Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down and i’d like to take a minute just sit right there i’ll tell you how I my weekend in Monaco had me floating in the air. Please excuse that cheesy start to the story but I wanted to start it off a little different. Any who as alluded to in the first sentence I have recently been to Monaco courtesy of the great people over at G.H.Mumm Champagne. This trip though was no ordinary trip because for those who don’t know Mumm are one of the sponsors of Formula One otherwise known as F1. Why does this matter? Well this particular weekend trip would enable me to experience my first ever live Grand Prix at one of the most iconic circuits in the world. Not too bad for a guy who sits behind a screen writing features in spare time right? Apologies in advance if the following induces mass jealousy, envy and awe but this was for journalistic purposes, I done it for you guys, honest! haha.
Believe it or not, there’s more to France than Paris, in the same way that there’s more to England than London. Chances are, like us, you’ve been missing out on a huge chunk of a beautiful country with so much to offer. On one end of the spectrum there are Mediterranean beaches and on the other the snowy French Alps. The Dordogne Valley fills the gap into between these two parallels with wondrous landscapes, quaint villages and esteemed French cuisine. Sit back and enjoy the view Through The Lens once again as we capture the beauty of Brive-la-Gaillarde.
After having Bespoke on repeat for a while, and impressed with his performance in support of George The Poet, we had to sit down and meet this London local. When we first approached Barney at Barbican Station, he was helping a lost out-of-towner find her way to St. Paul’s, a few minutes later he was helping a mother down the tube steps with a pram. It was almost as if things were being set up to make him seem like the nicest, most approachable, London rapper on the scene. As conversation immediately flowed we realised that there was no set up, he may genuinely be just that. But how did he end up supporting George? And what made him combine the sounds of grime and jazz? Find out as we sit down for a chat.
While we love technology and the new, we get just as excited about heritage brands and products with history, just have a look at our work with Levi’s or the story of how we’ve attempted to Make History. This time we’ve been given the opportunity to work with another brand that we’ve admired for a long time. If you don’t know already, Red Wing is an American brand rooted in uncompromising craftsmanship, with over 100 years of practice in the art of designing and producing footwear that’s made to last. With two pairs of boots and a woodland to explore, Adam and I put their hard work to the test.
Every so often we need a bit of adventure in our lives. While we get lost in the 9-5, it’s easy to forget to explore new things, try something for the first time or challenge yourself. As we’ve said before, too often we get caught up in the busy city lifestyle, stuck behind our screens, and make little effort to adventure in to the great outdoors. So, when Mud House Wine, a brand built up from an adventurous spirit, asked to explore the incredible Forest of Dean, we packed our walking boots and headed for the pines with our cameras, open minds, and a #TasteforAdventure.
A couple of weeks a go I had the pleasure of meeting Florence Otedola AKA DJ Cuppy. I met with her and her manager Liz for breakfast at the Serpentine Sackler on what was supposed to be a sunny Saturday morning… but then the sun disappeared and we were subjected to the London’s usual grey skies. Florence or Cuppy as she calls herself is only 21, she’s studying music business at the NYU and she’s been DJ’ing and producing for the last 2 years. Today we chat about her journey so far, Dj’ing as a craft and the challenges faced being a female DJ on the rise.
While at heart I am a backpacker, my adventure comes with a twist. The modern metropolitan cities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur aren’t quite so suited to the budgeting traveler exploring backpacker routes. Instead they can provide a buzzing city break or for many a place of business; and if you look in the right places, you can still find heaps of character, culture and history infused within the streets, the food and the people that make these cities what they are. With three incredible and very different hotels as bases, I was free to wander and wonder within the city streets.