|LETTERS FROM LONDON
|2. YOU SAY ONE, I SAY ONE HUNDRED:
Three hundred of the rich/powerful/pointless/z-list celebs - Andrew Lloyd
Webber, James Caan, Nick Leslau, Tamara Beckwith, Richard Desmond,
Bernie Ecclestone, Gary Lineker- shared their fervour for a free Heston
Blumenthal lunch at the launch of Candyland
The most expensive block of council flat inspired flats in the world by the Candy
brothers at what the Candys are calling ‘One Hyde Park’ rather than the actual
address the posties will deliver to - One Hundred Knightsbridge.
These are the same Surrey born developers who dared to hand-wrestle with
Prince Charles and the Qatar royal family and lost. So they got their architect
Lord Rogers to move the towers designed for the Chelsea Barracks to more
prestigious location. Touche.
They began their £1bn business with a £6,000 loan from their nan sixteen years
ago. The same amount could buy you a single simple square foot of the
obscenely expensive glass tower block.
£6,000 a sq ft, a one-bed is £6.5m, the four £135 million penthouses sold.
Brecca Paradiso marble, European Oak woods, grandly gauche, opulently over
the top; no expense spared - £250m in construction costs – 3 years of traffic
hell. Eight-six flats, 60% unsold – but not to worry – it won’t be finished until
next month – your window of opportunity to splash out the cash.
And you could experience a golf simulator, virtual games, bomb-proof windows,
panic rooms, private cinema, limo cleaning all the while observing the little
people below in rags begging thanks to the plutocratic Tories’ ruthless budget
cuts. And with Harrods round the corner... surely there will be a tunnel to avoid
the rest of us who are sadly still buying scratch cards.
|REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL