Phil Spencer – Buying From A Developer

Purchasers who aspire to live in a fresh, new, modern environment but don’t have time or expertise to do the work themselves, feel that in paying a premium for a refurbished property they’ll get the finished article they desire. When everything goes smoothly it seems a fair trade: cash, in exchange for goods and services.…
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Porto, Portugal

Guide books are always banging on about what good fun it is to get “lost” amongst winding streets of medieval cities – but I can tell you from hard experience that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least, it isn’t a good idea to go the wrong way under the glare of…
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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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Shoes Made To Measure The 21st Century Way

What is it with shoes? Carrie fantasises over them in SATC. Men spending around 800 to buy a pair at Berlutti in London’s Conduit Street automatically join a club whose members meet up in Paris salons at night to spray Champagne onto their purchases before vigorously polishing them off. And for me, one of my…
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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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A Turkish Delight: The Mardan Palace, Antalya

On first appearances, Antalya seems an unlikely place to build a $1.4 billion hotel. As you leave the airport, you’re confronted with sparse, typically Mediterranean countryside dotted with holiday homes, chain hotels and slightly down-at-heel shopping malls. Drive for 15 minutes though, and the scenery starts to change. The hotels become ever grander including some…
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British Tipple

Portuguese wine was exported to England as long ago as the 12th century. Port, as we know it, began life in the late 17th to early 18th century. Until well into the 18th century the wine was probably dry, not sweet. Then, someone had the idea of adding brandy to fortify the wine for the…
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Midtown NYC – The Chatwal And The New York Palace

New York, New York, so good they named it twice. We take a look at two of Manhattan’s finest establishments and discover great views and art deco to boot. When your business empire is about to crumble like a cookie, what should you do? Commission an extravagant building, of course. Preferably one that is architecturally…
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