum Plans at The Wellington Hospital With more than three decades of expertise in treating patients, from the local community to all over the UK and overseas, The Wellington Hospital is undergoing a major £22 million expansion project to make private healthcare more accessible The Platinum Medical Centre, opening in Lodge Road in Spring 2011, will be the biggest development in the independent healthcare sector since the mid-1980s. The medical centre will be almost a third of the size of the hospital at present – making it the largest private centre of its kind in the UK. Located just minutes from the main hospital, the centre will be an extensive outpatients and diagnostic facility. Incorporating day case and outpatient surgical theatres across seven floors. The Platinum Medical Centre will contain 50 consulting rooms and, with more than 400 consultants already consulting at The Wellington Hospital, increasing this will provide patients with quicker, easier access to the hospital and its services than ever before. The greatest advantage of this huge development will be the integration of new cancer care facilities. The hospital has gone into partnership with The London Oncology Centre (LOC) to develop a ten-bedded chemotherapy unit. The comprehensive oncology suite will be based on the ground floor and supported by high-end cancer diagnostics, meaning cancer patients requiring ongoing cancer care will have access to all necessary treatment on site. The new oncology centre will mainly focus on gastro intestinal, liver, head and neck, and gynaecological cancers. This additional state-of-the-art centre will also house a large radiology and imaging department. Patients will have access to the very latest in diagnostic technology, including MRI, x-ray, CT, ultrasound and PET CT. The Wellington has for many years, held an international reputation in the area of complex surgery, and in

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particular the fields of neurosurgery, inter-cranial surgery, cardiac procedures, complex orthopaedic surgery and neuro-rehabilitation. In a move to optimise space and to concentrate on developing these fields

of expertise, when the medical centre opens in Spring, outpatient clinics which are currently held in the South Building on Wellington Place will be moved to the Platinum Medical Centre. Though there have been many changes throughout the hospital’s 36 years of service, one constant has always remained; to provide patients with the very best in healthcare. This expansion will benefit not only the national and international patients that travel far and wide to be treated by many of London’s most senior specialists, but especially those patients in the local community. For more information about this or any of the hospitals services, please contact The Enquiry Helpline 020 7483 5148, or email: wellington@enquiryhelpline. hcahealthcare.co.uk

“We have been planning this major expansion for some time because of the increasing demand for our services and our need to introduce new areas of medicine including oncology. We want to improve patient facilities and bring outpatient and day care services together in one unit, supported by a dedicated state-of-theart diagnostics unit.” Keith Hague, The Wellington’s CEO, is looking forward to the development


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The da Vinci Effect The growing benefits of robotic surgery have been broadly documented, and it is an increasingly popular way of operating. But what is the machine, and why is it so good?

Robotic surgery is by no means a new concept. It has been used in particular areas of surgery for the past two decades. The first surgical robot ‘Arthrobot’ was first developed and used in Canada, in 1983. The da Vinci® Si™ however, is the most advanced form of surgical robotic technology so far. The Wellington Hospital is just one of four hospitals in the UK that have access to this super robot. How it works The da Vinci® Si™, the newest da Vinci system available, consists of three components: the robot, the console and the operating workspace. The latest robot has four arms that hold surgical instruments and perform surgery better than a human hand, and can rotate at an astounding 720°. Offering heightened dexterity, they are able to negotiate the more awkward, tighter spaces that

could ordinarily present surgeons with problems. One arm contains a microscopic high definition camera, and the other three arms are used to interchange surgical instruments. The surgeon performs the procedure via a console booth, sitting just metres away from the patient. From this position, the surgeon manipulates the instruments by simulating his normal surgical techniques, holding onto two hand sensors. The surgeon can view the procedure by looking through the internal display and also on a larger screen above. The robot has a number of safety features, meaning that when the surgeon lifts his head from the display or his hands from the sensors, the robots halts; the surgeon is thus in complete control at all times. Benefits This extraordinary piece of equipment has huge advantages to offer both patients and surgeons. Patients that undergo robotic surgery experience: •

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All of this results in a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activities. Wellington Hospital consultant urologist Mr Barry Maraj, praised the new robot’s features: “Because the machine has a fourth arm and with high definition 3D, we can be much more precise in our surgery; and being three dimensional, it takes the guesswork out of depth of measurement.”

Performing surgery in this way provides surgeons with greater agility and better control, as the robot is able to sense any tremors in the surgeon’s hand movements. The new camera offers enhanced visual clarity with its superior 3D high definition vision with up to 10x magnification. Mr Roberto Casula, cardiothoracic surgeon at The Wellington Hospital, also acknowledges the impact the robot will have: “These new instruments can move in a way that my hands cannot. This is the new gold standard. With the acquisition of this machine we have the best technology, in the best hospital in the private sector.” The future Around the world, the da Vinci robot has been used to carry out a number of highly specialised surgeries since its development. It can be used for a multitude of procedures, including: coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair, colorectal surgery, prostatectomy, hysterectomy, and myomectomy, but it isn’t limited to just these. This advance in surgical technology means that major and routine operations can now be performed with better outcomes than ever before, which is great news for surgeons and patients. In time, could we see this become the preferred method of surgery? If you would like more information about our hospital or the da Vinci Si System, please contact The Enquiry Helpline 020 7483 5148, or visit www.thewellingtonhospital.com

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Lot 2 A gentleman’s stainless steel automatic chronograph Breitling Skyracer bracelet watch. With box and papers. Estimate £1,800 - £2,500

Lot 56 A gentleman’s stainless steel automatic chronograph IWC Portofino wrist watch circa 2008. With box and papers. Estimate £1,200 - £1,800

Lot 143 A gentleman’s stainless steel automatic Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Yacht-Master bracelet watch circa 2007. With box and papers. Estimate £3,000 - £4,000

Auction of Wrist & Pocket Watches Monday 17th January at 10am

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Renowned in the fashion world for her graphic prints and quirky designs, Orla Kiely teams up with Citroën to give the DS3 an instantly recognisable make-over

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ou may not recognise her name, but you’re sure to know Orla Kiely’s designs. Over the last ten years her colourful, retro prints have appeared on everything from bags to bedsheets and umbrellas to bread bins. Now the award winning designer collaborates with Citroën to give us the exclusive DS3 by Orla Kiely. Representing the clean and stylised patterns that embody Kiely’s other work, the DS3 illustrates the simplicity and functionality of modern design. The car’s playful exterior features hand-painted acorn-cup print bodywork and

a frosted stem on each rear window. The bold interior has sculpted cream leather seats and a centrepiece wood dashboard with a feature lamp. The model, based on the DStyle Hdi90, comes with Bluetooth® technology, USB connectivity and is driven by a fuel and CO efficient diesel engine. Using the highest quality materials and a talented team of specialist customizers, the collection took six months to design and over 100 hours to craft. Orla Kiely’s DS3s are sure to be popular when they come to market this March. n For further information, visit www.citroen.co.uk

