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EET THE NEW NEIGHBOURS . They’re younger than

you. They wear funkier clothes. They ride fixies to the office, which will be open-plan, have exposed brickwork and feature ‘break-out’ spaces adorned with beanbags. They probably own a skateboard, too. Yet they’re taking over the City fringes in force. Even in the height of the dot-com boom, London’s technology scene wasn’t as buzzing as it is right now. And unlike back then, it feels like that buzz is here to stay. You’ll be familiar with Tech City by now, and you may have driven around Silicon Roundabout – but have you heard of FCS? I appreciate it sounds like a new discount furniture store, but actually it’s the abbreviation bestowed upon Farringdon, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch. This new tech heartland has seen rents fly up 46% year on year thanks to the influx of tech, media and telecoms businesses. In fact, companies from these industries have secured 24% more office space than in both 2011 and 2012, according to property consultancy Colliers International. As a Londoner, it’s all too easy to keep your head down and ignore your neighbours. But for the City, this would be a massive missed opportunity. Having so many innovative tech start-ups on the doorstep offers a great range of exciting prospects. In this issue, Simon Creasey looks at how financial companies are using social media expertise to play the markets [p78]; Perry M Anderson explains the potential of investing in these companies [p28]; and Jessica Furseth introduces us to some of the main players, including our cover star James Gill, the founder of GoSquared, who started his company at the age of 15. [p72] So for the City, I guess it’s not so much a case of keeping up with the Joneses, but learning from them.

Matt Hussey was very nearly an award-winning writer. When he’s not forcing that into a sentence, he contributes to T3, Shortlist and various dailies. In this issue, he picks out 2013’s top crop of consumer technology. [p58]

JESSICA FURSETH Jessica Furseth specialises in business start-up trends and technology. Previously funds editor at Shares magazine, she regularly covers investment and market topics too. In this issue, she interviews James Gill. [p72]

SIMON CREASEY Simon Creasey has been a journalist for 11 years, writing for a range of titles including the Guardian, Monocle and the Financial Times. In ‘Flipping the Bird’, he asks how one tweet can change a whole market. [p78]

PERRY M ANDERSON Perry M Anderson is an international investor and financier with a highly successful private equity firm, Quadra Capital. In his debut column, he explains why now is the time to invest in Tech City. [p28]

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78 SOCIAL NET WORTHS How Facebook posts and tweets are affecting wealth across the globe.

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#60 BECOME A GANGSTER

▽ IS YOUR TV over 60 inches wide? Have you ever shot a gun sideways? Do you keep a horse’s head in the freezer for emergencies? If the answer to any of these comes out mockney then it’s time to quit the city and join the world of organized crime. Oh, and if I ever catch you on my patch again I’ll cut off your balls and feed them to the fishes. Do we understand each other? Good. I’m pleased you want to be a gangster; we all are. Question is what kind? An oldfashioned mobster who looks after his own and only cigarette burns the deserving, or a gun-toting drug dealing ‘gangsta’ who is disrespectful to women, particularly in music videos? Both offer career progression and the chance to work in Hollywood. The honourable gangster was once a fixture of British society. Think of the Kray twins: always had their top button done up. Today’s bad boyz tend to make mischief in leisurewear. Where’s the class in that? You’re not going to land yourself a date with Barbara Windsor wearing a tracksuit, particularly if you refer to her as a ‘be-atch’. You’ll get a dry slap for that. Time to get down to brass tacks: have you ever punched someone in the pub, a corridor or the throat? Do you get excited at the prospect of violence or cower in the corner reversing the charges to your mum? A true gangster has a thirst for brutality. He’ll punch everything and everyone, even himself. If you’ve never punched yourself in the face I doubt you’re made of the right stuff. Finally – and I’m sorry to put you on the spot like this but I feel it’s important – have you ever killed someone to death? If you haven’t, this probably isn’t the gig for you. It might be more sensible sticking with your role of risk manager at a medium-sized financial institution, especially as they’ve just made you an offer you can’t refuse. ■

GOLDMAN SACHS

We’ve never heard of a bank asking its employees to stop working so hard, but that’s seemingly what Goldmans has done. It sent a memo to its younger staff, telling them to stay away from the office from Friday 9pm to Sunday 9am. Whatever happened to the day of rest?

WA L K I E S C O R C H I E

Land Securities, which owns the Fryscraper (or 20 Fenchurch Street, as it’s formally known) has admitted that it is “close” to sorting the blinding glare that warped a City boy’s Jag this summer. A giant curtain, perhaps? Black-out windows?

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Credit Suisse’s UK COO had to layer up last month as he bedded down with 150 other City workers for the annual Centrepoint Sleep Out in the Docklands. His advice? Put a towel over your head and breathe in hot air. Better than talking a load of it, we suppose.

HECTOR SANTS

Former FSA boss Sir Hector Sants resigned from his role as head of compliance at Barclays rather suddenly last month after taking time off for stress. Turns out working for a bank (and having to play nice with regulators) really can send you over the edge.

C H AT R O O M S

The days of branding yourselves ‘The Cartel’ on instant messaging may soon be over. Banks such as JP Morgan, RBS and Barclays are reviewing the use of chat rooms to halt the risk of market manipulation. Send your comedy cat gifs before it’s too late, bankers.

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If there’s one thing the City needs, it’s another bar. Thankfully, help is at hand: the bank vault used in Goldfinger – a Grade I-listed building on Poultry – is to be turned into a bar as part of a new hotel being developed by Sydell. A good one for bond traders, presumably.


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#08 TIME CONSISTENCY

▽ IT SOUNDS LIKE a good idea for policy makers to be able to respond to changing circumstances. But time consistency shows that if government makes a policy, it should stick to it. Why? Take an example from politics: negotiating over hostages. Most countries announce that they won’t negotiate, because if there’s no reward, rational terrorists won’t bother taking hostages. But when a hostage is taken, governments are tempted to make a concession and bring the hostage home. The problem is, if terrorists expect government to change its tune, its ‘no negotiations’ announcement won’t deter hostage-taking. The same story can play out in monetary policy, as shown by economists Edward Prescott and Finn Kydland. When the Federal Reserve announces low inflation is its main goal,

firms and workers act accordingly and negotiate small wage increases. Later, though, the Fed may be tempted to use expansionary monetary policy to reduce unemployment. It might work in the short term, but firms and workers learn to expect this inconsistency and negotiate for higher wages, which generates higher inflation without increasing employment. The solution is rules instead of discretion. Time consistency is also used to make a case for the independence of central banks. If they’re tied to political pressures, they may make short-term decisions that hurt the economy in the long term. ■ For more theories, see 30-Second Economics, edited by Donald Marron, out now (Icon Books; £12.99) © Ivy Press Ltd.

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#34 JOEL FREEMAN, GRABBLE

▽ I WORKED AT PwC for four years, qualifying as an ACA in the auditing department looking after small technology, telecoms and media clients. My best day in the City was qualifying as an accountant after 36 months of hard work, long nights of revision and impossible exams. The worst day was the all night stock count I had to manage at TK Maxx in Chester. The last straw that made me want to leave the City was having to commute to Gillingham through Stratford during the Olympics, where I was working within a hospital full of prisoners. It was not quite the environment I had pictured for my career… I had always had business ideas and had started a couple of small ventures, so I felt that I was ready to go and try something full time. At the same time I was concerned that I didn’t have the skills that would make me valuable over the next 10-20 years. I wanted to learn as much as possible and starting my own technology business seemed the best way. So, I launched Grabble, a collection of the world’s best fashion chosen by its users. I believe that social commerce is going to be the big story of the next ten years that affects all of online retail, advertising and publishing. I wanted to be a part of that change. ■ For more information, visit grabble.co.uk

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RELATIVITY THEORY ISA MILLIONAIRES — By By Guy Guy Thomas Thomas — — —

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plans have been around since 1987, when the then chancellor, Nigel Lawson, introduced Personal Equity Plans (PEPs), the forerunner of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs). For an investor who contributed the maximum permitted to PEPs and ISAs every year since 1987, accumulating a £1m ISA fund by the middle of 2013 would have required a compound annual growth rate of just under 11%. This seems achievable, at least in theory. In practice, few investors have the long contribution records and consistently high returns needed to make ISA millionaire status a reality. But six of the 12 private investors I profiled have done so, and so have a handful of others known to me. Who are they, and how did they make their ISA fortunes? Half are former City professionals, half have non-City backgrounds such as academia or engineering, and one or two left school at or before the age of 18. Most were able to give up their day jobs to focus solely on investing in their 30s or 40s. The skills and temperament required

❱❱ The ISA millionaires see investment as a means of freedom rather than of ostentatious spending The ISA millionaires were not overnight successes. Most spent several years as mediocre investors, learning by making mistakes before they refined an approach that worked for them. They are not – nor have they ever been – live-for-the-moment hedonists. From an early age, they have been focused on the future. They tend to live modest lifestyles relative to their accumulated wealth. They see investment as a means of freedom rather than of ostentatious spending power. Most invest mainly in smaller companies, largely ignoring those in the FTSE 350 index. In other words, they ignore the top 90%, by market capitalisation, of the stock market. They all work alone. They prefer to figure things out for themselves rather than seek advice. They are not team players. They use relatively simple analysis and rules. None relies much on academic theories of investment (“like learning physics to play snooker” said one interviewee). This is despite the fact that several do have strong academic backgrounds. Looking forward, the ISA contribution limit is now higher than over the past 25 years, and indexed to future inflation. From August 2013, ISAs were allowed to invest in shares on AIM. These changes should make ISA millionaire status easier to achieve. Assuming the Bank of England’s consistent inflation target of 2%, an investor who makes maximum contributions to an ISA every year starting now could reach the £1m target after 15, 20 or 25 years of compound annual growth at 18%, 11% or 7% respectively. Good luck! ■ Guy Thomas is the author of Free Capital: How 12 Private Investors Made Millions in the Stock Market, published by Harriman House (£18.99).

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to do this are different to those required to advance in most organisations, and also different to those of an entrepreneur. No deference, self-promotion, management skills or tact are required – you need only an ability to make good investment decisions. The ISA millionaires all make their investment decisions by fundamental company analysis. They structure their research in one of two main ways. A minority (whom I call ‘geographers’) start from top-down analysis of sectors and geographical markets. The majority (whom I call ‘surveyors’) start from bottomup analysis of individual companies. The different approaches to investment decisions reflect the decisive influence of personality and early career background in shaping each investor’s approach. One particularly introverted individual eschews almost all contact with companies, preferring to focus wholly on “the facts”. A more gregarious type attends around 50 AGMs every year. Others emphasise concepts such as contrarianism, investment as ‘applied epistemology’ or the cognitive psychology of good decision-making. Despite the diversity of career backgrounds and investment thinking, the ISA millionaires also share some common traits. Perhaps the most obvious is good luck. Nobody accumulates several million pounds in an ISA without some degree of good fortune. One investor made an investment in oil explorer Soco International in 1999, which increased 50-fold over the next decade. Others made – and largely kept – their initial fortunes from the technology shares boom in 1999-2000. But this was not wholly random ‘lottery luck’; it happened to people whose obsessive investments over the 1990s had prepared them to recognise and exploit the unusual market conditions of 1999-2000. I call this ‘Pasteur luck’, reflecting a remark attributed to the French microbiologist Louis Pasteur: “In the fields of observation, chance favours the prepared mind.”


