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Archive for May, 2009

Looking for the perfect music to take on your trips? Here, our very own TuneSmith, DJ Rob Wood, compiler of the Mr & Mrs Smith: Something for the Weekend CDs, makes his essential monthly recommendations… ————————————————————————————– ALBUM OF THE MONTH The Phenomenal Handclap Band by The Phenomenal Handclap Band When? You’re on the road to […]

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Anyone who’s ever flown and has been subjected to the strange alternate reality of airline cuisine – perfect disc-shaped potatoes, geometrically cut meat, etc – will no doubt recall the letter that irate ad exec Oli Beale sent to Virgin head honcho Sir Richard Branson back in January. Oli’s account of his ‘culinary journey of […]

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Cannes do in Kensal Rise

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

London On Film Festival 2009 launches this June at the Lexi Cinema in NW10, as part of the Mayor’s Story of London Festival. From Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 June Chamberlayne Road will give La Croisette a run for its money with film, debate, art, music and live performances for audiences of all ages, including […]

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Mr & Mrs Smith love sniffing out the world’s best places to stay and play, and part of our good-time-hunting agenda is to find the parks, picnic spots and on-the-pulse shops that only your best friend would tell you about. So, in the spirit of sharing, we tracked down expert perfumer Linda Pilkington to find […]

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Ever wondered what the brains behind Mr & Mrs Smith looks like? Well, here’s your chance to see managing director James Lohan – one half of the entrepreneurial couple that kick-started the whole Smith phenomenon – talking about how he’s helped build the brand from a well-received coffee-table book back in 2003 into the all-singing, […]

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Luxury travel en famille

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

If even the thought of herding up your brood for a holiday is enough to give you a headache, we’ve done some homework for you that might help. Plan, plan, plan… When booking the hotel, find out what they can provide so you don’t lug anything unnecessarily. Some hotels provide sterilisers and monitors, and even […]

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Inside Melbourne

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Like a particularly bountiful windfall from the indigenous black sapote tree, the fruits of our recent trip to Australia to launch Mr & Mrs Smith down under have been falling thick and fast onto the blog. We’ve already tapped Hilary Doling of Luxury Travel & Style Magazine and Gourmet Traveller editor-at-large Leo Schofield for their […]

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Following on from last Friday’s interview with Hilary Doling, editor-in-chief of Luxury Travel & Style Magazine, here’s the second of our insiders’ guides to what’s hot in Australia (and we’re not just talking about thermometer-bothering regions such as Kimberley and Top End). Just to recap, I was in Sydney (left) and Melbourne last week to […]

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OK, if all of our UK and Australian readers could cover their eyes and ears now – this one’s for our friends in the US only. All covered? Good, then we’ll continue… Mr & Mrs Smith has teamed up with stateside epicurean expert Dean & DeLuca to launch the Global Gourmet, a new ongoing promotion […]

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Inside Sydney #1

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Since we’ve been in Australia, launching Mr & Mrs Smith’s new venture down under, we’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with some of Sydney and Melbourne’s most influential movers and shakers. Never one to miss an opportunity, I’ve shamelessly used our chats to plug them for information about their home cities, and over the […]

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