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Inside the huge aircraft hangar home to £12m private jets and fighter planes

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On a bright, clear day, a man in blue overalls came to collect us and guided us through a vast military base.

After being waved through by the guard there was no indication that a few hundred feet away was where a staggering variety of planes were kept and looked after.

We waited to cross the runway while an army helicopter was about to take off and just across from us stood the huge hangar on the St Athan base in the Vale of Glamorgan.

It was then that we met John Sparks, owner of Horizon Aviation, and a man terrified of flying.

John Sparks inside the hangar

Chatting in his office full of aviation trinkets and models, John was clearly happy to talk about his passion for planes.

He took us into the hangar to see them first hand. The sheer vastness of the space hits you as soon as you walk through, amplified by the small, dark corridor beforehand.

It was hard to know what to look at first – there were planes everywhere.

Filled with private jets, fighter planes and even a Russian aerobatic aircraft, this is the large hangar in Wales where dentists and businessmen come to get their planes repaired.

It’s home to millions of pounds worth of planes and is owned by a war veteran who is in fact terrified of flying.

Some of the planes stored in the hangar

John bought Horizon Aviation almost 20 years ago. He has transformed it into one of the largest aviation aircraft engineering and flight training companies in the UK.

The hangar on the St Athan Ministry of Defence (MoD) base is where the planes come from across the world to be repaired and tested. Some have even been bought off the internet.

John, 59, who served in the Gulf War, said: “All of the people who own planes here have different reasons and backgrounds.

“We have got aeroplane pilots who own jets, a syndicate who jointly own one, a dentist and a businessman who uses his plane to fly to meetings.”

John, who owns two military jets himself, said the reason people want to own such a piece of kit is simple.

“A lot of the ex-military guys still want to get that buzz they had when they were serving, and it’s the same for the civilians who have lots and lots of money.

“Anyone can buy a jet, they’re available on the internet. We specialise in that, we take them from museums.

“And we’ve restored aircraft that were ground training vehicles.”

A Hawker Hunter jet

When we went in search of Horizon Aviation, the hangar wasn’t easy to reach.

It is based on an MoD site, and after providing ID to a guard, we were handed passes and asked to wait until someone from Horizon could collect us.

We were then driven in convoy through the base to reach the slightly scruffy looking hanger which appeared completely nondescript with no indication of what was inside.

With around 50 planes inside, one of the most impressive is the huge Gulfstream IV private jet worth around £12.5m.

Sent to the hangar for some checks that needed to be carried out, the jet looms over the smaller propeller powered planes tucked underneath its wings that stretch 77ft wide.

Once we were inside the hangar, John’s passion for the planes became clear. Quickly answering every question about each of the planes, John detailed their history, what they were like to fly and how easy they were to maintain.

It wasn’t always easy to hear John as his team of experienced engineers tested a plane’s propeller just outside the huge hangar doors and the radio echoed through the building.

One of the Russian Yakovlev aerobatic planes

Despite all of this, John admits he is terrified of flying.

“I hate flying. Hate it. I hate heights. I did fly to Blackpool and back the other week because it was quicker but I avoid it if I can.

“I fly commercial of course because you have to but I don’t like it.”

The vast hangar is packed full of planes with teams of men tending to and testing a variety of aircraft.

Just walking from one end of the 40,000 square foot hangar requires ducking and weaving around the numerous planes.

John said: “We build our own planes here too. We take the ones that are a bit ropey and then we do them up.

“It’s much cheaper to do it that way, there’s plenty of parts out there.

“It is a bit daunting but we look after them as if I was flying them or if my daughter was.

“At the end of the day it’s me that signs the bit of paper to say it’s safe to fly. The buck stops with me.”

A plane is brought back into the hangar

Although clearly enthusiastic about each of the planes in the hangar John admits it’s not an easy job.

He said: “Me and my wife work seven days a week. It is a full-time job and it’s very stressful.

“If I did it all over again I wouldn’t do this.”

In one corner of the hangar sits various propeller planes used by the company’s flying school, all named after John’s grandchildren, sister and daughter.

