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or The average City worker, the most exciting virgin territory you’ll get to charter is the opening of a new bar on Old Street. But this issue of square mile is all about pushing yourself – and your aspirations – a little further. No, I don’t mean the opening of a new bar on Shoreditch High Street. Rather, I mean following in the footsteps of some our interviewees. Take Inge Solheim, for example [p47]: once a stockbroker in the City, he now leads explorations to the North Pole with Prince Harry in tow. Or how about Greg Rutherford [p60]? A plucky kid from Milton Keynes who jumps for a living, and just happened to win gold medal in the most important Olympics of our lifetime. OK, so perhaps those particular goals may be a little ambitious. Though, for Rob Brennan, this month’s Escape Artist [p28], a couple of years working for Barclays Capital was enough to make him turn his dream of becoming a personal trainer into a reality. If, as for the vast majority of us, there really is no way out of the big smoke just yet, then we can definitely still learn a lot from such inspirational individuals. On p72, Ian Valentine meets Dave Brailsford, cycling guru and Coach of the Year at BBC’s Sports Personality Awards. Now, here’s a man that knows a thing or two about managing a team. As he explains, “it’s not just a case of saying ‘this is how we do it’; one size doesn’t fit all. How you get the best out of one person will not get far with someone else.” Wisdom worth remembering at your next team meeting. We may not all be Olympians or explorers, but that’s no reason not to hone the skills we do have in order to reach our full potential. Best of luck – and here’s to a prosperous new year.
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You know it, and so do we. While those in the City face job cuts and bonus reductions, there’s a cabal of grinning rogues hiding within wood-panelled Georgian palaces in Mayfair, still raking in the cash (probably with jewelencrusted rakes), putting Dom Perignon on their cornflakes, and using Ferrari 250 GTOs for the school run. Never mind the underwhelming 2012 performance and regulatory pressure – the roses are still in bloom on hedge fund alley. And here’s the proof: according to City AM, one boss at a well known hedge fund ordered 50 small solid gold bars to put in the crackers at his firm’s Christmas party. As an extreme act of seasonal willy-waving, it’ll take some beating. Secret Millionaire Santa, perhaps?
▲ sir mervyn king
To paraphrase Ol’ Blue Eyes: “Sir Mervyn, the end is here. And so you face, the final curtain.” In summer, the current governor of the Bank of England is off, the void in our lives to be filled (or at least partially filled) by slimline Canadian super-banker/poor-man’s George Clooney, Mark Carney. But what of the Bank-shaped hole in Sir Merv’s own life? News reaches us that the soon-to-be-ex gov has lined-up a cookery course with Jamie Oliver, alongside retiring TUC boss Brendan Barber. “It’s a case of, if you can’t stand the heat get back into the kitchen,” said Milliband of the pair at Barber’s leaving-do. Let’s hope Carney likes it hot…
▲ hector sants
“Talk about gamekeeper turned poacher,” said Saunders Law’s Stephen Gilchrist. He was speaking about former FSA boss Hector Sants’ move to Barclays, the bank Sants’ successor, Andrew Bailey, accused of having a “culture of gaming”. Gaming and poaching? Sounds like more excitement than you’d usually get as head of compliance.
▲ r o ya l e c o n o m i s t s
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited the Bank of England gold vault in December, taking time to meet the bank’s staff and find out why the financial crisis happened. The pair also each signed a million-pound banknote in the Bank’s guestbook. Sir Merv’s golden handshake, presumably.
▲ boris johnson’s hair
The secret of the Mayor’s artfully tousled coiffure is out. It’s cut by “a very nice person near City Hall, whose name I can’t reveal for security reasons,” Boris said at a Thomson Reuters debate. There we go then – he definitely does it himself…
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▽ You need to be loved. Everyone does, you see. Even Bob Diamond. A solitary vocation exists that can deliver 24-hour warm and fuzzies while providing unrivalled job satisfaction. Welcome to the role of tax inspector at Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. The qualifications required to become a successful tax inspector include GCSE maths, advanced problem solving and the ability to look the other way. Looking the other way is measured with a protractor during the interview process and explains why owls often make the best tax inspectors. Another vital skill is to inflict pain without remorse, as perfected by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Once you’ve passed the interview, you will be given a desk and handed a pair of standard-issue HMRC blinkers. These are to help you focus on the tiny tax returns in front of you while ignoring the large corporations’. Ignoring (which is similar to looking the other way) generally takes up 85% of your time. The rest is divided between lunching with Jimmy Carr, and writing BOOBS on your calculator. After six months on the job you may be required to undertake fraud work. This means checking under people’s beds for hidden readies. Other locations for stashed cash include the heels of shoes, the hollows of walls, safes, and Monaco. Tax inspectors have been in the news lately, and not just because they work in the nude. People say they target sole traders while giving the big guns an easy ride. Then again, people say a lot of things. I once heard a person say they could levitate after eating a mint Aero. The truth is the tax inspector is a misunderstood creature. All they need is love. Just don’t ask for a rebate. ■ For more: saulwordsworth.com
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Rowan Atkinson’s comic creation is back, and guess what profession Edmund Blackadder’s in this time? Having been a Duke, a Lord, a butler and an army officer, the acidtongued schemer was reincarnated as – yep, you guessed it – a banker for a (possibly) one-off appearance at a gig for the Prince’s Trust. As CEO of fictional bank Melchett, Melchett & Darling, Blackadder has been hauled in front of a select committee to explain his actions in dragging his firm into £20bn of debt. Asked how he can justify his colossal salary, Blackadder explains, “if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys”. When told he’s paid several times more than a cabinet minister, he replies: “so clearly you see my point.” He could make a real banker yet…
▼ bugger the bankers
The spirit of protest is alive and well, it seems. A free-spirited group of “like-minded folk who like to vent their feelings through the medium of rousing song” calling themselves the Austerity Allstars have released a song called Bugger the Bankers, in which they recommend doing just that. Not literally, we hope – they look like pleasant enough folk – but the lyrics make fairly clear they won’t be hanging out on Cheapside looking for hugs anytime soon. “Bugger the buggers who make up the rules, and if you’re one of them bugger you,” goes the chorus. Well, that’s you told – anyone fancy penning a retort? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember Christmas? That period before New Year when you lament the commercialisation of a sacred event, moan about music and, if you’re Brewin & Dolphin broker Robert Nicolson, go to your firm’s party and spark a mass brawl by lamping a colleague you’ve recently discovered was having an affair with your fiancée? Nope, we can’t remember it either.
▼ the view from the shard
From this month you’ll finally be able to see the world from the top of London’s tallest building. But this is no ordinary view; this is a ‘premium visitor attraction’ according to the press release, so we’re expecting luxury grey clouds, highend wind-buffeting and deluxe torrential rain…
▼ female ceos
While female representation on FTSE 100 boards has risen from 11% to 17% in the past five years, according to a High Pay Centre and the Guardian study, there are still only two female bosses in the FTSE100. Now that’s poor equality…
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▽ Friday 30 November saw the culmination of a fierce battle between teams from BofA Merrill Lynch and the FSA to raise funds for Movember and awareness for men’s health initiatives. Both teams were taking part in the square mile Financial Challenge, which was hosted by squaremile.com The eventual winners were the mighty BAML Julio’s Movembärs, who raised £40,184, beating the Mo Bros of the Financial Services Authority by an impeccably styled whisker. The total amount raised by the challenge was a staggering £233,105, which will go a long way for the charity. We spoke to BofA Merrill Lynch’s Ben Lanning who says his moustache was inspired by “WW2 fighter pilots, bikers, heavy metallers, and the French aristocracy.” He says “hard work, banter, and ginger highlights” made it possible to bear the “strange looks on the underground”. “We worked really hard as a team and the results show the fantastic generosity of our supporters. Of course, our aim to beat the FSA was a huge incentive; it pulled us together and helped to empty people’s pockets.” They’ll be fighting to retain their title next year. Lanning says challengers should “always go into battle with clean cheeks”. ■ Figures correct at the time of press. Find out more at uk.movember.com
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▽ Ah, the wild days of being a teenager; everyone got up to mischief in varying degrees. However, I’ll wager that no matter how much of a tearaway you were, Frank Abagnale was a little worse. Before he was 21 years old he’d meticulously forged $2.5m in cheques across 25 countries. He’d managed to escape police custody, not once, but twice. Oh, and he’d done all of this while convincing PanAm he was one of their pilots. One of his favourite tricks was to plant fake bank deposit slips with his account number printed on among real slips, so customers would unknowingly pay him their money. However, it was Abagnale’s ability to charm and create identities that really made him so interesting. He flew thousands of miles posing as an off-duty pilot with PanAm, actually taking the controls on the odd occasion. He also passed himself off as a lawyer, and even worked as the chief resident paediatrician at Georgia hospital. Abagnale was so convincing he allegedly managed to convince guards at a federal prison he was an undercover inspector and they let him go. Think about that for a moment: he simply told his captors to release him and they actually did it. Superb. He did eventually get caught, but after prison helped the FBI catch other fraudsters. He went on to become a legitimate millionaire through his business, Abagnale & Associates. Now I think about it, someone really needs to make a film about this guy. Oh wait… ■
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KPMG’s London HQ may not be the ugliest building in Canary Wharf, but it doesn’t exactly get the pulse racing, either. Its Munich sibling, on the other hand, has a lot more to get excited about – especially if you’re the type of person who gets excited about stairs. (Weirdo.) This photo, taken by German photographer Nick Frank, shows what you can do with a corporate environment if you use a bit of imagination (and drink a few too many pints of Paulaner). As it happens, these particular stairs, designed by artist Olafur Eliasson, don’t actually lead anywhere, but rather tangle themselves up in an infinite loop. We’re presuming this isn’t a measure by KPMG to prevent employees from ever leaving the building. But we’re not sure… ■
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continues, investors are rightly perplexed as to how best to structure their portfolios. Portfolio construction and the management of underlying assets have never been more important. In my view, a well-balanced, diversified portfolio offers investors the best risk reward profile – with many referring to diversification as the only ‘free lunch’. However, when constructing a diversified portfolio, it is important to not only understand the various ways in which macro headwinds impacting the wider economy could affect your investments but also how the correlation between different asset classes can affect portfolio returns. Having created a portfolio, it is not simply a case of ‘job done’; it is key to review the weightings held in various asset classes and the underlying holdings on a regular basis to ensure they continue to match your strategy – and rebalance if necessary. While a portfolio mix of equities and fixed income might traditionally have been considered as a diversified offering, I no longer believe this to be the case. When considering historic volatility, if a portfolio is invested 60% in equities and 40% in fixed income, 90% of the risk comes from the equity proportion. Global equities might promise the highest risk premium but the associated volatility and drawdown risk can be very costly. This weighting of portfolio risk can be combated by diversifying exposure from the more traditional asset classes and adopting an alternative approach to asset management. The market for alternative investment strategies has matured in recent years and
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investors can now easily gain exposure to a greater variety of different asset classes. Managers are able to utilise many traditional and alternative assets to deploy an investment approach that offers investors uncorrelated returns to conventional capital markets. It is the inclusion of these assets and investment strategies within portfolios that improve risk reward profiles and weighting a portfolio appropriately between equities, fixed income and alternative assets can maximise returns in an ever-changing economic backdrop. The aim of diversification is primarily to reduce portfolio volatility, as it is this which can improve overall returns. If two investments have the same average returns, the investment with the lower standard deviation will, by mathematical definition, compound at a higher rate. Controlling volatility is incredibly powerful. For example, if a portfolio is seeking returns of 7% and the stocks return 10% per annum (7% plus inflation), with volatility of 20%, it would take 73 years to be 90% certain of achieving the required 7% returns. However, if the volatility is reduced to 10%, the required holding period to be 90% certain of reaching the target then falls to 18 years. That’s quite a difference. When considering this, I was reminded of the following quote from Warren Buffett: “The first rule of managing money is don’t lose it. The second rule is, don’t forget the first rule.” Lower portfolio volatility dramatically reduces the uphill struggle of reaching one’s expected returns. The solution is to carefully consider the correlation of different holdings. A portfolio of investments with a correlation of 0.5 might be thought of as offering a comfortable mix in diversified holdings; however, the possibility of reducing risk for any given level of return is surprisingly limited. A combination of five investments, each with a correlation of 0.5, reduces risk by a little more than 20%, while adding any more only reduces risk at
an increasingly diminished rate. However, an active approach should be adopted as the correlation of assets can shift as market conditions change. In conclusion, correlation among asset classes and underlying investments should play an important part in the construction and management of an investor’s portfolio in a bid to reduce volatility and therefore improve the probability and ease of creating positive returns. Careful consideration should be given to the inclusion of alternative asset classes and investment strategies and the complementary merits that these can offer alongside more traditional investments. Finally, the ability to shift weight and emphasis among asset classes, themes and investments ensures portfolios remain dynamic to changing conditions, thereby maximising potential returns. ■ For a review of your investments without charge, please visit the City branch at 20 King St, EC2V 8EG; call 020 7600 9990 or email
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The evoluTion of Trading — By Ashraf Laidi, Chief Global Strategist, City Index —
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has gone through many stages of evolution. Previously perceived as a tool exclusively reserved for ‘alpha male’ investment bankers or hedge fund managers, very few non-financial sector investors tried their hand at it. But with the advent of new, more innovative and user-friendly technologies, as well as significant investment by retail brokerages in extensive educational programmes, the barriers to entry are gradually dissolving. One of the most telling statistics, that best highlights the uptake of retail trading by a wider audience, has been the number of female traders opening accounts with City Index. Since 2001, this figure has risen by 1,434%, with the number of trades being placed rising by 194% in the past four years alone. We are now seeing a rise in women taking greater control of their personal finances and becoming more open to the opportunities retail trading provides, helping to break the male stereotypes. But the change in patter is not solely restricted to gender. Traders now come from more diverse backgrounds, with financial services professionals accounting for only around a third of all clients at City Index. Notably, and underlining the view that new technology has played a significant role in attracting a new type of retail investors, 11% of all new City Index accounts are today accounted for by professionals working in IT and design. City Index recently launched Trading Academy, a new innovative online web series, featuring eight would-be traders competing for a cash prize of £100,000. The show was intended to demonstrate that, over six weeks, anyone can learn to trade the financial markets with the right education and support. Competitors ranged from Humanist celebrants, through to recruitment consultants and freelance
