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wheel of misfortune. The world turned around him leaving him miraculously untouched.” From the first words of the 1998 neo-noir movie Croupier, I was sold. The camera circles around Clive Owen like a ball spinning around the axle of a roulette wheel. He begins narrating about himself in the third person, an immediate window into the character’s split personality. I defy anyone to watch that first scene – it’s only about a minute long – and not be as instantly hooked as a gambling addict in the Bellagio. A warm and open man in person [read the interview on p60], Owen has been defined by playing characters on the other end of the spectrum. Dark with an extra helping of brooding is the order of the day. And they don’t come much more dark or brooding than his latest incarnation as Dr John Thackery in the new Steven Soderbergh-directed series The Knick. In this period drama, coming soon to Sky Atlantic, he plays a cocaine-addicted surgeon in the days when speed was more important than accuracy. Landing an HBO-backed series is as big as bagging a blockbuster role these days, so the move was certainly a smart one. That said, he wasn’t a huge fan of the upper-lip furniture he had to host for the role: “Turns out 95% of the men in that time period wore facial hair of some sort and I was willing to put up with the moustache for the sake of realism. But on the day we finished shooting, I shaved it off immediately.” Something tells me Mr Owen won’t be joining our Movember group, then. But we hope you will. If you’re growing a mo, sign up to the Square Mile Challenge – and help us raise more money than ever before. Last year we beat Wall Street to be the fifth largest fundraisers in the world. Can you help us do it again?
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60 IT’S IN THE BLOOD COVER FEATURE Clive Owen is attracted to the dark side, playing arguably his most macabre role yet in the new Cinemax series The Knick.
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84 DANGERS & DRAGONS Piers Linney talks cloud tech, hardcore downhilling and living the life of a Dragon
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#70 BECOME AN ASTRONAUT
▽ YOU’RE A bit of a lunar-tic, but mostly down to Earth. Plus you’ve always wanted to know what the Gherkin looks like from space. It’s time to belt up; we’re heading spaceward. It’s hungry work being in space and astronauts are known to be a peckish breed, especially around launch time. Food favoured by the spaceman includes sun-dried tomatoes, rocket salad and a Galaxy bar. Whatever you choose, make sure you planet in advance. There are many downsides to being an astronaut; it’s dangerous work, the hours are long and chances are wherever you’re heading will be lacking in atmosphere. On the upside the views are spectacular and you’ll have plenty of time to perfect your moonwalk. Plus when no one’s looking you’ll get to do a wee in zero gravity. Come on – you’ve always wanted to. Of course it’s not just a case of turning up and blasting off. There’s plenty of training to be undertaken, such as knowing what all those buttons are for and learning how to plug a leak. Flying into space is a serious business – be sure you’re aware of the gravity of the situation before embarking upon it. Oh, and make sure your flies are done up. There’s a chance you may find life on another planet. Don’t be afraid, merely explain in alien language that you come in peace and ask if they want a bite of your Mars bar. If they are unfriendly – eg. they try and kill you – get back into your craft and fire loads of exhaust fumes into their faces as you fly off, just like angry cabbies do to cyclists back home. It won’t be easy, cooped up for a year with other astronauts. But I’m sure you’ll be fine – just keep the Uranus jokes to a minimum. ■
WOMEN IN THE CITY
The recent appointment of new Kingfisher boss Véronique Laury brings the number of female FTSE CEOs to a slightly less sad five. Although why mention it at all is beyond us. We consider both genders equally good at elbowing their way around Bank station.
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It’s not every day that you see banking scions (or Nat Rothschild) hanging around Millwall or Camberwell. It’s all in the name of technology – Rothschild was launching his new taxi app Maaxi, which hooks up Londoners looking to share cabs. Watch out, Uber.
When ‘team building’ involves a day out at the O2 – with performances from Tinie Tempah and Florence & the Machine – rather than a couple of warm bottles of pinot in the local, we’re in. Hey, KPMG – we’re punctual, motivated and great at making tea.
Technically, the “bond king” leaving Pimco is Wall Street’s news. But City Index reserves a place in its cold heart for Gross – because his beloved former Maine Coon cat, Bob, used to recommend pet food stocks. And who doesn’t love a man with a stockpicking feline?
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Known as the Salesforce Tower – or was it the Heron Tower? In one of the most stultifying property news stories this year, it turns out that the ’scraper will now be just 110 Bishopsgate following beef over names. We can only hope this whole charade is now over.
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WISE G U I D E S WORDS by Dylan Williams, MD, The Royal Berkshire Shooting School
#06 HOW TO SHOOT REGULAR TUITION Lessons are paramount for shooting safety and learning to mount the gun properly. Regular practice can also go along way to improving scores. However, when practice no longer improves your hitting ability, take a lesson from a certified APSI instructor who can diagnose problems and improve your proficiency. If you are invited on a game day, have some lessons beforehand. Many take their instructor on a game shoot with them. The benefit you will get out of the day and the foundation you will form for your shooting career is invaluable. You will learn lots from a game shoot with an instructor in the field – as well as bagging a lot more birds. BUYING A GUN Do not rush out and buy a gun after your first lesson. Try several different brands, barrel lengths, stock shapes, over-and-under or side-by-side. Most schools have a shop these days so you can try several and take advice on what suits you best. You can then buy a new or second hand gun. Then, when you’ve got it and it fits off the shelf, you can have it adjusted to fit perfectly. I cannot overemphasise the importance of a good gun fit. The correct relationship between eye and muzzle; consideration of eyesight and build all mean that the gun will work for you and not against you. The right gun will last you for years. PRACTICE YOUR GUN MOUNT Once you have your own gun, regular dry gun mounting will help. Good gun mount is the bedrock of shooting technique. But you do need to know how to do it correctly otherwise you may be perpetuating a fault. Practice mounting and swinging your unloaded gun to a marker on the mirror at home. Based on what you are told by your instructor, make sure you stand up tall and do not lower your face to the gun or tilt your head. Lift the gun straight up using a short concise motion. Economy of movement in gun mount is crucial. Mount the gun from the same starting position and always mount to the same place on your face each time.
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▽ I STARTED my City career in accountancy at Deloitte before moving into investment banking. I worked in insurance and investment management M&A for a boutique firm called Fox-Pitt Kelton, which was later acquired by Macquarie. My years in finance provided an excellent training for starting a business – you learn to be thorough, analytical and to never be far from your emails. I had also developed a network of trusted contacts in the hospitality world and excellent knowledge of the best hotels, restaurants and bars throughout London and beyond. Capitalising on this, Bon Vivant was officially registered in February 2009 as a concierge and lifestyle management company, and I can’t tell you how happy I was to work for myself in an industry I loved. Bon Vivant offers concierge services that focuses on exceptional personal service as standard – whether you want to stay at the best hotel, book a table at the latest ‘it’ club, want tickets to a sporting, music or VIP event, or just help with your every-day life. Earlier this year we started to focus more on the travel side, where we can now offer our clients free upgrades, free breakfast and VIP amenities at over 1,000 hotels worldwide. ■ For more information, visit bonvivant.co.uk
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S C O T T ’S E X P E D I T I O N TO TH E S O UTH PO LE . BEGUN 1910. C O M P LE TE D 20 1 4 . On January 17th 1912, after a journey of 900 miles, Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole with his four companions: Edgar Evans, Lawrence ‘Titus’ Oates, Henry Bowers and Edward Wilson. But any elation the men felt quickly turned to despair. They were not, as they’d hoped, the first. A Norwegian team, led by Roald Amundsen, had beaten them by 34 days. ‘The Pole’ wrote Scott in his diary, ‘but under very different circumstances from those expected. Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough to have laboured to it without the reward of priority.’ Already in low spirits, their return journey was blighted by poor luck and poor weather. Evans fell badly on the ice, suffering severe concussion. He collapsed and died near the bottom of the Beardmore Glacier on February 17th. In the days that followed, the four remaining men had to endure some of the most extreme conditions ever recorded in the region. Oates, crippled by frostbite and slowing the team’s progress, famously walked out of the tent to his death in order to save his comrades. His sacrifice was in vain. By March 22nd, Scott, Bowers and Wilson, unable to cover the necessary distances in the appalling weather, had only two days’ food left, yet were still three days from the next depot. Then a blizzard descended, trapping them in their tent. With all hope gone, the three men lay down and waited for the end. ‘Had we lived’ wrote Scott, ‘I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes, and our dead bodies, must tell the tale.’ They died just eleven miles short of their destination. And for more than a century, nobody had ever attempted to complete the entire 1,795 mile route of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition. This year, however, British explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere successfully walked the entire distance. Over 105 gruelling days, in temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees, and with each man dragging 200kg of supplies, the pair set a new record for the longest polar journey on foot. Both men wore Bremont Terra Nova chronometers outside their jackets throughout the trek. The Terra Nova has a specially-oiled mechanical movement that can function at sub-zero temperatures, when lesser watches would, quite literally, freeze. (Scott used mechanical watches on his expedition and one hundred years later a mechanical watch is still the best tool in extreme conditions.) The Terra Nova is built from aircraft-grade titanium, which makes it remarkably tough, and crucially, exceptionally light. ‘On expeditions like this’ says Saunders, ‘every gram counts.’ The Terra Nova is available now in a strictly limited edition of 300. And, unlike Ben and Tarka, to get yours you need venture no further than your nearest Bremont stockist.
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ANALYST THE WATCHMEN Urwerk is producing only eight of these watches, all of which are made of AlTiN (Aluminium Titanium Nitride) coated stainless steel. Fans of the brand will recognise its trademark satellite wheels and retrograde indications – and the extra size means they’re easier to take in.
Pocket watches went the way of the Empire long ago, and not even the return of the waistcoat to the high street has done much to revive interest. But there’s still something rather appealing about Urwerk’s UR-1001 Zeit Device – and it’s not just seeing the Genevan duo’s prowess appear in a larger format than usual. And what better riposte
to the emergence of ‘smart’ watches could you hope for than a real watch re-scaled to iPhone proportions? At £240,000, it’s a little more expensive than your average Apple device. As part of the science of measuring time, it takes the ‘generation-lasting watch’ concept beyond any sensible limit: the UR-1001 Zeit Device marks not just
hours and minutes, it is set up to record the months, years, centuries and millennia, too. As Felix Baumgartner – one of Urwerk’s founders – explains, designing a pocket offered “a larger playground for our imaginations”. ■ To see it in the flesh, head to SalonQP, from 6-8 November at the Saatchi Gallery. salonqp.com
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HE FOREX MARKET has been in a fantastic place for several years now and will most likely continue this way, with regulatory changes indicating that brokers will evolve into exchanges and that the market will become more consolidated. Added to this, advances in technology mean you no longer need a high level of systems and infrastructure to build a consistently profitable strategy. This therefore allows retail traders to compete in the wider market. There are rules to the game, however, as I quickly discovered when I began trading in FX while working in a full-time City job. Seven years later, I’m now a fulltime trader with my own FX funds, these commandments are pertinent as ever… ABSORB AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE I read just about everything I could get my hands on. Most of it, quite frankly, was terrible. But, crucially, it helped me build an idea of what doesn’t work, which proved almost as helpful as finding what does.
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS Early on I realised I was terrible at trading the news. Like most people in finance I am a news junkie: I thrive on information, which I get in ample supply from the eight monitors spewing a wealth of data onto my desk every minute of the day. For the most part, however, discipline and a strong plan are far more important. I soon found that regardless of the news, if I stuck to my plans I made far more money consistently.
