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Month: January 2023

March Dates for the Diary

  • 03-05 March: Formula 1 Grand Prix – Bahrain
  • 06-12 March: Superyacht Challenge – Antigua
  • 15-19 March: Las Fallas Festival – Valencia, Spain
  • 16-19 March: St Barths Bucket Regatta – Caribbean
  • 17-19 March: Formula 1 Grand Prix – Saudi Arabia
  • 26 March: The Boat Race – London, England
  • 31 March–02 April: Hong Kong Rugby Sevens – Hong Kong
  • 31 March-02 April: Formula 1 Grand Prix – Australia

April Dates for the Diary

  • 06 April: Masters Golf – Augusta, Georgia, USA
  • 15 April-01 May: World Snooker Championship – The Crucible, England
  • 15 April: Grand National – Aintree, England
  • 18 April: World Heritage Day
  • 10-19 April: Coachella Festival Indio, California, USA
  • 22 April: Earth Day
  • 23 April: St. George’s Day, England

May Dates for the Diary

  • 06 May: The Coronation – London, England
  • 06 May: Kentucky Derby – Louisville, USA
  • 16-27 April: Cannes Film Festival – Cannes, France
  • 18-21 May: US PGA Golf Championship – New York, USA
  • 20 May: Heineken Rugby Cup Final – Dublin, Eire
  • 26-28 May: Formula 1 Grand Prix – Monaco
  • 28 May: Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis, USA
  • 28 May-11 June: French Tennis Open – Paris, France
  • 23-25 May: The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) – Geneva, Switzerland

June Dates for the Diary

  • 01 June – 31 August: Atlantic Salmon Fishing (Norway)
  • 01 June – 30 September: Atlantic Salmon Fishing (Iceland)
  • 02-04 June: Formula 1 Grand Prix – Spain
  • 3-16 June: Wimbledon Tennis Championship – London, England
  • 06-10 June: Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta – Sardinia
  • 9-11 June: Chestertons Polo in The Park – Hurlingham Park, London, England
  • 10 June: UEFA Champions League Football Final – Istanbul, Turkey
  • 10-11 June: Le Mans – France
  • 15-18 June: Us Open Golf – LA, USA
  • 16-18 June: Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal, Canada
  • 18 June: The Cartier Polo Queen’s Cup – Windsor, England
  • 20-23 June: The Open Golf – Liverpool, England
  • 21-24 June: Superyacht Cup – Mallorca
  • 30 June – 03 July: Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix – Spielberg, Austria
  • 07-09 June: Isle of Wight Festival
  • 24-29 June: Glastonbury Festival – England
  • 28 June – 13 July: Montreux Jazz Festival – Lake Geneva, Switzerland

July Dates for the Diary

  • 01 July – 20 October: Deer Stalking Season (Scotland – Red and Sika Stags)
  • 07-09 July: Formula 1 British Grand Prix – Silverstone, England
  • 13-16 July: Goodwood Revival Festival of Speed – Goodwood, England
  • 20 July – 20 August: FIFA Women’s Football World Cup – Australia and New Zealand
  • 21-23 July: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand – Budapest, Hungary
  • 28-30 July: Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix – Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
  • 04 July: American Day of Independence

August Dates for the Diary

  • 01 Aug – 30 April 2024: Deer Stalking Season (Red and Sika Stags –England, Wales, Northern Ireland
  • 12 Aug – 30 Nov: Grouse Shooting Season – Northern Ireland
  • 12 Aug – 10 Dec: Grouse Shooting Season – Great Britain
  • 15 Aug: Tuna Fishing – Great Britain
  • 25-27 Aug: Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix – Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • 28 Aug – 10 Sept: US Tennis Open – New York, USA
  • 25 Aug – 2 Sept: Burning Man Festival – Nevada, USA

September Dates for the Diary

01-03 Sept: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix – Milan, Italy

