Poem: My Dream

My Dream
By: Ashton Porter / Age 11
Castlebridge Public School, Grade 5

I dream of a place
Where people are not judged by their race.
Where people think more of what they can achieve
Instead of the different things that they believe.
Where it doesn’t matter whether girl or boy,
And people are always filled with tender joy.
Where trade is fair,
And clothing one doesn’t leave another bare.
Where people are not thrown from their homes
And made to live like underground gnomes.
Where there are no fights
And there’s always happy light.
I dream of a world
Where bombs are never hurled.
I find it’s really lame
When humans are not treated the same.
That is the world I dream of.

From: A Book of Poems, Expressions From Our Youth (UNHCR)


Rolls-Royce's 103EX driverless Concept Car

At an event at London's Roundhouse on June 16, British automaker Rolls-Royce presented its first ever driverless car of the future: the "Vision Next 100". Codenamed the 103EX, the autonomous concept vehicle is aimed at "the most discerning and powerful patrons in the world".

"The grand arrival of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 boldly points to a bright future for our marque where our patrons' individual demands for complete and authentic personalization will be met through an exquisite fusion of technology, design and hallmark Rolls-Royce craftsmanship," said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös at the concept's launch.

The Vision Next 100 is the lastest addition to owners BMW's Vision Next 100 program and part of the parent company's centenary celebrations.

The futuristic styled supercar is 19.4 feet long, based around a lightweight carbon fibre structure, powered by a zero emissions drivetrain and controlled by Eleanor, the owner's virtual assistant and chauffeur. The car features a spacious interior, no steering wheel and a silk couch. A luggage compartment is positioned just aft of the front wheels.

Take a 360-degree look at the 103EX concept car in the video below:


Osaïto by M. Micallef

LUXURY4MEN likes men who are on the path in search of their deepest selves. Those who dare to dive into that mystical adventure in which one can discover the secrets of life, find more strength and peace, integrating and accepting pain, and most importantly, lives powerfully and in harmony with the soul's purpose.

Through this spiritual journey Osaïto appears. A luminous and Japanese-styled fragrance, bursting with strength and charisma, to accompany men along the path of paths. It is the latest creation of artist Martine Micallef, soul and creator of high-end perfume house M. Micallef, and her husband Geoffrey Nejman, nose of the company. Each exquisite bottle is filled and decorated by hand in the workshop in Grasse, France.

Part of M. Micallef's 'Jewel' collection, Osaïto is the second fragrance of a trilogy. Akowa, the first fragrance of the trilogy, was launched in 2015 and inspired by Africa and the origins of human life.

lactive family
: Citrus Spicy
Head notes: Grapefruit, citrus, marine notes
Heart notes: Myrtle, secret ingredient, everlasting
Base notes: Exotic woods, amber, sandal wood, musk

EDP 100ml spray / 195 EUR


La Boverie - Liège's new Fine Arts Museum

La Boverie in Liège, Belgium | Photo: Marc Verpoorten

Last week I had the privilege to attend the grand opening of La Boverie, Liège's new museum of modern and contemporary art. The museum celebrated its opening with its inaugural exhibition "En Plein Air" and new eye-catching architecture.

Beautifully situated on an island formed by the Meuse and its Derivation canal, La Boverie museum is part of a complex comprising a historic palace, built in 1905 for the World Fair (Exposition universelle et internationale de Liège), and a modern wing. Renowned French architect Rudy Ricciotti and local architecture firm p.HD (Paul Hautecler & Pascal Dumont) were commissioned by the city of Liège to renovate the building. To give it a modern twist and to renew the landscape of Park the la Boverie, a concrete and glass extension was installed on the west façade of the building, occupying an additional 4,000 square metres.

La Boverie received a new modern wing, designed by Rudy Ricciotti, where sunlight plays an important role | Photo: Nino de Snoo

Rudy Ricciotti
Rudy Ricciotti, winner of the National Grand Prix of architecture in 2006, became famous thanks to the design of several museum projects such as the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM) in Marseille. MuCEM was constructed as part of «Marseille, European Capital of Culture» and has become one of the main assets of the Mediterranean city. Ricciotti also designed the département des Arts de l'Islam (department of islamic Art) at the Louvre.

"En Plein Air" is La Boverie's first temporary expo | Photo: Nino de Snoo

On the ground-floor level of the museum one can find the temporary collections. The museum kicked off with "En Plein Air"(meaning: in the open air), a large-scale Impressionism exhibition, organised in partnership with the Louvre in Paris. The theme of the opening exhibition was chosen to illustrate the strong link between the museum and its surrounding park.

The exhibition outlines the emergence and gradual development of painting in the open air, from the 18th century to today, a practice that exactly coincided with the rise and the staging of new delights typical of the modern world: walking, leisure and vacation. The exhibition presents around a hundred works by famous artists such as Corot, Boudin, Monet, Chagall, Evenepoel, Pissaro, Cezanne, Picasso, Bonnard and Renoir. The works come from the collections of La Boverie, the Louvre, but also from Belgian and foreign prestigious art institutions.

Marc Chagall, Bella et Ida à Peyra-Cava, 1931 | Huile sur toile, Collection Particulière | Photo: Nino de Snoo

Claude Monet , Le Pont-Neuf, 1871 | Huile sur toile, Dallas Museum of Art | Photo: Nino de Snoo

The permanent collections can be found on the lower level. It hosts the very best from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts of Liège (BAL), featuring works by Lambert Lombard, Gerard deLairesse, Ingres, Gauguin, Picasso, Evenepoel, Delvaux, Magritte and others. The museum also added a special gallery on the lower level: the 'black gallery'. A setting for works on paper, which are particularly sensitive to light, humidity and dust.

