Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin – the A list couple have bought themselves a brand new LA property.
This goes with the house they already own in London (actually 2 houses knocked together), the estate in the Hamptons outside New York as well as a luxury penthouse in Manhattan.
The new property is in the Mandeville Canyon area in the Brentwood district of LA and is said to have cost them around $10.4m (£6.6m) for the 8k sq ft property which has 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. The couple will also have stables in their new home as well as a cottage for guests in the grounds. The back garden (not really a back garden as any of us would understand) is huge with large areas of lawn and also plenty of options for entertaining guests for garden parties.
At the moment the couple and their young family divide their time between their London home and their 2 US homes but we wonder if things are about to change with the purchase of the new Californian property which will be their most expensive home by some distance.
The couple have not officially commented on their new purchase but in recent months Gwyneth has posted comments via Twitter on how she finds travelling with a young family very demanding.
The new property was only built last year as a concept home by the noted US designer Windsor Smith. Not surprisingly given the designer’s name this has led to the home being called the “House of Windsor” and prior to being purchased by Martin and Paltrow it was featured in Veranda magazine. A particular talking point of the property is the very large kitchen which was also designed by Smith and she has described kitchens as being the new living rooms.
Smith is clearly a fan of England and English design and has incorporated a number of classic English features into the US property. She is also a personal fan of things linking in with her last name as well as she uses a silver pen for her work that once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor.
With such a large US property investment and noting the actress’s comments on Twitter we wonder of the Paltrow/Martin family are looking at relocating permanently to America and cutting their ties with the UK. Adding to the likelihood of a full-time move to the US is the fact that Gwyneth’s mother, actress Blythe Danner, also lives in the US.
Alan Turing – today would have been the mathematician, computer scientist, AI specialist and cryptoanalyst’s 100th birthday.
Turing was responsible for a number of big innovation, especially in the world of computing. His work on algorithms and computation paved the way for all of today’s modern computers and their operating systems.
He is closely associated with the work done at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. This codebreaking work on the encrypted messages from the German Enigma machines is often hailed as being behind the Allied victory and certainly saved thousands if not millions of lives.
Sadly Turing’s private life could not be described as being as successful as his work. He was gay at a time when this was still a criminal offence and was prosecuted in 1952 by the government he had helped to save only a few years earlier. He was then given the choice of imprisonment or an experimental form of chemical castration. He chose castration as imprisonment would have meant an end to any work for the British Government, effectively ending all his research.
Two years later in 1954 Turing was dead. His inquest ruled his death as suicide by cyanide poisoning although there are now doubts being cast on this verdict. In fact his family insisted at the time that his death was not suicide and he had been described by many friends and colleagues as being happy in the days before his death as well as leaving his usual “To Do” notes on his desk before leaving his office.
Although far too late to be of any use to Turing or his close family the British Government did issue an official apology for his treatment in 2009. The then Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “While Mr. Turing was dealt with under the law of the time and we can’t put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him.”
Turing could certainly be described correctly by that much overused word “genius.” There were some of the finest minds in the world working at Bletchley Park during the Second World War and many of those working there with Turing have described him as the brightest of them all.
If he had lived longer who knows what other innovations he would have been responsible for in the world of computing.
When you see the Google Doodle today in his honour (which spells out Google in binary code in case you were wondering) them remember to say a word of thanks for the man who probably more than anyone has made it possible for you to have a computer in the first place.