journalists. The ultimate winner was a trainee black cab driver who, in the final week, achieved a return-on-investment of 23.6%: a figure a hedgie would be delighted with over 12 months, never mind seven days. What all of this highlights is that with the right tools and educational support, anyone can learn to trade the financial markets. Technology which was previously solely available to big institutions is now finding its way into the hands of the retail audience. City Index now provides a range of highly customisable trading platforms across spread betting, contracts for difference and margined foreign exchange, giving its clients the option of choosing just how basic or advanced they want their user interface to be, ensuring novices and experienced traders (and everyone in between) are catered for. The advent of mobile trading technology back in October 2009, when City Index launched the industry’s first live trading app for the iPhone, City Trading, was also an important milestone. The app, which has since been extensively updated and is now available on a full range of mobile and tablet devices, has seen a huge take-up. Around 20% of all City Index’s trades are now placed through a mobile, which is up from less than 1% three years ago. Its accessibility has helped trading appeal to a newer, younger and more tech-savvy audience enabling them to trade wherever and whenever they want to. It is one thing having access to the technology, but in order to capitalise on its potential, it is crucial retail investors have the right educational support from their brokers. Today, City Index places a bigger emphasis than ever on education for its clients,
offering everything from demo accounts through to support blogs, free seminars and live webinars, covering everything from basic trading strategies through to candlestick patterns and technical analysis. The turmoil in the markets has made business and economics front-page news. It has also mobilised retail investors to take a greater interest in the opportunities market movements can create for them, and there is now a real demand to learn more about the techniques they have at their disposal. If there is one positive thing to come from these times of economic uncertainty and austerity, it is that ordinary people are taking a much more hands-on approach towards investment, and that can only be a good thing in the longer term. ■
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▽ I traIned as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Leeds in the restructuring advisory department before moving to London and working for Barclays Capital in the structured capital markets area for two years. I disliked the culture surrounding banking; constant negativity, people complaining that their huge bonuses and salary were still too low or that their hours were too long. One day I joked with a friend that I should just leave and become a personal trainer. Then, that night, I suddenly thought, “Actually, I really should be a personal trainer! What am I doing here?” I never looked back from that moment. I qualified as a personal trainer in June 2010 and by November I had four trainers working in my team covering all of central London. When you are self employed, it can be one successful campaign, a good tweet or a great networking event that can really make a difference to your earnings, while achieving a salary increase in a firm is usually far harder and under someone else’s control. It is also extremely satisfying to help people achieve lifetime goals and improve their health so that they get more out of every day. ■ Find out more at fitnessuniversal.com For more inspiration on what to do after the City,
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Prime time Linde WerdeLin
Robin Swithinbank says there’s a lot you can tell
about a man not just by his watch, but by his hair, too
I wish this wasn’t true, but we base most of our opinions about men on their hair. Think about it. We’ve got Ashley Cole sussed the moment we look at that absurd diagonal Mohawk he’s got on his bonce. Brad Pitt is a byword for the beautiful man because he has beautiful hair. Matt Lucas is immediately funny because he has no hair at all. Donald Trump, anyone? And the reason we’re not sure Boris could be Prime Minister is because his hair makes him look like he can’t even govern a hairbrush. Rarely does this scientifically unstable rule apply more comfortably than in the world of design, and it’s for this reason that I’m drawn to Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin, the Danish founders of watch brand Linde Werdelin. You see, like all the best designers, both of these men have fabulous hair. It’s that long, straight stuff that has just enough volume that it can be styled any which way they please. They both wear it long to their rakishly open-collared necks, and push it back with the aid of lashings of product, leaving just a few wild strands to fall forwards as a sign they belong to someone not afraid to break a few rules. Which is exactly what they do with their watches, one of which is the unorthodox but brilliant SpidoSpeed Anthracite DLC. Ostensibly, it’s a sports watch with a three-counter chronograph, but there’s more to it than that. Almost all of its character is in its 44mm steel, anthracite DLC-coated case, a skeletonised, spidery creation plucked deep from the imagination of Morten, that looks like post-apocalyptic Meccano. Its three-dimensional finish took over two years to perfect and requires six hours of machine and hand-finishing to produce. As with all Linde Werdelin watches, the case is also a base for the brand’s digital skiing and diving instruments. These enhancements clip on top of the case and fulfil Morten’s belief that analogue is the best way of telling the time and digital is the best way of showing technical information. It’s all clever stuff, but the main reason it works is that it’s just so damned cool to look at. In fact, I’m pretty sure that in my wildest dreams, I have hair like Jorn and Morten, and one of their watches planted on my wrist. ■ Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Anthracite DLC, £10,440, lindewerdelin.com
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What’s your BaG? 2013 is the official year of the man bag*. It’s time to commit: whether it’s a business attaché or a lightweight messenger bag, decide which is the right bag for you… PhotograPhs by DaviD harrison
Bags of style: (anticlockwise from top left) Cherchbi Norwich satchel M Union, £285, cherchbi. co.uk; Bill amberg Hunter leather messenger bag, £410, mrporter. com; thomas lyte albemarle executive bag, £495, thomaslyte. com; Hugo Boss HUgo work bag, £435, hugoboss. com; Bill amberg rocket briefcase, £750, billamberg. com; tumi ticon messenger bag, £595, uk.tumi.com
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Down in the hooD Just because you want to get fit, doesn’t mean you have to dress like Mr Motivator. Just ask the crew at MrPorter.coM
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2 nike x underCover running JaCket, £225 Nike X Undercover’s running gear balances technical innovation with Tokyo cool, as demonstrated by this hooded jacket. It embodies the label’s function-meets-style ethos. Team with a crew neck t-shirt and zip off the detachable arms when you heat up.
1 J Crew Cotton Canvas and leather holdall, £230 J Crew’s holdall is inspired by vintage hunting gear, though the robust bag makes a sound option for a range of more modern endeavours. 6 luMinox ColourMark 3050 series watCh, £270 Luminox watches are the official timepiece of the Navy Seals, made from durable, water-resistant materials with glow-inthe-dark elements. 5 YMC JerseY sweat shorts, £90 We go to British brand YMC for superb casual staples and these loopback cotton-jersey sweat shorts sum up the label’s appeal perfectly. Sharp and comfortable.
4 sunspel blue t-shirt, £45 This blue Sunspel crew neck T-shirt will make an understated and stylish addition to your collection of gym wear. Crafted in the brand’s historic English factory.
3 Converse x Missoni knitted trainers, £210 Italian luxury label Missoni lends its expert knitwear know-how to these striking sneakers from Converse. Woven with contrasting colours and a metallic streak.
My World Phil White
The spokes man Hoping to turn cycling’s negative headlines into positive results, Cervélo’s founder Phil White speaks to Jon Hawkins about the company’s success, and the methods which put it streets ahead of its rivals in the order of 30 watts. The average cyclist puts out around 200 watts when cycling, while the pros will put out double that on a regular basis – either way you’re looking at a big saving. If an average rider like myself rides with guys who train more and are inherently faster, that extra 20 or 30 watts helps me stay with them – it means I’m not bleeding from my nose and ears as the pace rises, and the ride is more enjoyable. Put simply, better aero means you can stay with faster riders when otherwise you’d be popped and riding home alone. ✱ On keeping up with growing demand
uch iS cervélo’S dominance of the triathlon bike market, that at the annual Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October last year, more than a quarter of all bikes were made by the Canadian brand. To put that figure into perspective, Cervélo’s total of 483 bikes there was well over double that of the next mostpopular brand (Trek), and more than Trek, Specialized and Cannondale put together. The brand was founded in 1995 by two engineers, Phil White and Gérard Vroomen, whose championing of function over fashion found admirers first in the triathlon world, and later in the professional cycling peloton. Cervélo was bought by Dutch company Pon Bicycle Group in 2012, and White remains the brand’s CEO. He speaks to square mile about using F1 technology to make faster bikes, struggling to keep up with demand, and why pro cycling can win back public trust… ✱ On Cervélo’s dominance of the triathlon scene
We got into triathlon when there was no real market to speak of, and we were able to do that because our focus was simply on making
riders go faster. It was in the early days of the company, and provided us with a great customer base that really understood what we were trying to do. Today we have a level of authenticity, because triathlon’s been at the heart of our business since we started and we have a natural affinity for those customers. We’re an engineering-focused company and our functional design really resonates with the triathlete.
The biggest sign of the new P5’s success is the complaints we’ve had, and they’ve all been along the lines of, “I can’t get a bike,” and, “when can I get a bike?” It’s not a nice problem to have, but it’s a better problem than not being able to sell any of them. The response to the P5 has been spectacular; way higher than we expected. Our distributors and dealers were more aggressive in their expectations than we were, but demand has been significantly higher than even they anticipated. To give you some idea, we had more demand for the P5 in its first year than we had for the P4 in its entire life of three or four years. Cervélo’s new owners have given us carte blanche to sort out supply – if we can deliver more bikes then we’ll make more sales, and they’ve been pushing hard to give us the resources to make that a reality. It won’t happen immediately – you can’t flick a switch and immediately double your production capacity – but it’s definitely helping.
✱ On the benefits of road bike aerodynamics
If you compare the S5 [Cervélo’s pioneering aero road bike] to a traditional, non-aero road bike, the power saving is massive – something
We had more demand for the P5 in its first year than we had for its predecessor in its entire life of three or four years
✱ On using F1 technology to make faster bikes
We’re an engineering company that makes bikes, rather than a bike company. When we started work on the R5 California [the bike Ryder Hesjedal rode to victory in the 2012 Giro d’Italia] we wanted to move the performance of road bikes significantly further ahead. We did that by thinking outside the box. For example, rather than contracting a Formula One company to make a bike or to act as an advisor, why not bring their technology in-house? It’s a totally different philosophy to the one employed by the rest of the industry. We use the same software
The lone rider: Cervélo’s founder Phil White pats erstwhile bike tester ‘Foam dave’ on the back in the wind tunnel. The brand’s engineering background and F1-inspired research process ensure that its bikes continue to consistently outperform those of its competitors
as McLaren and several other F1 teams for laying-up carbon, so we know exactly what every one of those individual pieces of carbon is doing on the R5 California. As a result, when we brought it out in 2009, the frameset was 20% lighter than anything else in the industry and 30% stiffer, though the industry’s starting to catch up. Now the R5 California is only 10% lighter than the next lightest frameset and 30% stiffer. We took the same approach to the aerodynamics – rather than using computational fluid dynamics to make nice-looking charts for marketing brochures, we hired a full-time aerodynamicist. ✱ On why bikes are so interesting to engineers
It has been a long time since you’ve been able to look under the bonnet of your car and see anything you can understand – there’s just a big sheet of plastic with the manufacturer’s name written across the top of it – but the level of technology on a bicycle is still something a consumer can understand. From an engineer’s perspective that’s very interesting – people really engage with cycling because it’s a high-tech sport but it’s also approachable. At the same time, the industry has brought out electronically controlled components, you can still see the whole thing working and understand that it’s you, the rider, driving it. It remains an approachable technology, whereas F1 moved away from that many years ago. I’ve always been a motorsport fan, and I still race myself, but when I first became interested in the sport you could still walk down the track, stand in the pits and talk to the engineers and drivers. It’s been a long time since you could do that. In cycling, it’s different – you can buy the same bike from Cervélo that Ryder Hesjedal used to win the Giro d’Italia, and that’s something unique about the sport that makes it really attractive to people. ✱ On why cleaning up cycling is working
There will always be those riders who want to cheat, but now it’s harder. There are so many tests in cycling, though I think there should be even more, so people can be confident we’re at the leading-edge. When people look at what cycling’s facing now, they’re looking at the situation the sport was in more than five years ago, and they have to understand that it was a different era. There has been a significant improvement in the amount of testing pro cyclists undergo. They are tested twice as much in a single year as other professional athletes are tested in their entire careers – that’s a massive amount.
Cycling has taken a leadership position on testing, and that’s a message we have to continue to spread. If we can do that, the sport can come out of its current situation,
but it’s clearly going to take a couple of years to regain the trust not only of potential sponsors, but of parents pushing their children to get into the pursuit. ✱ On knowing what the customer wants before
Rather than contracting a Formula One company to make a bike, why not bring their technology in-house?
they know it themselves People often ask how Cervélo’s development process works, and whether we use focus groups. We don’t – you’re asking the customer to define what the future is, and as Cervélo, our job should be anticipating their needs and putting out a product even before they are able to articulate them. ■ For more information visit Cervelo.com
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fluid dynamics Loren Penney takes a look at the gentle
revolution that has made the house of Valentino relevant to a new generation
Valentino Something rather special has been happening at Valentino. The fashion house famous for clothing everyone from Hollywood starlets to US First Ladies has been undergoing a revolution under the direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. The dynamic duo worked closely with Valentino Garavani for more than a decade before they took the reins in 2008. The brand’s metamorphosis since then has been gentle and delicate – much like the silk chiffon, organza and chantilly lace dress featured here. What they’ve succeeded in is making the brand relevant to a whole new generation of women. ■
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Pattern – a ‘catwalkshow in a book’ curated by 10 of the world’s most influential figures in fashion will be available from February 2013. (Phaidon, £49.95)
▲ THE NECKLACE
▼ THE SUITCASE
+ BACHET Scroll in Love necklace, £2,100 Creator and entrepreneur David Bachet has a passion for black and white diamonds. Every piece creates a unique harmony between the two opposing colours.
