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Monday, 22 September 2014 7:43 | Author: Ian Brodie

SBM increases capital ahead of project

MONACO TOURISM, SBM: SBM, operator of Monaco’s casinos and most of the top hotels, has announced a capital increase of 220 million euros. The company is about to start on a huge redevelopment programme that will involve the demolition of the much-loved Sporting d’Hiver building on Casino Square, and its replacement with a seven-unit steel and glass shopping complex. The Hotel de Paris will also undergo a major development, and will close for four years from next month…

Monday, 22 September 2014 7:00

Another home win for AS Monaco

MONACO SPORT, ASM: Substitute Nabil Dirar's goal earned Monaco a 1-0 home win against En Avant Guingamp on Sunday. Dirar came on for the injured Anthony Martial early on, and struck seven minutes from the interval to lift his team to 15th in the standings on seven points after six games, eurosport reports…

Sunday, 21 September 2014 17:21

Prime London plays catch-up

PREMIUM - MONACO LIFESTYLE, MONACO PROPERTY: The Prime Central London and Monaco residential property markets are like twins; both representing Europe’s leading locations for luxury property, and having very similar features, trends and buyer profiles, according to findings released this weekend by London and Monaco-based property company Pastor Real Estate. The firm has produced the first ever in-depth report that analyses parallels and differences between the luxury property markets in both locations. The key findings reveal...

Sunday, 21 September 2014 5:32

Romanov film festival at Hotel de Paris

MONACO ARTS: The Romanovs and Russia – that's the theme of the first Russian Film Festival, to be held at the Hôtel de Paris from 25 to 27 September 2014. To mark the four hundredth anniversary of the House of Romanov, and for the first time in Monaco, the Event Art company, in association with the Government of the Russian Federation, is organising a screening of original films from the archives of the State Collection at the National Film Foundation of the Russian Federation (Gosfilmofond)…

Friday, 19 September 2014 8:31 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Short circuit for electric GP

MONACO SPORT, MONACO CARS: Formula E is set to race on a shorter version of the Monaco circuit that would run in both directions on the harbour front, reports. Series boss Alejandro Agag has revealed plans for a 1.2-mile circuit that would turn sharp right after the start-finish straight at Sainte Devote when his championship takes to the streets of Monte-Carlo next May…

Friday, 19 September 2014 8:00 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess honours graduating nurses

MONACO NEWS, PRINCESS CAROLINE: Graduates of the three-year nursing programme received their diplomas yesterday from HRH Princess Caroline.Twenty-nine students graduated, and two of them will continue with a university education in the USA and UK...

Friday, 19 September 2014 7:28 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Schools embrace digital future

MONACO NEWS: Prince Albert yesterday visited College Charles III to see for himself the progress being made in making more use of computers in Monaco schools...

Friday, 19 September 2014 6:42

Outward Bound celebrates 10 years

MONACO NEWS: Outward Bound Monaco celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Monte Carlo Country Club on Thursday evening with a dinner for over 90 guests including 17 participants from 2014 and previous years...

Thursday, 18 September 2014 8:34 | Author: Ian Brodie

PM calls for pilots' strike to end

MONACO TRAVEL, FRENCH NEWS: The strike by Air France pilots continues into its fourth day on Thursday, with more than half of flights cancelled nationwide. In Nice and Marseille the toll is even greater, with 90 percent of the national carrier’s scheduled flights cancelled…

Thursday, 18 September 2014 7:34 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Charlotte shines as W cover girl

CHARLOTTE CASIRAGHI: Even though she gave birth to baby boy Raphael just last December, Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco still makes for a radiant cover girl, the UK’s Daily Mail reports. The 28-year-old granddaughter of Grace Kelly appears on one of the covers of W magazine’s new issue, her brunette hair swept back in an old-Hollywood style and a chic cutout in her Gucci dress exposing her collarbone…

Thursday, 18 September 2014 7:22 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Prince at Milan expo event

PRINCE ALBERT: HSH Prince Albert traveled to Milan earlier this week as part of the preparations for the 2015 World Exposition on the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life...

Thursday, 18 September 2014 7:17

Professional women and presenting

MONACO NEWS: Have you ever wondered why your audience doesn’t listen to your carefully-prepared presentation? Kelly Lefebvre, leader of Younovation Consulting, a communications agency that helps clients generate innovative ideas and communicate with impact, was this month´s keynote speaker at the Professional Women’s Network Nice Cote d’Azur...

