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RJ MITTE DRIVING THE NEW
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HEN I LOOK back through the history of my family,
we’ve done fuck all for this country.” There can’t be many autobiographies that have the word ‘fuck’ in the first sentence. But then, Ray Winstone isn’t exactly renowned for beating about the bush. In fact, despite his day job, he’s anything but an ‘actor’ in the wider sense of the word: there’s no pretence about him. He is, as they’d say in his manor, sound as a pound. Winstone is an East Londoner through and through. He was born in Hackney Hospital. His mum had a job emptying fruit machines and his dad was a fruit and veg man, and then became a cabbie. I mean, you couldn’t make it up. His great-uncle Frank (of course, he was called Frank) even played centre-forward for West Ham. Both sides of his family have been East Londoners as far back as the 1700s – the Winstone line hailing from the City fringes. But these days, Winstone often find himself a long way from his nearest pie and mash shop – anywhere from Italy to Venezuela to Tahiti. Or, in the case of his next movie project, all three. This summer, Winstone features in the remake of cult thriller Point Break. The movie has been shot in a huge number of locations across the world. He’s playing the role Gary Busey tackled in the original. Fortunately for Winstone, Busey’s character was more interested in meatball subs than skydiving: “Fuck that. The only way I’m jumping out of a plane is if it’s on fire,” he jokes in our cover feature [p68]. Fuck that, indeed. Winstone is now in that most enviable position: work comes to him, and he only takes on what he wants. Not too shabby for a lad from Hackney. Boy done good… boy done very good.
Mark Hedley, Editor, @mghedley Winner, Editor of the Year, PPA Independent Publisher Awards
THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS
TONY DRURY Tony Drury is a corporate financier working in London, Hong Kong and China. He is also the author of five fictional novels and has been described by City AM as “the City’s most prolific author”. This issue, Drury asks if times really are changing in the City. [p27]
IAN VALENTINE Valentine is a sports journalist writing for the likes of GQ, Country Life and Shooting Times, and an author writing on cricket, football, and the Olympic Games. He has run in the London, New York and Paris marathons, but this issue looks further afield for his fix. [p64]
LAURA MILLAR Laura Millar‘s career as a journalist has seen her wrangle with D-listers, track down impossible causes and talk people into appearing naked in magazines. She can now add driving a Mustang in Detroit to her list. This issue, she travels to Motor City. [p90]
DUNCAN MADDEN Duncan is a self-confessed sun and sea addict who loves City life only as long as he can escape it – often. He writes for Escapism, Sunday Times Travel and Esquire among others. This month, he’s exploring the far flung beaches and jungles of Sri Lanka. [p98]
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60 . What Walt Jnr Did Next An actor by chance, a star by nature: RJ Mitte – aka Walt Jnr from Breaking Bad – discusses disability, creative passion, and when his mum chased burglars down the street in pursuit of a stolen Rolex.
64 . The Long Haul
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68 . Everybody Loves Ray
18 . THE EXCHANGE 23 . ART WORK 24 . THE ANALYST 27 . PERSPECTIVE 28 . STRATEGY
87 . GEAR 89 . YACHTS 90 . MOTORS 95 . TRAVEL 107 . FOOD & DRINK 113 . GOLF
EXPOSURE 38 . WATCHES 49 . STYLE 54 . MY WORLD 57 . SHARP NOTES
We meet Hollywood hardman and allround geezer Ray Winstone to discuss the highs – and the early lows – of his stellar acting career, the time he pissed on a Kray twin, and why he doesn’t regret turning down a role on The Wire.
ART 75 . ON FORM 76 . ART 15 PREVIEW 80 . MASTERPIECE CEO
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THE CITY INDEX
E V E R Y B O D Y, B A S I C A L LY
The FTSE index rose to more than 7,000 points for the first time ever. Oh, and inflation turned negative in March for the first time since 1960. This is great news for some, and pointless news for those that don’t know even know what a FTSE is. Is it a cat?
THINGS TO DO AFTER THE CITY
WORDS Saul Wordsworth
#76 ANTIQUE DEALER
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The national minimum wage will increase 20p an hour to £6.70 in October. This is the biggest increase in seven years, and it will mean youngsters only need to work for a single hour before they can buy six things in Poundland with 70p left over for sweeties.
YO U N G T R A D E R S’ STO M AC H S
A video of a City recruit at Marex Spectron recently went viral. Why? Because he was being forced to eat eight quarter-pounders before subsequently puking them out again. We don’t see what the fuss is about – we eat twice that after a night out. Lightweight.
C LY D E S D A L E
The bank has been fined a record £20.7m after a number of ‘serious failings’. Staff faked records and lied to customers, which could result in a further compensation bill. We could have seen it coming – Clydesdale already has the word ‘lied’ in it. Sort of.
We’ve got bad news for canine-sympathisers – Metro Bank’s Chief Canine Officer, Sir Duffield, has sadly passed away. But before you start HOUNDing them to find a replacement, let it be known that they’ve already done it. It’s Duffy’s cousin, Sir Duffield II. Yay!
ILLUSTRATION OF ‘MILES’ by Jamel Akib
▽ ANTIQUES ARE elderly items, some as old as my jokes. People who buy them are also old – on average, 106. Therefore it is vital you cater to the ageing customer: don’t patronise; talk clearly; be available to discuss the war. In addition, keep a dog or cat at the shop. Old people will likely bend down, stroke it and topple over. You can charge for the breakages. Remain personable at all times. People buy from those they like. Offer to go to bed with a potential purchaser if you think this will help clinch the sale. Personally, I wouldn’t consider this for an item valued at £15 or less, though it depends how your month is panning out. Source your antiques from reliable vendors such as charity shops or roadside skips. Drive a hard bargain as well as a battered Range Rover Series 1. If something doesn’t look old, kick it a bit. Failing that, leave it in the garden or paint it brown round the edges. Some antiques you may wish to restore. This is a time-consuming exercise and one that requires genuine work, something you must avoid at all costs. Therefore, purchase pristine items and simply add a zero on the end. Play Wagner in the background. This creates a rarefied atmosphere and will make your punters think they’re buying something special, rather than any old shit (‘any old shit’ being your core business). Wear a cravat and sports jacket, and appear to be doing the Times crossword. These are important indicators that you are ‘posh’ and ‘smart’ and therefore everything you’re selling is of ‘quality’. Even if this isn’t actually ‘true’. Most of all, remember what the Square Mile taught you: buy low, sell high. Or was it the other way around? ■
Not content with avoiding jail time, the infamous hedge fund manager’s new firm, Point72 Asset Management, has seen an upside of 7.5% in the first quarter. It’s like that time we narrowly avoided detention and then found a tenner on the way home.
WISE G U I D E S WORDS by Aby Dunsby
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FINANCE IS THE ART OF PASSING MONEY FROM HAND TO HAND UNTIL IT FINALLY DISAPPEARS – Robert W Sarnoff
WHAT THEY DID AFTER THE CITY...
ESCAPE A RT I S T CRAIG WILLIAMS, AUTO VIVENDI
▽ OIL: IT GETS in your blood, so to speak. After 17 years working as an oil broker for varying houses, including Tullet-Prebon and Marex Spectron, it was the unexpected loss of my younger brother James that gave me the kick I needed to hang up the phones for the last time and pursue my true passion – supercars. I thrived on being a broker for many years: as a younger man the camaraderie, the endless socialising and trips abroad were exciting, and the cut and thrust of the markets meant adrenaline levels were always through the roof. But with the highs came the lows that kicked in as liquidity dwindled. I’d been running the supercar top-speed event, Vmax200 since 2002. It began when some colleagues and I wanted to take our cars to drive quickly on a runway – so I made it happen. The event grew, and soon the best supercars in the world were showing up. I ended up becoming part-owner of the private members’ supercar club Auto Vivendi, based in St John’s Wood. It has a collection of the finest supercars, which are available to our members and in addition we undertake many events and experiences around the world throughout the year as well as having a suite at the 02 Arena. My life as a broker taught me not only the negotiation skills vital for arranging our events, but also the relationship skills necessary to ensure the membership experience is secondto-none. I also made many great friends, some of whom are now members. So, do I miss broking? Well yes, I do occasionally, but a swift dose of Italian V8 usually serves to rectify the situation. ■ For info, visit vmax200.com; autovivendi.com
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Inside, the open-plan saloon has a spacious feel thanks to the expansive glazed windows, which allow the saloon to flood with natural light. There are also four beautifully fitted cabins, as well as a flexible galley and crew quarters. The 101 really comes into its own for entertaining, though. The large flybridge on the top deck has two lounge areas, a dining area, a sunpad and a fully seated bar that’s perfect for sundowners. Ours is a Sea Breeze, thanks… ■ Check it out at the British Motor Yacht Show in Southampton from 15-17 May. For more info: britishmotoryachtshow.com; to find out more on the 101, see sunseeker.com
▽ AUSTRIA’S FINEST Experience Hotels offers the greatest accommodation together with unforgettable experiences in the most picturesque surroundings of Austria. We’ve teamed up with this hotel group to offer you a three-night VIP trip to Vienna staying at the five-star Hotel Sacher, including breakfast and return flights from London. The Sacher is not just the best hotel in Vienna – it’s one of the best hotels in the world. Steeped in 19th-century history, oozing Viennese charm, the family-run establishment is internationally renowned and has welcomed many rich and famous through its doors. Located in the city centre, right behind the Vienna State Opera, the hotel’s lavish suites are even named after the world’s greatest operas and composers. The 137-year-old hotel is also an antique treasure trove, featuring palatial decor, glistening chandeliers and one of the country’s largest private art collections. It has also been recently refurbished with high-tech fixtures and fittings throughout, as well as a new spa. If you’re after five-star service, there are two employees for every hotel guest to ensure you’re given the royal treatment. Visit sacher.com for a sneak preview. ■ AUSTRIA’S FINEST Experience Hotels is a varied collection of 15 hotels, each one exemplifying first-class hospitality in unique locations with superb sightseeing opportunities. See austria.info/uk/experience for more.
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BALANCE THE BOOKS — By Tony Drury, Author —
HE TIMES THEY are a-changin’” – Bob
ILLUSTRATION by Jamel Akib
Dylan was singing about social and political unrest in the US in the 1960s. This was a few years before I arrived in London. I was working for a finance house in Birmingham. The phone rang. It was the Chairman. “Drury,” he said. “I am bringing you to head office. You are one of my three rising stars.” Even my wife was impressed – as was the bank manager, when he saw my salary slip. We moved, and begun strutting the streets of the City of London. It was therefore a shock when, some months later, my employer was bankrupt and entered the 1974 Secondary Banking Crisis lifeboat. I was fighting for my life and for the oversized mortgage on our London home. Two years later Barclays Bank bought us and I survived. I left and – already having the desire to write (my book The History and Role of Finance Houses was known for curing insomnia) – I ended up running a Robert Maxwell company, Waterlow Publishers. I had Ghislaine Maxwell as one of the editors. This was before she organised parties for Prince Andrew. Maxwell eventually sacked me. He was quite kind about it. “You’re no fucking good!” he shouted, but he did pay my contract in full and I went off to be entrepreneurial. In the late 1990s I founded St. Helen’s Capital which became the largest of the corporate advisers to PLUS Markets companies. My last deal was to raise £2.8m to set up Quercus Publishing which found fame with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They were not that impressed with me because I have sent them all my novels and they have sent them all back to me. I sold out of St Helen’s in 2006, retaining some directorships. I pursued my dream of writing a novel and in 2012 Megan’s Game was published. There are 29 reviews on Amazon. I’ve just published my fifth book and have the bug. Jack Higgins had no real success until his 13th book The Eagle Has Landed, which was made into a film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. My book is also on the way to being a film.
Currently, I am being ‘relaunched’ by an expert at Amazon. He says I have two special features: my City background and my character DCI Sarah Rudd. I adore the Square Mile: the people, the deals, the places and the ethos. I know the FCA won’t believe me, but most of my colleagues are utterly decent, hard working and honest professionals. So was Dylan right: are the times really changing? I think the 2008 recession (I call it the ‘Sub-prime Recession’ because Bill Clinton caused it with his ludicrous belief that everybody in southern USA should have a mortgage) is the deepest and the longest I have experienced. The City is different: it has spread to West London, the Docklands and regionally. Since Big Bang in 1986 the Yanks have come with their derivative trading methods. City people have always been hungry (sorry – ‘entrepreneurial’) and Gordon Gekko was right: “greed is good” unless you are a Liberal Democrat. Regulation is running wild but that is temporary. As I write, the Chancellor’s feel-good messages are having an effect and dealmaking is returning. I have always thought that recessions are misunderstood. For me, it is about the value of money. There is too much money, standards drop, morals collapse, greed takes over, there is then a panic stimulated by the rising cost of money market funds: we re-trench, restore the hard work culture and off we go again. Politicians spin it differently but they are so well off with their salaries, expenses, mouthwatering pensions (and outside jobs) that you can’t expect them to relate to the voter.
