Wednesday, 29 December 2010

The boutique hotels in London are a class apart and put forward diverse and elite array of services. One must not fail to notice these hotels as a choice, as they are a fascinating alternative for the smart travelers. There are many luxury boutique hotels in the vibrating city of London.


The international travelers have become very demanding and sharp these days. They wish for, value for money, and this value can be achieved from the boutique hotels. These hotels offer not only deluxe accommodation, but also added amenities and services to make you feel at home. The employees offer a warm reception and take care of you like a family member."


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Abramovich’s London home : PrivilegedClub.com: For the privileged few. Tracking luxury globally so you don't have to.: "Roman Abramovich’s ever-growing property portfolio is the luxurious 232.27500 million US$ home in Lowndes Square in London. The Russian billionaire, who is known for his extravagant ways, has bought all nine flats of a prime London block by Harvey Nichols and Harrods. His new eight-bedroom building is spread across two stucco-fronted properties and has three stories underground. The palatial property features a swimming pool, staff apartments and 30,000 square feet of space. The house is over five stories above ground and three basement levels.
The lavish amenities include a cinema/entertainment room, an indoor pool, steam room and sauna, and a children’s study and entertainment room. The six family bedrooms and two guest suites will be equipped with en suite bathrooms.
Som of the Abramovich’s other luxurious possessions include a luxury flat at the new Bridges Wharf, a spectacular 232.27500 million US$ country estate in Fyning Hill, West Sussex, a villa in the South of France, a palaticla house in Tuscany, a hotel complex in Cyprus, a holiday home in Montenegro, a house in Moscow and the $90 million estate in St. Bart’s."

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Demand's up for luxury vehicles | detnews.com | The Detroit News: "Christmas is a big deal in Germany, but auto workers there are taking shorter winter holidays this year as German carmakers churn out more premium cars for booming export markets. German automakers have trimmed the traditional Christmas holidays, and Daimler AG and BMW are keeping some plants running between Christmas and New Year's.
Germany's market is in a deep slump, with sales down 25.2 percent in the first 11 months of the year. But strong demand for luxury cars in other markets, notably China and the United States, have more than offset the contraction in Germany, where demand was pulled forward by that country's generous cash-for-clunkers incentives last year."

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Travel with Less Hassles, Virgin Atlantic Airlines - ADI News: "Web check in, roomier cabin space and a fleece blanket sounds too good to be true for international travel, but Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airlines makes luxury affordable. A lot of travelers are booking flights to London by the end of the year because of impending economic difficulties in the UK that will make that travel more expensive in 2011. Prices with Virgin Atlantic Airlines on flights to London can be found online for less then $500.00."

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Middle East and Terrorism: Terror Threat in Spain Continues: "Police in Spain and Thailand smashed a counterfeiting ring earlier this month, saying it aimed to provide fake European passports to al-Qaida. It's the latest example of Spain's place at the heart of European terrorist activity, serving as a staging ground for multiple plots and enduring the devastating March 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Despite its efforts, American officials have expressed concerns – and at times frustration – about Spain's terror growth, State Department cables released by Wikileaks show."

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British man faces nine years in prison for allegedly defrauding an urbanisation community in Nerja: "Capistrano Playa Urbanisation's own prosecution is calling for a 12 year sentence

The prosecutor in the Provincial Court in Málaga has requested a nine year prison sentence for the 51 year old British man, Michael Thirkettle, who is accused of accounting irregularities when President of the Capistrano Playa urbanisation in Nerja between the years 2006 and 2009.

Diario Sur reports the civil responsibility in the case has been placed at more than 150,000 €.

The prosecution contends the Briton, who was arrested by the Guardia Civil in May 2009, withdrew cheques from the community account for 31,980 € with the excuse of paying for work which was allegedly not then paid for."

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Bianca Gascoigne enjoys a Christmas break in the sun: "glamour model, Bianca Gascoigne, the former step-daughter of the footballer, Paul Gascogine, has been spending a few days away from the freezing temperatures of the UK with a break in the sun on the Costa del Sol.

The TV presenter has been enjoying the warmer weather of Marbella over Christmas, where the German newspaper, ‘Bild’, said she has been cruising on a yacht with her friends.

Bianca’s ex stepfather was given a suspended sentence for drink-driving earlier this month, and, two weeks ago, saw another trial for a separate drink-driving offence adjourned when witnesses failed to show."

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Decks cleared for Dewani`s extradition to SA over wife`s murder conspiracy: "Extradition papers of Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire whose wife was murdered during their honeymoon in Cape Town last month, have reportedly been processed by the South African Justice Department, clearing the way for his extradition from the UK to stand trial for allegedly conspiring to kill his wife.

News 24 quoted ministry spokesperson Tlali Tlali as saying that the step was taken to ensure that any suspect alleged to have committed a crime in South Africa was brought back to stand trial in that country.

'The extradition papers which have now been processed by the central authority (DG, Justice Department) confirm that we are satisfied that our request to have Dewani extradited from the UK is compliant with the requirements of the existing agreement on matters of this nature, including the 40-day period within which to submit relevant papers,' he said.

'This clears the path for an extradition enquiry to take place in the UK on 20 January 2011,' he added."

