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Christina Applegate creates charity line

imageChristina Applegate has curated an exclusive sale for luxury brand website

The collection is to support Breast Cancer Awareness month and Christina’s own charity, Right Action for Women.

As a breast cancer survivor the actress is keen to help raise awareness for the illness.

‘For the sale, I selected items that I thought really celebrated women and their femininity and their power,’ Christina told Gilt.

Travel view of the week: September 3 to 9, 2011

imageLisbon offers a mild and temperate climate, with short winters and long hot summers with a maximum temperature of approximately 28º Celsius (84º F). Although temperatures may fall somewhat in the autumn and winter months, sunshine is almost always a constant feature. Temperatures rarely fall to freezing point, even during the coldest months of December and January. Due to its proximity to the sea, mist and drizzly rain can sometimes make Lisbon feel cooler than inland Portugal.

Goodwood Revival 2011: Nick Mason interview

Nick Mason, Pink Floyd drummer and racing driver, talks to Andrew English about the magical Goodwood Revival.


Sometimes, no matter how high falutin’ you might be, life has a way of bringing you crashing to Earth. So just as this interview starts, Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s drummer for 46 years, gets a knock on the front door.

“Sorry about that,” he apologises when he returns to the phone. “We’re having some furniture delivered.”

“So you’ve got an afternoon assembling flat packs,” I joke.

“Yes, that’s why I’m skulking in here talking to you,” he replies.

Wow. You might imagine that, after 200million album sales and immortalisation in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Floyd’s head of syncopation and owner of an exquisite car collection including a Ferrari 250 GTO, would spend the summer relaxing over witty repartee and mint juleps, not puzzling over the instructions for a Billy bookcase.

But then Mason has always had a strong work ethic and while he’s proud of his long-service award to the Goodwood Revival, he has never confused messing about in cars with work.

“It might come as a surprise to some people,” he says, “but I’ve always understood that the music pays for the motor racing and it takes precedence. The only Festival I missed was in 1993, when we were on tour. I have a policy of not giving up the day job.”

But while the gig diary is clear, this year’s Goodwood Revival (September 16-18), of which The Daily Telegraph is national media partner, isn’t quite business as usual for Mason and his cars. The Ferrari will be on the TT grid, but with Mark Hales and Martin Brundle behind the wheel. His son-in-law (Marino Franchitti, professional racing driver and brother of IndyCar champion, Dario) will drive the Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage and his daughter or wife will drive the Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica.

“Annette [Mason’s second wife] usually drives it,” he says, “but she had a fall off a racehorse a couple of weeks ago so I’m not sure whether we’ll run her or not.”

So Mason is taking a back seat from the driving duties. Any particular reason?

“Funnily enough it’s a bit like Stirling [Moss]. I find that after 40-odd years racing, the quotient of fear against excitement has changed, particularly at Goodwood, where there’s a big difference between me and Mark [Hales]. You end up spending the whole weekend revving yourself up and it becomes more stressed and less fun.

“So I thought I’d try being le patron for a change. It means I can enjoy the Saturday night ball, have a drink and then ponce around on Sunday morning looking important.”

Mason has entered his cars and family at the Goodwood circuit since its reopening in 1998. In that first year, Annette had a big accident in the Maserati Birdcage. Does Mason worry about his family and his cars?

“Yes I do. It’s wonderful that the circuit is as it was back in the day and the cars are going quicker, but the track’s a bit short of run-off space. Long term, if there are more big accidents, then Charles [Lord March] might be forced to put in chicanes, which would be a tragedy.”

It’s not as though Goodwood doesn’t try to keep things safe, though. “Anyone who has driven there has had loads of briefings reminding them to be sensible,” says Mason. “Charles does everything possible to contain things, but people do go out there and get excited.”

And while Mason reckons Goodwood’s grids contain some of “the sharpest historic racing cars in the world”, are those modern modifications good for the sport?

“The modifications do worry me slightly, but I don’t think it’ll change the face of historic restoration, because Goodwood is quite specialised. Not every E-type owner will rush out and super tune their car ready for the event, so it’ll be fine as long as everyone understands what it is. And, to some extent, the cars need to be prepared in that way, because there’s more of a tendency to put modern racing drivers behind the wheel, which I think makes fantastic racing.”

But the dangers, while real enough, are a small part of the Goodwood appeal, which Mason admits jogs a few memories. “I was there in its heyday,” he says, “with my dad, spectating at the TT when the Astons caught fire. You can see just what Goodwood was like back then. At Silverstone it’s a lot more difficult to remember what it was like.”

