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Nokia Celebrates with HK Gala Nokia Music Playground

Launches three devices for music, entertainment and gaming

Hong Kong, November 6, 2007 – Nokia today launched the Nokia N81 multimedia computer, Nokia 5610 XpressMusic and Nokia 5310 XpressMusic with an exclusive extravaganza called the “Nokia Music Playground” at the China Resources Building’s Hong Kong Exhibition Center.

The gala event marked the official Hong Kong debut of Nokia’s three latest mobile devices which are specifically optimized for music, entertainment and games. Each device offers dedicated music or gaming keys, expanded memory, a large vibrant screen and extended battery performance to ensure access to entertainment content is quick and easy. The variety show style launch was also aimed at reflecting Nokia’s promise of “Connecting People”.  

To spotlight the entertainment features of the two models of Nokia XpressMusic music phone and the fully-featured Nokia N81 multimedia computer, Nokia invited prominent local and Taiwan artists, including hip-hop group FAMA, Edison Chen, Rainie Yang, Terence Tsui and DJ Tommy to perform at the launch, as well as radio personalities I Luv U Boyz as the emcees. The exclusive audience was encouraged to sing and dance in order to create a party atmosphere of fun and joy throughout the night.  To add an element of fun and games to the show and focus on Nokia’s “GO Play” spirit, Nokia also sets up two N81 Capsule Mini Machines where attendees could play for a miniature Nokia N81 capsule toy.   The Capsule Mini Machine will also be placed around Hong Kong hot places for youngsters after the event.

As a world leading manufacturer or mobile devices, Nokia has continuosly worked to introduce an exceptional level of excitement and innovation to its customers through ground-breaking mobile technology, especially devices with state-of-the-art music and game functionality

“As part of our corporate promise of “Connecting People”, Nokia constantly encourages people to share their feelings and to build better communication with others,” said Bruce Lam, General Manager, Customer and Market Operations, Hong Kong and Macau, Nokia.  “We believe the new full-featured and superbly-designed Nokia N81, Nokia 5610 XpressMusic and 5310 XpressMusic will help bring Nokia’s Internet and music services to life and to connect millions of people from around the world through music and mobility,” he said.

Nokia Nseries: Bringing Innovative Experience
Nokia N81, which is based on S60 3rd Edition software on Symbian OS, has been launched in Hong Kong on November 2, 2007.  Nokia N81 multimedia computer is a true mobile entertainment powerhouse with a sleek, polished surface and keys that light up when activated. Accessing content on the 3D multimedia menu is fast and intuitive. Equally impressive, the Nokia N81 is configured to find, buy, manage and play music and games purchased from the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage games service in future.  Nokia N81 is priced at $3,998.

Nokia XpressMusic – Exceptional Music Experience
The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic comes ready to rock with an iconic Music Slider key making music easy to access with a flick of the thumb.  Aluminum side panels accent the all-black high gloss finish and large 2.2-inch, 16 million color display of the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic.  The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic offers crystal clear sound and up to 22 hours of music playback and memory with capacity for 3,000 songs on an optional 4GB microSD card. More than just a phone and music player, the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic features a high-quality 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash. The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic uses 3G technology, making downloads, web-browsing and video calls faster and easier. Nokia 5610 XpressMusic is expected to be launched in the market this month, priced at around $3,000.

With a sleek aluminium finish, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic phone blends an array of features with an iconic design. At only 9.9mm thick and weighing less than 70.2 grams, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic fits comfortably in a pocket or purse. Equally important, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic offers up to 20 hours of music playback, memory for up to 3,000 songs on an optional 4GB microSD card and dedicated music keys. With a 2-megapixel camera and a bright 2-inch QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic is expected to be launched in the market this month, with priced at $2,500 or below. 

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks.

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M1NT,  the world’s first shareholders’ club started in 2004 in London by Australian entrepreneur Alistair Paton and frequented by celebrities, billionaires and socialites, opened its sister club in Hong Kong to a fanfare of publicity in November 2006.

