Erst als verhext verleumdet, dann von der Mauer geteilt, später als Ödnis in der Mitte Deutschlands verschrien — der Harz, einstmals ein mondänes Kurgebiet, hat ein Image-Problem. Doch damit soll jetzt Schluss sein: Die Harzer schlagen zurück und […]
After almost a quarter of a century, it sometimes feels as if I’m personally acquainted with every lamp post, traffic light and newsagent. How wrong I was! Covering Yonda, London’s new innovative sight-seeing tour, for smart magazine I gleaned all manner of interesting nuggets on our fair city – and fell in love all over again.
The beast springs to life, revving up menacingly before settling into an ominous burble reminiscent of a 1980s rally quattro. It’s the growling timbre of Audi’s famed five-cylinder turbo-charged powerplant – as unmistakable as that of a whisky-voiced rock star warming up his vocal cords before his next performance.A new iteration of a legendary Audi, a delightful and justly renowned photographer in Steffen Jahn, and a deserted proving ground all to myself – the day I got a preview of the 400hp Audi RS3 will stay in my memory for a long time to come. Read the feature here: Audi RS3 first drive
I rediscover the virtues of make-do-and-mend at London’s Repair Café.
A visit to Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie for Mazda’s customer magazine
The fashionable crowd and tattooed baristas in their leather aprons give you the sense that even just to be here, breathing the free air, is to have arrived in life.smart magazine's Local Secrets stories are always a bit of a treat: you get to meet cool dudes and dudettes who show you the very best of their home town driving around in a brand-new smart – what's not to like? This time, I interviewed up-and-coming neo-soul start JOHN GRVY (and no, that's not pronounced "Groovy" or "Gravy", but "Gray", to avoid confusion with the author of "Men are from Mars..."). So check out the interview here – especially if you're planning a trip to Madrid yourself! Photography: Thomas Motta
And once more, I explored the local secrets of a hip and happening city: this time the irrepressible blogger Emilie Salvarides showed me the very best of Geneva. I wrote this feature in German – but […]
On the sheer endless embankment of the Tagus River crouches a futuristic swooping structure, gleaming white against the blue sky like the crest of a wave.Lisbon has just seen the opening of MAAT, a brand-spanking new modern art gallery – so what better way to celebrate than to meet one of its curators and explore the city on the Tagus in a smart fortwo?