Friday, 24 December 2010

The Poker ClubCatman's Column -Tour of the London Poker Scene: The Fox Poker Club | PokerNews: "There may be snow outside, we may have just lost most of our fine Navy, including the great Harrier jump jet, but poker is booming in London. So without further ado, I shall be running a series of Catman's guide to Live Poker Venues. This week we start with the Simon Cowell of Poker, Chris North, MD of the Fox Poker Club. Next week, we will visit the shrine of European Poker, The Vic with the Mike Tyson of Poker, Mr Neil Channing. The Fox on Shaftesbury Avenue London has done everything to the letter in creating one of the best cardroom's in the UK, please do take a gander at my moderately crap video interview with Chris North, host and diamond boss of The Fox Poker Club."

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5 minutes with Nonie Creme: "If you haven’t heard of Nonie Creme chances are you’ve seen, and worn, her handiwork. The co-founder and creative director of Butter LONDON, a non-toxic line of fashion-forward nail shades, is a regular backstage at fashion week, custom mixing colours for top-line designers. The colour creations that prove popular with fashion circles end up coming to a manicure bar near you. “Many of our best sellers came straight off the catwalks,” she tells us. “British Racing Green at Vena Cava, Matte Finish Topcoat from Alexander Wang and Teddy Girl at Victoria Beckham’s show are a few favourites.”"

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Fashion and Beauty: Myra Yusuf’s award-winning design goes on sale - Features & Leisure - Huddersfield Examiner: "SCHOOLGIRL Myra Yusuf from Huddersfield will be able to visit High Street fashion chain Republic this week and see one of her own designs on sale.

Myra, who was just 14 when she beat 1,000 other hopefuls in the Young Fashion Designer competition held earlier this year, created a khaki green one-shouldered body-con dress, inspired by the military trend.

The competition, organised by the White Rose Centre in Leeds, had a top prize of an all-expenses paid trip to next year’s London Fashion Weekend as well as seeing her design in production.

Myra, who lives in Birkby and attends Rastrick High School, has her heart set on a career in fashion design and is being encouraged by her large, supportive family.

She is one of four sisters and has two brothers. Her mum and dad, Mohammed and Naseem Yusuf, paid to have one of their daughter’s designs, an East-meets-West dress with elements of both traditional Asian and Western fashions, professionally tailored.

The Republic dress, inspired by Myra’s favourite Chanel and Burberry designers, is being sold for £34.99 at the White Rose store and online."

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Vera: The Art and Life of an IconIcons and eyesores: "From stellar frocks to shocking flicks, Kellie Hush looks at the highs and lows of the year in international fashion.

No more sex, please
Not even the fashion could save the cinematic disaster that was Sex and the City 2. Farewell Carrie et al, it's time to hang up your heels.

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They come from opposite ends of the fashion spectrum but both Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga were two names topping 2010 best dressed lists globally. The First Lady won fans with her knack for looking sharp in designer and high-street fashion and the singer for her OTT fashion risks, including a raw meat dress and a Giorgio Armani ensemble sparkling brighter than a galaxy of stars. Princess Mary and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy also ranked highly."

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Houlihan. Vaquero Four. The Northern Range Cowboys1 Who or what was the Houlihan?

a The new posh burger hangout in LA that the Beckhams frequent.

b The new London fashion week designer who already has the patronage of Anna Wintour.

c The skinny cargo pant beloved of celebrities because of its thigh- slimming properties.

2 What event linked Beyoncé, Julianne Moore and Julia Restoin Roitfeld?

a Tom Ford's ultra-exclusive catwalk show in New York. All three women modelled his new collection.

b The Oscars. All three showed up wearing Versace, causing red-carpet blushes and tantrums.

c The US Open tennis final. All three are huge fans of the sport and made Flushing Meadows look like New York fashion week.


Whose earrings?
3 Whose earrings are these?

a Miuccia Prada's. The designer took her catwalk bow wearing a pair of banana earrings which were such a hit that they have now gone into production.

b Anna dello Russo's. The flamboyant stylist loves a fruity accessory.

c Victoria Beckham's. She wore them because they complemented her tangerine dress.

4 Which unisex trend was much touted at the start of 2010 but failed to make a commercial killing?

a One-pieces. The loo issue proved too much.

b Aviator jackets. They quite literally bombed.

c Camel coats. An early sighting of Prince Charles wearing one kyboshed the trend.

5 Who lost the election, sartorially speaking?

a Sam Cam – her maxi dress was deemed too redolent of the Olsen twins by critics.

b David Miliband – the floral party shirt that he wore to signify the end of his front-bench career was a shocker.

c Nick Clegg – his pre-coalition ties were judged too one-note.

6 Whose much-lauded collection was often described as sleek, minimal and phenomenally expensive in 2010.

a Victoria Beckham's own label.

b Stella McCartney's spring ready-to-wear line.

c Phoebe Philo's collection for Celine.

7 What did Lady Gaga wear as a tribute to the late Alexander McQueen following news of his death?

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 Will bank reforms help Spain?: "Spain is going to get rid of one of “the weak links of its chain”, i.e. to restructure the savings banks, which are planned to be enlarged so that the authorities could estimate their condition and help them in case of emergency.

