Monthly Archives: December 2013

Horse racing 2nd most popular spectator sport in UK. The Orient Lucky City Complex & Horse Racing prospects in Mainland China ………….


Cue Card won the Ryanair Steeplechase at Cheltenham Festival in March 2013, the expected excitement for race goers at the Boxing Day Kempton Park was not disappointed. Cue Card was narrowly beaten in an exciting finish in the King George 1V Chase, by Silviniaco Conti.        Paul Nicholls winning trainer now has his  sights on the Cheltenham Gold Cup, 2014. Images Alan Crowhurst Getty Images. Hugh Routledge /REX with thanks. Horse racing is Britain’s 2nd most popular spectator sport, with over 6 million racegoers each year. Generating £3.7 billion.£325.million tax revenues..With Bookmakers generating gross wins in excess of £1bn profit. British Horse Racing Confederation.                    The World’s horse racing industry hopes that horse racing will develop in mainland China. For the interest of many investors. With deserted race courses as at Dongxihu  District, north of Yangtze River. The Orient Lucky City, a vast entertainment & commercial complex, that had its grand opening in 2003, is also home to the Wuhan Jockey Club’s 5300 feet track, despite the racetrack opening rarely. Although backed by Hong Kong business man Jacky Wu. Plans are afoot as Mainland China Authorities are reportedly considering  the re-introduction of horse racing with legal betting. It is also reported that China has chosen Ireland as a partner to help establish a £2bn National Equine Centre. 


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SKI Avoriaz.Popular French ski resort Real Estate investment opportunities offered by Excellent location with views over Switzerland.


SKI Avoriaz with views over Switzerland.               Avoriaz a popular French ski resort with views over towards Switzerland. Good skiing, excellent hotel accommodation, & plenty of restaurants.  offers  Real Estate investment opportunities in partnership with one of Europe’s foremost construction companies in Avoriaz.

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Bruxelles. Hotel Amigo.


Bruxelles Hotel Amigo is situated round the corner from the Grande Place.  Definitely a hotel that can be recommended.


Courchevel. Le Jardin Alpin, new luxury hotel “L’Apogee Courchevel” has just opened 13th December 2013. Courchevel situated in the heart of the popular 600 kms 3 Vallees skiing domaine in the French Alps.


Courchevel “Le Jardin Alpin”, 5 star Luxury Hotel, the L’Apogee Courchevel  opened its doors 13th Dec.2013. With beautiful views over the snow covered peaks, from 900 euros a night for a double room. Operated by the Oetker Group, who also operate President Sarkozy’s favourite breakfast joint in Paris, ;Le Bristol. Oetker also operate the legendary Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Hollywood stars’s  favourite place during the Cannes Film Festival. Courchevel 1850 & 2000 has become popular with the Russian visitors.  Hotel L’Apogee Courchevel  In the heart of the glorious 3 Vallees skiing domaine, the World’s largest skiing area of 600 kms, 200 ski lifts,   in the French Alps. 2 hours drive from Geneva. 8 hours from Paris by hi speed train & coach.


Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Nutcracker Suite. Music by Tchaikovsky.


Royal Opera House, Covent Garden . We know Christmas is here when the Nutcracker is on.     The opulent Peter Wright production of the Nutcracker Suite ballet is always popular. In Tristram Kenton’s photo here with Lauren Cuthbertson & Cory Stearns. Until January 16th 2014. This production is currently sold out for this season. Photos courtesy Royal Opera House.Nutcrackerimages NUTCRACKERSNOFLAKES


Knightsbridge, Sloane Street.London. Dolce & Gabbana

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Dolce & Gabbana colourful & festive table decor in their  Sloane Street store.Shimmering gold brocade & lace evening dress from the Spring 2014 collection. Dolce & Gabbana Brocade evening handbag & sandals. Bouquet of exquisite Pink roses for Darling Marc. A perfect day Cheri.



New York. Christies & Sothebys “American Art” Auctions draw in Buyers from around the World Dec 2013.

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Edward Hopper;s bleak New Jersey street scape was sold  for 40.5 $ million, at Christies 5th December 2013. Part of the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. for over 60 years, & acquired directly from Hopper’s Agent. Below the Norman Rockwell “Saying Grace” was sold for 46.$.US. at Sothebys, 4th Dec. 2013. 10 of Rockwells paintings, mostly from the collection of Kenneth Stuart, former Art Editor of the Saturday Evening Post, that used to feature the Rockwell images on their cover, synonymous with an epic period of American history.                                   The Modern American art auctions are standing up well, as they pull in buyers from all over the World, with strong demand from the Emerging Markets, as the Art Market draws in Buyers from a wide geographical spread. The rich are getting richer & look to place their spare funds. 



Deauville. France. Buyers from Australia, America, Japan, Qatar,& Chile attend Arqana race horse breeding stock sales. December 2013.