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GROWTH THING HERE RATE — — By By Perry Perry M. M Anderson Anderson — —

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OU MIGHT ASK if it’s even sensible to make a high-risk investment – namely, a tech startup – in the current economic climate. The media would certainly have you running with your cash for the nearest mattress, but Tech City, in east London, can be seen as an eye in the great financial storm. Building solid foundations here, and doing so in a timely fashion, could yield the smart investor some serious financial smugness in what is to follow. After years of living in the shadow of larger technology hubs like Silicon Valley, London is finally hitting its stride. This time last year, the government and the capital’s mayor announced a £50m plan to regenerate the Silicon Roundabout area dedicated to startups and entrepreneurs. The action isn’t just limited to the east, either – earlier this year, Google announced plans to open a £1bn European HQ in the Kings Cross area in the north of the city centre. Take a look at techcitymap.com to find out who’s here already – I need not sell the merits of the capital any further. The dotcom boom has been and gone, lessons learned ready for the new tech wave. So how do we go about finding the next Tweetdeck, MOO or lastfm? By the very nature of the startups we are discussing, getting connected is pretty straightforward. Try Angel Networks, LinkedIn groups, crowdfunding sites, startup incubators and networking events. You won’t be faced with a lack of choice – quite the contrary. FIND TOMORROW’S MARKET LEADER

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RISK:REWARD RATIOS Tech startups are, after all, startups like any other and therefore meet with the same barriers to success, while you take a similar risk. This risk, though, can be reduced by again considering the opportunities at grass-roots level. Be sure the company you are investing in clearly understands what it is doing and is able to execute its plans with rigour. Check the egos. Make sure there is cohesiveness within the team, enabling them to problem-solve together. Ensure there is more than one founder, with a good supporting cast, and get a clear sense of who else is investing. Exciting opportunities should be taken with a large helping of common sense.

promote growth as well as the development of enterprise. The wise should keep a keen eye on policy, work with government programmes to maximise investment and tax relief (while the government seeks inward investment) and, thinking of Tech City again, work with tech-cluster companies as the government is clearly supporting those seeking to expand here. There is every reason to invest in a tech startup in this turbulent economic climate, as it is precisely the current weather that has put wind in this sector’s sails. This postquantitative easing, reduced credit rating, government-incentivising atmosphere, just like the weather, will change – so potential investors should act now for maximum return on their investment. ■ Perry M Anderson is an international investor and financier with highly successful private equity firm Quadra Capital. quadracapital.com

GOVERNMENT-BACKED GROWTH Once you’ve decided where to put your cash you need to capitalise on the experience – and this is where the government’s strong provision of tax breaks comes into play. The Enterprise Investment Scheme or EIS (hmrc.gov.uk/eis) is designed to help smaller higher-risk trading companies raise finance by offering a range of tax relief to investors who purchase new shares in those companies. It includes a 30% tax refund on investment by way of income tax relief, no capital tax on gains if the business successfully exits, and no inheritance tax after two years. Previous capital gains can be invested in an EIS scheme and capital gains tax then deferred. With the EIS, R&D tax credits, the entrepreneur visa – you should never feel marginalised as a nonUK resident – and the opening up of the government marketplace to SMEs, the government is keen to

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ARMED TO THE HILT Swiss pen specialist Caran d’Ache has created an instrument as much suited to medieval warfare as the somewhat more delicate work of the modern boardroom, says GUY WERESS

MARK OF A CHAMP Caran d’Ache (derived from karandash, meaning ‘pencil’ in Russian) has been producing graphite pencils and fountain pens – like this Varius Ivanhoe – for almost a century. The nib of the Ivanhoe will come to you constructed in 18ct gold and in one of six different widths.

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The Ivanhoe has a distinct woven stainless steel coat of mail that will, if anything, cause you to reflect on what little you used to know about the world of pen grips. Finished in silver plate and rhodium, it also comes with a lifetime international guarantee. Talk about the chain of command. £506; harrods.com

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SAPPHIRE, SO GOOD This design from Boodles’ new Sweet Pea collection includes five Ceylon sapphires weighing in at a hefty 31.35cts. These are surrounded by 22cts of round-brilliant cut diamonds and 0.92ct of briolette diamonds, all set in platinum.

IN-EAR BEAUTY Boodles has created this delicate pair of drop earrings to complement the statement Sweet Pea necklace. They feature cushion-cut sapphires of 6.80ct, 1.82ct of briolette diamonds and 2.45ct of roundbrilliant cut diamonds.

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TIME SENSITIVE

Watchmaker Nomus Glashütte is producing a limited run of its Tangente to support Médecins Sans Frontières, proving luxury can have a conscience

RIGHT ON TIME Nomus has introduced a limited run of 1,000 models in support of Médecins Sans Frontières. Each model has a red ‘12’ and the words Doctors Without Borders on the silver-plated dial and engraved on the back.

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For both the limited editions, £100 of the purchase price will be given to the Nobel Peace prize-winning charity. The Tangente 38 [left] will set you back £1,350, while the smaller Tangente 33 [right] costs £1,220. Best of all, the cost is the same for a standard model – so buying this version is a no-brainer.

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Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona Primero Dial Limited Edition of 33 pieces only.

Rolex Submariner with 369 Explorer Dial DLC All Black Coating Limited Edition of 54 pieces only.

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WATCHES RICHARD MILLE

THE G-SPOT

ROBIN SWITHINBANK on the Jean Todt G-Sensor RM 036,

a technical tour de force of sheer watchmaking wizardry

PRIME TIME Let’s get one thing out of the way here – Richard Mille watches are heartstoppingly expensive. The RM 56-01 Sapphire Crystal, launched earlier this year, had a price tag in excess of £1m. Across the range, the average price is £115,000. These are watches you buy because you already own a big-ass yacht. In another world, particulars like these might drain me of the will to live – but that has never been the case with Richard Mille. For starters, you’ve got to give some serious chapeau to the eponymous founder, a Frenchman who boldly set up his brand in 2001 on a hunch that there would be a market for watches costing more than a family ticket into space. Then there’s the legitimacy of the marketing strategy. Don’t just slap a watch on the wrist of an ambassador at a fancy awards do, get him or her to actually wear the thing while doing whatever it is they’re famous for – Felipe Massa while at the helm of an F1 car, or Rafael Nadal while stinging another rasping forehand winner down the line. But the watches do most of the persuasion themselves. ‘Racing machines on the wrist,’ says the strapline of the brand’s ad campaign – Mille’s watches come loaded with F1 tech and materials nabbed from rockets, most of which are normally the preserve of super-boffins. There are ten liquid-oxygenated newbies this year, but only one of them boasts a mechanical G-force indicator – the Tourbillon G-Sensor RM 036 Jean Todt Limited Edition. Admittedly, measuring forces of 8G is probably only useful after the event, given that top priority while under such an imposition would be to retain one’s spleen. But the suspended weight system, which is visible dial-side up, is one of watchmaking’s more memorable functions. As for materials, its tonneau-shaped case is cast in titanium, but the nerdier horologista will be interested to know its tourbillon is made of Grade-5 titanium and a non-ferrous material called ARCAP, both chosen for their lightweight, rigid, shock-resistant qualities. Nerdiest of all is the movement’s skeletonised carbon nanofibre baseplate, made of an isotropic composite material that would survive a nuclear war (well, probably). A technical tour de G-force? Yes. Expensive? But of course. And if it’s out of your league, you could always sell your spleen – it’ll only get in the way. ■ £340,500; richardmille.com

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5 SHADES OF GREY If you’re looking for a versatile scarf, you can’t go far wrong with monochrome. Here are five of the finest…

NECK AND NECK

PHOTOGRAPH by David Harrison

[From left to right] APC cable-knit wool and yak blend scarf, £90; Burberry brushed cashmere scarf, £250; Bottega Veneta Intrecciato wool scarf, £495; Marwood patterned wool and silk blend scarf, £225; Alfred Dunhill woven cashmere scarf, £250.

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STYLE FOR HIM

{SHARP NOTES} MICHEL PERRY , the creative director of French luxury shoemaker

JM Weston, on what inspires him and why he has no regrets

ON MY WRIST

ON MY TRAVELS

I wear nothing on my wrists, not even a watch. And yet I’m rarely late for meetings.

Something to make notes in, sketch pads. I draw every day, going right to the essence. I prefer drawing to photography – it leaves more room for imagination.

IN MY HAND A glass of Bourgogne, a Richebourg (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) for example. Bourgogne has been my adopted region since I restored the Château de Voudenay, just north of Autun, in a contemporary key.

ON MY RADAR I admire the work of the New York painter Tom Christopher, especially his energy and his freedom of movement. All the atmosphere of New York is there, on the frontier between abstract and figurative.

IN MY DREAMS Broadening my creative activity to incorporate painting, architecture, decoration, as I was able to do recently in taking a new approach to thinking out a new boutique that we will soon open in Paris, at 243 rue Saint Honoré.

IN MY PAST No regrets. I am highly selective with the past, I only retain what interests me. I use the past to construct the future, to find new directions, if only thanks to the perspective of our times.

IN MY SIGHTS ON MY AGENDA

IN MY WARDROBE

ON MY BUCKET LIST

I feel good in a Comme des Garçons blazer, a Charvet shirt and a Pellat Finet v-neck cashmere jumper. Not forgetting my JM Weston Jodhpur ankle boots, and of course a Macintosh trench coat. I also recently discovered the accuracy of the cuts of designer Alexander Wang’s trousers.

To discover new cities in China. I know Shanghai and I can’t wait to discover Beijing. Although marketing and globalisation are attempting to erase the cultural differences, China still offers numerous horizons to discover in all areas – social, cultural, artistic. ■

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A meeting with the French director Cédric Klapisch to talk about the production of a film showcasing ‘the JM Weston woman’. I love discussing the cinema with him. His approach, his philosophy regarding actors, his sense of synthesis fascinate me.

BOSS, I’M PLANNING A COUNTRY GETAWAY THIS CHRISTMAS. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Whether visiting loved ones or escaping the hustle and bustle for a little R&R at a country retreat, be prepared for your trip and pack the perfect country essentials. Sturdy boots are a must with these changing conditions, perfect for long walks across the muddy hillside. Dark denim is a chic, durable option for the environment, sitting well with neutral colours and also with plaid, the ideal rural pattern for shirts and (for the more adventurous) jackets. Warm woollen beanies and gloves are a must for retaining heat, and we’d recommend a thick scarf or snood as well if you’re heading north of the border. Don’t overkill your patterns, though. If you’re going down the plaid route, we’d suggest a block colour for accessories unless you’re skilled at mixing and matching prints. Finally, don’t forget tweed. It’s never out of place in the country, and sits well at almost every occasion.

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The photographer Jeanloup Sieff, who handles the art of the portrait and the nude wonderfully. His work on the velvety nature of the skin, the sensuality emitted by his photographs and the high quality standards of his work fascinate me. He takes sensual pleasure very seriously.

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MY WORLD JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY

ALL HAIL KING KILLY

Jean-Claude Killy first put on a pair of skis as a three-year-old – and went on to become an Olympic medallist and the force behind one of the best-known brands in skiwear. He talks to CATHY ADAMS

GOLDEN ERA: Jean-Claude Killy at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics, where he won three gold medals and opted to bring down the curtain on his competitive career because he couldn’t imagine doing any better. Since then, countless skiers have enjoyed the sport in his company’s iconic skiwear designs.

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INCE THE WINTER of 1977, when its first skiwear collection hit the shops, the brand established by Jean-Claude Killy has become known around the world. He looks back at the key moments in its – and his – development, and considers the future.

ON HOW THE BRAND CAME TO EXIST Killy’s adventure started in the mid 1970s, when a friend asked me if I wanted to open a sports shop with him. This then led to me becoming a shareholder for a new chain of shops called Go Sport. Among the many shareholders was Alain Krzentowski – we became good friends and associates. Alain’s family owned a clothes factory called Veleda, whose founders were fascinated by mountain culture. At the time, its biggest client was

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Printemps à Paris, which only made suede trousers and ski trousers. My experience in sportswear and my new approach to the ski market, paired with its textile knowledge, led us to create the Veleda-Killy business, and Killy the brand as 100% French. For the first time, I became my own boss, and Killy’s first collection debuted in the winter of 1977.

in Val d’Isère in 1961. It was great – as my first trophy, my father offered me his pilot’s chronograph from the war, which was symbolic of a first medal. The years that followed were difficult as I faced health issues and a complicated Olympic debut. 1965 and 1966 were much ➤

ON HIS SKIING CAREER I was three years old when my first skis were fitted. My parents, originally from Alsace, were passionate about mountains and skiing and so moved to Val d’Isère, a little mountain village. Here, skiing was not a choice – it was a fact of life. It would have been strange not to join in. My first international success was at a ski competition called La Première Neige

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changed the way that we ski. It’s hard to believe that all of this has been done in such a small amount of time.

ON SETTING THE BRAND APART Our brand has always been at the top of the range, very technical and exclusively dedicated to ski. Comfort and functionality are at the centre of the brand’s approach. The use of the best materials, like the Dermizax membrane and the Primaloft and Thinsulate insulation, together with the sporty and exclusive design, is one of the strong characteristics of the brand. Of course, the market has become a lot more competitive than in the 1980s, but we stay loyal to the conception and innovation of Killy to improve the ‘skiability’ of our products.

ON THE FUTURE

➤ better seasons, as I was a two-time winner at the World Championships in Portillo, Chile in 1966. The year that followed was the best year of my career. At the time, skiing was incredibly popular and interest was growing. The number of people going on winter sports holidays was rapidly increasing and, with the advent of TV, the public interest in the sport grew. I went to the 1968 Grenoble Olympics as a favourite and won three [gold] medals. After this, I decided to stop competing because I couldn’t imagine doing any better.