Such savings banks are engaged in 50% of banking operations around the country, but they are burdened with bad debts.

In the meantime the Euro currency rate is moving back and forth around the same level. By now the price has stopped close to its low at 1.3072 and started to grow. According to the Department of studying Masterforex-V trading system , there is a newly-formed shortened wave. Getting over the MF pivot (1.3178) and MF SC will complete the entire wave started at 1.3497 and will initiate the formation of bullish wave B. Otherwise there is a possibility to see either bearish wave c(C ) or a shortened wave.
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Spain’s El Gordo 2.3 billion euros Christmas Lottery: Winning number 79250 - National Lottery | Examiner.com: "Merry Christmas Wishes from Barcelona, Spain. That's what these El Gordo lottery winners are singing after the equivalent of over $3,000,000,000—as in $3 BILLION DOLLARS—was handed out on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 in the Spanish lottery!

'Spaniards were glued to their televisions and radios Wednesday to find out if they were among the lucky winners in the annual Christmas lottery, this year worth more than 2.3 billion euros ($3 billion) distributed among more than 1,700 different prizes,' said Fox News.

According to the Barcelona Reporter, 'The world's biggest lottery El Gordo was showering prizes worth more than 2.3 billion euros on Spanish lottery El Gordo winners Wednesday. The Spanish Christmas lottery has been running for more than 200 years.' In fact, the El Gordo Lottery—which means The Fat One—has been going on since 1812."

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Wikileaks and Julian Assange. Shlomo ben Ami, Avigdor Lieberman, the Mossad...Here's How Wikileaks Killed Spain's Anti-Piracy Law: "Here's basically how it went down:
Spain is apparently one of the worst countries out there when it comes to online piracy.

Since most of the content that is being pirated comes from the US entertainment industry, the industry leaned on the US government to do something about Spain.

The US government leaned on Spain, which drafted a tough law that would allow a government panel and a judge to block illegal filesharing sites.

Then Wikileaks happened; the cables showed how the US government had leaned on Spain to get the law passed, which embarrassed the government.

Now the law's dead."

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Spain bans smoking in bars, restaurants | AHN: "Spanish parliamentarians on Wednesday approved a tough anti-smoking law, which restricts individuals from smoking in an enclosed area. The ban will come into effect starting January 2, 2011. Smokers will not be allowed to smoke in bars, restaurants, or near school playgrounds and hospitals.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero proposed the bill and the Lower House passed it by a 189 to 154 vote.
The move has upset bar and café owners, who fear that it will indirectly affect their business. Spain had already imposed anti-smoking law in 2006, but lighting up in any enclosed public space will end its famed image of smoke-filled bars, corner cafes and restaurants.
The lawmakers, meanwhile, rejected an amendment call to either allow casinos to have smoking zones or build sealed cubicles for smokers.
However, doctors are happy with the new legislation with the hope that this will help smokers to give up the habit.
Nearly 160 Spaniards die every day from smoking-related illness. Spanish Health Minister Leire Pajin has requested all citizens to share responsibility to make the new law a success."

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Rollercoaster: The Turbulent Life and Times of Vodafone and Chris GentVodafone Appoints Shameel Aziz Joosub Spain CEO to Turn Around Ailing Unit - Bloomberg: "Vodafone Group Plc replaced the chief executive officer of its Spanish unit as the world’s largest mobile-phone company tries to turn around the business in one of its worst-performing European markets.

Shameel Aziz Joosub, an executive director of Vodafone’s Vodacom unit in South Africa, was named CEO after Francisco Roman was appointed executive chairman, Simon Gordon, a company spokesman, said today via phone. The new CEO will report to Roman, he said.

First-half service revenue at the Spanish unit, excluding currency swings and acquisitions, fell 7.1 percent while declining 1.3 percent in Europe as a whole, Vodafone said in November. European service revenue accounted for about two- thirds of total sales last year.

Faced with unemployment at almost 20 percent in Spain and the deepest government budget cuts in three decades, Vodafone’s local unit has struggled to attract customers to higher-priced smartphones. Spain, reeling from the collapse of a debt-fueled housing boom, has the highest unemployment rate in the euro region and the third-largest budget deficit."

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Euro Weekly News | URGENT APPEAL FOR DONATIONS!!! | Costa del Sol | News | The Largest English Language Newspapers in Spain: "PAD Animal Shelter in Mijas Costa was badly flooded by the torrential rains this weekend, resulting in the tragic loss of many cats and dogs. There was more than two feet of water and they currently have no electricity.

They urgently need foster homes for cats and dogs over Christmas, as well as donations of anything which could be of use, such as blankets, food, medicines, etc, to be taken to the shelter after Christmas when hopefully the shelter can open again, starting from scratch.

If you can help out in any way please call Mags on 655257712"

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Dentistry In Spain: "People travel to Spain for its beautiful coasts, Mediterranean diet, and late nights of salsa dancing, among other attractions. What most people don't know is that Spain houses some of the best quality dental care providers at highly reduced costs. Dentistry in Spain is as advanced as the best clinics in the UK and the U.S., but can cost up to forty percent less.
The country's distinctly rich history does not disappoint visitors interested in experiencing a uniquely vivacious culture that can counteract somewhat languid dental treatments. Nonetheless, the quality of care given by dentists in Spain does not disappoint those traveling for medical tourism. Dentistry in Spain is a highly successful industry."