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getting a GRIP You might not like 4x4s, but if this winter continues the way it started, you’d do well to change your mind, says Matthew Carter, after driving the latest VW Touareg


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ou won’t have to trawl back too far in your memory to recall November’s snow; the one that brought the country to a juddering halt. A mate of mine was caught in the chaos and had to spend the night in his car, trapped with a long line of fellow motorists on a major road that hadn’t been gritted or cleared. He was rescued the next morning by a guy in a 4x4, who pulled him out of the snowdrift and sent him on his way. All over the country other 4x4 drivers were doing the same thing and, for once, even the Daily Mail was lauding them as heroes rather than anti-social owners of ‘gas-guzzling Chelsea tractors’. And that just goes to show how daft this anti-4x4 thing is. Yes, there are some that are hugely powerful, ridiculously thirsty and produce too much in the way of emissions. Still, if people want to drive a V12-powered Audi Q7 then let them… after all, they are contributing enormously to the country’s coffers in terms of the road tax they pay and the fuel charges they have to meet. But when it comes to cars like the latest Volkswagen Touareg, the antis have got it so, so wrong. Think of the Touareg as an estate with big wheels. Yes, it has four-wheel drive but so what? If we have another bitter winter, Touareg-man will not only be safer than the rest of us in two-wheel drive hatchbacks, he’ll also be in a better position to help us out when we get into trouble. Gas-guzzling? Hardly. The 3.0 TDI, by far and away the most popular version, delivers 43.5mpg on the combined cycle and produces under 200g/km of CO2 emissions. Those figures are on a par with a

conventional saloon with a similar power plant – the Jaguar XF, for example – yet the VW is notably shorter so takes up less road space, as well as having the reassurance of four-wheel drive. As far as the antis are concerned, best not to let the facts get in the way of a good protest. Aside from its new Golf-like corporate nose, the latest Touareg looks broadly similar to the original, which first burst onto the scene in 2003. But in fact, this is a totally new version, rather than a facelift. Overall, it’s a little longer and a mite lower than before, but it is noticeably lighter to benefit both handling and emissions. The V6 diesel engine has also been breathed upon to be more efficient, while it’s mated to a remarkable eight-speed automatic gearbox, in which the two top gears are overdrive ratios to reduce fuel consumption. Add in Stop/Start, which cuts the engine when the car is stationary in traffic, and its environmental credentials can stand up to the closest scrutiny. On the road, the Touareg is a great place to be. You sit high up so have a better view of the road ahead, while the surefooted chassis provides a sense of security in poor weather that ordinary cars simply cannot match. The TDI engine is a real gem, providing plenty of low-down grunt at the same time as effortless top-end performance. The new transmission is pretty special, too, with wonderfully smooth shifts under all conditions. Thanks to the new longer body there’s a little more room in the rear, and the rear bench now slides forward and aft to increase legroom or load space as required. The ride is limousinelike, especially with the optional air suspension.

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For the latest Touareg, VW has acknowledged that most owners never take their vehicle off-road and so have removed the low-range gearbox that was a standard fit on the original. While that saves a hefty 200kg of weight, it does mean that fans of serious mud-plugging will need to specify the Escape version of the car, which retains the off-road hardware. Standard SE trim is generously equipped with satnav, leather, four-wheel drive, parking sensors and a plethora of safety equipment but the test Touareg was an Altitude model, to which is added a styling kit, bigger wheels and suspension lowered by 25mm. More useful additions include the multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth and a headlamp cleaning system, though whether it’s worth the extra £3,500 VW ask for the upgrade is debatable. What isn’t debatable is the thanks you’ll need to give the 4x4 driver, as he rescues you from a snowy grave this winter… even if you’re an anti. n

IN BRIEF Car: Volkswagen Touareg 3.0TDI Altitude Price: £41,705 Engine: 2,967cc V6 TDI diesel Power: 240 hp Drive: Four-wheel drive

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handmade hi-fi From its roots as a ‘look at me’ product a few years ago, the simple iPod dock is increasingly a ‘look away now’ piece of nasty black plastic selling for £50. British brand Meridian Audio is looking to change all of that with this distinctive, powerful and thoroughly expensive iPod-ready hi-fi system. With a leather ellipse (available in black, chestnut or ivory) around a clever half-moon design, hand-stitched by the artisans of IM Kelly, Northampton, the M80 is the antidote to those mass-made iPod docks, but it’s what’s underneath that really sets this apart. Inside is a digital DAB tuner, as well as AM/FM bands, alongside a CD slot and two speakers capable of pumping out a remarkable 80-watts. There’s even a subwoofer strapped to its rear, above a plethora of ins and outs. The most important two let you attach

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headphones and a wired iPod dock (included in the package), though there’s also some video outputs. It’s a giveaway that the M80’s CD drive, it seems, can also play DVDs so you could use the M80 with a TV as a do-itall home entertainment centre. Facets that ought to keep the M80 in one place are its lack of battery power and rather heavyweight design (no surprise, given that it also hides a subwoofer). It’s best used in an openplan apartment or large kitchen; the low frequency brilliance and high detail makes it overkill for a bedside table. Although excellent with digital radio, the M80 is best with music. Undistorted high volumes are possible and there’s plenty of power and precision in the mid-range, though it’s the pin-sharp sense of stereo that impresses most of all. Able to drag out some previously

unheard detail from our CD collection, the M80 is a mighty impressive piece of kit that also benefits from an excellent user interface. The buttons used to control the menus are completely unlabelled – the everchanging function for each button is displayed in yellow-on-black graphics on the OLED screen above the speaker. A ‘home’ button takes everything back to basics, but there’s a small – and lightly magnetic – remote that is arguably easier to use. Add the i80 iPod dock, which charges your Apple device while it plays, and Meridian Audio has created an excellent all-in-one device that delivers some true quality from beneath a luscious design.

Meridian Audio M80 2.1 stereo system, £1,500 www.meridian-audio.com

Denon AH-NC800 noise-cancelling headphones, £250 www.advancedmp3players.co.uk Panasonic TX-P50VT20 50inch 3D plasma TV, £2,000 www.play.com

Arcam rCube iPod speaker system, £500 www.hifigear.co.uk

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Winter Warriors After a dubious few months when organiser St. Moritz Polo AG had considered cancellation, the St. Moritz Polo World Cup on snow was given the go-ahead after all parties agreed a mutual solution and the local authority pledged its support. Held on the frozen Lake St. Moritz from 27 to 30 January 2011, the World Cup is the world’s highest level polo tournament on snow. Unlike previous years, patrons in 2011 will represent their countries of origin as they compete for the coveted trophy. www.polostmoritz.com/en

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When you have the best technical bid, fantastic inspection visits, the best economic report, and the best presentation, it’s hard that it seemed to count for absolutely nothing. Andy Anson, chief executive of England’s 2018 World Cup bid, on FIFA’s decision to award the tournament to Russia.