M1NT Hong Kong has since proven to be an overwhelming financial success for its 250 well-healed shareholders and rapidly become the place to ‘see and be seen’. With live sharks prowling the VIP rooms, international art adorning its entrance, fingerprint detection entry, chauffer limousines and catamarans as toys for members, M1NT Hong Kong has become the thing of legend in social circles, highlighted by the fact that the club sells more Krug than any one else in all of Asia. 

This week sees a rare event for shareholders of any new business, let alone one in its first year of operation and one with such a huge social and lifestyle kick. M1NT Hong Kong is distributing over HK$6,000,000 in dividends to its 250 hand-picked shareholders as a result of better than expected financial results with gross revenue 26% ahead of projections and net profits 24% ahead of projections. In addition shareholders have seen their shares increase in value by 100% in 12 months. The club continues to benefit from an unusually lengthy lease at its Hollywood Road premises from Henderson Land and unquestionably M1NT Hong Kong is set to become an iconic members club of historical significance in the traditional ‘antiques district’ of Hong Kong.

Alistair Paton, Founder and Group CEO said, “the success of our unique business model is again proven by these results. With hundreds of powerfully important people with a vested interest in M1NT’s success, marketing costs are reduced and revenues increased. There is no debt to service and cash flow is strong. Combined with our passionate management team, M1NT is a first class product that professional investors find irresistible”.

M1NT Hong Kong’s Managing Director Andrew Lewis will host the club’s star-studded list of shareholder’s that includes celebrities and business tycoons all in attendance tonight to celebrate the success of their private club from 8pm at the club’s first year anniversary party. “What a stellar year we have pulled off with terrific results for our shareholder’s and I’m proud of all the team’s efforts and I look forward to celebrating these achievements tonight with a few glasses of Krug. ” said Andrew Lewis. 

Following the overwhelming success of M1NT Hong Kong, the company also released plans for its biggest ever project – M1NT Shanghai.

After 14 months of lengthy negotiations, M1NT Global Holdings has secured “the best property in Shanghai” said Alistair Paton, “to undertake our biggest project to date and spend US$15M to develop the best modern-day members club in the world’s largest and fastest growing city”.

M1NT Shanghai, located in the city’s most famous and fashionable district on the top floor of Number 8 on the Bund, has spectacular panoramic views. These plans have been a closely guarded secret with details known only by an inner sanctum of 4 individuals within M1NT Global Holdings until now. With key partners in Shanghai, M1NT  has achieved its objective of securing a site that is large enough to cater to 800 guests for dinning, dancing and cocktails at any one time whilst also having the ability to showcase Shanghai’s spectacular skyline by day or night.

M1NT Shanghai will encompass 15,000 square feet of the 7th floor of ‘M1NT Mansion’ with the remaining floors to be re-developed into a landmark luxury high-end themed property for  shareholders and members to enjoy.

Rumours of Gordon Ramsay’s former Head Chef, Ian Pengelley joining forces with M1NT to deliver his international award winning Pan Asian cuisine in the clubs exclusive dining room, can now be officially confirmed.

Ian Pengelley will be attending M1NT Hong Kong’s First Year Anniversary tonight to reveal some of his controversial concepts for M1NT Shanghai.  Commenting on his new role after arriving in Hong Kong earlier today, Pengelley said, “After living in Asia for 5 years in my 20s, I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into this project. I have worked with the best in the world and have been offered a fair share of opportunities and the reasons I have decided to team up with my old pal Alistair Paton are endless.”

Once again the designs of M1NT will stretch the imagination with Hong Kong’s Alan Chan tasked with the concept design which is to include a glass ceiling with live manta rays keeping a watchful eye on diners.

Private rooms will be visible only through an oxygen curtain which is located behind a 14-metre hammerhead shark tank that stretches the entrance of the club’s roof top. 

Only 10% of this prized project will be available to all existing M1NT members and shareholders, to own part of what will be the most exclusive property in the world’s fastest growing city.

M1NT Background

M1NT in each city is owned by the club’s patrons; 250 individual shareholders own a portion of the club’s business and receive a percentage of the company’s profits whilst enjoying life-long membership without annual membership fees.