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Boeing 777 (Enthusiast Color Series) Madrid: Qatar Airways introduces Boeing 777 for the first time in Spain | Aviation: "Commencing 1 January 2011, award-winning Qatar Airways will introduce its flagship Boeing 777 aircraft for the first time in Spain , operating on the daily non-stop Doha – Madrid route, Global Arab Network reports according to a press statement.

The Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft, featuring 42 seats in Business Class and 293 in Economy, offers more capacity than the Airbus A330s currently operating on the route.

Through the upgrade, Spanish travellers flying from Madrid via Doha to destinations such as Melbourne, Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing and Bali will be able to travel and experience the entire journey onboard one of the most modern and ultra-comfortable aircraft in Qatar Airways’ fleet.

The two-class Boeing 777 offers Business Class seating in a 2–2–2 configuration, each with a seat pitch of 78-inches – or 6.5ft of leg room. Each seat converts into 180 degree horizontal flat beds. The aircraft also features a generous 3–3–3 configuration in Economy with up to 34-inch seat pitch. All seats provide personal touch screen seat back television screens with more than 900 interactive audio and video entertainment options, regardless of which class passengers are travelling in."

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Zara Phillips engaged to England rugby star Mike Tindall | Mail Online: "So understated is their romance, many people imagined they were engaged or married already. But today, the Queen's eldest grandchild Zara Phillips and her long-term boyfriend Mike Tindall finally announced their engagement.

Zara, the 29-year-old daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, has followed her cousin William in taking the plunge after a lengthy courtship.

In a statement this afternoon she said: 'I was really shocked when Mike proposed but I am very happy.'

Tindall, 32, added: 'I am delighted that Zara has agreed to marry me. We are both very excited about the next stage of our lives together.'"

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Because of the TimesTourbus fire at London's O2 Arena ahead of Kings Of Leon gig | News | NME.COM: "Around 60 firefighters are dealing with a tourbus fire at London's O2 Arena on the day that Kings Of Leon are set to play there.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade told NME that the firefighters were called to the scene at 8:18am (GMT) this morning (December 21) to deal with the blaze, with two vehicles on fire.

No injuries have been reported.

The spokesperson explained that the fire is taking place in a loading bay at the arena and is not affecting the seating or viewing area."

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BA Launches New Flights To Morocco: "British property investors looking to buy real estate in Morocco will be encouraged by news that British Airways (BA) is launching new flights to the country in March next year.

BA has identified Marrakech as its top destination of 2011, in acknowledgement of the city's potential for growth in the tourism sector.

Commenting, the company's chief executive Willie Walsh said: 'Tourism and leisure travel is a crucial focus for us, so growing our holidays business is a major part of our business plan.'

BA added that the early response to the launch of the new route to Marrakech 'has been incredible'.

Meanwhile, according to experts at Experience International, Morocco is one to watch as we head into 2011, with it boasting a booming tourism market.

The news is sure to interest potential buy-to-let investors looking to purchase property in Morocco who will be able to benefit from the rise in visitor numbers."

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Maroc : musiques de la haute montagne (Morocco: Music from the High Mountains)Mountains of Morocco are source of new trees (From Worcester News): "WORCESTER walkers will be enjoying a host of new exotic trees in Worcester Woods Country Park next year after they were presented to the county as a prize.

The Rowan sapling trees, which can be found most abundantly in the mountains of Morocco, were given to Worcestershire County Council for its work on sustainable development in wider areas of county work.

The Council won the Eur-opean Social Fund Award for Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in recognition of sustainable principles in a scheme to help key stage four pupils across Worcestershire.

Coun Anthony Blagg, cabinet member for waste and sustainability, said: “This fantastic achievement is one example of how we apply sustainable development to everything we do.

“These attitudes and behaviours are evident in a great deal of our projects and will continue to benefit the county and its young people."

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Vegas rolls the dice on new casino | Stuff.co.nz: "the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will need all that and more to keep the slot machines humming and its 3,000 rooms filled.

The $3.9 billion ($NZ5.2 billion) casino-hotel, which opened Wednesday night, debuts as Las Vegas still struggles to recover from a global recession that has led both leisure and business travellers to cut back on spending.

Modern Times Wonders LAS VEGAS STRIPThe new dual-tower resort sits on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip between MGM Resorts' Bellagio and CityCenter properties.

It has rooms with open-air terraces that offer stunning views of Vegas landmarks like the faux Eiffel tower across the street in front of Caesars Entertainment's Paris resort or the Bellagio's famous dancing fountains next door.

'People talk about the Strip and the views, but most of the buildings around here are so sealed off,' said Tammy Ayre, a visitor from Fort Myers, Florida. 'This looks really open - you can actually get outside.'"

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Rock of wages: online gaming keeps Gibraltar's residents at work | World news | The Guardian: "Gibraltar's gambler-friendly laws and tax regimes are turning it into a virtual Las Vegas. The Rock has always had an eye for business that is not entirely mainstream, whether smuggling cigarettes or serving as a tax haven, but in online gambling it has hit the jackpot.

