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Dubai Motorcity Autodrome experience

"How IKEA would create a racetrack"  Dubai has an abundance of sun, sand, money and ambition.  The one thing it doesn’t have in any great quantity is patience. In England, Silverstone started out as a village which then gained an air force base during WWII which included a perimeter road that was subsequently used by fly boys for racing around.  This ultimately lead to the racing circuit we know and love today. In contrast, the emirate of Dubai decided to build a ready made town, race track and infrastructure in one go.  Hence MotorCity Dubai has villas, apartments, restaurants, shops and an FIA grade 1 race track right outside the local supermarket.  So as you pack your weekly shop into...

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Weighing in on luxury

I had a thought last week. Whilst looking at something very expensive I tried to work out whether anyone else looking at it would ascertain it’s value and therefore know how much the owner had spent on it. And more importantly “did it matter”?After all why do so many people aspire to own expensive things? Is it because they deliver a feature or function not available in cheaper items? Is it because the more expensive item is likely to last longer and therefore the cheaper version is poorer value for money. Or is it just because other people will view it and know how affluent the owner is?I suspect the last point is the main reason people want to buy...

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Bremont, old cars and Hodinkee - oh and a 90th birthday

So this weekend was Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.  Well it wasn't her real one, that was earlier in the year but this was her official one and so London was full to bursting point with patriotic locals and flag waving tourists. Of course as two of our intrepid GRRUKers boarded the train to London last weekend we had forgotten all about this event and so wondered why the trains were crammed with people in red, white and blue.  In England this dress code would usually mean a football match was taking place but the scarves and t-shirts didn't boast any tribal alliance and so we just rolled with it. So what would drag us into a busier than usual...

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They're great! But that's just our o'Pinion'

So rough puns aside, Tuesday saw Piers Berry of Pinion watch company come and give a talk and demonstration of his watches to a group of eager GRRUKers.On a warm summer evening, in a pub, in Swindon we learnt about the Pinion back story which contained a few surprises. Far from being a newbie to the watch scene we learnt that Piers actually cut his teeth running various well known and respected online watch forums, photographed Bremont’s early efforts and really became an accidental watch maker as he learnt more about the business. He may have fallen slowly into watchmaking but the output from Pinion is at the top of the game for this price point. You can just see and...

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