PROVE YOURSELF WRONG
ILLUSTRATION by Jamel Akib
After blowing up a couple of my trading accounts in the early days (the quickest way I ever spent a bonus), I got into the habit of trying to prove myself wrong. On every strategy I built and every system I developed, the key was to prove when it didn’t work. Every strategy and system has weaknesses. Finding and understanding them is the only way to improve or mitigate the situations. Relentlessly trying to break the systems and models allowed me to
focus on the concepts, strategies and systems that provided me with the greatest return per level of risk.
INDICATORS ARE NOT ALWAYS RIGHT All markets are based on orders. It doesn’t matter what your technical indicator or sophisticated system says. It is all derived from the orders on the market and the prices resulting from it.
THIS IS A NUMBERS GAME I get annoyed with the premise that in some way trading should be based on gut instinct, or is in any way gambling. It isn’t; it’s a pure numbers game. The key is managing your risk to maximise your potential return. The difference between trading and investing is purely a time horizon; the principle remains the same. Like all good investors, you attempt to calculate your potential profit and you stake what you are willing to lose as part of this. You spread your risk across various potential trades and ensure you have calculated your probabilities or risk versus return. It’s amazing how many people you talk to with trading plans that would, on average, break even.
YOU WILL LOSE – GET OVER IT My whole education and early career was focused entirely around not losing. I loved to win. In fact I am a terrible loser; I can fake being gracious but I hate to lose. But in trading you will lose and you will have losing streaks. Get over it. This is about maths, not emotions. Yes, it will hurt – it still bugs me now if we have a bad day – but in the grand scheme of things, it is irrelevant.
UNDERSTAND THE TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE Most people in banks and finance take Reuters and Bloomberg for granted, but actually some of the technology for retail investors is improving rapidly. The trading suites themselves are now very good, but what they still lack is the breadth and depth of information. We had to spend two and a half years (with an ex-Lehman team) to build the infrastructure to operate
our systems, but it was worth it. When building our portfolio systems, we are able to pick any combination of over 2,000,000 sub-systems/strategies in a few hours to create a completely new system based on risk parameters. In forex trading, picking the right set of tools is critical – but don’t believe in it too much. We found that most of the systems out there designed for back testing were less than 70% accurate. None of the platforms available to the average individual are perfect, but if you understand their weaknesses and strengths you can mitigate the problems. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for; so don’t expect to be winning a Grand Prix in a Caterham F1 car any time soon.
BUILD YOUR OWN ADVANTAGE You need to understand where you have an advantage in the market. It definitely won’t be speed or information; so focus on systems and strategies where you can build an advantage (flexibility, length and duration of trades, following flow), not on strategies that require you to compete against people whose equipment and resources you are simply unable to match. Forex, and speculating in general, is a fun way to top up your investment portfolio. Whether you do it yourself or not, there are really good risk-adjusted returns to be had, especially when compared to current interest rates. In the UK, with spread betting accounts, it is even tax free. ■ For more information, see littlefishfx.com
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THE NEW LAWS — By Ian Morley —
WOULD LIKE TO tell you that I wrote my new book – Morley’s Laws of Business and Fund Management – to improve the lot of mankind; to add something genuinely meaningful to our understanding of business; to philosophically attack the Wittgensteinian linguistic solipsisms, and even solecisms, with the methodological scalpel of Karl Popper. But that would be pseudo-intellectual crap. I wrote it as all good authors do, of course – in the pursuit of fame and fortune. Fed up with the ubiquitous and anodyne presentations and books on finance, I decided to rebel. I’ve spent more than 35 years in the industry and came to the conclusion that it doesn’t need to be as boring as it is seems. Finance often comes across as arrogant, and full of incoherent Greek words, often spoken by geeks in an attempt to sound smart while they part you from your money. That is mostly because that is how business and fund management is perceived. My book is a sort of Murphy’s Laws of business and fund management; it’s an antidote to the more standard soporific tomes on business and finance. I tend not to take much seriously in life – I’m a Spurs fan, after all – and have tried to ridicule and expose the pompous nonsense that often parades as the science of business. Most successful people in fund management are so full of themselves they come to believe their own hype and soon think they have a transferable skillset that will enable them to run the world, rather than just a chequebook to help others improve it (like my friend in Nigeria, who has this amazing scheme I really must tell you about). They ignore luck and think it all down to them being brilliant.
are hired for our deep knowledge and understanding – our ability to get the heart of the matter. And, of course, we offer the best of the available and complex solutions that usually involves hiring the consultant to do more work. In reality, as my law of consultant avoidance proclaims, “most consultant costs could be avoided if you listened to the people who work for you”. The employees know that and so does the management. The problem is that painful decisions are far better wrapped in independent advice and mealy mouthed doublespeak, like downsizing, rightsizing or whatever gibberish that is used today by those in management consulting to torture the English language and make anyone but the senior management and board responsible for nasty decisions. Much easier to blame the consultants. ■ Morley’s Laws of Business and Fund Management (Paragon Publishing, £6.99 paperback) can be ordered from all good bookshops and is available online at retailers including amazon.co.uk.
ILLUSTRATION by Jamel Akib
Most successful people in fund management are so full of themselves they believe their own hype
The laws came first, and in true biblical fashion there were just ten. I then extended this to 13, and finally landed on 50. During several months spent on aeroplanes I added in all the narratives behind the laws. They are based on my real experiences. In some cases I have changed names to protect the innocent and to keep me from libel courts. One law for clients states: “If you can’t spell it, pronounce or understand it, don’t buy it.” It’s hardly rocket science, just oldfashioned common sense. My first law of conferences says: “If you mix up networking and neckworking, you may end up with drawdowns (a euphemism for losses… geddit?) in the wrong places.” Enjoy the conferences you attend! The true law of risk is simple. Without risk there is no return. Maybe one day someone will explain that to the regulators. My Law 24 is entitled ‘the contrarian law of fund management’, and it suggests that “good opinion is not influenced by the view of lemmings”. In other words, the crowd can be swayed and sometimes it takes courage in life – and with investments – to go against the crowd. My first law of the press states that “it is easier to check the quote first than to deny it later”. This may seem obvious, and of course it is. The point I am making here is that while the trade press is usually on side, the rest of the press is maybe looking for an angle or headline on which to hang, sorry, link the story to. Always ask to see your quote in context before it goes into print. In most cases, if you are prepared to go on record and say something interesting and unequivocal like some soundbite politician, then you may even be published and possibly even in context. Lastly, nobody ever hires a firm of consultants to tell them something they don’t already know. Consultants – and I am one of them – like to believe that we
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Thought it was mo’ money, mo’ problems? Not so. Grow a moustache this month, raise a shedload of cash for charity and look, er, hot in the process squaremile.com
Do you know the secret to Cary Grant’s success? Yes, that’s right – a highly potent moustache. If you grow one, you too could become a Hollywood legend, fighting off fans with a stick. OK, that’s not very likely. But you could raise a tonne of money for men’s health causes. Join the Square Mile Movember Challenge network when you sign up. Grow your mo’ and help show the world that the City of London knows a thing or two about upper-lip furniture. Last year our network raised more than £750,000, smashing Wall Street’s group. Help us do even better this year and sign up now. Mr Grant would be proud. ■
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TIME TO BRUSH UP Movember is upon us, and now’s the time to turbocharge your grooming regime. From first lather to finishing touches, create the ultimate mouth-brow
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Lather up and tidy your ’tache with the very best in the business. The ergonomic Acqua di Parma shaving brush and razor (£355) will clean you up in no time.
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If soap makes the razor drag uncomfortably across your skin, try this slippery serum. Aesop’s Moroccan Neroli shaving serum (60ml, £27) promises the perfect shave. aesop.com
The skin around your moustache needs to be in good nick. Try Acqua di Parma’s fresh moisturising balm (100ml, £40) – revitalising without being greasy.
Strictly, beards aren’t allowed for Movember – but if you choose to follow up with a Decembeard, Beardbrand Four Vices is the oil for you (30ml, £29.99).
A good wax will ensure you won’t have a hair out of place. We’d opt for the earthy Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood & Clove moustache wax (£12).
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Heritage brands, take note. ALISTAIR MACQUEEN meets the man revolutionising in-store customer service by furnishing his customers with top-quality shoes, good conversation and superb whiskies
T’S NO SECRET that when you buy a pair of shoes from Joseph Cheaney & Sons, your relationship with the company isn’t just financial. The brand is renowned for offering an unparalleled polishing and aftercare service to help keep your footwear in the best shape possible, but it fell to Bow Lane store manager Marc Debieux to give this postpurchase concept a shot in the arm. Or, more specifically, a shot of whisky. Having been given a bottle of bourbon as a leaving present from his former employees, Marc decided to take it into work and offer a customers a drink while they had their shoes shined to enhance the service. Naturally, talk would turn to Marc’s favoured whiskies, but he would explain that, being a rum man, this was a new area for him. It’s perhaps no surprise that, given the customer profile of your average Cheaney’s buyer, they were soon
waxing lyrical about their own dram of choice. “Everyone wanted to share with me their favourite whiskies, and would tell me all the stories behind them – the age, the distilleries… It got to the stage where I had customers coming in with hip flasks asking me to taste this one, try that one, and giving me bottles of their favourite whisky to put in the shop.” A meeting with The Whisky Shop secured Debieux a regular supply, and so began his Scotch & Polish service. The heritage and craftsmanship of Cheaney’s ride tandem with that of the numerous whiskies his clients enjoy and he believes it offers more than just a simple aftercare service. “We don’t speak from a script; we want to create new experiences other than just buying shoes, and the company are very supportive of that. In order to progress and compete with online shopping, I think it’s imperative for
retail brands to offer an experience that comes alongside the purchase. If you don’t offer that, then you’re just a shop.” As its new flagship store opened on Jermyn Street this September, the company looks to be striding towards a promising future. And, with employees as genial as Debieux, celebrating it shouldn’t be much of a problem. ■ For more information: cheaney.co.uk
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JACKET REQUIRED Double-breasted jackets are notoriously difficult to carry off, but anybody can wear the style if they have a good tailor. “People tend to associate double-breasted suits with their grandpa, or think only tall slim men look good in them,” Thom and Luke say. “This doesn’t have to be the case. If the jacket has snap and shape through the waist, it can look sharp on any body shape. If you are on the shorter side, choose a plain fabric and make sure the jacket isn’t long as it’ll make you look shorter.”
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If you want a matching two-piece, Luke and Thom advise you to keep it simple. “Classic grey and blue is the obvious choice,” they say. “But textured fabrics make great separates. We often pair grey-and-navy double-breasted jackets with navy trousers.”
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BIG TIME INVESTORS After years of slating big watches, ROBIN SWITHINBANK thought he could never go supersize. But after seeing the IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date Month, our man does an about-face
T WASN’T SO long ago that watch critics like
myself would head to the annual Swiss watch fairs knowing we were about to be bombarded by watches of monstrous, fearful proportions. Bigger was, apparently, better for a period in the latter part of the last decade and things got very silly. Even sensible Omega got in on the act, pumping out a 49mm version of its now sadly defunct Railmaster line. Not surprisingly, it had all the subtlety of a clock pulled from a station wall. Then the world’s economy crashed, and with it went watch case proportions, which nosedived, sending case dimensions on a downward trajectory that has barely levelled out since. Even Breitling, a brand eternally in the grip of girth, made a 38mm version of its Transocean this year. Pretty thing it is, too. But the phenomenon of the monster watch hasn’t completely gone away. Zenith keeps banging on the doors of giants with its hefty Pilot Type 20 creations, among which is this year’s 60mm white-gold-and-sapphire-crystalcased version, covered in spidery gothic engravings. Join the queue, Sergei. One of the more ambiguously oversized watches of 2014 is the watch you see here, IWC’s Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date Month, a diver’s watch of sorts with a name as elongated as its case. It’s 49mm in diameter, and as IWC has been quick to remind us, that makes it the second biggest watch it’s ever made. This watch raises a couple of awkward questions. First, why in the world would you need a perpetual calendar inside a diver’s watch (although as it’s only water-resistant to 100 metres, is doesn’t exactly qualify as one)? And second, in doing so, why would you need to make it so big? The short answer to both is
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that there’s really no way of reconciling either attribute – this is a watch that’s unnecessarily overqualified, and really far too big to be worn by a normal human being. But – and there has to be a but – I just can’t quite bring myself to rule the damned thing out. That might be because it’s cased in naturally aging bronze (cool) and rubbercoated titanium (very cool), or because of the beautifully engineered inner rotating bezel that’s operated by turning the outer bezel, but there are other watches in the new Aquatimer line that have both of those things without being so completely massive.
