My Favourite Place: The Ecuadorian Andes by Julian Smith

I lifted one plastic boot and planted steel crampons into the snow with a styrofoam crunch. Took a deep breath. Fourteen. Eleven more steps and I could rest again. It was dark, the air was thin, and Billie Holiday was crooning through the ice-coated wires of my headphones about what a little moonlight can do. … Read more My Favourite Place: The Ecuadorian Andes by Julian Smith

Sweden Follows Suit with Electric Car Subsidy

Sweden is following the example of several nations in announcing government subsidies for low-emission cars to the tune of SEK 200 million. The programme will be rolled out in January 2012 allowing time for the first generation of production scale electric cars to be released before the subsidies take effect. Minister for the Environment Andreas … Read more Sweden Follows Suit with Electric Car Subsidy

Luxury Japanese Car Brand Unveil Limited Edition Watch in Collaboration with Bell & Ross

The luxury Japanese supercar brand, Infiniti, have unveiled a limited edition watch in collaboration with Bell & Ross, the noted Swiss timepiece manufacturers. Only 200 BR02-8 Infiniti Carbon Case Purple 8 Pro Dial wristwatches have been produced. They are available from Infiniti dealerships worldwide at a recommended retail price of £3,090 (€3,500 or $5,080). A matt … Read more Luxury Japanese Car Brand Unveil Limited Edition Watch in Collaboration with Bell & Ross

What to Pack for a Nepali Trek – Advice from Fashion Consultant Belinda Alexander

Fashion consultant Belinda Alexander advises trekkers and fashion enthusiasts how to dress on the trek of a lifetime. At the moment I am planning a walk of 120 km in Nepal. We fly to Kathmandu and then travel by bus to Phokara where we start the ascent to the Annapurna Mountains. My fitness campaign has … Read more What to Pack for a Nepali Trek – Advice from Fashion Consultant Belinda Alexander

Italian Art and Cuisine on Show in Beijing

Italian art and cuisine is going on show at the Ritz-Carlton in Beijing through a partnership between Chef Gianluca Visani from Bologna and contemporary artist Francesco De Grandi from Palermo. The pair will be exhibiting the best of Mediterranean culture from 29th August until 10th September 2011 at the exclusive Barolo restaurant. Scallops, lobster and … Read more Italian Art and Cuisine on Show in Beijing

Audi A8 Hybrid Announced – Deliveries to Start in 2012

Audi’s luxo-barge, the A8, will be available from next year as a petrol/electric hybrid, giving fuel consumption figures of up to 44 mpg. The car is not in production yet and customers won’t get theirs until late in 2012 but it does represent a shift in the company’s thinking, as their flagship model will be … Read more Audi A8 Hybrid Announced – Deliveries to Start in 2012

New Bentley GTC is Faster, Bigger and Even Better Looking

Bentley’s second generation Continental GTC convertible will be sharper, faster, and more assertive than the earlier car, Bentley have announced. The GTC, due to be formally launched in September, builds on the highly successful GT coupé, taking many of its styling cues including the option of 21-inch alloy wheels, aluminium coachwork and an even more … Read more New Bentley GTC is Faster, Bigger and Even Better Looking

Lady Gaga Goes for Pink at LA Dinner

Lady Gaga has gone for pink at the Atom Factory VMA dinner on Friday night in LA. Wearing a salmon pink ribbed trouser suit by Alexandre Vauthier with matching clutch bag, Germanotta sported yet another pair of the famed super-platform shoes which have become such a signature of the eccentric superstar. The tailored jacket made … Read more Lady Gaga Goes for Pink at LA Dinner

Ferrari 458 Spider Raises the Game – and Lowers its Roof

The 458 Spider, which launches in September 2011, is the world’s first mid-rear engined berlinetta with a fully-retractable hard-top. It is fitted with a patented aluminium folding roof allowing open air motoring when the sun shines – and the weatherproofing and security of a fixed-head coupé when it doesn’t. Taking just 14 seconds to be … Read more Ferrari 458 Spider Raises the Game – and Lowers its Roof

Only 250 Bottles Remain of 1991 Single Malt “Exclusive” at Dalmore Distillery

Dalmore has launched a new single malt Scotch whisky – “The Exclusive” – chosen by its distillery experts working on the shores of the Cromarty Firth. Formed from a 1991 whisky aged for 20 years in American white oak casks, the bottling produced 450 units of which 200 were pre-sold ahead of release. The remaining … Read more Only 250 Bottles Remain of 1991 Single Malt “Exclusive” at Dalmore Distillery

Smoking Ban Announced at Plage Lumière, Provence, France

The Plage Lumière in La Ciotat, France, has become the first European beach to ban smoking in a series of planned smoking bans for the coastal area of Provence. The botanical park of Mugel and “Petit Mugel” – a small beach adjacent to the park – are next in the sights of the innovative open-air smoking … Read more Smoking Ban Announced at Plage Lumière, Provence, France

Autumn Winter 2011: Tourne de Transmission T-Shirt Collection for Men

Tourne de Transmission have released their t-shirt collection for men through Coggles and at Swear London’s concept space in East London’s Truman Brewery. Inspired by news print of the 20th century and imagery from vintage books, the new collection is intended as a thought-provoking commentary on branding and headlines. Bleak and cold, the motifs convey … Read more Autumn Winter 2011: Tourne de Transmission T-Shirt Collection for Men

Porsche 911 – Now Faster, Lighter, and More Economical

Porsche will be showing their new lighter, faster and more economical 911 at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Evolution, not revolution, is the key with the new 911 retaining much of the older model’s silhouette. A longer wheelbase, wider front track and lower roofline – along with shorter overhangs front and rear – mean that … Read more Porsche 911 – Now Faster, Lighter, and More Economical

Maserati Fendi Release Limited Edition “Grigio Fiamma Fendi”

Maserati customers can now buy an even more exclusive version of the GranCabrio designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi , as part of the Made-in-Italy initiative. The Grigio Fiamma Fendi grey car is a result of the ongoing collaboration between the Italian fashion house and Maserati and will be produced in Modena using exclusive materials in … Read more Maserati Fendi Release Limited Edition “Grigio Fiamma Fendi”

New Mercedes SLK AMG to Feature a ‘Magic’ Roof

  The new Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG is not only the most powerful SLK of all time but is the world’s most economical petrol V8 engine too – and it comes with an optional ‘magic’ roof. The AMG badge normally stands for performance alone, but the new SLK is also kinder to the environment than … Read more New Mercedes SLK AMG to Feature a ‘Magic’ Roof