We were recently invited by The Stafford London and Cowdray to attend a two day event at Cowdray Park and to stay for the night at Cowdray House, so that we could witness the style in which future clients of this new venue will be treated, and I can confirm that the answer is ‘very well’ indeed!
The future of Cowdray House has been secured by Lord Cowdray by utilising this imposing family home as an exclusive event venue, catering for such things as weddings, and other family celebrations, and corporate events, such as conferences and product launches etc.
The advantage of this solution is that the Cowdray family retain ownership of the property, but are able to rely on their very able management team to maintain and manage the buildings and grounds.
Overseen by Chief Executive, Jonathan Russell, this has happily resulted in a ‘Virtuous Circle’ – a recurring cycle of events, the result of each one being to increase the beneficial effect of the next!
Given the volume of news in 2017, finding a common theme to make sense of the noise has proven challenging. However, as we start 2018, there is an argument to say that 2017 was defined by the actions of the world’s Central Banks.
After years of unconventional monetary policy, the actions of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, and the EBC have begun to deliver results. The spectre of deflation has been defeated and inflation appears to be increasing across the world’s major developed economies. Economic growth has picked up in the Eurozone and Japan, while emerging markets have survived the first few US interest rate hikes without causing a collapse. But just as the achievements of these policies have been recognised, so have the costs.
As central bankers discouraged saving by reducing interest rates close to zero, investors were forced into equities and real assets. This led to a surge in global property prices and record levels of investment in global start-ups, crypto-currencies, and passive indexes. Rising property prices have led to bans on second homes across developed economies from New Zealand to Western Canada, and clamouring calls for a ban in London. In many developed economies, the average property price is now well beyond the 4x annual salary against which banks will provide loans, forcing a greater proportion of people to rent than ever before.
It is always exciting to have new beats as you never quite know how they will turn out; over the years I have had unexpected hits and head scratching duds. Rivers can sometimes be as confounding as the fish that swim in them.
At the Craven Fishery on the River Kennet it is good to be working with Josh Purton who spent many summers weed cutting with us and is now installed as the river keeper. Josh is one of a new breed of keepers coming through who are in their 20’s, with fishery management degrees from Sparsholt College. Along with our own Simon Fields this cohort, including Michael Taplin at Wherwell Priory and Rob Rees at East Lodge, seem to have a good way of blending progressive thinking with traditional practices. You will see plenty of this at Craven.
Many of you will be familiar with Kanara on the River Itchen, which is probably one of the longest established day ticket chalkstream fisheries, dating way back to the 1960’s when it was under the care of ‘Scrappy’ Hay of the Rod Box in Winchester.
The world’s largest free trade deal fundamentally re-shaped the future of Transportation – and no one noticed.
In December of 2017, the EU and Japan announced that they had agreed the terms of a vast international free trade deal. The deal, still subject to final approvals in the EU and from the Japanese diet, will create a combined economic free trade area of 600mn people worth 30% of GDP. But while the focus has been on the changes to agriculture, sustainability and regulatory alignment, a key provision has slipped almost unnoticed from the public eye. A regulatory drawbridge for hydrogen vehicles has been created.
In one of the most startling changes, barely noticed by the press, the EU have been allowed to sell hydrogen cars straight into the Japanese market, bypassing stringent legislation for Japanese specialist steel and labelling standards. In addition, the EU has agreed that “Furthermore, EU manufacturers that are not yet as far advanced in the development of this technology of the future can, thanks to the specific and much lighter conditions, import hydrogen fueled cars for testing and validation purposes and use the Japanese infrastructure of hydrogen filling stations to fine-tune their cars.”
Why does this matter? It matters because (arguably) the world’s most technologically advanced nation has bet big that the future of transportation will be Hydrogen and it is now luring all the world’s largest automakers to build out their R&D and manufacturing within Japan.