+ Loro PIANA No Carry trolley, £3,845 Loro Piana’s multicompartmental trolley looks as good on wheels as it does in your hand. Its rugged Norwegian leather makes it a tough travel companion.
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◀ THE GowN
+ AGENT ProvoCATEUr dressing gown, £275 This pure silk Agent Provocateur gown screams Hollywood glamour. Its slimming colour, comfortable feel and ‘AP’ monogrammed self-tie belt make it an item worthy of the initials and the price. Agent Provocateur, 5 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL; 020 7623 0229
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+ TaTEossIaN Diamond Dust, from £249 Tateossian’s Diamond Dust collection is like having a beautiful adult-appropriate snow globe hanging from your appendages. The glass windows are filled with authentic white diamond dust that shimmers as you move and suggests that you’ve accessorised for the festive season.
+ BulGaRI B.zero1 ring, from £710 The B.zero1 is the most successful collection in Bulgari’s history, selling 1,400,000 pieces since its introduction. For its tenth anniversary, the B.zero1 is updating its design, with 15 innovative new variants. They come in three classic finishes, each carved with the ‘BVLGARI’ logo.
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Lorenzo Quinn REFlECTIoNs, £67,500
Internationally renowned artist lorenzo Quinn is regarded as one of the leading contemporary sculptors in the world. Inspired by the great masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Carpaux and Rodin, his installations include ‘la Dolce Vita’ outside The Dorchester on Park lane and , ‘Encounters’ in Palma de Mallorca. artisan Fine art Gallery, in The Royal Exchange, is displaying three large pieces, including Reflections, pictured here. Artisan Fine Art Gallery, 35 The Royal Exchange, Royal Court Entrance, EC3V; 020 7929 5656
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+ saGE BRoWN FINE Jewellery box, £465 It will take a lot for a jewellery box to outshine its contents, but this Sage Brown Fine leather box comes pretty close. Aside from being wrapped in vivacious red bridle leather, its interior is lined with butter-soft protective suede. Sage Brown Fine Leather, 31 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LP; 020 7283 2444
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HealtH & Fitness exploration
the Polar oPPosite Inge Solheim turned down a career as a successful stockbroker to become a polar explorer instead. Here he explains how he’s using his passion to take new skills into the business world. By Will Gray
✱ How do you go from stockbroker to explorer?
I grew up in the mountains in Norway and from the age of seven I just went out on trips on my own. The climate made it tough at times but I learned to love and use the nature around me. But then I ended up following a path into finance. I worked hard and made a lot more money than I do now – but I didn’t have the passion for it. So I went into adventure. Now I have a real passion for what I do. ✱ What makes you different and stand out from
all the other famous explorers and adventurers? I really try hard to keep it real. Whether it’s working on TV, leading private clients
or speaking to business leaders, I focus on the experience and the adventure. Some adventurers seem to want to look tougher than they actually are. But in all my projects, my focus is on helping people to experience nature and go out of their comfort zone.
to stand out in an ever-increasing number of expeditions, but it has to be real and not too creative. The ‘youngest vegetarian Welsh explorer to the magnetic South Pole’ does not sound good to my ears. There are some very competent and impressive explorers out there, but there are others who are faking it.
✱ So, you don’t go for records and drama?
Well, I do it naturally. Going to the South Pole with the guys from Walking With The Wounded was a real adventure and it got plenty of coverage for the sponsors – but above all it gave those guys a genuine experience. Records are good if they are real and important for you, and it is also a way
✱ How did your North Pole Ice Airport TV show
come about? Was it your idea? On my first North Pole trip in 1999 we used Ice Station Barneo as our starting point. It’s an amazing place. It’s basically drifting on ice above the polar ocean and, as you can imagine, there’s some pretty interesting ➤
and examples of something extraordinary to be inspired. It can remind us that anything is possible. My eight years in finance taught me three main things: that most people are satisfied with mediocre efforts from themselves; that people complicate things too much; and that values get screwed up when there is too much money and status involved. When I do talks for businesses or take private business clients on trips, I talk about teamwork, doing what it takes, leadership under extreme conditions, life philosophy and more. But I offer a different perspective – and that can make a difference for people. ✱ You work with Prince Harry on Walking With
The Wounded, is he genuinely into this kind of thing? How is it working with him? This is the most common question I get. The short answer is I would go anywhere with Harry and trust him with my life. He is a great guy. He is clearly a huge asset for Walking With The Wounded, too, and he’s a credible supporter of these remarkable young men and women and the challenges they have to overcome after an injury. ✱ What have you got lined up for 2013?
➤ people out there. The first time we went there we flew via Siberia on some crazy old planes, and it was a true adventure. I’ve been every year since, guiding trips to the Pole, so I pitched the idea for a TV show and eventually it was commissioned for Channel 5. ✱ Working in the kind of extreme conditions
you experience on the show obviously comes naturally to you? Exactly. When you grow up climbing, trekking in the mountains, rafting down rivers and skiing all through winter, it becomes second nature. It makes me smile when adventurers put ‘High Arctic training in Norway’ on their CV. Norwegian kids go to school in -30°C without making any fuss about it. The term ‘survival expert’ does not exist in Norway. It is just part of life. ✱ How did your experience as a stockbroker
help in adventure... and how can adventure help in business? I don’t think that athletes or adventurers necessarily have something to teach business people, but I do believe people need stories
Norwegian kids go to school in -30°C. The term ‘survival expert’ does not exist in Norway. It is just part of life.
My year generally combines doing expeditions with telling people about them. There’s some stuff planned in deserts and the Arctic for TV and I’m also guiding Walking With The Wounded to the South Pole next winter, then there’s some private guiding. When I’m home, I do a lot of public speaking, sponsor photo shoots and so on – but I try to balance this in a way that my wife and daughter still feel I’m present and involved in their life. ✱ So, if you don’t have Norwegian blood, how
do you learn to survive extreme temperatures on your expeditions? You need good kit. I work with Helly Hansen and they use me to test and develop a lot of their kit. They’ve been making kit for professionals since 1877 but my ‘no compromise’ attitude gives them the perfect chance to test it in the most extreme conditions. ✱ Finally, tell us why we should watch the new
series, North Pole Ice Airport? It’s just full of amazing personal stories of life in an incredible place. You won’t believe what goes on up there. The production company we worked with, Darlow Smithson, has done a great job in telling the story. ■ North Pole Ice Airport is airing now on Channel 5. To find out more about Inge Solheim and to discuss guiding or speaking opportunities visit
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Heavenly venue, fantastic treatments and perfect products: Loren Penney asks what’s not to love about the Sanctuary Spa for women? Heck, there’s even a sex swing. If it’s good enough for Joan Collins…
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vEryonE has thosE days when all you
want to do is disappear from the daily grind into an oasis of peace and calm, then be pampered and preened until you’re ready to face the world again. Well, that’s where the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden comes in. Founded by US choreographer Gary Cockerill, it was initially a gift for his ballerina wife. His vision was for a women-only spa where she and other ballerinas (naturally) could unwind among friends. Fortunately you don’t need to be a Darcey Bussell to enjoy the Spa’s considerable comforts. Although, it might help if you want to climb on board the famous acrobatic swing hanging over the atrium pool. It’s as much of a talking point today as it was when it was used in rather, er, creative ways by Joan Collins in the 1978 film, The Stud. Although the spa can’t guarantee you the body of a ballerina, it can ensure you leave with the skin of a Hollywood star. In order
to achieve this, the Spa has enlisted the help of celebrity skincare expert Nichola Joss to create a new Active Reverse Facial range and treatment. Anything that promises to “reduce the lines and not the laughter” sounds good to me. I was treated to a blissful hour of a threestep facial massage technique incorporating a deep facial massage to relax the muscles (and my busy mind), a lifting massage to enhance the contours of the face, and lymphatic drainage movements to boost circulation and keep my skin looking clear and radiant. I was slightly sceptical about the results, until I looked in the mirror. I was a lot more toned, revitalised and, dare I say it, dewy. A range of high-quality products accompany this treatment and are available to buy at the Sanctuary Spa shop and online, and they promise to work their magic from the comfort of your own home. Meanwhile, we’ll leave you to source your own swing. ■ 08455 214 567; sanctuary.com
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Gift of the ab Live Lean’s Phil hawksworth speaks to top mindset coach Baiju Solanki about New Year pitfalls, and how to get those perfect abs
✱ This time of year a lot of people like to set
goals and aim to change their lifestyle. But by February they usually give up. Why do you think that is? People like to have clear milestones, and New Year is a classic. It’s a fitting time to start something new. The reason people get to February and give up is because life gets in the way. So if a New Year’s Day hangover is the only reason you’re going to start, you’re much more likely to fail. The time and reason for changing your lifestyle shouldn’t be determined by an arbitrary date in the calendar, but rather a conscious and determined decision. ✱ When people fail, is it a matter of lack of
willpower or lack of a plan? Ask yourself what your real reason to get fit or lose weight is? The surface reason is usually you don’t like the way you look. But what would losing that weight mean for you? Will you be able to fit into a certain outfit, or look really good on the beach this summer? Let’s be honest, is it to attract a better-looking girl/boy on holiday? You have to have a tangible reason like this – beyond just losing weight or gaining muscle mass.
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Going The Distance We send personal trainer and square Mile contributor Matt RobeRts to Meet GreG rutherford â€“ the olyMpic Gold chaMp and super saturday hero
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Matt RobeRts : You seem remarkably relaxed when you’re competing. Is this an act, something you really have to work on, or just an extension of a naturally calm mind-set?
GReG RutheRfoRd : It’s something I have always been naturally gifted with. When it comes to big stadiums and the pressure’s on, I actually really like that; I thrive on it. MR : So you prefer to have that attention and the focus of people watching you?
GR: When I’m in a scenario where only a few people are there, it’s that bit harder to get up for it. Whereas in a stadium, you know that if you mess up it is going to look bad. MR : For some people it does work against them; the adrenaline overtakes the will to get the body to physically move…
GR: Yes, exactly. We found that with some of the British athletes as they knew it was the biggest stage they would ever have. I was fortunate that everything went well and I could cope with it. But some guys who I think could have won medals probably didn’t because they saw it as an adverse thing rather than something that they could use in their favour. MR: Your winning jump at the 2012 Olympics was on jump 4, but jump 2 would have won it as well. Did that calm your nerves? GR : Your coach always tells you to get a decent jump early because that puts the pressure on the rest of the field. I have been in scenarios where other people have done this and I have had to react. Sometimes it’s worked, sometimes it hasn’t. So all of a sudden, I am seeing people who aren’t jumping very far and I catch one jump that is fairly good at 8.21m and everyone else is chasing it. Then two rounds later I improve it to 8.31m.
MR: Did you think that jump was going to be enough to win it? ➤
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➤ GR: No, not at all. The thing I was happiest with was that I had just backed up the 8.21cm jump with a better jump. I then remembered that 8.26m in Beijing got you a silver medal, so I thought at worst this is going get me a bronze. I had a moment where I was celebrating slightly and then spoke to my coach again and he was straight on me: “Focus, focus, focus. Because one of these guys is likely to catch one jump further than you and you’re going to have to react.” Fortunately, they didn’t.
MR: You have been a world number one prior to the Olympics, so that must give you reassurance that you can do it. What were you thinking going into the competition? GR: The last two years have been a real wakeup call for me, where I have actually gone in believing it is possible. In previous years, I always told myself that I had a chance and it could happen, but ultimately the guys out there are probably a bit better than me. As of last year, I started going in thinking I could win. MR: It’s like an Andy Murray situation.
times and win multiple championships, hopefully retaining the Olympic title in four years time. I want to become one of the greatest-ever long jumpers, rather than just a guy who won a major.
MR: What do you think it will take to bridge the gap between best in the world and best ever? GR: I still have so much to learn in this sport – so much more to improve. That is something that excites me more than anything else, because despite having won a major championship, I’m still quite a rough long jumper. There are other guys who are technically much better. Also, I’m so far off perfecting the model we work around – mainly Carl Lewis’s technique. I joined my current coach Dan Pfaff, who came over from the US at the back end of 2009, and since then he’s just been adapting things. Now I am able to jump more consistently at a better level; it has been the most consistent year of my life. MR: Have you thought about having a trademark victory move, like Bolt and Farah? GR: A lot of people have tried to do something with the ‘G’, but it’s just not an easy letter to work with. I’m hoping someone comes up with something quite original and fun. MR: I know we are biased because it was our Olympics, but London 2012 was genuinely special. It couldn’t have been better, could it?
I want to become one of the greatest-ever long jumpers, not just some guy who won a major
GR: For British athletes, it was by far the greatest Olympics that we’ve ever had. Sydney was commonly considered the greatest Olympics, but even the people who were at Sydney, or who were involved in it, said that London was better. I think it is safe to say London has become the greatest ever.
MR: How many hours do you train per week? GR: We train six days a week, six hours a day,
Some days you can perform amazingly and consistently for a long time and achieve some really great stuff, but for the big tournaments you can still turn up and never quite be on form. Now you have turned the corner and you have won a big one, how is your mind-set going into the next championships?