So it can only be this. At some point during the design process of the new Aquatimer, someone at IWC must have said: “Oh, what the hell – sod this sensible thing. Let’s go all out and make a big-ass, in-your-face, so-what kind of watch that has absolutely no place in the real world.” And everyone else actually listened – which is either mad or very, very brave. So if you become one of the 50 possible owners of one, I imagine you’ll excuse its daft proportions and unwarrantable list of functions with the same words – think of it as your ‘what the hell’ watch. ■ Price: £42,000; for more info, see iwc.com
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T MUST BE pretty good being Clive Owen.
He’s darkly handsome, Oscar-nominated (for Best Supporting Actor in 2004’s Closer), brooding on-screen, warm and well-heeled off it. He’s a staunch family man, too. Married to actor Sarah-Jane Fenton, whom he met when they co-starred in a production of Romeo and Juliet in 1988, the couple live in north London with their two teenage daughters. “My life is pretty good,” admits Owen. Judging by the critical acclaim his recent ten-part TV drama The Knick has already received, things could be about to get even better. Owen was born and raised in Coventry, famous for The Specials and, once upon a time, Peugeot cars. He caught the acting bug at 13 after starring in a school production of Oliver! and by 1984 RADA had accepted him. Six years later he earned his first big break, the lead in BBC series Chancer, before international recognition soon followed with the Film 4 production Croupier. It helped him crack Hollywood and bag roles in all-action films The Bourne Identity, King Arthur, Inside ➤
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➤ Man, Children of Men and The International. Considering the wholesome image he projects off screen, Owen is an actor who likes his characters dark – he leans towards the mad, bad and dangerous to know. His recent films have been superbly gritty: Blood Ties, Killer Elite and the excellent spy-drama Shadow Dancer, in which he plays an MI5 officer assigned to an IRA informant (Andrea Riseborough). His co-stars in Blood Ties and Killer Elite included James Caan and Robert De Niro respectively; a reminder of just how firmly wedged under the Hollywood table Owen’s feet actually are. His latest feature film sees him dabble in romantic comedy, but even in this lighter genre, there’s a sinister element. Set for UK release this Autumn, Words and Pictures places Owen alongside Juliette Binoche, with him playing the part of an English teacher who is angry at his students’ obsession with social media and their disengagement with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Owen’s character has not been published in years owing to writer’s block, and is filling the gap with alcoholism and teaching at a small American private school. Sparks fly when Binoche’s character, an art teacher, arrives at the school and immediately finds herself at odds with Owen’s behaviour. From the outset they flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. “Straight away it was fun, it was alive,” says Owen, with a smile. “Our relationship is the film and if you don’t have that, you don’t have a film. I’m always a great believer in having good dialogue. Very often in films, the dialogue isn’t so great. When it is, that’s when you can really go to work. I’m not a fan of improvising; I always think the job of great acting is to have great lines, but make them look like they’re improvised.” After Words and Pictures wrapped, Owen took a big risk, signing up for his first conventional TV series since the mid1990s when he played a private detective in Sharman. Today, an HBO run can be as good as a blockbuster lead, such is the standard of television coming out of America, but many
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actors still see moving from movies back to TV as a counteractive step. Not Owen, however. In The Knick Owen portrays Dr John W Thackery, a brilliant but drug-addicted surgeon who’s pushing the boundaries of his profession in Manhattan’s Knickerbocker Hospital. “When I started reading the screenplay I couldn’t stop,” says Owen who admits that, despite being “blown away” by the script, he initially hesitated when acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh put in the call. “I don’t like to spend too much time away from my family and don’t like playing the same character over and over again. I take my time reading scripts and weighing up which projects to do. Sometimes I’ll choose smaller films because I’m not in the mood to spend three or four months in a foreign city and I would rather stay closer to home.” After reading The Knick though, he yielded. He filmed ten episodes and has committed to a further ten, following the announcement that a second series will be shot.
Dr Thackery is The Knick’s tormented lead. He’s a surgeon during an era of high body counts; his profession is still highly primitive, with operations in the 1900s often a race against time before patients die from blood loss or post-operative infection (surgeons weren’t using gloves or masks at this stage). “He’s arrogant, brilliant, and passionate,” says Owen, “but his personal flaws make him even more interesting. He’s dedicated to saving people’s lives, even though the realities of medical science at that time mean that many of his patients will die. He has to somehow keep moving forward despite this harsh reality which is a constant part of his life.” Owen’s character seeks solace in liquid cocaine. Not an unusual practice at the time, as the drug was still legal, and doctors could access it with ease, but its use was still fraught with danger. “They used it as a kind of miracle drug which gave you energy and enabled you to work long hours without sleep,” explains Owen, whose research for the role saw him ➤
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to find his redeeming side and what makes him great in spite of the fact that he’s not the easiest or most sympathetic man at times.” As an actor, Owen has never shied away from characters laden with contradictions and multiple layers – making him perfect for Thackery. “It’s one of the most gripping dramas I’ve ever done,” he admits. “You like to raise the stakes for yourself so it’s been great to play such a wild and complex character who’s trying to advance medical science while dealing with his own demons.” Though crude and experimental, the 1900s was also an extremely exciting and pioneering time for surgeons such as Thackery. Major strides were being made by innovators like him, and Owen based the portrayal on an actual surgeon working in that era. “The story is inspired by the life and work of Dr William Halsted, who led his own team of doctors and surgeons in New York. Halsted was a pioneer in the field of surgery and his work greatly improved techniques and survival rates.” Halsted, like many of his contemporaries, sported a particularly brilliant moustache, so Owen followed suit – although he didn’t enjoy his dabble in facial topiary. “I hated it,” he laughs. “Turns out 95% of the men in that
The camera is relentless: from incisions to the stitching, it’s as graphic as TV has ever been
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➤ analyse archive photos and footage of surgical procedures from the time. Surgery then was a kind of blood theatre with medical students peering over doctors and patients from high above, while pioneering cutters like Thackery used a crude assortment of instruments and invasive techniques to save lives. “Back then, surgeons needed to use these big clamps and there was a lot of metal involved in each procedure. It was incredible to watch things like intestines being pulled out.” You’ll know if The Knick is for you within ten minutes of the pilot. Soderbergh doesn’t hold back when it comes to filming the surgery scenes. One of the first sees doctors at the hospital attempt to perform a Caesarean section, having so far been unsuccessful in saving both mother and child. The camera angle is relentless: from incision to stitching, it’s about as graphic as TV has ever been. Adding to the tension is the audience’s knowledge that Thackery is performing surgery while under the influence. Some scenes follow him into theatre immediately after he’s just injected himself with cocaine. “That’s based on actual history,” says Owen. “We didn’t invent anything about that. It was fairly common practice; doctors were guinea pigs when it came to cocaine. Eventually, as was the case with morphine, it became evident that the drugs were also highly addictive.” Shooting up to intensify his concentration leads to issues in Thackery’s life as a functioning addict. He becomes a complex antihero as the series unfolds. Chief Nurse, Lucy (played by Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson) is forced to deal with the fallout and sends the drama into a tailspin. “Thackery is a difficult man to get to like, and that’s part of what attracted me to him. You have to work hard
time period wore facial hair of some sort and I was willing to put up with the moustache for the sake of realism. But on the day we finished shooting, I shaved it off immediately.” As well as impressive facial hair, The Knick offers stunning visual period details of an often squalid turn-of-the century Manhattan. The novelty of electricity is yet to wear off, horse-drawn carriages are the main method of transport and racism is rampant. Soderbergh’s stamp is all over it; who else could make a period drama look so modern? Fans of Sex, Lies and Videotape, the indie drama that brought him to prominence 25 years ago, should definitely bring The Knick to the front of their box-set queue. “It’s exceptionally well-written and also benefited from an insane amount of research Steven and the two screenwriters had put into the project. They devoted a lot of attention to exploring what life in New York was like, which was very interesting to me.” There’s not a trace of ‘movie star’ about Owen’s demeanour, and he prefers noisy, messy NYC to jumped-up LA when he works in America. “New York has an incredibly vibrant culture, just like London. You have the art galleries and theatre and many different neighbourhoods that have their own distinct character. I love that about New York. Outside of London, it’s my favourite place on earth.” Home for Owen is Highgate, and despite his Hollywood credentials, he can still navigate north London with relative anonymity. “I get recognised, but people are very friendly and respectful. When I’m with my daughters or wife people usually don’t come up to me and ask for a photo or autograph. I appreciate that. I still see many of the same friends in London and have my favourite bars and restaurants that I can go to without being followed.” Performing doting dad duties is one of Owen’s favourite pastimes. But teenage girls aren’t always easy to dote upon. “As they get older they’re anxious to be more independent and not have their dad tag along as much,” he laughs. Invitations for them to visit their film star father on set are an acceptable middle ground, though dad gets final say whether his daughters get to watch his films at all. Sexy drama Closer is still off-limits. “A short time ago my eldest daughter asked me why I wouldn’t let her see it, even though all her friends had seen it. I just told her, ‘I don’t want you to see it, sweetheart.’ Of course, I’m sure she’s going to watch it. She doesn’t need me to show it to her. She’ll find it.” Maybe she should wait a while before watching her dad in The Knick, though… ■
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WITH A NEW RETROSPECTIVE COMING TO TOWN, THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO RELIVE GUY BOURDAIN’S UNIQUE AND SUBVERSIVE TAKE ON FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY, SAYS MIKE GIBSON
CHARLES JOURDAN, SPRING 1979: Bourdin’s genius was showing fashion in surreal and surprising scenarios. This shot from the Charles Jourdan’s 1979 Spring campaign asks more questions than it answers – and that was exactly his intention.
VERY NOW AND again, there comes an artist whose work is polarising, provocative, and inimitable in the truest sense of the word. Guy Bourdin is one such artist. After stepping out from under the formidable shadow of Man Ray – of whom he was a notable protégé – in 1953, the French photographer set about building a body of work that cemented his reputation as a subversive and inventive artist, whose experimentation with form and colour remains unparalleled since his death in 1991. In November, his work will be exhibited in one of the largest retrospectives ever shown of his spectacular 40-year career. The exhibition, entitled Guy Bourdin: Image Maker, will explore the craftsmanship behind his works and include more than 100 pieces and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate. ■
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PENTAX CALENDAR, 1980: Part of Bourdin’s remarkable Pentax Calendar series, this shot evokes vulnerability, as well as the visual and metaphorical parallels between paint and blood. It’s an arresting shot, and one that Bourdin fans will recognise as archetypical of the artist’s work.
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CHARLES JOURDAN, SPRING, 1976: In true Bourdin style, this looks a world away from a typical fashion photograph, despite it being a campaign image for designer Charles Jourdan. Itâ€™s beautiful and surreal in equal measure.