In addition to the 250 shareholders, 1,000 traditional membership applications are accepted.  Traditional members pay an annual fee and do not receive a percentage of the club’s profits. The 1,000 members form a waiting list for shares which are bid for, once they become available. 

M1NT was launched in London in 2005 followed by Hong Kong in November 2006.  M1NT Shanghai will open in 2007 followed by M1NT Beijing and M1NT Dubai in 2008 plans with plans to expand to a further 5 cities and having 10 clubs by 2010.

M1NT Festival House launched at the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in May, hosting major parties for films in competition as well as playing host to a full schedule of film industry gatherings, private dinners and corporate events for Ivana Trump and Kurt Russel among other notable identities.

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Diesel is proud to launch Chapter Two of Issue Four of its seasonal ’zine, “BRAVE.” Following the successful launch of Chapter One in October with a Wing Shya photography exhibition and music showcase, the second instalment feature internationally renowned artists from New York: Suitman, José Parlá, Rostarr and Deanne Cheuk.

Inspired by a sense of adventure and journey, the quartet will embark on a 10-day trip in China called “The New Grand Tour.” Taking off from Shanghai, they will head to Yunnan Province, where they will visit Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-La county and the Mei Li Snow Mountains. Searching for new experiences and cultural exchanges, highlights of the tour include: meeting the Chief Lama of the Eastern Bamboo Forest monastery, who is campaigning to preserve the traditional Tibetan art of Tong Ka; art-exchange sessions with local Chinese artists; as well as visiting school children in rural towns.

“The New Grand Tour” will end in Hong Kong with an exhibition that launches on November 2 (Opening Event). The four artists will share their experiences from the China trip with an exhibition of art, sketches and photography. Also on show will be their renowned personal art pieces, exhibited and for sale in Hong Kong for the first time. The talented foursome will return to China in May 2008 for a full exhibition of “The New Grand Tour” in Beijing.

Inspired by three words, “Only The Brave” — the Diesel corporate identity — “BRAVE” is a seasonal ’zine that’s different in attitude, content and creativity. With past issues in print form using rotating guest art directors, “BRAVE” has now evolved into a real live, physical experience. With an overriding theme of “Alive,” Issue Four is a three-part interactive journey through art, music and fashion, running from October to December 2007.

featuring Suitman / José Parlá / Rostarr / Deanne Cheuk
Exhibition will be open to the public, with free entry, from November 3-25, 2007
(11AM to 8PM daily, closed on Mondays)
BRAVE - G/F, Pacific House, 20 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

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Moët & Chandon presents the “Gold Vintage Panton Chair” to celebrate the launch of Grand Vintage 2000, its first Grand Vintage series of the millennium.

The iconic Panton Chair was created by Verner Panton in 1960.  Breathtakingly new in its time, it has today become a classic, one of the most celebrated design objects in the world.  To honour the Grand Vintage 2000, and in collaboration with Vitra, Moët & Chandon has created an exclusive, limited edition Gold Vintage Panton Chair. Gilded, numbered and signed ‘Moët & Chandon’, it is an extraordinary object of desire. Like the Grand Vintage 2000, the chair is an ultra-modern incarnation of Moët & Chandon’s creative culture and passion for perfection.

The Chairs can be used to create many special moments to express different aspects of the Moët & Chandon lifestyle, be it a moment of quiet self accomplishment, a seductive dinner for two with a private chef, a relaxed celebration with friends, even a party in an unexpected location.  The possibilities are limitless and the experience enhanced by the elegance of Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage 2000.

The new Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2000 was recently launched in Hong Kong with an intimate “ephemeral dinner” staged for a group of Hong Kong VIPs at the exclusive Kou Concepts, using the twelve Gold Vintage Panton Chairs. A popup restaurant was created from nowhere, giving guests a unique and surprising experience.

Only 250 limited edition iconic Gold Vintage Panton Chairs are available internationally of which just twelve are available exclusively in Hong Kong.  The chairs are now on sale individually, as a pair, or in any number up to twelve, and each comes with a bottle of 6L Mathusalem Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2000, for HKD20,000.

