Glued To The Race

In early April, the world’s racing fans descend on Aintree for one of the world’s most iconic horse events: The John Smith’s Grand National. And the nation’s cats get terribly excited at seeing what they could be eating a few days later… Actually, does that even happen? Is it a modern myth? Or do they…
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Roux At The Pembury

In the last issue of LUSSO, we pondered on how Michel Roux Jr was getting on in the weekend wasteland that is Whitehall, following the re-design of the bar at Roux at Parliament Square. Well, own horn a’ tooting, Roux at the Pembury was named after the chef’s birthplace. Left slightly confused by the particular…
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Salvador Dalliance

Anyway, I am trying to move on, helped by the patriotically attired crew of British Airways who moved me to a seat with extra legroom. I can’t help having legs that go on forever. This is my longest assignment to date – in terms of haul, not legs of course – and to Brazil’s first…
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More Pony For Your Wonga

“I thank David Beckham for the burgeoning interest in polo,” says Georgiana Crofton, the horsey version of Emma Thompson and my polo teacher for the day at Adrenalin Polo Club in Windsor. “He’s made it alright to have lots of money and spend it, and that has made polo accessible!”  I’m not sure what Beckham…
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Swing Low Sweetly: The Maldives

I suppose it is a legitimate concern. Only 200 of the 1,192 Maldivian islands are inhabited. Simultaneously, it’s one of the world’s most dispersed countries and the smallest country in Asia, in terms of population and landmass. To add a bit of a brain twister to the equation, the Maldives has the Earth’s lowest highest…
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House (or Tent) of Eliot: Cornwall’s Annual Literary Fest

The historic seat of the Earl of St Germans gets all creative for the weekend as Cornwall’s annual literary fest returns. Now in its ninth year, the Port Elliot Festival has continued to grow in stature, not least due to its idyllic location in the grounds of the Grade One listed stately home, and now…
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Atlantis, The Palm Dubai

If you want big, Dubai is happy to oblige. This Ferrari-driving midlife crisis in the desert seems to exist solely to show off the largest this, tallest that and newest, shiniest everything else. Want a building that gives you vertigo when you look at it? The 800m high Burj Khalifa should suffice. The biggest mall…
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