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Bid Farewell to 2023 on a Tasteful Note: Gourmet NYE Dining at W Hotel, London

Indulge in a final feast this New Year’s Eve at W Lounge before you’re pulled to an evening that seamlessly blends dazzling elegance with unrestrained indulgence at The Perception Bar. A Three-course meal complimented with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne will make it a NYE dining experience to remember! A feature by FnB columnist Riccha Grrover for Asian Lite International.

New year eve’s menu in the run up to NYE has been designed by the head chef Rohan Almeida and his team to give discerning diners a unique visual of textures, colours, and a taste of contrasting yet complementing flavours, all cooked with a modern approach and with a focus on sustainability. So if looking for the perfect NYE plan, you can book to Indulge in a 3 course meal experience of colourful, vibrant and playful dishes with a glass of bubbles, which will setting the prefect tone for ushering in 2024.

You can expect to see on the menu starters like Chicken liver Parfait, served with port caramelised onion chutney Or guests can choose their pescatarian option of Beetroot and Gin Cured Salmon topped with saffron mayo and celeriac. There’s also a vegetarian starter option of the delish Burrata tomato salad with black olives and pine nuts.

For the main course diners will be able to choose from Confit duck leg served with braised red cabbage and lentils in a red wine sauce. Or some Cornfed chicken, served with root vegetables asparagus and tarragon cream sauce. Vegetarians can delight their senses and try the Wild Mushroom risotto, topped with shaved truffle. The meals are all plated and presented in style. 

To finish the meal on a sweet note, dessert options will include passion fruit cheesecake with honeycomb; Orange and chocolate tart with vanilla icecream and then there is also their signature matcha rice pudding to choose from. 

“I have curated W London’s New Year’s Eve special celebratory menu to entice your senses especially discerning tastebuds and allow for some feasting first with the eyes! No matter what you choose from the menu options among the courses where there is something for most palates, the NYE three-course dining experience will take you through a culinary journey among flavourful dishes and contrasting tastes presented and paired together for a unique experience also using sustainable and local ingredients — making it the perfect final feast to wrap your eventful year and begin a new one on a decadent note.” Head Chef- Rohan Almeida

In London’s vibrant West End, W London – Leicester Square offers luxury bedrooms and an excellent location as many main attractions in central London orbit this luxe hotel within walkable distance. At W London you can be rest assured that you are stepping into a vibe that seamlessly blends dazzling elegance with unrestrained indulgence. Located in Soho, W London holds the stage in the epicentre of London’s multicultural core. Designed for those seeking a chic stay while exploring London Town, the W Hotel on Wardour Street has a buzzing and trendy vibe. Indulge in a mouth-watering dining experience in the run up to New Year’s Eve with their celebratory menu to make it a final feast of the year to remember! Highly Recommended!

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2023 set to be ‘hottest’ year

Climate scientists say this year could be named the hottest ever recorded, topping 2016…reports Asian Lite News

Global temperatures have accelerated to record-setting levels this month, an ominous sign in the climate crisis ahead of a gathering El Nino that could potentially propel 2023 to become the hottest year ever recorded.

Preliminary global average temperatures taken so far in June are nearly 1 degree Celsius above levels previously recorded for the same month, going back to 1979, the Guardian reported.

While the month is not yet complete and may not set a new June record, climate scientists say it follows a pattern of strengthening global heating that could see this year named the hottest ever recorded, topping 2016.

The long-term warming conditions caused by the burning of fossil fuels will likely receive a further pulse of heat via El Nino, a naturally reoccurring phenomenon where sections of the Pacific Ocean heat up, typically causing temperatures to spike across the world.

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said El Nino conditions are now present and will “gradually strengthen” into early next year.

Michael Mann, a climate scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, said human-caused warming will be exacerbated by an event that typically adds between 0.1-0.2 degrees to the overall global temperature.

“The global surface temperature anomaly is at or near record levels right now, and 2023 will almost certainly be the warmest year on record,” the Guardian quoted Mann as saying.

“That is likely to be true for just about every El Nino year in the future as well, as long as we continue to warm the planet with fossil fuel burning and carbon pollution.”

Mika Rantanen, a Finnish meteorologist, said that the spiking heat so far this month is “extraordinary” and that it is “pretty certain” it will result in a record warm June, the Guardian reported.

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The World That Will Shape Up

Economic forecasts are a mug’s game but while there are no signs of the green shoots of recovery if people do not feel that their pockets are lighter compared to five years ago they may not want to make Rishi wish he had kept his American green card … writes Mihir Bose @mihirbose

I doubt if anyone could have predicted how 2022 would turn up. I did begin my 2022 piece for Asian Lite by saying a lot will depend on how the Russia-China relations shape up but I didn’t think President Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine claiming it always belonged to Russia, all part of his longed for desire to see the return of the Russian empire, if not that ruled by Stalin certainly that by the Tsars.