John said: “We teach people to go from zero to hero here. Anyone can learn to fly. You can start at 15 and be flying solo by the time you’re 17.

“We try to get everyone to enjoy it. We are not a shirt and tie kind of place that you might expect a flying school to be, just so that people feel more relaxed.”

Aspiring pilots are taught by a number of instructors, including a Boeing 737 freight pilot and former paratrooper Neil Boyles.

Operational manager Neil, 45, from Caerphilly, said: “We had a girl that just passed who did the training during her break from university.

“We have got a variety of people and ages who come here.

“The average time it takes to complete the course is around nine months and so far nobody at the school has failed.”

John said he and a friend now plan to open an aviation museum in the near future, housing some of the historic planes they own.

Bernie Sanders demanded private jets while campaigning for Hillary, Clinton staffers say

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Bernie Sanders may portray himself as an advocate for the environment and economic justice, but his lavish lifestyle says otherwise.

Less than a week after Sanders entered the presidential race, former staffers of Hillary Clinton took a snipe at Sanders for his use of private jets while stumping for Clinton in the general election.

Sanders’ private jet use revealed

Six former staffers of Hillary Clinton ignited some intra-party drama Monday when they told Politico that Sanders demanded private jet travel that eventually cost the campaign at least $100,000. The campaign wanted Sanders to use mostly commercial travel but he insisted on flying in a private jet. Sanders’ travel habits became a “running joke” to the Clinton campaign, a former staffer said.

Sanders has made protecting the environment a priority of his campaign, embracing the Green New Deal, which seeks to eliminate carbon emissions from American life in 10 years to stop climate change. Part of that plan calls for eliminating air travel.

Private jet travel isn’t unusual on campaigns, and a spokeswoman for Sanders said that it was logistically impossible for him to pull off a late-stage campaign blitz for Clinton — 39 rallies in 13 states — without chartering flights.

“That’s why chartered flights were used: to make sure Sen. Sanders could get to as many locations as quickly as possible in the effort to help the Democratic ticket defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders spokeswoman Arianna Jones told Politico. “Sen. Sanders campaigned so aggressively for Secretary Clinton, at such a grueling pace, it became a story unto itself, setting the model for how a former opponent can support a nominee in a general election.”

However, Sanders continued to use private jets in the two years since 2016 election, with his re-election campaign spending $342,000 on private jet travel to stump for Democrats all over the country last year. Jones said that Sanders bought carbon offsets to limit fuel emissions for that tour.

Hypocrite on climate, economy

The once-underdog has become a front-runner in the 2020 race, and he has come under increased scrutiny for a lifestyle which critics say is at odds with his socialist politics. Critics say that Sanders’ private jet use shows the self-avowed advocate for the environment and social justice to be a hypocrite.

The Clinton campaign’s broadside is just the latest accusation of hypocrisy to hit Sanders. The proud socialist is a millionaire and owns three homes.

He’s not alone. Numerous Democrats speak of the wealthy as the enemy while leading comfortable lives apart from the rabble. Democratic upstart Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) recently moved into a luxury apartment complex in Washington, D.C, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), known for fiery invective against the rich, has a net worth of nearly $8 million.

Crabs in a barrel

But Sanders’ status as the leader of a grassroots movement that pushed his party far to the Left makes his hypocrisy more impactful. Two years later, the Democratic party has become the party of Sanders’ democratic socialism — if only in spirit.

If 2020 is not Sanders’ year, the far-left challenge that he brought against the Democratic party establishment left a permanent imprint on the party — and the Clinton camp with an enduring grudge. Some Clinton supporters thought that Sanders’ endorsement was too little, too late, and two years later, former staffers of Clinton are trying to drag him down by throwing a bright red light on his lavish lifestyle choices.

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said that the Clinton campaign’s attack shows exactly why nobody likes Hillary Clinton.

“You can see why she’s one of the most disliked politicians in America. She’s not nice. Her people are not nice,” he said. “[Sanders] busted his tail to fly all over the country to talk about why it made sense to elect Hillary Clinton and the thanks that [we] get is this kind of petty stupid sniping a couple years after the fact.”