The industry employs 2,000 people , or 12% of the workforce, and has helped to insulate the local economy against Spain's harsh economic climate. Of 30,000 residents, only 600 people are unemployed. Across the border in La Línea de la Concepción, some 10,000 of the 65,000 inhabitants are out of work.

The low-tax regime attracts the industry but even so last year the government pocketed €12.4m (£10.5m) in online gambling taxes. Next year the Rock will receive 10 times as much when the gaming concerns are brought into the same tax regime as other businesses."

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Yuletide Fear: Europe cuts back amid Xmas gloom - BusinessWeek: "Greeks dodge riots to do their Christmas shopping. Italians planning holiday feasts quietly stuff freezers. And the needy in Ireland are literally selling the family silver.

This Christmas, Europeans are hunkering down to an uncertain future, as a debt crisis that erupted last year in Greece flares anew in Ireland, and has quickly threatened to engulf Portugal, Spain, and Italy.

A whole way of life appears to be at stake as Europe's cherished social welfare nets begin to unravel -- and the very survival of the common currency is thrown into doubt.

The new age of austerity is forcing jittery Europeans to tighten belts they've grown accustomed to loosening during the festive holiday season. But there's been as much Santa as Scrooge as families find ingenious ways to stay in the spirit of giving.

Here's how struggling Europeans are coping."

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Shopping in MarrakechFulfilling a dream in Morocco | Stuff.co.nz: "Tall and slender with a tousled head of fiery red hair, New Zealander Patricia Lebaud cuts an incongruous figure as she strolls through the narrow laneways of the Mouassine district of Marrakech in Morocco.

While men around her wear long-flowing biblical-style djellabas and the women-folk cover up in demure loose-fitting robes, securing their tresses under modest headdresses, this former Aucklander sports tight black leggings, over-sized tops, swing earrings and glittering sandals.

'Pat-ree-chia! Pat-ree-chia!' Children and adults call out in greeting, acknowledging this foreigner who has lived in the medina or old city now for almost 10 years.

She ducks motor-scooters and push-bikes, young lads kicking football and the odd donkey-drawn cart delivering goods to neighbours. And today, as we walk together to the nearest old city gate of Bab Laksour, we come across young lads carrying live sheep on their shoulders, trying to squeeze them into boots of cars or into hand-drawn carts to take home.

'For la Fete – Aid es-Seghir,' she explains. This 'grand festival' commemorates the day when Abraham, about to sacrifice his son, Ismail, was stopped by Allah who gave him a ram to sacrifice in his place. 'Muslim families save up to buy the biggest sheep,' she says, 'and then share it at a family meal.'"

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The Protector (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) Gibraltar set to raise taxes on online gambling companies: "Gibraltar has always been a tax haven for many off-shore based online gambling companies due to its low rates but now, it seems, they are set to increase tax percentages from a meagre 1% to 10%.

Whilst this may seem like an un-reasonable hike it is unlikely to scare of gambling organisations already based there as they are simply being brought into line with other companies based in the country that already pay 10% tax. Value added tax will still not apply so it will still be more viable than being based in countries such as the UK or America.

The owner of one of the oldest bookmakers in the UK, Victor Chandler said that he believes this will not make any online gambling companies based there pick up shop and move elsewhere.

Despite having such low tax rates, it is reported that Gibraltar collected over £10.5 million from online gambling companies last year. It is reported that the government have made this move to come more into line with EU regulations."

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Marc Jacobs picks transgender model for campaign: "Marc Jacobs has selected a transgender model for his 2011 campaign.

Marc Jacobs By Marc Jacobs For Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 OuncesBlonde-haired Andrej Pejic has been chosen to front Marc by Marc Jacobs spring/summer campaign, reports Contactmusic.

Pejic recently shot the campaign in Marrakech, Morocco, with renowned photographer Juergen Teller and will appear alongside Ginta Lapina in the ads.

Andrej has become a poster boy for fashion androgyny, thanks to his long, platinum blonde hair and feminine features and has appeared in French and Italian Vogue as well as working with Daphne Groeneveld, Freja Beha Erichsen, Iselin Steiro and Iris Strubegger. (ANI)"

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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Illegal Spanish villa of Vladimir Beniachvili demolished Olive Press Newspaper News Spain: "Malaga’s authorities started the demolition of a 3,500 square metre house in Pinares de San Anton after a 12-year legal battle with its absentee owner.
The demolition is expected to cost a massive 300,000 euros, which will be billed to Beniachvili.
Moscow Noir (Akashic Noir)The Russian promoter and former player of Dinamo Moscow football club is now in Moscow.
But his wife Ludmila Lavrina arrived at the villa right just as the demolition workers were getting to work, supervising the removal of her luxury possessions.
“My husband has five heart bypass operations and he’ll die if he sees this,” she told the press."

