All That Jazz – The Wellesley

At times, the mere hint of it brings a rush of emotion that could be measured somewhere on a scale between minor annoyance and sheer terror. Sometimes, it is a beacon of hope, a sign that I shall soon be whisked home, away from the clamouring hoards on the street. Other times, it simply marks…
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Twelve at Hengshan, Shanghai

Not all of Shanghai is a temple to the New Eastern Mammon. They occasionally need to relax in style. Ali Silk’s the Dhamma queen.   How often do you experience a moment of total clarity and peace, a moment so divine that it feels like the planets have perfectly aligned, so that you are in…
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Mid-Life Nices

Not everything that hits 50 is full of regrets… Not ones for getting involved in nonsense like gnawing on celery and sweating needlessly in a Lycra tracksuit all in the name of a post-Christmas belly shed, we’d rather continue the start of this year as we left off 2012 – with a rapidly decreasing collection…
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Laucala Private Island, Fiji

Friends? Over-rated. Friendliness means people want something out of you. And I’m a woman with much to give. Friendly companies? Distinctly suspect. “The World’s Friendliest Airline”. Sounds rather nice, doesn’t it?  Don’t be fooled. Pacific Southwest, the last airline that carried this slogan, managed to kill 187 people, the majority in a crash ironically caused…
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