A few of my favourite things

Ed­u­cated at The Perse School Cam­bridge, then King’s Col­lege Lon­don, the Hong Kong-born busi­ness­man’s ca­reer has ranged from gold min­ing in Africa to cre­at­ing the fash­ion chain Shang­hai Tang and open­ing the China Tang restau­rant at The Dorch­ester. Sir Davi

Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian David Moore

Of course, there are umpteen pieces of mu­sic that I adore equally, but there can be no in­ter­val of longer than a week when I am de­prived of Beethoven’s Spring Sonata. When I first heard it in the cor­ri­dor of my board­ing school out­side the mu­sic room, I was frozen by a sense of awe and have never looked back. This is a melody that could only have been made by an ut­ter ge­nius

The Un­quiet Grave by Cyril Con­nolly is a mas­ter­piece of in­tel­lec­tual me­lan­choly and made me re­alise, when I first read it at univer­sity, that al­though there is ob­vi­ous joy and ela­tion in hap­pi­ness, there is also pathos and poignancy in me­lan­choly. I carry a copy of it in my Go­yard shoul­der bag wher­ever I travel and love dip­ping in and out of its quotes and apho­risms—i haven’t grown tired of it in 40 years The first shoot day I went on was in Som­er­set and I couldn’t hit a barn door, but I grew to love the shoot­ing sea­son and re­alised I had to turn my­self from a crap shot into a crack shot. When the sea­son ends, I go into a de­pres­sion for seven months, wait­ing for the next. I have a pair of Purdeys and love a day’s pheas­ant or par­tridge shoot­ing at one of the great es­tates across the coun­try. Purdey sideby-side 12-bore shot­guns from about £123,500 (020–7499 1801; www.purdey.com)

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