CHARLES JOURDAN, AUTUMN, 1979: A highlight of the exhibition will be Walking Legs – a campaign commissioned by Charles Jourdan in 1979 – exhibited in its entirety for the first time with an as yet unseen accompanying fashion film.
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IT’S BEEN A BIG YEAR FOR TECH. BUT IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT APPLE LAUNCHES AND GOOGLE GLASS. MATT HUSSEY
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THE GEEK ALIENWARE AREA-51 TOWER, £TBC
The hardcore PC gamer needs to look no further than Alienware’s latest Area-51 tower. Shaped like a blunt pyramid, which engineers say helps keep the 1,500W power supply cool, inside there’s Intel’s new Haswell-E i7 Extreme 8-core processor, which has been tweaked to deliver more performance. There’s 32GB of RAM, and three bays for graphics cards. All this processing power allows the Area-51 to deliver Ultra HD, or 4K gaming across three different monitors. There’s also Alienware’s Command Centre, which allows you to programme nine different lighting zones on any aspect of your system with 20 colours and 512 trillion lighting combinations with the assistance of AlienFX. alienware.com
THE TRAVELLER LEICA M-P DIGITAL, PRICE: £5,650
Less is more when it comes to Leica’s latest shooter. Paying homage to the original M3 camera released in the 1950s, the M-P has omitted the iconic red-dot in favour of a clean, all-black or chrome upper finish. The M-P Digital has a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and 2GB of built-in RAM, which makes it twice as fast as the standard M series. It’s also sealed for protection against water and dust incursion and its rear LCD is covered in tough sapphire crystal glass for durability. There’s also a 1080p video capture mode, should you need it. leica.com
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THE LAZY ADVENTURER LAPIERRE OVERVOLT FS ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE, £3,849
France has a lot of mountains. If you’re a pro-rider, great; if you’re just someone trying to get from A to B, it’s a nightmare. Which is why Lapierre, a French bike company, decided to equip one of its off-road models with an electric motor that provides up to 275% of pedalling assistance. The 400Wh battery back has a range of up to 110 miles, and can be easily removed and charged via a regular socket. However, there’s a catch. You can’t simply switch it on then take your feet off the pedals and watch it go – it does require you to pedal at all times. lapierre-bikes.co.uk
THE GADGETEER SAMSUNG GEAR S, £230
While the Apple Watch isn’t out until 2015 and requires an iPhone 6 to work, Samsung’s Gear S can run on its own and is out now. It has a two-inch curved screen with 4GB of memory and enough battery power for two days without a charge. You can make and receive calls via 2G or 3G, and there’s Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi connectivity. Bundled with the watch is Samsung’s Health app, and a 24-hour Financial Times news feed. There’s a wireless set of headphones, making it easier to receive calls without having to stick your wrist to your ear all the time. samsung.com
THE PROFESSIONAL VERTU CONSTELLATION TOUCH, £4,200
As it turns out, we Brits are surprisingly good at making smartphones – especially ones hewn from titanium, sapphire crystal, calf leather and polished ceramics. Vertu’s Constellation Touch is a smartphone for those who want more than just an app machine. Made by hand – you can see the name of the craftsman on the SIM tray – the phone has a 4.7-inch HD screen covered in pure sapphire crystal, 13 megapixel camera made by Hasselblad, wireless charging and a pair of Bang & Olufsen speakers for listening to your favourite tunes aloud. But where the Vertu goes beyond everyone is when you press the red button, which is in fact, a genuine ruby. You’ll have access to Vertu’s world-renowned concierge service that can get you World Cup Final tickets, a private mini submarine tour of the Maldives, or your shopping from Waitrose. vertu.com
THE WATER BOY WIDER YACHT 42, £900,000
Yachts are great for ferrying you around the Med, but navigating through choppy water can be tricky. Wider Yachts USA has come up with a novel solution. Its Wider 42 features a clever system that allows the build to effectively double in size at the push of a button. The process takes just 12 seconds, expanding at the waist outwards onto the sea to provide a deck space of 18-square meters, twice what it was. While providing a bit of extra leg-room, it also stabilises the boat in rough seas. Wider 42 features two 370hp engines reaching a top speed of 44 knots (50mph). If the pilot still wants more excitement, there is also a jet ski attached to the rear of the vessel. Despite being only 12 metres long, the boat has a kitchen, living room with sofa bed, bathroom and bedroom. Not too shabby. wider-yachts.com
THE FILM BUFF LG 4K 65-INCH OLED TV, £5,999
There have been 4K TVs – that’s four times standard HD resolution – for more than a year. But, what makes LG’s offering a little bit more special is that they’ve managed to curve the ginormous 65-inch screen to create a more immersive viewing experience. But that’s not all, this TV uses OLED technology as opposed to standard LED. These Organic LEDs emit their own light, which means you don’t need a back panel to do the lighting for them. The result? A worryingly thin screen generating a better range of colours than you thought possible. lg.com
THE OFFROADER VOLVO XC90, FROM £45,785
Off-roaders have evolved from belt-andbraces steel boxes to items of pure luxury that just so happen to have four-wheel drive. With the next generation, Volvo has arguably overtaken the competition when it comes to jamming as much tech as is humanly possible into a 4x4. A new tablet touchscreen is at the heart of the interior. From here you can access the web, control cabin settings, play around with the Bowers & Wilkins stereo or marvel at Volvo’s safety technology. An off-road protection package tightens seatbelts and activates energyabsorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead, and auto-braking cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of on-coming traffic. volvo.co.uk
THE GROWN-UP KID SCUBACRAFT DDV 4, £POA
THE TENNIS PRO SONY SSE-TN1W SMART TENNIS SENSOR, £120 If you’re looking to improve your passing back-hand, Sony has developed a smart sensor that’ll document each stroke and provide real-time feedback. The SSE-TN1W is an orange cap that fits into the handles of Wilson, Prince and Yonex rackets. From there, it measures multiple swing types, and even attack-style serves. It then wirelessly connects to your smartphone where your shot metrics will be on display. The sensor can record up to 12,000 bits of data, and can be conveniently transferred at any time, along with all recorded historical shots. sony.co.uk
Submersibles are nothing new. But a submersible that also doubles up as a speedboat with a 100-nautical-mile range and top speed of 57mph definitely is. Scubacraft’s DDV 4 is a boat to get you to and around a dive site. The 6m-long craft has a hybrid propulsion engine that can be fully submerged or skim along the surface. There are shock-mitigating driver and passenger seats for rough seas, and a reserve air supply should your scuba tanks run low. It can dive to a depth of 30m and can follow you around thanks to the automated dive controls. scubacraft.com
THE RASPBERRY THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR URBAN ADVENTURES
SAY IT LOUD: Wilson Audioâ€™s Alexandria XLF flagship may be one of the most iconic designs in the history of the loud speaker, but it has to be heard to be believed
HIGH Fidelity IF YOU THINK HIGH-END AUDIO IS THE PRESERVE OF HIRSUTE TECH GEEKS, THINK AGAIN, SAYS TIM BOWERN , FORMER EDITOR OF HI-FI CHOICE MAGAZINE. INSTEAD, IT IS THE ULTIMATE EMOTIONAL INVESTMENT
USIC DIGS DEEP into our emotional core like no other art form. It touches the soul and can make a grown man weep (and we don’t mean ‘judge’s houses’ in The X Factor). Owning a high-performance audio system is a means to a musical end, providing the conduit for its energy and detail, delivering scale and space, ensuring you get closer to the tone and impact of the original performance. Far from being restricted to audio pedants, it makes music seem more real and allows it to achieve its emotional goal. Quite simply, the music that moves you will move you more. The appeal of high-end hi-fi is akin to any other upscale product group, like watches or cars or haute couture. There is pleasure and pride in owning an exclusive brand, revelling in the craftsmanship and supreme, unerring quality apparent in every finely honed detail. If you own, let’s say, a Krell amplifier, you become part of an exclusive club, a select group defined by its love of music and appreciation for audio engineering pushed to extremes in the pursuit of excellence. It’s design without compromise. There are those who might desire a sports car or an exclusive watch, but wouldn’t give hi-fi a second thought as a luxury purchase. Frankly, they’re missing out. For lovers
of music, there are few experiences more exhilarating than firing up a sensational audio system and wrapping oneself in wave after wave of pure, unadulterated sound. As with any high-end product, the pride of ownership derives from the look, the build quality and the performance, yet there’s little to match the intense, emotional satisfaction that high-end hi-fi delivers, time and time again. In the UK, no company has done more for those craving the finest examples of sonic art than Absolute Sounds, the country’s premier importer of high-performance audio equipment. Ricardo Franassovici helms the company. Known in the industry as godfather of high-end audio, he left a successful career in the music industry in the late 1970s to become one of the world’s leading hi-fi entrepreneurs. At the time, the UK hi-fi press was dominated by no-frills British brands, but Franassovici knew there was a wealth of exotic sonic talent from beyond these shores that wasn’t getting the exposure it deserved. “I realised there was a new, international industry building audio equipment with the same no-compromise approach that Porsche applies to cars or Patek Philippe to watches,” says Franassovici. “These new companies were using the latest technologies and the ➤
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➤ best component parts, aiming to deliver sound that was closer to real, live music than anything that existed before.” Franassovici has always sought to close the gap in perception between specialty audio and fine wines. Ask a well-to-do individual to name a car, a camera or sunglasses and he’ll name the right stuff. Ask about hi-fi and he’s likely to cite mass-market junk. The same distinction should be made between high-end hi-fi and mass-produced audio gear as afforded to other upscale purchases, says Franassovici. “In the case of mechanical watches, you buy precision, innovation, quality and craftsmanship. With high-end audio, you’re buying something that’s not made in extravagant quantities, but rather built the old fashioned way, with attention to detail and no-compromise performance. The care that goes into these products is immense, with no more relationship to the mass-market brands than
Just as a Ford and a Ferrari will both go from A to B, the experience is totally incomparable yourself. Writer Jonathan Margolis did just that, describing in the Financial Times how a system assembled by Absolute Sounds affected him: “I found the experience truly emotional,” he wrote. “The music was huge and penetrating and encompassing. It wasn’t any more realistic than a great photograph is a faithful representation of a scene; it was its own thing, but almost shockingly beautiful. I found my mind wandering off to other things of quality and stature I had experienced – wonderful food, fantastic wine, even, and I’m sorry to be rude here, sensational sex. If I had that kind of money to spend, I would pay up on the spot, without hesitation. I would prioritise it over a flash car or a holiday; it would have a similar significance to me as a desired house.” Most people accept that while a Ford and a Ferrari will both get you from A to B, the experience delivered by the two cars is incomparable. It’s the same with high-end hifi; the experience of buying, owning and using an elite audio system – the sheer exhilaration it delivers – is in an entirely different league to that of mass-market products. As an investment for a music lover, an impeccably tailored high-end audio system will deliver exceptional returns for many years to come. ■ For more info: 020 8971 3909; absolutesounds.com
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IN-EAR BEAUTY: (Above) The Ensemble system joins the Devialet 120 with Atohm’s superb GT1 loudspeakers, £6,290; (this image) Audio Research Reference 750 monobloc amplifier is a serious piece of kit weighing 77kg per unit; (right) French brand Metronome’s Technologie Kalista Integrated takes CD players to another level; all available in the UK exclusively from absolutesounds.com
Breguet has to some Chinese-made quartz watch sold at a petrol station. It is the same motivation that drives the fine watch industry, raising standards and pushing boundaries.” Today, Absolute Sounds is the exclusive importer of some two dozen handpicked audio marques, a tantalising mix of the world’s most prestigious names and exciting new brands sporting ingenious sonic creations. From the tactile warmth of vinyl record players and valve amps to cutting-edge high-resolution digital technologies, these brands deliver finely tuned, supremely engineered products. Matching individual components is a critical part of system building, and this is an Absolute Sounds specialty. The company’s made-to-measure service tailors the synergistic mix to your listening space and personal preferences, both aesthetic and sonic. If you’re still not convinced by high-end audio, book a listening session, bring your favourite music and test-drive a system for
Dangers & Dragons THE NEW HOTSHOT ON DRAGON’S DEN, PIERS LINNEY ISN’T SCARED OF A CHALLENGE, BE IT TAKING A BIG GAMBLE ON THE CLOUD OR PERILOUS OFF-ROAD BIKING. JESSICA FURSETH MEETS THE MAN
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“Day job,” he says, giving me the one that reads co-CEO of Outsourcery. “Night job,” he says, handing over the card that reads founder of Workinsight.org. Presumably, a third that says ‘Dragon’ would be overkill. Outsourcery is his cloud technology business, a true adventurer in the land grab for the rapidly emerging cloud market. This is a prospect that Linney has so much faith in that he’s given up his salary for a year, as the company pushes towards victory and, next year, profit. But Linney’s equally keen to discuss how Workinsight can help young people gain useful work experience and, through this, figure out what they want to do with their lives. After all, what Linney is first and foremost, is an entrepreneur. Outsourcery’s London office is a modern outfit in Fitzrovia, suitably casual for a sporty tech company with no landlines and no suits. Linney is in a striped shirt and chinos, and yes, the serious-looking bicycle on the roof terrace outside is his. Later he shows me photos of his other bikes (he has six, all way too flash to leave locked outside a shop), as he has a hardcore mountain biking habit, the kind that requires actual body armour. If you fall off you’re in trouble, Linney admits – but does he fall off? “No I don’t, because I’m very good.” He lets out a big laugh, but he also means it. You don’t hurl yourself down a mountain unless you have some confidence. You could say the same about giving up your salary for a year, which is what Linney
and co-CEO Simon Newton just agreed to do. “We have put millions of pounds each into the business. We believe in it. The cloud is such a huge opportunity.” Linney adds that they have some stock options of course, but this is all about demonstrating that confidence and pushing towards profitability, which analysts expect to see next year. Outsourcery started positioning itself to become a choice provider of cloud-based unified communications back in 2009: “Few people at that time were making the investment we made. We invested tens of millions in the business, and I think we’re at the point now where you know the market is beginning to understand that the cloud is very much the future.” Today, Outsourcery provides the back end for cloud services for the likes of Vodafone and Virgin Media Business, and partners with giants Microsoft, HP and Dell. If things go as planned, Linney will be providing cloud storage services to the UK government as well. “That’s why you get these J-curves [in earnings],” says Linney: “There’s no contract – we’re building the platform, and then we’re going to win the contract.” To that end, Outsourcery is working with Microsoft and Dell on building a high-security data centre on UK soil, as is required by the Government. The national technology policy is on Linney’s side: all new projects should be cloud-focussed, and the procurement chain should have an SME (small and medium enterprise) in it. Linney should know: he’s on the Cabinet Office’s SME Panel.