“It doesn’t make me feel good to feel this way but they’re some of the biggest assholes in American politics,” he added.

For their part, Sanders supporters haven’t forgotten about how their candidate was jilted by an apparently biased Democratic National Committee, either, with Sanders saying he “fully expects” a fair shake this time.

Sanders’ campaign got off to an impressive start with fundraising, collecting nearly $10 million in less than a week — far more than his competitors. But some question whether Bernie can evoke the energy he brought out in his supporters in 2016, particularly as his once-radical ideas have become standard in a crowded field of candidates. It certainly doesn’t help that he is facing attacks so early on from a vengeful Democratic party establishment. His campaign also hit a bump when numerous top staffers headed for the exits within days of the launch.

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press. 

People Are Renting Grounded Private Jets to Appear Fabulous on Instagram

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In today’s social media-obsessed world, people go to great lengths to project a picture-perfect life. Be it on their Facebook profiles or Instagram feeds, users can’t help but filter their posts to show their life’s highlight reel. Maybe it’s the need for validation. Maybe it’s the pressures of modern society. But it’s one thing to choose only the best moments to share online, and a totally different one to stage certain events for the likes.

You’ve probably heard of Instagrammers posting plandid photos, or poses that look candid but were totally planned. But it turns out there’s a newer and bigger way of staging photos that’s becoming quite a thing nowadays.

One private jet company, Private Jet Studio, is allowing people to hire their grounded jets so they can look Insta-cool.

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The Moscow-based company also offers private photoshoot services complete with photographers, equipment, props, makeup, and styling. The goal is to make their clients feel and look like a real high roller – even just for a few hours.

The rent and photography services cost $244 for two hours.

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To include a video, you’ll have to pay $434. A simple access to the plane costs $191. Photos can be taken outside the plane, while boarding, while inside, and while heading out.

Pets are also allowed to join the photoshoot.

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Perhaps your pooch can also get a taste of the luxurious life. Couples and groups of friends have also signed up for the service.

A lot of Instagrammers hoping to build a following and a brand are trying out Private Jet Studio’s offerings.

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The glamour of appearing to afford a private jet surely gets a lot of attention and likes on Instagram, so it’s no surprise aspiring Instagram stars are getting in on the new trend.

What do you think of this new way to get likes?

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Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Home Office ferrying immigrants and foreign crooks home in half-empty private jets

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HALF-EMPTY private jets paid for by taxpayers are deporting illegal immigrants and foreign offender.

Thirty-five aircraft hired by the Home Office flew around 1,500 people back home to countries such as Pakistan, Jamaica, Nigeria and Ghana.

The Home Office has spent £2.1million of taxpayers money sending back illegal immigrants on half-empty aircrafts

One flight to Pakistan filled just 29 deportees and 62 staff leaving 177 seats empty.

A trip to Jamaica, codenamed Waldrop, saw 42 returnees looked after by a total of 138 staff.

And just 111 seats were taken, including just 36 returnees, on a journey to Albania.

The revelation, which accounts for private flights for 2016, comes after the Home Office annual report last year showed £2.1 million was wasted on flight costs.

The Home Office set about one flight to Pakistan filled which just had 29 deportees and 62 staff leaving 177 seats empty

Ministers incurred the costs as a result of cancelling tickets after asylum seekers had been granted the right to appeal.

It has previously been revealed that one flight costing an estimated £250,000 took home just one Moroccan.

John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Taxpayers will be bewildered at the cost of these deportations.

“It doesn’t seem sensible for the Government to pay more money for foreign criminals to travel home on private jets when commercial flights are available for many of these journeys.

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“The system for removing offenders must be dramatically improved and cheaper alternatives pursued wherever possible.”

Tory MP Philip Hollobone last night said: “Most people will struggle to understand why private jets are needed to return these people. A clear explanation is needed that money is being spent wisely.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The majority of enforced immigration returns are undertaken using scheduled flights.

“Charter flights are used where there are limited scheduled routes or where there could potentially be more disruptive immigration offenders.