I first came across Hambleton Hall in 1982 when I was looking for somewhere different to spend the first night after my wedding and an hotel where we could arrive by helicopter. There were precious few decent country house hotels in those days, but someone suggested I look at Hambleton Hall, and so I drove up there with my best man whose opinion I trusted in such matters. We had lunch on the terrace on a beautiful summer’s day, and were smitten by the view of Rutland Water and to further my conviction that this was the perfect hotel in which to start my honeymoon, there was a perfect spot to land a helicopter.
Hanging Mobile by Manuel Marin measuring an impressive 5 metres x 2.5 metres
Manuel Marin Mobiles have been setting record prices at Auction, as demand continues to increase for the work of this iconic Spanish Sculptor,
Most hanging mobiles by Manuel Marin Mobile measure between 1 metre and 1.5 metres, but an exceptionally large one is for sale through Objects of Desire in association with The Vintage Magazine. This magnificent example of Manuel Marin’s mobiles measures an impressive 5 metres by 2.5 metres.
This represents a unique opportunity to acquire a most stunning piece of mobile sculpture by Manuel Marin.
Producer George Browne brings us news from the editing suite of CHALK The Movie:
It was with almost audible sighs of relief that filmmakers Chris Cooper and Leo Cincolo replaced the lens caps on their cameras, packed away the drone and switched off the radio mics for the last time in the filming of CHALK. After 20 days of shooting, some blissful and others gruellingly hard work, we’ve finally got everything ‘in the can’, as they say in the trade.
With winter creeping up on us it’s nearly snow-time and (in our humble opinion) there’s nothing better to get you in the mood for the winter than coming along to one of our Heli Skiing presentations which start next week. We’ll be discussing all things Heli Skiing in Canada with experienced Canadian ski guides Craig McGee and Lindsay Andersen.
Gabriella Somerville – Founder and Managing Director of Connectjets
The Vintage Magazine recently attended an event at Biggin Hill, in Kent to celebrate the latest model of the world’s most eco-friendly private jet, the Avanti EVO made by the Italian manufacturer, Piaggio Aerospace, hosted by ConnectJets, who are the official agents for the Piaggio Avanti EVO in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
After a presentation, we boarded the plane for a 45 minute demonstration, returning to Biggin Hill all too soon. During the buffet lunch consisting of delicious Italian delicacies accompanied with Prosecco we spoke with Gabriella Somerville who is the founder and Managing Director of ConnectJets and passionate about all things to do with aviation. We were also very fortunate to meet a professional Pilot called David Scofield, who liked the plane so much that he went along to get the type rating and then had it added to his Commercial Pilot’s License last year.
I therefore asked David if he would kindly put his thoughts on paper for The Vintage Magazine, as his knowledge of the jet’s capabilities would be far more comprehensive than ours.
Private jets are the ultimate ‘status symbol’ amongst the Billionaires’ club, but when you are buying a multi-million dollar jet why not spend a few hundred million dollars on decorating the interior of the plane as well?
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s Airbus A340-300 cost $238 million, but after the luxury remodelling of the inside, it’s estimated that the jet cost him around $600 million.
This super jet can carry 375 passengers and fly for 9000 miles at a time. The billionaire named his jet Bourkhan after his father, a suitable partner for Usmanov’s multimillion dollar yacht which he named after his mother, Dilbar.
However, for the merely ‘exceedingly rich’, rather than the obscenely rich, the Avanti EVO offers a more modest solution at around £7 million to the problems which they face by making the world’s most ecological private jet, without sacrificing any power.
So, here is David Scofield’s review of this revolutionary aircraft, from A Pilot’s Point of View, which is very detailed but we are sure that the would be aviators amongst you will enjoy reading this thoroughly informative piece.
Robert Jarman – Founder and Editor of The Vintage Magazine
We drove to Cornwall recently in the improved Audi A3 Cabriolet with the popular 2.0 TDI 150 PS engine beneath the bonnet and the S line chassis. In sporty red it certainly looked the business and its size was perfect for driving down the narrow lanes of Cornwall combining style and function with a big dollop of fun thrown in.