ON HIS SPORTS HERITAGE My name helped me massively to start as an entrepreneur. The name Killy opened a lot of doors for us, and it meant all our clients trusted us from the beginning. However, the outsourcing of textile production to China in the 1980s proved to be a big obstacle for us, because we wanted to keep our production in France. We didn’t know how to handle this change, and the licensing of our 500 collaborators created a big rift. Better than anyone, I knew the needs of a skier. I also knew the shortcomings of the skiwear that I had worn during my career that was sometimes uncomfortable or not warm enough. This was a determining factor in the

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success of our brand. The beginning of the 1980s coincided with our many innovations, notably in terms of the 3M Thinsulate insulation [thin insulating material]. I first head about this from an article in the New York Times, and immediately understood the extent to which this innovation would revolutionise the concept of skiwear. I jumped on the first plane and got a patent for Europe and France. The use of this insulation made our sales take off. We also created a flared trouser that could be altered at the knee, covered ski boots and the reversible anorak with removable arms that can be adapted to many situations.

ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE SKI INDUSTRY It’s an industry that has evolved massively. In the 1960s, there was pretty much no skiwear as the sport itself was not popular. But over 50 years, developments in technology have transformed the market. Insulation is increasingly warm, fine and compressible, while waterproof and breathable material offers optimal protection against bad weather. There’s in-clothing technology, heated jackets, MP3 functions... skiwear always offers new functionality. These developments are not only to do with textiles: ski gear has also made impressive advances, which have totally

Since 2006, Killy’s licence has been held by the French brand Eider, which has 50 years of knowledge of selling skiwear. The next step for us is to present the new winter 2014-15 collection, which will be in stores in November, although I can’t unveil the new collection before it’s out. My busy schedule – notably my role at the heart of the International Olympic Committee organising the next Winter Olympics in Sochi – does not allow me much time to be close to the development of the products, so I rely on my team to keep me updated. What I can tell you is that the creation of the next collection has been given to new designers and it will pay homage to France. It will be modern, while respecting the DNA of the brand.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE OLYMPICS A year when the Olympic Games is on is always an one of exceptions and parties for winter sports. Let’s hope that things will fall positively on the general ski market. ■ For more information, visit killy.com

THE NAME GAME: Killy specialise not only in cool kit but also in cool names. This jacket is called the Vulcain (£950) and is made with Dermizax, an ultra-stretchy material. On the back are two diagonal lines based on Jean Claude Killy’s ‘catapult start’, which helped him win three Olympic golds in Grenoble.

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BLACK TIE AT NIGHT Mr Porter editor-in-chief JEREMY LANGMEAD on decoding dress dictats this party season – and how to avoid looking as though you’re trying too hard

THE OUTFIT Any social event is an excuse to crank up the style in a near-competitive manner – but a party, in particular, presents a man with a great opportunity to display his fashion savvy. Given the romantic rewards that are on offer at any good party, the manner in which you dress, and how far you take it, are critical. The challenge is to find the path between looking like a try-hard and looking undistinguished. Use this dress code-breaker to gauge the necessary level of formality. Then, in a spirit of optimism, consider the location and imagine the mood and the kind of impression you want to make. Will the other guests be coming straight from work? Is there going to be a cloakroom, or are you going to have to dance wearing your coat? To achieve a fail-safe evening look that is both understated and sharp, save the splashes of colour for day wear and instead create an outfit that is based around a black or midnight blue suit a crisp white shirt and a pair of elegant shoes. After all, the only eye-catching accessory a man really needs at a party is a good-looking partner on his arm. mrporter.com

Lanvin tuxedo £1,350 Brooks Brothers shirt £130 Lanvin bow tie £80 Lanvin shoes £610 Drake’s pocket square £50

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BLACK TIE

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Even when strictly interpreted with a black bow tie and a white shirt, ‘black tie’ leaves plenty of room for a man to distinguish himself. If it’s a private party, a dark-coloured velvet jacket worn with black trousers is a good option, while a midnight blue evening suit is always a stylish choice. Valentino navy tuxedo

This is exciting yet hazardous, because it invites a man to try to look glamorous and sexy without dressing like a gigolo. The ideal answer is to reach for a cocktail suit, which will be dark, lean, and have a slight sheen. If you’re feeling bold, opt for this season’s most dapper eveningwear trend: the coloured velvet jacket. Burberry London velvet blazer

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△ WHITE TIE This involves a tailcoat and a white waistcoat – it doesn’t just mean wearing a white bow tie with a dinner jacket. But as this dress code is usually reserved for state occasions and ambassadorial receptions, if you’re receiving white tie invitations you probably don’t need to be told how to do it. Turnbull & Asser white bow tie

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£130

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△ LOUNGE SUIT WITH A TWIST A rollneck worn underneath a formal suit offers a leisurely, luxurious take on contemporary eveningwear. John Smedley’s grey rollneck evokes the Parisian intellectual, the 1960s British man of mystery, the 1970s US film producer, and is a stylish take on modern eveningwear. Always keep the knit fine so that it does not interfere with your suit’s lines. John Smedley rollneck sweater

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△ SMART CASUAL This strongly suggests the hosts can’t make up their mind about the dress code, and means the guests will be wearing everything apart from jeans and hooded sweats. We suggest a pair of chinos, a shirt and an unstructured blazer, teamed with a brown loafer. John Lobb penny loafer

△ LOUNGE SUIT Nothing to do with chintz sofas, this simply calls for a regular suit. The trousers and jacket need to match, whether they’re made of tweed, flannel or mohair, but it’s best to have a smooth fabric. Opt for elegant, smart and formal, and give some serious thought to the choice of shirt and tie. It is not OK to look as though you came straight from the office, unless you’re a secret agent. Spencer Hart grey suit

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PERFUME NARCISO RODRIGUEZ

PRETTY IN PINK Ten years after it was launched, Narciso Rodriguez’s scent For Her has become an icon of the fragrance world and is every bit as much in fashion as it ever was

SCENTS OF OCCASION NARCISO RODRIGUEZ FOR HER

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When Narciso Rodriguez created his eponymous perfume, we bet he didn’t predict that it would still be going strong more than ten years later. At the launch of his first scent – simply entitled For Her – he explained: “It is for all women. It is a gift. It is something very personal of mine that I wanted to give to women.” The old charmer. He must have slipped some of it into Anna Wintour’s tea, as the notorious Vogue ice maiden said of the US fashion designer: “No one but Narciso has ever made a simple line look more stunning.” This consistency elegant approach to design lends itself to a certain timeless quality, which is reflected in both his clothes as much as his fragrances. For Her is a delicate scent with a sensual musk at its centre, surrounded by orange and amber. When it was first launched, it proved an instant classic, picking up the British FiFi Award for Best New Fragrance in 2003 and the Fragrance of the Year/Women’s Nouveau Niche award the following year. They say style never goes out of fashion. Well, it would seem the same applies to a fine fragrance. ■ Narciso Rodriguez For Her eau de parfum, £75, 100ml

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Honestly, it's not as expensive as it looks (we’ll even come up with the excuses)

Frameset £3,799.00. Full custom builds available.

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◁ OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 57 £5,690 The original 1957 Speedmaster, reprised in a classic chronograph. Omega, 1 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ; 020 7929 7706

SAGE BROWN WATCH ROLL £139

CROCKETT & JONES NAVY SUEDE £80

THEO FENNELL VINTAGE GIN BOTTLE £1,350

Calfhide exterior with suede inlay, this roll fits up to three watches. Sage Brown Fine Leather, 31 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LP; 020 7283 2444

Simple and smart man's belt in navy suede with a silver-coloured buckle. Crockett & Jones, 25 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LP; 020 929 2111

Classic gin bottle in green glass, with unique silver skull stopper. Theo Fennell, 4 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ; 020 7623 4380

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▽ HERMÈS HIGHLIGHT SANDALS £770 Sandal in black and champagne suede goatskin with gold buckle. Hermès, 12-13 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL; 020 7626 7794

PENHALIGON'S HERO BOX £30

PATEK PHILIPPE 4897G £20,760

SMYTHSON CASHMERE THROW £850

BOODLES FLORA EARRINGS £4,750

Ornate Christmas ‘Hero’ music box, with scented treasures inside. Penhaligon’s, 4 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL; 020 7623 3131

Striking Calatrava in white gold with brushed blue satin strap. Boodles, 2-3 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ; 020 7283 7284

Nile blue and camel throw in cashmere from Smythson's Grosvenor lifestyle collection. Smythson, 7 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL; 020 7621 1037

These earrings reflect all four seasons with precious stones. Boodles, 2-3 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ; 020 7283 7284

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EAT SMART WITH POD Gluten and wheat-free diets are getting lots of attention at the moment, so Pod has created some great dishes for you to try. Gluten is a protein composite found in things like wheat, barley and rye. Only a small number of people have diagnosed gluten allergies, but it can be an irritant for nonallergic people too. It’s harder to digest wheat than non-wheat foods, so it’s not a bad idea for everyone to avoid eating it occasionally. Pod has designed an autumn menu to cater for gluten and wheatfree diets. You can select GF bread with any breakfast including the new Energiser Bacon Sandwich. For lunch, all five hot pods are gluten, wheat and dairy free, including the classic Thai Green Curry and the new Dorset Pork Stew, both served over low-GI rice with a fresh side salad. And if you don’t fancy something hot, the Heartbeet Complete Salad, Chicken Salad and Protein Box are all 100% gluten and wheat-free options. Pod’s Thai Red Curry is available now from £3.99 a portion.

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▼ THE AUDIOPHILE BANG & OLUFSEN BEOLAB 14 PRICE: £2,695

You’ve spent time and effort crafting your man-cave to masculine perfection, so why ruin it with ‘ordinary’ speakers? Danish company Bang & Olufsen believes its technology has to earn the right to sit in your living room, which is why the satellite speakers in its Beolab 14 surround sound speaker set are formed out of a single piece of aluminium in order to avoid any unsightly seams in the construction. The main subwoofer unit comes with an eight-inch, 280watt speaker which compliments the 140 watts worth of power coming out of your lovingly-crafted satellite speakers. If you’ve only just jumped on the B&O bandwagon, don’t worry, the speaker set is compatible with any television. bostpauls.co.uk

◀ THE GAMER MWE LAB EMPEROR 200 PRICE: £30,605

With Grand Theft Auto V having 100 hours of gameplay, you’re going to need something comfortable to get through it all. MWE Lab has created the Emperor 200 so you could do it all in one sitting if you really wanted to. Hand built to your specifications, it features a touch-screen control centre, air filtering system, light therapy – to make up for the sunlight you’ll be missing – electric powered leather seat, three 27in screens and built-in speakers to top the whole thing off. The only downside is that you’re going to need a bigger lounge to fit it in. mwelab.com

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▶ THE ADVENTURER BIOLITE CAMPING STOVE PRICE: £149.99

Just because you’re taking time out to be in the great outdoors, that doesn’t mean your gadgets can’t come with you. The BioLite CampStove has a built-in rechargeable battery that converts the heat from a fire into electricity. All you have to do is find some wood, pop it in the stove and, when it’s burned through enough, a green light will flash on, allowing you to charge your iPhone or any other USB powered device. While you’re at it, there’s a grill attachment that allows you to toast hot dogs or anything else you might like to eat by the fire. firefox.com

◀ THE PROFESSIONAL VERTU CONSTELLATION PRICE: £4,200

Hampshire-based Vertu makes phones a little differently from everyone else. For a start, it believes that your screen should be coated in sapphire crystal, and that the chassis should be made from gradefive titanium casing – which is normally found in turbine manufacturing for jet engines. Beneath the 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 pixel screen there’s a dual-core Snapdragon 1.7Ghz CPU, which will keep everything running smoothly. But perhaps the most brilliant aspect of the Constellation is the company’s Vertu Life app, which brings up recommendations including map-based exclusives anywhere you go. Looking to get VIP tickets for the Barcelona versus Real Madrid game? There’s an app for that. frostoflondon.co.uk

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▶ THE GEEK MAKERBOT REPLICATOR 2X PRICE: £1,743

Looking to print your own doorknob or replace that old U-bend in your sink? Or, if you’re a company like Lockheed Martin, develop prototypes that will be fitted onto a telescope that will operate a million miles away from the Earth’s surface? Then we have something for you. The Makerbot Replicator 2x is the daddy of 3D printing. It allows you to print at 100-micron layer resolution – believe us when we say that’s pretty small – and offers a 410 cubic inch build volume, bigger than any other current commercially available printer. You can print in two colours at the same time and access a database of thousands of freely available designs that you can download and print until you’re surrounded by your own army of tiny creations. store.makerbot.com

◀ THE TRAVELLER LEICA X-VARIO PRICE: £2,150

Leica has a history of producing small cameras that can do great things, and the X-Vario is no exception. Packing a 16-million pixel APS-C format sensor into a small aluminium chassis, it comes with a 18-46mm lens, which works out as the equivalent of a 28-70mm lens on a full-frame camera. With an ISO range of 100-12,500 you’ll be able to capture lowlight scenes easily, and if you can’t there’s a built-in flash. The X-Vario also records HD video at 1920x1080 pixels at 30 frames per second and has in-camera editing facilities, so you can shoot in different modes and upload them all to social networks as an MP4 without going near an editing suite. harrisoncameras.co.uk

