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A trio of culinary developments in Wellington

November 28, 2010/11.29

TECO Top Simply Paris‘s Pascal Chivot receives his Chevalier dans l’ordre du mérite agricole from French Ambassador HE Michel Legras. Above Chefs from Taiwan treat Wellingtonians to a taste of the island’s unique cuisine. Pascal Chivot is probably Wellington’s favourite pastry chef. His Simply Paris shops on Cuba Street and Riddiford Street, Newtown, are famous […]

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Claire Barker opens in Shanghai

November 3, 2010/10.50

New Zealand designer Claire Barker is drawing on her roots and her knowledge of China as she opens a new store in Shanghai, on the fifth floor of the Isetan Department Store in the Huang Pu district.    The Japanese-owned department store has gained a reputation in Shanghai as a premium fashion retail centre.   […]

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Body tech-savvy

June 20, 2010/12.10

Wen Guo, an architect from San Francisco, drafts building and floor plans with impeccable precision. However, she not only designs buildings, but apparel as well. This unconventional designer symbolizes an innovative new generation—one who thinks outside the box while embracing her environment.    Guo’s architectural designs offer a structural product that provides well thought-out functionality. […]

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Saab shouldn’t object to a Beijing courtship

December 14, 2009/10.25

Photographed by Meredyth Lewis/JY&A Media [Cross-posted] I know I blogged enthusiastically about the potential of Koenigsegg buying Saab to put its solar-powered car into production but, as we know, that deal has since fallen through. Saab’s future is uncertain again, even if Dutch company Spyker—which, like Koenigsegg, also makes specialty sports cars—has expressed an interest […]

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SAIC unveils MG 6 fastback at Guangzhou

November 23, 2009/11.43

MG has shown its 6 fastback, the first all-new model developed for the marque since Chinese interests took over the British firm.    Based around the architecture of the Roewe 550 sedan, which in turn is based loosely on the late 1990s’ Rover 75, the production version of the MG 6 was unveiled at the […]

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GM’s next step should be brand rationality

March 30, 2009/11.06

[Cross-posted] Rick Wagoner has become the casualty of the American car industry’s finger-pointing with his resignation today, his hand forced by the Obama administration.    The press has centred on this rather than explore the union’s role in the industry’s difficulties. For those of us old enough to remember it, it all smacks a bit […]

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Bond girl Caterina Murino in Beijing

August 24, 2008/11.38

Bond girl Caterina Murino, who played Solange in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, and was best remembered in a scene riding a horse along a Bahamian beach, joined other celebrities in the Chinese capital as the Beijing Olympics drew to a close.    Murino, sponsored by Omega, jokingly talked about a James Bond film […]

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Question marks raised over He Kexin’s age

August 22, 2008/10.48

[Cross-posted] You’ve all heard the controversy over whether Red Chinese gymnast He Kexin is 14 or 16. A hacker has found documents in the Baidu (the Red Chinese search engine) cache that indicate she is 14. Some commenters have attacked the hacker, pointing out some potential errors in the search. A few point out that […]

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