MR: Some people don’t quite understand how much work is involved – they don’t realise how many hours go into training, planning your
GR: It is effectively a fine science. You wake up and you put the right things into your body in order for you to get through the initial part of the session. Then we will normally break for 20-30 minutes between the weights and the track session, just so we can get something on board again to try and keep everything going. In my case, I first have to drive an hour to get to training – then I do a day’s hard work, and have to drive an hour home. Which, especially after the heavy sessions, is very tough. The amount of times I have had to pull the car over with cramp because I have been in a terrible seating position for too long. I am hurting right now [Greg is recovering from surgery on his foot], but that is because yesterday’s rehab session was ridiculous; they absolutely killed me. MR: Which of the sessions do you enjoy most? GR: Hill sessions, funnily enough; one of the hardest sessions. Plyometrically, obviously I can jump and that is something I can work with, but running up hills has always been something I’ve been able to do – and do really well. There is something in my legs that gives me that ability to push through and maintain a good level of speed and power. MR: All the work and pain must be a lot easier to take knowing that you have won the big one. GR: Exactly, but now that I have experienced that one moment at the top, I will want that every single time. MR: Any one who is too competitive always has difficulty coping with loss. When you lose a competition, how do you deal with it? GR: It is very, very tough. Ultimately the worst ones are when your body lets you down and you get hurt. That’s when it’s hardest to take, because you can’t just bounce back and try to beat them again next week. You also have to understand that everybody has good days, but it is so hard to have a good day every single day. I don’t think there is any athlete in the world that does. Even Usain Bolt has been beaten – that is the proof right there. One of the greatest athletes ever born has been beaten, and beaten regularly by the likes of Yohan Blake. If he gets it wrong, there are people there to take it. That is what you have to accept. It doesn’t turn you into a bad athlete overnight. It just means you have to be ready to go back out there and beat them next time. ➤ squaremile.com
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GR: It has reinforced the fact that I believe I can win. Last year, however, I had a bad injury with a massive hamstring tear; I was out and that was me done. This year it all went well; I went out and won. That just made me think I can now go out and do that multiple
up until Saturday where that will be more like a three-hour session. The final session is a harder run or hill work-out. Monday, Wednesday and Friday we have Olympic lifts and we spend a good couple hours of that session in the gym. Tuesday and Thursday we have general body-conditioning circuits and then, on top of that, we have circuit training – all of this on top of the running, any jumping that I need to get done and any plyometrics.
diet, your sleep patterns, and all those things.
Sitting it out: He might have a gold medal and a punishing workout routine which sees him training six hours a day, six days a week, but greg (left) told Matt Roberts he still has no trademark victory move. “Someone will come up with one, we’ll just have to wait and see…”
GR: You do have a lot of people offering for you. That’s going to be the other issue when I am back in training – I’ll be teetotal so I will just have to have some tap water. MR: You had a trial for Aston Villa FC as a teenager – and your great-granddad [John ‘Jock’ Rutherford] was a hero of the game. Who did he play for? GR: He played for Newcastle and Arsenal as well as having 11 caps for England. I think the last time he played was 1926. I am a Manchester United fan, though, but that’s purely because my Dad is. MR: Why didn’t your trial for Villa work out? GR: Yeah, it was a strange one. I don’t believe I was ever as good at football as people believed I was. Being quick really helped and everybody knows that if the ball is pushed through and the striker is quicker than a defender, it makes them look good. Nine times out of ten, if you’re one-on-one with the keeper, you score. So, because I was quick, I was scoring goals all over the place. All of a sudden, professional clubs are saying, ‘well he can’t be bad’. Technically however, I don’t think I was that good. MR: Finally, if you weren’t a professional long jumper what would you be doing instead?
Night flyer: greg on Super Saturday at the london 2012 Olympic games, celebrating winning the gold
GR: I had a brief moment as a waiter, experiencing what it’s like to work in a kitchen and saw how a chef works, so I think that is where my love of baking comes from. But ultimately, I am very interested in history and think I would have been a historian of some sort, and that is why I love being in London. ■ For more information on getting Olympic fit,
➤ MR: How is your diet made up? I’m sure it’s pretty strict, of course…
GR: I vary it as much as I can and change things throughout the year. I do a fair bit of intermittent fasting, actually. But when I am in the heavy periods of training, the fasting
doesn’t work as the sessions are so long I would just end up passing out. It’s a low carbohydrate diet – the most I will get is in powder form from a shake after a heavy workout. It’s very high protein – I take supplements a lot to keep the body firing.
MR: What is the biggest change to your life since you won the gold?
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MR: One good thing is that now you probably won’t ever have to buy a drink again?
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Now I have experienced one moment at the top, I will want that every single time
GR: The biggest change is being recognised more. Before the Games, I would be in Milton Keynes, where I am from, and the odd person would wish me good luck. Now, in a lot places I go, people want to speak to me or have a photo. It is something I am still taken aback by.
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or a keen cycling enthusiast such as me, this summer was teed-up to be a classic. My editor had signed me up for two trips that were designed, in very different ways, to take me to cycling nirvana and – assuming I was fit enough – back again. First up, I had been entered into what is quite simply the world’s toughest amateur cycle race. The Haute Route (literally ‘high route’) takes you on a 500-mile self-propelled rollercoaster ride from Geneva to Nice. It’s not really possible to draw a straight line through this large expanse of the French Alps, so, as you can imagine, the profile for this epic journey looks more like the reading from a seismometer stuck onto the side of Eyjafjallajökull in one of its more explosive, volcanic moods than anything you’d reasonably contemplate cycling. 066
When I arrived in Geneva on the day before the start, the calibre of fellow riders was clearly apparent if not only by all the serious kit on display. The hotel lobby looked like a scene from the Olympic Velodrome with matching team kits from across the continent, and £10k+ bikes being meticulously rebuilt ➤
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➤ by their owners. Even some of the bike suitcases were made from carbon fibre. The race briefing that evening left me and the other less-invested members (read: blaggers) from the media feeling distinctly nervous. I knew I’d have to convert those nerves to energy on the starting line the next day. After all, adrenaline is one performanceenhancing chemical we can all legally enjoy. Having never cycled anything that even remotely resembled a mountain – Box Hill in Surrey is as close as I had got – the first couple of days were a real eye-opener for me. And not just because of the brutal climbs that stretched on for six or 12 miles at a time, but the often implausible angles of descent that proved just as terrifying. I was often reaching speeds in excess of 75km/h and heating my brakes to melting point on hairpin bends that dropped away into an unforgiving abyss. By the time I had reached the sunny boulevards in Nice, we had climbed more than 21,000m of vertical ascent in just seven days of cycling. That’s the equivalent of ascending Everest more than two times. We had climbed many of the Tour de France’s most iconic mountain passes like Alpe D’Huez, the Col de la Madeleine and Col de la Bonette, Europe’s highest road at 2,802m above sea level. This may have been cycling heaven, but the price was high. It was easily the toughest experience of my life. Yet the suffering, which I will never forget, was easily worth the outcome. The Pyrenees equivalent, launching next year, already has my name on it.
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Andy TennAnT: TIPS 1 Nutrition is essential to a long and successful weekend ride. Start eating early as there is no point eating two hours into the bike ride when you are already struggling. Little and often is the key. 2 Invest in some clip-less pedals. SPDs are probably the best for commuting as you can still walk around in them. Practise clipping in and out, and you’ll be the quickest one away from the lights. 3 Invest in some proper cycling kit. Start with a good quality undervest for winter. 4 If you’re tired or feeling unwell, skip the ride. If I’m stressed, I won’t get the best out of my ride. So, take a moment to get your head straight before jumping on your bike. Also, have a rest day because you don’t get any fitter unless you rest. 5 If you can’t get your hands on a branded recovery drink, grab yourself a banana and a pint of milk instead. 6 Keep your bike clean. I know everyone hates cleaning bikes but, if you can keep it clean, it will last a hell of a lot longer, and be a damn sight easier to ride. 7 Get aero! Aerodynamics are essential to developing and maintaining speed so with that in mind, avoid flappy tops and baggy shorts, and get as low as possible. 8 Draft riders as much as possible. You use a lot less power when you’re sat behind another bike rider. 9 Pay attention to your surroundings. It’s far too easy to lose track of potential dangers around you such as cars, potholes, pedestrians and even other riders. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll be on the deck before you know it! Don’t say you haven’t been warned… ■
➤ Don’t get me wrong, the Love Velo route we mastered was designed to punish, but was also geared to suit what riders felt comfortable with. Varying abilities were well catered for with an organised support team and a mechanics van which joined the convoy – this meant extras like fuel, clothing and cameras could be easily taken along without burden. Best of all, and clearly a Love Velo trump card, we were joined by Team GB track cyclist Andy Tennant. Hailing from the highest
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echelons of the sport, Andy was riding for team Rapha Condor Sharp at that time and came with an endless stream of fascinating pro-team tales, anecdotes that kept us all entertained throughout the day and well into the night over dinner as the wine flowed and sore muscles repaired themselves. There’s really no better way to bask in the glory of a few solid days’ riding in the Alps than to chew the fat with a bunch of cycling comrades likes these. Andy’s accounts of his professional routines and brutal training regimes gave an enthralling insight into the lives of Team GB’s top athletes. Our steady 86-mile loop around Mont Blanc that weekend was a perfect balance for me after the gruelling high and lows of the Haute Route. I guess all of this really comes down to what you as a bicycle rider want from your weekend in the Alps. It will be a personal choice but I can guarantee that riding your bike here, one way or another, is must. ■ For more info: hauteroute.org; lovevelo.co.uk
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Handling Rolling Goods Dave BrailsforD, heaD of Team sky anD BriTish CyCling, anD BBC CoaCh of The year, on geTTing The BesT resulTs from your Team anD managing aT The Top of your game. By Ian ValentIne
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preparation is notoriously emotional, complete with rousing speeches and the occasional draught of cognac. Dave Brailsford, performance director of both Team Sky and British Cycling, has a rather more studious approach. His theories are based in sports science rather than rhetoric and machismo. Under his watch, British riders such as Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria
Pendleton, Mark Cavendish, Jason Kenny, Geraint Thomas and Laura Trott – to name but a few – have dominated their events, becoming household names in the process. Brailsford has a reputation for drawing every last drop of talent from a pool of riders far shallower than other, more traditional powerhouses of the sport. In turn, his methods have attracted the gaze from other walks of life, such as business, where advantage and
success are recognised and applauded. We met at the Tour of Britain this year, as a guest of Jaguar, whose XF Sportbrake is Team Sky’s other ride. First impressions of the man were impressive: he was neat, confident, but above all, calm. He placed a heavy premium on articulation, an aptitude he demonstrated in abundance. After all, what use is a master plan if you can’t make it understood? “You need to find the right team willing
to buy into your values and ideas. But management is not just a case of saying ‘this is how we do it’; one size doesn’t fit all,” he explained. “How you get the best out of one person will not get far with someone else. For strong individuals, we encourage them to have an opinion and take responsibility for their decisions. Others need to be led by the hand. Ultimately, however, someone at the top has to call the shots or the system won’t work.”
Controversially, Brailsford and his team chose Jason Kenny above Sir Chris Hoy for the individual sprint at London 2012, denying the Flying Scot a tilt at defending all three gold medals from Beijing. Kenny duly defeated the French favourite Grégory Baugé to take gold. Baugé was one of a few competitors, however, to have raised eyebrows about whether the British formula for success is based entirely on skill and guts. There have ➤
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➤ been sceptical accusations of special wheels at the London 2012, while insinuations of drug-taking follow any cycling achievement after a decade or so of institutional cheating. “In those days,” said Brailsford, “the way to get a competitive advantage was to know a lot about pharmacology and logistics – how to move it around. Once you take that out, what do you do then? Fortunately, at around that time, we came along, and our background was in sports science and coaching. But the difficulty is that because it’s all coming out now, people say ‘you’re doping’. That’s hard.” After he won his sixth gold medal, Sir Chris Hoy gave his take to the BBC on why Team GB had ‘backed up’ its haul from Beijing. “It’s hard to explain what makes the team so special. It’s all of it: the science, the training, the coaches, but most of all we point the mirror at ourselves and ask ‘how can we get better?” This inevitably draws us into ‘the aggregation of marginal gains’, Brailsford’s popular strategy for finding an edge over the opposition. If you scrutinise everything that goes into riding a bike, or running a business for that matter, and then improved it by 1%, there are significant increases when you put them all together. A split second can win a track gold, while a minute less every stage could win you the Tour de France. Brailsford rolled his eyes. “I seem to have been labelled with this ‘marginal gains’ tag. It was more of a mindset than a philosophy. If you’re trying to hydrate people, give them flavoured water. It tastes better, so they’ll drink more. Fact.” He soon warmed to the theme, though. “Take beds, for example. Imagine asking an athlete to sleep in a different bed every night – different mattresses, with different stiffnesses and different pillows – you just shouldn’t do it. The solution was to create our own bedding and take it around, so Wiggins has the mattress structure which is right for his spine, and he sleeps with it every night.” There is another phrase, this time from business speak, which raises his hackles. “Managers talk about ‘best practice’, but what is that? Best practice should be ‘everyday
practice’. People used to say that wearing a cooling scarf round your neck at 35-40˚C was best practice. Why wait till that temperature? That’s the norm for us, after every race.” The Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which trailed Bradley Wiggins from start to glorious finish on the Tour de France, was another part of the marginal gains strategy. “It is like a mobile pit wall for the team,” said Brailsford. “We needed the right blend of comfort, power and performance, because it’s three weeks across cobbles and up steep hills. Sometimes you have to react sharply; other times you need to relax. The more tired you are, the less able you are as a manager to make the right decision.” However, Brailsford admits that too much theory can result in over-complication. “We made our mistakes in the past. We were so preoccupied with arranging the peas, we forgot about the steak. Our riders weren’t fit enough. Sometimes you have to keep it simple. We went back to the basics and made sure our riders were the fittest in the field.” There have been hiccups along the way, however, such as the men’s Olympic road race on the first day of London 2012, widely tipped as a done deal for world champion Mark Cavendish. “For 80% of the race, I thought we were going to win, but road racing is about fine margins and the extra numbers in the final breakaway just tipped the balance.” Still, 2012 will be hard to better: a benchmark that Brailsford is well aware of. Rather than dwell on the exploits of Wiggins and Hoy, he is already lining up successors who can build on their legacy. Can he create what many good managers fail to achieve: a dynasty? “The danger with making everything results-based is that once you get the result,
where do you go?” he concluded. “You’ve got to have something bigger. If you wanted to be the world’s best sports team, what criteria would you use? Results? Style? Flair? Fair play? Why would Barcelona be up there? Are they better than the All Blacks? We’re thinking along those lines now.” It won’t be easy. The Brailsford model has proven success, which opponents will be eager to replicate and improve on. Perhaps even the French. ■ For more on Team Sky's official car, the XF Sportbrake, see jaguar.com
Dave BrailsforD: TiPs 1 Nobody’s perfect. Don’t get frustrated because you haven’t nailed the perfect play. ‘Good’ can be as effective as ‘perfect’. 2 Do it for yourself. Ignore what anyone else thinks about your performance, especially friends and relatives. 3 Smell the coffee. Just because you could do it ten years ago as a teenager, doesn’t mean you can today. 4 Forget the result. If you fear losing, then you’re more likely to. Concentrate on the task in hand. 5 Accept your mistakes. We all make them; it’s those that move on faster that prevail. If you’re losing the battle, then remember the three Rs: Recognise, Regroup, Refocus. Recognise what’s going wrong. Regroup by interrupting the chain of thought. Then Refocus by telling yourself to concentrate on one technical aspect of the next phase.
