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Basil Soda Fall Winter 2014 Collection

Basil Soda Fall Winter 2014 Collection

Experimental is the word of the season. The Fall-Winter RTW 2014 collection from BASIL SODA is an experiment of prints, and material work; with a casual take on the house’s DNA. The atelier was in a painterly mood this season bringing together a touch of illustration to the textiles. Abstract collages alongside linear drawings bring a fun sensibility to the table. A mixture of lush satins, supple leathers and a nod to menswear inspired textiles make up the structure. Another element that came into play was the idea of sportswear and an effortless way of dressing.

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International eXcellence Interviews Jameel Lalani

International eXcellence Interviews Jameel Lalani

Jameel Lalani is the senior partner of Lalani & Co., the London based artisan, small batch tea company.
-  Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?
I grew up and still live in Pinner, North London. I had a very happy childhood. 
 - Where did you study?
I went to St Martin’s in Northwood, then Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, a public school in North London, and then to Magdelen College, Oxford University, to read Biochemistry. I left Oxford after my first year. 
- How did you get your business started?

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Cheese and Bacon Muffins

Cheese and Bacon Muffins

Makes 8
4 rashers streaky bacon
60g cheddar
175g self raising flour
1 tsp English mustard powder
2 eggs
200ml milk
85g butter, melted
1 Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200C/180fan. Grease a muffin tin.
2 Cut the bacon into small pieces and dry fry until crisp. Leave to drain on kitchen paper.
3 Cut ¾’s of the cheese into small dice and grate the remainder.
4 Stir the flour, mustard powder and some salt and pepper together in a large bowl.
5 Whisk together the eggs and milk, stir in the melted butter.

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International eXcellence Interviews Victoria Eggs

International eXcellence Interviews Victoria Eggs

Victoria Eggs creates playful contemporary Homeware, Gifts and Clothing, made in the UK, that celebrate a love for all things British. Her bold and eye-catching designs are printed on premium quality Tea Towels, Aprons, Oven Mitts, Fine Bone China Mugs, Canvas Shopper Bags, T-Shirts and Screen Prints.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

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Kicking Horse Skiing

Kicking Horse Skiing

Kicking Horse: A resort that lives up to its name.
No helicopters are needed to ski over 30,000 vertical feet a day by any social skier whose nerves hold firm.  as he or she will enjoy of the most challenging skiing they will probably ever experience.  There are some 85 ‘chutes’ in Kicking Horse, I would use the more appropriate word ‘drops’ for most runs.  Most of these runs are largely accessed by a single summit gondola lift, a shorter chair ‘Stairway to Heaven’ opens up further breathtaking runs, lift queues are rare.  

Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund Track Day at Goodwood

Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund Track Day at Goodwood

His Royal Highness Prince Harry made his Goodwood Motor Circuit debut today (Saturday, February 15), as part of a track day run by the Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund.
After being greeted by Lord March, owner of Goodwood Motor Circuit, Prince Harry completed a handful of adrenaline-fueled laps of the historic circuit in a classic Aston Martin DB4, before another high-speed run, this time in a Lamborghini Gallardo.

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Bentley Launch Azure a New Fragrance For Men

Bentley Launch Azure a New Fragrance For Men

Bentley presented their new fragrance for men, Azure, at the Langham Hotel London last night. It was a great evening and I was feeling pretty dapper, having just been groomed by the celebrated and charming Brent Pankhurst. Pankhursts is the most refined barber in London, providing iconic 60's British luxury and style.

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Classic Car Investment

Classic Car Investment

Classic Car Investment
It comes as no surprise over the last decade when banks have performed so poorly that canny investors are looking for alternative methods of increasing their capital. Anything to beat the poor interest rates available from savings accounts and traditional investments.
One of the most interesting to emerge recently is classic car investment. Not only can you invest in something that carries great history, looks fantastic and brings a certain cachet of glamour, but you get a good rate of return.

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