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◀ THE FILM BUFF SAMSUNG KE55S9C OLED FULL HD 3D SMART TV, 55” PRICE: £6,999

While the world’s media look for more superlatives to describe the Galaxy Round, Samsung’s curved display smartphone, they have forgotten to notice that the Korean tech company has already curved one of its TVs. The unimaginatively-titled KE55S9C sits in a chrome-plated aluminium frame and is 55 inches of pure curvy brilliance. The curved glass creates a more immersive experience and also reduces distortion at the outer edges of the picture. But it doesn’t stop there. This TV utilises one of Samsung’s smartest features: Multi View, which allows two people to watch different content at the same time. The S9C plays two images simultaneously, and the user wears a pair of 3D glasses to separate them for each individual. The TV also features Samsung’s Smart Hub, which learns your viewing habits and recommends programming based on what you’ve watched before. Best leave it on Sky Sports for a bit before your TV reveals your secret Strictly Come Dancing habits to your friends and family. johnlewis.com

▶ THE LAZY BOY LG HOM-BOT SQUARE ROBOT VACUUM PRICE: £449.95

With the ability to go round your house cleaning up, and with no need for tricky programming, the Hom-Bot is as close as you can get to an actual robot butler (for now at least). It’s ludicrously clever, using a combination of sonar and a Dual Eye 2.0 camera to map out your house before deciding it’s a mess and getting to work. It’s voice-activated, so you can order it to start and stop as you please, and it tracks where it’s already cleaned to increase efficiency. It’s available in Italian Red – presumably for its speed and cornering ability. johnlewis.com

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◀ THE FITNESS FREAK S120 HYPOXI TRAINER PRICE: £36,000

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For those looking to accelerate their fitness regime, Hypoxi trainers use a combination of negative and positive pressure to help the body burn fat more quickly in stubborn areas like the midriff and thighs. Sitting with your lower half inside the machine, low pressure draws blood into your legs while you cycle, which helps break down fat more quickly. Once out of the machine, the rebalancing of pressure shifts the fat that has dissolved into the blood stream and carries it away. Trainers say it’s like training at altitude – just without ever having to leave the comfort of your home.

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Drones aren’t just for the military. They’re now small enough for you to carry around and launch to capture your next snowboarding trip or spy on the neighbours. The Drone6 from Storm Factory is a hand-built Hexacopter that allows you to fix a GoPro3 underneath and capture aerial footage of anything you like. Using six carbon motors, it has more stability than other drones, and by adding a gimbal – a stabiliser normally used on cameras fitted to helicopters – you eliminate any vibration. Plus, if you’re a rookie when it comes to filming by drone, you can attach a screen to the remote controls and see what the GoPro is capturing in real time. helipal.com

▶ THE GADGETEER NEST PROTECT: SMOKE + CARBON MONOXIDE PRICE: £109

Smoke alarms are gadgets, too – at least when they’re in the hands of Nest Labs. The US company has already turned thermostats into a designer must-have, and now it’s the humble smoke alarm’s turn. The Nest Protect doesn’t just sound a shrill alarm when it detects that you’ve burnt your toast. If it detects changes in heat, CO or smoke, it prompts you on your phone or lights up so you can either go and investigate the problem or simply wave at it to prevent it from sounding an alarm. At night, the Nest Protect checks its batteries and sensors and gives off a green glow to let you know everything is working properly. Oh, and you can customise it via your smartphone. amazon.co.uk

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PHOTO REALISM So good NASA took them to the moon, Hasselblad’s cameras have been the tool of choice for the world’s best photographers for decades, and now civilians can get their hands on a ’Blad, too. The £6,000 Lunar blends Italian style with Swedish substance.

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BATCHELOR PAD To appreciate the superlative square mile tablet edition in glorious high resolution, it’s hard to beat Apple’s new iPad mini with Retina Display (from £319). Keep it safe and stylish in Smythson’s Panama case, in light grey calf with contrasting emerald cross-grain (£195).

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KIND OF BLUE “For me, music and life are all about style,” said Miles Davis, a man who knew a bit about how to dress, how to live, and how to make the biggestselling jazz album of all time. Sennheiser’s Momentum ’phones (£159.95) have style in spades, without compromising on sound.

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EXTOLL THE VERTU You wouldn’t necessarily expect the world’s most desirable and lavishly crafted mobile phones to come out of a tiny village in Hampshire, but Vertu is a brand used to confounding expectations. The new Constellation (£4,200) fuses cutting-edge tech with handmade detailing in typical Vertu style.

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even though the lunch rush has come and gone – James Gill isn’t the only startup CEO who likes spending time in the airy Clerkenwell café, talking shop. While we wait for our caffeine boosts, new business ideas are being doodled on napkins all around us, and Gill declares proudly that GoSquared has just had its best month yet. His jeans, boating shoes and graphic print t-shirt seem fitting for a 22-year-old CEO, but he has actually had plenty of time to get his bearings – GoSquared, a real-time web analytics company, was founded by Gill and two friends when they were just 15 years old. “I have definitely had my 10,000 hours doing design,” says Gill, peering up at a sign on the wall that reads ‘10,000 hours’, a reference to the idea that mastery only comes after having spent that long practicing. “That’s what started us on the route to GoSquared. If you go back to the beginning,

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I would spend ages drawing things, and that evolved into drawing interfaces and designing websites.” When he was 14, Gill inherited an old Mac from his father’s office and started playing around with Photoshop. “I picked up this magazine which was a basic intro to Photoshop, Flash and all the tools you needed to build a website at the time. I would spend all my time outside of school learning how to design things. When I met Geoff [Wagstaff] and JT [James Taylor] they were much in the same way, but on the programming side.” As the trio started making websites, they learned as they went along, first designing features and then working out how to get them to do what they wanted. “Before we started GoSquared we knew almost nothing, so it was all about spending hours and hours working things out. It’s definitely taken much more than 10,000 hours.”

A DESIGNER AT HEART GoSquared originally started out selling advertising squares (hence the name), with analytics a sideline that quickly became the main offering. Unlike its main competitors, GoSquared delivers web analytics in real time, enabling companies to respond immediately to problems or opportunities. While CEO Gill’s

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ROUNDABOUT ROYALTY job has long since developed past the original remit, good design remains at the heart of the GoSquared philosophy. “Designing the product isn’t just about making it look pretty,” he explains. “It’s about which features really matter, getting rid of the things that don’t, and making sure we design something that not just looks great but also works great.” Gill credits better design as a key reason for GoSquared, competing with the “hellishly complex” Google Analytics and Adobe Omniture, being able to gain a foothold in the analytics space. Being young and nimble helps too: “By having a relatively tiny team who know what they want to do, we can be much more unified in everything we make. Maybe a time will come when we have to expand, but right now we love it because we don’t need to have too much structure or too much process. People get to stay more autonomous.” A lot has changed for Gill and GoSquared over the past two years, though. While they started the company while still at school, they were well on their way to university when Passion Capital co-founder Eileen Burbidge came after them with an offer of funding. Gill dropped out of university after five weeks to give the company a proper go. “It was very much about the three of them as a co-founding team,” Burbidge explains when asked why she pursued GoSquared. “Given their age, and the fact that their business had already been trading for five years at that point, it was obvious they were ambitious, proactive and able to secure clients and generate revenue.” Their instinct for design and user experience was “extremely impressive”, she says, and integral to how they approach software development.

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GoSquared has since raised more money from Passion Capital and Atlas Ventures, but Gill admits it’s been a challenge: “Everyone dreams of having their investment in the bank but, once you do, you have the pressure to grow much faster than you were previously – not just with the users you sign up and the revenues you make, but also in terms of building the right team. We were really caught off guard as to how difficult it would be to build a team: to find the right people, to bring them up to speed, to get them working to your vision and to keep them happy and excited every day. We are still learning how to do that.” This CEO gig is, after all, Gill’s first job, unless you count some work experience at Oxfam: “Yes, I’ve never even had a boss!” “It still amazes me that we have thousands of people using these tools we have been

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It still amazes me that we have thousands of people using these tools we have been building building. That is an amazing feeling.” Gill pauses. “I used to think, do I want to be an artist or do I want to be a designer? With art, people look at what you create and admire it, but with design they rely on it to get their jobs done… I still love coming home and saying that we have created something.” While analytics has traditionally been a somewhat dry topic for back-office staff, Gill believes this sort of information will be driving businesses in the future. “We are approaching analytics from the point of view that everyone should have this data, and we want to deliver it in the easiest way possible to understand.” Eventually, this will mean providing not only raw data but also fully-drawn conclusions for action: “This is a massive challenge and a heck of an opportunity for us. The analytics market is still in its infancy.”

THE LONDON BUZZ A Londoner at heart, Gill is proud to be building GoSquared in the capital: “The London startup scene is getting more and more exciting, with so much having changed just over the past few years.” Born in Blackheath before his family moved to Kent, he now lives in Marylebone with his girlfriend. While not blind to the allure of Silicon Valley, he has no plans to move: “Maybe I’m naive, but I still like the idea of building a company in London that can compete with companies over there. We have so many talented people in our team and we have great investors, so I don’t see why we can’t keep growing as a company from London. And show those Valley guys us Londoners can compete!” While Gill admits that the London scene has its share of people who “spend all their time at startup events and don’t really do much else”, he believes there’s also a lot of talent. “There’s a heck of a lot of smart engineers and developers on the scene,” he says. “The main challenge is probably bringing them together and forming teams that can achieve something.” With more than 30,000 websites now using GoSquared analytics, is Gill scared of failing? He hesitates, but only for a second. “I don’t ➤

JUDE OWER, PLAYMOB Gaming, business and charity come together at Playmob, which was founded by CEO Jude Ower in 2007. The company, whose technology enables charity elements to be added to existing gaming features, allows charities to get a cut from in-game purchases. The games developers benefit too, because the charity link makes players spend more. Working closely with product director Caroline Howes, Ower comes from a background in consultancy and marketing. Now based in Fitzrovia, Playmob has raised more than £600,000 to date from the likes of Nesta, Midven, individual angels and startup accelerator Springboard. JOSHUA MARCH, CONVERSOCIAL Conversocial helps businesses keep track of customer services issues raised on social media, meaning they are able to respond to snarky Facebook posts and bitchy Tweets straight away. By efficiently keeping up with the social web in real time, companies can provide great service and better manage their reputations. CEO Joshua March co-founded Conversocial alongside COO Dan Lester in 2009. A year earlier, the duo had founded app-development agency iPlatform, which was acquired by Betapond in 2012. Shoreditch-based Conversocial has raised £4.3m in funding, and opened a New York office last year. HANNAH WONG, FOODITY Foodity turns recipes into shopping lists, transferring ingredients for new dishes to online supermarket shopping baskets. Working with major brands and retailers to streamline cooking and shopping, it also makes suggestions to users based on what’s most popular, affordable or best quality. Having raised £450,000 to date, Waterloo-based Foodity is in the process of raising £2.5m in new funds. Operations lead Hannah Wong is the impetus behind the company, having co-founded it in 2009 in the hope of helping people make better eating decisions.

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ROUNDABOUT ROYALTY DAMIAN KIMMELMAN, DUEDIL DueDil is making waves with its database of information on private companies in the UK and across Europe, which allows subscribers to access 20 years of financial and corporate information. CEO Damian Kimmelman founded the company in 2010, having previously founded two other companies: a London-based digital agency, started up in 2007, and a Chinese peer-to-peer online gaming platform which began in 2005. DueDil wants its services to lower the barrier to entry for entrepreneurs and developers, enabling them to integrate data directly into their applications as well as building new services. JULIA FOWLER, EDITD Frustrated by the lack of provable information to predict trends in the world of fashion, designer Julia Fowler came up with the idea for Editd, which mines and examines data to help the fashion industry measure trends and the market. Co-founder and CEO Geoff Watts, who brought the data processing expertise to Editd, now intends to make the company the definite real-time resource for the industry. Established in 2009, Editd has the support of startup incubator Seedcamp, and later raised £1m in a funding round led by Index Ventures.

