Monthly Archives: June 2012

Scone-troversy at Royal Ascot!

Perfectly serene, immaculately attired, be-hatted Britons, sedately enjoying this most Royal of occasions at Ascot can sometimes turn into ferocious warring tribes when it comes down to a very contentious issue.  The reason?  Well, The Savoy London‘s delicious scones for … Continue reading

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Colour & Innovation – Sèvres Porcelain Collection

The circular Card Room of Goodwood House – so called after Edward VII as he loved playing cards there – contains a rare collection of Sèvres porcelain and is thought by Rosalind Savill, an authority on Sèvres and the former … Continue reading

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Vintage Photo Series – Fred Astaire with his sister Adele at The Savoy

Dancer, choreographer, actor & movie star, Fred Astaire features in the sixth of our Vintage Photo Series, with his sister, Adele.  Fred’s stage and film career last over 76 years during which he starred in 31 musical films.  As Gene … Continue reading

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Suite Dreams Series – #5 – The Sassoon Presidential Suite, Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

One of the most prestigious, luxury hotel suites in Shanghai, the Sassoon Presidential Suite occupies the entire 10th floor penthouse of Fairmont Peace Hotel, where the hotel’s creator and former owner, Victor Sassoon, once lived. An entrepreneurial businessman and hotelier … Continue reading

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Letters, signs and notices

Since re-connecting with the world via my photographic lens last year, I have begun to notice and appreciate the wit, style and beauty to be found all around us – from the most upmarket frontage to the more mundane everyday … Continue reading

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The French League for the Protection of Birds celebrates 100 years

Outraged by the massacre of puffins by hunters in 1912, Lieutenant Hemery was moved to create an organisation that would promote the protection of birds across all the regions of France, thus the French League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) was born. Having gone … Continue reading

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Goodwood’s Astute Visionaries

From the First Duke of Richmond to the current heir apparent, the family have always had an eye and instinct for untested talent.  Goodwood House started life as a hunting lodge and over the generations has grown into the Estate it … Continue reading

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Vintage Photo Series – Fairmont Château Laurier

On the 1st June, Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, now part of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, celebrated her 100th birthday.  Here are just a few of the amazing images taken in her youth. The property opened its doors 1st June, 1912 with building … Continue reading

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Five things about Marais Poitevin – France’s Green Venice

Often referred to as the ‘Green Venice’, Marais Poitevin is the second largest temperate zone in France and the fifth in Europe. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Niort in Deux- Sèvres, these famous marshlands are blessed with … Continue reading

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Royal Goodwood: The Summer Exhibition

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this year’s summer exhibition Royal Goodwood will look at Goodwood’s royal heritage and how it is represented in the art collection, running from 6th August – 15th October, 2012*. The exhibition will showcase the royal pictures … Continue reading

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