Outsourcery has raised the funds needed to develop its infrastructure to the point where it can bid for these juicy Government contracts, but the rapid expansion is arguably a tight stretch and a very ballsy move. Does he feel like this is pushing his limits? “That’s what entrepreneurs do, isn’t it?” Linney is careful to explain how this opportunity has been a long time coming for Outsourcery, which made a deliberate strategic choice based on the faith that cloud was the future. So this is not just a dare: “We’re way ahead of the game because we took this quite large financial risk four years ago.” Speaking of personal limits, there’s the fact that Outsourcery represents all of Linney’s interests: the future of the internet, the world of business, and the opportunity inherent in the fact that if companies continue to consume computer power the way they are now, the cloud will be the only place with enough room to store it all. “Not only that, but the underlying technology, so silicon chips, ➤
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The challenge is finding time to build a business, raise a family and do the other things you love ➤ that has to change too – to a faster, more lightweight, more resource-intensive way of providing computing power and storage. Otherwise we’re going to run into a wall very hard. The cloud is just a step in that direction.”
VISION, RISK, PAIN, BUSINESS Linney’s faith in the internet and cloud as a serious business tool was part of the reason he left investment banking 14 years ago. “It was a different time then,” he says, referring to the dot-com mania: “When I left Credit Suisse in 2000, I raised £700,000 while leaving the building, to do an internet start-up. Those days have long, long gone.” Still, there are probably more talented entrepreneurs in the UK now than back then, many of who will start their careers in a corporate environment before heading out on their own. Like Linney: he studied law at university before qualifying as a solicitor, “because that’s what you did”. Keen to do something more businessrelated, he soon moved into investment banking: “I loved working in the City. So, I had legal and financial experience, and I used that to put a business plan together and raise money. Those are very, very useful skills. When the internet came along I saw an opportunity to step out of what was by then quite a well-paid job, and go and do what I really wanted to do.” Not that Linney always knew exactly what he wanted to do. He never planned out his route, although an entrepreneurial drive has been apparent since he started his first business venture at age 13: “My core skill set is very much investment, structuring, and corporate finance.” So is that what motivates him? “No, that’s just what you need to do to get your business going.” So what does motivate him? Linney thinks for a bit. “I need to answer that carefully. It’s building something...” He laughs. “Well, as entrepreneurs, you want to prove you were right! So you will say, I had a vision, I’ve delivered it, I’ve executed it, I’ve created value. You have many sleepless nights; it takes something out of you to build a business. It’s personally quite painful, quite risky.” Then,
hopefully, he’ll be able to do what he wants: support his family, his friends, make sure his daughters are secure. “And then, when you’ve filled your glass and it starts to overflow, then what I’m interested in is building social businesses that can actually scale.” This is where Workinsight comes in, clearly a passion project judging from Linney’s enthusiasm. It’s partially about helping young people figuring out what they want to do with their lives, and making work experience available to those who lack the necessary connections. But it’s also about creating an infrastructure for passing on this knowledge in an efficient, scalable manner: “I’ve got lots of big company names signed up. What we’re doing right now is a pilot as we get the process right. It will be a mobile phone app, basically. It links to Outsourcery, too, because it’s cloud. It’s digitising a process; it’s automating it so you can scale it.”
WORK-LIFE MERGER On top of everything else, Linney is raising a young family with wife Tara: their daughters Tiger and Electra are three and six. He talks at length about how much he loves daredevil-style mountain biking, and he recently got a skipper licence, too. Just don’t expect any breezy days on the Thames: “Oh no, it’s a very fast boat. It’s a power boat; it’s huge!” He laughs. “But most of the time I’m working. That’s
the challenge of being an entrepreneur: finding time, and finding the balance between the pressures of building a business and having a young family. And then to actually do all the other things that you love doing as well.” Whether sitting in the hot seat on Dragons’ Den is work or play is unclear, but I suspect that Linney doesn’t really distinguish between the two. “My hope is that I attract more technology entrepreneurs because, historically, Dragons’ Den hasn’t seen a lot of tech opportunities. Most economies and empires are built by entrepreneurs. But once you get past your family and friends funding, maybe a small venture capital round, if you want to get big you need to raise three, four, five million. That, in this country, is quite a tricky spot.” Still, Linney seems to enjoy being on the smaller end of the spectrum, admitting he’d probably quit rather than run Outsourcery as a FTSE100 company. “When you get to that level you’re dealing more in governance, and I’m an entrepreneur. When it gets to that scale, I don’t think I would be running the business. I’ll be building the next one. I’ve sat at every side of the table: I’ve been an advisor, I’ve been an investor, I’ve done leveraged buyouts, hedge funds, started companies, turned companies around, bought, sold, merged. So there’s not much there that fazes me.” And he’s still only 43: “I’m older than I look.” He laughs. “I’ve got moisturiser!” ■
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POWER PLAY The ‘standard’ version of the McLaren P1 has a not insignificant 903bhp. But with the GTR that figure has been pumped up to 986bhp (that’s 1,000PS, if you’re Euro-minded and like round numbers). Owners won’t just be handed the keys and left to it – instead, McLaren ships the car to different circuits around the world as well as offering to enrol you in its elite race driver programme.