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Gill is a regular at the rugby, supporting Harlequins, and frequently goes back to Kent to see his “amazingly supportive” parents. Before I’ve even asked, he tells me about his girlfriend, Emma, who has just started working for another London startup. He loves the London food scene, especially places like Dirty Burger, which does just the one burger – but what a burger that one is. But as with most people who truly love their job, Gill never really stops working: “I don’t really have that switch between work and home. On the average day I get up, have a shower, get the Tube and then I spend some time alone in a coffee shop before I go into the office. I’m often there until 8pm, but even after that there’s always someone to reply to, something to sort out for tomorrow. There’s always so much going around in your head.” He seems happy, though, and excited to be in the hotseat – even though, as he says, the startup life swings wildly between highs and lows. Is he saving the sports cars and parachute jumps for his mid-life crisis? “Mid-life? Do I have to wait that long?” Gill laughs. “Maybe some day. But for now, I get plenty of adrenaline just going to the office.” ■ For more information, see gosquared.com

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➤ really think about it. For me, there isn’t really an option but to make this work. I’ve sunk seven years of my life into this!“ To be fair, the worst case scenario for GoSquared at this point is probably a buyout, offers of which are frequent, he confirms before adding: “But we really don’t want to get bought out!” While Gill is doing “everything I physically can” to push GoSquared, there’s time for other things, too – just about. For most things, there’s an app: “I have my Nike+ running app. The YPlan app is great, they’re a London startup that help you find events.” He pulls out his iPhone and shows the app to me, along with another couple whose design he admires.

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HORTLY AFTER 1PM on 23 April 2013, the Dow Jones crashed. In a matter of seconds, the market lost 1% of its value for no apparent reason. Within a few minutes, the market had recovered the losses, but the flash crash left many traders scratching their heads. It later emerged that the crash had been caused by a single rogue tweet posted by hackers on the Associated Press (AP) Twitter account. The tweet claimed there had been two explosions at the White House, and that US President Barack Obama was injured. Although the incident was quickly brushed aside, it raised concerns about the growing use of social media sentiment analysis by financial traders. In the cut-throat world of high-frequency trading, every second counts – even a millisecond can be the difference between a great deal and a bum deal. As a result, traders are constantly looking for an edge. That might mean spending millions on office space to site high-speed

servers closer to a financial exchange. It might mean investing in the development of smart trading algorithms. Or it might mean trying to find faster sources of information. The latter is why, over the past few years, there has been growth in the use of social media tools such as Twitter among financial institutions and, in particular, high-frequency traders. They have started building sentiment analysis software into their algorithms that are programmed to scan social networking sites for keywords about different stocks or market sectors. When these algorithms pick up on relevant ‘chatter’, they are able to react instantly to the information and make a trade. But how useful a tool is social media to the trading world, how accurate is sentiment analysis and what are the potential dangers of relying too heavily on this sort of information? The use of social media tools in trading circles is a relatively new phenomenon, with most of today’s social media sentiment analysis businesses established in the past five years. Their rise has been driven by a dramatic increase in the number of industry blogs and social networking feeds dedicated to the world of finance. Some of these bloggers and tweeters have become incredibly influential in their own right, so it was only natural that traders would ultimately start to look at ways to harness this information and use it to gain themselves a competitive advantage. In 2011, start-up Derwent Capital even went as far as creating Europe’s first hedge fund that relied solely on Twitter and Facebook posts to measure market sentiment. When it closed the fund, the company went on to create a trading product, called DCM Dealer, that integrates social media sentiment. Even information giants such as IBM and Thomson Reuters now offer their financial clients social

media analytics tools to mine social networking sites and blogs for the wealth of information about individual companies and market segments that is posted there daily.

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One of the very first social media sentiment analysis companies out of the blocks was MarketPsych. It launched a social media fund, Long-Short Fund LP, in September 2008 that started outperforming the S&P – as of June 2009 the fund had enjoyed capital appreciation of 48%. When it was hibernated in 2010, the company went on to create a data business with Thomson Reuters called Thomson Reuters MarketPsych Indices (TRMIs), which “gauges market sentiment by analysing human emotion in news and social media in order to influence and support investment and trading strategies in financial markets”. Like many sentiment analysis tools, MarketPsych’s software analyses the language contained in sources such as social media networks, financial news reports, conferencecall transcripts and press releases, and flags up and quantifies investor sentiment. “We’re looking for longer, more thoughtful content with more expressions, because the more content we have, the better we do,” says MarketPsych managing director Richard Peterson. So although the software also analyses Twitter, tweets make up less than 2% of the information it trawls because the real value comes from combining strategies. “It’s pretty rare that a tweet really matters, but the really good risk managers know

there are a few websites out there that will report strong, legitimate information – and you have to monitor those sites,” says Peterson. SNTMNT, like MarketPsych, has been developing sentiment analysis and prediction tools for several years. The company’s software takes a threestep approach. It collects raw social media messages and converts them into sentiment data via a neurolinguistic programming (NLP) classifier which is aggregated at set durations – typically every hour, but it can be as frequently as every five minutes. “The third step would be to use the counts

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to perform regression-like analysis – using both linear and non-linear models – to predict stock price movement,” explains SNTMNT founder Vincent van Leeuwen. SNTMNT claims to correctly predict these movements 60% of the time, with an average accuracy level of 54%. And Van Leeuwen believes his model’s accuracy provides proof that social media chatter offers a vital source of information that, until recently, has been missing from financial circles. “Social sentiment allows you to capture human emotion in financial markets in real time,” he explains. “It gives a piece of the puzzle – emotion – that we always knew was there, but was never tangible before.” Given the impressive results that some social media sentiment software companies have enjoyed to date, it comes as little surprise to hear that this is an area increasingly being explored by some of the biggest financial institutions. Social media sentiment analysis platform HedgeChatter’s founder James Ross says many investment banking firms are looking at how to incorporate social media sentiment analysis into their trading strategies – not that you’d know it. “The hard numbers on this are difficult to acquire because correlating social media with investments is not widely acceptable yet, so it’s pretty much hush-hush in the inner circles,” says Ross. “Another reason is because if these investment banks can prove some type of modelling, it would be their ‘secret sauce’, and therefore they would not want to alert any of their competitors.” He adds that his own company is currently working with “several globallyknown banking firms”, but he cannot divulge the names of those banking firms because they have all requested confidentiality. What these businesses have all realised is that, if they are not monitoring the impact of social media on stock prices, there’s a real danger that they could lose serious amounts of money because “just as the AP tweet artificially deflated the markets, there are numerous people artificially pumping and dumping stocks and we can detect this using our manipulation meter”, says Ross. Market manipulation clearly isn’t a new thing. As Philip Pearlman, the executive editor of StockTwits, a social network for traders and investors, points out: “People have been playing games and cheating the market forever, and people have been using

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technology to gain an informational advantage forever. Information flow is not perfect and it has never been perfect, so there are going to be attempts to manipulate the market using social media, just as there have been attempts – sometimes successful – to manipulate the markets before social media.” The good news for investors, according to Pearlman, is that, thanks to the sheer speed of social media, there is a self-correcting aspect to it as well. “The lie spreads very quickly but the truth also spreads very quickly afterwards,” he says. “The fact that [the AP tweet] was a hack spread just as quickly as the original malicious tweet had done, and the market bounced back quickly.” Alhough the damage caused by the AP hack turned out to be negligible, the market might not be so lucky next time around. But some market watchers still question the benefits that social media sentiment analysis brings to the table. Itziar Castelló, the assistant professor of business at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, has been researching these analytical tools over the last few years and has serious, lingering concerns about them. “There are two main problems,” says Castelló. “The first is the accuracy problem. Most of the tools are based on word listbased standard affective norms developed for common used language, and not adapted to Twitter or other social media platform languages. How you cover irony or special Twitter signs is still a challenge. “Secondly, you have the span problem. How many sources of internet data are they able to cover? Most of them started to be based on Twitter, but they are now expanding to other social media and internet sources. However, different social media spaces have very different types of languages, and that means making comparisons is complicated.” Tobias Preis, associate professor of behavioural science and finance at Warwick University, shares Castelló’s reservations. Preis recently analysed Google volume search terms to see whether they could be linked to early warning signs of stock market movement, and thinks it is “totally stupid and extremely dangerous” for people to rely on one source of information, such as Twitter, in order to help them make their trading decisions. “People have started to replace traditional news feeds with social media and that’s really dangerous, because in the end you might rely on a tweet that was generated by someone who has hacked into an account, and this can disrupt the whole network,” he says. Although he adds that he can see there is a value in measuring sentiment, he argues that

The markets are based on information flow; it’s no longer acceptable to say: ‘Sorry, I don’t have fast enough information’ the best approach to the situation is to instead use aggregated information. “You have to measure on an aggregated scale rather than just picking out one tweet by one institution, even if that institution has been historically reliable,” he says. “The tools that we’ve been developing are based on measuring aggregated behaviour and aggregated words. This type of information cannot that easily be manipulated.” No trader wants to be on the wrong side of an attempt to manipulate the market, but this is where social media sentiment analysis tools can really come into their own – even on occasion helping companies to take advantage of pump-and-dump scam artists, says MarketPsych’s Peterson. “Social media is a mess because it’s filled with hoaxers and scammers – but then again that is what’s really interesting about it,” he explains. “Many of our investment strategies [with the social media hedge fund] were based around picking up on pump-and-dump scams and then trading it.” Whether or not the new breed of social media sentiment analysis tools will actually give traders the edge they are looking for remains to be seen. It’s still a relatively new technology and adoption rates have been fairly sluggish – in 2009, MarketPsych estimated that approximately 2% of quant funds were using linguistic analysis. What’s not in question, however, is that social media platforms, and especially Twitter, are the fastest source of information on the planet – so if your business isn’t currently monitoring ‘chatter’ on these channels there’s a real danger that business could end up missing out, warns Peterson. “You can’t have the market move by as much as 1% and say: ‘I don’t have any idea why that just happened,’” he says. “You have to be able to react to that sort of percentage movement. The markets are based on information flow, so it’s no longer acceptable to say: ‘Sorry, I don’t have fast enough information’. Everyone has got to have this.” ■

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Golden Triangle is Marini’s, Malaysia’s highest bar and one of the hottest nightspots in the Asian capital. Overlooking the glittering Petronas Towers – two giant totems built for oil behemoth Petronas, finished in 1999 – the tall and narrow bar is spilling over with both expats and locals sipping Jack Daniel’s straight from the bottle. It’s a Thursday night that I’m here, but every night is as busy as it is now: you come to watch the sunset, but stay for the beats. Spotlights splash about ADHD-style on a pop art piece on the wall and a DJ drops Daft Punk’s Get Lucky as the crowds bouncing around its alfresco terrace cheer loudly as it tears towards the weekend. It’s not the first rooftop bar I’ve been to in the past few weeks, and it certainly won’t be the last. This is modern-day Kuala Lumpur: slick, symbolic and sexy. It’s a cosmopolitan city that has seen its star rise exponentially in recent years, striving towards its skyscraping paternalistic neighbour Singapore and leaving other neighbour Bangkok’s sleaze firmly behind it – but still retaining the signature personality of many Asian cities. Evidence enough is the sheer amount of architecture springing up in the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ and along modern shopping street Bukit Bintang, already lined with air-conned malls and dubiously intricate fountains. It is in no danger of turning into a soulless Middle Eastern supercity, though. The best thing about KL is that thanks to mass immigration, it’s a hotpotch of characters, identities and races – a true multi-ethnic and multi-cultural melting pot. Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Western expats live side by side and give the city, its food scene and its raggedy and confusing town planning system its buzzy and evolving personality. You can be shopping in a weighty shopping mall one minute, picking up designer shoes, bags and trinkets; and the next, stumbling onto Jalan Alor, a mess of street food stalls selling chicken satay and octopus skewers, lit only by the strings of Chinese lanterns. It’s an intoxicating and cosmopolitan city to spend a weekend in at the start of a long 17day tour around Malaysia and Singapore. We’d flown in direct from London (Malaysia Airlines has flown direct to KL twice a day for 41 years), arriving from an overnight flight jet-lagged and exhausted. Checking into a hotel was the only thing we could manage after stumbling out of the airport and being slammed with 35 degree humidity. Thankfully, we hadn’t got a reservation at a cloud-touching ’scraper with no atmosphere

and a clinical view of the Petronas Towers (admittedly, these can be pretty sweet, too) but a proper, old-school luxury pile that’s full of home comforts and icy air-con to boot. Step forward the Majestic Hotel in the colonial end of the city. Dating back to the 1930s, in its heyday it was the biggest and best hotel in the city, known for wild dances and drawn-out luxurious afternoon teas. After re-opening around 15 years ago nothing much has changed: KL’s high society can be spotted supping a range of teas from the nearby Cameron Highlands and pecking away at scones slathered with cream and jam most afternoons in its orchid room. It’s still a neo-classical Art Deco bolthole, a hub for the city’s bright and beautiful people to tie the knot, relax in its spa and generally escape busy Malaysian life. Unfortunately for them, it’s also the place where my boyfriend and I are recovering from a particularly vicious bout of jet lag. (A 2.5-hour spa treatment in its sumptuous spa on the first morning rather helped with this, and it’s about 20 steps from suite to massage table – relief.) A full 24 hours later, we’re yet to leave the confines of the Majestic – the afternoon tea, the infinity pool overlooking the colonial-era rickety train station and the spa ‘village’ is simply too much of a draw for us. The one thing that can always tempt me away from a gorgeous hotel is a cool rooftop bar though, which arrives in the form of an invitation from a KL expat mate. He’s at Luna in the Golden Triangle, 33 floors atop the Pacific Regency hotel. This is not just any sky bar: there’s a pool, which after forgetting my swimsuit I tipsily consider splashing in anyway after several of Luna’s rather potent cocktails. The hallmark of any decent KL rooftop bar is epic views over the twin towers, which we have, sitting on chintzy cushions in a glass box overhanging the edge of the tower block. It’s only after a jug of happy hour Tiger that I think of anything else but leaning too hard against the glass and free-falling 33 floors down onto busy Jalan Ramlee below. Despite my vertigo, it’s the best way to orient ourselves with the city. After celebrating the start of our holiday ➤

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NO RIFF RAFF: The famous hotel, named after Singapore founder Sir Stamford Raffles, has seen many famous guests through its doors since it opened in 1887. The colonialstyle hotel is home to the Long Bar, where the Singapore Sling cocktail was famously invented.