I am 68 years old. I can’t believe that at this stage in my life I would be so stimulated and energised by my City life. I am chairman of an AIM company based in Hong Kong, chairman of a corporate finance house, and a director of a Swedish property development company whose debentures will be traded on the GXG main market. I write a City thriller every six months and short stories for my love, HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity. Despite stints in Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong, it is in London where I am at home: Bank tube station, the Royal Exchange café, my favourite restaurant One Lombard Street, the Carlton Club, the taxi drivers, and the rest. City folk are mostly of great integrity. They work very hard. They play hard. Times may be changing but the rules are the same: do deals, make money. I do hope that my books are true to the greatest city in the world. ■ Tony Drury’s most recent book, The Lady Who Turned (City Fiction, £7.99) is available to buy from all good bookshops and amazon.co.uk
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GAME THINGMASTER HERE ——ByByRebecca EdwardClare Lee ——
F YOU HAVEN’T been watching the hit HBO
project so that if they fail, the cost to them is far lower. In contrast to leaps of faith, every time you take a small step you can learn from it, which in turn makes the next step you take even less risky. In Game of Thrones the ambitious schemer Petyr Baelish, who orchestrated the entire War of the Five Kings, claims that he is willing to risk everything to get what he wants. But look carefully: he’s actually far more circumspect than that. First of all he follows the power; he makes sure he’s friends with the right people at the right time. At first it was the Lannisters but Joffrey was clearly too unstable and didn’t
make a good ally. Now he’s made sure to be friends with the Tyrells, as he sees their star is in the ascendant, bestowing upon them the ‘thoughtful gift’ of facilitating Joffrey’s murder. Second, because Baelish usually gets other people to do his dirty work he can rarely be linked back to any event. For example, he persuaded Lysa Arryn to kill her husband, Jon Arryn, and managed to make the Starks think the Lannisters did it anyway. Just to be safe, he killed Lysa, so who could trace it back to him? In a less murderous way, Bill Gates – often held as an example of somebody who, by quitting Harvard to start up Microsoft, took a huge risk – can be seen to be a calculated risk-taker. To begin with, he was from a wealthy family so even had he simply quit Harvard and then failed it’s unlikely he’d have found himself on the breadline. Secondly, Gates’s parents gave him another head start in life by sending him to a prestigious prep school before he was accepted to Harvard, and there he was able to learn about programming (which he wouldn’t have been able to do had he been sent to state school). Thirdly, he didn’t quit; not to begin with. He gained permission to take a year’s leave of absence from his studies to write his BASIC programme and he only did this once the makers of the Altair 8800 microcomputer had agreed to purchase the software from him and partner Paul Allen. It took him a further year before he decided that the risks were low enough for him to leave Harvard for good. So, if you’re aiming for the top, you don’t need to risk your future on one make-orbreak moment. Many successful people started small, worked hard and grew their businesses incrementally. While this may not be such a sexy story, when you replace the unreliable element of luck with commitment, intelligence and graft, success becomes far more achievable for all of us. ■ Rebecca Clare is co-author (with Tim Phillips) of Game of Thrones on Business (Infinite Ideas), £9.99, out now.
ILLUSTRATION byJamel Akin
series Game of Thrones you may have been missing out on more than mere entertainment. Look beyond the dragons, monsters and funny names, and you’ll see that with its story of ambition, deceit, bravery, triumph and disaster, the series has clear parallels with today’s business world. We’re frequently led to believe that to achieve more you have to risk more. “When you play the game of thrones,” Cersei tells Ned, “there are only two possible outcomes: you win or you die.” In business, the idea that failure and success are only separated by a hair’s breadth is a powerful one. It certainly leads to some good stories. James Dyson, inventor of the cyclonic vacuum cleaner, was the equivalent of $4m in debt, with three mortgages on his house before anybody bought his product, and has said, “I liked living on the edge… I liked the danger, the idea that everything depended on getting that next product right in every way.” But for every James Dyson there are thousands of would-be entrepreneurs who threw in their last penny chasing a misguided dream. Anybody who’s ever watched Dragons’ Den will know that there are far more bad than good business ideas out there, but that doesn’t stop their creators believing in them. Self-belief is only one small element of success. Risk-takers in Game of Thrones end up with their heads on spikes, and taking crazy risks in business is less likely to lead to billions than it is to bankruptcy. If you examine the stories of most successful entrepreneurs, you will find that they are what Leonard C. Green, of top US business school Babson College, calls ‘calculated risktakers’. Rather than risking everything on one chance at glory and pitting huge rewards against the kind of abject failure from which there is no return, calculated risk-takers take incremental risks, minimising the time and money they invest in the
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REDESIGN OF THE TIMES — By Steve Vinnicombe, UK CEO, Capco —
HERE’S NEVER BEEN a bigger or nastier set of challenges for banks. Postcrisis, the financial services industry is being thoroughly redesigned. All of the fundamentals are up for debate. Throughout my 20-year career in the UK financial services industry, I’ve always been motivated by the desire to leave things better than I found them. Of course, it takes a lot of hard work to help a banking client revitalise its business in this highly competitive and over-regulated world. Here are my six steps for successful bank transformation… DELIVERING IP-BASED TRANSFORMATION Many financial institutions are looking for major service provision to address substantial issues rather than make slight adjustments. For example, our one-year-old disruptive spin-off Boldrocket enables us to deliver ground-breaking IP to market fast. Another great example is helping banks use shared capabilities that don’t deliver competitive advantage and so reduce their cost base. Banks can then concentrate their resources on activities that do give them an advantage such as client service and risk management. With FIS™, we recently partnered with the investment banking division of a global financial institution to set up a capital markets utility that enables multiple banks to do just that in the post-trade environment. We have a similar operation running in the securities processing space. Both utility approaches deliver significant cost savings.
PUTTING SKIN IN THE GAME Willingness to put skin in the game time and again, with attractive commercial
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propositions, builds long-standing client relationships. In Capco’s case, it certainly helps having a parent company, FIS, which is the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology. We’re both taking balance sheet risks – Capco and FIS – alongside our banking clients and all of us as customers of the bank.
CREATING A CULTURE OF OPPORTUNITY To ensure that your clients reach their goals, a compelling vision is a number one priority. Ours is disruptive change and IPled transformation, supported by the team at Boldrocket. This vision is delivered thanks to an extremely flat company structure where employees dictate standards of behaviour and the ways in which people are assessed, recognised and celebrated. This is an extremely effective motivational cocktail.
INNOVATING AT HOME Last year, we said goodbye to our bland corporate City office and moved into an exposed-brick innovation hub in Shoreditch. It wasn’t just because we had run out of room; we also wanted to build much closer ties with a great British startup success story. Our new base enables us to showcase our IP and engage with clients in ways that simply were not possible before. It creates a great atmosphere. There is always something going on, like an event or a group activity and there is always positive energy in the building. Our new home demonstrates commitment to the future. We are reinventing; we are reaching out, and creating valuable partnerships with the tech start-up community. We are changing the way we talk to our clients by inviting them into our home and having more intimate conversations about their agenda.
GOING WHERE THE WORK IS Customer focus means following your customers around the globe, often mirroring micro-economic trends. Now is the age of the Asia-Pacific region and we have recently opened offices in Hong Kong,
Tokyo and Singapore. With evidence of a global economic recovery, Southern Europe may become our next destination or the Middle East where our parent company is already well-established. Africa is also significant. The economy has massive potential. In some African countries, telecoms go straight from no-telephone to sophisticated 3G and 4G networks, leapfrogging the established landline infrastructure. Financial services will need to tune in to this rapid evolution.
PROVIDING A DUTY OF CARE In a traditional consulting career path you progress to more complex and greater scale consulting alongside promotion. But the type of work you do is more or less the same. Today the consulting profession itself is being reinvented along with the financial services industry. At Capco, the career path offers many different opportunities including across Boldrocket and FIS’s multiple businesses. As an employer, we have a responsibility to educate our people about these new career routes and their suitability. It is a duty of care – finding a balance between abounding opportunity and the tyranny of choice. ■ For more information, see capco.com
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WE’RE SAVING LONDON COMMUTERS £1,000s The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is cutting costs across the country – and if you’re one of Britain’s average daily drivers you can use just a few drops of petrol each day. This intelligent hybrid decides when it’s more efficient to use petrol or electricity, giving it the ability to deliver a staggering 148mpg1. In full electric mode it has a range of up to 32 miles, so it easily tackles the UK’s average daily commute on a single charge, meaning petrol consumption is minimal2. With a fraction of the CO2 emissions of a small car, just 44g/km, it’s already saving commuters money because of its exemption from Road Tax and the London Congestion Charge3 – as well as drastically reducing the amount of Benefit in Kind taxation you pay4. Its battery can be charged in just a few hours via a domestic plug socket5, a low-cost home Charge Point6 or using one of over 1,500 Charge Points found across London. For longer journeys the 2.0 litre petrol engine helps out, giving you a combined range of over 510 miles2. There’s even £5,000 off the list price through the Government Plug-in Car Grant, which means an Outlander PHEV will cost you from just £28,2497, the same price as the Outlander Diesel – and it comes with a 5 year warranty8. We’ve made history, you just need to make time to find out how we can save you £1,000s. We call this Intelligent Motion.
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Discover how. Search PHEV. | Visit: mitsubishi-cars.co.uk to find your nearest dealer 1. Official EU MPG test figure shown as a guide for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. 2. 32 mile EV range achieved with full battery charge. 510 miles achieved with combined full battery and petrol tank. Actual range will vary depending on driving style and road conditions. 3. Congestion Charge application required, subject to administrative fee. 4. 5% BIK compared to the average rate of 25%. 5. Domestic plug charge: 5 hours, 16 Amp home charge point: 3.5 hours, 80% rapid charge: 30mins. 6. Government subsidised charge points are available from a number of suppliers for a small fee - ask your dealer for more information. 7. Prices shown include the Government Plug-in Car Grant and VAT (at 20%), but exclude First Registration Fee. Model shown is an Outlander PHEV GX4h at £33,399 including the Government Plug-in Car Grant and metallic paint. On The Road prices range from £28,304.00 to £40,054.00 and include VED, First Registration Fee and the Government Plug-in Car Grant. Metallic/pearlescent paint extra. Prices correct at time of going to print. For more information about the Government Plug-in Car Grant please visit www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants. 8. All new Outlander PHEV variants come with a 5 year/62,500 mile warranty (whichever occurs first), for more information please visit www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/warranty
Outlander PHEV range fuel consumption in mpg (ltrs/100km): Full Battery Charge: no fuel used, Depleted Battery Charge: 48mpg (5.9), Weighted Average: 148mpg (1.9), CO2 Emissions: 44 g/km.
