I was walking in the village in New York last week when the traffic stopped and a mini-parade of girls in pink satin dresses with a cupcake in each hand started singing ‘God Bless Magnolia’ to the theme of God bless America. They paused in front of The Magnolia Bakery and with all The Sex in the City frenzy building up created quite a sensation. The New York Times reported record advance sales of people going in ‘groups’ which made me laugh since the Camron ‘Sex in the City’ outing complete with Cosmopolitans takes place next month.
Last week Neil and I hosted a press trip to the unveiling of Nurai, a spectacular private community of beach-front estates, water villas and a boutique hotel on a natural island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. To celebrate the launch Zaya, a dynamic new real estate company, put on an extraordinary event including entertainment by Lionel Richie and a spectacular fireworks display. Orchestrated by Tony Chambers during a particularly spirited performance of Dancing on the Ceiling, we pounced for this photo of a lifetime!
This weekend I attended Belgrade Design Week for the first time. The focus is a very inspiring conference and the keynote speaker this year was Daniel Libeskind who in particular shared with us the thought processes behind his solution for The World Trade Centre site. To a packed audience, we gradually began to follow his journey which took as his prime inspiration the Statue of Liberty. As a Polish child, it was this icon that greeted his family when they first came to New York and this proved to be the catalyst for the concept. It was a memorable few days and will remain as a highlight in my year.
I came across the John Lennon wall in Prague when I was staying in Mala Strana taking my father to see his family. I was so taken by the baroque buildings on my way to Kampa Park that the site of this wall was a strong contrast to the nearby French embassy. During the 80’s after his death and before 1989, students would put graffiti up each night and it became a symbol of free speech. Since pop music as actually banned, he was even more of a hero at that time. Even now, it has a very powerful effect.