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Recently I visited the Apple shop in the city centre in Adelaide, South Australia. Even though I have owned several of their products over the years I had always purchased them from authorised retailers. All of their stores are virtually carbon copies and are laid out in a particular way. In some respects, they look like fashionable cafes or even a modern art gallery. They also attract a lot of trendy hipsters because it is the coolest place to congregate on a Saturday afternoon. As well as selling official Apple merchandise like Mac’s, iPads and iPhones they also sell compatible devices from other manufacturers. A great example is the wonderful Aura from Harman Kardon. » Read more

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I have never travelled to Mexico and like most people have heard mixed reports about the region. Nevertheless, it is an area of outstanding beauty and boasts some of the most innovative and coveted residential homes in the world. One of the countries most notable architectural practices called GLR Arquitectos is owned and operated by Gilberto L. Rodríguez. » Read more

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Many of my friends say that their favourite destination to travel is Singapore. Ultimately this is because the city offers a very safe and clean family environment. Certainly when I travelled there about two years ago I found this to be the case. I also found the people to be very sincere and accommodating. In particular, the co owner of Avant Grade watch brand Azimuth, Alvin Lye. » Read more

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As I have mentioned previously one of my great passions in life is films. In fact, whenever my wife and I get the chance we love to visit the cinema. However, with a young child sometimes the choice of movies can be restrictive. One of my favourite modern day films is the 2004 classic ‘Sideways’, which is essentially the story of two friends bonding through fine wine tasting journey of all things. Even though the protagonists have many unresolved personal issues the back drop of the Napa Valley is absolutely spectacular. Certainly it paints a beautiful picture of the Californian lifestyle and why people choose to reside there. It also explains why innovators like Apple, Facebook and Google have established their headquarters here. » Read more

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With the temperatures dropping rapidly in places like Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney many people are flocking to warmer climes. Certainly in the winter months I would consider booking a family holiday and can’t think of a much better location than North Queensland. Last July I was fortunate enough to be staying in a popular tourist destination about an hour from Port Douglas. This region is renowned for its pleasant all year round temperatures and is situated near to World Heritage areas of the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef. » Read more

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As I have mentioned in several articles I have never experienced the sensation of riding on a motor bike nor have I any desire to do so in the near future. However, I can really appreciate the time, effort and research involved in building these magnificent machines. Certainly the custom made bikes have a sculptural appearance and are built by some of the worlds finest craftsmen. This is why motoring enthusiasts will pay enormous amount of money to collect them. From a writer’s perspective the design process is also fascinating to write about. » Read more

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Earlier this year I went on a cruise with my family around New Zealand. From a young age I was fascinated with this country and had always dreamed of travelling. What really surprised me was the diverse landscape and the contrast between the North and South Island. Even the weather varied massively from city to city. Therefore, some days we wore T-shirts and on other day’s rain jackets. The country also is a hot bed of culture and is a very spiritual environment. » Read more

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For the last few years I have focused on writing articles about innovative watchmakers. The experience has certainly made me appreciate the difficulties in establishing a profitable and sustainable brand. Even if you come up with amazing designs it has to appeal to enough buyers/collectors to make the business viable. That is why watchmakers ultimately need the support of high end retailers to keep their dreams alive. A few companies that have attained this monumental achievement are Louis Moinet, MB & F, Urwerk and Cabestan. » Read more