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Grab a taste of Kate's royal style Herald Sun: "Issa London, the label worn by Ms Middleton when announcing her engagement to Prince William last month, has captured the attention of Myer as a potential new addition to its designer stable.
Singer Katy Perry opted to wear Issa gear at a recent red carpet event, thanks to the Middleton effect.
Myer spokesman Mitch Catlin said the retail giant 'is always on the lookout for the hottest international brands'.
'We jumped on Balmain, Givenchy and Temperley London. There is no doubt Issa is on the radar for our buyers,' he said.
Issa is not yet stocked in Australia.
The $550 Issa navy wrap dress Ms Middleton stepped out in when she faced the media with her beau at St James's Palace sold out within 24 hours in Britain, and sparked cheaper chain store knockoffs."

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Naked in KnightsbridgePrime London still appeals to Asian buyers Easier: "Despite the recession, the social and economic stability of the UK means that property in prime London areas, such as Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Kensington has retained its appeal for international buyers particularly those from Asia.
In the year from March 2009 to March 2010 London saw a 120 per cent increase in demand for UK property from Asian buyers (from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and mainland China) who were responsible for 45.6 per cent of new-build purchases in central London.
Harrods Estates, the luxury property division of the Harrods Group, has seen increasing interest from Asian buyers, who now account for 38 per cent of their purchasers, compared with only 7 per cent in 2008.
Shirley Humphrey, Sales and Marketing Director at Harrods Estates comments: “We have seen a shift in international interest in the last two years. “The weak British pound and low interest rates all contribute to the appeal of investing in London property, and an increase in the level of prime new development London stock available, means there is more choice on the market.”
Another factor could be the increased numbers of Asian students studying in the UK. Over the last decade the number of Asian students studying in UK universities rose by 175 per cent with numbers of mainland Chinese students rising particularly steeply from just over 4,000 in 1999 to over 47,000 in 2009. Shirley comments:"

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Luxury apartment living in fail safe Chiswick Easier: "looking for a safe investment, Chiswick, where Redeham Homes and Jansons West London and Thames Valley Ltd recently launched a range of luxury apartments at 520 Chiswick High Road is an ideal choice. Chiswick has experienced continuing growth throughout the recession, with property prices up by 11.3 per cent since 2009, according to Land Registry.
520 Chiswick High Road comprises just 12 two-bedroom apartments and two, two-bedroom penthouses and has already experienced excellent sales success since it launched in September 2010. Set on tree lined Chiswick High Road, the apartments complement the areas period houses and modern apartments.
Situated just 30 minutes from Central London Chiswick is not only an easy commute but boasts cafés, bars, restaurants, pubs, designer shops and boutiques. Acton Green Common runs opposite the main high street, offering a place to sit and relax and Turnham Green Park is also close by.
For families seeking homes near good schools, Chiswick has a mixture of state and public schools nearby including Chiswick and Bedford Park preparatory school, Cavendish primary school and Chiswick Community Secondary School"

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Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment: What We Whine About, Why We Do It and How to StopJanuary Jones poses nude for Versace ad campaign- Chicago Movie Reviews Examiner.com: "'Mad Men' blonde bombshell January Jones is featured in the new Spring/Summer 2011 ad campaign for Versace. The Emmy-nominated actress appears almost completely nude, with the exception of a strategically placed purse and other accessories from the Italian luxury brand.
The retro-inspired shoot was photographed in London by famed photographer Mario Testino, who recently shot Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement photos, according to People."

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LADY GAGALady Gaga`s meat dress tops Time`s fashion statement list: "Pop singer Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress has been named number one fashion statement of 2010 by Time magazine.
The singer had created a frenzy when she donned the dress made from hide and cuts of meat with a matching head piece and purse.
Singer M.I.A.'s psychedelic burqa that she wore for an awards function came second followed by tennis star Venus William's corset-style red-trimmed dress in French open on third position.
Singer Prince's tunic, which had an image of a man who looked very much like him and singer Rihanna's catsuit that she wore to a German music-award festival in March wrapped up the top five.
Britney Spears' see-through dress came sixth, while producer Rita Wilson's crystal-chandelier dress has got seventh spot.
'Gossip Girl' star Taylor Momsen's rhinestone necklace that spelled out the word slave along with a dog collar attached to it is on number eight."

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The London Fashion BookBritish Fashion Council names 18 rising London designers - Fashion, Life & Style - The Independent: "The NEWGEN recipients for Autumn/Winter 2011 sponsored by Topshop are as follows:
Catwalk sponsorship:
David Koma, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou and Michael van der Ham.
Presentation sponsorship:
Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, JS Lee, JW Anderson (film presentation) and Nasir Mazhar.
Installation sponsorship:
Dominic Jones and Jordan Askill.
Exhibition sponsorship:
Chau Har Lee, Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, David Koma, Dominic Jones, Fannie Schiavoni, Felicity Brown, Heikki Salonen, Holly Fulton, Jordan Askill, JS Lee, JW Anderson, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, Michael van der Ham, Nasir Mazhar, Thomas Tait and Yang Du."

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Blic Online Boban Petrovic’s confession: "- “I decided to live in Marbella for two reasons. Firstly, they have the best climate in the world which attracts rich people from all over the world and also because Morocco is close by, where the most beautiful women in the world live. I had my yachts and planes in Marbella, hung out with the rich folk and agreed big deals at parties,” said Petrovic."

