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Guns N’ Roses & Blink-182 – Amplify’d

“Stand up will you?? Rock 'n' roll isn’t meant to be comfortable!” screams Thin Lizzy’s frontman. Really? Not so, ensconced in the Showdeck at the LG Arena where we await headliner Guns N’ Roses. Sorry Lizzy but this is comfy!  Sat Bal (25 Jun 12)

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MTV Presents Titanic Sounds – Belfast

Red Carpet is back from a weekend in Belfast with MTV UK where we joined the “MTV Presents Titanic Soundsfree, live pop festival. The event helped mark the opening of the newly revealed Titanic Belfast attraction and thousands of revellers turned out to make the show a success.  Sat Bal (14 Apr 12)

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Red Carpet mag at the MTV Europe Music Awards

 

The city of Belfast was effectively rebranded this week by MTV for its 2011 EMA event. Red Carpet  went behind the scenes and before the stage to watch Lady Gaga confirm her status as the first lady of pop at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.  Sat Bal (9 Nov 11)

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Thirty Six at Dukes Hotel Red Carpet review

Thirty Six at Dukes

 

In the run-up to Christmas a central London business day rarely goes to plan; a quick drink with old friends, another meeting that’s run over, a quick drink with old friends, the photocall is off schedule, a quick drink with…  But it’s heartening that our next port of call views Red Carpet’s tardiness with equanimity.  Sat Bal runs late. ( 7 Dec 11)

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The Door restaurant

Square meal or Square Mile?

 

The plan seemed pretty simple. Late afternoon drinks at Soho House, then off to dinner at new restaurant The Door before bedding down at the Square Mile party. Usefully, The Door on the City’s Cornhill is near the party venue. So how, wonders Sat Bal, did it all go so wrong? (2 Sept '11)

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Royal (Westmoreland) treatment - Barbados

“I don’t think my neighbour is in,” says John Morphet peering over his balcony. 

The absent “neighbour” is Gary Lineker and Morphet is master of all we survey. Under surveillance is his Royal Westmoreland estate in Barbados, a 500-acre belt of luxury villas situated on the Royal Westmoreland Golf and Country Club, itself a fixture on the world’s top ten of golfing residential resorts. Sat Bal reports 

From Morphet’s colonial-style mansion villa we’re afforded an uninterrupted vista of lush greenery, ocean swirl and deep blue west coast Barbados sky. Here, on the aptly named Flamboyant Drive, Morphet’s native Lancashire might be out of sight but it’s not out of mind.

The multi-million pound sale of his Lancashire-based South Lakeland Caravans business bolstered the fortunes of his Pure Leisure Group (PLG) which also owns Billing Aquadrome in Northampton. “Plcs had moved into our industry, they didn’t understand it and took on too much debt, expanded too quickly and failed,” he explains. “I sold before the rot set in."

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Slumming it in style...

Say farewell to unwashed weekends and frizzy hair and hello to solar-powered private showers and every GHD lover’s festival dream; electrical power sockets! The British summer festival presents its softer side. Abigail Parkin (12 Jun 11)

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May Fair Hotel

As obstructions go, the two Rolls-Royce Phantoms that barricade the entrance to London’s May Fair hotel aren’t such a chore to navigate. These outsized clues simply set the scene for a £75m refurbishment. Sat Bal reviews the benefits (24 Apr'11)

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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)
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