The sign on the wall read 'Keep focused and get a massive amount of shit done'. 'It doesn't work,' joked Emmet Smith, founder and owner of Hatton Garden signet ring specialist Rebus, as we walked around his workshop.
Economics editor Stephen Hill, who predicted the current Chinese rout, on what comes next
'One small sip for man, one giant swig for mankind'.
Dining in The Ivy recently I was, unexpectedly, reminded of eating in a small shack in Quilon on the Keralan coast of India, some three decades earlier. There was a bowl of nuts on the table and when the waiter came to take our order he casually ate some of them while we ummed and erred about dahl, rice and bottles of Thums Up.
Notions of luxury change all the time. Within living memory luxury was a relatively simple matter. It stood for things that most of us now have no trouble accessing every day -- cashmere, smoked salmon, fillet steak, central heating, to name but a few.