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PATEK PHILIPPE We’ll happily admit it – we didn’t see a Patek Philippe pilot’s watch coming. That most utilitarian of timepieces, though dripping with history, seemed a world away from the elegant classicism for which the Swiss brand is renowned. And then we saw it, we touched it (probably for a bit too long), and it all made sense. The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time (Ref 5524) is a beautiful, masculine thing – with a white-gold case and matte blue dial, and a dual-timezone mechanism, controlled by a pair of pushers. High time, indeed. £31,120; patek.com
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GRAND EXHIBITION For a real feel of what Patek Philippe is all about, head to the Watch Art Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition London 2015 from 27 May to 7 June. Held at the Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition will celebrate Patek Philippe’s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing, an insight into the company’s 175-year history as well as its heritage in the domain of haute horology. See more at patek.com
BREGUET It takes confidence – and not a little watchmaking skill – to create a timepiece with so many visual quirks in a body so elegant it should be given a modelling contract. Yet Breguet has made an artform of the exposed, classically styled watch with its Tradition Collection, and the new 7097 is no exception. With a white gold case, off-centre dial and self-winding movement with retrograde seconds (that’s the cutaway scale at ten o’clock), the 7097 is an exercise in flaunting what you’ve got with understated ease. £24,000; breguet.com
ROLEX Do you have a yacht to master? If the answer to that question is ‘yes’ (and, frankly, even if it isn’t), you should be very excited about the launch of Rolex’s newest Yacht-Master. Now with an 18ct Everose gold case, black Cerachrom bezel-insert (with raised numerals you won’t be able to stop touching) and an Oysterflex bracelet combining the look and feel of rubber with the robustness of metal. Hello, sailor! £16,650; rolex.com
BREMONT As British power couples go, the automotivehorological tag-team of Jaguar and Bremont is right up there. The Henley-based brand launched two watches inspired by the partnership at Baselworld, each a tribute to that ageless icon, the E-type. The MKI uses Bremont’s own automatic calibre, while the MKII [pictured] has a chronograph function and a dial layout that echoes vintage Jaguar instruments. £4,950; bremont.com
GRAFF It was the Lotus Cars founder, Colin Chapman, who said: “Simplify, then add lightness”. And while Graff’s Mastergraff Structural Tourbillon Skeleton isn’t exactly simple in name or engineering, its striking cutaway design – they call it ‘excavated facets’ – is as much about what isn’t there as what is. A diamond-set version is available, too, if you’re more about adding brightness than lightness. £POA; graffdiamonds.com
BREITLING Things sure ain’t what they used to be – which is good, because we’ve got much better at an awful lot, including making watches. But that isn’t to say we can’t take the best of the past and meld it with the best of the present, as Breitling has done with the achingly stylish Transocean 1915. The watch features a single chronograph pusher at two o’clock – just like the one first introduced by the brand in 1915. New old-school class. £6,790; breitling.com
BLANCPAIN The tourbillon you’ve no doubt heard of; the carrousel, possibly not. Both mechanisms are designed to negate the effects of gravity, and each does it in a slightly different way, though the carrousel is a rare beast. To find both together in the same watch, then, is more unusual still, but Blancpain’s L-evolution Tourbillon Carrousel doesn’t hide itself away behind a subtle design. The angular lines, Manga-style numerals and satin-brushed platinum case make as bold a statement as the technical wizardry inside. £258,700; blancpain.com
GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL If the dial – with its galvanised matte finish and Super-LumiNova markings – carries more than a hint of pilot’s watch about it, the true inspiration behind Glashütte Original’s Senator Observer is the maritime deck (or ‘observation’) watch. The whole design’s been updated for 2015, with Arabic numerals and improved readability in the dark thanks to that bold, green luminance and an uncluttered black dial. £7,800; glashuette-original.com
TAG HEUER The Swiss brand’s collaboration with Google and Intel (to produce an as-yet unseen luxury smartwatch) may have made the biggest waves outside the fair, but among the watcherati there was plenty of talk about the new Carrera Calibre 01. With a few stylistic nods to TAG Heuer’s LVMH stablemate (and former home of CEO JeanClaude Biver), Hublot, the Calibre 01 will set the tone for Carreras to come, inside and out. £4,000; tagheuer.co.uk
ORIS If you’re a proper diver – the kind who hangs around under oil rigs and tracks giant squid – Oris makes watches just for you. However, if you’re the kind of diver – our kind of diver – who likes the idea of being Jacques Cousteau but would rather keep your feet on dry land, you’ll be more interested in the brand’s retro-flavoured Diver Sixty-Five. Based on a 1965 model, it’s a genuine looker that stays true to the original. £1,150; oris.ch
TUDOR No-nonsense tool watches are what Tudor’s about (just like big brother Rolex), and that was true in the 1950s, when members of the British North Greenland Expedition wore the brand’s Oyster Prince in temperatures as low as -50ºC. The North Flag, inspired by this icy heritage, is powered by Tudor’s first in-house movement – it’s COSC-certified, too, which is nice to know, even if you’re more Northern Line than North Greenland. £2,500; tudorwatch.com
HARRY WINSTON Harry Winston’s Histoire de Tourbillon series is an hommage to the prized mechanism, and this sixth edition is a watch of two halves. On the left is a tri-axial tourbillon and conventional time display, while the right-hand side operates independently of it – there’s a carrousel and time display that can be stopped and started, so it can function as a chronograph or even a second timezone. Our kind of history lesson. £POA; harrywinston.com
HUBLOT In 2011, Hublot announced it had created something called Magic Gold – certified at 18cts but so hard it can only be machined by diamond. (So almost as hard as us. Almost.) The Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold – as you can probably guess from the name – has a case made of the clever substance, along with a flyback chronograph movement that, sadly, is self-winding rather than powered by magic. £25,300; hublot.com
ROMAIN JEROME The problem with being Batman (existential torment and subterranean accommodation apart) is finding accessories to match the outfit. So we – sorry, he, whoever he is, definitely not us – will have been pleased to hear eccentric Swiss brand Romain Jerome has created the Batman-DNA with the Caped Crusader in mind, complete with glow-in-the-cave bat-sign. Now if Jimmy Choo could get a move on with those shoes… £12,500; romainjerome.ch
The Japanese brand’s advanced-watchmaking wing has done a nice line in reinventing its back catalogue in recent years, and 2015 is no different. The 62GS of 1967 was Grand Seiko’s first automatic watch, and this recreation model remains faithful to it, down to the four o’clock crown and sleek, bezelfree construction. There are also two ‘reinterpretation’ models (stick with us here), which take inspiration from – rather than follow – the original design, and use two of the brand’s most advanced calibres. £3,000; seiko.co.uk
OMEGA In 2013, Omega launched the all-ceramic (and all black) Dark Side of the Moon version of the legendary Speedmaster chronograph – a sort of icon within an icon, if you like. So successful was that watch that, two years on, there are four new pieces to get Speedy collectors drooling: Sedna Black (with Sedna-gold accents), Pitch Black (with Super-LumiNova markings), Vintage Black [pictured] and Black Black (all pink, obviously). £8,205; omegawatches.com
HERMÈS We’ve always subscribed to a less-is-more philosophy (through necessity rather than choice, admittedly), so we love the new Slim d’Hermès. Everything about it is pared-back, from the uncluttered dial – and those avant-garde Arabic numerals – to a wafer-thin movement just 2.6mm thick. What le Slim doesn’t cut back on, however, is style, which is exactly what you’d expect from Hermès. Again, just like us – honestly. £11,400; hermes.com
MAURICE LACROIX They say the two best days of boat ownership are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. Here’s a third: the day you (and your boat) get a Pontos S Regatta. Designed with yacht racing in mind – there’s a ten-minute countdown so you can time your start perfectly – the Regatta S has a supertough forged-carbon case and large pushers you can operate with gloves on. If you don’t own a yacht, it’ll still work perfectly well in the bath. £5,800; mauricelacroix.com
NOMOS Last year’s Nomos Metro was kind of a big deal – not only did it have an in-house escapement, but it was sensibly sized (37mm), sensibly priced and looked like a piece of beautifully thought-out modern product design (which it was). With a healthy disregard for if-it-ain’tbroke thinking, Nomos has tweaked the Metro for 2015 – giving it an ‘Urban Grey’ dial and a slightly larger diameter. We like. A lot. £2,200;
Zenith’s El Primero automatic chronograph movement, born in the 1960s, is one of the watch industry’s genuine heroes; high-frequency, super-accurate and blessed with a cult following. In fact, it seems almost a shame to tuck it away inside a watch, though when it’s behind a dial as handsome as that of the El Primero Chronograph Classic, we’re sold. The whole thing’s so 1960s it probably hung out with JFK and wore mini-skirts. £6,100; zenith-watches.com
Acclaimed painter Hamish Blakely brings his heavenly creatures down to Earth in this highly anticipated new collection. Blakely’s unconventional representation of angels evokes compelling thoughts about faith, spiritual belief and religion’s place in modern day society. “I’m delighted Hamish is leading us into temptation, but only providing he doesn’t intend delivering us from evil.” David Lee, Editor of The Jackdaw Exhibition runs from 1-23 May 2015 at Castle Fine Art 24 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QQ | 0203 588 0011 | email@example.com
WATCHES LOUIS VUITTON
THE NEW KID IN TOWN
As Louis Vuitton continues its journey into the world of luxury watches with the Worldtime Minute Repeater, ROBIN SWITHINBANK looks at the effect fashion powerhouses have on this changing market
FEW YEARS AGO, there was a lot of
chatter in watchland about what impact luxury fashion houses making high-end watches might have on the traditional watch industry. Bulgari, Chanel and Hermès were all part of the debate, and in its way, so too was Montblanc. They had all started taking watchmaking seriously, and with piles of cash, sophisticated marketing machines and global retail networks at their disposal, they looked a real threat to the old guard. But of late, the story’s gone quiet, partly because of the threat of smartwatches, partly because of the uncertainty caused by the all-powerful Swiss franc, and partly because Patek Philippe, Rolex, TAG Heuer et al are all very good at making lots of noise of their own. But it hasn’t gone away. Not at all. There’s no better illustration of this than what’s going on at Louis Vuitton at the moment. Vuitton, as the fashion darlings call it, has been in the watchmaking game since 2002 when it launched the Tambour, a watch with a case shaped like a 1970s salad bowl. Lots of incarnations followed, none cleverer than the ingenious Spin Time models, which tell the time using spinning cubes, instead of hands. Despite these highlights, the Tambour hasn’t really caught on. I can only think of one person I know who owns one, and I’d bet you real money he’s still using 1970s crockery. This, I’ve no doubt, is why last year Louis Vuitton switched tack and introduced us to the Escale Worldtime, a blindingly good timepiece. This was a Swiss watch that looked like it really didn’t want to be Swiss. The painted dial showing 24 time zones looked like the winning entry from an art competition run to encourage depressed kids from the developing world to sort themselves out. And it didn’t tell the
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time using anything as conventional as hands – instead it had three discs revolving past a yellow line. It was playful and creative, and about as Swiss as a threesome in a campervan. This year, the Escale is back. Twice. Sticking with the time zone theme, there’s the Escale Worldtime Minute Repeater [above], a 44mm pink gold and titanium piece with a repeater activated by pulling one of the lugs, which are inspired by Louis Vuitton trunk corners; and the Escale Time Zone, a 39mm steel GMT watch that does more than most of its ilk by showing the time in 24 time zones simultaneously (albeit without synchronising them). Now, while the Worldtime Minute Repeater is the stuff of collectors’ dreams (its tic is that it’s designed to chime home time, wherever you are in the world), it’s actually the Twin Time that could come to define Louis Vuitton’s
assault on the traditional watch market. The reason for this is that the minute repeating version is £280,000 and will be made to order. Which is all very nice, but it won’t do much to make consumers flock to Louis Vuitton. By contrast, the Twin Time is £4,000, a considerably more egalitarian price that puts it in Rolex Oyster Perpetual territory, or up against the entry-level stuff in Omega’s futureproofed Master Co-Axial line. That suddenly puts the dandyish charms of Louis Vuitton under the noses of the biggest luxury watch-buying demographic. Which is, of course, where it gets interesting. Should you buy one? Heck, why not? If nothing else, it says you’d consider a threesome in a campervan – and you never know when that might come in handy. ■ For more information, uk.louisvuitton.com
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TIME LINE Why go for off-the-peg, when you can opt for made-to-measure? Larsson & Jennings gets up close and personal, says JACK DONNE
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Larsson & Jennings’ designs may be renowned for being clean and minimalist, but that doesn’t mean they’re not versatile, too. Indeed, customers can now design their very own watch at the watch manufacturer’s new LJX Custom bar based at its flagship London store in Seven Dials. You can choose from a selection of Swedish and British leather straps and match them up with a choice of hardware options to create your personalised style. The handmade straps range from a vibrant orange to a racing green, so there should be one to suit your look. ■
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You’ve got the job, the pad, the car – now you just need the wardrobe to match. We’ve teamed up with Reiss to make that happen, with a £2,000 competition prize
Fashion houses don’t come much more ‘City’ than Reiss: after all, the tailoring company was founded in Bishopsgate back in 1971. Since then, the brand has garnered a loyal fanbase thanks to its balance of heritage, quality and directional design. Reiss’s SS15 is the perfect embodiment of this. It’s inspired by the concept of old, experienced souls inhabiting young bodies (but not in a Benjamin Button kind of way). Essentially, imagine a 1950s Sinatra living in 2015s London. Yeah, we’d like that look, too.
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FOR GOOD MEASURE Reiss’s SS15 collection is a study in blue and white, as well as a multitude of checks. Versatility is the name of the game – from the designs to the materials – especially as Reiss offers either off-the-peg or made-to-measure options. For more info, see reiss.com
We have teamed up with Reiss to offer you the chance to win £2,000 to spend on Reiss tailoring. If you win, the only thing you have to worry about is whether you want to choose a range of items from Reiss’s off-the-peg SS15 collection or something more bespoke from its Personal Tailoring service. Talk about #FirstWorldProblems. To enter, please visit squaremile.com
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The name “Meister” has stood for classic watchmaking at Junghans since 1936. The Meister watches of today follow in this tradition, for they are a result of both passion for precision and close attention to quality. Choosing a Junghans Meister demonstrates apprecia tion for these values and for beautiful watchmaking – like our sporty Meister, the Meister Chronoscope.
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NICE PAIR OF OXFORDS The Oxford Vaughan collection is hand-crafted using materials including aircraft-grade titanium, and Zeiss lenses. Each pair comes in a luxurious piano black wooden presentation box.
SIX ON THE BEACH Summer is coming and you’re going to need a new pair of sunnies to do it justice. Here’s this season’s six pack…
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1 OLIVER SPENCER Sid round-frame in blue acetate, £185; mrporter.com 2 OXFORD VAUGHAN Globe Master in titanium and 18k gold, £750;
3 FINLAY & CO Ledbury Mirror Series in ebony, £160; finlayandco.com 4 TAYLOR MORRIS Voyager in acetate, £160; taylormorriseyewear.com 5 OLIVER PEOPLES Sir Finley in tortoiseshell acetate, £325; mrporter.com 6 GUCCI Metal Aviator in ruthenium, £245; mrporter.com
A CLOSE SHAVE Dating back to the Ottoman Empire, the art of Turkish barbering is a skill handed down from generation to generation. While roaming the back streets of Istanbul on holiday, designer Ted Baker discovered it for himself – and was so impressed, he decided to bring it home with him. And so, Ted’s Grooming Rooms were born. Dotted across central London, these have become the go-to destinations for bespoke shaves and dapper haircuts alike. A few words of advice from Mr Baker himself: “Always remember to tip a man with a razor.” ■ There are Ted’s Grooming Rooms all across town. For a full list, check out
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GROOM SERVICE A fortuitous trip to Istanbul led to the art of the traditional Turkish barber making its way to the City streets, says RONAN O’SHEA
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To be a powerboating enthusiast and never own a Riva would be a travesty. Beautifully crafted, and exquisite in every detail, Rivas are revered wherever they go. From the 27ft Iseo to the sensational new 122ft Mythos, these icons of the boating world are as exceptional today as theyâ€™ve always been. To own a Riva is a joy like no other. The time to own one is now.
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SHARP NOTES Dandy magician BEN HART may be more renowned for making things disappear, but these are the things he keeps close IN MY HAND I have a gold Dunhill RollaGas lighter that I just love to hold and play with – I don’t even smoke but it’s a beautiful piece of functional design and extremely tactile. I rarely leave the house without my Olympus Trip 35 camera (renovated and in a dark green colour from tripman.co.uk). I love to take photos and between that and my iPhone, I’m sorted.
ON MY WRIST Some sort of Casio digital watch. They’re my guilty pleasure. I own some very nice watches but I always return to the functionality of a digital, indestructible, illuminating watch with an alarm. I think I own almost every Casio model and favour a gold dual-time retro one.
