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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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Quite a few years ago I watched a program about every day life in Monaco. This place offers an exceedingly extravagant lifestyle to top business people, celebrities and elite sports stars. As well as an exceptionally desirable location to live in, it is also a tax haven. However, because land is at a premium decent residences are hard to find and ridiculously expensive.  One of the people interviewed by Pierce Morgan in this documentary was complaining about the high standard of living. Interestingly he had just sold his business for the meagre sum of $100 Million. Nevertheless, in the scheme of things he probably is poor in comparison to some of the billionaires that reside in this haven. » Read more

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Over the last few years I have developed a close working relationship with a distributor in Melbourne called watchpartners owned by Jack Retman. The main reason we get on so well is that we seem to like a lot of the same brands and really have a similar philosophy about the industry in general. One of the companies Jack represents is Fortis, who produce high quality range of timepieces at affordable prices. One of their latest releases is the distinctive Flieger Cockpit One and Two. » Read more

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There is no doubt in my mind that most people aspire to have a desirable home. Ultimately this why there are so many interior design magazines and TV shows featuring this subject. A few days ago I was speaking to close friends who are in the process of building a house. As well as having designated zones to suit their requirements they also want a designer kitchen. Unfortunately, if you want something truly special then it will cost a lot of money. » Read more

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One of the many privileges about living in a country like Australia is all year round mild temperatures. Even as we approach the winter months the sun is shining and there is no need for a jacket. This makes weekends extra special because we are able to have quality family time or picnics with friends. Essentially everybody brings a different plate to share and we all congregate in a nearby park. Our affairs are pretty informal and nobody stands on ceremony. However, if you are at the other end of the scale then Rolls Royce’s new Cocktail Hamper will probably appeal to you. » Read more

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I have always had a penchant for really unusual and distinctive furniture. In fact, my wife jokes that I always purchase items for style rather than functionality. At dinner parties she has an enormous amount of fun (at my expense) saying we have chairs you can’t sit on and clocks that don’t tell the time. However sometimes I think aesthetic pieces of art can truly enrich our lives. That is why many designers go to extreme lengths to create something really special. A great example is South Korean designer IL Hoon Roh. » Read more

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Like most people I have always appreciated a nice motor but never to a fanatical extent. However, my 6-year old son Paolo is absolutely obsessed with cars and knows all the names and models. This has stimulated me to take a keen interest because it is a great bonding tool. Regularly when we are driving somewhere Paolo will shout out “look daddy there’s a car with four exhausts”. Nevertheless, I always tell him this isn’t necessarily an indicator of the cars performance or quality. » Read more

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Since I had my accident in March 2014 I have made a much more conscious effort to keep in shape. Being in a wheelchair for nearly 6 months really makes you evaluate your life and health in general. That is why I do long and frequent daily walks. Previously I have paid a lot of money for gym memberships over the years.  Even though most of them had excellent facilities I still found it hard to motivate myself to train on a regular basis. That is why many people purchase fitness equipment for the home environment. The problem is that most of these machines look unsightly and have to be stored away after usage. However, if money is not a consideration then Ciclotte have the right solution. » Read more