“Certain great objects are like very great wines: they are perfectly of their time, but remain unforgettable,” said Benoît Gouez , Chef de Cave at Moët & Chandon.

With its Grand Vintage 2000, Moët & Chandon has created a wine that is assertive and intriguing, radiant and impertinent, one that will entice enthusiasts who seek sensations of complexity and precision.

The Grand Vintage 2000 and Grand Vintage Rosé 2000 are now available at leading Hong Kong retailers and at the city’s top bars and restaurants, priced at HK$568 for the Grand Vintage 2000 and HK$598 for the Grand Vintage 2000 Rosé.  

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Smoking At Home Banned In California

Council officials in Belmont, California passed new legislation this week which makes smoking illegal in almost all flats and homes in the city.

Under the new regulations, smokers living in apartment blocks will now only be allowed to light up in ‘designated outdoor; with authorities prosecuting whenever neighbours snitch on each other.

New of the ultra-strict ban (which also prohibits smoking from all outdoor cafes and open air smoking areas connected to clubs and restuarants) emerged as cops in Scranton, Pennsylvania arrested a woman for swearing at her toilet this week, when an off duty officer who lived nearby heard her cursing at her loo.

Ms Dawn Herb now faces up to 90 days in jail, the Times-Tribune reported this week, after being charged with ‘disorderly conduct’ after she ignored the cop’s orders to ‘keep it down’.

"The toilet was overflowing and leaking down into the kitchen and I was yelling for my daughter to get the mop," Ms Herb told the newspaper, "It doesn't make any sense. I was in my house. It's not like I was outside or drunk,” she pleaded.

In more domestic crime news, William Antonio Serrano, 22, was remanded in custody in a Texas jail this week, after he allegedly stabbed to death his flatmate in a drunken argument.

Mr Serrano reportedly stabbed his victim repeatedly after being taunted over his ‘smelly feet’, the Washington Post reported.

The story could have ominous implications for clubland, judging by comments on Judge Jules’ blog this week, in which he highlighted (not for the first time) an increasingly alarming consequence of the recent UK smoking ban.

“Turnmills is always good, in fact it’s legendary. The only snag was that I could smell quite a lot of BO (body odour) from the crowd,” Jules complained, “The smoking ban has left many late night dance clubs often smelling unsavoury to say the least. Scented dancefloors must surely follow,” he predicted. (

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Robot Sex & Love Shocker

Artificial intelligence expert David Levy from the University of Maastricht suggested that humans will be marrying robots within 50 years, this week, as he published his thesis on ‘Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners’.

Mr Levy pointed out that interracial and same sex marriages were taboo until relatively recently and said advances in technology mean the key reasons why humans fall in love (such as common interests and knowing the other person likes them) are easily programmable, as robots become ever more human-like in appearance.

"It may sound a little weird, but it isn't; love and sex with robots are inevitable,” Mr Levy told, (particularly for) ‘people who find it hard to form relationships, because they are extremely shy, or have psychological problems, or are just plain ugly or have unpleasant personalities," he said.

A publicist for San Diego sex doll manufacturers RealDoll identified more potential robot lovers in June, when she gave an interview to local newspaper San Diego City Beat, in June. Ms Shelly Couture said ‘vertically challenged 35- to 65-year-old men with disposable incomes’ make up one of the biggest customers groups for their $6,499 dolls, with women also buying them for their husbands and boyfriends.
“One woman came to us with her tax return and, knowing that she was going to be away for a long time, bought one for her husband so he wouldn’t be fooling around on her,” she said. Good or bad chemistry? ‘All fits serve a psychological purpose designed to protect ourselves from discomfort. Most couples aren't aware of their fit until something happens to change it. We all grow and mature, our needs change and our relationships need to adapt to those changes . . ‘)


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Tattooing’s Last Taboo

The BBC examined the increasing popularity of tattoos amongst ‘normal people this week declaring ‘would-be prime ministers' wives have them. Lawyers have them. Doctors have them. So how did tattoos become so acceptable?’