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“In total, almost 38,000 illegal migrants either voluntarily returned or were subject to an enforced return in 2016/17.

“This includes 6,300 foreign national offenders (FNOs), the highest number ever.

“When chartering a flight we consider how much space is safely needed and we always seek to maximise capacity of the flight.”

Google Camp on Climate Crisis Attended by Rich and Famous in Private Jets, Mega Yachts

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Google’s seventh annual meeting of the minds, dubbed Google Camp, is happening at a seaside resort in Sicily and this year, it is dedicated to the climate crisis. Luminaries from tech, business, entertainment and politics descended upon the Italian island to discuss ideas and solutions for tackling the climate crisis at the three-day event that costs Google upwards of $20 million, according to Business Insider.


The highly secretive event at the Verdura Resort near a UNESCO World Heritage ruins prevents attendees from posting on social media while in attendance. On the first night, Chris Martin of Coldplay performed a private concert for attendees with the Valley of the Temples ruins in nearby Agrigento as a backdrop.

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The Verdura Resort is a short distance from the airport in Palermo, though many guests arrive via private helicopter or on private yachts, according to Forbes.

In fact, the Palermo airport had made preparations for the expected arrival of 114 private jets, according to Giornale Di Sicilia. The influx of private jets, private yachts, helicopters, sports cars and limousines seems in stark contrast to the theme of the conference. By contrast, Greta Thunberg, the teenage activist, eschews meat, dairy and air travel, to mitigate her carbon footprint. She will sail to New York from Europe to attend the UN Climate Summit next month.

The transportation of the various guests, including Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harry Styles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Mark Zuckerberg, and Diane Von Furstenberg amongst many others have drawn condemnation on social media and in the press. After all, a flight from New York to Palermo, Sicily, generates around 4.24 metric tons of CO2, or the equivalent of 540,652 smart phones being charged at one time, according to EuroNews. That’s a lot of carbon for just a few people. And, that doesn’t include the greenhouse gasses emitted by the 2,300 horsepower diesel-engine private yachts.

One Twitter user commented, “Several #celebrities, wealthy and famous people have arrived in Sicily for #Google summit to discuss climate change. Are these folks going to push for a bill to be passed to ban use of private jets and mega yachts?” as Fox News reported.

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Several #celebrities, wealthy and famous people have arrived in Sicily for #Google summit to discuss climate change. Are these folks going to push for a bill to be passed to ban use of private jets and mega yachts?

— breezabeach (@breezabeach) August 1, 2019

And another wrote, “The hypocrisy of all these celebrities and billionaires that are traveling to a climate change summit in their private jets! The fact that Google spent $20bn on this initiative just shows that they’d rather look the part than be the part! Put that money INTO ACTION! not a parade!”

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The hypocrisy of all these celebrities and billionaires that are travelling to a climate change summit in their private jets!The fact that Google spent $20bn on this initiative just shows that they’d rather look the part than be the part! Put that money INTO ACTION!not a parade!

— R (@rahilkn) August 1, 2019

And, after Prince Harry gave an impassioned speech about saving nature in his bare-feet at the conference, one New York Post columnist wrote, “It doesn’t get much sillier than being lectured on carbon footprints by a prince whose family rattles around in multiple palaces.”

However, EuroNews argues that even the apparent hypocrisy generates a discussion about the climate crisis. EuroNews columnist Maeve Campbell writes:

“While the facts remain, following the influx of private vehicles to Google’s Italian retreat, there is an argument to be made that both the coverage generated and the environmental awareness resulting from it, makes it all worth it. To center such an important event around climate change in this day and age is a positive step in the right direction, given the amount of influential figures in attendance, all with staggering platforms to effect change all around the world.

‘To have them all in one place, working together to achieve a common goal that could really make a difference along the road to becoming carbon neutral before 2050 – perhaps the positives outweigh the negatives? And even if you disagree, at least the very fact they all arrived in such sheer extravagance has brought all the more attention to the event and the eco themes surrounding it!”

10 Most Outrageously Expensive Private Jets

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You might want to check out these most luxurious and expensive private jets in the world so you could have something to choose from once you’ve become an ultra millionaire.

Kenneth Copeland Defends Private Jets in Wild Interview

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HYPOCRITE! Bernie Sanders Spent $300,000 On Private Jets – In One Month Alone – Flag And Cross

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Democrat Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is, himself, the definition of hypocrisy.

Bernie calls for the rich to fork over their cash in order to be redistributed, yet forgets he’s a member of the 1%.

He’s also big into “saving” the planet, yet has no problem flying private.

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The list could go on for a while.

But spending $300,000 on private flights in a single month? Is this guy a rockstar?

From Daily Wire:

“According to federal campaign finance reports, Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator’s official 2018 Senate campaign committee, spent $297,685.50 with Apollo Jets, a private charter jet service headquartered in New York,” the website VtDigger.com reported. “The report does not break down the number of trips or where they were taken. The check was issued on Oct. 10, according to the report.”

“This expense was for transportation for the senator’s 9-day, 9-state tour to support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot ahead of Election Day,” campaign spokesman Arianna Jones told VtDigger.com. “This cost covered the entirety of the tour from Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, and back to Vermont,” she said.

Jones said Sanders used private jets “to allow the senator to campaign in all of the states where candidates wanted his help and get back to Vermont in order to join the Vermont Democratic Party coordinated campaign’s final GOTV efforts. As Bernie often said while encouraging voters to get involved leading up to Election Day, this was the most important midterm election in our lifetimes and he wanted to have maximum impact.”

Sanders probably would’ve been the Democrat nominee for president in 2016 had the Democrat National Committee not worked their “magic” for Hillary Clinton.

Would Bernie have defeated Donald Trump? We’ll never know.

But what about two years from now?

Does Sanders have a chance?

From Free Beacon:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said on Sunday that he is seriously considering another run for president in 2020.

MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” host Al Sharpton asked the 77-year-old senator if he was going to run again after losing out on the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Sharpton: “Twenty-twenty, everyone is talking about this candidate or that candidate. A central question is, will Bernie Sanders run again?

Sanders: “And the answer is, Al, I will make that decision at the appropriate time. I will be honest with you, you’re a friend, you know, we’re looking at it. But it is … a decision that impacts your family. And I want to make sure that when I make that decision, if I decide to run, that I have concluded, in fact, that I am the strongest candidate who can defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said. “And I’ve got to make that decision based on my background, based on my past, based on my ideas that, in fact, I am the candidate that can defeat Trump.

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Most reasonable people saw it coming long before the results were official on election day.

Beto said he wouldn’t run for president in 2020.

Now, he’s not so sure.

From Free Beacon:

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Both times she was rejected, once by her own party.

Top aides say Hillary may again run for the White House in 2020, despite not being able to walk down a short set of stairs by herself.

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Anthony Joshua lives a life of luxury with private jets and a fleet of cars without having to spend a penny

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ANTHONY Joshua’s rags-to-riches rise from a council flat in Watford to world heavyweight champion has made him a millionaire many times over.

He banked £15million for last month’s fight with Carlos Takam in Cardiff.

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Anthony Joshua has stayed at home in his mum’s council flat as his stardom has taken off

That goes with the £15million for beating Wladimir Klitschko in April, which were by far and away the biggest purses of his career.

The 28-year-old former Olympic champion also has 12 lucrative sponsorship deals including top brands such as Jaguar, Under Armour and Audemars Piguet.

And his business partner Freddie Cunningham has revealed Joshua is living the millionaire lifestyle but isn’t spending a penny doing it.

He revealed that Joshua is being so careful with his money he can live like a millionaire but save all his money… and here’s how.

Anthony Joshua flew to Cardiff by helicopter for his fight with Carlos Takam
Joshua’s manager Freddie Cunningham reveals the boxer doesn’t have to pay for his glam life

The heavyweight champ would rather save his millions and live at home with his mum than splash out.

In fact, the glamorous life we see him live on social media is just more money in his pockets in the form of endorsements and sponsorship.

