SORREL DOWNER

Journalist, editor and producer covering society, business, architecture, tourism, rural regeneration, conservation. I work/have worked for The Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Business Insider, Reader's Digest, Icon Films and the BBC. I also provide consultancy services to international brands.

COSTA RICA: WHAT TO PACK

What to pack for a trip to Costa Rica?  Unless you are a diver, or planning on spending two weeks lolling about in the Four Seasons, my list might work … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Visualisation | Business Life

Half the human brain is dedicated to the task of attaching meaning to visual signals. As the amount of information we ingest daily increases, could pictures do a better job … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Personalisation | Business Life

As technology advances, marketing techniques become ever more sophisticated and the amount of information that can be mined from our day-to-day lives increases. Advertisers know where we are and they … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Love Business | Business Life

All you need is love? Not so, 
say British retailers, who’ll be using the increasingly long run-up to Valentine’s Day to provide a comprehensive list of what we can accessorise … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hotels: 10 Predictions | Business Life

Ten top predictions for hotels was written for Business Life in 2007. It’s interesting now to see which predictions were on the ball, and which . . . well, weren’t. … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Narky Sea | Somewheresville

Blog post from somewheresville hot (www.somewheresville.org), a series of posts about life in the remote Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. I hate the sea. I’ve been thinking about it a lot … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sierpe: A Trip to Town | Somewheresville

Blog post from Somewheresville Hot (www.somewheresville.org), a series of pieces about life in the wilds of the Osa, Southern Costa Rica. The first place you come to when you take … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

America: What Was It? | Somewheresville

Blog entry from somewheresville (www.somewheresville.org). It’s vast, a load of different countries tied together with strings of Arbys and Taco Bells. In some, people are very busy accumulating more and … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Motels & Shootings | Somewheresville

Blog entry from somewheresville (www.somewheresville.org). The road trip was initially east to west. That was so nice, I added west to east. The minute the car was turned to face … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

Hot ferrets sleep in boxes, low-slung sheep dogs drive ducks over an obstacle course in the sportsfield, and traders do a roaring trade in tripe sticks, candy floss, PVC coated … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sailing for Boys | FT

Having been a decent parent for a dozen years, my powers are inevitably dwindling. My boy and I were constant companions, initially because he was an infant and couldn’t walk, … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Primate Tourism | BSpirit

Few tourists would see the misty mountains of the Virunga Conservation Area, the dense forest, hanging vines, orchids, giant lobelias, volcanic peaks (two active, six extinct) and crater lakes and … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

CHILD SOLDIERS

As a 13-year old soldier in Sierra Leone shooting someone was “as easy as drinking a glass of water” says Ishmael Beah. But given a place at a UNICEF rehabilitation … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Town to Call my Own | FT

“You wouldn’t believe how many people want to buy a town” says Rudy Nielson, who has bought and sold a few. “Mainly to say they own one”. With towns, mountain … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Future Hotel | Business Life

“The hotel industry is entering an era of unprecedented change”, says Jérôme Destors, Director of Hotel IT at Amadeus. “Change requires bold actions . . . requires hoteliers to think … Continue reading

May 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Right Royal Wedding Business | Business Life

Outgoings Moments after Prince Charles twittered engagement congratulations on Nov 16, the nation was busily totting up the potential costs and profits of a Royal Wedding. Charles’ own wedding (the … Continue reading

April 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Macau Fusion | High Life

Perched on a volcano at night, I’m watching helicopters crisscross the Pearl River Delta and reflecting on a day which involved haggling in Chinese street markets, studying the work of … Continue reading

October 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

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