The Changing Face of Cardiff, by Jerald Solis, Business Development and Acquisitions Director at Experience Invest

The face of Cardiff has changed dramatically in the past thirty-two years. From Lord Crickhowell leading charge with the creation of the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation (CBDC) in 1987, to the ambitious new-build projects in the city centre, Cardiff appears to be in a constant state of change. Whilst the priorities of Cardiff’s regeneration have…

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Restaurant Review – Hakkasan, Hanway Place, London W1
Food

Among the bustling side streets of Central London on a typical rainy Thursday in autumnal London, lies a hidden gem with a glittering red sign emblazing the word ‘Hakkasan.’ A Michelin star restaurant created by Syra Khan and Alan Yau, founder of Wagamama and Yauatcha. As you enter the door and you’re greeted with the…

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Amal Clooney, International Human Rights Lawyer, on Representing Former President of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed

Amal Clooney was a prominent international human rights lawyer long before she acquired a famous name from her husband, Hollywood actor George Clooney, she discusses the plight of her client in 2015 Mohamed Nasheed, the former president, Democratically elected, of the Maldives, islands in the Indian Ocean, he has since been granted asylum in the…

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Interview With Scottish Actor Craig McGinlay

I read that you studied sports science at the University of Stirling. You then became a rugby player, fitness coach and then model. How did you get into your career as an actor?  I played rugby in a world cup at under 20’s level in Italy. I then studied a Masters Degree and stayed in sport…

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The Athenaeum Hotel, Mayfair, London

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences on Piccadilly in London’s Mayfair, is a stylish 5-star boutique Hotel, offering comfort with a luxurious touch. Overlooking Green Park, the hotel has a very natural feel, from the views over the park to the visually stunning vertical garden, running up the corner of the building. This “natural” feel is…

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Interview with Yossi Eliyahoo (co-founder) and Stephanie Pearson CEO at The Entourage Group

THE ENTOURAGE GROUP is renowned for creating internationally acclaimed food and beverage concepts across the world. Its wide range of expertise has been cultivated extensively through years of hospitality management, operations and fine dining experience. CEO Stephanie Pearson, originally from the UK, and husband, Founder and co-owner Yossi Eliyahoo, have raised the standard in the global hospitality sector, since…

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The Importance of Hospitality, by BBC Home Editor, Mark Easton
Culture

The phrases ‘corporate hospitality’ and ‘hospitality industry’ make me uncomfortable. They seem to come from the dictionary of double-speak, loaded with contradiction that threatens to pervert our civil society. Hospitality must never be commercial or industrial – quite the reverse. It is generous and intimate: present in the sincerity of a smile, the twinkle of…

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Interview with Chris Ducker, Author, Entrepreneur

You coined the term ‘Youpreneur’, which is also the title of your recent book ‘Rise of the Youpreneur: The Definitive Guide to Becoming the Go-To Leader in Your Industry and Building a Futureproof Business’. What does ‘Youpreneur’ mean? A Youpreneur is someone who builds a profitable business based around themselves, their experience, their personality, and…

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Lord Soley – ‘The Impact of The Increased Use of Referendums On The Functioning of Representative Democracy in The United Kingdom’

I have been increasingly concerned over the use of referendums in the United Kingdom. I do not like referendums. I think Britain functions much better under Edmund Burke’s representative democracy model, where MPs and Governments can be thrown out if the electorate so wish. By and large, referendums do more harm than good. There are,…

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Capri Dolce Vita, by Assouline

Capri, a resort island dating back to the height of the Roman Empire, has long been an extraordinary destination full of ancient charm. Cherished by everyone from physician Axel Munthe, who recommended its clean air to his patients as a cure for bronchitis; to film director Jean-Luc Godard as the setting for his 1963 film…

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Trevor Horwell, CEO at Nobu Hospitality

Since Nobu Hospitality moved into the hotel industry five years ago, the luxury lifestyle brand has grown to operate across five continents. On track to operate 20 hotels by 2020, the iconic portfolio will see properties in Barcelona, Los Cabos and Chicago launch this year alone. With a career in luxury hospitality spanning more than…

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A Touch of Style, by Assouline

Carlos Mota is the mastermind behind the amazing photographs seen in all the top design magazines, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, Vanity Fair, Departures, and Interior Design. His gifted and educated eye for selecting furniture, textiles, accessories, and art has produced some memorable imagery. Mota is known for adding color and sophistication…

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Emily Young – Sculptor
Culture

What initially led you to become a Sculptor? When did you know it was the medium for you? My grandmother was a successful sculptor, so there were no huge taboos to break, the family home was full of her work, though she died years before I was born. For a while, till my early thirties,…

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Jahid Fazal-Karim, Owner and Chairman of the Board, Jetcraft

Please introduce us to Jetcraft, what do you specialise in? Jetcraft is the largest international buyer, seller and trader of business aircraft. Through our 55+ year history, we have amassed a global presence, with more than 20 offices worldwide. Our Sales Directors know the local market, speak the local language and have facilitated numerous aircraft…

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Charlie Betts, Managing Director, Betts Group

Betts was founded in 1760 and is now in its third century of trading. Tell us a little about the history of Betts. The business was founded to service the newly developed jewellery industry in Birmingham at the start of the industrial revolution. Obviously a lot has changed since then, with huge technological developments in…

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Giovanni Dolci – Senior Vice President, IMAX

What is your role at IMAX and what are you responsible for? In my role of senior vice president of theatre development and managing director of Europe and Africa, I am primarily responsible for overseeing IMAX’s growth and theatre expansion in these markets, as well as implementing the company’s strategy throughout the region.  Please can…

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Baroness Shirley Williams – The Biography by Mark Peel
Books

During a discussion marking the death of Margaret Thatcher in April 2012, the journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil turned to Shirley Williams, the Liberal Democrat peer and former Labour Cabinet minister, and asked her why Thatcher had beaten her in the race to become Britain’s first female prime minister. It was a pertinent question because…

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Richard Ovenden – Curator, Bodleian Library in Oxford
Culture

The position of Bodley’s Librarian is one of the top librarian jobs in the world. Richard Ovenden took the job in 2014, becoming the twenty-fifth curator of the legendary Bodleian Library in Oxford.  As such, he is responsible for the largest university library in the UK and one of the major research libraries in the…

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Peter Speake-Marin – The Luxury Watch Industry

The watch industry as we see it today is a constantly adapting animal. Born essentially from an innovation one century ago and forever adapting to its place in the world. An explosion of creativity in the first half of the 20th century in design and mechanics surrounding this innovation of the wristwatch gave birth to…

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Fiona Dunlop – In Cáceres with José Pizarro
Food

Sometimes even the best-made plans unspool alarmingly – but when they involve the gregarious chef, José Pizarro, that seems almost par for the course. Fiona Dunlop embarks on a voyage of Extremaduran discovery with the London-based chef. Hyperactive, he moves at lightning speed between his three London restaurants, his home city of Cáceres and finally…

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Robert Lacey – Model Woman
Culture

Between 1947 and 2007 Eileen Ford created the largest and longest lasting model agency the world has ever seen, famed for its blonde and slinky beauties whose thighs would stretch for miles. If you booked a Ford model, you got Ferrari and Porsche glamour—with Rolls-Royce prestige and prices: Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley, Christie…

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