Does he have a favourite corner? “It’s the one after the pit straight, the double apex at Madgwick,” he says. “You know when you’ve got it right, with that little bump which tells you you’re on line.

“The great thing about Goodwood, though, is that it’s all hooked up together, so the exit to one corner is the entry to the next and so on. My most challenging one is the unnamed right-hander, because it looks daunting, but I always end up thinking I could have carried a bit more speed through there.”

Now in its 14th year, the Revival remains an extraordinarily popular event. Why does Mason think it’s been such a hit?

“What’s so good is that you can mingle with the whole motor-racing experience,” he says. “You can see the cars, talk to the drivers, engage with other enthusiasts. What’s more it’s an event that engages the public. There’s such a massive difference between the British Grand Prix and Goodwood.

“Both get huge crowds, but what happens on the track at the Grand Prix is the show and that’s it. What happens at Goodwood, however, is the crowd becomes part of it; like extras in a film. I think that’s partly about the details that Charles puts in place.”

Mason’s modesty is legendary and is so profound it is occasionally mistaken for stand-offishness. He once replied to an interviewer that he was not famous, but was part of a famous enterprise.

It’s his skill and enthusiasm rather than fame and money that have earned him a place in motor-racing hearts; he’s earned it the hard way and a measure of that is his favourite Goodwood anecdote.

“There I was moaning on to Doug [Nye, journalist and motoring historian] about the E-types beating the Ferraris in the TT race and how that wasn’t how it was in period and he said; ‘What you need to remember, Nick, is that this is a circus and you are just the monkeys’. I think that’s fine. And if you don’t like it, well, you don’t have to race.”

With that, Nick Mason hangs up and returns to assembling the flat pack.

Top 20 education hot spots to buy a home

Affordable homes near good schools are hard to find, so mug up with Max Davidson’s guide to house-hunting in the top 20 educational hot spots Property prices may fluctuate; by-passes may be built or not built; rail services may vary in quality.


But there will always be a premium on areas with good schools, whether state or independent.

According to new research by the website PrimeLocation, the average asking price for a property within the catchment areas of the top 50 best-performing state schools can be 35 per cent above the national average.

This means that parents are prepared to pay a £77,000 premium to live near the best schools. After all, if you are confident that your children are going to be getting a good education, you can set down roots in an area for 15 years or more.

Top 5 things to do in Iceland

imageIceland is a queer fish, an island country in the middle of the Atlantic that’s still considered to be part of Europe, and one whose name couldn’t be more misleading. Iceland is nowhere near a piece of South Pole like ice sheet, and only a very little part of the island is covered in ice. The rest of it is lush and verdant and has a surprisingly mild climate, with vast desolate landscapes that are absolutely stunning. Iceland is a great country for all sorts of activities, indoors and outdoors, and if you don’t mind quiet places with not much population, you will instantly fall in love with this otherworldly island. So here are the top 5 things to do in Iceland, for those who decide to visit it.

Living the high life: homes in skyscrapers

Cities around the world are capitalising on people’s desire for a home in the sky. Graham Norwood looks at an elevating trend


Traditionally the British have seen towers as rather undesirable places to live. High-rise buildings are often associated with council housing or brutalistic modern architecture.

But that’s changing. More and more Britons are choosing to reach for the skies, and towers are getting ever taller to accommodate them.

The finishing touches are being put on The Heron, a 36-storey tower near Liverpool Street in the City of London. Meanwhile, in Vauxhall, south-west London, building is under way on The Tower at St George Wharf. At 49 storeys, it will be London’s tallest residential building when completed in 2013.

“Until recently, it was difficult to secure a mortgage on a flat in a building with more than six or seven storeys,” says Robert Bailey, who runs his eponymous buying agency for some of the world’s richest purchasers wanting homes in the capital.

Short-Stay Trips to London city

imageLondon is a sprawling metropolis of the world’s most famous museums, monuments and historical buildings, a cultural capital with everything from bohemian districts to modern art enclaves. But with the exorbitant prices, most travellers don’t spend more than a few days in London.

Citroën DS4 review

What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a crossover; a mash-up of a coupé and five-door hatchback, with a sport utility’s ride height and slightly compromised accommodation. The Americans have made a black art of mixing styles in this manner, some of which end up with all the charm of pants which you can wear on your head.

And why is it called a DS? That comes from Flaminio Bertoni and André Lefèbvre’s original DS of 1955, a car whose sheer eroticism, élan and singularity moved the structuralist philosopher Roland Barthes to describe it as “a new Nautilus”. Citroën could never follow that, but last year it relaunched the DS badge on the front of a three-door, hot-hatch version of its nondescript C3 with a weird floating-roof design and uprated running gear.

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