The McLaren hyper hybrid has been taken to new heights with the GTR. MARK HEDLEY on the ultimate track-only race car
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The GTR moniker was last used by the iconic car that won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995. This new version has been designed specifically for circuit driving – it’s not even road legal. Sadly, you are only eligible to buy one if you already own a P1. Damn! That’s us out, then. ■ mclaren.com
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The Range Rover Sport is not exactly lacking in presence or power, but this hasn’t stopped Overfinch upgrading it, says JACK DONNE
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gets wrong at the moment. Its mighty new Range Rover Sport is certainly testament to that. But this hasn’t stopped Overfinch taking the model to a whole other level. The British company has been enhancing Range Rovers since 1975, and specialises in producing bespoke creations. But even without your input, it’s done an impressive job on the Sport. The Overfinch Body Styling package is a masterpiece in carbon fibre, with different weaves chosen for their visual
or structural qualities. The Sport’s assertive stance is made even more imposing, courtesy of clever tweaks such as its subtly flared air intakes with LED lights, cast and polished tailpipes, and aggressive alloy wheels. Under the hood, the five-litre supercharged engine has been graced with an ECU digital remap, upgraded supercharger and Overfinch exhaust, providing an additional 42bhp. The normal Sport is an amazing car, but Overfinch doesn’t do normal… ■ For more info: 020 74166 199; overfinch.com
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Frustrated by Britain’s sadly short-lived shooting season, SELENA BARR has a blast tracking down partridge in Spain
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S SOON AS the long-awaited shooting season begins in Britain, it seems to be over in the flash of a muzzle. With a demanding round-the-clock job, there are few Saturdays for self-indulgent recreation away from family duties. For me, end-of-season blues are an annual occurrence. However, a recent discovery has put a stop to my whining. Time-strapped shooters should look to the Mediterranean for springtime fieldsports. The Spanish partridge shooting season runs for an extra ten weeks, plus shooting is permitted seven days a week. It seems the savviest shorthaulers are looking well beyond February for their driven sport and being able to shoot on a Sunday means Spain is the ideal destination for a discreet weekend abroad. Spain is world renowned for its traditional driven red-legged partridge shooting. Their season runs from September to mid-April when much of the heat of the arid summer has passed. Gordon Robinson of The Royal Berkshire Sporting Agency, which works exclusively with estates in Spain, Mallorca and Morocco, explained: “The UK offers some of the best shooting in the world but the opportunities in Madrid and Mallorca for shooting parties are something teams enthuse about on every occasion. As soon as you touch down everything is taken care of so there is no need to think of anything other than enjoying yourself. So relax and switch off and let Carlos and his team look after you. It is as much a holiday as a shooting trip.” Not only does game shooting turn wild, organic birds into top nosh, it does wonders for de-stressing and reconnecting with nature when the concrete jungle gets a bit overwhelming. As a seasoned shot, I am well-versed with formal driven pheasant shooting in the occasionally inclement British countryside. The idea of travelling abroad to shoot in the sunshine without being constricted by a cumbersome waterproof jacket was highly appealing. So last October, when Britain was in the grip of eternal drizzle, I jetted 1,000 miles south to Madrid for azure skies, alfresco dining and rioja. La Encinilla is a 1,500-hectare estate set across a spectacular terrain of gorges and valleys just ➤
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➤ 40 minutes from the airport. Hosted by the hugely affable Carlos Rúa, the family-run shoot is a relaxed but exceptionally polished affair. Carlos learned to hunt on the plains of Castilla La Mancha as a boy, trailing his father through Don Quixote country in search of wild partridge and ducks. At 20 years old, he dropped his university studies to transform his passion into a business. This prestigious shoot has earned a glittering international reputation for exceptional sport, superb organisation and unrivalled luxury. Guns are left wanting for nothing. At breakfast on the first day Carlos greeted the team of eight guns atop Sullivan, his stunning grey Andalusian stallion, which he uses to gently move the partridge from the hills to the shooting ground. This traditional, centuries-old way of ‘dogging-in’ keeps the indigenous gamebirds relaxed and is a highly effective method of driving them. Each gun [the hunting term for shooter] is assigned a loader and secretario, whose job it is to mark and keep count of fallen birds. Regardless of my ability to hablar España, the international language of hunting superseded. To ensure fluidity of shooting, double guns were required. If you do not want to fly with your own shotguns, it is possible to hire exquisite handmade guns from Carlos. The first drive saw the guns line out facing undulating foothills punctuated by shrubby thyme and evergreen Iberian oaks. Set among olive- and almond-tree plantations, the morning sun warmed my shoulders. The hubbub of dreary London seemed a distant memory. This was escapism at its best. The beaters and Carlos’ team of homebred labradors expertly drove our quarry, flushing them high against the cloudless Castilian sky. The diminutive, acrobatic birds will challenge even the most wily gun so my eyes were firmly fixed on the horizon. My neighbouring gun, Italian Roberto, wielded his pair of old AYA shotguns with perfect precision. Likewise Cypriot gun Christakis expertly brought numerous birds somersaulting down to terra firma. He displayed true sportsmanship selecting only the fastest crossers. After the drive, we were beaming. The entire line had
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HOT SHOTS: (clockwise from this image) Local shooting experts help a host of fellow European enthusiasts to hit their mark; the range of partridge on offer outside of Madrid is breathtaking; the hunting party pause for a very well-deserved lunch break between shoots
attracted challenging sport. “There’s a bird for everyone,” explained Carlos proudly. For the pre-prandial drive, we were treated to yet more exceptional sport. The expeditious partridge raced high above the line from every direction. If you were lucky enough to shoot regularly during the UK season, then Spain is the place to put your honed skills into action. Keen to make the most of the clement weather, our alfresco snacks of hearty portions of jamón were an unhurried affair. It was quite the contrast to London’s hectic pace. For the last two drives, we headed northwest, less than a kilometre from the lodge. This was a cara y cruz, or reverse drive, meaning the birds were flushed from one direction, then the other. The guns’ eagerness and sheer excitement was palpable. Within seconds of quietly standing on our pegs, the first covey had flushed. A dozen partridge lifted from the shrubby carpet locking their wings, leaving the contours of the hills far behind as they rose as high as Devon pheasants. All 12 flew unscathed as the team was caught off-guard. In the distance another
three large coveys lifted and disappeared over the horizon. The Dutch gun to my left was the first to bring down a bird. Without a glimmer of hesitation, he picked his bird and connected the muzzle to its flight line. “Buen tiro!” shouted loader Mateo Rúa, Carlos’ son, as he congratulated his sharp shooting. Before long, birds were streaming high over us in rhythmic bursts. The topography lent itself to some of the most breathtaking and challenging wing shooting anywhere in the world. The presentation of the birds mirrored the British taste for high sporting targets. Sated, we returned to the lodge for a three-hour traditional Castilian lunch; endless barbequed partridge covered in a sweet sticky marinade washed down with rioja. Given the UK’s close proximity to Spain, it really is the ideal destination for a quick pickme-up to recharge your batteries and satisfy your itchy trigger finger. ■ A typical two-day shoot with 500 birds per day costs €40,000 plus VAT for up to ten people, including tapas in the field, hunting licence and insurance. For more info, visit: rbss.co.uk/sporting-agency.
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DUNCAN MADDEN found himself in New Delhi with just 24 hours to drink it all in. Here, he finds a hectic city of astonishing diversity
NE OF THE few pleasures of flying long-
haul is the potential to experience a new city for the first time – albeit fleetingly. And so it was on a trip to Bhutan, which I wrote about recently in this magazine, that I found myself on a 24-hour stopover in New Delhi. In a fit of excitement – India’s a bucketlist destination – I checked into one of the country’s top hotels, the Leela Palace. Fuelled by friends’ stories of India’s unique mania, of its overwhelming sights and sounds, and the stark differences of its major cities to anywhere else on earth, my wife and I landed fresh with excitement for the wonders ahead. Even the journey from the airport to the Leela’s plush hallways was an eye-opener. We navigate the insanity of eight-lane city traffic, weaving between flying rubbish, cars reversing the wrong way down the motorway and roadsides peppered with men of every ilk pissing like racehorses against the barriers. We’d heard about this before, of course, but still cackle at the shock of experiencing it. Things soon change as we approach the Leela. Here, New Delhi’s avenues are wide and colonial. Huge embassies fronted by security guards and immaculate lawns pass by as we head into the Chanakyapuri neighbourhood – a curated vision of order and power. We waft under vast sculpted elephants, through glass doors and into the Leela. Luxurious barely describes the chandelierlit, gold-detailed and absolutely immense lobby-come-lounge-come-palace. Staff glide around us as we’re quietly but warmly greeted. Escorted straight to our room, we pass endless rows of gold statues, near-priceless artworks
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and pristine bouquets of flowers. Here they practise the ancient Indian tradition of atithi devo bhava – guest is god. Our room is no less indulgent. A hybrid of warm, soft refinery complemented by the latest gadgetry, all dressed in a sea of soft reds and golds. It feels like a Maharajah’s boudoir. We lounge, scoff the free fruit and chocolates and then head to India’s only heated rooftop pool. The views are breathtaking but so is the air, thick with smog from the traffic below. On the recommendation of the concierge and in search of ‘real India’, we head to the Dilli Haat Market. Open air and overflowing with traditional crafts, spices and colours, it’s a fun introduction if a little touristy. We beg our driver (provided by Leela) to take us somewhere a little more authentic and end up in the less salubrious Khan Market. A seemingly ramshackle collection of electrical stores, boutiques, curios and bars, it immediately feels more ‘real’, and more welcoming. New Delhi life bustles all around us – women shop in bright colourful saris, men hurry to and from the office sweltering in grey and black suits. The soundtrack is car horns and the sizzle of food stalls serving up all manner of sweet and savoury treats. We wander the shops and sights, drinking in as much as we can, and as the light fades find our driver waiting patiently. The journey back to the hotel and its amazing spa delivers one more treat as we pass the awesome Presidential Palace. Decorated to celebrate Republic Day, it’s contoured with uniform strings of fairy lights. The effect is show stopping – even the fountains glow. If I’m honest, the unabashed finery of New Delhi took me by surprise, and the contrast to the poverty all around it even more so. The Leela is as sumptuous a hotel as I’ve stayed in, but I felt undiluted guilt when children in rags begged for coins as soon as we left. I’d been in India 24 hours and left tantalised, desperate to know more. How often do you get to say that about a long-haul stopover? ■ For more info: 0800 026 1111; theleela.com
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RAISING THE QATAR PATRICK MACDONALD finds that Qatar has the makings of
a holiday hotspot – from five star hotels to 4x4 off-roading
HAT FIRST SPRINGS to mind when you hear Qatar? That’s the question I’ve been asking just about everyone I’ve spoken to this past week. Two answers have dominated the response: the Gulf state’s oil and gas wealth and the 2022 World Cup. So, no surprises there. (Other, more unexpected replies have run the gamut from sponsorship of Barcelona FC to the Sky News weather report. But that’s not really the point.) As I’d predicted, there were no mentions of Qatar as a tourist destination. But that could all be about to change. In fact, the process has already started. Qatar has set out on a major drive to diversify its economy to prevent over-reliance on energy, and tourism has been
earmarked as a key industry in this process. The scale of the country’s ambition is remarkable. The Qatar Tourism Authority is targeting a growth in visitors from 1,320,000 last year to 7,000,000 by 2030. This calls for massive investment in the tourism infrastructure, including hotel construction to raise the number of rooms from 13,500 to around 56,000 over the same period. It’s not just a question of numbers, either. Qatar has its sights firmly set on the luxury end of the market, determined to build its reputation as a leading quality destination meeting the highest expectations of sophisticated international travellers. Does Qatar have what it takes? If you
have any doubts, take a visit to Doha, Qatar’s capital and only major city. If you travel on the multi-award winning Qatar Airways you’ll get an early taste of Qatar’s dedication to quality. This is reinforced on arrival at the country’s newly opened gateway, the spectacular Hamad International Airport. For once, that much overused expression ‘state-of-the art’ really does apply, and the plan to boost the airport’s 30,000,000 per year passenger capacity to 50,000,000 on final completion will be more than enough to meet the visitor growth target. In just 25 minutes you can be in the heart of downtown – even faster when the new Doha Metro opens in 2019. Step inside your hotel – any hotel, for that matter – and you’ll quickly
SPEED OF LIGHT: Qatar’s hotels, skyscrapers and cultural centres are growing rapidly. The tiny country aims to attract at least seven million tourists a year by 2030
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see for yourself that the foundations for luxury tourism are already firmly in place. True, Qatar is still quite new to the leisure travel sector, but the country’s wealth and buoyant economy have long made it a major magnet for business travellers. As a result, Doha’s hotels have plenty of experience in catering to the exacting requirements of that market. Equally important is their experience in meeting the needs of another demanding demographic, the often ultra-wealthy guests from the neighbouring Gulf countries for whom only the highest standards of luxury are considered acceptable. In short, Qatar’s hotels are outstanding, offering a level of service matching the
best in the world. Many are self-contained resorts in their own right, with spacious, well-equipped luxury rooms, stylish public areas and a comprehensive spectrum of on-the-spot facilities and services. These are complemented by a range of exclusive boutique hotels and hotel apartments. As befits a country with year-round sunshine, all the top hotels have well appointed pool areas, often in stunning garden settings with comfortable loungers, nearby children’s pool and waiter service. It’s a perfect spot to take a well-earned break. Speaking of unwinding in luxurious surroundings, it would be hard to beat the pampering on offer at Doha’s spas, many of
which are located in the major hotels. Out and about, my first impressions are of an attractive, clean, green and predominantly modern city. It is centred on the Corniche, a waterfront promenade backed by parkland, providing a vehicle-free recreational oasis in ➤
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➤ the heart of the city. Extending a full seven kilometres around the semi-circular Doha Bay, the Corniche takes you on a journey from the Dhow Port – a living reminder of the region’s traditional commerce – to the soaring skyscrapers of the central business district. The most prominent waterfront landmark is the iconic IM Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art. This houses an impressive collection covering 14 centuries of art and artefacts from across the Muslim world and has become an emblem of Qatar’s growing reputation as the region’s capital of culture. There are a number of other important museums and galleries around the city, while the purpose-built performance venues of Katara Village stage theatre, opera, and film festivals. Besides these formal expressions of culture, Qatar’s living day-to-day cultural traditions are very much alive. A visit to Doha’s central market, Souq Waqif, provides an unforgettable authentic taste of lively Arab street life, business and local architecture, as well as cafés and restaurants where you can soak up the atmosphere, sights, sounds and aromas. Elsewhere, ancient pastimes, such as camel racing and falconry, are still keenly pursued. On the water, wooden dhows provide a reminder of Qatar’s seafaring heritage, while the old forts scattered around the country’s coastline evoke echoes the country’s turbulent past – most notably the beautifully restored Al Zubarah Fort presiding over the ruins of what was once a major port and pearl trading centre. Qatar ticks plenty of boxes for the variety of sports and activities it offers. The climate, abundant marine life and crystal-clear waters make it a perfect destination for water sport enthusiasts. Fishing trips can be arranged and sailing, water skiing, canoeing, jet skiing and windsurfing are all available through beach clubs, tour companies and hotels. Dive sites are
easily accessible and include wreck, deepwater and reef dives. On land, visitors are welcome to play at Doha Golf Club, home of the annual Qatar Masters European PGA tour event. An off-road desert safari by 4x4 vehicle is an experience not to be missed. Besides a heartstopping ride over the precipitous Singing Dunes lying a short distance south of Doha, safaris may include camel riding, sand boarding or driving a quad bike, followed by a moonlit Bedouin-style barbeque under the stars. Make sure your safari takes in a visit to Khor Al Adaid, also known as the Inland Sea. A UNESCO-designated reserve inaccessible by road, it is one of the few places in the world where an arm of the sea encroaches deep inland into the heart of the desert. Dhow cruises are another popular visitor experience. Day and evening sightseeing excursions can be arranged through hotels and local tour operators or directly from the dhows moored along the Corniche. There’s also plenty for shoppers. While Souq Waqif is great for souvenirs and presents and the Gold Souq perfect for good value jewellery, Doha also has huge malls featuring the top international brands at competitive prices. You can even travel the Venetianthemed Villaggio Mall by gondola, visiting major boutiques along the way.
