Private Islands Calendar 2012 – “Castle Islands”
Castles can be found in abundance all over the world. They represent the culture and history of a region in the form of extraordinary architecture. Castles on private islands are, on the other hand, absolute jewels. In former times, island owners had to invest substantial time and money in order to build a castle or fort on their chosen island and ultimately achieving a sense of majesty surrounded by the island kingdom. Nowadays these castle islands have often become popular tourist attractions or hotels. In some cases however, the present owners are living the dream of owning their very own private castle island. Take a look at our 12 examples – from January to December 2012. Order here>>
The follow up to 2006’s successful Luxury Private Islands
From the idealism of Moore’s Utopia to the ease of Gauguin’s Tahiti, islands fuel the imagination. Indeed, who hasn’t day-dreamed of an unique slice of paradise?Editor Farhad Vladi presents the many types of private islands in this compelling volume, featuring everything from Canadian lake isles to Pacific atolls. Within its chapters you will discover a world of islands with castles as well as properties owned by celebrities like Johnny Depp and Richard Branson.However, islands are not just for the wealthy; for smaller budgets the prices start at $30,000! Lovers of nature and adventure seekers will be intrigued by the independence remote islands offer, while more sociable types will appreciate the many beautiful resort isles. If you can dream it, it’s out there for you.
What does a small Scottish island have to do with a textile tycoon from Lancashire?
The answer lies in Scottish author Alastair Scott’s latest book entitled, Eccentric Wealth: The Bulloughs of Rum about the small isle of Rum, which Lancashire industrialist Sir George Bullough inherited from his father and developed into a luxurious summer residence.
Like many others, Scotland’s 15th largest island, has been inhabited for thousands of years and is now home to a community of around 30 people in the village of Kinloch.
The book delves into the eccentric life of the wealthy textile tycoon, revealing scandals on the island, which he eventually rented out for shooting holidays in 1879.
It explores his family’s ownership of a private ‘kingdom’, particularly the building of Kinloch Castle, the most intact preserve of Edwardian high-living to be found in Britain.
In 1957 the Scottish National Trust’s Nature Conservancy Council bought the island and has run it ever since.
The book is due to be launched at Accrington library, Lancashire today.
For more information see: www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/hyndburn/9053665.print/
Forbes To The Limits: Pushing Yourself to the Edge In Adventure and in Business, by James M. Clash
What does climbing a mountain tell you about running a business? Can driving a race car at 200 m.p.h. prepare you to launch an entrepreneurial venture? Why do so many of the world’s most successful business leaders seek the thrills of physical adventure?
In To the Limits, Forbes adventure writer Jim Clash tells rousing stories of adventures with high-profile, daredevil executives as they push themselves to the limits of physical and mental endurance. In the face of extreme challenge, these proven winners display many of the same qualities of character that account for their success in business: willingness to take risks, absolute self-reliance, and the ability to make tough decisions under pressure.
Clash takes you to the North Pole with Martinn Mandles, Chairman of ABM Industries, climbing the Matterhorn with Forbes, Inc. COO Timothy Forbes, and racing cigarette boats with Clinton Group hedge fund manager George Hall. He straps into the cockpit of a MiG-25 jet fighter and streaks off at Mach 2.6 to explore the fringes of outer space, tramps the Namibian desert with Geoffrey Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent, to climb the world’s tallest sand dune, and follows Genova Products chairman Robert Williams 12,500 feet beneath the north Atlantic to explore the remains of the Titanic.
Clash also details the many commercial expeditions available to the daring would-be adventurer, from climbing Mt. Everest to racing Lamborghinis, and asks why high adventure has become so popular among business executives. Does overcoming a life-or-death challenge provide a deeper level of satisfaction than can be found in the day-to-day challenges of the business world? Find out as To the Limits takes you on an unforgettable journey to the very edge of physical endurance while celebrating the spirit of adventure in all of us.
Islands: A trip through time and space, by Peter Conrad
Peter Conrad, who was born in Tasmania, has produced an original and highly personal account of the role islands play in our dreams and nightmares. With his customary wide range of reference and quick wit, he visits every corner of the globe to explain why islands appeal to us, and on the way covers everything from the myth of Atlantis to Watteaus erotic Cytherea, from Prosperos magical kingdom to Nelson Mandelas prison. Whether we live on an island or merely fancy escaping to one, we can all learn something from this thought-provoking book.
