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Secret Garden Party art bursary

The Secret Garden Party 2011 is set to play host to a myriad of sensual delights with Blondie leading the stage charge. With the musical and artistic offerings continuing to stack up the Red Carpet team are already hard pressed to decide what will be their Secret Garden highlight this year. Abigail Parkin searches out her warpaint (18 April 11).

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Kylie and Lexus marketing tie in

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W Retreats advances to Bali

W Retreat- & Spa Bali - Seminyak opened this month marking the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in Indonesia. Bali will be the fourth W Retreat to open across the globe. Abigail Parkin tries to book leave. (14 March 11)

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My God - it's full of stars!

The Baftas dominated this weekend with a hectic orgy of branding and parties thrown to mark the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Sat Bal charts the big parties of the night. (15 Feb 11)

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Dylan Jones

As editor of GQ magazine Dylan Jones is eminently qualified to comment on consumer, venue and style trends. Sat Bal chatted to him as he prepared to host the '09 Birmingham Style Awards. Topics included  the TV series Mad Men, the desirability of uniform...and a much-missed (by Dylan) band called Devil Bitch.

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Quintessentially - the world's local concierge

"For what purpose is all the toil and bustle of this world? What is the end of avarice and ambition, of the pursuit of wealth, power and pre-eminence? To be observed, to be attended to, to be taken notice of with sympathy, complacency and approbation."  Adam Smith  (The Theory of Moral Sentiments) 1759

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Anna-Louise Felstead

The work of Anna-Louise Felstead (left) crosses subject matter almost as often as she crosses the globe. Here, the reportage artist reveals the buzz of painting at events and venues ranging from mosques to military ships.

 

What does the work of a reportage artist involve and when did you discover this creative flair?

Being a reportage artist means you have to be willing to put yourself in positions where you wouldn’t ordinarily be. When on location, people often watch me draw which means you have to be confident in your work and not allow them to put you off. This can be hard when crowds form as happened to me recently when painting a mosque in Dubai. In the end I had to close my sketchpad until the crowd dispersed. I also believe you have to be fast as a reportage artist. Nothing stays still in real life so you have to work quickly and confidently. I realised I had a talent at a very young age. My teacher at nursery school even put up one of my paintings of some sunflowers in the staff room, telling my mother she knew I would be a successful artist one day.

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This green and pleasant land

The Britain from the Air exhibition was launched recently on the ground in Bath city centre. It runs until the  end of February 2011 and will display fascinating images by Britain's foremost photographers, developed jointly by Wecommunic8 and the Royal Geographical Society. Sat Bal (8 Oct 10)

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Calling the shots at Heathrow

Dennis Stone's photography tenure at Heathrow numbers a vintage 64 years. This makes him the airport's longest serving resident photographer, allowing him to capture stars such as Frank Sinatra and the Beatles. The result is in a newly-published book entitled 'A Life At The Airport: A Heathrow Photographer.’ Sat Bal (28 Sep 10) 

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Tom's Kitchen launches at Somerset House

Tom Aikens (r) at the Terrace of the venue 

Tom's Kitchen at London's Somerset House is the sequel opening to the Chelsea restaurant of Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens. Sat Bal sampled tradition with a twist at the official opening of the new Compass Group-backed venture following its soft launch this July. (15 Sep 10)