Don’t miss out on a heart-stopping 4x4 night safari over the steep Singing Dune Dining choices are extensive, from an array of restaurants serving regional classics to top contemporary international restaurant brands such as Hakkasan and Nobu. Most hotels have at least three or four restaurants, each with its own cuisine, theme and, in many cases, live entertainment. Other places to check out include Katara, Souq Waqif and The Pearl, a chic Mediterranean-style marina development. Overall, the main building blocks for a thriving tourism industry are already in place and the future looks bright for Qatar to make its mark on the world travel scene. ■ Explore cultural Qatar from just £1,375pp, including direct flights with Qatar Airways, three nights at St Regis Doha, private luxury transfers and a full-day private tour of Doha including the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village and Souq Waqif. For more info: 0845 485 1206;
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WHITE CUBES: (Above) The Museum of Islamic Art, designed by pioneering Chinese-American architect IM Pei is a shining example of contemporary architecture; (below) Sand dunes provide perfect leisure activities, including camel riding or quad biking
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UPPING THE STKS
CAFÉ KAIZEN BY NICK SAVAGE Mayfair nightclubs can often be formulaic, which is patently not the case at Café Kaizen, Hanover Square’s newest entry to the neighbourhood. Spearheaded by top names in London clubbing, the venue has turned to the east for inspiration – both the East End and the Far East – with a ‘barket’ (bar/market) during the daytime hours similar to Spitalfields and various Asian design accents spread throughout. The design is industrial, comprising reclaimed materials (including seating from Johnny Depp’s Man Ray club), factory woods and exposed structural elements, counterpoised by cherry blossom trees and works of art. As the evening unwinds, Café Kaizen evolves to woo Mayfair revellers, advancing from a lounge bar serving dim sum, sushi and cocktails for £8.88 (a lucky number in China) to become a buzzy, full-facility nightclub complete with table service. ■
ME London’s resident steakhouse is big and bold, but does it have the chops to compete with the best of them? MIKE GIBSON finds out
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foie gras french toast and a mouth-watering swordfish sashimi set the tone – simple ideas, artful execution – before mains are ordered. It’s not a big menu, but it’s one that raises a few of the pleasant kind of quandaries. After careful consideration, though, we decide on a fillet and a rib-eye, both medium-rare – the former is big for a fillet, and benefits from a little more cooking, our waiter assures us – with a bottle of very good Cantena malbec. Parmesan truffle chips are crispy, fluffy, and everything fried potato should be; mac ’n’ cheese is an oozing, comforting aside; tenderstem broccoli, cooked al dente, provides a bit of freshness. No prizes for guessing the star of the show, though: one bite of the exceptionally charred rib-eye is enough to convince me. It comes with rich, tangy blue cheese butter, but by the time I’m halfway through I decide, delicious as it is, it isn’t needed. The steak is as good as any I’ve had in the capital; perhaps better. And when it comes down to it, heritage and history are great, but a steakhouse is best judged on its steak, and that’s a test STK passes with flying – and juicy – colours. ■ 336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA, 020 7395 3450;
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HE UPPER ECHELONS of the London steak scene are made up of a select and hallowed few. They set out their stalls early, perfected a formula, and the only choice that remained was whether you fancied British, American or Argentine. It’s refreshing, then, that in the midst of the monopoly, a newcomer can still give things a shake-up. STK, one of two resident restaurants at ME London hotel on the Strand, does just that: it takes the steakhouse model and gives it a contemporary makeover – from the textspeak name and the unabashedly loud music to the abundant purple neon. It’s modern, it’s American, and, as I discover, it’s a triumph. Fortunately for me, STK doesn’t excel only at the dish for which it’s named. Starters of
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TRUE BLUE When Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange, isn’t busy signing international trade deals, giving speeches at gala dinners, or, well, running the LSE, he rather enjoys a glass or two of wine. So much so, in fact, that he has his own vineyard. A labour of love, built with his ex-financier wife Nicole, Chêne Bleu is a maverick wine label that produces some of the most exciting wines to come out of the Rhône region. Its flagship reds are named after the medieval lovers Héloïse and Abélard – both of which have won a slew of medals since their first release in 2006. This year, Chêne Bleu has a new baby – Astralabe, named after the son of the famous lovers. The 2009 vintage is a grenache-syrah blend. As with its parents, it is made using cuttingedge wine techniques at the estate’s 80-acre vineyard, La Verriere. Unlike its parents, though, it has a more approachable price tag – £16 rather than north of £45. It’s softer and not as complex, but it’s no less smooth. A rich, spicy wine, it’s an engaging dinner companion – much like Mr Rolet, no doubt. ■ For more info, see
A FRESH START: No bland meals here. The Sign of the Don, deep within the City, serves up fresh British produce with a strong Iberian twist, and has sumptuous puddings, too.
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GODFATHER OF DINNER Bored of standard City fare, LADY BARBARA JUDGE sought the help of an enigmatic Spanish Don to cut through the local stodge
NE EVENING THIS summer, a friend of mine – a Canadian entrepreneur – announced that he wanted to try somewhere different in the City for dinner. Bored of the usual haunts, I took the advice of a colleague who is rarely wrong about these things and who pointed us down a tiny street called St Swithin’s Lane. It’s hard to find if you don’t know where you’re going, but definitely worth the journey once you get there. We arrived at a characterful, historic building, beautifully restored as a formal restaurant, bustling bar and bright bistro enigmatically named The Sign of the Don. To start, we had a breezy bowl of gazpacho, which thankfully had no cream but did have plenty of spices in which the crushed tomatoes had been marinated overnight. Grilled octopus
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was delicious with chorizo and chickpeas. Both felt like fresh, local summer food that was carefully but simply cooked. On this muggy evening any overly complicated or heavy starter would have been far too much for us, especially given the daily special – Venison Wellington. This was happily rare enough for my American tastes, while the combination of foie gras duxelle and garlic mushrooms was right on the money. With my undying passion for all things sweet, my companion and I managed to squeeze in a seriously sinful chocolate pot with salted caramel, and, on the lighter side, an orange and pistachio cake with delicate homemade raspberry macarons. Each worked perfectly on its own and combined, and we shared our sins without guilt or remorse. The entire dinner was made more memorable by our energetic maître d’ Giuseppe Dewilde and the presence of the owners, Robyn and Robert Wilson. We appreciated the chance to chat to them about the building’s origins and the restorations undertaken to turn the restaurant into what shall undoubtedly become a foodie favourite. ■ The Sign of the Don, 21 St Swithin’s Lane, EC4N 8AD; 020 7626 2606; thesignofthedon.com
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“Luke, into a positive state your anger at being left out of the Ryder Cup you must divert. Feel the force, Luke.” These are the words that Master Yoda would probably say to Luke Donald, the man with the third best individual record in the history of the Ryder Cup, who was controversially, yet quite understandably, left out of the European team. While it was always going to be a tough decision to leave out either Donald or Lee Westwood, there will always be those who will sniff an air of subterfuge about the whole saga. Whatever happened, Donald was in charge of his own destiny. By playing badly for most of the past two years he left himself open to this. Donald’s fans can only hope that being left off the list at Gleneagles will provide the necessary kick in the delicate areas to get his game back into the kind of shape that saw him win money lists on the PGA and European Tours in 2011. Of course, it’s possible he’ll come roaring back, swing working like the well-oiled machine it was in 2001, but something tells me that we won’t see the best of Luke Donald again. Known as ‘ATM’ for his consistent money making, the 36-year-old from Beaconsfield has won plenty of tournaments but far fewer than a player of his immense talent perhaps deserves. Some say that with all that money in the bank and a young family in Chicago, he lacks the desire to get back into the world’s top ten, but the truth of the matter is that in the current era of tee bombers, Donald no longer hits the ball far enough to contend in the big events. His 278-yard average off the tee places him 167th on the PGA Tour this season, which won’t cut it. While Donald has an enviable short game, he doesn’t hole enough putts to put himself into contention like he used to. It’s a crying shame that graceful swingers are being squeezed out. Lengthening courses has been the death knell for players of Donald’s ilk, and unless we find a way to turn back time to the days of hickory and balata, that’s the way it’s going to be from here on in. ■
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KING OF THE HILL: Barbados’ Apes Hill is a top spot both for golfers and those with an adventurous streak. The course itself is immaculate and a game involves great walks through woodland and ravines. It’s also one of the only courses that serves as a haven for wildlife
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Golf clubs continue to expand and multiply in the Caribbean and good thing too, says NICK BAYLY. Eternal sunshine, gentle sea breezes, and high-end resorts keep bringing golfers back for more
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UCH HAS BEEN the explosion of golf course development in the Caribbean in recent years that any attempt to keep up with the number of designs currently under construction seems almost futile. As fast as investors can seal the deal on land purchases, course architects and diggers are moving in to carve out yet another 18 holes overlooking yet another stretch of sparkling azure waters. Renowned architects such as Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, plus an entire leaderboard of pros-turned-architects – including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Tom Kite – are tripping over each other in the rush to plant another flag into the ground of this tropical tourist hotspot. Although the Caribbean boasts over 300 islands, many of them are too small to put even put a pitch’n’putt on, so the bulk of the golf is to be found on the larger islands, including the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, although a number of smaller islands are also
getting in on the golfing act in order to keep up with their heavyweight neighbours. As a result of this golfing land grab, it will come as no surprise to learn that a tenth of the square mileage on Bermuda is given over to golf courses, while even larger islands, such as the Dominican Republic, are rapidly heading the same way, with 30-plus courses now available on an island that until 30 years ago had only one or two. The tiny dot on the map that is St Kitts has bumbled along with just the one course for the last 40 years, but now has two high-end resorts under construction on an island that is just 18 miles long. Nowhere has the mantra of ‘build it, they will come’ been more apt. The heavyweight resorts that have moved into the Caribbean in the last five-plus years – many of which have the name ‘Trump’ in their title – have not only increased the quantity of courses to play in this part of the world, but have also significantly raised the quality, which before, with the exception of showcase properties
like Barbados’s Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland, could generally be classed as ‘resort standard’, rather than truly world-class. The increased competition from the new kids on the block has also served to give the more established venues a kick in the proverbials. This has been a boon to all visiting golfers, who can now take their pick from a huge number stunning layouts, many of which are attached to luxury, all-inclusive resorts. Selecting a handful of courses to play from a growing list of top-class venues is a tall order, but if you’re truly in a rush, which is not something the Caribbean is exactly renowned for, then these are my best bets for a memorable island-hopping experience.