Win tickets for the whole family to see Saracens face London rivals Wasps in the Aviva Premiership at Wembley Stadium on 26 December. As well as the game your family can also enjoy a concert featuring Eliza Doolittle, The Great British Barbershop Boys and Argentinian opera singer Fernando Messulam. To win a pair of tickets to the match, just answer the following question: Which current Strictly Come Dancing contestant is also a member of the Saracens squad? Send your entries to competitions@runwildgroup.co.uk, with RUGBY as the subject heading.

Pedal to the Metal Located less than ten minutes from the City of London, TeamSport Tower Bridge is London’s new multimillion pound go-kart track. A must for adrenaline junkies, it has two tracks both running over two floors, which can be joined to create one enormous circuit. The track also has its very own “Stig” in the form of mysterious “Bruce”, who sets lap times for wannabe F1 drivers to smash.

The closing date for entries is 23 December 2010 Terms & conditions: Editor’s decision is final. The prize is valid on 26 December 2010 only. The prize is non-exchangeable and non-refundable; there is no cash alternative. By entering this competition you agree to your details being used by Runwild Media Group for marketing purpose. Please see www.runwildmediagroup.com/subscriptions for full terms and conditions.

The ultimate indulgence for winter sports enthusiasts, hone your technique all year round with your very own private ski slope. The Skiplex “endless ski slope” is a large white treadmill about the size of a squash court, allowing up to four people to ski or snowboard at one time. The large, moving track is operated by a hand-held remote controlled device, which can speed up or slow down the track and increase or reduce the elevation.

www.team-sport.co.uk/towerbridge

Runway to Rugby Proving the worlds of rugby and fashion can go hand in hand, Moschino has become the first international fashion brand to dress a rugby team, designing Aironi Rugby’s new official suits. Whether perfectly tailored suits made from the finest traditional British fabrics will help in the Italian team’s pursuit of the Heineken Cup is doubtful, they certainly give Aironi the aesthetic edge. www.aironirugby.eu

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machinery Lee Brooks is given exclusive access at an FIA GT1 World Championship race weekend and finds a closely fought series that could give Formula 1 a run for its money…

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t’s March 2010 and the Place de la Concorde in Paris is packed full of people jostling for position and feverishly snapping their camera phones in excitement. For one day only, a collection of majestic, head-turning cars line the street, glistening in the morning sunshine. But this wasn’t the car park of the rich and famous, rather a grand display of the machinery that would contest the brand new FIA GT1 World Championship. Some of the world’s most iconic marques including Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, Lamborghini, Maserati and Nissan signed up to the ten-round championship and this month, after nine action-packed races, 48 drivers in 24 cars will compete in the final round of the series in the idyllic surroundings of San Luis in Argentina. The Potrero de los Funes circuit circles a volcano, providing a breathing backdrop to some of the world’s most spectacular supercars.

So far, the championship has visited a mix of legendary and iconic circuits including Silverstone, Interlagos and Spa-Francorchamps and state-of-the-art venues such as the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, which is built on a specially constructed island, but the Argentinean venue is by far the most visually striking site, making it perfect for the season finale.

The dawn of a new era With Formula 1 dominating the motorsport headlines across the world, every other racing series is forced to battle on in the sport’s overbearing shadow, hoping to find a way to break its stranglehold. After just nine races, it looks like GT1 has found the solution: switch the focus onto the fans and the show – two elements that are crucial to the success of a championship, but have been overlooked by Formula 1 in favour of big business and political wrangling.


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The American-based series Nascar and Australian V8 supercar series have already successfully heaped the focus on the fans by creating a set of rules that encourages close racing while allowing the public to get up close and personal with the drivers, the machinery, and the men and women who work tirelessly to meticulously build and re-build the cars. The challenge for GT1 was to repeat that model on a global scale.

Level playing field All the cars in the GT1 World Championship have had their performance equalised to keep the whole field close but allow each manufacturer to showcase their own devices and technical know-how. This prevents one team from running away with the title, while allowing for pure driver talent and technical understanding to shine through. Success ballast is added to the four finishers of each race to try and level the playing field in the following event. There are two races per weekend, which are limited to an hour to keep the fans’ attention while extra focus is put on the pitstops. Each team must use just two mechanics to scurry round and change all four tyres, while at the same time drivers complete a Le Mans-style switch halfway through the race to spice it up and prevent the races turning into a procession. The drivers are a mix of former GT champions such as current championship leaders Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini, ex-F1 drivers like Karl Wendlinger and Mika Salo, and sportscar racers like Britain’s leading hope Darren Turner. The championship offers them a chance to showcase their talents, which were otherwise stunted by poor machinery, lack of opportunity or difficult circumstances and a glance around the motorhomes and paddock show that they’re relaxed and enjoying racing more than ever. Another positive thing about this championship is that fans are able to get access to the paddock where they can mingle with the drivers, check out the team’s impressive motorhomes and team trucks, and get within touching distance of the beautiful machines that will take to the track later that day.

The future‘’’#s bright You just have to look at’ the now defunct A1GP World Cup of Motorsport series, which demanded each team use an identical chassis and races under a country banner rather than as individual drivers, to see that they don’t always work and while this season has been a good banker for GT1, there’s still a long way to go. But if the championship can continue to attract iconic racing brands, employ talented drivers from the likes of Formula 1 and World Touring Cars and continue to deliver bumper-to-bumper racing week in, week out, there’s no reason why it can’t succeed. Still not convinced? Check out the season finale in Argentina on 5 December to see what you’re missing. n For more information visit www.fiagt1world.com

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The test of time Are watches worth the time of day? Fellows watch specialist Laura Warrilow certainly thinks so

Recent years have seen a steady increase in watch sales in both the first and second-hand markets, and they are showing no sign of slowing down. The combination of high metal prices, brand price increases and heightened awareness of the value of antiques has created a continuous flow of high quality timepieces running throughout salerooms. Buying at auction has also become more popular, providing people a chance to adorn their wrists with exquisite watches that they might not have been able to afford firsthand. It also acts as a central location allowing the novice and collector alike the opportunity to locate rare and vintage timepieces.

Our watch specialists inspect the watches and provide detailed descriptions, condition reports and multiple images which are available to view online. This allows you to obtain a great deal of firsthand information about the watches you are interested in and be able to bid with confidence.

TOP Tips for Auction When buying a pre-owned or vintage timepiece, there are a few things to check before placing your bid: •

Check the watch case for scratches and, in the case of base metal watches, corrosion.

Look at the condition of the hands and dial. If the dial is damaged, replacements can be expensive. Check the movement to see whether it is functioning correctly. If this is not the case, seek a quote for parts and repair.

With bracelets, check for signs of stretching, cost and availability of additional links. For straps, check overall condition and if it is important for you, authentic strap costs. Non-authentic straps may lower re-sale value.

It’s never been easier to buy from our auctions. You can attend in person, bid by telephone, leave absentee bids, or bid live via the internet. Visit www.watchauctions.co.uk/ canarywharf for a complimentary catalogue for our January auction or if you are interested in selling a watch, contact Fellows’ Watch Department on 0121 212 5506.