BBC writer Finlo Rohrer suggested tattoos are now an ‘everyday thing’, particularly for women and interviewed sociology professor (and tattoo expert) Katherine Irwin, who pointed out that many new tattoos are wimpy generic concealed ones which in reality are nowadays ‘middle class symbols’.

"They (middle class people) like to play with fringe identities without sacrificing their middle class status,” Professor Irwin suggested, “They get a tattoo that is thumbing their nose at middle class society in a way that is so mainstream that it would be hard to push them out,” she said.

Skrufff man-in-Bangkok Bee, who has well as having his entire back covered by a giant centipede, has a face tattoo, was unimpressed with the general trend, declaring ‘tattoos are no longer a statement now unless it’s a fashion statement.’

“Though I don’t mind normal people getting them,” Bee added, “Anything that makes ‘norms’ more colourful is a good thing.”

The British born DJ and guitarist has long based himself in Bangkok where he DJs and plays with Futon and spoke proudly of his face tattoo, which he’s continued to gradually expand, he said.

“My first face tattoo was three white lines on my cheekbone in the mid eighties and since then I have had 2 beauty spots and a blue /jade coloured rune added,” said Bee.

“Charles Manson drew an X on his forehead to cross himself out of society; I guess my face tattoos were a similar statement. The blue Vikings used the rune I had done, they believed it could make them invisible in battles. It has worked for me in several other situations,” he added. “Facial tattoos are the last bastion of tattoos that have any effect on other people,” he said.

Despite admitting that he was barred from several gyms recently when on tour in Japan, Bee said even his face tattoo is no longer so shocking.

“Most people don’t think my blue rune is a real tattoo because they have never seen anything like it before. Either that or they can’t see me coz I am invisible,” he laughed.

He also chatted happily about his massive centipede tattoo that took 87 hours of work to be inked onto his back (spread over a year).

“I had it all done in Thailand by a Thai tattooist and his wife. It's kind of a homage to William Burroughs (he had a centipede phobia),” Bee explained, “It teaches me to overcome my fears.  Plus centipedes are such beautiful ferocious creatures.”

Bee offered one piece of cogent advice for anyone thinking to follow in his footsteps; ‘never bargain the price of a tattoo down’.

“You want to be tattooed by a happy tattooist,” he laughed.

Tatttoo fanatic Judge Jules also urged caution when deciding to be inked, advising sober reflection before making the decision.

“I've got a mate who's a tattoo artist, and I was in his studio watching people come in and make five second choices from a book full of designs.
They were making rapid fire decisions about something that would be with them for the rest of their lives,” he told Skrufff.

“In my case he did a number of different bespoke designs especially for me, and I chose one after rejecting a number of his sketches as unsuitable.  At best tattooists are great artists, and I'd like to think that mine count as such.”

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Global Warming & Mosquitoes Menace Manhattan

US scientists warned this week that rapidly melting glaciers could raise sea levels dramatically ‘in single years’ prompting ‘catastrophic effects and devastation’ to low lying cities like New York and Miami.

Top US scientist Professor Correll from the Heinz Centre in Washington told Alternet reporter Paul Brown that he’s personally witnessed one glacier moving 5 km in 90 minutes and said global warming estimates of 60cm rises in sea level are already ‘conservative.’

In more alarming US news, a 35 year old Scottish painter and decorator was reportedly lying in a coma in an Edinburgh hospital this week after contracting the Eastern Equine Encephalitis or Triple E virus while holidaying in New England this summer. Michael Nicholson reportedly contracted the disease after being bitten by a mosquito when fishing in New Hampshire, prompting his sister to urge US authorities to warn tourists visiting the States.

“There is no cure and there is no vaccine, so all you can do is try and prevent yourself being bitten,” Sharan McKenzie told the BBC, "You don't think there is going to be a risk if you get bitten by a mosquito in somewhere like the US, or Spain,” she pointed out.