Seychelles Global Citizen: The Autobiography of the Founding President, by James R. Mancham
This title offers an insightful and informative look at the remarkable life and times of Sir James Mancham – founding President of the Republic of the Seychelles. James Mancham (b. 1939) is one of the most remarkable people to have appeared on the international political stage. In 1977, he became the Founding President of the Republic of the Seychelles as he led the country to independence from the Commonwealth. However, just one year later, he was ousted from this position and forced into exile after a coup d’etat which ended with a socialist one-party state being declared. During his years in exile, Sir James became a hugely successful and influential figure in world politics, international relations, and as an advocate for democracy. He returned to the Seychelles in 1992 after multi-party democracy was restored, since then he has dedicated himself to promoting the Seychelles in the international community. Book Review Seychelles>>
Vladi Private Islands Calendar 2011 – “Treasure Islands”
The 2011 edition is something very special in Vladi Private Islands’ long lasting tradition of calendars. The subject of “treasure islands” has always been a hotbed for numerous stories and legends, irrespective of whether they are true or not. They still inspire readers and moviegoers all over the world. The calendar presents treasure islands where treasures once were found and others where people keep searching for them intensely up to now. Short summaries outline the history and the legends of the respective islands. Plenty of graphic details bring the former times to life again, suggesting how the world was probably like when it all happened. Do not miss this adventure and walk in the footsteps of Störtebeker, Capt. Kidd and further celebrities of these dangerous times.
“Luxury Private Islands”: Coffee Table Book by teNeues, from the “Luxury Books” series
No man is an island. But almost all of us have dreamed of owning one at some time or other. A slice of paradise, where we could set the rules and create a vision of the world as it should be. Few ever realize this fantasy.
Yet now you’re invited to take a peek at some of the world’s most exclusive real estate. Set in a variety of climates and cultures, these heavenly hideaways boast a range of topographies and vegetation in some of the most beautiful settings on earth. This guide will inspire and amaze you. Islands have always been hidden away along coastlines. Rarely seen, they only became popular as celebrities began to purchase them. Onassis and his island, Marlon Brando with his South Pacific Atoll, Sir Richard Branson’s island in the British Virgin Islands, Mel Gibsons acquisition of an island in Fiji – just to name a few. However the idea of private islands being unaffordable and out of reach is not entirely true.
Anybody can either rent an island – from as little as $100 per night – or indeed purchase one. In fact, the majority of these islands cost less than a four-bedroom apartment in many large cities in this world.
In cooperation with teNeues! www.teneues.com
Mediterranean Islands, by Charles Arnold
An indispensable resource for travellers, sailros, local residents and organisations, tourism professionals, environmentalists, wildlife enthusiasts…and everyone captivated by the timeless islands of the Mediterranean.
“The Atlas of Climate Change”
Mapping the World’s Greatest Challenge by Kirstin Dow and Thomas E. Downing
Today’s headlines and recent events reflect the seriousness of climate change. Heatwaves, droughts and flooding are driving people from their homes, destroying livelihoods and causing death among vulnerable populations. Rigorous in its science and insightful in its message, this atlas examines the possible impact of climate change on our ability to feed the world’s people, avoid water shortages, conserve biodiversity, improve health, and preserve cities and cultural treasures. It also reviews historical contributions to greenhouse gas levels, progress in meeting Kyoto commitments and local efforts to meet the challenge of climate change. The atlas covers a wide range of topics, including warning signals, future scenarios, vulnerable populations, health impacts, renewable energy and emissions reduction. With more than 50 full colour maps and graphics, this is an essential resource for policy-makers, environmentalists, students and everyone concerned with this pressing subject.
Pacific Island, by Marco Moretti
Stories and magnificent images trace the routes of the first navigators among the wonders of the Southern Seas. Visit blue lagoons, volcanic islands covered with steaming jungles, strips of white sand nestled between banks of coral. Investigate the Maori culture from Hawaii to Tahiti, by way of Easter Island, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, and New Zealand, and take in the myth of Polynesia. Land among the Melanesian peoples of Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia and venture into the highlands of New Guinea, virgin treasure trove of Paleolithic customs. Explore the islands of Micronesia, emerald-green mountains adrift at sea, before crossing the deserts, mountains and coastlines of Australia.