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 7:34 | Author: Ian Brodie

Garo show casts light on art

MONACO ARTS: The Ribolzi Gallery in Monte-Carlo is once again at the forefront of the local art scene with the Bernard Garo exhibition that opens to the public from tomorrow, September 18. Garo is famous for his semi-abstract renditions of buildings, using materials other than paint from a tube, searching for materials from nature in which natural light is found. He compares his work to that of the geologist and the archeologist. His paintings also venture into the purely abstract, using the same mixed-media approach…

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 0:01

Elegant evening with Noel Edmonds

MONACO CHARITIES: Monaco s hugely popular charity event La Nuit de l'Elegance, being held on October 2 at the Yacht Club de Monaco is sold out, but one generous donor has offered his table as an auction item, available now, to the highest bidder...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:51 | Author: Jeff Daniels

At last, a victory for ASM

MONACO SPORT, ASM: AS Monaco found some form tonight at Stade Louis II, with a 1-0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen in the first round of the UEFA Champions League. It was a goal from Joao Moutinho in the 62nd minute that won the day, with a great cross from Berbatov. The visitors have not last a game this season, which makes Monaco’s win all the more convincing...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 8:52

Prince, Princess at golf tournament

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: The princely Couple attended the final rounds of competition in the Evian Championship, women's golf tournament, at the weekend in Evian. They were accompanied by Mr Riboud, Danone's President and Director General, Mr Bungert, Tournament Director, Mr Killy and Mr Barnier...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 8:42 | Author: Alina Gavril

Monaco's wealthy 'highly mobile'

MONACO NEWS: Yesterday, Barclays launched its latest research report, Wealth Insights Volume 18: The Rise of the Global Citizen? This volume is part of a series of research reports which aims to provide a definitive picture of what being wealthy means in the 21st century...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 7:42 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Is Rybolovlev tiring of ASM?

MONACO SPORT, ASM: A lot of nonsense on the subject of Monaco’s football team appears in the soccer blogs and even so-called serious reports in the sporting press pass wide of the goal, but a report in today’s UK Independent scores a direct hit, even if much of it is pure speculation…

Monday, 15 September 2014 19:52 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Black Tuesday for air travellers

MONACO TRAVEL, FRENCH NEWS: Lufthansa pilots have announced an eight-hour strike tomorrow, Tuesday, in protest at wages and conditions. The walk-out is expected to cause widespread disruption for European travellers, already suffering from a week-long strike by pilots at Air France who are campaigning against threats to their own livelihoods as the national carrier battles to confront low-cost airlines such as easyJet…

Monday, 15 September 2014 7:11 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Beastly roasting for Princess

PRINCESS CHARLENE: A popular news website with a tabloid bent has published a story on Monaco’s Princess Charlene under the headline ‘Princess Charlene’s Monaco Nightmare.’ The author of the piece at, Tom Sykes, suggests that the Princess remains isolated and without friends, and would rather be elsewhere than in the Principality. When was approached to comment, we responded by saying that the people of Monaco have warmed to the Princess and the arrival of a baby would be ‘icing on the cake…’

ANGLICAN CHURCH PICNIC: More than 50 church worshippers enjoyed a memorable day as Monaco’s St. Paul’s Church held its annual picnic on Sunday, on this occasion at the Sospel home of Brian Fenwick-Smith. PHOTO: Simon Wynne


Incomparably curvaceous...

Sir John Gaul, a Monaco resident, made a gift of this unique Delahaye classic to Diana Dors when she was just 17. The car has since won several concours competitions in Europe and the US and was sold to a private collector for $3.3 million by RM Auctions in 2010. The young actress’s motoring career continued with a gift of a Rolls-Royce when she was 20, although she didn’t hold a driving licence.

PHOTO: The magnificent 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster


Seeking memories of Diana...