01 Sept – 01 February: Partridge Shooting Season – Great Britain

01 Sep – 31 Jan: Partridge Shooting Season – Northern Ireland

03-09 Sept: Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Sardinia

08 Sept – 28 Oct: Rugby World Cup – France

15-17 Sept: Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix – Singapore

15-24 Sept: Southampton International Boat Show – Southampton, England

22-24 Sept: Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka, Japan

28 Sept – 01 Oct: Monaco Yacht Show – Monaco

29 Sept – 01 Oct: Golf Ryder Cup – Rome, Italy

30 Sept – 14 Oct: Les Voiles de St Tropez


09-14 Sept: New York Fashion Week

16-20 Sept: London Fashion Week

20-26 Sept: Milan Fashion Week

21 Sept – 6 Oct: Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

26 Sept – 04 Oct: Paris Fashion Week

October Dates for the Diary

  • 06-08 Oct: Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix – Qatar
  • 20-22 Oct: Formula 1 US Grand Prix United States – Austin, Texas, USA
  • 20 Oct: End of Deer Stalking Season (Red and Sika Stags) – Scotland
  • 25-29 Oct: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • 27-29 Oct: Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix – Mexico City, Mexico
  • 30 Oct: End of Atlantic Salmon Fishing – Scotland
  • 17-19 Oct: NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Oct: Albuquerque Ballon Festival – New Mexico, USA

November Dates for the Diary

  • 03-05 Nov: Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 07 Nov: Horse Racing Melbourne Cup – Victoria, Australia
  • 16-18 Nov: Formula 1 US Grand Prix – Las Vegas, USA
  • 24-26 Nov: Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Abu Dhabi
  • 11 Nov: Remembrance Day
  • 12 Nov: Diwali
  • 23 Nov: Thanksgiving Day, USA

A Sad Day for Foodie Enthusiasts – The World’s Best Restaurant, Noma, is closing.

“Winter 2024 will be the last season of Noma as we know it”.

If you have Noma on your wishlist, now might be the time to fight for that reservation. The famous Copenhagen spot may have taken home the No. 1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list five times and earned itself three Michelin stars but after twenty years of leading Denmark’s culinary scene, chef René Redzepi announced that the restaurant will be closing.

Follow the story on Noma’s instagram feed

The announcement came from the world-famous restaurant’s Instagram account on Monday 9 January, confirming that Winter 2024 will be the restaurant’s last. Though it’s not all bad news as they do give food lovers hope for a new kind of Noma opening in the future.

“To continue being Noma, we must change. Therefore, dear guests and friends, we have some exciting news to share. Winter 2024 will be the last season of Noma as we know it. We are beginning a new chapter; Noma 3.0.”

Noma 3.0 is set for 2025 where the current restaurant is transforming into a “giant lab” which the restaurant describes as a “pioneering test kitchen dedicated to the work of food innovation and the development of new flavours”.

Much like Noma’s previous well-received pop-ups in destinations like Tulum (and their 2023 plans to spend 10 weeks in Kyoto in Japan), the restaurant announcement doesn’t rule out pop ups around the world in its future.

“In this next phase, we will continue to travel and search for new ways to share our work. Is there somewhere we must go in the world to learn? Then we will do a Noma pop-up. And when we’ve gathered enough new ideas and flavors, we will do a season in Copenhagen. Serving guests will still be a part of who we are, but being a restaurant will no longer define us. Instead, much of our time will be spent on exploring new projects and developing many more ideas and products.”

And What does a 6 Hour Noma Menu look like?

From top left to bottom right:

  • Pumpkin, caviar and barley
  • Egg yolk, potatoes and nasturtium
  • Vegetable flower
  • Forest flavours, Egg liqueur
  • Forest flavours, chocolate
  • Berries and green soaked in vinegar for one year
  • Roasted wild duck, with plum skin sauce
  • Sliced raw squid and kelp
  • Sea urchin and walnuts
  • Roasted kelp ice cream and lemon thyme
  • Mahogany Clam
  • Fermented plums and wild beach roses
  • Apples and lemon thyme
  • A dessert of “Gammel Dansk” and hazelnut oil
  • Apple marinated in aquavit
  • Oland wheat and virgin butter
  • Truffle flatbread
  • Monkfish liver
  • Grilled onion




Elvis Presley’s 1962 Lockheed Private Jet Has Sold for $260K

Mircea Mazuru from Auto Evolution – Reports

Elvis purchased the jet on December 22, 1976, for $840,000 – that’s around $4.4M in today’s money. The King of Rock and Roll owned several private jets, two of which are currently showcased at Graceland.