APES HILL, BARBADOS One of the newest courses in the Caribbean, which opened in 2009, Apes Hill is already giving the more established courses on the island a run for their money. A former sugar plantation 15 minutes from the buzzing bars ➤
➤ of Holetown, the centrepiece of this residential estate is a spectacular 7,185-yard oceanfront course – it’s also a haven for wildlife. With lush grassland, coral stone quarries, wooded ravines and sparkling lakes, the course is as much a lesson in jungle exploration as it is an exciting challenge for golfers. Holes 11 to 14 provide an Amen Corner every bit as dramatic as the one that we all know in Georgia, tiptoeing over the brow of the island, before disappearing among jungle and rough coral outcrops, to provide a sensational string of holes. Green Fees: $280, apeshillclub.com
THE LANE EVENT: The 16th hole at Sandy Lane’s Green Monkey course. Designed by Tom Fazio, large portions are carved from an old limestone quarry
TEETH OF THE DOG, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Dientes del Perro, translated as Teeth of the Dog, get its name from the shape of the rocks that stick out of water at this Pete Dyedesigned links-style course, which boasts no fewer than eight holes overlooking the sea. Its bark is certainly no worse than its bite, however, with generous fairways and the soothing sound of the waves lapping against the shore combining to provide a predominantly relaxing experience. But it’s not completely chilled out – the pulse quickens when skirting the ocean, particularly on the fifth and seventh holes, which are a thrilling pair of par threes that require committed tee shots over the ocean to perilous greens. Green Fees: $135-$185, casadecampo.com.do
PUNTA ESPADA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC The first of three Jack Nicklaus signature courses created at Cap Cana, Punta Espada is considered by Golfweek magazine to be the best course in the Caribbean and Mexico, and it’s not hard to see why. Opened at the end of 2006, the 7,400-yard layout sweeps around the eastern coast in majestic style to present a challenge to which no golfer with blood in their veins can fail to respond. Even the so-called inland holes are not short of drama or appeal. While it could boast any number of signature holes, the most heart-thumping is the 13th, a brute of a par three that calls for a heroic shot over the Caribbean Sea to a green that sits on a perilous outcrop. Green Fees: $135-$185, capcana.com
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There has been no great shortage of celebrities prepared to take the ten-hour flight to this island paradise. Sandy Lane is the granddaddy of golfing residential resorts, and its two 18hole courses, the Country Club and the Green Monkey course are still worth every penny. The latter opened to great fanfare in 2004, and ten years later still gets rave reviews from all who are lucky enough to play it. Designed by Tom Fazio, large parts of the course are carved out of an old limestone quarry to offer some dramatic elevation changes and carries, while nearly all the holes offer views of the sea. The monkey-shaped bunker on the par-three 16th is the icing on a very tasty cake.
It would be hard to include a list of great resort courses without including at least one Trump-owned property, but this is one of those rare animals, an ex-Trump-owned course. With or without the influence of ‘The Don’, this course would qualify on its own merits. Set on dramatic sloping hills and along the ocean’s edge, this spectacular Fazio-designed layout affords sea views from every hole, with the back nine requiring some tortuous climbs – via a buggy, of course – to reach the highest point, which will have everybody’s cameras clicking. The par-three 16th is guarded by no fewer than five waterfalls – a Trump affectation – and it’s one of the scene-stealers.
Green Fees: $180-$220, sandylane.com
Green Fees: $250, canouan.com
TUCKER’S POINT, BERMUDA
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Putting the eponymous knee-length shorts, the infamous triangle, and its tax-saving benefits to one side, Bermuda boasts more courses per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world. It has seven varied layouts on which to test your skills. Tucker’s Point is set among 200 acres of rolling hillside in Tucker’s Town, one of the most sought-after enclaves on the island. First built in 1932, and renovated in 2002, the design itself is superb – offering a solid strategic test – but the main attraction is the manicured condition of the fairways and greens, up to Augusta standards. The iconic hilltop clubhouse affords stunning views over it all, and is the ideal spot to enjoy some traditional Bermudan hospitality. After a round here, head over to the Mid Ocean Club, the island’s other Top 100 venue.
A dramatic course designed by Ian Woosnam opening at this brand new resort in December. Located on a former 400-acre sugar plantation, the course plays up the side of a mountain, offering spectacular sea views, while no fewer than ten forced carries over deep ravines will serve to ramp up the excitement.
Green Fees: $260, tuckerspoint.com
CHRISTOPHE HARBOUR, ST KITTS Christophe Harbour will combine luxury residential properties with several fivestar hotels and a mega-yacht marina – all complemented by a Fazio-designed golf course. Set to open next year, Fazio said of the course: “Take the best holes at Pebble Beach and put them on cliffs about 100 feet above the sea.” No pressure, then.
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This is a challenge to which no golfer with blood in their veins can fail to respond
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THE PEAK OF PERFECTION What do you need when you’ve returned from a hard day’s skiing on the spectacular slopes of Switzerland? The perfect luxury ski retreat, of course – and here are five of the finest options on the market right now
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VILLARS – CHALET L’AROLE
VERBIER – CHALET DENT BLANCHE
Villars has a serious pedigree among snowseekers, especially since its off-piste potential was opened up in recent years. Chalet L’Arole is one of the town’s most prestigious properties, set in the exclusive Chesières enclave. Originally built in 1904 by the Chanel dynasty, it underwent a programme of extensive renovation last year. Many of its original features have been retained, though – hand-crafted wood panelling, natural stone and antique furniture have all been reused in the creation of this outstanding family home. The chalet boasts a gym, cinema room, sauna and massage room, along with an outdoor heated swimming pool and a cedar hot tub – a perfect spot from which to enjoy the views.
Verbier is the main resort of Switzerland’s largest ski area, the Four Valleys – and few European resorts have enjoyed such an influx of investment in recent years. The result is one of the most luxurious and exciting places to ski (and to party) anywhere on the continent. Dent Blanche is the place to stay. Although it’s only a short walk away from the centre, the chalet enjoys uninterrupted views down the valley. The exterior has been traditionally designed, with its use of old wood in keeping with the local architecture. However, the interior blends modern art and beautiful artefacts with contemporary design to create the height of alpine chic. Just don’t spill your red wine on the white rugs…
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Original features – wood panelling, natural stone and antique furniture – have been reused in this outstanding family home ➤ KLOSTERS – CHESA FALCUN Klosters has been a winter destination of the British royal family for more than three decades, and many of the properties on offer in the resort are indeed fit for a king. Chesa Falcun, for example, sits in a commanding position overlooking the town – and to call it a palace would not be an overstatement. Set over four floors and spread across 480 square metres, its six bedrooms are as large as they are comfortable, with great views over the neighbouring mountains. The service is exceptional, with fine dining provided by the expertise of an in-house professional chef. Sleeps 12; average rental price: £2,860pp/pw;
GSTAAD – CHALET ETESIAN From Grace Kelly to Roger Moore, Gstaad has always appealed to the international jet set – and Chalet Etesian is an extraordinarily grand property worthy of those famous names. The vast chalet is a treasure trove of antiques, art and beautiful pieces of furniture. The emphasis throughout is on comfort and elegance – the craftsmanship of the carpentry alone makes it worth a visit – and residents will be looked after by a team of highly trained professionals, selected for both their expertise in their field and their meticulous attention to detail. Sleeps 14 + 2 children; average rental price: £3,250pp/ pw; summitretreats.com
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SOFA, SO GOOD: (Clockwise from top) the indoor pool at Dent Blanche; the top quality finish at Chesa Araus; the heavenly setting of Chesa Falcun; oldfashioned charm at Chalet Etesian
If renting a chalet gives you a taster of the action, then you might be ready to buy your own place out here. Chesa Araus is our pick – a boutique development of properties in the picturesque village of Arosa in Graubünden. Each of the nine freehold two- and threebedroom apartments has large entertaining areas, open fireplaces, designer kitchens and amazing views over the Schanfigger Valley. Communal benefits include an honesty bar, a private gym and a wellness area with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Chesa Araus properties are now on sale off-plan with prices ranging between £650,000 and £2.6m and will be completed by early 2016. For more information, call 020 8246 5300 or see powderbyrne.com ■
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Get your skates on at Broadgate Ice Rink; the Urwerk at SalonQP; Christmas arrives at Leadenhall; bankers in Boujis at the Alan Cristea Gallery exhibition
PHOTOGRAPHS by (Broadgate) Holly Wren Photography; (Leadenhall) Tomasz Nowak; (Boujis) Mark Neville
BROADGATE ICE RINK
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Saatchi Gallery, 6-8 November
It’s that time of year again – the ice rink at Broadgate will be back up and running for the winter from November, accompanied for the first time by pop-up bar Tasting Rooms. As well as doing your best Bambi-on-ice impression, you can sup craft beers and cocktails and eat until you’re too full to skate. Skating’s open from 10am-10pm daily. For more info
Watch fiends, prick up your ears – you might have missed out on Baselworld, but the best and brightest of international watchmaking are coming to you – to the Saatchi Gallery, to be specific, where the likes of Urwerk [pictured], Jaeger-LeCoultre, and TAG Heuer will present their newest creations in the UK’s most comprehensive watch showcase.
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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT LEADENHALL
Alan Cristea Gallery, 27 November-24 January
Leadenhall Market, 14 November
Acclaimed photographer Mark Neville brings his unique brand of realism to the Alan Cristea gallery this November. The exhibition, entitled London/Pittsburgh, highlights socioeconomic differences between the two cities by capturing parallel moments and situations and presenting them side-by-side. One not to be missed.
It just doesn’t feel like the festive season until the Christmas lights at Leadenhall have been ceremoniously switched on. On 14 November at 4.30pm, the famous market’s lights will be illuminated and Christmas will start to feel like a reality in the City, with carols from the Lloyd’s Choir and the City Chamber Choir. ’Tis the season, after all…
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THERE’S STILL PLENTY of time for an mountainside romp this winter, and whether you’re a skier or a ’boarder, you’ll want an outfit befitting your (presumably) impeccable technique. Thankfully, Protest is on hand to provide you with one. The outfit [pictured] comprises the brand’s Falty beanie, Jonas soft-shell snowjacket and Soil snowpants. All of the clothes are from Protest’s Winter 2014/2015 collection, meaning that even if your technique is not really up to scratch, your clothing will be. To enter, go to squaremile.com/competitions
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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE GOLF CLUB, DENHAM This year’s Westminster Money Golf Championship took place at the fabulous Buckinghamshire Golf Club on 16 September. More than 60 City professionals enjoyed 18 holes and dinner afterwards. First place went to John Harris from Tullett Prebon and
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Here at square mile we don’t need much of an excuse to throw a party. Our latest shindig said goodbye to summer, and celebrated a very early start to the festive season. Where better to host it than The Box? We took over the Soho cabaret club for the
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Every month we’re suitably impressed by the extents to which our readers will go with a square mile in tow. But this issue, there was a clear winner. Pedro Ramos took our Mr Ice Guy issue to somewhere very, very cold – the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. His considerable efforts have won him a brand new watch – congratulations! Our runners-up also scaled the heights with their copies: James Blackwell trekked up the 384m Breakneck Ridge in New York, and Abi Robinson ascended a sandy incline of, er, about 10m in Pula, Croatia. Thanks to everyone who sent in photos. ■ In order to enter send us your high-resolution jpegs with the subject header ‘Go The Extra Mile’ to email@example.com.
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