Nor I must confess did I see Boris Johnson’s fall, let alone Britain suddenly transformed in a few months of the summer into more like a banana republic where three Prime Ministers waltzed in and out of No 10 Downing Street. Or should we say a case of that old Hindi saying Aya Ram, Gaya Ram. Ram Comes and Ram Goes.

The dance the Conservatives performed over who should lead them was not so much a waltz but more like the frenzied dance we used to do on Saturday nights at university gyrating to a little-known pop group hoping to emulate the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, in the hope by the end of the evening we would find a partner. That a party, which has always claimed to be the most successful political party in the world, so adept at crafting election successes, should have so suddenly lost its ability to hold on to power was astonishing.

So, can Dishy Rishi do the trick and lead them to victory when the election comes in 2024? I believe he can. My reason for saying so is that there are signs that the economy may provide us not with gloom and doom but with pleasant surprises. Already it seems the recession may not prove to be as deep, and inflation is coming down. Economic forecasts are a mug’s game but while there are no signs of the green shoots of recovery if people do not feel that their pockets are lighter compared to five years ago they may not want to make Rishi wish he had kept his American green card.

It is a common belief that elections are won or lost on how well the economy is doing. Reagan’s election-winning slogan against Carter in 1980 was, “Are you better off?”. Clinton’s election campaign had a notice up saying, “It’s the economy, stupid”. However, 1997 shows that even when the economy is doing well people may not vote for the government responsible for it. Then the Conservatives under John Major had turned the economy around but could not get away from the huge shadow cast by Black Wednesday.

The Sunny Monday that followed did not do the trick. The Conservatives had lost their own big winning card which never fails to trump their opponents. That they are better managers of the economy than Labour.  

But in 1997 Labour had Tony Blair. This, the shrewdest British politician of the last two decades, had so remodelled Labour that it was unrecognisable from Labour governments that had proved so incompetent. Blair had also crafted slogans that resonated. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime. Education, education, education. Keir Starmer is no Blair. He comes across as a competent apparatchik who can deliver a case on which he has been well briefed which, given he was head of the CPS, is no surprise. But Blair, also a lawyer, could write a brief. Starmer is yet to show he can do that. So far he is enjoying the fall-out from the mess the Conservatives have made. But under an election spotlight he may find it not that easy to answer the question both the Conservatives and the media will relentlessly ask him, “So, Sir Keir what will your government do?”. Just going on repeating that he is opposed to Tory policies will not work.

I appreciate it will not be easy to paint Labour as tax and spend as the Conservatives have traditionally done. After all, Tories have been Labour dressed in blue. The problem for Labour is on this issue they have little room for manoeuvre and cannot be further to the right of the Tories. And while Labour is 20 points ahead in the polls they also show that Sunak is more popular than Starmer and considered better able to manage the economy.

But where Sunak may come unstuck are two issues which few in this country are prepared to discuss. One is race and the other is wealth. There is no question the Conservatives have completely remodelled themselves on race with many of the leading Cabinet positions held by people of Asian and black origin. The Conservatives, having historically been anti-Hindu and pro-Muslim, have become very fond of Hindus and to have Diwali celebrated in No 10 tells us a lot of how the party has changed. But Labour cannot use the race card, at least not openly, more so when as a party it is still very a white party at least with those occupying senior positions.  

Even more than race what may cause Sunak greater problems is that he is rich, and his wife is even richer, the daughter of one of India’s richest men. Unlike America, where politicians can boast of their wealth and win votes as Trump did, however dubious his claim to wealth may have been, the British do not like their politicians to brag that they are wealthy. In fact, almost nobody in No 10 could do that.

Johnson was always moaning that being in Downing Street had impoverished him and he had to rely on the generosity of donors to get his Downing Street flat refurbished. Sunak has already had problems as a result of his wife’s non-dom status. He cannot go around saying that because of his wealth he will make everyone else wealthy. That would immediately make him a parvenu and a man who is not one of us. This combined with his Hindu status may mean defeat.

Of course, all this could change if Putin falls, Ukraine emerges victorious, and the energy crisis is over. Suddenly everyone is well-off and Sunak without saying he is rich could make people feel he will make them richer.

But this brings us to the great unknown. What will Putin do? The war in Ukraine, which Putin thought would last a few weeks and we hoped would be over in a few months looks like, if not quite Europe’s modern-day version of the hundred years’ war, going on long enough to cause a great deal of disruption. Sunak has limited ability to keep on saying it is not the Tories fault but the fault of Putin. Carter tried to use the energy crisis of the early 80s against Reagan but that failed. The only problem is Starmer is no Reagan. Unless he has virtues that he has kept hidden I can still see Sunak leading the Tories to another election triumph.

Mihir Bose’s latest book is Dreaming The Impossible: The Battle to Create A Non-Racial Sports World. His twitter sign is @mihirbose