This example is one of 202 production JetStar airplanes manufactured by Lockheed. If you are unfamiliar with the name, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company. The brand’s JetStar model was a go-to choice for many A-listers, such as the Shah of Iran or President Richard Nixon. It even made its appearance in the James Bond movie, Goldfinger, serving as the antagonist’s private means of transport.

JetStar conducted its first flight in September 1957 and was introduced four years later as an extremely capable aircraft – it enjoyed success both in the civilian and military fields. It flew with the C-140 designation for the U.S. Air Force and designations L-329 and L-1329 for business services. Actually, the JetStar was the first dedicated business jet to be released, and it was also the largest model in its class. Production ran for two decades, until 1980. However, it’s still in action today, preferred by the Mexican Air Force and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.

The airplane was fitted with four engines housed in two pods mounted at the rear of the fuselage. It could reach a top speed of about 565 mph (909 kph), fly for more than 2,500 miles (4,023 km), and its service ceiling was 43,000 ft (13,105 m). Eight to ten passengers could ride in style alongside an onboard crew of three, two pilots, and a cabin attendant.

There are a total of six passenger swivel chairs and a sofa, all upholstered in red velvet to match the red shag carpet. You’ll find an ashtray and headphone ports with audio controls for each seating spot. This particular model comes with wood paneling and gold-finish hardware and features a TV with an RCA VCR player and galley, complete with a beverage dispenser and a Kenmore microwave. The cabin boasts wood paneling and trim, and there’s a lavatory at the rear, along with additional storage spaces and cubby areas.

Elvis owned the JetStar for a very short time, in the spring of 1977, less than half a year after the purchase, he sold it. The jet ended up with a Saudi Arabian company and was moved to Roswell International Air Center (ROW) in Roswell, New Mexico. Close to 40 years later, the aircraft sits in the same spot.

After being moved there, the jet didn’t receive any maintenance, and it was more or less abandoned at the site. Now, the effect of time is clear – there are holes in the fuselage, and the sun faded away part of the red exterior and its silver accents. Furthermore, the P&W engines have been removed, along with numerous cockpit components. It will undoubtedly take lots of work to restore its aesthetics to their former glory, both for the exterior and interior.

The consignor for this machine was Jim Gagliardi of Madera, California. He bought it six years ago for $430,000, or $498,000 after commission and fees. The initial plan was to ship the plane to Madera and make it an “kind of an advertisement,” where people could enter and look. It never came to fruition, and Gagliardi declared he hadn’t even visited the plane in the six years of ownership.

Gagliardi tried auctioning it last August, but no buyer came forward. He had a bit more luck at the Mecum auction – bidding started at $100,000 and slowly increased to $240,000. A telephone bidder offered $260,000, and so the hammer fell. After commissions and fees, the total price stood at $286,000. So, Gagliardi did lose some money, but at least he managed to sell the aircraft.

According to Robb Report, Elvis’ former wife, Priscilla Presley, also attended the event, declaring, “Elvis loved planes and this was one of them. This is my first auction and I’m excited to be here.” Before starting the bidding, the Mecum auctioneer said, “This is an incredible restoration opportunity to create an Elvis exhibit for the world to enjoy.”

And it truly is – however, this aircraft does come with quite a challenge. It will have to be fully disassembled for shipping, but fortunately, Mecum declared that coordinating assistance is available. Let’s hope the future owner will invest in its restoration and make it a proper exhibit. Fans will undoubtedly jump at the opportunity of experiencing a part of the King’s history.


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