To auction, to auction... Our next specialist wrist and pocket watch auction will be taking place on Monday 17 January. Here are a few modern and vintage gentleman’s classics up for grabs:

Lot 150

Lot 130

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Lot 84

A 9ct gold manual wind Rolex Oyster wrist watch circa 1936, fitted to an associated brown leather crocodile strap. Estimate £1,000 - £1,500

A stainless steel automatic Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer bracelet watch circa 1958. Estimate £1,200 - £1,800

A stainless steel automatic chronograph Breitling Navitimer Fighters special series bracelet watch circa 2003. Estimate £1,200 - £1,800

A stainless steel automatic Omega Seamaster Professional chronograph. Case width 41.2mm. Estimate £900 - £1,200

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his is the season to be celebrating, and you couldn’t do better than mark the end of the first decade of the 21st century, with this stunning limited edition offering from PerrierJouët. This year, exclusive silversmith Christofle has created an exquisite silver-plated filigree vase to encase a magnum of the signature anemone bottle, Perrier-Jouët’s prestige cuvée, the Belle Epoque 1998. Limited to an edition of 150 pieces, only five of which are available in the UK, each one is hand-worked and a beautiful, contemporary

interpretation of Galle’s original floral creation, showing off the elegance and craftsmanship of Christofle’s silversmiths. Ideal weather conditions in 1998 produced a truly fantastic vintage, giving a high level of maturity and a lot of freshness. Rated as one of the finest vintages of the last millennium, the wine is full bodied, but soft, with floral accents and notes of white, citrus and exotic fruits. n The Christofle vase and Belle Epoque 1998 magnum are being sold exclusively from Harrods for £2,400.

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SWEDISH DESIGN MEETS ITALIAN INDULGENCE On 1 December 2010, Design Hotels’™ newest member in Stockholm, the Nobis Hotel, opens. It has been designed by the renowned Scandinavian architecture and interior design firm, Claesson Koivisto Rune, and is located on Norrmalmstorg square in the heart of Stockholm’s business and shopping district. The 201-room hotel will have a very personal approach to service, and spaces include the Italian restaurant Caina, 24/7 Bistro, The Gold Bar and The Lounge. “The designers have drawn on their personal experiences as global travellers and created a contemporary luxury hotel, which is thought through in every detail from a guest’s perspective,” says Design Hotels™ founder and CEO, Claus Sendlinger. www.designhotels.com/nobis_hotel

LIFE IN THE MEDINA Be one of the first to explore the new Riad Dar Zaouia hotel in Morocco, the latest addition to the Angsana Riads collection. Officially opening on 1 January 2011, its name means ‘a place of retreat’ in Arabic and is designed for those seeking intimate, romantic surroundings in a quiet place of refined, relaxed elegance Tucked away behind the mystical walls of the medina and just a stroll from the famous

Djemaa el Fna square, the Riad has six unique deluxe bedrooms and one special suite, all with authentic Moroccan antiques and textiles. The hotel provides a host who acts as a personal assistant and creates tailor-made itineraries, from booking spa appointments to arranging specialist souk shopping and sightseeing excursions to the desert dunes or Atlas Mountains. www.angsana.com

Travel Fact Londoners have voted France the number one short haul destination for a happy holiday, according to the results of a new survey by the organisers of The France Show 2011. www.thefranceshow.com

Hold an unforgettable office party this year. Turkey and sausages are replaced by international cuisine and a concert by the BRIT Awardnominated British pop rock band The Feeling and Daisy B, featuring live acoustic music. The venue is The Hotel Saint Louis in Courchevel 1850 in France, situated opposite the Bellecôte piste with doorstep skiing, ensuite rooms and facilities for meetings, events and conferences as well as private dining and evening entertainment. The special four-day weekend price for 10–13 December 2010, including flights, transfers, half board with pre-dinner drinks and canapés, two-day Three Valleys lift pass and concert, costs £590 per person (twin room) and £690 (single room).

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Samsonite has reported a boom in sales of its business laptop backpacks, up a staggering 350 per cent year on year, signifying a move towards the ‘modern briefcase’ and a huge turn towards the use of work cycle schemes, championed in London by Boris Johnson. Try out Samsonite’s Pro-DLX3 range, a sleek and sophisticated business case collection, constructed out of tough Armoured Nylon. This year the company celebrates its 100th anniversary as the world’s leading luggage brand.

For more information and to book, call 020 8939 0864 or visit www.flexiski.com

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WILD Annabel Goldie-Morrison heads for Laikipia in the heart of Kenya’s wild Northern Frontier, a hot and dusty drive from Nairobi through lush valleys, arid plains, and the dramatic foothills of Mount Kenya

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ith a holiday like this, there’s no gentle way to start, so we threw ourselves in at the deep end and spent the first four nights camping with Karisia Camel Safaris. Each morning we were woken at 6.30am with a gentle ‘hodi’ from our Samburu guides, and after a hearty breakfast we walked for five or six hours, accompanied by our surprisingly amenable camels, before reaching our next camp in time for lunch. The skilful guides could spot animals that were several valleys away, and with their superb tracking skills got us as close as possible to some amazing creatures. My particular favourite was the endangered Grévy’s zebra, beautifully pinstriped with huge fluffy ears. Elephant encounters were a daily occurrence and, when on foot, this is both a wonderful and somewhat scary experience. We also spotted gerenuk (a long-necked species of antelope), common zebra, giraffe, impala, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, and a plethora of birdlife, including some beautiful eagles – and on our last day, caught a glimpse of leopard and lion. Laikipia does not have the sheer numbers of wildlife found in the Masai Mara, but it has the richest ecosystem in terms of endangered species, and it is a privileged experience to see these rare animals in their natural habitat. True, in a park such as the Mara or Serengeti, you are more or less guaranteed a close-up of all the great animals, but it seemed so much more real to bump into game wherever it happened to be, rather than to inspect it in a park, sharing every sighting with six other wagonloads of gawping tourists. A few hours drive from Karisia was our main destination, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille on the far northern escarpment of the Laikipia Plateau. Perched on top of a rocky hill, The Sanctuary is a pioneering eco-retreat in the heart of the private 14,500-acre Ol Lentille conservancy, within the community-owned Kijabe Group Ranch. Run by English couple, John and Gill Elias, the lodge provides luxury accommodation alongside ambitious

