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Living it up, but not at The Ritz: Raffles London at The Old War Office has been restored to full baroque Edwardian elegance.

Crazy rich Asian hotels open in London – think £25,000 a night

You can even live permanently at the newly minted Peninsula or the lavish Raffles. But can they compete with city icons like The Ritz or The Dorchester?

  • Hans van Leeuwen
  • Opinion
The Fiat 500e looks the part, and it’s great fun to drive.

Why the all-electric Fiat 500e will win your heart but not your mind

It feels nippy, looks cute and is gorgeously styled, with a touch of Fellini about it. But all this charm doesn’t come cheap.

  • Tony Davis
A miniature model called “Red Leader,” a X-wing Starfighter from the 1977 film “Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope,” on display in Texas.

A 55cm X-Wing model from the original ‘Star Wars’ sells for $5m

The model, discovered in a cardboard box owned by a Hollywood visual effects artist, headlined at a sale of movie props that brought $21 million.

  • Michael Levenson
Two ropes are tied around the neck of a Christopher Columbus statue before a group of people pull it down at the Minnesota state Capitol in St Paul, Minnesota, in 2020. Columbus’s legacy is viewed more critically today than when his Letters were auctioned last century.

A ‘Columbus letter’, the world’s first news release, sells for $6m

The 1493 pamphlet announcing Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World has a long history of being forged and stolen.

  • Julia Jacobs
Clementine Ford, whose new book, I Don’t: The Case Against Marriage, should be required reading for Millennials and Gen Z.

Why women should never get married – ever

A new book by Australian feminist Clementine Ford aims to stop females entering into an institution that does them harm.

  • Theo Chapman

Lunch with the AFR

Peter Varghese says people are living through an “age of distraction”.

Thwarting China is not in our interests says former intelligence chief

Eminent strategist Peter Varghese is concerned that policy substance has gone missing in action.

  • James Curran
Matthew Dellavedova is settling back into life in Australia, after signing a two-year deal with Melbourne United to play in the NBL.

How sharemarket bets took this NBA champion from basketball to bitcoin

Sports champion and Young Rich Lister Matthew Dellavedova is investing his wealth in tech start-ups and crypto as he worries about central banks printing money.

  • Tom Richardson
Journalist turned author Trent Dalton says he is grateful every day for his new vocation.

Fastest-selling debut novelist in Australia gets Netflix series

Journalist turned bestselling author Trent Dalton says he owes a huge debt to his hometown of Brisbane for turning his and his family’s life around.

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  • Mark Ludlow


Island Explorer at Holdfast Reach on the Victoria River in the NT.

Inside an expedition to locate the Beagle’s lost anchors

A remote river in the Northern Territory is being persuaded to reveal its secrets. Yet like any wild thing, it does not wish to be known.

  • Paul Toohey
Pete Davidson and Paul Dano as Kevin and Keith Gill.

‘Dumb Money’ is a miraculous one-off fairy tale

Australian director Craig Gillespie weaves a human-interest story out of a tangle of encounters that usually take place at one remove.

  • John McDonald

A pair of statement heels landed this uni dropout on the Young Rich List

Argylica Conditsis’ business started when she couldn’t find bedazzled shoes. This year, she and brother William debut on the list of Australia’s most wealthy under 40.

  • Eugenie Kelly
Joe McGrath, Keeper of the Cup and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador-at-large.

‘The fewer people who know what you’re doing, the better’

Joe McGrath spent 150 days on the road this year touring with the $600k Melbourne Cup. The key, he says, is knowing when to keep a low profile and when to wax lyrical.

  • Gus McCubbing
Celebrity chef Curtis Stone will be cooking up a storm at his Michelin-starred LA restaurant pop-up Gwen.

The hottest invitation at the Cup – especially if you’re a foodie

The premier party zone at Flemington Racecourse is shaping up to be more Melbourne than ever – with a pop-up of Curtis Stone’s LA restaurant thrown in for good measure.

  • Necia Wilden
British beauty entrepreneur Sarah-Jane Duncanson “Trinny” Woodall at the Park Hyatt, Sydney.

