Autumn Leaves and Bloody Marys


The offer to fly a light aircraft over Boston and into New Hampshire was difficult to refuse. The colours of autumn leaves in the American… Read More

Mile High Martinis


Long haul flights are excruciatingly boring. If you are a frequent flyer you’ve already seen all the movies. The quality of the food ranges from… Read More

The Pig, the Prime Minister and his Honourable Member


  The British Prime Minister is alleged to have stuck his privates into the mouth of a (mercifully dead) pig. David Cameron cocked up, but… Read More

Martinis and Ferraris


There was an episode of Top Gear where the team attempted to fry an egg on the engine block of a super car.  It “proves”… Read More

Dirty Pretty Things

SCANDAL, Joanna Whalley, 1989

The whiff of scandal gives Cliveden House, the grand home of the Astor’s a rakish edge. If you must have an affair at the height… Read More

Ageing Queens Rarely Look Good


My earliest memory of the Queen’s Hotel in Kandy (Sri Lanka) was visiting the in-house barber with my father. I must have been five. The… Read More

Casa Mono-Whose Casa is it?


Hilary Clinton wants to inherit her husband’s old job, because well, you know, she deserves it. Donald Trump wants to become president because he believes… Read More

Not Your Grand Daddy’s Hotel


Martini Mandate guest writer the Drinks Pimp sends this report from Cape Town: Cape Town’s Long street morphs from trendy Afro centric shops to a… Read More

Scotland: In Gratitude


If you’ve been on Facebook recently you may have noticed people posting a daily list of things that they are grateful for.  I’m not really… Read More

Of Tuk Tuks and Politics


Discussing the current situation in the Middle East with perfect strangers is not recommended.  Doing so in Sri Lanka with a tuk tuk driver, who… Read More

Cocktails in Colombo


My most enduring memory of the recently concluded civil war in Sri Lanka is of the checkpoints which dotted the roads. Armed soldiers stood behind… Read More

Glamming it up at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Photo credit Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

Roving Martini Mandate reporter the Princess Monkey writes from Cape Town where she’s been cocktailing with Marianne Fassler,  South Africa’s pre-eminent fashion designer. Grey Goose… Read More


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