conservation and community development programmes. A percentage of the revenue from guests helps finance local schools, mobile clinics and businesses, and it was great to see this in action all around the local community. The Sanctuary is romantic and incredibly chic, with four private houses, each with its own unique style and breathtaking views, taking in the surrounding grassy hills and deep valleys, heavily wooded with acacia trees, and in the distance looms the craggy peak of Mount Kenya. We stayed in the two-bedroomed Colonel’s House, where the décor was very reminiscent of the house of a well-travelled military man, with a very English backdrop, interspersed with artefacts and furnishings from across the British Empire. From the house we had a view over the recently constructed wildlife dam in the valley below, and there were nearly always elephants in sight. It was delightful to watch the babies playing in the mud and the adults greeting each other, their social behaviour extremely human and fascinating to observe. Aside from the four houses, The Sanctuary has a communal club room, known as ‘The Library’, a wonderfully friendly room built into the rocks, filled with interesting books and comfy sofas, on top of which is a viewing deck looking out over the waterhole. Right on top of the hill there is a serene horizon pool surrounded by loungers, cushions and secluded pods, where my family was frequently found after lunch, sprawled around like a wellfed pride of lions. Active guests can indulge in horse and camel riding, quad biking, mountain biking and archery, and for the real fanatics there’s a parcours jogging trail. When you feel a bit over-exerted, there’s a spa on the property and shaded croquet and boules pitches where you can while away the hours, gin and tonic in hand. Our dedicated Masai guide, Solomon, was always on hand to take us for a game drive or walk, and escorted us on various activities. At The Sanctuary you are fooled into thinking you’re the only person around, but the impeccable service and constant supply of delicious food reminded us otherwise.


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Kudu on a daily basis within the conservancy, and were lucky enough to see the elusive African Wild Dogs out on a hunt, one of Africa’s most threatened species. The birdlife is also thriving, and amongst others we spotted hornbill, the comical Go-Away bird and the majestic Verreaux’s eagle. The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is an island of comfort in the midst of a great wilderness – a taste of what life once was for the English in Africa. Kenya has long been synonymous with breathtaking landscapes, fascinating people and abundant wildlife, but after decades of poaching, drought and overgrazing it has become more important than ever for tourism to run in synergy with nature and local communities, and where better to experience this than Ol Lentille, where the motto is ‘Having Fun, Doing Good’. n For further information, visit www.karisia.com and www.ol-lentille.com

Our ever-efficient butler, Chris, was always on hand with an ice-cold Tusker, or to book a spa treatment when the fancy took us. A ‘wherever, whenever, whatever’ policy operates at The Sanctuary when it comes to meals, and we did our best to test it out. For breakfast we basked in the sun on our terrace, planning our day and listening to the lone bull elephants pushing trees down in their frustration; lunches were in the shade by the pool, or picnicking at the top of Ol Lentille hill after a leisurely hike up; and in the evenings, dinner was served in our house, the library, any of the other houses if they were empty, and even in the middle of the bush. The picnics were truly spectacular. On one day we toured around the local community and visited one of the schools, and afterwards drove to a sandy lugha (dry riverbed). After a short stroll to look at Vervet monkeys, we returned to the Landrover near which Chris had laid out lunch, complete with crisp white linen and a fully stocked bar. Only a few years ago, the conservancy was pretty barren and overgrazed, and now it’s wonderful to see how the wildlife, including many endangered species, has moved back into the area. We The elephant and rhino orphans at spotted elephant, baboon, dik dik, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rock hyrax, impala, klipspringer, www.davidsheldrickwildlifetrust.org Grant’s gazelle and the rare Greater

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Carluccio’s celebrated combination of contemporary Italian café, alimentari food shop and deli now comes to Muswell Hill, bringing a genuine taste of Italy in its wake. Here you’ll find an irresistible range of handmade pastas, risottos and decadent desserts, with tempting ‘specials’ available each week.

NEWS: Enjoy Rude Health in 2011 Resolved to get fit this New Year? Well, then, here’s a little something to make it easier. Recently launched, Rude Health Granola is literally brimming with superfood ingredients like oats, spelt, barley and puffed amaranth with freshly roasted nuts. Drizzled with date syrup and honey, it really does make the most wholesome yet mouthwatering breakfast, snack or easy pudding. www.rudehealth.com

With its vibrant atmosphere, Carluccio’s is the perfect place to grab a quick coffee, relax with the morning papers over a hearty breakfast, or to indulge in a three-course candlelit dinner. Carluccio’s is also getting into the Christmas spirit, with menus starting at just £20 per head and some fabulous festive fare in the deli. www.carluccios.com Carluccio’s, 291–293 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 1BY, 020 8815 1946

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Ruthe Wainman visits local favourite Odette’s in Primrose Hill, with fond memories eing a Primrose Hillion for the last 20 years, I would frequent Odette’s quite regularly. It was OK back in the day, the ideal spot for some simple, no nonsense bistro-style grub. Then it closed down for a while until rock ‘n’ roll restaurateur Vince Powers and his right-hand man, designer Shaun Clarkson, put it back on the culinary map in 2006. In 2008 Odette’s changed hands again and the current owner is none other than top chef Bryn Williams. You may remember that it was Williams who won the BBC’s regal cook-off, Great British Menu, enlivening the Queen’s eightieth birthday dinner with his infamous Turbot with Braised Oxtail, Cockles and Samphire – a dish which is still on the menu at Odette’s today. On a cold and dreary Friday lunchtime, in the company of a friend, I stepped into this cosy and delightfully quaint local institution with high expectations. The place was packed, with many of the clientele taking advantage of Odette’s keenly priced set menu - just £20 for three courses. After carefully perusing the menu – and asking the maître d’ every conceivable question – we finally made our choices. While I decided on the Roasted Langoustine, Broccoli Purée and Blue Cheese Gnocchi, my companion went for the White Bean Soup with Hazelnut and Truffle – an amazing choice for this committed carnivore. Both starters not only tasted superb but looked the part as well - my friend was particularly taken by the little saucepan which contained his soup! Far from being put off by our constant questions, the maître d’ couldn’t have been more helpful. Having suggested we also try a taster of the Whipped Goat’s Cheese with Beetroot and Locally Produced Regent’s Park Honey – heaven on a plate – he then recommended a delicious glass of

Delicato red to accompany our food. For my main course I opted for the Butternut Tortellini, Chestnut and Baby Leek, which again was beautifully presented: light on the palate, it was the perfect lunchtime dish. Once again my companion confounded my expectations by plumping for the wild mushroom risotto. His decision however definitely paid off. Beautifully presented as a rectangular cake with a crunchy top and fresh wild mushrooms and slices of truffle on the side, this melt-in-the-mouth creation was definitely something I would have on my next visit. Rounding off this feast were two sublime desserts - Apple Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream and Lemon Curd Arctic Roll, Figs and Pistachios. Accompanied by two exquisite dessert wines - the naturally sweet Rivesaltes Ambré and Muscat de Rivesaltes - it was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. Afterwards we had a chat with Bryn who I had met before when working for the Good Food Show. He told me how his menu was constantly evolving, but with only the finest, seasonal produce as its starting point. He also revealed that Odette’s is about to get a subtle facelift – with the existing bold décor replaced with a more relaxed look. The private dining room has also been given a makeover recently. Capable of seating up to ten, it would be the ideal spot for any festive celebration, if you’re still looking! In short the meal was well cooked and excellently presented; the service first rate and the surroundings charming. I was delighted that Bryn had proved there was life in the old girl yet – and that Odette’s would continue to play a major part in the Primrose Hill restaurant scene for many years to come. n