Cunningham said: “From the outside, it probably looks like he does [live a luxury lifestyle].

“He’s seen in private jets, wearing expensive watches, and driving round in nice cars.

“The jets are all sponsored. We’ve never paid for a private jet, or a helicopter, in our life.

“He gets a signature car from Land Rover. He’s not spending that money. He’s accumulating money.

“He’s living a lifestyle that probably everyone wants him to live, or see him live, but he’s doing it in a smart way. Tactful.”

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AJ’s manager revealed Joshua has never paid for a private jet

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Cunningham is at the forefront of promoting AJ’s image outside the ring and helped the Olympic champion launch his own management company AJ Boxing at the end of 2015.

Joshua has 12 main sponsors including Under Armour, JD Sports, Beats by Dre, StubHub, Dafabet, Lynx, Audemars Piguet, Jaguar Land Rover, BXR, Vodafone, Westfield and Lucozade who are desperate to have the star seen wearing, drinking, smelling off and driving in their products.

AJ is regularly spotted with a different luxury Swiss timepiece draped around his wrist, but with his face and arm attached to the brand he will never have to dip into his pocket for an Audemars Piguet watch.

The boxer is always the envy of watch connoisseurs whether he is weighing in for a fight in his £108,500 silver model or suited and booted accessorised with his £263,600 diamond encrusted rose gold piece.

Joshua, seen here with Wladimir Klitschko, is rarely seen without one of his many Audemars Piguet watches costing over £100,000

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Under Armour is one of Joshua’s sponsors

Joshua has his travel both in the air and on the ground sorted too.

His partnership with Jaguar Land Rover sees his rolling round London in his choice of a fleet of luxury wheels including a custom all-black range he posted on his Instagram.

But it’s not just products that want AJ associated with them, it’s entire countries.

There is no place in the world that screams out glamour and luxury quite like Dubai with its stunning skyline full of out-of-this-world buildings, multi-million pound yachts hosting the most exclusive parties and luxury cars cruising the pristine streets.

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Joshua’s partnership with Land Rover sees him cruising around town in signature wheels

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Joshua’s all-black Under Armour outfit matches his custom Range

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Joshua likes to have a say in his sponsor’s products

Instagram pictures show AJ chilling in the pool with a backdrop of the iconic hotel Burj Al Arab,  flashing his million-dollar smile while body boarding and even sparring 690ft in the air.

But it was Dubai Tourism who splashed out for the privilege of  having the sporting icon spotted hitting their hottest tourist spots.

Cunningham said: “There’s also global interest in Dubai.

“We have a partnership with Dubai Tourism and they really like him and get his philosophy on life, his morals, everything.

“He resonates with that territory. They want to bring boxing there. Hopefully we can do something there.”

Dubai as well as America, Asia and Nigeria are on the list of territories that Cunningham has set his sights on for AJ to conquer next.

AJ recently took a trip to Dubai thanks to his partnership with Dubai Tourism

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To do that it will mean more sponsors, and a lot more free stuff – but that is light work for AJ.

While most corporate marketers tend to shy away from sponsoring individual boxers, they seem to be tripping over each other to get a piece of Joshua.

His knock-out win over former long-reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in April and his dominant stoppage defeat of Takam last month may have helped him rise to stardom in the boxing world – but it maybe something out of his control that has launched him to global stardom and changed the marketing game.

With his 6ft 6in frame covered in perfectly sculpted muscles and a million-dollar smile to match his humble, lovable persona – it may be the almost super human-ness aura that packs his hardest punch when it comes to marketing.

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Cunningham said: “I’ve never met a guy like him, who can talk to anybody on any level from the bloke on the petrol station forecourt to the MD of a multi-national company.

“He is a people person, very engaging and authentic and that is what drives everything.

“He’s a unique guy, a unique athlete with a tight group around him.

“Day one I would call people and got the same answer, boxing is not for us.

“Now my phone is ringing with the same brands who told us they would never do it not wanting to get involved.”

Now the tables have turned – with brands known across the world throwing themselves at the heavyweight champ its now his and his teams turn to be the ones to politely decline their offers.

