• Michelle Johnson

Tempus 70: the sudden change that led to a celebration of nature

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

Our latest issue of Tempus features the beauty of Trentino's dark skies on a very special 'back to nature' cover, but our original plans were somewhat different. Our November issue was in fact intended to be a celebration of Bond to coincide with the November release of No Time to Die, but when it was unexpectedly delayed until April 2021 just as we were preparing to go to press, we had to rethink our approach very quickly.

With less than a week to replace or reimagine nearly a third of the magazine, this was probably my biggest trial as an editor so far. But by leaning into the celebration of nature-focused escapes, wellness-based travel and destinations that encourage us to reconnect with what we love after a long, gruelling six months of the Covid-19 pandemic, our brilliant team created an issue that I'm incredibly proud of.

Read my full editor's letter here:

"Autumn has traditionally been seen as a time of regeneration and rebirth, from the colours of the harvest to the swift move towards the party season as the weather cools. It is in this spirit of transformation that we are delighted to introduce this issue of Tempus.

Although we continue to face challenging times – not just in the ongoing concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic but the period of recession we subsequently face – there is some light in the darkness. At least, according to disputes lawyer Darren Roiser who, in just 18 months, took his firm King & Wood Mallesons London from administration to the 11th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street. In our exclusive interview with Roiser on page 76, the firm’s managing partner says that, as long as we acknowledge the new reality of changing markets, there is opportunity to be found in crisis – and urges those in the luxury and financial sectors to tackle the deficit of social mobility.

As we mark Black History Month 2020, his sentiment is more vital than ever, and echoed by Belu’s new CEO, Natalie Campbell. Speaking to our wealth editor, Campbell does not beat around the bush, highlighting the statistics that tell us how inclusive hiring can lead to business growth – and, ultimately, a healthier future for our economy as a whole (36).

Elsewhere in this issue, we turn to the environment in an exploration of how country pursuits, such as game shooting, are working to dramatically increase biodiversity and wildlife conservation (50). We also speak to crack shot Rachel Carrie about her passion for field-to-fork advocacy (54), and head to Reims to find out why the world’s first champagne brand Ruinart has teamed up with British artist David Shrigley on a creative sustainability mission (56).

On the subject of celebrating British diversity in all its forms, we explore the incredible English country escapes reminding us that the whole world is on our doorstep (40), as well as discover the rising trend of astrotourism (22) – and the remarkable images of the night sky that inspired our celestial cover – which is encouraging us all to switch off, get back to nature and, ultimately, reach for the stars."