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Blic Online Boban Petrovic’s confession: "- “I decided to live in Marbella for two reasons. Firstly, they have the best climate in the world which attracts rich people from all over the world and also because Morocco is close by, where the most beautiful women in the world live. I had my yachts and planes in Marbella, hung out with the rich folk and agreed big deals at parties,” said Petrovic."

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Monday, 13 December 2010

Women's Miu Miu Patent Leather Platform Pumps - RibesMiu Miu Opens New London Flagship: "December 12, 2010 - London, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

The opening of Miu Miu’s latest flagship—which kicked off on December 3rd with a festive cocktail party and private dinner—attracted a star-studded crowd.

Actresses Jessica Alba and Abbie Cornish stopped by the new two-story space on 150 New Bond Street, which was designed to transport revelers back in time to the 1920s. Grand window displays and cozy areas for lounging evoked the feel of an elegant hotel lobby. Post-soiree, a private dinner was held at Lancaster House, with notables from London’s thriving art, fashion and music scenes in attendance."

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The Seasoned Traveler Christmas MarketsHackney Christmas Markets – From quirky to traditional Hackney Hive: "Ridley Road Market, London, E8. Over 165 stalls offering a range of quality goods at very competitive prices. Choose various goods and foods from Asia, Africa, Caribbean, United Kingdom and the Mediterranean including the latest ladies and men’s fashion and accessories, lingerie, footwear, toiletries, electrical, electronics, household goods and of course traditional and exotic fruit and vegetables. The usual trading days and times are: Monday to Thursday 6am to 6pm. Friday and Saturday 6am to 7pm.
Broadway Market, E8. Just off Lansdowne Drive, London Fields. A farmer’s style market with good quality fashion, foods and arts. It is at its busiest on Saturdays between 7.30am to 6.00pm. As 25 December falls on a Saturday, the market will open on Friday 24 December from 9am to 3pm.
Hoxton Market, N1. Located in Shoreditch, just off Old Street. Selling food, ladies and men’s fashion, footwear, household goods and toiletries. The usual trading days and times are: Monday to Saturday from 7.30am to 6pm. Please note, the busiest day is Saturday.
Kingsland Waste Market, E8 on the A10 between Middleton Road and Richmond Road. You can pick up tools, car and bike accessories, various small secondhand goods, fruit and vegetables. This is a Saturday only market from 7am to 3pm.
Well Street Market, E9. Just between Morning Lane and Kenton Road.You can pick up various items including toiletries, clothing and footwear. This market opens daily from 9am to 4pm. It is at its busiest on Saturdays.
Chatsworth Market, E5 is a trial market which will open for business on Sunday 12 December 2010 only from 11am to 3pm"

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Alexander McQueen: Genius of a GenerationThe Alexander McQueen I knew, by Vogue journalist Harriet Quick From the Observer The Observer: "McQueen was part of my growing up in fashion. We were of a similar age as we made our first forays into the business, and his wildly imaginative collections and unconventional approach made me appreciate that there could be so much more to fashion than empty branding and recycled trends. I first came across him in a suite at the Ritz hotel during London fashion week in 1993. While the dominant feel in fashion at that time was for minimalism led by Helmut Lang, Lee's collection appeared like ancient treasure. There were capelets made of black crow feathers, tiny corseted jackets embellished with Victorian jet embroidery and brutal yet immaculate tailoring. Lee, an intimidating oikish figure, shuffled around the tiny hotel room, protective of his work. There was no perfumed designer 'sell'. His pieces were hung on a mish-mash of hangers including, incongruously, a plastic one from Dorothy Perkins. Lee loved bathos.
His shows became a biannual pilgrimage that took me to the Hawksmoor church in Spitalfields to witness skeleton bone decoration, tightly moulded corsets and mouth jewellery; to the Royal Horticultural Halls to see model Devon Aoki splosh through a water catwalk in divine dragon-embroidered pastel silks – the water later turned black halfway through the show (so beautiful, tears ran down my face). His shows were frequently accompanied by freak weather – rainstorms, snow, gales. When McQueen showed in New York (2000), friends and I hired a 4x4 to hurtle uptown to Pier 59 in a hurricane to witness models flying through the air on ropes. You could not miss a McQueen show."

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Saturday, 11 December 2010

US embassy cables: Moroccan businessman reveals royal corruption, claims US cable World news The Guardian: "Leading entrepreneur tells how institutions and processes of the Moroccan state are used by the royal palace to coerce and solicit bribes in the country's real estate sector. Contrary to popular belief, corruption in this area during the reign of King Mohammed VI is becoming more pervasive."