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ou can see why it’s hard to meet people in the City. The whole cash-rich, time-poor thing rings true and gruelling hours are compounded by the fact that the variety on YouPorn these days is really quite a marvel. There just never seems to be enough time. Being a journalist doesn’t place me quite at the same time disadvantage but, against insurmountable odds, I am single. This was enough for me to get roped into writing a piece about dating in the City. A piece about online dating in the City. This might be humiliating. Everyone’s heard some online dating horror stories. Not in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre sense of the word; rather in the they-did-what? sense. So, it was with some trepidation that I agreed to try out Mutual Attraction, a matchmaking service aimed exclusively at the City. Instead of allowing you just to browse profiles, you’ll meet someone from the company who’ll then set you up with people they think you may actually get on with. I was to get dressed up smart and take three lovely ladies from the City on dates they’d never forget. (For the right reasons, hopefully.)
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It occurs to me I hadn’t properly read her profile. The panic set in: I knew nothing about her… squaremile.com
Date one: the meal I thought I’d play it reasonably safe with date numero uno and go for dinner. I also made a mental note not to say things like numero uno. I’d picked out Madison at One New Change because, as well as good food, that view of St Paul’s really is amazing. Of course, eating is the easy part. I had to find her first. Before we meet, it occurs to me that I hadn’t properly read her profile. The panic set in. I knew nothing about this person and I was meant to spend an evening with her. Why on earth did I think this was a good idea? Suddenly everyone looked like the single picture I’d seen. Was it that girl? Or that girl? Or that guy? This was all a terrible mistake. When I did meet her I was hugely relieved to find her friendly and, more importantly, normal. Perhaps I might make it through this evening alive. If nothing else I’ve learnt that it’s not just oddballs and cat ladies that use these kind of sites. I found myself wondering if it would be possible to expense condoms. If you are looking for a romantic restaurant to take someone on a date then Madison may just be the best place in the City. The view alone makes the place feel special and the food really is excellent. However, it doesn’t feel too showy or like you’re trying really hard to impress someone (even though you are). The availability of tapas and the popularity of the venue for drinks adds to the casual but sophisticated feel of the place. We started with tapas, which seemed like wisdom. The problem was, I managed to reach for the same piece of food as her every time, making it look like I was desperately striving
for physical contact. The food was delicious though, I’d particularly recommend the ‘Pata Negra’ croquetas as well as the rarebit fritters. Part way through the main courses – an unbelievably juicy 32 day-old sirloin steak for her, and veal in panko crumbs for me – she announces she is friends with a professional boxer. A pretty famous one, too. How do you respond to that. Was it a threat? In the end I ➤
Dating 101 Caroline Brealey, managing DireCtor, mutual attraCtion
Clueless about dating? take this cheat sheet into battle to help stop you from making a total fool out of yourself… 1 old fashioned ‘rules of dating’ don’t exist. if you like someone don’t leave it three days to call them; make a move or you’ll miss out. 2 it may be a recession but groupon vouchers are a no-go for first dates. take your date somewhere you can afford. 3 Ditch the texts and pick up the phone and show them you’re interested. 4 Don’t treat your date like a business meeting; avoid dates straight from the office when you’re still in work mode. 5 Web cleanse – your date will google you so remove that picture! ■ mutualattraction.co.uk
There is something extremely exciting about climbing up such an iconic landmark. You can imagine you’re James Bond or, more realistically, a tiny dot at the start of EastEnders. We managed to spot her office from the top of the O2. When she asked if I could see mine, I neglected to mention that my office isn’t in a huge skyscraper and instead just mumbled that it was obscured from view. The lie was obvious and I felt my harness rubbing. Date Two worked in financial recruitment and didn’t know any famous boxers. She did, however, seem very popular. She received several calls throughout the evening from people asking how applications were going. Despite the interruptions, the date was an overall success. There might be something in this Mutual Attraction thing. But true love would have to wait… ➤ just asked if she could get me an autograph. It seemed like most passive way out. Aside from the looming fear of a beating, the date seemed to go well. True to Mutual Attraction’s word, Date One (as I shall call her) worked in the City – as an internal auditor specialising in IT systems. Understandably, I didn’t dwell on that for too long (yawn). But she was a fan of square mile, at least, so I knew unlike her work, she had one good interest.
Date two: the aDventure For my second date I thought I would do something where the chances for conversation were lessened. I decided it was safer this way. I’d rely on my rakish good looks instead (ahem). I also thought I’d try something a little different, and decided to go big and head to Up at The O2. For those who don’t know, the activity offers a chance to walk over the top of the O2 arena. Apparently a good view seems to be a key part of what I think is a good date. If you’re looking to break the ice on a first date then this is the perfect thing to do. By the time we were both in overalls everything seemed more relaxed, and when you’re fitted with a harness that compacts your groin so tightly you have to walk like John Wayne, well, you just don’t have the energy to be nervous.
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proved that there are plenty of interesting, good-looking, and normal people in the City who want to date. Less of a surprise is that London is teeming with good places to take someone special; don’t just plump for ‘drinks’. Part of me wanted to be set up with someone truly awful, if only for the sake of a more tragic article. But everyone I met was frustratingly personable. I guess the most important question is whether or not I’m still single? I guess that’s best answered by the fact you’ll still find me in the queue for Infernos on a Friday night. ■ To date Matt, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more dating in the City, visit: mutualattraction.co.uk
Date three: the exhibition I thought I’d step up my game for the last date. Carpe diem, and all that. (That’s sort of like YOLO in Latin, kids.) I’ve found that if you say anything with enough conviction while staring at a picture people will assume you’re right. I was going to walk this. I had a shaky start when I introduced myself to the wrong person. It was possibly the most dreadful experience of my adult life. It was worse than the time I called my teacher ‘mum’ in Year 6. I thought she was just shy at first and it took me nearly a minute to realise the terrible mistake I’d made. Luckily the real Date Three – a small-cap analyst who focused on Latin America – wasn’t there to see it. We were heading to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. It’s a fantastic show and several of the shots are breathtaking, including many in the Under-15s category. Of course, if this isn’t your thing you can make a fool of yourself at any of the many exhibitions on in London throughout the year. And, instead of making up my own facts like I planned, I decided to agree thoughtfully with all her observations. It seemed to be working. Were we hitting it off? She was almost certainly ‘the one’. I couldn’t wait to write in my diary and tell my parents. The only slight hiccup came when we were having dinner afterwards. We’d gone for sushi and I discovered she had literally no idea how to eat edamame beans. Perhaps I’d been hasty on the whole ‘the one’ thing…
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McLaren P1 Growing up, my bedroom walls were covered in posters of supercars. Yes, there were possibly a few of Pamela Anderson in there, too. But mainly it was supercars. In pole position was the McLaren F1. It was the ultimate fantasy car – quite simply the best a boy could get. Now it would appear McLaren is going to do it all over again for a whole new generation. The P1 is the latest creation to come from the wizards of Woking. The long-awaited spiritual successor to the F1 has to be one of the most dynamic car designs ever. It was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show as just a concept, but it promises to be a pretty accurate indicator of what’s to come. The cost for the finished product is rumoured to reach between £700k-£800k. But this should still be a small price to pay for what McLaren promises will be “the best driver’s car in the world”. ■ McLaren Automotive, 100 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LJ
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’m In love. I really find it difficult to express quite how firmly up my boulevard this cru is: Clos de la Roilette, Cuvée Tardive 2011 Fleurie is simply delicious. Go, go, and invest heavily in 2011 Beaujolais! Alain Coudert’s nine hectares of particularly well-sited, east-facing slopes are on the border of Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent and, as New York importer Louis Dressner explains in his illuminating profile, the old owner was furious to find that his land had been assigned to the Fleurie side. Certainly the wine is nothing like the lighter expressions of Fleurie and has far more in common in terms of substance with many a Moulin-à-Vent. The Cuvée Tardive is a special bottling of the produce of older gamay vines, partially aged in large old oak and designed to be drunk after the principal bottling. But actually it is so fluid, so mouthwatering, and so beautifully scented and jam-packed with fruit that it is extremely difficult to resist now. You could drink it with or without food. With baguette, good unsalted butter and saucisson it would be divine. Unlike so much Beaujolais out there, this dark crimson wine smells of really intense, ripe gamay grapes and has a real mineral – almost granite – bite. It’s ridiculously gulpable already but clearly has a great future, too. Not a hint of hasty fermentation, here; it is freshness and fruitiness incarnate. Beaujolais at all quality levels – but particularly at this top end – is ridiculously underpriced. Specialist fine burgundy importers Domaine Direct of Islington are currently listing it at £15 a bottle (so long as you buy at least a dozen bottles, which can be mixed). I do hope you like it as much as I do. I urge you to take full advantage of the fact that Beaujolais has had three good vintages in a row (2009, 2010 and 2011) and that prices are out of all proportion to the quality – this time in a good way, for once. ■
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Raise the steaks… Despite a tempestuous past, the latest incarnation of the old Regent Palace Hotel has lasting appeal, says Mark Hedley
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house, Mash, you’re immediately treated to a red carpet experience. There are acres of the stuff lining a sweeping glasssided staircase, which takes you down into the bowels of what was originally the Regent Palace Hotel. There’s something very theatrical about the descent into this subterranean restaurant, which finally opens up in front of you like a vast art deco emporium. The last time these doors were opened was for Marco Pierre White’s self-fulfilling prophecy, Titanic. His attempt to revive the space sank without a trace in 2002. The building is owned by The Crown Estate and has been revitalised as part of a £300m redevelopment of the building. But it was specifically the investment of Danish investors Copenhagen Concepts – co-founded by Danish sommelier and restaurateur Jesper Boelskifte – that led to the creation of this Americaninspired steak house. With 350 covers, Mash is one of the largest restaurants in London. Making a room as big as this feel intimate is quite a challenge; one that Mash manages with panache. It’s achieved by plush, red-leather booths, dark-wood panelling and a vibrant atmosphere, which throbs around a central stand-alone bar. There’s no doubt this is a meat-eaters’ paradise. Giant cuts of meat hang to dry in huge glass-panelled cabinets. The menu includes house-prepared charcuterie – with to-die-for pork rillettes. As you’d hope, the steaks are stunning: from succulent rib-eye from Omaha, Nebraska, to butter-soft Wagyu from Jack’s Creek in Australia, they’re top class. As are the knives they’re served with – the handles alone are
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enough to kill a man. The salt-crusted bread is some of the finest I’ve had. And the meal’s real highlight was the onion rings. These marvels are lightly battered, and each one is the size of a lifesaver. Unlike the doomed Titanic before it, this is one thing I don’t think Mash will need. ■ MASH, 77 Brewer Street W1F 9ZN; 020 7734 2608; for more information and menus, see mashsteak.dk
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’m not quIte sure exactly when I realised I was actually in Brazil. Having never been there before, I expected to be confronted by a permanent parade of sexy Samba dancers combined with small Amazonian tribesmen shortly after disembarking the plane (despite the fact Carnival season was way off). Instead I was finding it hard to place in the jet-lagged map of my mind. But then the caipirinhas happened; proper, authentic, freshly-made-bya-Brazilian-barman caipirinhas. As the sharp, sour-sweet taste of the lime juice, sugar-cane spirit and sugar crystals hit my throat, I found myself immediately orientated. Although, after another three, I was back to disorientated. I’d arrived late at night in Belo Horizonte, capital of one of Brazil’s most important states, Minas Gerais. It claims to have been the rich source of the country’s gold, diamond and gemstone mines, whose plundering throughout the 17th and 18th centuries indirectly led to the nation rising to become the economic powerhouse it is today. The plan was to explore a couple of the nearby colonial towns that the Portuguese rulers founded in their excitement at becoming obscenely wealthy gold, diamond and gem mine owners, then head to Bahia – basically the Jamaica of Brazil – before, as the film would have it, flying down to Rio. Three very different flavours of a huge, huge country. Belo Horizonte is, essentially, a stoppingoff point, somewhere to rest and recuperate before you get on the road. It’s not an unattractive city by any means – nestling, as it does, at the foot of the Serra do Curral mountain ridge. It has some fine architecture, both modern, as designed by lauded local architect Oscar Niemeyer, and older. But it’s the third largest metropolitan area in Brazil with a vast urban sprawl. I quickly put it behind me and headed off to Ouro Preto (‘black gold’). The town is a picturesque tangle of crooked, cobbled streets peppered with baroque churches, where gold fever began at the turn of the 18th century when a nearby slave worker found some odd, black metal at the base of a shallow river, which turned out to be oxidised gold. There are still a couple of goldmines in the area now, with gemstone stores abounding. If you have a girlfriend to impress, or a wife to curry favour with, then this is the place for you. There are several jewellery stores off and around the elegant main square, Praça Tiradentes, where you can buy huge rocks of unpolished stones, from topaz, to amethyst, emerald and aquamarine, or stones already set as rings or necklaces. Sadly, I left empty-handed; call me a traditionalist but I still