"En Plein Air" runs until 15 August 2016. In 2017, the "Journey to Italy" will be the theme of the second exhibition. Tickets range from 8 to 12 €.

La Boverie is easy to reach by the Guillemins Boverie Footbridge (also known as 'La Belle Liégeoise') and lies only 700m from the Liège-Guillemins Station


Wajer Yachts Announces Its New Flagship Yacht

If you plan to visit the Cannes Yacht Show this summer, you should not miss this state-of-the-art pleasure boat.

Pictured is the Wajer 55, the brand new top-of-the-range model from Dutch family-owned company Wajer Yachts. The motor yacht, which is designed by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, is made of innovative lightweight materials and features an automatic foldable roof and swimming platform which can also be used as a swimming ladder or gangway.

'The main emphasis for the design by Sinot is to offer a perfect balance of dynamic sailing and outstanding comfort,' Wajer stated in a press release.

Technical specifications, pricing and availability have not yet been announced.


Picasso Portraits at The National Portrait Gallery

This autumn, London's National Portrait Gallery will stage a major exhibition of portraits by Pablo Picasso (1881 -1973).

The exhibition, named 'Picasso Portraits', will feature over 75 portraits by the Spanish expatriate, ranging from well-known masterpieces to works that have never been shown in Britain before.

The latter include the cubist portrait from 1910 of the German art dealer and early champion of Picasso's work, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, loaned by the Art Institute of Chicago; and from a private collection the exquisite portrait executed in 1938 of Nusch Eluard, acrobat, artist and wife of the Surrealist poet Paul Eluard.

All phases of the artist's career will be represented, from the realist portraits of his boyhood to the more gestural canvases of his old age. It is the first large-scale exhibition devoted to his portraiture since 'Picasso and Portraiture' at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Grand Palais, Paris in 1996.

The exhibition will showcase a group of revealing self-portraits as well as portraits and caricatures of Picasso's lovers, friends, wives and children. Complementing these images of Picasso's intimates are portraits and caricatures inspired by artists of the past – Velázquez and Rembrandt among them – with whom he identified most closely.

"The exhibition gathers together major loans from public and private collections that demonstrate the breadth of Picasso's oeuvre and the extraordinary range of styles he employed across all media and from all periods of his career," said Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery.

'Picasso Portraits', sponsored by Goldman Sachs, and in association with the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, will run from 6 October 2016 - 5 February 2017.

Tickets with donation: Full price £19 / Concessions £17.50
Tickets without donation Full price £17 / Concessions £15.50 (Free for Members and Patrons)
Photo 1: Woman in a Hat, 9 June 1941 by Pablo Picasso, 1941; Musée Picasso, Paris. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée Picasso de Paris) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2016 

Photo 2:  Woman in a Hat (Olga) by Pablo Picasso, 1935; Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne / Centre de création industrielle. Legs de M. Georges Salles en 1967 (n° inv. :AM 4393 P) © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2016 


Poem: The Soul Unto Itself (1863)

The Soul Unto Itself
By: Emily Dickinson (1830- 1886 / USA)

The soul unto itself
Is an imperial friend - 
Or the most agonizing Spy -
An Enemy - could send -

  Secure against its own -          
No treason it can fear -
Itself - its Sovereign - of itself
The Soul should stand in Awe -


Restaurant Le Clarence, Paris

Le Salon Pontac du Restaurant Le Clarence

Monsieur Antoine Pétrus, le Chef Christophe Pelé et le Prince Robert de Luxembourg (Président de Domaine Clarence Dillon) / Restaurant Le Clarence

Housed in a majestic 19th century hôtel particulier (private mansion) and located in the heart of Paris's Golden Triangle you will find Le Clarence.

The French gourmet restaurant was officially opened at the end of last year by Domaine Clarence Dillon, a family company which owns the Château Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion and Quintus Bordeaux wine estates, as part of its 80th anniversary celebrations.

'Cultivate tradition, while continuing to innovate': The philosophy of Domaine Clarence Dillon also applies to Le Clarence restaurant, where the cuisine is a blend of contemporary sensibility and the inspiration of the great classics.

The kitchen is run by the talented Michelin-starred chef Christophe Pelé, who previously worked at La Bigarrade, Pierre Gagnaire and the Royal Monceau. Antoine Petrus, winner of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) Award in 2011, who has worked at El Bulli and Hôtel de Crillon, is the manager of the restaurant and in charge of the wine list.

The bar and Grand Salon are situated on the second floor. Reserved exclusively for clients of the restaurant, it is the ideal spot for a cheerful apéritif or a nightcap with a view out over the city, as a fire crackles in the hearth.

Domaine Clarence Dillon also opened an elegant fine wine boutique, named La Cave du Château. The treasure trove includes not only precious vintages from the vineyards of Domaine Clarence Dillon, but also a hand-picked selection of the finest grand crus and spirits produced in France.

Rouget de petite pêche, cœur d’agneau, jus acide

Turbot, pied de cochon, truffe noire, jus meunière

Closed: Sunday & Monday
Reservations: +33 (0)1 82 82 10 10 

31, avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt
75008 Paris