Author: Lentini

INSPECTING COLOMBO

I’ve just finished the last mouthful of the most amazing breakfast I’ve ever eaten. Genuinely. Eggs Benedict, with a juicy tomato and rocket salad on the side, accompanied by the most flavoursome dressing you can imagine. I’m in Colombo, Sri Lanka, staring out across the vast Indian Ocean on a bakingly hot morning. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? Well it’s not. Until I tucked into this breakfast, the highlight of my solo four-day trip had been the flight from Singapore. Perfect Planning Prevents Poor Performance. I subconsciously attempt to use the five Ps as a guide in just about every...

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CHANGING OF THE GARDEN

Executive Chef Peter Fiori’s vision has transformed a dank, concrete space in central London into a vibrant garden in the sky. Last April, when the BBC launched yet another reality TV show, The Big Allotment Challenge, they were expecting competitive horticulture to become as watchable as the remarkably successful cake-making show, Great British Bake-Off. Suffice to say, it failed miserably in its objective. After all, you can bake a cake in half an hour, but reaping what you sow in the garden tends to take a wee bit longer – hence its lack of appeal on television. However, the...

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GREEN WITH ENVY

Sir Richard Branson has long championed the ethos of sustainable business and environmental responsibility. But critics of the Virgin chief believe that his altruistic image is undeserved. Back in May 1977, snarling Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten and future knight of the realm Richard Branson formed an unlikely alliance when the latter’s Virgin Record company signed the musically-challenged Punk rock pioneers. At the subsequent press conference to announce the partnership, music journalists were bracing themselves for the usual mix of anarchic mayhem and colourful language that had been the Pistols’ raison d’etre since Anarchy In The UK entered...

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ALL BARR NONE

Singapore-based New Yorker Alan Barr reflects on his journey from the construction sites of Long Island to creating unique designs in Singapore The Academy Award-winning actor John Wayne once said, “If life isn’t always black and white, I say ‘why the hell not?’” It’s a typically old-school comment from a man immortalised in starring roles in a plethora of Western movies; a man who wasn’t backwards in coming forwards. “Ain’t nobody ever seen a cowboy on a psychiatrist’s couch,” was another line of Wayne wisdom. The modern world may have been a confusing one for the man born Marion...

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