believe a man should buy me all my diamonds. Next stop was the charming, small town also called Tiradentes (a popular name round here because it originally belonged to a Brazilian revolutionary who was hung in 1792 trying to instigate independence from the Portuguese. Still, on the upside, no-one around here is ever going to forget who he was). It was another goldrush town, evident in its many Catholic churches. Everything, but everything, is gilt. The interior of the most opulent, the Matriz de Santo Antonio, looks like it was designed by Liberace, and is well worth a glance. But if entering a church is likely to make you come out in a rash, then soothe yourself by worshipping at the temple of Mammon, and shop yourself silly for antiques in the beautiful stores and quaint boutiques in what essentially used to be a frontier town, and is now one of the living jewels of the Minas Gerais region. I was staying at the Solar da Ponte, a restored mansion house now run as an upmarket hotel, owned by ex-pat Brit John Parsons and his Brazilian wife Anna Maria. If you’re here on a romantic tour, arrange to stay in room 15, which has a four-poster bed and a granite bath big enough for two. If you’re really pulling out all the stops, then John can arrange for you to dine at the atmospheric Topo do Mundo, a restaurant an hour’s away. Perched on the top of the Sierra mountains ➤
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A good cAtch: Five-star boutique hotel UXUA in trancoso near Porto Seguro has been constructed from several original fishermen’s homes; (below) the beautiful, frontier-like town of tiradentes
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➤ it overlooks the plains below, and serves mouthwatering steaks and fondues (one gets the impression that not many Brazilians are vegetarian). Ask for a table by the edge for the best views. If you want to show off before you eat, and light permitting, there’s a paragliding company next to the restaurant. I’d been told that Bahia is the state of total relaxation; it was on Brazil’s hippy trail in the 1970s, and populated by a host of bohemians. The tiny town of Trancoso, which was next on my agenda, seemed to live up to its reputation. A short drive from Porto Seguro (where the Portuguese first landed in 1500), it’s a former fishing village nestling by the Atlantic Ocean. Situated around the main square, known as the Quadrano, there’s hardly anything to it, but that’s the point. It’s a laid-back surfers’ paradise, where the residents are unfathomably cool and the vibe is Caribbeanesque. The Quadrano is lined with restaurants and bars, but also several original fishermen’s homes, most of which have been renovated and now form part of the stylish, five-star boutique hotel, Uxua. Since ‘Uxua’ is in fact a Brazilian tribal word meaning ‘marvellous’, the name seems incredibly apt. The ten different accommodations are all individually styled, and because Wilbur Das, the man who owns it, used to be the creative
director of Diesel, it’s basically like staying in an issue of ELLE Decor. There is little to do here except relax, although the hotel can arrange horse riding, watersports, and even capoeira classes (the half-dance, half-martial art). The beaches are a Bounty advert’s wet dream, and you might spot photographer Terry Richardson setting up another Pirelli calendar shoot (the 2010 one was made here). Three days of relaxation later, and I’m Rio-bound. Again, I didn’t know what to expect; it’s had a fair amount of negative press over the years and been riddled with drug and gang problems. Still, I emerge blinking into the morning sunlight on my balcony at the delightfully Raffles-like Rio institution, Copacabana Palace, to see a buzzing oceanfront populated by the kinds of people you’d see on any US urban beach. Weightlifters, dog walkers, joggers and rollerbladers weave along the black-andwhite-tiled seafront, and women (and men) in the tiniest swimwear I’ve ever seen get oiled up for another busy day at the office. Beachlife is key to the Cariocas’ nature. It’s an attractive quality, that, combined with the work the police have been doing over the past few years to clear out the favelas and make the city safer, has resulted in a stunning worldclass destination with a lot to offer. ➤
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Life’s a beach: (clockwise from left) The luxurious infinity pool at the hotel fassano which overlooks the ocean; the beach at ipanema in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro; 1930s luxury guaranteed at the copacabana hotel, with christ the Redeemer in the background
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➤ So, where to start? A walk along the beach from Copacabana along to Ipanema is as good a place as any. Ipanema has a very different vibe – a bit more hip and edgy, and thronged with surfers and bright young things. Its landmark hotel, the Philippe Starck-designed Fasano, hosted Lady Gaga when she played here last year, and its stylish, wood-panelled Barretto Londra (the ‘London Bar’) is the place to be seen drinking cocktails. Further along the beach is the upmarket residential area of Leblon, linked to Ipanema by the Visconde di Piraja – a high-end
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shopping street lined with designer stores and malls, and home to some of the smartest restaurants in Rio. Try Sushi Leblon on Rua Dias Ferreira for the freshest sushi in town (the Toro tuna tartare is amazing), or Zuka, further along the street, for incredible seafood. And you mustn’t miss the Big Two: a trip to Corcovado mountain to see the jaw-dropping, 130ft high statue of Christ the Redeemer, whose serene, outstretched-armed benefice seems to protect all of the teeming city below; and the cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain, which offers incredible views over the beaches, especially at sunset. If you’re feeling particularly James Bond, then halfway up Sugarloaf, you can hail a helicopter, and whirr by Jesus and over the some of the city’s other sights – like the faded grandeur of the Santa Teresa district, all elegantly dilapidated Colonial townhouses, or lively, boho Lapa, home to Rio’s oldest samba bar, the Scenarium. After all that, you’ll need another caipirinha – or three. And that’s when you finally know you’ve really tasted Brazil. ■
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Perthshire is known as the ‘big county’, not just for its size, but because of its diversity of towns and countryside. But if you’re planning a visit, there’s only one place to stay, says Laura HammersLey
ut Of the 2,528 sq miles that make up the Scottish county of Perthshire, 850 acres are home to Gleneagles, an AA Five Red Star resort hotel synonymous with golf, golf, and er, more golf. Described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ when it was opened in 1924, Gleneagles is now owned by drinks powerhouse Diageo and hosts Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Scotland’s only two Michelinstarred restaurant. I had high hopes, therefore, that Gleneagles might be able to offer me more than the sight of bonkers checked trousers, creepy shoes and inappropriate knitwear. Don’t get me squaremile.com
wrong – if golf’s your bag then you’re spoiled for choice. The forthcoming host of the 2014 Ryder Cup has three of Europe’s finest championship courses and the PGA National Golf Academy to show you what to do on them if, like me, you’re a bit of a (total) novice. But as I watched the rain lashing down on the golfers battling gale-force winds to connect club with ball, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the other diversions the resort has to offer. Chief among these is the award-winning spa by ESPA, where a ‘total body ritual’ had me scrubbed, brushed, exfoliated and massaged into oblivion before being deposited
into a womb-like relaxation room to, well, relax. This is my perfect idea of spending quality time away from the big smoke, but if you are more traditionally inclined, you can also indulge in a spot of shooting, fishing, falconry or even off-road driving without leaving the confines of the estate. It was hard enough to leave the confines of our room, an ‘estate double’, in the newer part of the hotel, Braid House. The star of the show was the in-room gas fire, which could be switched on at the touch of a button on the remote control we had thoughtfully been provided with. The joy on my husband’s ➤
The joy on his face at being able to turn on the fire without leaving bed was a sight to behold
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➤ face at being able to turn on the fire without leaving our bed in the morning was a sight to behold, eclipsed only by the views of the mountains from the floor-to-ceiling windows. I always judge a hotel room by the quality of its bathroom and Gleneagles didn’t disappoint, with his & hers basins, a deep,
Corporate events Gleneagles is a great choice for a corporate event or away-day and the dedicated events team will ensure every detail is attended to. The Blue Tower suite, complete with mezzanine lounge area and roof terrace would make a great choice for a small meeting or private drinks reception, whereas the Gleneagles Suite has ‘two-day conference’ stamped all over it. A luxury chauffeur fleet of executive cars and people carriers make airport transfers easy, with the capacity to co-ordinate the transport of large groups in comfort. And when the agenda concludes, the estate offers plenty to keep even the most fatigued meeting-goer happy (gundog handling, anyone?).
inviting bath, separate shower room and Asprey toiletries on tap (and now in my washbag – by pure chance, of course). When holed up in Scotland my mind invariably turns to wining and dining (in my book, Scottish produce is among the best in the world), and on this front Gleneagles excelled. A tasting menu at Andrew Fairlie demonstrated the genius for which its creator is renowned, with salmon ‘mi-cuit’ or ‘partially cooked’ the perfect start to a seven-course showcase in seasonal dining. Mr H and I decided to embark on a ‘wine flight,’ which is two-Michelin-star speak for getting in the matching wines. Judging by the size of our morning-after hangovers, they weren’t shy on the measures (well, what would you expect from a hotel owned by a multinational alcoholic beverages company?). The hotel’s other restaurants held their own against this fearsome standard – Strathearn offered ‘old-skool’ fine dining with friendly, unobtrusive service, while at Deseo cuts of meat, fish and shellfish are chargrilled to a juicy perfection (I recommend a hand-dived scallop on the side, yum). A full day of golfing/ spa-ing/ driving/ shooting also requires a hearty breakfast and it is here that Gleneagles really came into its own – with a veritable smorgasbord of delights. The buffet inspired my husband to
create what I think should be on every decent, Scottish hotel’s menu by 2014 – ‘Highland Eggs’ (basically, eggs Benedict but with haggis instead of the ham and a nip of whisky in the hollandaise, but I digress). All this hardcore eating necessitated at least a nod towards the physically active. The hotel has a serious gym with 28 types of Technogym cardiovascular equipment, a 20m lap pool, a leisure pool and an outdoor hot pool (pleasant in November, but in December or January I imagine would be rather parky). So, who goes to Gleneagles? Well, other than world leaders (the hotel hosted the G8 Summit in 2005) and Americans dressed as Scottish lairds (I counted three), it’s the perfect country retreat for the active, the lazy, the gluttonous and the healthy. So pretty much everyone, then. Oh, and you don’t need to have picked up a golf club in your life, let alone know how to use one. ■ The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, PH3 1NF; gleneagles.com
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Keegan Bradley is a name that most followers of golf are very familiar with – for good and some frankly rather odd reasons. Despite having only joined the PGA Tour in 2011, the tall, somewhat goofy-looking Bradley has been a virtual omnipresence on the leaderboards. He bagged the headlines for the right reasons in August last year, when he won the US PGA Championship in his first full season in the upper ranks, and then he dominated the back pages again as the man who liked to spit every time he was about to take a shot. Bradley proved he was no flash in the pan this season, by winning the WGC Bridgestone International in August, shooting a final round 64 to break free of one of the strongest fields of the year. He had looked like a Jedi putting master, swinging his trusty belly putter like an all-powerful light sabre. But now a dark cloud hangs over Bradley, and all other players who use the so-called ‘anchoring method’ to help get the ball in the hole. Having rested the grip-end of their putter in their tummies for virtually all of their careers, Bradley, Ernie Els, Adam Scott, and a whole generation of young golfers are being forced to drop anchor, so to speak, and abide by a new set of rules that are being brought into force in 2016. Although the ban is three full seasons away, in the very first event after the proposal was announced, Bradley was called a ‘cheater’ by a member of the public while he was putting out on the 18th green. It may well be legal now, but the morality of using something that is no longer deemed acceptable will leave him open to vocal criticism. It could go one of two ways for Bradley. He’s certainly far too good a player to disappear, but putting, often described as ‘the game within the game’, is a dark art that only few can ever truly master. ■ – Nick Bayly
you’re walking too fast Golf is a good walk spoiled – well it is if you rush it, says Golf News editor Nick Bayly , who pleads for the game to forget its obsession with overcoming slow play and return to a more leisurely age…
nother golf-relAted survey arrived on
my desk this month which covered the old-age problem of the time it takes to play 18 holes. Slow play, it seems, is killing the game, and was cited in this particular survey, and in many others that have come before it, as one of the prime reasons why people give up the game, and why new ones are put off from taking it up in the first place. The data, which was gleaned from more than 1,000 club golfers, revealed that the desired time for completing 18 holes was four hours, with 90% of players wishing to get a full game completed in that period, although only 60% of us actually managed it. If ever there was an example of hope over expectation, then golf is it, in oh so many ways. I’ve long since given up telling my wife that I’ll be back in ‘a few hours’ whenever I nip out for a round. As I step out the front door with a cheery ‘see you later’, I can sometimes hear the muffled response of ‘whenever’ emanating from inside. I figure that if I say I’m going to be back for six, and I’m back at tea time, then I’ve bagged back a couple of brownie points, but these days I seem to be greeted with the same disdain whenever I return, so perhaps I should just learn to take my time. Regardless of vague promises on return times, it’s not slow play that’s the problem – it’s golf itself. Walking four-and-a-bit miles, playing upwards of 85 shots, and chatting about Chelsea’s inconsistent form in the league is an inherently time-consuming activity. It’s also one that doesn’t generally happen on your doorstep, unless you have to be one of the chosen few who lives on or adjacent to a golf course (I hate you already). The round-trip
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to my club is 70 minutes, so add that to the equation, and you’re already in trouble. A ‘fast’ round of golf is only ever going to be 20-30 minutes faster than a slow one, so all this moaning about being ready to play, jogging between shots, and picking up when you can’t make a birdie is frankly nonsense. Yes, we should all play at a good pace, not spend more than a few seconds looking for lost balls, and certainly not stand around marking our cards on the green, but if you want to constrain your sporting activity into a shorter time period, then I suggest you take up squash or pool, or some other game that is rationed by the hour. Golf, like a good meal, should be savoured and cherished, not bolted down like a cheeseburger at a drive-through. Although the blame for slow play is often placed on golfers, I also blame golf clubs,
