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Will.i.am is the guest speaker at the Royal College of Art’s Innovation Night

At last year’s event, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey became the first fashion designer to give the Annual Innovation Lecture. When asked who he would recommend as the guest speaker for 2012, he surprised everyone by putting forward Will.i.am, frontman for the Black Eyed Peas and currently on the BBC’s the Voice saying, “He’s a remarkable guy.

Borscht & Bread

Even when he’s back home from his travels (he’s just rowed across the Atlantic), it seems adventurer Alastair Humphreys can’t keep still. When we met today at the Samovar Cafe in Queensway Market, it was as part of Alastair’s ongoing AtoZ London’s World of Food project, in which he and his friend Tom Kevill-Davies trot across the

Moscow rules

In Moscow for a couple of days. It has been snowing, unseasonably, grid-locking the traffic and turning the pavements into ice rinks. This is not a city designed for pedestrians. Nonetheless I have managed to cram in some great meetings. Breakfast this morning with Charles Clover, the Financial Times’ Bureau Chief over here. Along with

David Hockney’s landscapes

Yesterday some of the Chartwell team visited ‘The Bigger Picture’ – David Hockney’s exhibition of landscapes at the Royal Academy. The accent is on the rush of spring, marked by bright greens and the creamy and transient hawthorn blossom which Hockney rushes to capture in a whirr of activity he calls Action Week. It is

The Niggle

Something was bothering me last week – one of those annoying niggles that lurks at the back of your mind without you being able to put your finger on exactly what it is. It was there at the intimate evening roundtable event with Lord Lamont, during which we discussed the intricate pros & cons of

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