Ireland’s Tropical Medical Bureau meanwhile warned of a global outbreak of dengue fever this week, citing 160,000 cases in Indonesia as well as massive rises in Malaysia, Thailand, the Caribbean and even Rio de Janeiro (where an epidemic struck in 2002).  The bureau warned that no vaccines exist against the disease, with avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes the only surefire way of protection.

“Dengue mosquitoes bite by day whereas malarial mosquitoes bite by night,” the Bureau added, “The condition is characterised by the sudden onset of fever, headache, muscle and joint pain.”

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DJ Lifestyles Match Delinquent Definition

Wanting to party non-stop is one of the key factors that makes a person a criminal, according to a new book on the rise of the Hells Angels.

‘Angels of Death’ claims people join gangs ‘because living the life of a criminal allows them to perpetuate their party lifestyle’, and cites top criminologist Maurice Cusson’s study ‘Why Delinquency?’ to prove its point.

“It’s not the fact that they like to party that distinguishes delinquents from common humanity. What separates them from the rest of us is that they make partying the centre of their existence,” the Canadian scientist suggests

UK Hed Kandi founder and club pioneer Mark Doyle, chatted to Skrufff several years ago about making partying the absolute focus of his own high octane life, though said he channelled his own relentless 24/7 lifestyle towards work.

“I’m an obsessive compulsive that needs to work seven days a week,” said Mark,  “It’s just one of those things that happens; the more you get immersed in music, writing about it, playing it and being interested in it, the more it takes over and that’s what a DJ is essentially.”

“A DJ isn’t just someone who goes out and plays records,” he continued, “A DJ is a person who has a genuine interest in music and that genuine interest at some point transfers from being someone who’s happy to play the occasional album at a dinner party, to wanting to play music to people all the time,” he added.

US hip hop/ house pioneer Jazzy Jeff applied a similarly obsessive approach that brought him millions as well as an unanticipated obsession with hi-tech gadgets, he told Skrufff in 2005.

"My spending sprees used to be crazy because they were spending sprees on equipment. I've never been the guy saying "I'm gonna buy a $25,000 watch', I'd rather buy a $25,000 television that can turn itself on and off- I'm a gadget fanatic,” said Jazzy.

“Will (aka bandmate Fresh Prince aka Hollywood superstar Will Smith) was somebody that wanted seven or eight cars whereas I was like, give me one car, but give me a $50,000 sound system in that car that has everything you can ever imagine,” he recalled.

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Hugh Hefner Snubs Spektrum

Lawyers from Hugh Hefner’s Playboy organisation reportedly threatened to sue London electro band Spektrum this week over the band’s decision to dress singer Lola Olafisoye in bowtie, rabbit ears and tail for their new video for single ‘Don’t Be Shy.’

StopStart label manager David Halliwell said the legal note warned that ‘the right to wear those three things in combination is the property of Playboy’ and criticised the ageing lothario’s actions.

"To be censored by Playboy after Hefner has spent nearly 50 years in court fighting against censorship laws is ludicrous,” he complained, “Saying that, this case is based on money not morals and Hugh Hefner has a lot more of the former than the latter,” he said.

His angry retort differed markedly in tone with the views of Defected DJ Dimitri From Paris, who in 2003 told Skrufff in an interview ‘I thought Hugh Hefner was the last real gentleman I’ve met.’ The French DJ mixed two compilation CDs for Hefner’s Playboy organisation at the beginning of the decade and was effusive in his praise for the notorious publisher.

“We just shook hands, but he gave me a very good impression,” he recalled.

“He was a real gentleman, in fact. Especially being in the area he’s in, the sex business… but he was delightful. I also like what he’s done with the magazine, it’s tasteful, not vulgar, and so I have a lot of respect for him.”

Gigolo Records boss DJ Hell also bigged up Hefner several years ago, after also linking up for a Playboy mansion mix CD.

“I have huge respect for both P Diddy and Hugh Hefner and people like them generally. Because I see what these kind of people have created in their lives,” said Hell, “They live their dream and nothing else, so I think I’m on the right path myself,” he added. (Spektrum censored)

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