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Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong - Review

It’s all about height in Hong Kong. And the three-tier ‘Mandarin high tea’ looming in front of us is no exception. It eclipses the two-tier ‘Classic’ tea sitting on adjoining tables. Laden with finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, the highlight is the must-spread, legendary Mandarin rose-petal jam. Sat Bal (28 Nov '13)

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Imagination Asia, Hong Kong

Imagination was launched in London in 1968 by Gary Withers. The independent communications agency has grown its non-traditional, experiential marketing business to 16 offices around the globe. We dropped in at Imagination Asia's headquarters in Hong Kong and spoke to Mark Barrett, CEO, Asia Pacific who exercises executive management over Imagination's nine offices across the Asia Pacific region. All being well, this could soon be 10 offices so watch this space…(28 Nov '13)

 

 

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When Abbie abdicated…Glastonbury 2013

Red Carpet’s privileges – VIP access, free-flowing hospitality and the like – can lead to a general separation from ‘real people/life’. Abigail Parkin abdicates all in favour of the gritty consumer experience. Where better to do so than Glastonbury festival with two close friends? Welcome to my Real World Glastonbury. (22 Jul’13)

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ISLE OF MTV – MALTA

Red Carpet is back from Malta where Rita Ora, Jessie J, Rudimental and DJ Afrojack performed at the packed Isle of MTV event. Sat Bal  (29 Jun’13) Read more

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Balthazar restaurant reviewed

When Chancellor George Osborne clumsily branded us an ‘aspiration nation’ was he talking about getting a reservation at Balthazar? Red Carpet takes a table. Sat Bal (25 Mar’13) Read more

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MTV Brand New for 2013 at The Forum

MTV and Emporio Armani Diamonds presented 10 hopeful acts last night at the launch gig for its ‘Brand New for 2013’ event. The reveal took place at The Forum, London and featured performances by DJ Fresh alongside Rascals and K Koke, MTV Brand New for 2013 nominees. Anna Bass was there. (29 Nov ’12) Read more

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MTV Europe Music Awards, Frankfurt

Red Carpet is back from the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in Frankfurt where Taylor Swift won three awards at the event which was hosted by Versace-clad Heidi Klum. Here’s a snapshot of the EMA with more to follow soon. Sat Bal 13 Nov ‘12) Read more

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Hong Kong, the luxury gap

 

Is Hong Kong still HYV-positive (Hermès Yohji Versace) wonders Sat Bal as Red Carpet  roamed Asia Pacific’s luxury landscape. We were aided on our quest by Mandarin Oriental hotel, The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, global production company Imagination and Sir David Tang’s China Club among others. Click the images at the end of this (5-part) piece to catch their take on how nouveau-riche and ancient superstition drive this extraordinary city.  (28 Nov '12)

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MTV Crashes Manchester with Alicia Keys

Red Carpet took communion with Alicia Keys last night in the gothic splendour of Manchester Cathedral. Sat Bal was at the Grammy winning star’s performance along with a host of Manchester’s footballers and musicians. (25 Sep ‘12)

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On board Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class

 

Philosopher Alain de Botton famously inhabited Heathrow as Writer-in-Residence for his book ‘A Week at the Airport’. But Writer-in-Transit Sat Bal was content with just a leisurely few hours at Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow Clubhouse

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