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I make all sorts of strange things for magicians, so I’m keen to get a metal lathe to make my life easier when making magic-gadgets. I’m also keen to get a large Globe-trotter trolley suitcase to carry my show and clothes in when I travel.
I’ve been wearing clothes from Percival recently. They make lovely smart-casual thick shirts and blazers that just seem to fit me perfectly. I love their stuff.
An Aston Martin 1957 DBR2 racing car. There are only two originals in the world and they’re disgustingly beautiful pieces of design. Forget the fact that they’re amazing examples of automotive engineering, they’re also stunning pieces of art in their own right.
IN MY WARDROBE I have a habit of getting attached to clothes – I’m currently enjoying a bespoke grey wool double-breasted suit with burgundy cheques that I had made with an amazing array of pockets – brilliant for a magician.
IN MY PAST I had an amazing vintage Gladstone doctors’ bag in dark crocodile skin once. I used it to carry my equipment around for a while and didn’t treat it very nicely. Eventually it started to fall apart. I know I won’t ever find one like it again. I replaced it with another vintage bag which is now also starting to break. I think next time I’ll commission someone to make a replica of that first one.
ON MY AGENDA I’m a big film fan of – and I once performed a show in – The Cinema Museum in Lambeth. The place was amazing and I didn’t have a chance to look around properly, so I’m keen to head back there to explore. It was full of old art deco cinema items and movie posters.
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I travel with a deck of cards and a stack of 100-year-old American solid silver dollars – you’ll catch me inventing tricks squaremile.com
I always travel with a deck of cards and a stack of 100-year-old American solid silver dollars and you’ll catch me inventing magic tricks with them on the train, plane, on the beach etc. My bags are always really heavy and filled with books – I get bored quickly when travelling, so I need the distraction.
I’d like to take some time out to travel around India. I’m very drawn to the country. My grandparents spent time there when they were younger and told amazing stories of the place. I know that I won’t be disappointed, as I’ve had friends visit and never return because they’ve loved it so much. ■ For more information, see benhartmagic.co.uk
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HINGS COULD HAVE turned out very different for RJ Mitte. The 22-year-old may be something of a household name for his portrayal of the wide-eyed, at times heartbreakingly naïve Walter White Jr in ABC’s critical and commercial smash hit Breaking Bad, but the Louisiana-born actor is a curious case. Where many actors endure years of unsuccessful auditions while waiting tables and going to night classes, Mitte’s entrance into show business was more the product of serendipity than a childhood dream. “I never really thought of becoming an actor,” he tells me. It’s a strange statement to hear, because, if we’re honest, we’ve all at some point let our minds wander to thoughts of red carpets, bustling studios, endorsement ➤ 061
➤ deals and sprawling mansions in Malibu, if only for a spell. At least, I know I have. For Mitte, though, the reality is more complicated: he, like his Breaking Bad counterpart, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child. The symptoms aren’t as pronounced in him as in Walt Jr – he walks freely without crutches partially thanks to his passion for sport and fitness – but it’s a genuine disability, and something that’s often in conflict with the Hollywood mindset. Mitte moved to Los Angeles aged 12, when his family relocated to support his sister, who was attracting industry interest for fashion campaigns. A chance encounter with a casting agent followed, at which Mitte was approached to see if he was interested in pursuing a future in the business. “My mother was a little reluctant about it,” he recalls. “She said ‘He has cerebral palsy – he gets said ‘no’ to enough.’ It’s a very negative business, this industry – it’s not as glamorous as a lot of people think. It looks that way from the outside because you only get to see the final product of everyone’s work. “But I thought, ‘why not?’, because if you move to Los Angeles and you don’t go to school, you don’t join a gang and you don’t act – which are all essentially the same thing – you’re not going to meet anyone, you’re not going to make friends and you’re not going to know anything. That’s what everyone does.” Mitte’s honesty is refreshing, but it’s not
If you move to LA and don’t go to school, join a gang or act, you’re not going to meet anyone surprising when you stop to think about it. Here is a young man who has spent his life becoming accustomed to the reality he faces daily, after all. But after turns in, among others, Weeds, Vegas and Everybody Hates Chris, there was an opening in a certain TV show; one that set wheels in motion the size of which couldn’t possibly have been predicted. Enter Breaking Bad. It was a passion project about a chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer, created by a former X-Files writer, and whose lead actor was previously best known for playing the father on madcap (but nonetheless utterly brilliant) sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. It wasn’t pumped full of money, bloated with stars or based around a tired, overblown concept. Despite its premise, it was something altogether more real. “I was working on about 13 different shows and movies, as well as doing extra work,” he says. “Then about six months later I auditioned for Breaking Bad. I auditioned five times – four in Los Angeles and once in New Mexico. Then the rest is history – it turned into a career, and it continues to grow and push forward.” Crucially, the role was one that was incredibly personal to him. Breaking Bad is, at its heart, a drama about a dysfunctional family – a group Mitte refers to as “a modern-day family with a meth chef kingpin father” – and Mitte played the role of the son coping with a disorder he suffers with in real life. But above all, it was the chance to show America (and, as it turned out, the rest of the world, too) that we’re entering an age where disability need not and should not be hidden in plain sight. Walt Jr isn’t disabled because the show’s writers felt the need to satisfy a tokenistic urge on the part its producers; he’s not there to make the show seem more politically correct. Walt Jr’s illness makes the family more touchingly real. It makes his unwavering faith in his father, even at the latter’s lowest points, somehow more heart wrenching. “I think for a long time people have looked on the side of ‘everyone’s perfect’,” Mitte says. “Everyone has to have good hair and good teeth. This is what they aim for, but it’s not the real world. Real-world people have issues; they
have lumps and different types of things that affect them – not just physically, but mentally, too. I think Breaking Bad has paved the way, because it showed real characters with real problems that weren’t contrived. People could see themselves in them, whether it was Heisenberg or Walter or Skyler. “I think it’s important that more and more filmmakers take that risk and allow real characters to grow, because people want real characters; people want to see themselves on television and in film. The majority of the world does have afflictions – if it’s not physical or mental, it’s family and friends, and all different things that prevent most people from being who they really want to be.” And Mitte’s commitment to advancing perceptions of disability in the entertainment industry doesn’t stop with the importance of his role in Breaking Bad. He’s an ambassador of both United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children; in his itinerary for a week made up largely of press appearances is an appearance at the Oxford Student Union to speak on changing attitudes to disabled issues; and he’s hugely prominent in disability charity Scope’s End the Awkward campaign, which challenges people to stop the social crudeness that comes with seeing a disabled person. With some entertainers, genuine emotional attachment to a cause can be questioned. With Mitte, for obvious reasons, it cannot. “I think Scope is doing a really cool job at bringing different things to light,” he says. “It’s important that we get out there and get that into the media; that we show people real people. It may be somebody with a disability, but they’re a real person. People see the disability first and the person second. It should be the other way around. “When it comes to a disability, if you want to know something, ask. People don’t mind. They’d much rather educate you on something that you don’t know than have you just stare awkwardly. I think Scope is coming up with some good ways to break down that gap. “I’m very lucky that I have the ability to change people’s perceptions, and I wouldn’t have this ability without my disability. It’s an honour to be able to change how people see things. I’m very lucky in a sense, because most actors don’t get this opportunity.” All this isn’t to say that Mitte’s career is a constant and unerring stream of being thrust into martyrdom, of having everything he does tinged with the stark reality of his disability. Rather, much of his work couldn’t be further from it. You might recognise his smiling handsome face from a colossal poster at one of the Gap stores – modelling is another part of
his career, as is almost anything with enough creativity and energy to satisfy him. “I film and I audition like crazy,” he says. “I audition for all different types of movies and shows. I model and I do music – anything I can possibly do to constantly stretch that muscle and continually create something that’s fun and interesting and entertaining.” This includes stepping back from the juggernaut that was Breaking Bad and taking time to reassess. He works with friends on fashion startups in LA, as well as taking on roles in independent films, including the recent Dixieland and Who’s Driving Doug?. He works himself into the ground, which he puts down to nothing more than passion. “I like to work; I like to film; I like to be busy. You saw my schedule earlier today – it’s 90 to nothing. I landed an hour or two ago and I hit the ground running; I slept all the way on the plane and slept in the car and I came straight here and we’re doing this today. I like to be busy. I like to work and to have fun and meet people and create things. Dixieland was a great opportunity because my character is not disabled. He’s this pimp drug dealer and he manages a strip club – it’s nowhere near any of the other characters I’ve played. “I like being other people. I don’t like being me. I like to be these characters and I like to play and have fun and be a part of a crew and a cast and everything that’s going on. Like now,” he says, pointing around the Mondrian hotel suite in which we’ve set up a portable photo studio. “Running around and the crew setting up lights and moving furniture – it’s fun. If we didn’t do this, life would be very dull. I have a hard time staying in one place for too long and not doing anything fun or creative.” Talking to Mitte, you get the impression that a huge factor in the boundless energy he has for his projects is his close-knit family. It’s what brought him to LA and gave him a career, and it’s also what seems to keep him grounded. In fact, even a casual question about watches (he likes Rolexes, especially those left to the family by his grandfather) is enough to make him orate on his parents’ influence. He
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tells me an anecdote from his childhood with a wry smile, recalling when burglars stole a Rolex from his parents’ hotel room. “As they were robbing the room, my parents got back and saw they’d stolen this watch. My mom turned around and chased them for blocks – they all jumped in their cars and she was storming, cutting up streets chasing after these guys that robbed us. The cops ended up telling her it was a good thing she didn’t catch up with them because they do this a lot and they were armed. She had chased them for miles!” Passion and impulsiveness are clearly characteristics that have been passed down. And perhaps the strong familial bond Mitte grew up with is part of the reason he felt so close to his castmates in the seven years he was on Breaking Bad, or why he feels so strongly about its story: “The main message in Breaking Bad,” he says, “is how far are you willing to go to provide for your family? Are you willing to sacrifice everything to provide
for them? That’s what Walt ended up doing. “He sacrificed everything to make sure his family had a better life. But at the same time, he destroyed his family – destroyed what they stood for, their beliefs, their faith in him – and that’s something that people can relate to. People can sympathise because people know this feeling, know this desperation and this doubt and this need to provide.” With five seasons on one of the biggest TV hits ever, you’d expect Mitte has more than provided for his own family, and with a little less bloodshed than his on-screen father. Whether he takes on another TV show, stays on the independent scene, or makes one of his many passion projects a full-time job, he’s already done his fair share of good, both for the legions of Breaking Bad fans and, more importantly, fellow sufferers of disabilities in the entertainment world and beyond. All by the age of 22, and all considering he didn’t even plan to be an actor. Let’s just say it was one of Hollywood’s happy accidents. ■
THE LONG HAUL FANCY A RUN WITH A VIEW? TAKE YOUR PICK FROM THESE DESTINATION MARATHONS AND GET MORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR AS YOU CROSS THE FINISH LINE, SAYS IAN VALENTINE
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F YOU’RE GOING to run hard for 26 miles, then at least do it somewhere pretty. The grandstand city marathons of London, New York, Boston, Paris, and Chicago may have swelled the popularity of endurance running during the last 30 years, but they have become so overrun as to be almost ubiquitous. Simply completing the distance used to be the goal. Now, runners are looking for exotic and taxing courses to conquer. Marathon tourism is now a big-buck industry with a worldwide circuit of smile-raising – and gut-
busting – race venues to choose from. It’s not the finishing line snap that sits on the mantelpiece, but trophy shots by Uluru, the Great Wall of China or a herd of passing elephant. At these destination events, you can expect to forget about beating your personal best. Besides, it would be a crime just to put your head down and run, without soaking in the spectacular views. Although, it is worth keeping at least one eye on the clock. On some of the wilder races, you certainly don’t want to be left behind… ➤
➤ GENEVA The course takes you through the Peace Capital’s most beautiful landmarks, including the Jet d’Eau (water-jet) in the middle of Lake Geneva and the fascinating Flower Clock, which changes design according to the season. Running in May, you can expect wild flowers in the mountains too, as you stretch out along the lake surrounded by the Jura peaks. After 26 miles’ exertion, you deserve all the chocolate on offer at the finishing line. Next race: 2-3 May 2015; genevemarathon.org
GREAT WALL OF CHINA For sheer physical pain, the 5,164 steps of the Great Wall of China take some beating. The views from this monument are also hard to outdo. Only a small part of the race takes place on the wall, however, and for many runners, it’s the warm welcome from the local villagers that sticks most in the memory banks. Next race: 16 May 2015; great-wall-marathon.com
BIG FIVE, SOUTH AFRICA For serious runners, this has to go on the bucket list. As the name suggests, you pass through the back yard of Africa’s most famous game: elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard, complete with a stunning savannah backdrop. But it’s not the appetite of the local fauna you need worry about. In stifling sunshine, with lengthy ascents, even the fastest runners take four hours to finish. Next race: 20 June 2015; big-five-marathon.com
MIDNIGHT SUN In the polar north of Norway, you’ll be running at night although you wouldn’t actually know it. Despite the 24-hour sunlight, temperatures still dip and this one isn’t for the faint-hearted or fancy-dressers. Indeed, the organisers will scoop you off the hilly track if you’re not finished inside five-and-a-half hours. Although, better them than a polar bear…
local wine – as well as delicacies like oysters, foie gras, cheese, steak and ice cream – in this three-day carnival. Fancy dress is de rigueur here. The vineyard scenery is also magnificent – if you can remember it, that is… Next race: 12 September 2015; marathondumedoc.com
Next race: 8 November 2015; marathon06.com/2015
PATAGONIA Set in the ruggedly beautiful Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, this is the most eco-friendly race in the world. Instead of medals, each runner has a tree planted in their name, while the organisers insist that all competitors carry their own bottle to avoid cup waste. With lengthy climbs and strong winds, you’ll need plenty of bottle to finish. Next race: 26 September 2015 (TBC);
Next race: 8 November 2015; athensmarathon.com
If you once dreamed of competing at the Olympics, but life got in the way, then the Amsterdam marathon will give you the chance to live that fantasy. Runners start and finish in the Olympic stadium and the grandstand is full of cheering supporters as you reach the tape. In between, you’ll cross pretty Amstel bridges, run through the Rijksmuseum, and pass by windmills and tulip fields. It’s nice and flat, too.