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The Villas and Riads of MoroccoOne More Reason to Visit Morocco Timeshare, Go Timeshare: "Morocco has a new tax-free trade zone near Tangier, a dynamic, young King who is modernising the country’s infrastructure, communications and tourist offerings and its most famous city Marrakech is already a sought-after second home destination for the sports stars and celebrities who have been snapping up the luxury riad-style properties that are part of many brand new five star hotel and golf resorts.
Despite its proximity to Europe, flights to Morocco can be pricey. That may change, however, now that yet another airline will start to service the London to Marrakech route. BA has just announced its new service from London Gatwick to Marrakech which starts next year. It will fly from Gatwick to Marrakech three times a week, returning on the same departure days.
BA will compete with EasyJet and Ryanair who also fly to Marrakech, as well as the Moroccan national airline, Air Maroc which flies from both Heathrow and Gatwick to Marrakech. EasyJet already services the Gatwick – Marrakech route, while Ryanair flies from London Luton.
Two of Morocco’s most famous fans were Sir Winston Churchill and Yves St. Laurent. For Churchill it was a place of peace where he loved to paint the Atlas mountains and Yves St. Laurent was so captivated by Marrakech that he bought one of its most beautiful riads with its own exotic gardens which were opened to the public.
Geographically and culturally Morocco is a modern day gateway between North Africa and Europe. Tangier is only about fourteen miles from southern Spain which makes it a surprisingly accessible destination for anyone visiting Malaga or Gibraltar, thanks to a forty minute hydrofoil ride from Tarifa, in Spain, to Tangier."
MRI boss Darragh MacAnthony may face Commons probe Olive Press Newspaper News Spain: "HUNDREDS of people are due to take to the streets in London to protest against fraudulent property mogul Darragh MacAnthony and his beleaguered Costa Del Sol company MRI.
The Misled Realty Investors Support Group (MRISG) whose 1,200 members claim they were scammed by MRI, will march to Downing Street to demand action.
The group, many of whom invested money in property and furniture packs in Spain that never materialised, are backed by MP for East Antrim Sammy Wilson.
Wilson, who has attacked the firm for defrauding hundreds of people, is to raise an Early Day Motion in parliament against the firm.
He is demanding a change in the law that would ensure that companies like MRI are unable to get away with such promises.
The protest will start near Chancery Lane and head all the way to Downing Street where they will hand in their petition demanding action against MRI.
A spokesman for the group said: “We have all been misled, lied to, even threatened and intimidated by MRI so this is our time to fight back.”
MRI’s head office shut in Marbella last year and sources told the Olive Press that MacAnthony – who once had huge billboards up and down the Costa del Sol – was planning to relocate to the US.
“He has been selling a lot of his cars and property in preparation for a big move,” one said. “In fact I think he may have already flown the nest.”"

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Jet2 opens new route to Edinburgh from Málaga: "British low cost airline, Jet2, has announced a new route from Málaga to Edinburgh.

The service of two flights a week will start on April 2. Director Ian Doubtfire said that the route connects two marvellous cities and underline’s the company’s commitment to Málaga and Spain.

It will be the fifth route from Málaga for Jet2, and their 49th in Spain. It flies already from the Costa del Sol to Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Blackpool."

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Spain [Espana] - "RONDA" Set of 4 Mini-Mousepad CoastersRonda-San Pedro road threatens over 100 rare bird species Olive Press Newspaper News Spain: "OVER one hundred rare bird species are threatened by the new planned Ronda-Marbella motorway.
The controversial road would pummel right through Sierra Bermeja’s conservation zone, said Spain’s main bird conservation society, SEO.
The habitat of the gravely threatened Bonelli’s Eagle is among the areas earmarked for the road.
The eagle has practically died out in northern Spain. Stable colonies now only exist only in Andalucia and Extremadura.
SEO was one of the many environmental groups to lodge their objections to the new road link between Malaga’s coast and mountainous interior.
The public consolation period for the project ended in late November.
But the new motorway appears to have fallen off the government’s list of priorities amid widespread opposition and tightening public spending.
The 350 million euros required for the road is yet to be included in the Junta’s public works budget.
Sierra Bermeja is home to around 150 different birds: 25 of them are protected by EU laws and 117 by national or regional Spanish legislation."

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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

GIBRALTAR SUN (The Gibraltar Series)Gibraltar.com is for Sale! $560,000 USD PR Carbon: "Everybody knows that domain ownership can be very lucrative. As the web fills up with thousands of new websites each and every day, people are scrambling to grab the very best domain names they can get their hands on because a whole of money is available if you own a great domain that guarantees tons of internet traffic. Well, heads up to all domain name hunters out there because Gibraltar.com is on sale for the price of $560,000. That’s right, you can be the proud owner of this ‘country-domain’ now if you act quickly."

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Monday, 6 December 2010

Caprice wears Glam lace maxi to Marbella awards ceremony Very Blog Very.co.uk: "The Marbella Awards 2010. Caprice hosted the huge ceremony, which is a key highlight in Marbella’s full-to-the-brim social calendar, and helped to raise money for a very worthwhile charity."

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Spain Reopens Airspace - WSJ.com: "Spanish airports and airlines were operating at full capacity on Sunday after the government reopened the country's airspace and forced striking air-traffic controllers to return to work.
AirUtopia:Madrid New Barajas Mega-Airport Video DVD-(airlines, Aircraft,Airplanes,Planes)Several hundred passengers waited at check-in counters at Madrid-Barajas international airport early Sunday.The government decreed a state of alarm on Saturday, taking emergency measures after controllers throughout the country walked off the job Friday afternoon, forcing authorities to close Spain's airspace for 18 hours and stranding thousands of travelers at the country´s airports.
Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered the Defense Ministry to take over air-traffic control Friday night. He then issued a decree Saturday morning requiring controllers to return to their workplaces or face legal action, measures not seen since the times of the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco."

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