many of which refuse to operate tee booking systems – which ensure that no-one is made to hang around the first tee on a Saturday morning waiting for the unofficial roll-up to get away. The course ranger, who used to ensure everyone kept up with the group in front, also seems to have long since been laid off. But frankly, these are all smokescreens to the bigger underlying issue, which is that we, as human beings, are inherently more impatient than we were five, 10, or even 20 years ago. In our consumer-driven, timepressured culture, where gratification has to be instant, and boxes ticked, a leisurely round of golf and a post-game pint with your mates seems strangely out of the step with the age. Oh, I wish we could return to simpler times. Either that or make all courses nine holes, but where’s the fun in that? ■
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The “Imperial Swimming Dragon” suite is indisputably the most historically important en suite set of gold artifacts from the Eastern Han Dynasty (ca. 25 - 220 CE) ever to be on offer. Superlatives contained in one's normal lexicon will be hard pressed to accurately describe the readily apparent importance and emotional effect this collection has on its viewer. It is truly one of the world's majestic treasures. Manufactured in the imperial workshop for the first Emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty, the suite was created utilizing the most complex and intricate craftsmanship known to the Chinese goldsmiths in antiquity. The finest execution of granulation, filigree, repoussé, inlay and other demanding techniques adorn virtually every surface. Both the micro and macro views of these creations are absolutely inspiring. Even fragmentary pieces of this style, but of slightly lesser quality and condition, have been accorded National Treasure status in Korea, even though the artifacts are not Korean. The partial illustration shown here is a view of one vessel’s lid from the “Imperial Swimming Dragon” suite of artifacts. The extraordinary level of craftsmanship creates a pleasing pattern of curvilinear shapes highlighted by colorful inlay. Closer examination, however, reveals these curvilinear designs to be scenes full of life. Beautifully crafted bodies of impressive adult dragons with their cavorting young cover almost every exterior surface of the artifacts within the suite. In addition, semicircles in filigree and granulation ring the bodies, suggesting ripples in the water through which the creatures swim, with the young dragons appearing to surface from the water and climb upon their mothers’ backs. The supreme delicacy required in the construction of these treasures can almost be overlooked because of the boldness of the design as well as the charm and liveliness of the subject matter. TKAA178-14-107453-1
These extraordinary artifacts exemplify the majesty of the dragon which has proudly been displayed for ritual purposes, and as a symbol of the might of China, from the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1600 - 1046 BCE) to today. The extraordinary historical importance of this set of ancient gold artifacts is confirmed by the extensive inscriptions containing prodigious information. For example, some of the craftsmen involved in producing these exceptional artifacts were metalsmith Ān, and engraver Zhòng. These names have also appeared on a few other important imperial vessels of the same period but not in gold, and those few artifacts are in the collection of The National Museum of China. Additional inscriptions provide the names of five high ranking oﬃcials (Overseer Xīng, Magistrate Sìmăo, Magistrate's Assistant Fàn, Assistant Oﬃcer Xí, and Secretary Yīn) who oversaw the craftsmen while they created these exquisite artifacts. Other inscribed characters describe actual gold weights, and pairs are also noted or numbered. Of even more importance are inscriptions on several of the vessels within the suite, which specify the time and place of manufacture in the Imperial Workshop. The suite was completed in the reign of Guang Wudi, the first and most important Emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty, in the 24th year of Jianwu (approximately 49 AD). This set was not created as a gift or to be used as tribute, but was specifically designated for use by the Emperor. In addition to the extensive cultural and historical information inscribed on the artifacts themselves, the suite is one of the most scientifically scrutinized sets of ancient gold artifacts known. Over two-and-a-half years of research for the purpose of authentication was performed by the world’s leading scientists in this field, from Switzerland, Germany and the United States. These studies include; Tool Markings, Patination & Construction Techniques, Optical Microscopy, Surface Examination, Uranium, Thorium - Helium Dating and XRF Elemental Analysis. Unfortunately, TK Asian Antiquities does not have the set on public display. While our natural inclination is to provide an exciting visual and visceral experience, along with historical relevance to all parties, we most regretfully must restrict viewing and inspection to a limited audience by appointment only.
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In our decades-long pursuit of the most accurate means of determining the age and authenticity of artifacts purportedly made in antiquity, we have unequivocally concluded that the most valid criteria and procedures consist of combinations of historical scholarship and scientific analysis. It is our mission to work with the world’s leading scientists in the field of archaeometrics to authenticate practically every piece we have on offer. Additionally, we maintain a cutting edge laboratory, a highly regarded archaeometallurgist on our premises and a highly experienced staff of restorers and conservators who know the true condition of any artifact they handle, whether bronze, precious metals, textiles, lacquer, wood or pottery. It has been eight years since the publication of “A Guide to Artifact Testing and Study at TK Asian Antiquities”. During that time, scientific advances in the field have been both numerous and wondrous. Unfortunately, the best science in the world is of no use if people do not know about it. Thus, we decided to publish “A Meaningful Guide to the Scientific Authentication of Asian Antiquities”. Written in both English and Chinese, this updated guidebook is designed to help the public understand some of the options which exist in the study of purported antiquities. This guide offers a brief look at some of the techniques most commonly used in the study of artifacts and the detection of forgeries. Some have not changed much since the publication of the previous guide, while others are new, greatly improved, more relevant or simply more accessible than before.
While we encourage people to undertake the scientific study of art and artifacts, misinterpretation of the significance of test results can actually sabotage efforts in this field. Databases become tainted, and people come to distrust techniques which could be of great benefit to them, all because they heard of an instance when “science failed”. It was not the science that failed, however, but the humans working with it. By familiarizing yourself with the basics of artifact testing, you can protect yourself from the innocent mistakes of others. We hope that this guidebook will help you achieve a greater understanding of the tools at your disposal. Just remember, the greatest tool of all lies within. Satisfy your curiosity. Ask questions. Never stop learning. Pictured on the cover of the publication is a split image of a Sui Dynasty (581 - 618 CE) gilded bronze mirror in original condition (left half of image). The right half of the picture is a radiographic image of the mirror revealing an elaborate repair, which was made in antiquity. The mirror had broken cleanly into two pieces. Two channels had been cut into the parts, perpendicular to the broken edges, so that the halves could be secured in the proper alignment prior to rejoining. Grooves were also cut to provide larger areas for the solder to fill than would be available if the halves were simply rejoined at the broken edges. The parts were joined using a highdensity solder, which appears lighter in color than the surrounding metal in the radiographs. A band of corrosion on the gilded mirror back was the only visible hint that a repair existed. The polished face of the mirror had been re-tinned, completely covering the repaired crack. Subsequent corrosion of the polished surface was consistent with natural longterm corrosion processes, confirming that the repair was made in antiquity. There is a strong possibility that the break occurred at or near the time of manufacture. The graphical representation of the mirror and radiographic image illustrates the importance of scientific authentication. Without the use of radiographic examination there would be no clear way to identify the evidence of a crack or repair with the naked eye.
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AN ANCIENT ART FORM REVIVED BY CONTEMPORARY MASTERS IS SWEEPING THE NATION! Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province, a remote mountain region in Southwest China, is the birthplace and the primary source of what many believe to be the ultimate two dimensional expression of the three dimensional universe, the Dali Dreamstone. These unique and extraordinary visions, created by the divine in near infinite palettes and patterns, are hidden in marble boulders and can only be revealed by the “hands” of a few intuitive local talents. The pronounced cerebral and visceral reactions witnessed to Dreamstones currently on view are not merely momentary phenomena. Research has shown this reaction to be a historical constant. Over a thousand years ago Emperors were demanding Dali marbles as tribute in lieu of gold and gems, and over four hundred years ago Xu Xiake, one of the most famous scholars in China’s history, wrote that after viewing Dreamstones in Dali he sincerely felt all other art galleries should be closed.
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Unfortunately centuries of this art and scholarship all but disappeared during the turbulence of China’s 20th century. However, the recent re-introduction of Dreamstones to both China and the West has rightfully produced one of the most exciting receptions in the 21st century art world. From important New York galleries to prestigious art fairs, from private residence showings to corporate affairs, lovers of virtually all genres of pictorial arts have been enthralled by this new medium. In one exhibition, 175 Dreamstones, ranging in size from 4” x 4” to 3’ 5” x 6’ 3”, were on offer. In a four day period, over 150 pieces were sold.
Interviews revealed that this remarkably high percentage was made even more astounding by that fact that virtually no one who made a purchase had even heard of Dreamstones prior to this exhibit! The prices realized at the gallery showing ranged from $1,800 to $85,000. It should be noted, however, that prices realized directly from the Masters in Dali have ranged from $550 to $1,200,000. The results from all known recent exhibits, Palm Beach, Miami, New York City, Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas and many others, have shockingly allowed for only one conclusion. The unique art form of Dreamstones has amazing appeal to virtually every demographic. National origin, socio-economic status and even age and education related considerations found no barriers. Over the eons, numerous masterful Dreamstones have been created which uncannily appear to represent scenes drawn from nature in all its glory, yet all are represented in simple, subtle shades and blends of grey, black and white. Strikingly, what is essentially a monochromatic presentation can immediately imbue the viewer with a sense of verdant growth, often an enticement of an idyllic setting, and certainly with a spirit of renewal. How perfect is it that we do not need the hues that are the normal harbinger of spring, because a master of stone had the intuition to hew this rock at just the precise location.
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Essays left by prominent scholars and artists in antiquity indicate that pictures of mountains or water were heavily focused on the mystical qualities of the natural world. These works allowed the viewer to travel in their imagination, perhaps the natural antidote to urban or official life. So too did the Dali Dreamstone that depicted water, mountains and the natural features of the Earth and atmosphere.
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The Dreamstones displayed here are meant to give the viewer a small taste of this reborn art form. Of course, the subtleties of tones, the interplay of translucent and crystalline minerals intimately mixed with intriguing opaque colors cannot be accurately produced with any traditional photographic process. In reality, even the slightest change of the type, intensity, color or angle of the lighting can amplify an already wonderful scene, but it can also cause the viewer to have a variety of previously unrealized sensations. There is a certain magic that can be perceived in fine Dreamstones that all should strive to experience.
THE INTERNATIONAL DALI DREAMSTONE ASSOCIATION - (I.D.D.A.) There are numerous small scale stone collecting societies in Dali, Yunnan as well as in a few other provinces. Some associations are quite serious and composed of true collector/scholars, and may even contain Master Revealers. Fortunately, these are somewhat active in preserving the art form. Most, however, are social /commercial clubs, whose main purpose is the reinforcement of their own tastes. Fortunately one association is now considered an umbrella or liaison organization. is the I.D.D.A. This is the I.D.D.A. They have managed to form a consortium of scholars, collectors, Masters and students, in both the USA and China. They also worked in conjunction with the municipal government and the Dali Municipal Museum to host the largest attended exhibition: “Dreamstones - Dali’s Artistic Heritage”. Never has a foreign entity been able to accomplish this. Over 600 Dali Dreamstones were chosen, from over 100 plus Master Revealers, scholars, collectors and successful commercial distributors. From that extraordinary collection, an even more select group of 52 truly remarkable works of art were chosen by the I.D.D.A. to be presented in this Dali Dreamstone exhibition shown at the Dali Municipal Museum. Selected by Master Selector Fu Chun Tang Platinum Certified by the I.D.D.A. Framed Size: 36 1/2” H x 36 1/2” W
Those 52 Dreamstones were published in the first-of-its-kind catalog, "Dreamstones-The Artistic Heritage of Dali” - presented by The Dali Municipal Museum in Conjunction with the International Dali Dreamstone Association" (a silk wrapped, gold tipped 130 page catalogue published in English and Chinese), which is now available to the public. The exhibition was spiritually rewarding and very successful in immediately spreading the knowledge and beauty of Dreamstones to over 10,000 people who visited the presentation. In addition, although in its infancy, the I.D.D.A. now has a bilingual website that will soon be considered “de rigueur” for those seriously interested in collecting or learning about Dreamstones. Their goals are admirable and the commentaries enlightening, but of the greatest consequence is their newly established Dreamstone inspection and ranking system that has removed the most onerous concerns regarding purchases. (The organization does not buy or sell Dreamstones.) While there are several I.D.D.A. Consulting, Elite and Business members in China, there is only one U.S. gallery that is currently recognized as following the requirements and suggestions of the I.D.D.A., TK Asian Antiquities, with fine galleries in Williamsburg, Virginia and New York, New York. They have all their Dreamstones of note inspected and ranked. The ranking certificates themselves constitute a much needed improvement over other awards issued in the art world; each certificates has seven different anti-fraud devices built in. They are the first art association to do so. Additionally, each ranked stone will be listed and pictured on an international database to track and follow the value variations of Dreamstones and artists, as well as mitigating the potential loss of this extraordinary art form again. In the years that come, the Masters, and those other few who are near to realizing their potential, will almost certainly be more highly sought after. Their historical consequence and their perseverance in adversity alone will assure this. Their art form will continue to be sought after not only for its unique beauty, but because the material which inspired the Masters to developed their talents no longer exists.