Trinny Woodall plans her weekly wardrobe every Sunday

The founder and CEO of Trinny London is an early bird and master packer who has her make-up routine down to three minutes.

  • Lauren Sams

This Month

The The Under Armour Men’s UA Tech™ ½ Zip Long Sleeve.

How the golf quarter-zip became the 2023 Wall Street uniform

Like the polo shirt before it, the style is yet another putting-green-to-conference-room crossover hit. Even New York financiers are getting in on the action.

  • Ashley Fetters Maloy
Gavin Basserabie, co-founder of ConfidenceClub, on the running surface he loves most – the soft sands of Bondi Beach.

This CEO loves soft sand running at an iconic beach

Entrepreneur and investor Gavin Basserabie gets up early three times a week to keep fit and revel in the beauty of Bondi.

  • Life & Leisure
Liam O’Keeffe VRC Senior Track Manager on the track at Flemington racecourse.

Is this the toughest job in the Victoria Racing Club?

Forget the horses. Punters need track manager Liam O’Keeffe to deliver for them, too. And while he does his best, some things are simply beyond his control.

  • Hannah Tattersall
Ferrari 250 GTO auction

Why this rare Ferrari is considered a true work of art

It could fetch $100 million or more at auction in New York next month. And no, we’re not talking car auctions here.

  • Tony Davis
Sarah Brightman will star in Opera Australia’s world premiere of Sunset Boulevarde, written by her former husband Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

Sarah Brightman’s first musical in 30 years an Opera Australia coup

Phantom of the Opera legend stars in world premiere of a new production of Sunset Boulevard, highlighting OA season that leans heavily into female and local talent.

  • Michael Bailey
The En Coda Symphony Orchestra was founded by sound therapists and promises to help alleviate stress with its music.

These sound therapists made a stress-relieving orchestra

Review: Perth’s En Coda Symphony Orchestra used droning instruments, and strings tuned below concert pitch, for a ‘therapeutic’ listening experience in Sydney on Sunday night.

  • Michael Bailey
Detail of a brooch made for the actor Sarah Bernhardt by René Lalique, from the Collection Comédie-Française.

This jewellery may be fake, but it’s precious beyond compare

Tucked between a Starbucks and a Hard Rock Cafe, an extraordinary treasure trove is about to go on display in a Paris mansion never before opened to the public.

  • Robert Bevan
Runners taking part in the 26.2 mile (42.2 kilometre) New York City Marathon.

Here’s what it’s like to run in the annual New York City Marathon

On November 5, some 50,000 runners from around the globe will once again pound the streets of the Big Apple – those who manage to secure an entry, that is.

  • Fiona Harper
Detail from: ‘Self-portrait with headband’, New York Studio, New York, USA (c1932) © Lee Miller.

The extraordinary life of photographer Lee Miller in 100 pictures

When things were going well, the model and muse turned wartime and fashion photographer was wonderful company, says her son. She could be monstrous too.

  • Tony Davis

Think you know this week’s news? Answer these 10 questions

Have you been paying attention this week? Test your knowledge across politics, business and world news.

  • Daniel Arbon

‘Sublime conditions’: how La Nina paid off for a top Aussie wine label

Two decades after embarking on a passion project atop a foggy hill, Brian Croser is pouring pinot noir and chardonnay that show the benefits of cooler vintages.

  • Max Allen

The new $80,000 Mazda CX-60 bucks the EV trend

It has the convenience of a petrol engine or a battery, depending on your needs, but most drivers now prefer a fully electric vehicle.

  • Tony Davis
The Comte at Maker & Monger, selected from reserves in France.

Why fancy cheese is good for you

Don’t believe the anti-dairy dogma – properly made and aged cheese is not only delicious, it could help you to live a longer and healthier life.

  • Necia Wilden

This simple exercise burns 800 calories – and slashes your heart attack risk

A new study of more than 450,000 UK adults has found that simply climbing the stairs can burn calories and body fat, slashing the risk of a heart attack.

  • Jessica Salter