CULTURE

Empowering femininity

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Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the V&A should be celebrated in todays cynical condemnation of femininity. In an increasingly dominated time where the mere notion of femininity is shunned upon by both men and women, not just in certain cultures and religions but also in the intellectually awaken western society, Lucy Self, Editor at Large, explores the b[...]

8 Layers of Prosper Assouline

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START ASSOULINE? Although we focus on publishing books, my wife and I wanted to create a luxury brand that was synonymous with style and culture. We are flexible when it comes to the subject matter of our books; we have published over 1400. But, the one thing all these books share in common is their style and beauty, and we feel this is[...]

Q&A with Kola Karim

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HOW DO YOU FEEL BUSINESS IS DEVELOPING/CHANGING IN AFRICA? DO YOU FEEL PEOPLE ARE INVESTING MORE IN AFRICA NOW? We are experiencing phenomenal growth in Africa and have been for the best part of the last decade. We have benefitted greatly from the commodities boom and a renewed interest in our economies. Our middle classes have grown tremendously as we cont[...]

Q&A with Ben Cohen

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Ben Cohen by photographer Jonathan Glynn smith YOUR UNCLE PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR ENGLAND IN THE SIDE THAT WON THE 1966 WORLD CUP, WAS SPORT DESTINED TO BE A PART OF YOUR FUTURE? Not really. My whole family are very sporty and I think I was quite naïve as to who my uncle was in sport and what he had achieved. I suppose I grew up around it therefore t[...]

Agent to the Stars presents David Bedella

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    It takes more than good people skills to be a good agent. It takes brains, heart and courage – exceptional boxing, tap dancing and chess skills coupled with a knack for spotting talent. As a child prodigy of the West-End theatrical stage, TV and film, Stuart Piper perfected a flair to know talent when he saw it. He was nine years old when he was sent to [...]

Sustainable Cities Of The Future

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Design scientist Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world leading authority on the science, technology and thinking that could help make this world a better place.  She is the creator and director of Bionic City, as one of the world’s most high profile female futurists, Melissa consults to both private and public sector clients globally and she specialises in[...]

Ai Weiwei – A Fearless Pioneer

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Political art dissident Ai Weiwei is one of the most talked-about artists on the planet right now. His retrospective at London’s Royal Academy (RA) which runs until 13 December, has been dubbed the ‘cultural event of the year’. It’s taken blood, sweat and tears for Ai Weiwei to become the formidable artist he is today, but it’s his bravery, uncanny talent an[...]

Christopher Lambert Bares All

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In an exclusive Q&A interview UNITY Magazine’s Editor Debra-Derieux Matos explores the kudos of a legendary cinematographic ‘in-betweener’. Through the fog of glib allusion and second-hand thinking, the wistful glimmer of Christopher Lambert’s larger-than-life persona shines right through like a lighthouse that hails safe harbour. Rather than parading h[...]

How The Mining Industry Has Changed

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Tell us a little bit about the origins of Gemfields. While I joined the Company as CEO in 2009, Gemfields was initially formed when Rajiv Gupta, whose family has a long history of working within the emerald sector, joined forces with Brian Gilbertson, the man behind the formation of the world’s largest mining company, BHP-Btoillin. Our initial mining assets[...]

The Man Of The Nile

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CULTURE With the upcoming release of his new book which documents his incredible African expedition, ‘Walk the Nile’, Livvi Alderson-Tuck catches up with Lev Wood before he jets off for his next adventure.   HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD A SENSE OF ADVENTURE FROM CHILDHOOD? I was a curious and adventurous child and my Dad had a library full of trave[...]