This race takes place at night to avoid the stifling daytime heat. Runners are treated to the urban bright lights as they thread through the streets, including the impressive Grand Palace at the start and finish. The frantic noises and dubious smells of the city at night add to the sensory overload, as your lungs and legs burn through the final miles.
TOKYO NIAGARA FALLS The raging falls at the end of the race are reward enough for your efforts, but the whole course is filled with rugged scenery, including soaring views from the International Peace Bridge, which takes you from the US to Canada at the edge of Lake Erie. One of the flatter courses, usually blessed with serene weather, you’ll find plenty more fresh air to breathe here than at the big city smogathons. niagarafallsmarathon.com
Known as the ‘longest marathon in the world’, this isn’t so much a race as a pub crawl with bibs. Competitors are expected to sample the
Next race: 28 February 2016; tokyo42195.org
ROME If you want to see Rome in a day, then join the marathon. Starting and finishing by the Colosseum, you can tick off St Peter’s Basilica, the Circus Maximus and the Spanish Steps in one fell swoop. Your feet will probably feel less tired than after a day’s sight-seeing. Next race: 3 April 2016; maratonadiroma.it
BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
Palm-filled beaches and snow-capped mountains in the distance are much more uplifting
The views of the Pacific Ocean and redwood forests from Hurricane Point and Bixby Bridge make for an unforgettable journey. But be warned: if you can’t maintain a six-hour pace (they have to re-open the highway), then you’ll be slung into the ‘sag-wagon’ and your race is over. Book early to avoid disappointment. Next race: 24 April 2016; bsim.org ■
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This is France’s second biggest race after Paris, but the views along the Riviera, with palm-filled beaches and snow-capped
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As an excuse to explore Tokyo’s jumbled cityscape, this marathon is attractive enough. But it’s the people who really make the trip worthwhile. The 10,000 official volunteers within ‘Team Smile’, backed by an astonishing two million enthusiastic supporters, demonstrate the Japanese joy of hospitality. So, however exhausted you may feel at the end, you’ll find it hard to stop beaming.
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ATHENS For marathon junkies, then a trip to where it all began offers an epic high. In 490BC, the messenger Pheidippides ran 26 miles from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to proclaim victory over the Persians with his final breath. You can follow in his footsteps, arriving at the original Olympic Stadium. Spare the poor devil a thought as you cross the finishing line.
Next race: 20 June 2015; msm.no
A relatively new race, although rapidly growing in popularity, you’ll pass between Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta on the red earth of the Aussie bush. The organisers have latched on to the craze for marathon tourism, attracting runners from all over the world.
mountains in the distance, are much more uplifting. Held in November, the promise of late autumn sunshine attracts many relaxed runners to this laid-back event. You literally run from Nice to Cannes, so movie buffs can have their fill at the finishing line.
KEEP ON RUNNING: (clockwise from top) The Great Wall of China; armed stewards at the Big Five marathon in South Africa; there’s a slightly different class of spectator at Big Five; the Patagonian International Marathon; Uluru – Ayers Rock – forms the backdrop to the Australian outback route
Everybody Loves Ray MEMORABLE FILM ROLES AND A TOUGH-GUY PERSONA HAVE STEADILY CATAPULTED RAY WINSTONE TO ICON STATUS, SAYS CEM TOPCAM . NOW A MAJOR PLAYER IN HOLLYWOOD AND WITH AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OUT, THE ORIGINAL EAST-END BOY OPENS UP ON FAMILY LIFE AND MAKING TOUGH CAREER DECISIONS PHOTOGRAPHS BY NEIL BEDFORD
INCE HIS CHILLING performance in
Scum back in 1977, Ray Winstone has cultivated a hard-man image that has become something of a British film institution. The Londoner, who has stolen the show in gritty Brit classics Nil By Mouth, Sexy Beast and Love, Honour and Obey transitioned seamlessly into Hollywood, where roles in Anthony Minghella’s screen adaptation of Charles Frazier’s bestselling novel Cold Mountain and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed have showcased Winstone’s acting prowess beyond that of the archetypal tough guy. His autobiography, Young Winstone, also shows our man Ray in a more versatile light, frequently touching on difficult and surprisingly sensitive subject matter. The book recounts his rise to stardom, which he admits wasn’t always an easy path, despite
numerous comical nods to chance meetings with infamous East End royalty such as Ronnie Kray. In fact, he pissed on him – literally. Winstone’s dad was friends with the notorious gangster, and once gave him baby Ray to hold, with watery consequences. A family man and Londoner born and bred, the actor, 58, now resides in Essex with his wife Elaine and is father to three daughters, of which the two eldest, Lois and Jaime, followed in his footsteps and became actors themselves (and shining lights of the capital’s party scene). He claims they have followed in the family tradition of never crumbling under pressure. “They all have their frailties, but come into their own when the chips are down,” he says, beaming with fatherly pride. Working on Young Winston, detailing his journey from the lad whose parents owned ➤
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➤ a greengrocers in Enfield to Hollywood hard man staple, was a cathartic experience for the actor, and one he didn’t find as daunting as his day job. “I actually really enjoyed it on the whole,” he says, thinking back over the writing process. “Going down memory lane, seeing where you’ve come from. That’s a good thing, for the most part.” “It wasn’t too intellectual, which was fine because I’m far from being an intellectual,” he says. “I’m really happy with how it turned out.” He explains that some of the more personal experiences detailed in the book were painful to relive, though. “My mum passing away from cancer when I was quite young was hard,” he admits. “That’s how the book ends,
HELLO, HOLLYWOOD Winstone has worked with Hollywood’s heavyweights, from Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon to Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe. In The Gunman, released earlier this spring, he shared the screen with Sean Penn, an actor Winstone holds in extremely high esteem. “I think he’s probably one of the best screen actors in the world – and has been for a
It’s just like boxing. The nerves create energy and if you don’t have any nerves, you’re in trouble while,” he says. “That was one of the reasons I wanted to work with him.” The Gunman comes from Pierre Morel, who directed everyone’s favourite dad-on-arampage movie, Taken, starring Liam Neeson. When quizzed on who plays the better tough guy, Winstone is diplomatic: “They’re all different by how they measure up. Neeson is a terrific actor to work with, but has a different approach. They are good actors. Great actors. They’re doing it!” he says with a wry smile. Something the actor credits with helping handle the pre-shoot nerves with some of the industry’s biggest names is his background in amateur boxing. As a schoolboy, Winstone was a local legend and champion in the ring at Repton Amateur Boxing Club, winning a none-too-shabby 80 out of 88 bouts. He compares the pre-fight feel with being on set with stars like Penn – in a good way. “It’s just like boxing. The nerves create energy and if you don’t have any nerves going on, you’re in trouble.” Considering his on-screen image and past success with a swift uppercut, he is surprised that he doesn’t get dragged into street fights more often. “I would have expected it more, to be honest,” he says. “In 40 years as an actor it’s happened twice, and you just sort it out very politely. Calm them down. I’ve rarely had to step up.” For Winstone, physical and mental strength have always been paramount to his career progression. “There were more tough times than I would care to remember,” the actor laughs, giving us that famous furrowed brow. “It was hard for a long time. There were moments where I’d think ‘right, fuck this, I’m done’”. He was forced to mature early on in his career (as a family man) but was determined to balance putting food on the table with personal pride. “Sometimes it was my own fault. I was stubborn when I wanted to be,” he says. “I do remember years ago, turning down a job when I needed to work. Work wasn’t that great at the time but there was no fucking way I wanted to do this one.” His wife Elaine, who he met on set of the 1979 film That Summer, was instrumental in helping Winstone grow, as a man and as an
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which probably wasn’t the cheeriest. But that’s what happened. It was life. It is life,” he says, typically no-nonsense. “If anything, the book helped me remember all the good times, all the laughs and the cries and lovely memories I have of her. It was bittersweet.”
actor. “I said to my wife, ‘I’ve got this choice; I can go to work, I need to go to work, but I don’t want to go,’ and she said ‘don’t do it; I don’t need you being miserable around here.’ I didn’t do it, and you live and die by the decisions you make. It’s down to you and that way you’re in control of your life,” he says. “We were badly skint for a few months, but then another job came through and we were alright. It worked out good in the end.” A mantra Winstone has lived by since his childhood boxing days up against the ropes rings as true today as it did then: “You get by. You struggle, you duck and you dive. You just do what you have to do.”
HOLLYWOOD CREDENTIALS: Winstone played Arnold ‘Frenchy’ French in the Oscar nominated 2006 film The Departed, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson
DECISIONS, DECISIONS… Winstone, along with fellow square mile cover star Idris Elba, was offered a part in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest television shows ever produced – The Wire – back in the late 1990s, but he turned the part down in favour of staying at home. “I had my girls growing up at home and I didn’t want to move to Baltimore [to shoot]” he recalls. “Nothing wrong with the place, but we don’t come from there. I guess I’m old-fashioned,” he says. “Being from London and all that, you’re proud of where you’re from. Had the offer come through when I was younger, I would have thought about a move there.” Ever the family man, Winstone put parenthood ahead of personal gain, revealing “at that point in life, settled family, with the kids in school, it would have been very selfish of me to pull them away from all that just for my own career.” For Winstone, there is no regret in turning down the part: “The people who ended up doing it were fantastic and I probably would have ended up ruining the whole thing,” he laughs. Another hit show that came calling was HBO’s Game of Thrones, which actually stars one of his daughters. “There was interest at one point. They did come at me with a part. A part that’s still there in the show now,” Ray reveals. “I’d like to have done it because it’s a great show. I haven’t seen all the series; I miss a lot of them because I’ve been travelling eight months out of the last year, although when I get a bit of time, I’m going to start watching from the beginning.” The show seems to lend itself perfectly to Winstone’s screen presence, but for now he is just happy seeing his daughter blossom. “I’ve seen a couple of episodes my Lois was in, I watch those obviously. You’d be a right sad sack if you got down about money and regrets in this business; you’d never get out of bed,” the actor says, without a trace of bitterness.
The East End boy also adds that he once got a call trying to entice him to Walford. “You know they wanted me to play Samantha Janus’ dad on EastEnders?” he laughs. “What was his name? What was it? Archie, that’s it. Yeah, her dad! I’ve known her for years, if I was playing anyone, it would be her boyfriend.” This year sees Winstone foray further into Hollywood’s upper echelons, as he stars in the highly anticipated remake of cult classic Point Break; Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 crime caper that catapulted a young Keanu Reeves into super stardom alongside the late Patrick Swayze. Warner Brothers’ retelling of the story stars Winstone alongside a young cast, in a more global take on the action thriller. “It’s a really interesting concept; they’ve taken it across the world,” Winstone reveals. “I think there’s one American in there, the rest of the actors are from all around the world; Venezuela, Spain, Australia, Sweden, England, it’s really international. “They’re all young actors, I’m the oldest, by a mile,” he laughs. “I play Gary Busey’s part from the original,” he says. “We literally went all over the world making it with some guys
Fuck that! The only way I’m jumping out of a plane is if it’s on fire. Sorry, but that’s just me
who throw themselves out of planes without parachutes and the surfers from California.” Now 58, Winstone assures us he left the stunt work to the professionals. “The jumping out of planes and the surfing? Fuck that! The only way I’m jumping out of a plane is if it’s on fire. Sorry, but that’s just me. But shooting this has been an incredibly bumpy ride, I think it’s going to be something very special.” Winstone pays no heed to his advancing age – and insists his career is anything but slowing down. “If anything, it’s ramping up, which I’m grateful for,” he says. “I still like to work. I probably overdo it and think, bloody hell, what am I doing here? But it’s the worker in me.” Ingrained in him from an early age, Winstone has always had a strong work ethic and subsequently, he no longer has to worry about much else. “I don’t worry about the next job like I used to. If it comes through, great, pack my bags. And if not, I’ll just go somewhere and sit in the sun until it does.” Nice work if you can get it – or not. With major roles in upcoming features like Point Break likely to further cement his position among Hollywood’s top players, sitting in the sun will have to wait, perhaps to Winstone’s frustration. With so much story still left to tell, and with his rise to globally recognised name still to be reflected in writing, perhaps Old Winstone is a title in the works. One thing is for certain; Winstone won’t be finished writing the story of his career any time soon. ■ Young Winstone by Ray Winstone is published by Canongate in paperback on 4 June, priced £8.99.
