May 2012 Issue - Sir David Frost
From the Editor...
Hello, good evening and welcome. Doesn’t really have the same impact on paper, does it? Since I last wrote to you, much has been happening in the world. For starters, we hit a double-dip recession. Further west, American is gearing up for its next presidential election. Oh, and of course, the Olympic Games are about to begin.
It was four years ago when all these things were last upon us. In fact, I remember watching Obama’s inauguration like it was yesterday. It was fascinating, but not for the reasons you may think. As Americans welcomed their messianic premier with the biggest celebrations in presidential history, a grim subtext was unravelling just 300 miles away on Wall Street. While Obama took his oath in front of an irrepressibly convivial crowd of two million, the Dow plummeted by 4% – its lowest ever reading for inauguration day. Irony doesn’t get more acerbic than that.
So, this issue, we make sure to cover the global economic situation as thoroughly and impartially as possible, not least with BlackRock’s insightful market overview. Also, I discuss the economic future with Gerald Celente, a trends forecaster whose predictions are yet to be wrong.
We didn’t forget the Olympic Games either, which, for the first time since 1948, finally arrive back in London. We celebrate the start of the Games with a look back at some of its most memorable moments. Speaking of memorable moments, the team here pooled together to recount their most beautiful places to wake-up, and Graeme Morpeth takes a look at small ship cruises, with a tour aboard Caledonian Sky.
Continuing our entertaining look at legal matters, Wards reveal the world’s most bizarre divorce settlements, including one man who acquired his ex-wife’s pet goat. No kidding... I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new writer, Bristol’s favourite sartorial stylist, David Minn’s. In his first column, David asks the question: ‘Do I still have it?’
And finally, of course, Peter Robinson speaks with the broadcasting legend Sir David Frost – a man who defines the term ‘national treasure’. Peter turns the tables on the world’s most famous interviewer; a tête-à-tête on Frost’s past, present and future, plus his thoughts on the media, journalistic integrity, and the current socio-political landscape.