➤ perhaps a little too hard, we arrive back to the Majestic to find a bath has been drawn for us, scattered with rose petals. Towels have been tightly wound and arranged on the bed in the shape of a 3D heart, complete with a note from our personal butler. We’re too drunk to appreciate what a surreal moment this is. The first real day in KL whizzes by in a blur of sweat, insect bites and grazing like feral animals at all the foodie treats that the city serves up on a platter. We start with breakfast served in our suite – booking a Governor suite at the Majestic affords a number of privileges, not least a flexible morning spread of toast, pastries and juice – and then call our private driver (another priceless add-on for the suite) to take us to the Petronas Towers, the most obvious city centre landmark we can think of. It’s the first time I’ve seen the towers by daylight, and they’re no less impressive – rightly so, as they held the record for the structure from 1998 to 2004 – they are still the tallest twin structures in the world. Stacked 88 floors tall, the glass facade is supposed to replicate Islamic art, and wouldn’t look out

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of place in Dubai or Doha. Drawn around the towers are the usual supermalls, shiny restaurants and well-groomed parks, not to mention neck-achingly tall hotels all competing for the best view of the towers. But the real buzzing flesh of the city is not the quasi-sterile atmosphere that clings to its business district like a glove, but their proximity to energetic and chaotic areas like Chinese food street Jalan Alor. After inhaling steamed cases of dim sum at Michelin-starred Taiwanese cafe chain Din Tai Fung in the Pavilion Mall (one good thing about a poorly performing currency is that everything is cheaper than an ‘I heart KL’ t-shirt), we lurch onto Bukit Bintang – one of the city’s main arteries – and make for the Menara Tower, the city’s communication totem, crossing busy road junctions as we go. It’s from up here that you get the best view of all. Unfortunately there’s not a glass of something in my hand while I do it, but the panorama afforded by the tower eclipses that of Petronas’ overbooked, overpriced and overrated Skybridge and allows us to see all the way out to the green mountains that surround KL and the Batu Caves – a popular Hindu shrine – in the distance. KL’s (supposed) arch-enemy Singapore is next on our Asian city hitlist. It’s a quick flight, but an overnight train between the two is a far more civilised option. I’ll get the obvious out of the way first: Singapore is modern, tall, glitzy and all those other adjectives you assign to cities that are mainly made of glass and steel and house luxury hotels and high-end cocktail bars. ➤

KUALA LUMPUR NEED TO KNOW

The Majestic Hotel offers deluxe rooms from around £130 a night. The Governor Suite starts around £240 a night and comes with private butler and driver.

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Malaysia Airlines flies a twice-daily A380 service from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur International Airport with onward connections across Malaysia, South East Asia and Australasia. Return flights from London Heathrow to KLIA start from £854 return in economy and £3188 in business class including taxes and charges. For the latest offers please visit malaysiaairlines.com or call 0871 423 9090.

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What Singapore does have is inimitable affluence and a vibrant food and drink scene

MARINA LIFE: Singapore’s glittering Marina Bay is home to skyscrapers, entertainment venues and the famous ironing board-shaped Marina Bay Sands hotel. Come after sunset for an arresting view over the bright lights of downtown Singapore.

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Raffles Singapore has double rooms starting from around £700 per night, up to £3,800 per night. The Sir Stamford Raffles suite is price upon request.

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Overnight sleeper trains from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore start from around £7 in first class and take eight hours.

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SINGAPORE FLING

➤ Whatever the stereotype of the city is, it’s not the first impression I get of Singapore. We arrive at 7am into Woodlands station – a damp, dirty train station to the north of the city-state – into a fine mist that can’t decide if it is humidity or rain. There’s chewing gum on the floor (it’s supposed to be banned), and nobody’s wearing a suit (Singapore’s standard uniform, or so we were led to believe). But before we explode every cliché going, we hop into a taxi down the freeway, and within 20 minutes we’re in the slick downtown – and it’s everything people promised me about this strange lozenge-shaped 276 sq mile inlet. That said, it’s lazy and untrue to dismiss Singapore for having no atmosphere. What it doesn’t have is street hawkers wheeling portable grills burning skewers of mullet and eel on every corner, but what is does have is inimitable affluence and a vibrant food and drink scene to keep you amused for a couple of days while you recover from the KL overload. We’re staying at Raffles Singapore – arguably one of the most famous hotels in the world, with a roll call of past guests to match. Everybody from William and Kate to Charlie Chaplin and Ava Gardner have laid their head in Raffles’ elegant suites, but don’t let that put you off. No trip to the country is complete without the obligatory Singapore Sling in its Long Bar (now an ambitious £19, but it has to

be done, right?) and throwing monkey nuts lazily onto the floor. We do this grudgingly, dropping almost £40 on two drinks, before heading out into Singapore proper – and to Kue De Ta, the alfresco bar atop Marina Bay Sands, the super-pimp ironing board-shaped luxury hotel-cum-playground that opened up a few years ago with one of the world’s highest infinity pool. From this viewpoint, Singapore’s elegant crop of skyscrapers shine out over the groomed Marina Bay, and the vast panorama is well worth paying £10 for a Tiger beer. It’s a popular place for Singaporean urbanites to congregate, as it’s in full swing the moment the sun goes down, with guests leaping into the infinity pool and Instagramming selfies. It’s like a mash-up of a very, very hot Canary Wharf and a fully-clothed Soho. By way of contrast, the Little India, Chinatown and Arab districts are the most atmospheric of Singapore, but still diligently well-organised. You can snarf the best biryani of your life at Allauddins at Tekka Market, or eat thalis off a banana leaf at predictablynamed Banana Leaf in Little India. Shop fronts flogging saris and carpets line the streets in these districts, but you only have to look up to see it flanked by the urban Marina Bay scape – lest you forget you’ve been suddenly been transplanted to another Asian city. In a mere 24 hours, there’s little more to fit into Singapore life than snapping pictures of my toes in the rooftop pool at Raffles and drinking tea in its airy, colonial-style Tiffin Room. Given another 24 hours, I’m sure I’d have conceived a précis for my first novel and spent my life savings on Singapore Slings in the Long Bar – staying in one of the most luxury hotels in the world will do that to you. Back in KL after two weeks of eating and drinking ourselves into misshapen, lumpy beach balls, I get another invite from my friend in residence. This time it’s the notorious Beach Club, haven for Western men and er, ladies of the night. It’s on street-level, but there’s a live band and refreshingly cheap beer. As we frolic around to a terrible cover of Sweet Home Alabama and get our feet stuck on tacky plastic palm leaves, I realise this is the Kuala Lumpur I love: all 57 floors of it. ■


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EW RESTAURANTS CAN lay claim to an ecclesiastical location in the City, unless you count the cafe under St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside (which we don’t). It makes a change, then, that new fine-dining kosher joint Restaurant 1701 is housed in the oldest synagogue in the UK – Bevis Marks in Aldgate, which opened in 1701 and has been used for worship ever since. All this gives it a more interesting spin than other City restaurants. It’s hidden down one of those alleys the City is full of, and finding it involves a loopthe-loop around the Gherkin and the passages behind Leadenhall Street. Jews apparently weren’t allowed to build on main streets in 1701, to the building’s benefit 300 years later.

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The London Jewish community is a tightknit one. I’d only been there for 20 minutes, but a Jewish friend who joined me for the evening had already spotted a group she recognised and told me she considered having her wedding reception at the synagogue, guessing that gourmet catering company Adafina was behind the restaurant (which it is). The upshot is that, despite having only opened its doors in June, 1701 already feels like a super local hangout. Kosher and fine dining are historically not the easiest of bed pals, although this isn’t borne out by the experience at 1701. Mostly because of its name, I plumped for the ‘Friday night dinner’, a cosy bowl of tender chicken and sweet potato. My companion ate the eponymous Adafina – a beautifully presented plate of braised ox cheek – sighing with relief to have found a place in which she can actually order more than mushroom risotto. With some adept wine-matching (who has tried Israeli wine? Turns out it’s rather good), it might just be my new favourite City joint. ■ 1701, Bevis Marks, EC3A 5DQ; 020 7621 1701;

In Anthony Demetre’s new 12-week pop-up at Tower 42, the City has a perfect match of gourmet cooking with a rich, hearty harmony of autumnal colours, flavours and textures. After taking in the spectacular view, I begin with a ricotta gnudi, but the real premain treat is the crisp pig’s head, fried to perfection and served with potato puree. For the main, I’m treated to wild halibut, whose light texture allows the real star of the dish to take centre stage: butternut squash is both lightly pureed and presented as a hearty baked wedge. I’m eternally grateful that my girlfriend lets me try her piece of beef – it’s possibly the most exquisite piece of meat I’ve ever tasted. I wanted to stand up and applaud it (luckily for the other guests, I limited myself to a gushing compliment the next time the waiter appeared). After a delicious cheese board and desserts, the only negative I can think of about AD12 is that it’s only open until late December, although I’m holding out hope that Demetre celebrates Spring as vivaciously as he does Autumn. – MG ad12.co.uk

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CAGED FEAST Cattier has to be one of the most exciting houses in Champagne at the moment. Not only is it behind the king of bling, Armand de Brignac, but it has also been busy launching a series of its own new releases. Indeed, be sure to look out for a 2013 vintage – this year’s harvest was a corker. In the meantime, our pick of the current crop is this, the Brut Saphir (£50), which comes in a unique arabesque wire box. drinx.com

The Domaine de Chevalier 2008 (£30) is one of the finest wines to come out of this estate in the last three decades. This elegant Bordeaux is beautifully textured yet full-bodied – a perfect match for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

THE FIZZ

A bog standard bottle of Bolly isn’t going to cut it come Christmas morning. For something a little more exciting, try this Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004 (£65). The 2004 is all about minerality and precision, and makes for a superb aperitif.

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The vodka created for Peter the Great’s coronation in 1721 still wears its royal pedigree proud on its Tsar-emblazoned packaging

SHOOTING TSARS Imperial Collection’s recipe dates back to the early 18th century – and was favoured by Peter the Great. The Russian government has even approved the use of the Tsar’s picture as a logo and on the bottles, which speaks volumes. The Imperial Collection Gold and Golden Snow [pictured] are both super smooth – ideal if you take your vodka straight, and also for making a mean winter cocktail. Stockist: harrods.com

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THE PLAYER

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Jordan Spieth is a name worth remembering if you want to make money betting on golf next year. To be fair, you might have already missed the boat – the 20-year-old Texan is now high up on most bookmakers’ lists and is performing like a seasoned pro, despite having been in the paid ranks for just ten months. Without a PGA Tour card at the beginning of 2013, he’s now ranked 20th worldwide after a rookie season that included victory at the John Deere Classic and runners-up finishes in the Puerto Rico Open and Wyndham Championship. Throw in his eighth place in the FedEx Cup, a $3.8m prize haul (so far), and a recordbreaking appearance in last month’s Presidents Cup (he was the youngest-ever player to make a team), and you have a young man destined for great things. Golf is littered with bright talents who started well before amounting to little, but Spieth has looked more than special for some time. A dual US Junior Amateur champion, he won both singles matches at the 2011 Walker Cup while teammates failed to cope with windy Royal Aberdeen. He went pro in December with the promise of a few PGA and web.com invitations, and his stunning John Deere victory in July – aged 19 years, 352 days – earned him a valuable two-year exemption and the chance to learn his trade without the need for results – not that he plays like a man feeling pressure. The PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year by a country mile, Spieth has gone from relative zero to American hero in such a short time that he barely has any sponsors. He signed a deal in January to wear Under Armour clothing but remains a free agent on the equipment front (though his bag is mainly stocked by Titleist). How far he’ll go will be anyone’s guess, but Tiger Woods has already marked him out as a serious rival for the 2014 season, which, you might be interested to know, has already started. I bet he couldn’t wait. ■

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GOLF DUBAI

BUILDING A FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

Golf in Dubai turns landscape logic on its head, with stunning green oases marooned in the desert – and it has more and more to offer the travelling amateur golfer looking for winter sun, says NICK BAYLY

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F DUBAI WERE a dog, it would surely be a

Labrador puppy – eager to please, but just a little bit naughty. For an understanding of its Labrador-like tendencies (and to see how committed it is to attracting visitors to its shores), you need only ski down the snow on its giant indoor ski slope. No matter that it probably hasn’t snowed in this part of the world since the last ice age: if people want to ski when the outside temperature is pushing 50 degrees, it shall be so. The same principle has been applied to golf, which partially explains why – in a country in which fresh water is just as valuable a commodity as the oil that has funded all the development – golf courses have been built at such an incredible rate. If people want to play golf on holiday, Dubai’s sheikh rulers would rather they played here than anywhere else in the world. Do you want to see the Pyramids or climb the Eiffel Tower? Don’t bother going to Egypt or France, just book a flight to Dubai. Want to eat in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, drink vodka in an ice bar, sleep underwater, bathe in goat’s milk

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or watch Shakira in concert? You’ve guessed it, make your way to Dubai. Golf’s growth here has, not surprisingly, mirrored the explosion in expat numbers – currently 90% of the total population of two million. Many of the city’s eight-plus clubs survive on a steady supply of corporate outings, mixed with a few local members and a growing number of travelling golfers who think nothing of jumping on a plane for five hours to enjoy a bit of winter sun. One thing golfing visitors to Dubai can be assured of is never having their game called off owing to rain. In fact, quite the

Golfing visitors to Dubai can be assured of never having their game called off owing to rain

opposite – for the months of June, August and September, the mean rainfall is 0.0mm. Nothing. In May, there’s 0.4mm, and in July 0.8mm – less than a thimble full. Summer days in the desert can therefore be blisteringly hot and, thankfully, a number of courses can be played at night under floodlights, when the temperatures dip to more sensible levels. Thanks to its location at the point where East meets West, Dubai has carved out a unique place on the world’s golfing map. It is home to a growing number of tour pros who find it convenient for hopping to America, China and Europe. It enjoys a superb winter climate for off-season practice and is also home to three big tournaments. The Dubai Desert Classic has been a mainstay of the European Tour since it began 1989, while the DP World Tour Championship, which started in 2009, provides a glittering finale to the season, with the winner of the year-long Race to Dubai pocketing the best part of £1m. The Ladies European Tour’s final event, the Dubai Ladies Masters, is also played here, with a quality field to rank alongside the majors. ➤

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➤ While Dubai is popular with Tour players, there is no shortage of amateurs looking to sample the pro experience for themselves. There is also no shortage of places to do that, from old favourites such as the Majlis and Wadi courses at the Emirates Golf Club (which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year) to newer kids on the block such as the Greg Norman-designed Earth course, The Els Club, and the Montgomerie course at Emirates Hills. A marketing initiative called Golf in Dubai represents all Dubai’s golf clubs, handling everything from the staging of tournaments to course development and the arrangement of holiday itineraries, while many tour operators organise breaks to suit all budgets. Golf is not cheap here, and there’s a 28-handicap limit (36 for women) – but you’re paying for championship-class courses, five-star offcourse facilities and priceless tales to take back home. And yes, you can get a beer at the 19th.

JUMEIRAH GOLF ESTATES Jumeirah’s two courses, Earth and Fire, are both designed by Greg Norman, and the season-ending DP World Championship is held on Earth, with its 102 bunkers and 20 lakes. The final four holes are each more than a mile long, while the 651-yard 18th, split by a rock-lined stream, provides a stunning climax.

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EMIRATES GOLF CLUB [PICTURED PREVIOUS PAGE] The flagship 7,185-yard Majlis course, which weaves around seven lakes, is famous as the

home of the Dubai Desert Classic, which celebrates its 25th year in January. The challenging 18-hole Faldo course is floodlit.

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THE MONTGOMERIE Surrounded by some of Dubai’s most exclusive properties, this is an oasis with 14 lakes and 93 acres of landscaped gardens. Playing like a Scottish links, it provides a unique experience in this part of the world. The 13th green is in the shape of the UAE and, at 58,000 square feet, is the largest single green in the world.

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DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB Situated in the heart of the city, the 6,857yard Creek course includes a Thomas Bjorn-designed front nine. The fairways are lined with date and coconut palms, while the clubhouse, with its soaring shape mirroring the sails of a traditional Arab dhow, is one of most iconic images of Dubai.

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THE ELS CLUB [PICTURED TOP LEFT] Part of the extraordinary Dubai Sports City, which includes stadiums and a variety of sports academies, The Els Club opened in 2008 and plays a stamina-sapping 7,534 yards off the very back tees. Thankfully, more manageable forward tees are available.

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Dubai’s only genuine pay-and-play course is located inside the Meydan racetrack, home to the Dubai World Cup. The nine-hole course is fun to play in the day but even more fun at night, when floodlights light the fairways.

While I’m not keen on dropping my vowels, I’ll forgive TaylorMade’s marketing department for naming its latest driver SLDR – short for slider, if you hadn’t figured that out instantly. Its 20g weight, which moves along 21 points across the width of the sole, allows for quick and precise adjustability. While Mizuno’s MP-600 driver had a weight rail in the rear of the sole, the SLDR’s is at the front, which lowers spin rates while raising the launch angle – the key to hitting the ball further. The positioning of the rail also provides slightly faster ball speeds and more forgiveness, particularly on shots hit low on the face, with 2mph increases in ball speed and 300rpm spin reductions reported. The loft angle has a three-degree range of adjustability (1.5 up or down), while the loft range offered by four different heads (8, 9.5, 10.5 and 12) runs from 6.5 to 13.5 degrees. Shifting the weight across the width of the rail causes noticeable changes in ball flight and shape, although it will take some time to nail your ideal setting. Cosmetically, the 460cc has a glossy grey metallic crown that harks back to TaylorMade’s 300 Series, and the overall look will win back many fans lost after the bling white of the R11.

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MANY A TRUE WORD Art rarely comes more interactive than Clive Sefton’s hand-crafted word searches. We asked the artist to create a Square Mile special – how many words can you spot?

WORD UP From Fatboy Slim to vice-presidents of Burberry, Clive Sefton’s word searches have captured the imagination of artists and businessmen alike. These unique works are hand-crafted and can be bespoke to you, whether you’re after a wedding present or a work of art for your company boardroom. We set Sefton the challenge of creating one for square mile. Inside, there are more than 50 different financial institutions based in London, all the City tube stations and a few other surprises. See what you can find. Email the names of 50 featured financial institutions to competition@ squaremile.com and you’ll be in the running for a bottle of Imperial Gold Collection vodka [see p107 for info]. ■ For corporate commissions or personal projects, contact Clive Sefton on 07775 993 486 or 01273 383 890.

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ART NOMA BAR

BEST BAR NONE Artist Noma Bar specialises in producing two images for the price of one. Take a look. Now take another look. Talk about seeing double…

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from his 2011 series Cut It Out, the first shape you’ll notice is a fountain pen nib. But look again and, like one of those Magic Eye books from the 1990s, suddenly another image comes into focus – this time of a shapely woman, private parts and all. It’s this kind of visual theatre that makes the works of the Israeli-born British designer appealing and playful in equal measure. The effect is achieved through clever use of negative space – the interplay between an image and the area surrounding it. With a limited pallet, Bar subtly and precisely manipulates shape and form to unique effect. His ideas are first drawn in his sketchbook and then transferred to the computer screen, where he creates the final concept.

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The main image [pictured above left], Facing Up, depicts an ostrich with its head buried in the ground. But within its negative space, you’ll note the head popping back up, beak pointing towards its own rear end. In Evolutionary Thought [bottom right corner] a pelican is shown with its mouth open and a jowly throat pouch eagerly awaiting its next feed. In the negative space, a poor fish has just been caught in its beak. In Look Out [top], an Alsatian looks over his shoulder while a curious cat strolls into view. Bar once said that, through his work, he is after “maximum communication with minimum elements”. The elegance of these images suggest he’s nailed it. Twice. ■ Prints cost £900 and are limited to just 50 per piece. Buy exclusively from eyestorm.com

Bringing your work home is a necessary evil for most City folk. Indeed, you may even consider setting up a home office. But that’s no reason to turn your house into an actual office. You wouldn’t install fluorescent strip lighting in your living room, so don’t buy a desk that looks like a reject from the audit department. Fortunately Evoni Design has the answer. The British company has created this, the Spector desk. Inspired by a 1950s vintage film canister, it blends retro style with contemporary elegance. Its imposing side barrels are created by bonding 30 CNC-cut rings of high-grade MDF – an innovative production technique which prevents any imperfections in the shape. There are two handleless, soft-closing drawers in each barrel, providing practical and smart storage space. There are even bespoke stains and finishes available to ensure it fits into your house – and not the other way around. evonidesign.com


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THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX Interior design is a science; get it wrong and the results can be disastrous, get it right and you can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. SUSAN WHITE of Phoenix Interior Design gives her ten tips for design success 1. MAKE THE WALLS WORK FOR YOU To create the illusion of space in a small room use horizontal bands of colour or texture to accentuate its width. Alternatively, to create the effect of higher ceilings, use vertical sweeps.

2. HIDE YOUR DOORS A great idea for concealing doors is to find a wall treatment that can do just that, such as wood panelling. Alternatively, try fabric walling to create a seamless finish.

3. PICK THE RIGHT COLOURS There are no strict rules to choosing colour, but there are many factors to consider – above all, light, as it will contribute to the changing appearance of whatever colour you choose.

4. MATERIAL THINGS MATTER Use fabrics to create a tonal palette from which to build layers of texture. Give careful thought to window treatments, from sheer voiles to blinds and curtains to simple shutters.

5. MAKE AN IMPACT Include big statements, whether it’s focal pieces of furniture, striking artwork or your treasured collectables.

6. PUT FURNITURE IN THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT Find the right pieces of furniture for the dimensions of the room, which will also create the right atmosphere.

7. GET SOME LIGHT ON THE MATTER Lighting is both purposeful and sculptural. It is one of the most crucial elements to your home, it can transform or a kill a room. Use it to visually separate one zone from another.

8. FEED THE SENSES Add sumptuous and sensual items to the scheme. Introduce scented candles, fragrance diffusers, flowers or a blend of them all.

9. THERE’S AN ART TO USING ART Hang your art at the right height – you should be able to view a painting or a piece of photography without titling your head. Balance can be achieved by grouping objects

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of similar size and shape together, but avoid too much symmetry; it can look dead and flat.

10. COMBINE ART AND FURNITURE When art and pieces of furniture are juxtaposed with each other make sure the two work together in harmony not conflict. ■ For more info: phoenixinteriordesign.co.uk

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FAMILY INVESTMENT THE COTSWOLDS Nestled in 550 acres of lush Cotswolds countryside you can own your own vacation home at Lower Mill Estate. Just 90 minutes by car from London, you choose your own plot of land, a house design that suits your needs and then the furnishings inside. Rental yields of up to 6%. Invest in future generations at Lower Mill Estate. Contact us for details of guaranteed returns. Sun House (shown left) prices from ÂŁ595,000. Boat House (shown right) prices from ÂŁ695,000.

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THE LAKE'S PROGRESS The traditional English country estate might seem an antiquated notion, but these contemporary new builds dotting the Cotswolds’ picturesque waterfronts bring it right up to date, says MIKE GIBSON

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OU’D BE FORGIVEN if, upon hearing the words “house in the Cotswolds”, your mind’s eye conjured up the kind of residence that would look at home on top of a Christmas cake – thatched roofs, old timber mantelpieces and roaring log fires galore. But while there are still plenty of picturepostcard lakeside cottages to be found in the Cotswolds, a new breed of holiday home is springing up here. The Lower Mill Estate and The Lakes by Yoo are both prime examples of an ultra-modern, eco-friendly and urbane approach to lakeside living. Whether you’re looking to grow your property portfolio or provide your family with a holiday home for years to come, now just might be the time to invest in a contemporary lake house.