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THE THIRD EDITION OF LONDON’S GLOBAL ART FAIR SPONSORED BY CITI PRIVATE BANK PROMISES TO BE THE BEST YET. MARK HEDLEY PREVIEWS HIS HIGHLIGHTS
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SEUNG UN CHUNG Seung Un Chung often tackles the tension between two dimensions and three. His paintings are sculptural and his sculptures painterly. In â€˜7 Skylineâ€™ he uses oil on thread to create a skyline like no other. Having studied at the Seoul National University, South Korea, and in Dusseldorf, Germany, his eclectic teachings are evident in his work, which is now exhibited internationally. Exhibitor: Gallery Soso; gallerysoso.com
STELLA VINE Punk group Pussy Riot are infamous for courting controversy, but this portrait by Stella Vine paints them in an (almost) innocent light. Exhibitor: The Cob Gallery; cobgallery.com
CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ The Venezuelan kinetic and op artist Carlos Cruz-Diez has experimented with the origins and optics of colour for more than 50 years. Exhibitor: Pascal Janssens; galeriejanssens.be
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Born of an Iraqi father and Palestinian mother, Alshaibi is not unfamiliar with conflict. Her work explores the aftermath of war and exile. Exhibitor: Ayyam Gallery; ayyamgallery.com
•• GEORGES ROUSSE BEGAN TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WITH A KODAK BROWNIE HE HAD SINCE HE WAS NINE. HE’S COME ON A BIT SINCE THEN
CRISTINA DE MIDDEL If you can’t stand watching the bushtucker trials on I’m a Celebrity… then this is probably not the portrait for you. But Cristina de Middel’s work often pushes the boundaries. The Spaniard is a documentary photographer by trade – her book The Afronauts on the short-lived Zambian space programme has become so critically acclaimed that a copy will set you back more then £1,000. This work taken from the series This Is What Hatred Did arguably goes even deeper – demonstrating her fine art background, too. Not one for the faint-hearted. Exhibitor: La New Gallery; lanewgallery.com
CHILA KUMARI BURMAN Chila Kumari Burman draws on fine and pop art imagery in her intricate multi-layered works. The Liverpudlian explores Asian femininity while drawing on a bit of Bollywood bling along the way – this work is made with rhinestones and gems. Exhibitor: October Gallery; octobergallery.co.uk
ZHU JINSHI Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi was a member of antiestablishment group the Stars (aka Xingxing), alongside the likes of Ai Weiwei. The group held the first conceptual art exhibition to take place in Beijing after the Cultural Revolution, unlawfully staged in a public park. Exhibitor: Pearl Lam Galleries; pearllam.com
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GEORGES ROUSSE Georges Rousse studied medicine in Nice, France, where he began taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie camera that his father gave him when he was nine years old. He’s come on a bit since then. Exhibitor: photoandcontemporary.com
MARCIA THOMPSON With Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes as her mentor, Marcia Thompson was never likely to turn out washed-out water colours. If anything, her works are even more vivid and intense than her tutor’s. Exhibitor: Mercedes Viegas; mercedesviegas.com.br
ART 15 Art15 is the world’s most diverse art fair with 150 international galleries from 40 countries exhibiting. Modern and contemporary artwork will be displayed by established and emerging galleries from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and America. The show takes place between 21-23 May at Olympia. Tickets start at £15. artfairslondon.com
MASTER OF THE ARTS NAZY VASSEGH, CEO OF LONDON’S RENOWNED MASTERPIECE ART FAIR, TELLS MARK HEDLEY A FEW THINGS ABOUT BRINGING THE CAPITAL SOME OF THE WORLD’S FINEST MUSEUM-QUALITY ART, ANTIQUES AND DESIGN
HOW HAVE YOU SEEN MASTERPIECE CHANGE SINCE YOU JOINED BACK IN JANUARY 2013? I joined a few months before its fourth edition. When I started, it was still in the early years of its development, so there was an opportunity to really shape the trajectory of Masterpiece and establish its place among the finest art fairs in the world. Over the past few years we have ensured that the fair has developed a growing appeal for collectors, curators and art enthusiasts alike. One of the biggest changes, in my opinion, has been the perception of the fair and how significant it has become in the annual art world calendar.
IN WHAT AREAS HAVE YOU SEEN THE MOST GROWTH?
IF YOU HAD THE MONEY, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE BOUGHT FROM 2014’S FAIR? Collisart exhibited an extraordinarily beautiful painting named Miss Bentham (Early Standing Nude) by George Bellows [pictured overleaf]. The piece has recently been sold to the Barber
our extremely stringent vetting process, the fair presents only the finest items. We have 26 vetting committees with almost 150 experts in all different categories. We start the vetting process several months in advance of the fair, and then, just before the opening, a day is dedicated to inspecting every single object.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO EXHIBITS?
WHAT TREASURE ASSETS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN PERSONALLY?
Every item for sale at the fair must be a masterpiece – by this we mean that it is an original work with superb provenance that represents the very best of its kind in its particular artistic category. Cross-collecting is at the very heart of what we present to the public, so we aim to work with dealers from a diverse range of disciplines who are leaders in the field. We ensure that, through
•• WE AIM TO WORK WITH DEALERS FROM A DIVERSE RANGE OF DISCIPLINES WHO ARE LEADERS IN THE FIELD
My husband [Simon Baker, marketing director at Gieves & Hawkes] and I are always looking for pieces that bring colour to our home, whether it is a painting or a piece of furniture. I like to invest in pieces which resonate with me on an aesthetic, historical and cultural level. The piece most important to me is by Farhad Moshiri, an Iranian artist who uses pop art imagery to discuss Western and Iranian cultures.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT SEEING IN THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF THE SHOW? I am excited to welcome a selection of new dealers to the fair this year – Richard Green (London), Kraemer Gallery (Paris), Jacques de la Béraudière (Switzerland), David Gill (London), Van Cleef & Arpels (Paris), Nukaga (Japan) and Nilufar (Italy). It is always a pleasure to welcome new galleries to the fair ➤
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Our visitor numbers have gone from 18,000 in 2010 to more than 35,000 in 2014; last year, our exhibitors sold more than £100m worth of art as a result of the fair, and our annual charity gala, which has been held in aid of various partners, went from generating proceeds of £100,000 in 2010 to almost £1m last year.
Institute in Birmingham, where it will be on display for visitors and students at Birmingham University, but I would have loved to own it. I also think Hemmerle has such exquisite designs; its use of intriguing and unusual materials is at the forefront of jewellery design and I would love to own a piece.
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•• I VISITED ONE CLIENT IN AN UNASSUMING SEMIDETACHED HOUSE AND WAS CONFRONTED WITH A CLAUDE MONET
➤ but it is also exciting to see all our returning exhibitors, many of whom have exhibited at Masterpiece since the very beginning. Firsttime exhibitor Nukaga Gallery is bringing an exceptional work by one of my favourite artists Marc Chagall, which has been in a private collection since 1985. The work is called Les Fleurs Sur Le Toit, and it was painted in 1925. I am very excited to see this at the fair.
firm, focused primarily on 20th-century art. Owing to the network I had built, the scope of my advisory very quickly expanded into other fields. I soon found myself on the mayor of London’s advisory board for arts and culture and consulting on the Shubbak Festival for contemporary Arab art, among other things.
WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER AT SOTHEBY’S?
Because the acquisition of art runs along a spectrum from pure passion through to strategic investment, advising is entirely bespoke and varies regardless of whether it is a private individual or organisation. The diverse motivations behind collecting make advising both exciting and challenging and make every collection unique.
philanthropists had an even greater role to play in supporting our national art galleries and museums. Keeping these galleries free for the public to visit is such an important resource for educating and nurturing young artistic talent.
HOW IMPORTANT IS PHILANTHROPY FOR NURTURING YOUNG TALENT?
WHICH CORPORATIONS DO YOU FIND TO BE MOST EFFECTIVE IN THIS AREA?
It has a significant role to play in the contemporary art market. The financial climate is such that it is more difficult for those starting out to fund their own work, thus support of any kind is invaluable to creating the masterpieces of the future. In addition, when arts funding was cut in 2010/2011,
The Sainsbury Wing at The National Gallery has been such a successful example of a corporation effectively funding the arts – the recent exhibition of works by Rembrandt there was extraordinary. ■
I had the privilege of working with some extraordinary and dynamic people during my time at Sotheby’s and it was both an enriching and rewarding period of career development. In terms of the objects and pieces I saw day to day, it is extremely hard to pick one highlight, but I do remember visiting one client who lived in a very unassuming semi-detached house and being confronted with a work by Claude Monet. You never know what you will come across and that was a highlight in itself.
HOW DID YOU START INVESTING IN ART? Having worked in the auction world for many years I wanted to forge a path of my own, which led to me setting up my own advisory
HOW DOES INVESTING FOR A COMPANY DIFFER TO AN INDIVIDUAL CLIENT?
This year’s Masterpiece London runs from 25 June1 July. For more information: masterpiecefair.com
MASTERPIECES: (left to right) Les Fleurs Sur Le Toit by modernist Marc Chagall; a bangle by German jewellery designers Hemmerle; Miss Bentham by American artist George Bellows, now on display at the Barber Institute in Birmingham
PHOTOGRAPHY (Jewellery) by Hemmerle; Miss Bentham (Early Standing Nude) by George Bellows, courtesy of Collisart
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BORN IN THE USA
As the Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary, LAURA MILLAR heads to Fordâ€™s HQ in Detroit to find out what makes it so special
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CITY LIMITS: Detroit is going through a resurgence – and so is the Ford Mustang. The sporty 2015 GT model gives a new lease of life to the classic design that first gained popularity in 1960s America
ACK IN 1913, when Michigan car-maker
Henry Ford started manufacturing his revolutionary Model T on an assembly line, he famously said that customers could have their new car in any colour they wanted – as long as it was black. Fast forward just over a century, and I’m staring at the sensuous contours of a 2015 model Ford Mustang GT in a strident shade of neon yellow. To say it’s a head-turner would be an understatement. Sitting in the parking lot next to Ford HQ in the small suburb of Dearborn, 20 minutes from Detroit, it sticks out like an exotic bird in a field of pigeons, attracting a flock of passing visitors, eager to take pictures on their phones. It’s low slung, sleek and sexy, “like a cat waiting to pounce,” says Mustang’s chief designer Doyle Letson. Since 1964, this beautiful piece of automotive engineering has etched its way into popular culture, from its very first big screen appearance as the car driven by Tilly Masterson, sister of Jill – who met a nasty, gold-sprayed end – in Goldfinger (1964), to Will Smith’s lone companion in I am Legend (2007). But the incarnation most people remember, and revere, is the 1968 Mustang Fastback GT 390 which actor Steve McQueen handled so effortlessly as detective Frank Bullitt in classic crime movie Bullitt (1968), showcasing its curves – and its stamina – in a thrilling ten-minute chase scene around the steep hills of San Francisco. “Seeing that car flying through the streets, McQueen at the wheel – it captured the essence of being a rebel,” Letson tells me. Of the car’s enduring popularity, he says, “I guess some people want to feel part of them still is rebellious, even if they wear a suit from Monday to Friday.” Letson, like many Americans, fell in love with the Mustang thanks to a member of his family. “The first one I ever saw belonged to my uncle,” he reminisces. “He had a beautiful, bright red 1967 model. I was 17 at the time and I loved its design. He’d say to me, ‘Save your money, kid.’ And I did – I bought my first one, second-hand, when I was 23.” Now Letson is doing his dream job, designing the Mustang’s modern incarnations, still aiming to convey the sense of power and style of the original. That very first Mustang was the brainchild of Lee Iacocca, then the Ford Motor Company’s vice-president. Henry Ford had died in 1947, leaving his grandson, Henry Ford II, in charge of the company. Iacocca presented him with his vision for a ‘youth’ car. “He wanted to build something for the baby boomers who’d been born in the 1940s,” explains Matt Anderson, curator of
transportation at the Henry Ford museum, also in Dearborn. “He wanted something that looked sporty, but was still practical.” The origin of the name is steeped in legend, with some sources suggesting it was so-called after the American WWI fighter plane, and others that it was after a horse – the racing pony symbol suggests the latter, of course. The original had four seats and a decent sized boot, like so many of the family cars on the market, but with the look of a faster and sportier car. “The pony badge was adopted from the Maserati, which had a trident on the front,” says Anderson, “and it had a hexagonal, egg-crate grille, lifted from the Ferrari GT. Chrome scoops on the back looked like the cooling vents on a race car, and you could choose your accessories – from the colour of the interior, to whether you wanted it as a convertible or coupé.” It was the first car to be an extension of the customer’s lifestyle and, in turn, it sold like those proverbial hotcakes. “Ford expected to sell 85,000 of them that first year; they sold 600,000,” says Anderson (to date, more than nine million have been sold worldwide). And so America became a country where people started to drive for pleasure and thrills, rather than just to get from A to B. The 2015 model is arguably the best looking to come from the marque since the early 1970s. Its exterior has many of the features sported by the original, which first rolled off the production line in March 1964 (although 1965 is officially its ‘model year’): the tri-bar tail lamps, hexagonal front grille, forwardleaning ‘shark-bite’ nose. Inside, the cockpit is aviation-inspired, with two large analogue gauges and the galloping pony badge at the centre of the steering wheel. Its top speed is predictably limited to 155mph, while the five-litre V8 engine produces a not insubstantial 435bhp. As I press its ignition button, the engine roars into life. I have a feeling it’s not going to thank me for keeping to the 40mph speed limit imposed on the streets around Ford HQ, and every time I change up a gear, I can feel it straining to go faster. When I head up a short stretch of dual carriageway, it starts to purr ➤
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the V8 engine or an EcoBoost engine for lower emissions. The Price starts at £28,995 for the EcoBoost, or around £32,995 for the V8. Or, if you can cope with a lefty, then try and get hold of one of the 1,964 limited edition 50th anniversary models. These come with luxury features like cashmere and leather seats, seatback logos, chrome trim and a numbered plaque, and in either Wimbledon White – the same colour as the very first version – or Kona Blue. Most are already pre-sold, but if you have the patience to search through various US car dealerships, you might find one. Back in Michigam, I arrive in the Great Lakes’ unofficial capital, Traverse City, a quaint little town comprising traditional, elegant, clapboard houses, perched on the Grand Traverse Bay, which fringes Lake Michigan. As it’s next to a peninsula, the surrounding countryside boasts a mix of beautiful beaches, forests, sand dunes and award-winning vineyards, which looks particularly impressive
during autumn, when the leaves are a fiery mix of orange, red and yellow. It’s a paradise for walkers, as there are dozens of hiking trails, as well as for beer drinkers – craft beers are made locally (try the Jolly Pumpkin pub, 13513 Peninsula Drive, which has its own brewery). Even all the way up here, Henry Ford’s influence still lingers; he once owned the 200acre Power Island, in the middle of the Bay, where you can hike, swim or kayak. It’s thrilling to know that on this epic trip I have been following in the great man’s footsteps – or, more realistically, his tire-treads. ■ Direct flights from London to Detroit cost from £544 return with Delta Airlines. delta.com A double room at the historic Inn on Ferry street, Detroit, costs from £87 per night.