Odette’s, 130 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 020 7586 8569 www.odettesprimrosehill.com

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TWO TICKETS TO WATCH TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR PLAY MANCHESTER UNITED ON 16 JANUARY 2011 Join Spurs legends in the Danny Blanchflower Suite for an unforgettable match day experience, courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The premium package includes: • Three-course carvery meal with wine and liqueurs • Complimentary bar (three hours prior to the match and one hour post match) • Post-match buffet • Seats in the Upper West Stand Block 8 • Souvenir gift • Match day programme • Meet the Spurs legends Dress code: smart casual. No trainers, shorts or football shirts. Smart jeans are permitted. For more information, visit www.tottenhamhotspur.com/hospitality

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Director Melly Still transforms the Hampstead Theatre into a magical ‘otherworld’ for the festive season, with a revival of her acclaimed production of Beasts and Beauties. Adapted by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Melly recreates a riotously funny and deliciously gruesome world carved from eight dark and dangerous fairytales from across Europe. These beautifully realised, spine-tingling and often hilarious stories have enchanted children and adults alike for generations. Step into the shadowy world of Bluebeard’s creepy castle, witness the vanity of a (naked) Emperor, and see the vulgar Beast with appalling table manners. Someone usually lives happily ever after – but not everyone – and not always!

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Have a Wild Christmas Get in the festive spirit with the animals this Christmas at London Zoo. Take your little ones on a festive journey that includes animal encounters, storytelling, Christmas songs and even the chance to meet Santa himself. You’ll be greeted by an elf at the Christmas tree, before meeting the three wise men and their camels for some storytelling. Moving on from there, you’ll visit the innkeeper’s wife at Animal Adventure and meet our donkeys and sheep. Then it’s just a short trip to Santa’s grotto, where it’s story time for the little ones and complimentary mulled wine for the grown-ups. And don’t forget your present as you leave! These magical trails are happening throughout December. www.zsl.org

10–31 December 020 7722 9301, www.hampsteadtheatre.com

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Looking for the perfect excuse to escape the high street and treat your loved ones to something original? Then head to Alfie’s Late Night Christmas Shopping Party for some exclusive after-hours festive shopping. Situated in Marylebone, Alfie’s is one of London’s largest antiques markets specialising in everything from 19th and 20th century furniture, art and interiors to stunning glass, ceramics and vintage fashion and textiles. They will be offering cocktails, canapés and festive entertainment as you navigate through the veritable maze of antiques. You will be sure to find something that can be treasured forever by your loved one. 5–9pm, 9 December 020 7723 6066 Admission free by invitation

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connoisseur out & about La Nativité du Christ by Olivier Messiaen Prepare for Christmas by attending a rare complete performance of Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of the Saviour). One of the greatest works for the organ, La Nativité was composed in 1935 and is a testament to Messiaen’s deep Christian faith. Nine “meditations” inspired by the birth of Jesus include the appearance of the angels and the visits of the shepherds and the wise men. This magnificent work culminates in the glorious splendour of the final movement, Dieu Parmi Nous (God among us). The

work is eminently suited to St Marylebone Parish Church’s fine Rieger organ and will be performed by Steven Grahl, the organist and director of music. The Rector, the Revd Canon Stephen Evans, will introduce each movement with a reflective meditation. 7pm, 10 December 020 7935 7315 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT Admission is free (there will be a retiring collection).

Festive Film Get in the Christmas mood with the ultimate heartwarming tale at Everyman Cinema in Hampstead this December. It’s a Wonderful Life is the 1946 classic starring James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). A small-town young man with dreams and ambitions that are never realised because of his ever-present responsibilities of work and family, George is taken on a journey to show him what life in Bedford Falls would have been like without him. Minced pies and mulled wine will be supplied throughout the Christmas season. 18–24 December www.everymancinema.com

Sports Fans Alert Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect, sees the unprecedented collaboration between MCC and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Having opened in May of this year, December will be the final month to view the exhibition before it moves to New York City. When and where did baseball originate? Which countries played the first ever international game of cricket? Who won the first baseball World Cup? The exhibition reveals some remarkable surprises, dispels some cherished convictions and sets out for the first time to explore these two great bat and ball sports side by side, while exhibiting uniforms and equipment worn by such greats as Derek Jeter and Andrew Flintoff. A must-see for all sports fans. www.lords.org

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Cultural Resolution 2011 If your New Year’s resolution is to immerse yourself in more of North West London’s culture, then Ben Uri Gallery is a must to visit. As Europe’s only dedicated Jewish Museum of Art, Ben Uri Gallery and museum is an educational institution dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all whom it impacts. It embraces a new broad and fully inclusive role for museums in today’s society and addresses contemporary issues through art and its social history. Showing in January until April 2011, is the exhibition, The Land of Light and Promise by 20th century Orientalist, Ludwig Blum and, as the title suggests, Blum painted the Holy Land, Jerusalem, and romantic/Orientalist views of the desert and ancient shrines many

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times. Blum, who settled in Jerusalem in 1923, also painted the New Palestine, that is, the Zionist enterprise of settlement and building the country – kibbutzim and the building of Tel Aviv in the pre-state period; and new industries during statehood. This lesser known side of Blum shows he was interested in a variety of landscape themes; not only the ancient Promised Land, but also the visionary renewal and work towards fulfilling the dream. Some of the paintings in the exhibition are unique or very rare in Blum’s oeuvre and in the history of art in Israel in general. 12 January–24 April www.benuri.org.uk

The much-loved New End theatre will be helping locals feel jolly right up until Christmas Eve with a riotous, festive comedy about love, hope, overcoming obstacles, and going for what you want in life. It Had To Be You is set on Christmas Eve in New York City where Theda Blau (Carol Lawson), an out of work actress, is loveless and jobless. However, things changes when a producer/director (Anthony Green) comes into her life and she decides to do something about the direction in which her life is going. A fun and optimistic play, this is the ideal way to get in the festive mood. 23 November–24 December Special Christmas Eve Performance 5.30pm 0870 033 2733 New End Theatre 27 New End Theatre, NW3 1JD www.newendtheatre.co.uk


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Changing the way in which we inhabit our homes, managing director of Solidspace and owner of Zog House, Gus Zogolovitch, tells Jenny White why split-level living is the way forward