Dear Sir,
I am putting together a professional scrap-book of pictures and articles from all my many film mags and books about Diana Dors. Plus a Memories and Tributes section about her in the second half of my book.
I wondered if anybody has any memories of Diana Dors coming to Monaco during her life and career, which spanned the late 1940s right up to the early 1980s. She sadly died in 1984, after a brave fight with cancer. Did you meet or see her at a fete or shop opening, perhaps you saw her from a distance in the Principality, or at a show in the area or even met her backstage somewhere? If so, I wondered if anybody would like to share/add any of these memories/anecdotes into my non-commercial professional scrap-book? This book will be donated to various Library Archives around the country, where Diana lived and worked, her birthplace town of Swindon being one of a few.
I prefer Diana Dors serious roles in acting and in particular her role as the condemned woman in YIELD TO THE NIGHT [1956] and I have had a contribution from her co-star in that film, Michael Craig. It is true to say that YIELD TO THE NIGHT helped to abolish the death penalty in the UK during the 1960s.
There is no doubt in my mind she was one of the most loved and diverse entertainers Britain produced during the 20th century and she certainly earned that status all her life. She was the precursor of the modern day celebrity in every way. She could put her mind to serious and comedic studies on TV, in film and on stage. In 1960 Diana even started a singing career, which eventually produced her SWINGIN’ DORS album, still available on CD I’m told.
In essence I am hoping my project will be one of the most comprehensive collection of Memories relating to Diana Dors’ life and career to date. I look forward to any memories your readers may have
Best wishes, Ian Payne

8 THORNBURY RD, WALSALL, ENGLAND, WS2 8JL T : 01922 – 627522 M : 07511759209

(PHOTO: A very young Diana Dors)

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Thursday, 11 September 2014 0:10


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Friday, 5 September 2014 8:38

Letters to the Editor

A regular reader comments on the operation escargot earlier this week

Dear Sir, I was myself caught up in the loathsome  “Operation Snail” as I tried to make my way painfully into Monaco on Monday. The VTC drivers managed to slow us all down and thereby miss important meetings. They also managed to convey their objection (of which I had no knowledge). I might have had some sympathy with them, had they not engaged in “Operation Snail”. Given however that they resort deliberately to buggering up our day I hope the miserable and wholly nominal tariff they are subjected to is greatly increased from 1,800€ to a much higher figure, and we should all campaign for the Government to impose a higher figure in light of this primitive and damaging protest.
We do not wish to be subject on our borders to the selfish actions of hooligans in smart cars and ill-fitting uniforms
Are your readers, like me, asking that we wage our own contest against these people since they thought fit to ruin our day? It is time we ruined theirs, I believe.

Sincerely, Anon (name and address supplied)


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Monday, 10 February 2014 0:02
Author: Louise Simpson

Monaco Foodie...

Buy local or bye local

I passed a sign at a farmer’s market in the UK recently that said: “Buy local or bye local.” As a farm-bred girl, I endorse the philosophy of buying local. Indeed, I hanker back to the halcyon days of my youth when my family lived a self-sufficient utopia with an organic vegetable garden, a chicken coop, bee hives, and fields where a local farmer grazed his sheep and paid us annual rent in half a lamb for our freezer.  My sisters and I spent our days hunting for blackberries, and canoeing and swimming in the muddy river at the bottom of our garden. At least that’s how I remember it, but the rose-tinted spectacles of nostalgia probably make it sound a lot more Swallows and Amazons than it was...


Sunday, 11 August 2013 10:17
Author: Ian Brodie

Iceberg rescues Titanic*

MONACO MEDIA: The media world has been stunned this week by news that the founder of Amazon - the online shop - has bought the iconic Washington Post newspaper at what seems to be a knockdown price. The $250 million Jeff Bezos paid is just a little over one percent of his personal wealth of $23 billion, making a very small dent indeed in his bank account. Never mind that since its founding Amazon has lost money more than it has made, making Bezos a virtual billionaire in charge of a virtual empire. Perhaps he bought the Post because he yearned for something real.

To decry the sale of the Post is not just to indulge in unworldly sentimentality. Its disposal marks another milestone on the way to the cemetery for printed newspapers as we have known them for the centuries since the Times of London first appeared in 1785 as the Daily Universal Register, changing its name three years later. In the ever-evolving world of media, print is in its death throes.

If it's almost all over for ink except the burials, and the standouts are disappearing fast, should we be surprised? No. Disappointed, sorry? Yes. The great newspapers of the past, including the Post, the New York Times, the Times, the UK's Daily Telegraph, are empty imitations of their former selves thanks to cost-cutting. The greatest loss as these titles decline and disappear is the quality of the journalism that called them home..

15 YEARS OLD: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19 - The Chamber of Commerce last night celebrated its 15th birthday at the Hotel de Paris. The CDE's chairman, Michel Dotta, described the chamber as the operational arm of the Prince's Government.

SUSPENDED: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18 - A 20 year-old Monegasque has been given a 30-day jail sentence, suspended, after slapping his girlfriend and resisiting arrest. The police were alerted to the incident, at 03:50 in the morning on Place d'Armes, after neighbours responded to cries for help from the victim.