theinnonferrystreet.com. A double room at the Grand Traverse Resort costs from £78 per night. grandtraverseresort.com. For more information on Michigan: michigan.org For more info on the Ford Mustang: ford.com
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➤ with satisfaction, despite the fact I’m only taking it to a slightly pitiful 55mph. It was time to take it on the open road. First stop: central Detroit, the city that thrives – or barely survives – depending on the fortunes of the automotive industry. By the 1970s, when Japanese exports were giving the US makes like Chrysler, Buick and Dodge – all Detroit-based brands – a pounding, the city’s population shrank from nearly two million to around 750,000. It even declared itself bankrupt last year; but there are signs that the original Motor City is coming back to life. For starters, the hipsters are moving in, thanks to low commercial and residential rents, bringing chic boutiques (like shiny lifestyle brand Shinola, which has just launched in London) and cool bars to up-andcoming neighbourhoods like Shoreditch-esque Corktown and buzzy Greektown. You can even pick up an abandoned, multi-bedroomed mansion via auction for around $1,000, as the city is trying to attract new families, and clean up abandoned sites. But there is lots of culture to see, both old and not so old – from the soulful Motown Museum, to the expansive Detroit Institute of the Arts, whose collection features everything from Van Gogh to Warhol. Newly-built casinos are also trying to attract visitors, such as the luxury MGM Grand, which opened in 2007. But getting out onto the open road is – as several generations of Americans know – the main point of having a car, and after three fun nights in Detroit, I get my motor running, and head a few hours’ north to the pretty coastal towns by the Great Lakes, known as The Hamptons of Michigan. The Mustang is a GT in the truest sense – it’s a big car for a big drive. There are more hardcore versions to come, but the initial V8 offering is a surprisingly refined affair, with a silky smooth transmission. Yes, you can get a proper manual if you’re, well, manly enough. But I’m more than happy to sit back and let my little pony do all the hard work. Although I’m in the US, so it’s irrelevant right now, the 2015 model is the first Mustang ever to be offered as a right-hand drive. The UK versions will come with a choice of either
THE OPEN ROAD: (clockwise from this image) The 2015 Mustang is one of the most aggressive looking in the marque’s history; Downtown Detroit; St Ignace Lighthouse overlooking Lake Huron on the Michigan peninsula
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ANCIENT MEETS MODERN: The contrast between the Ortaköy Mosque and the Bosphorus suspension bridge demonstrates the contrast of old and new that characterises Istanbul
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BRIDGING THE GAP Istanbul is East meets West; old versus new. Ten Group’s ALEX DALZELL delves into the Turkish city’s varied delights
T’S HARD TO avoid the old cliché that Istanbul
is ‘where East meets West’, but there really is no other city where continents and cultures collide in such a magnificent way. Linked by the Bosphorus suspension bridge, Asia and Europe have both made their mark on its culture, food and nightlife to make it one of the most captivating cities on the planet. Here are the spots that simply can’t be missed.
EAT When you’re walking through Istanbul, it’s all too easy to get side tracked by wafts of grilled meat from street-side vendors and end up eating on the hoof. However, it’s well worth hunting down one of the restaurants that has made a name for itself, as there’s so much more to the city’s cuisine than kebabs – as delicious and convenient as they might be. As with every city that has a thriving
dining scene, Istanbul has spawned a raft of young chefs who are turning the national cuisine on its head. To taste what this creative bunch are up to, book into Maksut Askar’s Neolokal restaurant – a glass-box of a space that deconstructs Turkish cuisine into beautiful small plates. Another show-stopper is Alancha, which blends New Nordic technique with Middle Eastern flavours. For a serious meat fix, order the lamb shoulder for two at Nopa. It’s grilled for 12 hours over oak which gives it a sweet, earthy flavour. The minimalist dining room was designed by Autobahn, Istanbul’s answer to London’s Russell Sage Studios, and is flooded with natural light. After dinner, hang around for cocktails in the flower garden out back. For fine home cooking, try Münferit – locals want to keep this atmospheric spot quiet, but word is getting out. The meze is spectacular ➤
terraces and dancefloors to explore. If you want to tap into the more traditional side of things, check out one of the many meyhanes (Turkish taverns) that host live fasil bands. The upbeat folk music is more toe-tapping than four-to-the-floor dancing but places like Zarifi and Galata Meyhanesi still get pretty lively, proving that even the oldies know how to party in Istanbul.
CITY SETTING: (this image) Enjoy waterside views while dining at Istanbul’s Reina; (below) the new Bentley-themed suite at the St Regis hotel
TomTom is a converted convent – and the nuns have been replaced with flat-screen TVs ➤ and best enjoyed on the candle-lit terrace. Surprisingly few well-known London, Paris or New York restaurants have made the leap across Europe. Apart from La Petite Maison, which is being rewarded with a full reservations book most nights. However, it won’t be long before others catch on, especially since the Soho House group opened its largest ever property here in March.
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Given the balmy nights and Istanbulites’ unending stamina, the nightlife scene is big. Like, really big. If you head out on Thursday, Friday or Saturday don’t expect to return to your hotel until sunrise – or enjoy a hearty Turkish breakfast before bed like the locals. The summer sees the return of Suma Beach – a sand-between-your-toes club with some of the best DJ line-ups around. Buses shuttle revellers from Taksim Square all night, but it’s best to get a taxi and stay to watch the sunrise. For more electro, long-standing Indigo is still at the cutting edge despite its age. There are plenty of parties along the banks of the Bosphorus and anyone familiar with Supperclub will find the same formula of upbeat dining and dancing at the Istanbul arm. Nearby, there’s Sortie – an open-air restaurant-cum-club – and Reina, based at the foot of the Bosphorus Bridge, has several bars,
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Every Saturday night the streets around Taksim Square throng with people popping into the hundreds of bars and restaurants for ice-cold bottles of Efes beer and steaming pots of mint tea. Simply following the crowd will lead you to some great local drinking spots, but if you’re looking for somewhere for midweek cocktails or want something a little more chilled there are plenty of options. To sample the city’s best craft cocktails, you have to work for your drink. Finding Alex Waldman’s unmarked bar on Gönül Sokak off the main Istiklal Caddesi thoroughfare is tricky, but once you enter the tiny basement bar you’ll never want to leave. Waldman learnt
his trade in America and his homemade bitters and syrups elevate his ingenious mixes to another level. Close on its heels is Fenix, a destination drinking spot that’s got one of the most beautiful terraces in the city. For the most striking views of the water, book a late table at Vogue on the top floor of the BJK Plaza. Overlooking the Bosphorus and the fairy-lit suspension bridge, every element of this popular bar and restaurant oozes glamour. For something livelier, hunt down 5.Kat and ride the rickety elevator to the top floor where you’ll be greeted by knock-out views and strong drinks.
Once home to the last sultans of the Ottoman empire, the regal Ciragan Palace Kempinski hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. It has all the trappings of five-star living, with six restaurants, an excellent Turkish hammam, beautifully restored rooms with original features and view of the Bosphorus. Other grand palaces include the powder-pink Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus and the small-scale Hotel Les Ottomans, which has ten lavish rooms and a private yacht for hire. To stay in the heart of things, check into the Tomtom Suites. It’s a converted convent and the nuns have been replaced with flat-screen TVs, clean-cut interiors and a prime location near the hipster hangouts of Galata. Or for something more familiar, try the W Hotel. To really push the boat out, the St Regis hotel has teamed up with Bentley to create a suite modelled around the Continental GT. It’s an enormous space with a bedroom, living room, dressing room and powder room, all kitted out with details derived from signature Bentley design. Think champagne coolers hidden in the sofas, a mini-bar inspired by the wings of the dashboard and a chandelier based on its jewelled headlights. Sleeping in a car has never been so glamorous. ■
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TO NEW BEGINNINGS After years of political strife, Sri Lanka has gone through a transformation. DUNCAN MADDEN raises a glass to a country rich in tranquil hideaways with surprises around every corner
GREAT ESCAPE: Night-time views of Uga Bay, located on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The resort is part of the Uga Escapes collection of luxury hotels
’M CAUGHT OUT by Colombo. Tired from the
ten-hour flight to Sri Lanka’s capital and cruising along the shiny new freeway past turquoise lagoons and impossible skies I doze contentedly, only to wake in a maelstrom of traffic as we pass the city limits. A cacophony of noise, cars and trucks in gaudy but flaking colours fire their horns at everyone and everything in their collective path. In my stupor, I imagine I’ve awoken to the road rage capital of the world. Three heavily moustached men flecked in paint atop a tired pick-up truck shoot me grins and wave enthusiastically from their traffic prison. Beyond the queues of cars, I see shanty buildings abutting tatty colonial remnants of a Dutch, Portuguese and British legacy, themselves preternaturally overshadowed by a new emerging superpower in the huge hotels and resorts of a growing tourist trade. This is not what I’d expected at all. Still, my Colombo sojourn would not be a long one. Beckoning me are the long, secluded beaches of Eastern Province and a week of serious relaxation far from the chaos and noise of city life. Specifically, my partner and I are here with Uga Escapes – a series of Sri Lankan owned resorts hidden away in gorgeous enclaves of this strikingly diverse landscape. Uga Bay [pictured] sits on one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated stretches of sand at Passekudah. It’s often voted the best on the island with good reason. Palm-fringed golden sands groomed to perfection by attentive staff reflect hazily in crystal blue, utterly still waters fringed by reefs protecting them from the Indian Ocean’s swells far beyond. That the Uga Bay is here at all is testament to the astonishing recovery and regeneration of Sri Lanka. As with much of this island paradise off the southeast tip of India, the east coast suffered its fair share of misfortune and devastation. A 26-year civil war only ended in 2009 when the Sri Lankan military finally defeated the LTTE (a group better known as the Tamil Tigers fighting for an independent north and east) and left a country, nation and economy deeply scarred by relentless conflict. Yet, on our long and terrifying journey up the new eastern highway (that’s done nothing ➤
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➤ to improve the driving, which is akin to India in its white-knuckle, puke-inducing danger), we see little evidence of a nation that tore itself apart for a quarter of a century. Instead, we find a bustling procession of ramshackle but charming towns and villages populated by happy, busy people. Everywhere we look there are shoeless, toothless men piloting gaudy tuk-tuks like fighter pilots engaged in a dogfight. Families, fruit stalls, wide-eyed tourists and everything in between are ferried around in a blur of speed and near misses. And weaving lazily through this madness, well-groomed dogs and viciously branded cattle snooze and graze in the sun, oblivious to the impending doom that’s all around them. Seven hours of scenery delivers us weary but in wonder to the welcoming embrace of Jungle Beach, our second Uga Escape. More reclusive than its southern sibling at Uga Bay, Jungle Beach lives up to its name – 48 cabins tucked away in ten acres of jungle fringed by four kilometres of pristine beach. Sitting just north of the bustling port town of Trincomalee, Jungle Beach is remote enough to let you disappear off the face of the planet but close enough to civilisation should you miss other people. We opted for the former and spend several blissful days cooking ourselves on the beaches, drinking too much Lion beer in the sun, riding horses like lunatics through the surf and tending to burnt skin and aching muscles in the Balinese spa. Our plans to explore Trinco (as the locals call Trincomalee), visit nearby Hindu and Buddhist shrines and get a true feel for local life never bear fruit and we’re tinged with regret when we leave, such is the lure of Jungle Beach’s luxury. Time flies indeed. Inland now, we’re driven a glorious four hours through national parks alive with elephants and the shadow of leopards, through Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian enclaves living side by side in easy harmony to Ulagalla, our last Uga Escape. Set in the old heartland of Sri Lanka and close to the ancient capital Anuradhapura, Ulagalla is colonial grandeur at its finest. We pull up in front of the huge 150-year-
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PARADISE FOUND: (clockwise from main) Uga Jungle Beach’s elevated walkways; wildlife abounds in Sri Lanka’s national parks; the serene Uga Bay is fringed by 4km of immaculate beach
old mansion, once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, where bells and lit candles celebrate our arrival. We’re ferried by golf cart to our eco villa, one of 20 in the 58-acre estate, past prancing peacocks, a vast infinity pool, gardens and huge paddy fields that grow enough rice to cater for all the Uga Escapes. Our villa is luxurious in its simplicity and served with a cool private plunge pool to wash away the long drive. Refreshed and with stomachs rumbling, we dine in the open air of the old mansion house under canvas fans to the buzz of nature going about its business in the inky night. Over too much wine and a Sri Lankan curry we hatch a plan to venture out the next day and investigate a local ‘must see’. Sigiriya was an ancient palace spectacularly built atop a 200-metre-high column of rock in an otherwise almost flat jungle landscape.
