In the first of a series of articles examining the lyrics behind well-known songs, Carlton Boyce takes a look at Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits. Taken from their 1980 album Making Movies, the beauty of Romeo and Juliet for me is the way Mark Knopfler (who wrote the songContinue Reading

James Lawrence takes a look at the changing face of the English cocktail scene – and comes away impressed. The United Kingdom has long been associated with a prominent, and indeed infamous, drinking culture. Other countries, especially those where binge drinking is a rarity rather than the norm, are aghastContinue Reading

The recent London Concours, held in the splendidly unexpected city centre greenery of the Honorable Artillery Company, featured a new class called “The Outlaws” where customised classic cars could compete for glory in the same arena as the highly polished, original and rare machinery you more typically expect of aContinue Reading

In his second column, Matt Pym, CALIBRE’s resident wine expert, takes a look at what constitutes good taste and nominates his Magnificent Seven Champagnes. Some things happen when one works in the drinks trade.  At restaurants, wine lists automatically get handed to me (not a problem), dinner party guests rarelyContinue Reading

The front of the Jack Russell Inn, Faccombe

You would be forgiven for doubting your sat-nav on the approach to the Jack Russell Inn in Faccombe. Driving through the trees, the green canopy pierced here and there by shafts of sunlight, it feels as though you’re driving into the depths of a forest, and should be leaving breadcrumbsContinue Reading

With a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit an increasing possibility, Paresh Raja, CEO of Market Financial Solutions, explains how the property market could be affected. Despite the United Kingdom (UK) voting for Brexit in 2016, the UK property market has been remarkably resilient. The market’s total value has risen year on year, withContinue Reading

Carlton’s recent travels in North America, a sojourn that included cycling and wild camping in some of the most remote parts of Canada, left him feeling surprisingly sanguine about the dangers posed by bears. My pre-travel preparation consisted mostly of making sure that my passport was in date, that myContinue Reading

Bourbon is often seen as the poor man’s alternative to Scottish whiskey, but Phil Huff explains why this shouldn’t be the case. There’s been whisky coming out of Scotland since the late 15th century. The name is even a anglicised version of the Gaelic word uisce, which roughly translates toContinue Reading

I’m quite sure there is an unwritten law that states: when spending any amount of time in Canada you must, at some point, stay – if even for just one night – in a log cabin by a lake, preferably with a log burning stove and a plentiful supply ofContinue Reading