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HAlf CUT Take a walk down Portobello Market and you will see – alongside many overpriced cupcakes and overly flamboyant colours of door paint – a heck of a lot of tat. Last time I was there I was amazed by just how many cut glass decanters had congregated there: sad, unwanted relics evicted from the back of dusty sideboards. Clearly the day of the decanters has long since departed. However, designer Lee Broom is bringing them back. Much as he revolutionised the Chesterfield chair – by wrapping neon lights around it – he has taken an equally fresh approach to decanter stoppers. In fact, he’s literally turned them on their head in making this, the new Half Cut glass range. Exclusively available at Liberty, the three-piece collection includes a martini glass, wine glass and champagne glass. As they are all sourced from antique markets and shops, it means each glass is entirely unique. ■
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Take me To The river bank… Finding a suitably plush pad on the Thames is easier said than done. Fortunately, we’ve tracked down not one but three of them for you Albion RiveRside, bAtteRseA Set across the river from Chelsea, Albion Riverside has to be one of the Thames’s most impressive and sought-after residential buildings. This is not least because it was designed by Gherkin God and everyone’s favourite architect du jour Norman Foster. The modernist style includes an unusual asymmetrical crescent plan – bulging and swirling like the Thames on a moody day. As you’d expect, vacancies in the building are few and far between – especially ones on the penthouse level. This spectacular
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Alongside the open-plan reception room, study and dining area, there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The main bedroom is a proper MTV Cribs number with double dressing room and en suite bath and shower room. The on-site amenities include a residents’ gym, swimming pool and 24hour concierge service. And there are three underground car spaces reserved for you. The coup de grâce is a 1,000sq ft terrace – perfect for summer nights. Oh well, only six months to wait to enjoy that, then. 020 7584 8585; savills.co.uk ➤
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Residents at One Tower Bridge will have access to a 24-hour concierge managed by Harrods ➤ One TOwer Bridge, MOre LOndOn There aren’t many places in the capital that can match One Tower Bridge for its neighbourhood bragging rights. You have Tower Bridge on one side; City Hall on the other, The Tower of London across the river, and The Shard towering above you. The new development by Berkeley Homes is also, crucially, only a short walk from the City as well as world-class schools and universities including Westminster School, City of London School, University College London, and the University of Westminster. The 1.6-hectare site will provide 354 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom private apartments and penthouses, all with private balconies or roof spaces as well as a cultural space and a beautifully landscaped exclusive private courtyard garden.
Designed by internationally respected architects Michael Squire & Partners, the development incorporates four different architectural styles in nine buildings, which vary in size and height, to complement the London skyline and take advantage of the views across the River Thames. Residents at One Tower Bridge will have access to a 24 hour concierge managed by Harrods Estates, a residents’ pool, a virtual golf facility, a fully equipped gymnasium, a spa facility with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, and a residents-only business centre with lounge. There will also be a neighbouring boutique hotel, in the Grade II listed St Olave’s school, with a restaurant for 250 guests. berkeleygroup.co.uk
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➤ Pan Peninsula, Canary Wharf The Pan Peninsula is Canary Wharf’s most luxurious development. Otherwise known as 1 Millharbour, it rises 500ft above Docklands, and offers some of London’s highest residential homes. At the top of its West Tower is this – a 4,000 sq ft penthouse apartment spread across the 39th and 40th floors. The apartment is certainly one of the best penthouses available within Canary Wharf and boasts four bedrooms, five bathrooms, three reception rooms, two terraces and seven balconies in total. Yes – seven. All four bedrooms have en-suite facilities, which are completed with a white high-gloss finish and Italian marble surfaces. On the 40th floor, the master suite has a large en-suite shower/bathroom with a spectacular north-facing view and a fantastic dressing room that provides access onto one of the two private terraces. The second terrace is also accessed on this level. On the 39th floor, you have the remaining three en-suite bedrooms, a fully-fitted luxury kitchen and two giant reception rooms, with one of them currently laid out as a dining room to seat 12 people. There are 360-degree views offered from the apartment, enabling you to see all the major landmarks of London. The views from the stand-alone baths are so good, in fact, that they could convert a die-hard showerer to the charms of a good soak. The penthouse’s many attractions are only part of the appeal of living here, though. The development also has state-of-the-art facilities, including a 24-hour concierge, a 9,000 sq ft fitness complex, a Six Senses holistic spa, plush private cinema and a cocktail bar on the 50th floor. The developers pitch it as an ‘urban resort’, which is pretty much spot on, as there’s very little reason you’d need to leave. Except to go to work, that is. But presuming your office is in Canary Wharf, you can even leave that right until the last minute. The asking price for all this? £5.25m. And they’ll throw in the garden furniture for free. For more information, please visit: Knight Frank Canary Wharf, 18/19 Cabot Square, E14 4QW; call 020 7512 9966; or go online at knightfrank.com ■
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Home is wHere tHe art is There aren’t many homes in London that can claim to be a work of art – let alone have their own art gallery. But we’ve found one that ticks both boxes. Welcome to Redington: please wipe your shoes on the way in…
ou know You’ve made it when you have room in your house for your own art gallery. So where exactly have you got to when not only do you have your own art gallery, but also an adjacent archive room so that you can rotate your exhibitions? You’ve got to Redington Road – that’s where. This magnificent detached home in Hampstead has just come on the market for £18.5m, and we’ll explain exactly why it’s worth such a lofty asking price… Let’s go from the bottom up. Nextdoor to the gallery is a 16m swimming pool with adjacent steam room. You’ll also find the staff quarters on this level – it’s all very Downton Abbey. (Apart from the pool and steam room.) Up on the main deck, you have three reception rooms, including a giant drawing room with semi-circular bay window. Plus
there’s the 400 sq ft kitchen/breakfast room. There’s also a double-width integral garage. Up the magnificent marble staircase, you’ll find yourself on the first of two upper floors. This one is home to the master bedroom, which has a giant balcony overlooking the garden, an ensuite bathroom and his’n’hers walk-in dressing rooms. Across the hall there are three more bedrooms – all of which have ensuite bathrooms, naturally. The top floor – or ‘kids’ floor’ as we shall call it – is home to three further bedrooms and bathrooms. So what of the house itself? Certainly a statement home, it’s situated on a prominent corner position on the road. It mixes orange and red brickwork with gables, oriels, and the occasional classical feature to create a style reminiscent of English architecture of the mid 17th to early 18th century.
Nextdoor to the gallery is a pool with adjacent steam room. You’ll also find the staff quarters on this level It’s based on Redington Road, located just to the west of Hampstead Village. Many of the more substantial houses on the road were originally laid out around 1910 as part of the West Hampstead Estate, designed by architect C H B Quennell – author of the series The History of Everyday Things in England. So, art and history in the one home, then. ■ For more information: 020 7472 5000; savills.com
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New year’s exhibitioNs: (Clockwise from top left) escape with the telegraph adventure travel show; mid-jump at the London bike show; a getaway from the travel show; a Fairline squadron 78 at the London boat show; one of the many exciting stunts in Cirque du soleil
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This exhibition of John Bartlett’s narrative paintings focuses on the paranoia of modern urban life. Throughout the exhibition he will be creating a large wall drawing on the subject of the August 2011 riots entitled ‘Rise of the Invisible’. This new work will echo the monumental ‘History Painting’, a depiction of the Poll Tax Riots.
The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show returns to ExCeL London and offers families a stunning showcase featuring all the latest innovations in marine design and technology. The show will host the latest launches, products and marine brands from Fairline, Sunseeker, and Princess, as well as activities for the whole family, including water displays by four-time British Freestyle Jet Ski Champion Jack Moule.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra, alongside conductor Long Yu and cellist Li-Wei Qin, performs compositions from Elgar, Qigang Chen, Raymond Yiu, and Haydn with ‘London’ as the central theme.
Cirque du SoLeiL’S KooZA
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KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil. It combines two circus traditions: acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendour, presented in a colourful mélange that emphasises bold slapstick humour.
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meT operA Live: mAriA STuArdA Barbican Cinema 1, 19 January
David McVicar, who directed last season’s Met premiere of Anna Bolena, directs the company premiere of Maria Stuarda, the second in Donizetti’s famous trilogy of operas about Tudor history.
PhotograPh (Cirque) John Zimmerman
A series of speakers looks at the numerous financial scandals, past, present, and future to see what can be learnt from them.
Saddle up for the UK’s largest bike exhibition, returning to ExCel London. Running alongside the Outdoors Show and Active Travel Show, you’ll find a whole host of great events, including the IG London Nocturne, which includes the UK’s first indoor criterium and provides visitors with a fantastic close-up view of fast-paced, competitive racing. There will also be rare and exotic bikes on display including a £25,000 Aston Martin bike and the Land Rover ‘Olympic Gold’ bike.
The CiTy’S GreAT FinAnCiAL SCAndALS Barnard’s Inn Hall, 10 January
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It may already feel like a lifetime away now, but in December, square mile hosted a fabulous shopping evening in The Royal Exchange. With everything from mulled wine to Scalextrics, from ice carvers to carol singers, it was a festive extravaganza.
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If you didn’t manage to find any bargains then, you definitely will now as the January sales are on in full force. The Royal Exchange is home to a huge range of luxury retailers from Agent Provocateur to Watches of Switzerland. Go shop! ■
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hoW to: get into extreme sports What are ‘extreme sports’? Extreme sports do not normally involve teams or rules. They also rarely require skill or experience. In fact, extreme sports are rarely sports at all but are just described as such so that the people who organise them can avoid serving lengthy jail terms.
are you sure extreme sport is for you? To help you decide, simply answer yes or no to this series of questions. Mostly ‘yes’ answers would indicate that you fit the extreme sports demographic: Have you been single for long? Do you find life dark and pointless? Do you find yourself clicking on web ads that say things like ‘Get Girls Without Shouting’? Is one of your arms thicker than the other? Have you ever killed anyone? No, seriously, have you?
Zorbing Rolling down a steep slope inside a giant ball, Zorbing has become increasingly popular. The ball is pumped with air and the competitor is pushed inside the inner skin. It is as close as you can get to re-entering the womb and re-living the thrill of your first foetal months on earth. Except that in this case it feels like the womb of a fat, drunk mother tumbling down the stairs of a nightclub. The other key difference is that when you finally emerge, someone doesn’t put a tag on your wrist and slap your naked backside. If they do you are strongly urged to contact the police.
skateboarding Grab your board, get down to your local skate park and let yourself go. Kickflips, frontside grinds and tailslides are now your watchwords as you work the park with your skate buddies. Liven up your skate look with tie-dyes, beads and radical glow-in-the-dark accessories. Pimp your board with racing stripes and night lights. And, as you go for that tricky 540 degree switch stance - egged on by your new skate mates - try to block out the uncomfortable fact that you are a 44-year old man who was made redundant 6 months ago and is now hanging around in a subway wearing beads and a tracksuit with a group of 14-year olds who call you ‘Jimmy Savile’ behind your back.
Cliff diving Defined as the acrobatic perfection of braving dangerous rocks and diving into water from a high cliff, ‘Cliff Diving’ is also a term used for a disgusting sexual practice between consenting fans of the singer of ‘Mistletoe & Wine’.
baCk-door man Experience the adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride of extreme sports by having a passionate physical affair with the wife of a close friend at their house around the time he usually gets home from work. As you hear his car pull up into the gravel driveway, run-ofthe-mill coitus is suddenly transformed into a heart-pumping race-against-the-cock challenge as you rush to complete the dirty in a frenzy of white-water shafting.
survivalism The latest craze, made fashionable by popular outdoors TV enthusiasts such as Ray Mears, Bear Grylls and Kirsty Wark. The key skill is using your basest instincts to keep yourself from starving to death. Patience is everything as you become the silent, nocturnal hunter. A crunch of twigs and you leap out, seizing your prey by the neck, asphyxiating it as you bring it to its
As you hear their car pull up, run-ofthe-mill coitus is suddenly transformed knees. Use your hunting knife to tear open its abdomen, quickly locating its liver. Warm, fresh and rich in Vitamins A and B, it will keep you replenished for the challenging 24 hours ahead when your neighbours pop round to politely enquire why the remains of their cat are strewn over your front garden and chest.
the great unknoWn Enthusiasts will tell you that the most unforgettable moments of extreme sports come when you are truly face-to-face with the terrifying unknown, relying on splitsecond instinct in a nerve-tingling, real-life confrontation with death. Every single movement and every utterance could be the difference as you tip-toe gently forwards into the unknown. Hostility greets you on every side in a 360-degree hell ride of menace and threat. This is known as ‘Going Into A Quiet Village Pub In The North’. ■ Read more Mackney madness on squaremile.com
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