Black Chronicles II

Eleanor Xiniwe, The African Choir, 1891-93. London Stereoscopic Company. Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Eleanor XiniweThe African Choir, 1891-93. London Stereoscopic Company. Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Black Chronicles II is a new exhibition revealing black presences in 19th and early 20th-century Britain, as seen in over 200 recently discovered photographs, most of which have never been exhibited or published before. These images present new knowledge and offer different ways of seeing the black subject in Victorian Britain, and contribute to an ongoing process of redressing persistent ‘absence’ within the historical record. 

Black Chronicles II runs at Rivington Place, London from 12 September until 29 November 2014 and admission is free.

Souvlaki For The Soul

A heart felt guide on the coastal town of Taormina in Sicily by a self described Chief recipe tester/cook/food stylist/traveller and photographer. Much more to see here.

Café Royal Regent Street, London

A London Legend Reborn

'True to its original glamorous spirit, Café Royal is reopening as a luxury hotel on 5 December 2012 in the heart of London, with elegant Mayfair to the west and creative Soho to the east. Paying homage to the history of the building, grand historic areas are being sensitively restored, while serene new rooms and suites are being created in a refined style.

Café Royal, which has been a national treasure for almost two centuries, is continuing its celebrated legacy and features a diversity of places to enjoy food and drink, from the casual elegance of The Brasserie to the sophistication of the exquisitely restored Domino and Grill Rooms.

To complete the full experience, other new facilities include the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, (opening February 2013) the Café Royal Club and the Café 1865.'


A private affair - The MiuMiu London

Cafe Royal London, the soon to be opened hotel on Regent Street opened its doors to MiuMiu, being a taster of MiuMui's  ephemeral London member's club. This extravagant, artistic and creative experience came in the form of an elaborate membership pack, enclosed with a 'code of behaviour' card. House rules included: 'start a conversation with a stranger', 'stay longer than you planned, then come back tomorrow' and 'bring your favourite boyfriends and girlfriends.'

Watch this space for the next location...


Fours Seasons goes Safari...

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Four Seasons Sets Up Camp in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. This particular Lodge is First of Three Launching Brand’s in their Sub-Saharan Expansion. The existing property is to be renamed Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania. Look out for additional new properties planned in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on the island of Zanzibar.

“We have long wanted to expand into Sub-Saharan Africa and offer new outdoor adventure experiences to our guests,” says Kathleen Taylor, president and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Now, we’re thrilled to have an outstanding location and partners who share our vision to create a world class lodge like no other in the heart of Africa’s finest safari region.”

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The Art of Travel through Hotel Labels: Louis Vuitton.....

"Over the course of his life, Louis Vuitton’s grandson, Gaston-Louis, assembled a unique collection of 3,000 hotel labels that are today preserved in the House’s archive. Affixed to trunks and luggage, these colorful, uniquely designed labels provided insight into their owners’ travels. To the informed ye, the labels’ precise placement revealed an unspoken language that enabled hotel personnel to share guest tipping habits with one another. To the rest of the world, these mementos from far-off places suggested travelers of means and, possibly, adventure."

This is essentially a travelogue of the journeys and stopovers made by the owner of a certain trunk and when hotel stickers were conceived as a clever marketing tool - practically any hotel, large or small, could advertise itself through the luggage of its guests.

Absolute Innovation: Swatch Art Peace Hotel

The Swatch Art Peace Hotel is an institution dedicated to artists and their art.


THE PROJECT ...... The conceptual approach and objectives of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel project were presented in April 2007 by joint venture partners The Swatch Group Ltd and Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Company Limited. Restoration work began in 2008 and was completed in 2011.

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Cassie and Puff Daddy in Studio Mixing "Must be Love"

Exclusive behind the scenes footage of Cassie and Puff Daddy in studio mixing "Must Be Love", posted by Puffy on less than 40 mins ago....Is it going to be a hit - tell us![youtube=]

Botswana Diamonds Lose their Shine


"As if life was not hard enough for the people of Jwaneng in southern Botswana, now they are going to have to do without their cobbler. As recent word spread that the world’s richest diamond mine would be mothballed after a collapse in global demand, the lone artisan who tends the shoes of the 15,000 in the mining settlement was resigned to hanging up his pliers."

click into the following link for the full story By Tom Burgis



Botswana is one country that has so much to offer in minerals, tourism and culture, but the saddest aspect though is that not all have been able to benefit from such.

It seems though that things may change,  National Geographic have teamed up with the local youth to expose them to what belongs to them and what defines them. Perhaps this may be a chance to see the depth of the country and its people.

This is art redefined.

"WASHINGTON (March 2, 2009)—Fifteen youth from northern Botswana will have the unique opportunity to document and learn about wildlife in the Okavango Delta during National Geographic Photo Camp Botswana this month. From Saturday, March 7, to Thursday, March 12, the young photographers will photograph, edit and design a portrait of the animals living in the Selinda Reserve, a 320,000-acre private wildlife sanctuary. The Photo Camp is presented in partnership with the Selinda Reserve and Children in the Wilderness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and recreation to children affected by life-threatening conditions."

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Hello Kitty Love Mac

Discover what happens when innocence meets MAC

Undoubtedly there can not be a single female out there who has never at one time in their lives fallen in love with Hello Kitty! And today we are all MAC lovers.

Thank you to Mac and Hello Kitty we are all now able to have some fun in both worlds at the same time. Most importantly there is something for everyone - the wild, mild and those that love to accessorise!!

Hurst House

clip_image002  On this past News Year's eve Élan set off towards Carmathen, very excited about the prospect of entering 2009 in the comfort of a "remote hideaway ... lovingly restored, combining the charm and character of Dylan Thomas’ homeland with a touch of natural modern glamour". While the glamour and charm may have been there to start, it soon wore off when we entered our room not only to find the interior unfinished but a long list of promised items missing from the room. There was no "art Bang and Olufsen media kit, incorporating widescreen TV, wireless network and a sophisticated sound and DVD system" to keep us entertained. And we definitely were not able to "luxuriate in Kohler baths ... additional features include powerful Matki walk-in showers".  When we asked the management why we were not afforded the same luxuries as stated in their website and as the other guests, they merely replied with a touch of nonchalance, that it was in fact a limited number of rooms that have all the features described above.

While they were quick to try and make up for the issues by offering us freebies, they certainly did not make up for ruining our break and also our new years. Although we were booked in for two nights we left after one. On our departure the manager assured us that they would take the time to adjust their website description to correctly correspond with what they have to offer.

The most disappointing aspect from our trip is that two months later on and they have yet to make any changes to their site. This is false advertising and gives an individual the wrong impression and high expectations. We felt therefore that it was important to inform everyone about our misfortune with Hurst House - an experience we would not want anyone else to relive.

Awards Fashion- Oscars, Baftas and more. Our favourite picks of the season.

favoritepicks02 Now that award season has come to an end we thought we would bring you Elan's favourite choices for best dressed at the awards.

Freida Pinto at the Golden Globes Anne Hathway at the SAG Awards Thandie Newtown at the Bafta Awards Audrina Patridge at the Grammys Alexa Chung at the Brit Awards Marisa Tomei at the Oscars

Do you agree with our choices? Let us know if we have missed anyone out?