So AJ may want to hang on to his humble beginnings, but it appears his freebie luxurious lifestyle has other ideas.

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was faced with a dilemma while boarding a 10-hour flight from Paris to the U.S., on Friday — his seat was too small for 6-foot-5 frame.

So the NFL star approached a white man on the plane who had a seat with extra leg room, and Newton offered the guy $1,500 to change seats. The man said no.

Now folks on Twitter are debating over whether the man’s refusal to give up his seat was racially motivated.

The bigger question seems to be how does Newton — who is reportedly making $103.8 million on a five-year deal — not have adequate seating to begin with?

Complex also wonders why Cam “decided to take a trip across the Atlantic Ocean dressed in jeans and a fedora?,” the outlet writes.

Watch the moment Cam is rejected via the Twitter video embed below.

Cam Newton offered a white man $1500 to exchange seats with him and the man turned him down. And many people are confused as to why he didn’t take the money. He didn’t take the offer because this was an insult to his WHITENESS. https://t.co/l05ZDAb4cy

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

Filmmaker and media personality Tariq Nasheed sparked debate about the clip on Twitter when he posted: “Cam Newton offered a white man $1500 to exchange seats with him and the man turned him down. And many people are confused as to why he didn’t take the money. He didn’t take the offer because this was an insult to his WHITENESS.”

But many disagree with this theory.

One Twitter user replied, “10 hour flight? Nope, I wouldn’t have taken $1500 to give up my seat. I would have bought that seat to be more comfortable and not wanting to give it up would have zero to do with the race of who was offering. Hell, the seat probably cost 4x that.”

Another added, “People don’t understand everybody isn’t pressed for money.”

A third user seemed to agree with Tariq, writing: “I hope cam newton understand the covert message that was sent to him cause had that being Tom Brady he would have been given that seat for free.”

Nasheed then proceeded to break down “the culture of anti-Black animosity when it comes to Black people interacting with other groups on flights/airlines in general.”

See some of the examples he shared below.

“Ppl felt a way in the comments of this tweet I made earlier. They said I was reaching..So lets do an analysis of the general anti-Black animosity that comes with the airline. People in the dominant society have always had an intrinsic anxiety about traveling with Black people,” he wrote.

Would you turn down $1,500 for leg room on a flight?

13. Airlines will often reprimand Black passengers for any minor racially enforced dress code violation……

But we have to sit in front on THIS person, and WE will get kicked off for complaining pic.twitter.com/iG4cuy6JzN

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

12. Airlines will eject, and even arrest Black passengers for “sagging pants”, yet these same airlines let white men fly around like THIS, and won’t see any problems with it.

Men like this are allowed to fly, and get bussy stains on airline seats, and no one complains pic.twitter.com/bHIqJrpf2H

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

9. Remember last year when a white supremacist went on an anti-Black rant on a flight because he did not want to sit next to a Black woman. And he wasn’t even kicked off the flight, btw. https://t.co/AM7Uw8Y1xh

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

10. Earlier this year, a suspected white supremacist female racially antagonized two Black male passengers she had to sit between. And the media tried to spin this into a “fat shaming” narrative. (the media always assists with the denial of racism code) https://t.co/WwiZSwMR88

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

8. A couple of months ago, a Black woman was kicked off a plane and arrested because she didn’t want to sit in a seat where someone VOMITED. https://t.co/m4Yezraot1

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

7. Notice how you will see multiple cases of white people getting Black people kicked off planes for minor reasons. This stems from the desire to make sure their “whiteness” is in tact while being forced (in their minds)to be near unknown Black ppl. https://t.co/X4T20Sj30p

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

6. Many Black people who has flown in 1st class on planes, have experienced the random white person sitting next to them who is hell bent on finding out what the Black person does for a living. (this happens to me almost every time I fly, btw. I have made videos on this)

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

14. Now back to Cam Newton. Cam is constantly referred to as an “uppity” Black man, because he moves around confidently on AND off the field. And there is always a desire to put an “uppity Black” in their place. THATS what ppl like about the airline story.

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 23, 2019

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