LOWER MILL ESTATE With their combination of stylish, flowing curves and staccato pitched roofs and corners,

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There’s a tendency to believe that modern living eschews traditional values and ignores nature, but the estate houses do the opposite. Rather than shutting out the outside world, wall-to-wall windows usher in as much light as possible on both sides, and with these views it would be foolish not to. In fact, everything from the outdoor activities on offer around the estate to the spa facilities and even the pools has been designed to be as environmentallyconscious as humanly possible. Perhaps the biggest plus point to buying into the estate is that every house is tailored to its owner’s needs. Uniquely, prospective residents buy a plot of land and work with architects and designers to create the outside and inside from scratch. The result is a house that is not only chic and luxurious but also precisely represents its owner’s taste. A totally personalised house on an idyllic waterfront – what more could you ask for? ➤

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ON THE WATERFRONT: (clockwise from main) The Lakes by Yoo interiors combine modern minimalism with the comfort of the country home; sleek, dark colours in a master bedroom; outside terraces overhang the lakes – this lake is full of trout

➤ THE LAKES BY YOO Luxury architects Yoo can boast the impressive stat of having designed a home in every continent (well, apart from Antarctica – but we’ll let that one slide). With this in mind, a house in the Cotswolds probably isn't their most remarkable venture, but nevertheless they achieve their aim of bringing the glamour of city living to the country retreat, and then some. Their beautiful eco-houses are also built to order, with buyers invited to choose the plot of land that is best suited to them. With the aim of fostering a neighbourhood feel, the exterior of each home is minimal and near-identical to the others in the estate – glass-fronted, modern and unobtrusive, with gorgeous views over the Clearwater

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lakes. And if living lakeside isn’t for you, they also offer bespoke barn or loft-style housing situated in an acre of woodland. While the exteriors are kept simple, the interior design options are vast: ranges from Jade Jagger – available for the first time in the UK – and Kelly Hoppen are complimented by elements from Yoo’s experienced team of architects. The Lakes’ housing is created, first and foremost, to respect the ground on which it’s built. That means sustainable and ecofriendly design and implementation, with an on-site ecology manager who makes sure the surroundings are beautifully maintained. Residents can also make use of solar panels, and wind turbines even harvest rainwater. Put simply, Yoo aim to provide buyers with a luxurious, contemporary residence, and to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible while doing so. After all, who said modern living has to cost the earth? ■ Lower Mill Estate builds are available from £525,000. Go to lowermillestate.com or call 01285 869 489 for more information. The Lakes by Yoo builds are priced between £900,000 and £4,000,000. For more information, visit thelakesbyyoo.com or call 01367 250 066.

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Clive Sefton’s handmade original word searches have earned him some high profile fans. He incorporates around 100 words in each piece and has produced work on a number of subjects. He can also work with you on your own unique piece of artwork, perfect for a loved one or for a company boardroom or reception area. For more details, see page 121. T: 07775 993486 W: www.clivesefton.co.uk E: clive@clivesefton.co.uk

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By starting your day with high levels of natural nutrients, you will have more energy, crave less junk and burn more body fat. This 100% natural, low-carb, high protein, high fibre breakfast shake is ready in less than a minute and is guaranteed to keep your full and satisfied until lunch. Available in Chocolate, Coconut & Pistachio Purition Breakfast Smoothie Blend £19.95 for 14 servings. W: www.purition.co.uk T: 0845 222 0174

ME AND MY CAR Limited Edition Bugatti Type 57 Cufflinks £385 Made from the aluminium pistons of an original Bugatti Type 57 engine, and finished with sterling silver fittings, these stunning cufflinks are engraved with their limited edition number. One of many great gift ideas from Me and My Car. T: 01865 883061 E: Fiona@meandmycar.co.uk W: www.meandmycar.co.uk

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One of our extensive affordable range of collectors’ watch storage solutions priced from £22.00 to £150.00. Just part of an eclectic collection of interior design accessories including valet stands, wall art, sculptures and vintage inspired lighting. Beautiful gift ideas for any home. T: 01256 883449 E: sales@4himonly.co.uk W: www.4himonly.co.uk

POWERBALL The finest wrist exerciser on the planet, Powerball Diablo is offered in two highly distinctive models; 350Hz Chrome and 450Hz Gold - one produces a massive punch, the other is the fastest “human powered” device on earth! Learn more at: W: www.Powerballs.com T: 07921 916697

i-box The new “Trax” Bluetooth speaker with NFC from British brand, i-box. With a sleek touch panel control and up to 10 hours battery life, the ultraportable speaker packs a well-defined punch – and certainly looks the part too! At £69.99, it definitely makes for a winning Xmas gift. See the full collection at: W: www.iboxstyle.com T: 08457 573479 E: Support@iboxstyle.com

First time writer? Or previously published and looking for a new publisher? Established in the heart of London and with our ever expanding reading lists, we pride ourselves on our reputation for publishing high quality books. We are currently accepting submissions of all genres so send us your work today in one of the following ways: E: editors@olympiapublishers.com W: www.olympiapublishers.com Post: 60 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6NP

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SAM GREIG - AVSNITT ARMCHAIR

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The Avsnitt design aesthetic takes inspiration from the wooden framed Danish sofas from the 1950’s and 60’s. The armchair is constructed using an American Cherry frame, with grey tweed upholstery supported by hessian webbing. The design features a wooden frame constructed using the same oval section throughout the entire piece. For more information contact:

We supply an exclusive and elegant photo booth solution for weddings, corporate and special events. This open wooden photo booth will fit into most event decor. A framed photo display board is also provided as part of the package. What sets us apart is the quality of the black and white images. Please have a look at our online video promo.

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Specialists for over 20 years in top-of-the-range, hand-engraved signet rings, seals and cufflinks. We’ll help you every step of the way with crest and monogram advice with our truly bespoke service. T: 01548 869 003 E: bella@signetsandcyphers.com W: www.signetsandcyphers.com

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Christmas in the bag

EVENTS

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ST PAUL’S CHRISTMAS CAROLS St Paul’s, throughout December WHAT’S ON: (clockwise from top left) Celebrate New Year at the Gherkin; Loughran Gallery’s ONE exhibition; street food galore at Hawker House; festive fun at Leadenhall Mkt

HAWKER HOUSE NIGHT MARKET

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

38-50 Pritchard’s Road, until 14 December

Leadenhall Market, 16-20 December

The adventure in night market culture continues with the launch of Hawker House, a warm indoor haven for lovers of great food, booze and music. For every Friday and Saturday until 14 December, Hawker House will offer an indoor late-night eating emporium from 5pm, with DJs playing your kind of soundtrack until 2am.

Left your shopping a little late again this year? Lucky for you Leadenhall Market has got you covered. Head on over to pick up your gifts in a traditional Christmas atmosphere, complete with seasonal entertainment. And, if the stress gets too much, take a break and have a well earned drink or three…

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LOUGHRAN GALLERY PRESENTS ‘ONE’

NEW YEAR WITH SEARCYS

Neo Bankside, Holland Street, 5-21 December

The Gherkin, 31 December

Loughran Gallery is proud to announce the launch of the brand new exhibition ‘ONE’ in celebration of the gallery’s one year anniversary. This celebratory exhibition will feature artists Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Dave White, Jessica Zoob, Harland Miller, Polly Morgan and Frederique Morre. This is definitely not ‘one’ to miss for art lovers.

Head to Searcys at the Gherkin for London’s ultimate New Year’s Eve party. The fun starts at 8pm and goes on until 2am. Grab a VIP ticket and enjoy champagne all night, unlimited drinks, live entertainment plus a lobster and seafood bar. It’s up to you to bring someone to kiss at midnight, though.

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020 7071 7215 or theclub@searcys.co.uk

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To book your tickets please contact:

When it comes to Christmas carols and festive services you’re not going to get more traditional than St Paul’s. Join in and spread the cheer. stpauls.co.uk

BREMONT STORE OPENING The Royal Exchange

Last month, Bremont opened its second London boutique, this time in the City – at The Royal Exchange. Time to head down and watch up. bremont.com

AN APP OF TWO HALVES Football Shokx is a virtual football stock market that adds a new twist to fantasy football. The aim is to invest and divest in clubs at the right time as real scores affect the teams share prices. Download it for free and sign up to the square mile league. shokx.com/app

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CAD & THE DANDY, 13 SAVILE ROW, W1S 3NE If you’re going to be wearing a suit every day then you should know how to look good in one. Sadly, we’ve spent enough time on the Northern Line to know that isn’t always the case. Luckily for you we teamed up with Cad & the Dandy to host

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the Art of Tailoring. Guests were treated to an invaluable suit education while enjoying Digby Fine English sparkling wine and drinks from Chase Distillery. We expect trips on the Tube to look a lot sharper from now on. cadandthedandy.co.uk

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C H R I S T M A S FA R E AT L E A D E N H A L L M A R K E T

Visit Leadenhall Market’s restaurants, cafÊs and pubs to host a memorable Christmas lunch or dinner, plus seasonal food and treats from many specialist retailers.

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PHOTOGRAPHS by Leandro Cabral

We launched the Winter Sports issue of Escapism magazine with a good old knees up at INK London. It seems like these Escapism parties are in danger of becoming a very welcome habit. The party kicked off in style and the drinks were provided by

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Graffigna wines, Peroni, Balblair whisky and Imperial vodka. Professor Green showed up at the venue a bit later in the evening and, while we’re not convinced of his academic credentials, he certainly gets a party going. escapismmagazine.com

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WIN PRIZE WORTH £250

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READER COMPETITION

MILES AHEAD: (clockwise from main image) David Talkar always takes his copy to bathtime – even when that’s in the Blue Lagoon; James Hedley is our youngest fan; Graham Hodgkin has a read before abseiling nearly 300ft; Lucy Phillips takes her copy all the way to Tokyo

CWIN O MA P ETITION JORG GRAY WATCH

Congratulations to this month’s winner, IT project manager David Talkar for baring all (more or less) at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. We’re particularly impressed with the way he matched our Style Issue colours with his surroundings. Runners-up include the CEO of the London Air Ambulance,

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Graham Hodgkin, who is enjoying a read before plunging 280ft for charity, and James Hedley, who can’t actually read yet. ■ Take a copy of square mile on your next trip and email us your photos to letters@squaremie.com, or tweet us on @square_mile #extramile. The best photo will win you a Jorg Gray 3500.

We want to reward you for your endeavours. So each month, the winner will take home a Jorg Gray 3500. This impressive timepiece is made with a solid stainless steel case, high precision Miyota OS20 chronograph movement with date display, scratch resistant mineral crystal lens, and an Italian leather crocodile pattern strap. Send your photos to

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THE SECOND WORLD WAR. 1 9 3 9 - 1 9 4 7.

Spring, 1943. And for the Allies, there’s none of the optimism associated with the season. The conflict in the North Atlantic has tipped decisively in favour of Germany. Allied convoys are easy prey for the deadly U-boats, hunting in their ‘wolf-packs’. Britain is on the brink of starvation. The situation looks bleak. In Whitehall, even Churchill privately doubts whether his famous powers of oratory will be enough to lift the nation this time. Plans for an Allied invasion of Europe in 1944 have been postponed for a year: the US will not send troops and equipment to Britain with the Atlantic under German control. This delay will give Hitler time to strengthen coastal fortifications in Normandy. German factories have an extra twelve months to build Panzers. And huge tank divisions will now form an iron line of defence along the Rhine, barring the way into Germany. The war looks set to continue until at least 1947, and with no guarantee of an Allied victory. It didn’t happen like that, of course. But it so nearly could have, had it not been for the efforts of a determined band of men and women in a ramshackle country house in Buckinghamshire: Bletchley Park. Some, like Alan Turing, were mathematicians. Others were musicians. Some were crossword experts. Yet working in eight-hour shifts in modest wooden huts, they managed to crack the German Enigma code, widely believed to be unbreakable. An Enigma machine could encrypt letters in more than 159 million million million different ways. (Your odds of winning the lottery look positively generous by comparison.)

It was only one of many instances where intelligence gleaned at Bletchley Park helped influence the outcome of key events in the war. The Bremont Codebreaker commemorates the work of Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman, Tommy Flowers and the 9,000 other men and women who served there. Proceeds from the sale of each watch will go to the Bletchley Park Trust, which is helping preserve the house and its famous huts for the nation. Every watch will feature actual material from Bletchley Park. The movement has an oscillating weight that incorporates original parts from a German Enigma rotor. The crown is inlaid with pinewood from the floorboards of Hut 6, the nerve centre of Bletchley Park. And while the design is inspired by a classic 1940s officers watch, everything else is very definitely 2013. The Codebreaker has a unique chronograph layout with a GMT flyback. (The first we’ve ever built in this configuration.) It’s available in two very limited editions: 240 in stainless steel and 60 in rose gold. We expect demand to be high. The men and women of Bletchley Park maintained absolute secrecy at all times, so word never got around. With the Codebreaker, this is unlikely to be the case.

But with the code cracked, the Allies were able to follow the movements of the U-boats and route the convoys around them. And, in May 1943, Admiral Donitz conceded defeat in the Battle of the Atlantic, leaving the way clear for the D-Day landings.

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