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n amongst the traditional Victorian terrace houses situated on Donaldson Road in Queen’s Park, West London, you will find the latest addition to this typical suburban street, Zog House. This contemporary house, developed by Solidspace Developments, features a ground-breaking internal structure, which is made up of a split-section structure that breaks the boundaries of traditional Victorian and Georgian terraces in a bid to meet the demands of modern living. Essentially a prefabricated, concrete interior structure – from which the exterior can be suited to its surroundings – the Solidspace typology results in a fluid, flowing internal space where the

concrete acts as both structure and industrial-chic internal finishing. Evolving the concept of open-plan housing, Zog House creates a unique way of living. Someone who really knows the experience of this kind of lifestyle, both professionally and personally, is managing director of Solidspace, Gus Zogolovitch, who lives in Zog House with his wife and two children. “Once we had done the plans I knew I wanted to live there. And, as a company, I wanted to discover what worked and what didn’t. I want to be able to tell people what it is like to live in a split-level house. Since moving here a year ago, I am much more convinced by the whole concept,” explains Gus. “The DNA to our product

is all about the split level and, on the whole, that has been a much greater success than I thought it would be.” Built on a restricted brownfield plot formerly occupied by dilapidated garages and next to an electrical substation, the stand-alone family house offers a new interpretation of the outmoded Victorian house. Using architects Grove Natcheva, the idea was to vertically offset two cuboids and interlink them around the stairs, in a design that perfectly and effectively utilises the split section. But such a contemporary design set in such a traditional street can often generate controversy. “Initially there were reservations from the neighbours. We tried to get them involved along the


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way, but we had a lot of neighbours who didn’t like it. However, once it was built we opened up the house to them so they could see what it was like and they all really liked it,” says Gus with a giggle. “It is an interesting addition to the street and it doesn’t jar with the environment. Now, if I am outside, I am always stopped by people who tell me how great they think the house is and who want to know more.” The concept of the house follows the success of the award-winning No 1 Centaur Street in Waterloo, which applied the concept of the split section to a block of maisonettes. Zog House continues the development and evolution of the concept, with a further iteration on a site for a single house with three bedrooms and a self-contained but connected apartment in the basement. The core DNA running through the house is the relationship between the kitchen, gallery and the living room, with the kitchen situated on the low level and then the living room half a level above that with the gallery half a

level above. All are connected with viewpoints over each one, so you have a sense of connection but also a sense of separation at the same time. “We are a young family and it works for us, because everyone can inhabit their own space and be private yet connected at the same time,” explains Gus. “We wanted to achieve flexibility, so in this house there is the opportunity to have a selfcontained flat, which could be used as somewhere to work from home, which has privacy but is still connected to the house. Another thing that is important to us is trying to release space – it is not actually a very spacious house, the square footage isn’t great, but it feels spacious. You are also reducing dead space with a split level, and with the stairs it allows you to inhabit every square foot.” Gus was also keen to build a house that respected its environment. Gus introduced solar thermal panels, harvested rainwater for the toilets, the washing machine and the garden, installed low water usage showers,

triple glazing, low energy lighting, whole house ventilation and heat recovery specification. “I really tried to drive the green agenda and I was much greener than the architects,” explains Gus. “I am so glad we had a heat recovery system installed, as it has created a very comfortable place to live in. It always feels like there is fresh air in the house, even though in terms of air tightness it is in the top half per cent of buildings in Britain.” So, having really put Soildspace’s concept to the test, is Zog House everything that Gus had hoped for? “I can’t imagine moving back into a conventional house; I don’t think I could. If we had to move, I would have to buy another plot of land and build the same again,” laughs Gus. “Having done it myself, I can say that our lives have improved massively. The split-level house gives you flexibility and it is a space which will grow with the family.” n For further information, visit www.solidspace.co.uk

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COMPANY PROFILE: Brian Lack & Co

AN EXEMPLARY SERVICE With over ten years experience, and a wealth of local knowledge, managing director of Brian Lack & Co, Neil Sloam is an expert in his field. He talks to Emma Mills about offering the kind of quality service that sets the company apart

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rian Lack & Co is a leading estate agent, selling and renting properties in some of the most prestigious parts of London. But, for managing director Neil Sloam, the journey to where he is now has not been exactly what he imagined, having initially started out in retail. “It’s a funny story, really,” says Neil. “I was out for dinner with a good friend of mine who was working for Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (KFH). I had been at work that day, and had been bitten on the finger by a shoplifter. The rather large bandage around my finger made for quite the topic of conversation! When my friend found out what had happened, he simply said: ‘Why don’t you stop working in retail and become an estate agent instead?’ The rest is history, as it were.” And what an impressive history. Neil started work at KFH in St John’s Wood and found he quickly adapted to the new industry. He became top negotiator at KFH, and ended up running the branch a few years later. Now as the managing director of Brian Lack & Co, which have offices in St John’s Wood, Hampstead and Knightsbridge, Neil runs an innovative business, where the customer is at the centre of everything they do. “Our people are encouraged to think outside the box and have a ‘go get’ attitude. We listen to our clients and are always willing to adapt to their needs.” Brian Lack &Co is an agency that has always offered more. Every property available for purchase or rent comes with detailed photos, panoramic views and videos as well as meticulous descriptions. This approach allows buyers and tenants to make informed decisions about which of the properties they’re interested in. “We want to make sure that our customers can thoroughly research each property in comfort – saving them time and ensuring that all the information they need is at their fingertips,” Neil explains. In addition to excellent digital provision and highly detailed property information, the company has

always focused on having a strong local knowledge. Neil himself knows St John’s Wood well, having lived there since he was five years old. “I really do have an affinity with North West London life, which means I can speak with authority when buyers have questions, and help suggest certain parts of the area that would be most suited to their needs. Personally, I’ve always felt that one of the best places to live has to be St Johns Wood. It’s one of the few places where a car is not a necessity, because everything you could possibly want is at your doorstep, and yet it still retains a real village atmosphere.”  As agents, Neil and his team are dedicated to offering the kind of service that supports and enables buyers and tenants when they’re looking for a property. “I think the most important thing for an agent is to be someone who listens,” says Neil. “They need to be understanding, and tenacious, and really care about matching the right person to the right property. Crucially, it needs to be someone who delivers what they’ve promised, as well as understanding who the client is. This is the criteria I have always chosen my people on, because it’s essential.” This approach has meant the company has survived, and prospered, in an industry that was arguably hit hardest by the financial problems the country has faced in the past few years. For Neil, the secret of his success, especially during more challenging times, is the simple adage of knowing that what you put in, you get out. “There are times when it’s harder, and you really have to be even more innovative and work even harder to succeed, but this does pay off in the long run,” he explains. “Crucially, I really care about all of my clients. It is this commitment from me and my team that ensures we are always offering an exemplary service, coupled with expert local knowledge, and a real commitment to achieving the best.”n For further information, visit www.brianlack.co.uk

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Norfolk Road, NW8 £8000 per week - A stunning six bedroom house in St Johns Wood. The property boasts double reception, media room, conservatory, TV room/den, garden, garage and off street parking for two cars.

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Century Court, NW8 £1200 per week - A newly refurbished three double bedroom apartment set in this popular purpose built block moments from Lords Cricket Ground.


Park Road, NW8 £1250 per week - An exceptionally spacious four bedroom flat in a portered building right next to Regents Park.

