Dirty Pretty Things

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Big Stinking Music Festivals

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It’s officially the summer which means festival season is upon us.  This is an occasion when otherwise normal people trudge off to a weekend length… Read More

Vegetarians: What’s the Point? A Review of a Steak Restaurant.

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When I grew up in Sri Lanka it was a largely rural, mostly vegetarian country.  The peasants were vegetarian out of necessity – meat was… Read More

Martini Mandate’s Top 5 Steak Restaurants in London

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This is not a list of regular steak houses, but an eclectic collection of steak brought to you via diverse cuisines and places of origin…. Read More

If You are Brown, You Must Work in IT

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The banqueting manager of the five star hotel came rushing out to greet the marketing director of our company.  The hotel was on a short… Read More

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