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Stuck for holiday ideas? Take your pick of the 10 best places to see in the world… 1 Cape Town South Africa Why? It’s got miles of beaches and awesome surf. Plus, there’s only a two-hour time difference from the UK so you won’t have jet lag after the 12-hour flight. How do I get there? Fly with British Airways, South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa or KLM Royal Dutch Air ...

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Places to see and be seen

Corporate hospitality is big business but which venues will leave a great impression on your guests? We take a look at some of the bestThere are plenty of corporate hospitality arenas across the UK, but where do the top business giants take their clients for a day of corporate wooing and what makes these places stand out from the crowd? We find out which venues have the greatest wow factor and what they off ...

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AA Gill Foreword

Good taste is one of those virtues that most of us think we have, but very few of us actually do. What is good taste after all? Connoisseur is a style guide that gives an insight into AA Gill’s world and what he thinks of it. As a travel writer, food and TV critic, AA Gill has visited countries as diverse as Sudan and Cannes and has reviewed programmes from I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here to ...

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Gotta have it

From the hottest new home entertainment systems to the coolest pocket-sized gadgets, we look at what’s hip and hot. Everyone loves a gadget or two. To keep your life and home up-to-date this season, get your hands on some of these top audio gadgets and systems. Apple MacBook Pro This notebook has the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB and high-speed graphics in a lightweight, alumini ...

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A burger worth a detour

AA Gill is a renowned restaurant critic who writes for The Sunday Times Style magazine. Here is an example of one of his reviews… THE BUTCHER & GRILL ** 39-41 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11; 020 7924 3999 Lunch, Mon-Sat, 12-3pm, Sun, 12-4pm; dinner, Mon-Sat, 6pm-11pm ‘I have become an economic refugee in the land of anecdotage. A place of steepled fingers, clip-on microphones and decanters ...

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AA Gill is away

AA Gill has travelled the globe (and the M1) in pursuit of, in his words, being able to ‘interview places’ – in other words treating a place as if it was a person… Mad in Japan Tokyo On the face of it, the Japanese are very like us. We are both island nations, about the same size, both mongrel populations with constitutional monarchies; it rains a lot, they drink tea, we drink tea. W ...

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AA Gill is here

Adrian Anthony Gill (AA Gill) is a British newspaper columnist and writer. He reviews restaurants in The Sunday Times Style magazine and is a TV critic in the Culture section in the same paper. He also writes travel pieces, and is known for being acidic, witty and satirical What attracted you to journalism and what still excites you about it? I couldn’t do anything else! My father (the BBC television ...

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9 heavenly hotels

Here’s a round-up of the most stylish, desirable, comfortable-beyond-your-wildest-dreams hotels in which to rest your weary head… But be warned: your wallet will be returning home considerably lighter! They’re the gold standard of travel – often described as the world’s top resorts and hotels. Their unparalleled mix of prestige and opulence attracts world leaders and A-list cel ...

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Bittersweet

Here is the introduction to AA Gill’s new book Table Talk: Sweet and Sour, Salt and Bitter plus an excerpt from the book about the joys of going to Starbucks… For most people, the enjoyment is enough; pleasure doesn’t need explaining. If you ask why they liked the play, the soup, the view, they’ll probably use all-encompassing, evocative words of emotion or volume – it was ...

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Best restaurants around the World

Where are the best restaurants in the UK and the world – and what makes them better than the rest? We find out for you… What makes a restaurant great? Some of us can forgive ordinary food if the atmosphere is exceptional enough, while others of us will happily put up with surly service if every mouthful is palate-perfect. And what about shifting trends – with crazes like regionalism, new ex ...

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High Satiety

In a world of food that's ruled by the chilli and the tomato, AA Gill sees changes in the way we eat as being governed by our search for security. Coincidentally, attending a white-tie event the previous night had given AA Gill cause to reflect on the changing nature of the dining experience. The menu had been designed to recreate the sort of grand dinner served in France a century ago. 'It was very well do ...

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AA Gill’s Foreword

You know what they say about taste... Good taste is a good thing, isn't it? You wouldn't think so from some of the invective that has been levelled against it over the years. For creative folk, especially, it can seem to threaten the very fabric of existence. Take George Bernard Shaw on taste: 'A quality possessed by persons without originality or moral courage'. Dali grumbled that it was 'the first handica ...

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The Sole of Discretion

Few articles of clothing can cause injury and incapacitation should you have the misfortune to buy the wrong size. Shoes, however, can make or break the wearer. You'd think, wouldn't you, that even in this day and age, being a dictator for just over 20 years would entitle you to a reasonably prominent place in the history books. Yet look at what happened to President Ferdinand Marcos who, after two decades ...

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Luxury Travel

For a truly reviving holiday, you can't beat a spa break. Here are five for you to consider, along with five excellent hotels for those who prefer a different type of rest and relaxation. TOP 5 SPAS Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire Recently voted Best Hotel/Spa in the Gala Spa awards and by Cond' Nast, the resort which only opened last July is a joy to visit. Treatments are from La Prairie's Art of Beau ...

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Fresh muscles

Going to the gym is old hat and probably vulgar; walking is just too dull. So what should the stylish man or woman do to exercise and keep fit' We look at a range of activities that you might like to try. Rowing We all know that rowing in a gym is a tedious business, not least because you never actually travel anywhere for your efforts. A much better alternative is the real thing, bringing plenty of fresh a ...

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Fairways to Heaven

The championship courses of Scotland are among the finest in the world, and playing the Best in Golf is an experience every fan of the game deserves to savour. It's a fine but breezy summer's day. The air is pure and fresh, the turf of the fairway beneath your spiked shoes is lush ' almost spongy ' and everywhere you glance, there's yellow gorse and purple heather. This is Scotland, the home of golf. It has ...

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The Full Monte

Ready to be seduced by the bright lights of Vegas' Of course not. The betting man in the know heads for decidedly more elegant surroundings. There's something indescribably foolish about gambling ' but something irresistible and even quite attractive about it, too. The odds of anyone actually winning the '125 million Euromillions lottery earlier this year were impossibly long ' similar to playing roulette o ...

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When the Mind Wanders

'They say travel broadens the mind; but you must have the mind,' wrote GK Chesterton in 1921. The following year saw him pressing his point in What I Saw In America: 'I have never managed to lose my old conviction that travel narrows the mind,' he noted. Chesterton was tilting at what he saw as the blinkered attitude of the majority of tourists. Since that time, film and television have opened new windows o ...

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Claws and Effect

Would you believe modern, mass-produced motors are better constructed than the luxury brands of 10 years ago' In that case, we should stay ahead of the game and savour some of today's models, such as the Jaguar XK A leading car designer once told me the secret to predicting automotive icons. One can tell in advance how well or poorly a model is going to fare by asking yourself whether you could imagine rank ...

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City Living.

There's a distinct buzz around certain cities, as they celebrate life at its fullest and offer plenty of prospects for all kinds of people. But four stand out above the rest - and here's why they are genuine 21st century boom towns. Many of Britain's cities have been transformed in recent years, with a succession of multi-million pound developments regenerating every spare scrap of city centre land, be it d ...

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