Long left to ruination, it has become one of the biggest attractions in Sri Lanka, drawing hundreds of tourists daily to climb its rickety stairs, dodge killer wasps and drink in the frankly spectacular views. Intrigued but wary of joining a throbbing tourist mass at this late stage of our break from reality, we research and discover something intriguing – a nearby rock outcropping that appears startlingly similar to Sigiriya but without the well worn tourist trail and its associative crowds and price tags. The Pidurangala cave and rock temple is that rare thing – a little known tourist attraction that delivers far beyond expectations. We peel out of our minibus to a downpour of biblical proportions, take shelter at the base of the outcropping amid Buddhist shrines and bromeliads vying for sunlight. ➤
We round a corner and come face to face with a huge Buddha carved into the rock ➤ The waters pour earthward and we’re soon soaked, scrambling up the unmarked rocky pathway under precipitous overhangs towards hopeful wonders awaiting us above the clouds. We round a corner and find ourselves facing a beatific stone face with a huge Buddha carved into the rock. Half destroyed by the inexorable march of time, he’s been lovingly restored in red brick giving him the patina of someone suffering from vitiligo. He looks pretty content with his lot though, so we tickle his feet and head on, scrambling over giant boulders and under withering branches. Eventually we drag ourselves onto the summit and directly into the thick of the rain cloud – not exactly the views we’d hoped for. But as we sit there alone, smoking ciggies in contemplation of the climb and the irony of ending up in a real pea souper, the clouds begin to thin and hint at the promise beyond. Ten more minutes and clear skies reveal an extraordinary 360-degree view, a green carpet of forest canopy stretching to the horizon interrupted only by Sigiriya itself, where we can see a long orderly procession of tourists slowly inching their way to the top. The fools.
ISLAND LIFE: (clockwise from top left) Leopards are indigenous to Sri Lanka; Gal Vihara – a rock temple of the Buddha in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa; local cuisine specialises in vivid flavour combinations and fiery curries
We stay until it’s almost dark, enjoy a hairy descent involving much getting lost and panic, before returning safely – to our driver’s great relief – in time for a final meal at Ulagalla. That last meal sits us next to the wonderful Prunella Scales and Timothy West, also staying at Ulagalla. Great actors of yesteryear still somehow forging on with upper lips duly stiffened and an air of indestructibility all about them, it strikes me that they’re the perfect personification of Ulagalla. Its characteristics, idiosyncrasies and enduring
appeal so clearly reflected in their own tenacity, both remain relevant, contemporary and impossible not to enjoy. I raise a toast to them – and swear we’ll be back. ■ Duncan travelled with Wild Frontiers (020 7736 3968,
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With every new City skyscraper comes a cluster of fresh restaurants. MIKE GIBSON heads to the Walkie Talkie for a taste of the high life
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when I visit, but the view out across the river to the Shard is spellbinding even through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Its restaurants are, in ascending formality, Sky Pod Bar, Darwin Brasserie and Fenchuch Bar & Grill. I’m in the mood for pomp and ceremony, so I opt for the latter – it boasts an impressive-looking menu of fish and shellfish, with seasonal meat and game dishes thrown in for good measure. I begin with an excellent fruits de mer selection, served on a bed of ice and paired with a Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc. Clams are chewy and moreish; Jersey rock oysters are fresh, with great texture. My main is also excellent – loin of venison with celeriac purée and red cabbage may be something of a known quantity, but it’s also a great benchmark, and it’s everything I want it to be: tender but with impressive depth of flavour. My guest’s steak is equally skilfullycooked; the staff are attentive; the sommelier impassioned. It’s textbook stuff. The next decade or two will tell quite how much of our business gets done above the cloud bank, but thankfully, eating there seems to be a practice that isn’t going anywhere. ■ 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY; skygarden.london
S MORE AND more of central London architecture is thrust upwards into the sky, I’m increasingly thankful it’s bringing cocktails, food and wine with it. These days, if you’re eating well in the City, there’s a good chance you’ve got your head in the clouds. There’s only a certain level of excitement I can reach for the offices, shops and flats that make up the body of each new skyscraper piercing the skyline. But the restaurants at the top? They’re a very different story. Case in point is Sky Garden: a public garden and grouping of restaurants perched at the top of the Walkie Talkie (or 20 Fenchurch Street, if you’re boring). The scale and the grandeur of the space is breathtaking. Unfortunately, the observation deck is closed
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There was a rumour doing the rounds that Darren Clarke used to keep a black book containing the names of people who had crossed him early in his career. A fiery character in those days, it most likely contained a handful of the world’s media and officials who had rubbed him up the wrong way. It’s perhaps a sign of his growing maturity that today this book, which he says only existed in his head, lists just two names, but he’s not about to reveal them. Clarke’s softened temper might make you think he’s lost his competitive spirit, but far from it. And as the new European Ryder Cup team captain he has more reason to retain his competitive instinct. At the age of 46, he is embarking on his 25th season on tour – and there is still fire burning in the Ulsterman’s belly. Although it’s been almost four years since he won the Open Championship at Royal St George’s, an on-song DC is still a thing of wonder. With 22 professional wins in the bag, Clarke’s record would be the envy of most players. But the death of his wife, Heather, in 2006, put his career on the back foot. Aged 37, a time when many golfers reach their peak, Clarke’s life was turned upside down. One minute he was playing the circuit – the next he was a single father bringing up two boys virtually on his own. It’s perhaps for his performances as a team player in the Ryder Cup that Clarke imposed himself in the public psyche. Few who witnessed it will forget his 2006 triumph at the K Club, when he birdied the opening hole against Tiger Woods just weeks after Heather’s death. The emotional image of Ian Woosnam holding Clarke’s arm aloft is one of golf’s outstanding pictures, and a memory he can draw upon for Hazeltine in 2016. With his own game on the wane – he’s currently 496th in the world – he’ll make the most of his European Tour exemption to size up his potential squad. Having remarried in 2012 and moved back to Portrush, Darren Clarke 2.0 is in a happy place. He just needs the right result next October and life will be complete. ■
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While you may struggle to tee off at Royal County Down when the Irish Open rolls into Northern Ireland, the rest of the Emerald Isle remains open for business and is enjoying the knock-on effect of its home-grown golf heroes, says NICK BAYLY
LL THE TALK in professional golfing circles right now is of Rory McIlroy, the 25-year-old world No.1 from the town of Holywood, who has, along with a trio of his fellow countrymen, put Ireland on the map, not just as a place that boasts great golf courses, but one that produces great golfers. It must be something they put in the water – or the Guinness – that makes them so good. Either that or it’s divine intervention. The stats tell their own story, with a staggering nine of the last 27 major championships having been won by players hailing from Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. With McIlroy bagging four, Padraig Harrington three, and Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke chipping in with one a piece, the last half dozen or so years have seen a hefty percentage
of golf’s most coveted trophies – and a whole stack of prize money – heading back to the place that Tourism Ireland has hastily rechristened the ‘Home of Champions’. And with McIlroy hosting next month’s Irish Open in front of what promises to be a sell-out crowd at Royal County Down, and strong rumours about the Open Championship returning to Royal Portrush in 2019, it’s fair to say that Ireland’s status as a golfing powerhouse has never been higher. And let’s not begin to think about what will happen if Messrs McIlroy and McDowell should bag a couple of medals when golf returns to the Olympics in Brazil next year. On the back of all this good news – and the strength of sterling against the weakening Euro – there has never been a better time
Tourism Ireland has hastily rechristened the island the ‘Home of Champions’ to experience what Ireland has to offer the travelling golfer. And with more than 400 courses to choose from – including a third of the world’s supply of links layouts – your only concern should be which ones to include in your time-pressured itinerary. While Ireland is blessed with plenty of courses that hosted the Irish Open or the ➤
➤ Irish PGA, only one can lay claim to having hosted the Ryder Cup, and on that basis alone no self-respecting fan of the event can give up the opportunity to play at the K Club, the iconic venue just inland from Dublin, where the spine-tingling matches took place between Europe and America in 2006. The drama and emotion was fought out on the 7,300-yard Arnold Palmer-designed course, whose twists and turns, and plentiful supply of water hazards, sets up perfectly for the demands of match play golf. The resort has traded on the memories ever since, and no-one walks off the 18th green here without memories of their own to treasure. The same can be said of another nearby championship venue, Killeen Castle in Meath, which hosted the Solheim Cup in 2011. It proved a fitting stage for another bruising match, which saw Europe’s ladies defeat the odds and overcome a powerful US team in a dramatic final day’s play over Jack Nicklaus’s parkland layout. The course features water on no fewer than nine holes, offering plenty of risk/reward strategies, while Nicklaus’s trademark bunkering can mean you feel faced with a sea of sand when teeing off. After hitting the bright lights of Dublin, a trip south to the quieter county of Wicklow is in order, taking in a trio of top tracks – The European, Druids Glen and Powerscourt – all of which are within an hour’s drive of the capital. The latter boasts two championship courses, with its Peter McEvoy-designed East Course having hosted the Irish Senior Open and the Irish PGA Championship, while its West Course is among the top 20 parkland layouts in the country. Both courses are almost overshadowed by the magnificent 200-room five-star hotel that overlooks them. Druids Glen, yet another former Irish Open venue, has gained the nickname as the ‘Augusta of Ireland’ – a title well earned thanks to its manicured landscape, beautiful flowers, and its card-wrecking trio of holes around the turn that make Amen Corner look like a walk in the park. The resort’s recently refurbished five-star hotel makes for an ideal spot for a stopover on any itinerary in this area. Head south further still, and you’ll soon ➤
SPOILT FOR CHOICE: (clockwise from top) Druids Glen in County Wicklow; Mount Juliet in County Kilkenny; Killeen Castle in County Meath; K Club in County Kildare
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not short of world-class links, but it had to make room for another following the opening of Doonbeg in 2002. Greg Norman’s grand design in County Clare achieved universal praise from the off, and following its recent purchase by Donald Trump looks set to attract even more attention in the years to come. Nestled among a narrow crescent of rugged sand dunes around the rim of Doughmore Bay, the course looks and plays like it has been there for centuries, with fairways pitching and rolling with every rumple of the earth. The green contours are also designed ‘as the land lies’ and the bunkers are hand-dug, with some edged by tall layers of stacked sod, others by shaggy tufts of grass. The result is a genuine Irish links of unexpected breaks, unanticipated results and undeniable thrills. Afterwards, golfers can retire to the comfortable on-site hotel and stylish lodges, which are suitably low key, but undeniably luxurious. Proceed south and look forward to Ballybunion, one of Ireland’s most beloved layouts played through some of the most dramatic dunes in links golf, plus Palmer’s gem at Tralee, the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, and the restored Waterville, which has been remodelled by Tom Fazio, who has doubled the character of an already treasured links. Should you prefer roads less travelled from Shannon, you will find none to match
those that lead to the sensational links courses in north west Ireland. The collection of Connemara, Enniscrone, Rosses Point, Donegal and Ballyliffin’s Old Course stand as tall as any in the entire British Isles. Steer north and two masterpieces await which are likely to define your visit. At Royal County Down, acres of gorse and heaving dunes set before the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne combine to create a picture postcard of a links. All routes to the course will be packed when the Irish Open rolls into town from 28-31 May, and expect a local holiday to be called for should McIlroy lift the trophy in order to recover from the following day’s hangover. Continuing north from RCD, the final stop is Royal Portrush, the only course in Ireland to have ever hosted The Open, which it did in 1951, and which looks certain to repeat the feat in 2019. The home course of Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell, the famous links on the North Antrim coast will require a little re-jigging to accommodate The Open, although what is already there is easily good enough to test the world’s best. It’s safe to say that whichever part of Ireland you choose to visit, and which ever courses you decide to play, will provide lasting memories, and if you’re very lucky, a little bit of that McIlroy magic might just rub off. ■
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➤ stumble across yet another venue that proved more than a test for the world’s best at Mount Juliet. Host of the WGC American Express Championship won by Tiger Woods in 2004, and set in more than 1,000 acres of beautiful Kilkenny countryside, Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s most treasured retreats. The elegant main house sets a suitably opulent tone for the resort, and the 7,100-yard Jack Nicklaus-designed championship Glen course is one of the finest tests in Ireland. After a relatively innocuous start, it quickly leads to some of the best holes you are likely to play anywhere in the world. After a round, make sure you find time to play the club’s infamous 18-hole putting course, which offers wicked slopes and a lot of fun. Fly into Shannon airport, on the west coast, and you’ve got two of the finest links courses known to man, Lahinch and Doonbeg, less than an hour and a half away. Ireland is
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This free astrophotographic exhibition explores galaxies far, far away – and those closer to home. The gasp-inducing images of the cosmos come from various professional and amateur snappers, and are classed into four categories: ‘Earth and Space’, ‘Our Solar System’, ‘Deep Space’ and ‘Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ for young Skywalkers, sorry, under-16s.
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TRANSPORT MUSEUM, COVENT GARDEN, WC2E 7BB We love London – and we’re guessing you’re a fan, too. So go check out the Prize for Illustration: London Places and Spaces exhibition when you get a chance – it includes 100 pieces of art that reflect the capital’s distinct personality. The works, such as
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