Arqana France Deauville. Prince Aga Khan ‘s stud offered Darysina which sold for 800.000. euro at the December 2013 Breeding Stock Sales. Bought by Mc Keever. It has been reported that the mare will be sent to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Watershipdown Stud, for a possible 2014 cover.    A large contingent of Foreign buyers came to the Deauville future race horse sales, including Qataris, Australian, American, Japanese and Chilean buyers. The turnover for the Breed stock sales topped 26.000.000 euros, up by 32%. 81% of the horses sold at an average of 38.532.euros, up by 18%. It was possible to acquire future race horse from 4000 & 5000 euros.                           Image courtesy Arqana


Ford Mustang, exciting new version to be manufactured for the UK market. Read on for when……


The Ford Mustang will be 50 next April 2014.  And Ford has announced that a totally revamped, super sexy version of America’s emblematic sports car will finally be made with right hand drive as of 2015.With a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, fuel efficient 300bhp. There will also be a 420bhp 5-litre V8 version. European  performance & fuel efficiency requirements will be met for this new car. With coupe & convertible versions. The Ford Mustang will continue to be made at its Flat Rock Michigan plant. Bullitt, the 1968 film that became a cult memory with a car chase that blew us away at the time, with tough guy super star Steve McQueen.

Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Notting Hill. Prime London property locations for Kering chief, Francois Henri Pinault & his film star wife Salma Hayek. Reports The Sunday Times.


Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Notting Hill, prime London property locations. The Sunday Times has reported that film star Salma Hayek & her French billionaire husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, are searching to rent a family home in London. Pinault recently changed his co name from PPR to Kering. Kering owns several fashion Brands, including Gucci & Saint Laurent. The Pinault Family’s Investment Fund, Groupe Artemis, also owns Auction house Christies, Chateau Latour.


Tattersalls December Brood Mare Auctions. At an astounding 4.7 million guineas Foreign Buyers set records in investing in future race horses.

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Foreign buyers have been out in force at the Tattersalls December Mare Sales. The Qatari lead the pack, however Turkey(Ibrahim Iraci), India & the Ukraine have been investing heavily. Turkey made 11 acquisitions during the wk. India recently lifted a 19 yr import ban.Ukraine returned to Equestrianism in 2008. Even Libya is investing large amounts so as to encourage a horse breeding and horse racing industry that they are establishing. The average price was up this season by as much as 39%. Excellent news for the English & Irish Breeders. Brood Mare, Dancing Rain, winner of the Oaks,  in foal to Champion race horse Frankel,  sold for 4 million guineas, bought by Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum. Brood Mare  Immortal Verse, a Deauville winner,  sold for 4.7 million guineas, to Coolmore, the Irish stud, establishing a record. Tattersalls. 


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New York photographer, Richard Silver has captured a stunning series of breathtaking “Vertical Churches”.


New York photographer, Richard Silver has captured a stunning series of “Vertical Churches”. Here in Cracow, Poland, breathtaking      St Mary’s Basilica. Consecrated in 1320, after being rebuilt on old ruins. Towers took on their iconic form  in the 15th century. Famous 15th century carved wood altar piece by the German sculptor   Veit Stoss.



Jennifer Aniston wears Faraone Mennella hoop earrings.As worn in Sex & the City American cult TV show.


Jennifer Aniston & a clutch of celebrities photographed wearing Faraone Mennella hoop earrings. Designed in their chic New York studio this duo from Capri are designing uber cool jewellery for the Jet Set. Launched by their association with Sex & the City, American cult TV show, & a 5 years association with American Couture designer Caroline Herrera. Latest opening Harrods November 2013.

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Patek Philippe 5130, superb mens wristwatch.


Patek Philippe 5130. Superb World Time watch. Looks contemporary however, virtually identical to the “Heures Universelles” model of the 1940’s. A unique platinum version from the era fetched £2.500.000. at auction in 2002. Todays 5130 from £30.520.

Avoriaz. Popular French ski resort, just over 5 hours by TGV Hi speed train from Paris Gare de Lyon train station.


Avoriaz French ski resort. Les Bains du Val d’Illies. Open air swimming pool for the sporting tourists.        Popular ski resort with plenty of investment opportunities. Geneva Airport to Avoriaz by road approx 80/120 minutes, regular services. Hi speed TGV Trains from Paris Gare de Lyon to Thonon les Bains station, 5 hours train journey. Coach or Taxi from Thonon up to Avoriaz.



Stephen Webster Jewellery.

Stephen Webster

Stephen Webster English jewellery designer, attracts the entertainment industry’s most alluring stars. This is a ring from Stephen Webster’s “Murder she Wrote” 2011 collection. Married to a Russian lady, the stores in Moscou, Kiev & St Petersbourg are tremendously successful. A glamourous new store is about to open in February 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Stephen Webster’s success is due to his quite unique talent for using the most unusual stones & mixes for his jewellery, from the Worlds most distant mines. The search for rare stones is continuous as the exclusive look of Stephen Webster’s jewellery depends on the wonderful & unique colours of the  stones themselves. Africa,Columbia,Zambia,Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania,Pakistan,Burma, South Africa,Mozambique,Congo………………A Magical Mystery Tour…………………

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