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Hall Road, NW8 £625 per week - A bright and spacious 2 bedroom apartment on the first floor of this popular mansion block in the heart of St Johns Wood.

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Newly refurbished, this elegant home benefits from underfloor heating throughout. So every day will give you a warm welcome.

Beyond your expectations With Winter well and truly here there’s never been a better time to think about moving to warmer climes. You needn’t look far though. From underfloor heating and open fireplaces to homely Agas, at Hamptons International, we’ve properties with everything you could ask for. www.hamptons.co.uk


Abercorn Place, NW8 £1,800,000 - This fantastic Victorian terraced maisonette is arranged over two floors and presented in very good condition throughout. The property offers four double bedrooms, two bathrooms, spacious reception room, good storage and a kitchen/diner leading onto the garden.

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Hamilton Gardens, NW8 £2,600,000 - A stunning, four bedroom end of terrace, Victorian home which is featured over 5 floors. Boasting two wonderful entertaining areas, four well proportioned bedrooms, three bathrooms plus a guest WC. This family house offers fantastic space throughout with modern fixtures and fittings.


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shower room. There are two further bedrooms with a bathroom and shower room and another room which could act as a study/den. The entertaining wing incorporates the main reception room, leading to the fully fitted kitchen and, finally the terrace and its unparalleled views. Blazer Court benefits from a 24 hour porter service and the flat has a reserved underground parking spot.


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he Landings in St. Lucia, is a luxury marina development in the northwest of the island, which recently won ‘Best Apartment’ in the Americas category at the International Property Awards, in association with Bloomberg. The winning apartment received the top 5 Star accolade for its location, quality of build, views and design. This is the third International Property Award The Landings has received, having been awarded ‘Best Marina Development’ and ‘Best Caribbean Development’ in 2007. Sales director Oliver Gobat says: “There is nothing like the Landings in St Lucia and we are pleased that our beachfront apartment has caught the attention and recognition from the judges in this popular Americas category.” The award was given to a luxury three bedroom grand apartment situated on the third floor directly overlooking a 1km white sand beach and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The 3,390 sq ft apartment takes up one entire floor of the building and the vaulted ceilings and the extensive balconies (both front and back) give an added

impression of space. The two outstanding features of the apartment are its location and the quality of the build which together offer a comfortable, luxury lifestyle, as well as a sound investment for capital appreciation and rental returns for years to come. A unique aspect is that it is the only freehold beachfront property available on the island (along with other Landings beachfront apartments). All other beachfront property is leased from the government, whereas The Landings is built on reclaimed land, so is not subject to the same lease conditions and can therefore be sold as freehold.  The apartment is five minutes drive from Rodney Bay’s shops, bars and restaurants and two minutes from the championship golf course, where owners have free membership. The new beachfront apartments are now on sale and range in price from $1.8 million (£1.14m) to $3.5 million (£2.22m). Construction of the apartments will be finished by the end of 2011. n For more information: www.thelandingsstlucia.com

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State of the market LETTINGS:

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Property shortage pushes prices up

Good locations prosper in tough market

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The rental market in St John’s Wood, Regents Park and Maida Vale remains buoyant due to the continuing shortage of good quality properties resulting in increasing rents and a reduction in voids. There are still a number of tenancies renewing where possible and those unable to renew have been entering an extremely competitive market place. In some cases, properties have been let over their asking price. This has meant that on a number of occasions, exceptional properties are being let before even officially coming onto the market. As we move into 2011, a fundamental driver of the prime rental market is the strength of the financial and business services sector across London. The UK economy has now recorded four consecutive quarters of economic growth, thus providing more jobs and the need for housing for corporate clients. At Hampton’s St John’s Wood we feel we are extremely well placed to help clients from the above sectors, and many others, in finding their perfect home, not only in St John’s Wood but also in the surrounding areas. With rental demands outstripping supply, the rental market is looking like an attractive investment opportunity. Landlords are benefiting from rising rentals and almost nonexistent void periods in some cases. This considerably improves yields on their investments. We are therefore now starting to see a rise once again in international buyers and investment landlords. Although demand had reduced slightly in the weeks leading up to Christmas, as per the normal seasonal trend, we are extremely confident that the market will pick up again in early January with rentals continuing to rise throughout 2011.

As we approach the year’s end we can look back favourably on what has ultimately been a very prosperous 2010 for property sales in Hampstead. Although a somewhat erratic market at times, the overall picture has been very good, enjoying a significant increase in sales revenue this year compared to last. We have generally seen asking prices holding, with a good volume of sales going through. However towards the end of the year there has been a growing discrepancy between the prices asked and prices achieved. The high turnover was no doubt fuelled by a shortage of good quality stock versus a good supply of strong buyers, although this has certainly not been the case for all areas of London. I think that Hampstead, with its beautiful Heath, historical buildings, romantic narrow cobbled streets, and excellent schooling will always be an area which is resilient to the tougher market conditions. Hampstead tends to attract wealthy buyers who can afford to put down large deposits, and in many cases purchase without requiring finance at all. I believe it is certainly because of this that in a year of huge turbulence in the mortgage markets, we have suffered relatively little. We have also seen a marked increase in the number of foreign buyers looking in Hampstead - whether for a London pied a terre or simply to invest in a London property, with a large contingent coming from America, Russia and Italy. With so much going for Hampstead, making it one of the most desirable locations in London, I imagine that next year will be just as fruitful as the one gone by. From everyone here at Chesterton Humberts, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Hamptons International St John’s Wood Office 020 7722 2131 greenc1@hamptons-int.com

Chesterton Humberts Hampstead 0207 794 3311 marcus.oliver@chestertonhumberts.com

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St John’s Wood Office: 020 7586 5929

Imperial Court St Johns Wood, NW8

Offers in the region of ÂŁ4,000,000 Leasehold

A rare opportunity to find two apartments merged creating one stunning refurbished apartment with great views of Regents Park, this apartment has a modern contemporary feel. The property also benefits from lots of natural light and two terraces located on the second floor measuring approximately 2344 ft. Comprises entrance hall, double reception room, kitchen, four bedrooms all with en-suite facilities.

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St John’s Wood Office: 020 7586 5929

Hanover House, St Johns Wood, NW8

£2,800,000 Leasehold – share of freehold

A stunning five bedroom apartment set within a prestigious mansion block opposite Regents Park. The apartment comprises five bedrooms, three bathrooms (two en-suite) with two large receptions and a fully fitted eat-in kitchen.

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Abbey Lodge, NW8 A stunning refurbished fourth floor apartment set within this portered block located on the Crown Estate. Abbey Lodge is set behind a carriage driveway backing onto the outer circle of Regent’s Park. The present owner has completely refurbished this interior designed apartment and now offers bespoke fittings and finishes throughout. Features include - suede lined walls, natural stone finishes, bespoke doors and architraves, custom made fitted wardrobes, strip flooring, luxury appointed kitchen and bathroom fittings.

ÂŁ4,500,000 Leasehold

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