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Alice in Wonderland queen explores Malta connection – Article in The Times of Malta, 24th April 2010

April 28, 2010

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, who stars as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, was in Malta for a brief holiday retracing the steps of her great uncle, Charles, who was Governor of Malta in the late 1930s.

She was here with her partner, director Tim Burton, their two children and some close friends on board actor Johnny Depp’s boat Vajoliroja.

The Vajoliroja sailed from Naples and spent a few days in Gozo before ending their three-week holiday in Malta, berthed at Grand Harbour Marina in Vittoriosa.

On arrival, Ms Bonham Carter made it a point to visit the Grandmasters’ Palace in Valletta to look up her uncle’s name on a plaque listing all those who governed Malta during British rule.

They were due to leave Malta last Friday but were stuck here, grounded by the flight cancellations that plagued Europe over the last few days. As a result, their stay was extended by another six days, which the couple turned into an opportunity to pay a second visit to the city. They left on Thursday, as soon as flights resumed.

They were accompanied by Edward Woods, managing partner of BWA Yachting, the company that handled Mr Depp’s yacht. He presented them with a copy of John Manduca’s publication The Bonham-Carter Diaries, which looks at the period during which Sir Charles Bonham-Carter governed between 1936 and 1940.

Mr Woods said: “Helena and Tim were particularly intrigued by the rich colour of our Maltese stone and by the fact that Malta boasts an illustrious history and such an impressive artistic legacy.

“They kept asking many questions about Malta’s role under the Knights, about the Great Siege and about Valletta and its architecture. They were also particularly intrigued by our Maltese traditional balconies.”

They are very close friends with Mr Depp, who is the godfather of their first child Billy Ray, and the trio has collaborated on several box office hits such as Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the 1990 classic Edward Scissorhands, which was directed by Mr Burton and starred Mr Depp.

The partners at BWA Yachting Malta, part of an international franchise, are over the moon that the first private yacht to be welcomed to their new facilities at the Grand Harbour Marina was that belonging to a world renowned actor… to say nothing of his famous guests.

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Sourcing potential clients in London town

May 13, 2009

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The real estate opportunities in Malta was a breath of fresh air to most of the London based estate agencies.

Following last October’s visit whereby Dr Carl Peralta of 77 Great Estates introduced our real estate services to various firms in London, amongst which Chesterton, The Guild of Professional Estate Agents + Fine & Country, Quintessentially Estates and Strategic Development Capital Partners Ltd, this month, Dr Peralta re-visited some of our contacts followed by baron estates, Bective Leslie Marsh, Carter Jonas, Jackson-Stops, Lurot Brand, Marylebone High, Mayfair office, sandfords, savills, Liquid Financial Management Ltd and Wigmore Estates.

Moreover, 77 Great Estates entered into a trade agreement with Baydom Hill plc in order to offer our clients corporate services, private client foreign exchange, international mortgages, insurance and international regular payments.  This will strengthen our one stop shop concierge service headed by Mrs Julienne Borg.

Once in London, we could not miss out on eating at Cipriani, Signor Sassi and Galvin.  We look forward to our follow-up meetings to be held towards the end of this year.  In the meantime, we will be visiting Eastern Europe; bookmark our blog to keep you posted!

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Slovakia – more than oligarchs

May 5, 2009

slovakia2Recently, Dr Carl Peralta of 77 Great Estates together with friends attended a birthday party of a Slovakian friend.  They stayed at a Best Western Hotel in the middle of a snow covered mountain.  The party was held in the hotel’s disco and featured local rap artist Rytmus accompanied by fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

On the first night, “we ate together with a local celebrity … at a Grill and Tapas restaurant bang opposite the famous Fashion Bar which was our last spot for the night.


The following day, we visited the old part of Bratislava together with picturesque squares, cosy restaurants and good food such as Jazz cafe and modern shopping malls.

On the last day, we enjoyed a long lunch at “Parliament’s Restaurant” with views stretching throughout most of the Danube with the backdrop of blocks of flats and the industrial area.  Close by was the presently restored Bratislava castle”.

Once there, Dr Peralta had the opportunity to meet up with a Slovakian successful real estate developer/businessman who is planning another visit to Malta following his failed attempt at introducing a €100m project in Malta.  Seems like he did not know the right people, until now!

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