PASTOR AFFAIR: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13 - Wojciech Janowski (above), the alleged mastermind behind the killing of Monaco billionaire Helene Pastor, is to make an application for bail, his lawyer said this week. He is presently on remand in the notorious Baumettes prison in Marseille.

RECORD APPLICATIONS: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12 - A total of 1,200 requests were received this year for places in Monaco schools from parents whose children do not automatically qualify as Monegasques or official residents. Due to a lack of spaces, only 200 were granted.

ARTLOVERS FLOPS: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11 - The Grimaldi Forum’s annual summer exhibition featuring part of the Pinault contemporary art collection attracted a total of just over 31,000 visitors over the summer. It closed last Sunday

OPEN AIR CINEMA: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11 - Following the closure of the cinema in the Winter Sporting earlier this week, it has been announced that the open air cinema on the Rock will continue screening until September 28.


Monte-Carlo Diary

Fearing the worst

Living as one does 50 metres on the French side of the border, one never knows what’s going to happen next. When I returned late in the evening last week after several weeks of R&R in eastern Europe I noticed a sign stuck to the door of the Art Deco building in which I live. My heart stopped. Surely this must be a summons to call in at the local police station, in Menton, to assist enquiries into crimes against humanity, unspecified. Or at least a reminder about an unpaid parking ticket even though I don’t drive a car. It was getting dark and I was so tired by this time I decided to wait until the morning to read the details.

Instead, I switched on the television and was glued to the leather sofa by a three hour programme about motorcycle cops in Paris. I noticed that 85 percent of the bad-doers, as the French like to call them, had suntans of one degree or another. I can’t help but think that such a depiction of France’s minorities plays into the hands of people like Marine Le Pen, who says the country is swamped by immigrants. Surely the producers of the programme could have looked for and provided a certain ethnic balance, otherwise we might all turn to the far right.

I stumbled down to the front door at dawn’s crack, or soon afterwards. No-one in the building is French. But the lingua franca is the local tongue, of course. The sign on the door said. “Would residents please not open the door by putting their hands on the glass!”
Another narrow escape.

Jeff Daniels

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Monaco Events & Announcements

British Association: Event in September: It's always difficult trying somewhere new.  Most of us wait for some kind of recommendation before trying out a new restaurant.  Well BAM has organised a dinner at the new French restaurant 'Le Bouche a Oreille' in St Roman on Tuesday 30th September.  The evening will start with an aperitif at 7.30 pm followed by a 3-course dinner at 8 pm in this beautifully decorated venue with a wonderful view over the bay of Larvotto.  It is very easy to get to (No 1 bus to the terminal St Roman and walk over the bridge, or No 4 bus which stops on the roundabout/bridge) and the return journey is the night bus (which goes every 30 minutes from the bus terminal St Roman).  Price for members €35 and for non-members €45 (includes aperitif, 3-course dinner, wine and coffee).  Booking form can be found on
Forthcoming Monaco Events
The annual "Journées du Patrimoine" on 20th and 21st September  both  in Monaco and in France  are always a huge success.  They allow you to access normally inaccessible buildings, offices and other monuments during that weekend (like  the  prison,  town hall, the palace,  parliament and other government offices, flats etc.)  All for free !  Some of them can and should be reserved beforehand as this weekend is extremely popular.   
The musical 'Cats' is on at the Grimaldi Forum between 1st - 4th October starting at 8.30 pm.  For further information, visit

Nall, ‘Savages,’ August 15, 2014 - September 15, 2014, 14H-18H Vendredi, Samedi, Dimanche ou sur rendezvous. The N.A.L.L. Art Association Opens its Doors to the Public for the Showing of a New Nall Exhibition, 232 Bd Marechal de Lattre, Vence, France 06140. Tel: 0493581326 ou 0613338078. Fax: 0493580900 Cell: 0619022695.

The Tasting Room would like to invite you to come and enjoy the “Last Taste of Sporting D’Hiver” before sadly it closes later this year. La Maison D’Ecosse has taken the opportunity of using this beautiful space in one of the world’s most prestigious locations, to allow you to taste and buy exquisite whisky. La Maison D'Ecosse, Galerie Sporting D'Hiver, Place du Casino. T: +33 (0)6 43 91 27 00 E:

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ANDY WARHOL: The exhibition “Andy Warhol” is at the Galerie Adriano Ribolzi all the summer (Tuesday – Saturday / 10:00 - 12:00 and 15:00 until 18:00).

Outward Bound: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMER PARTY, Thursday September 18th, 2014 from 19:30 to 23:30, Monte Carlo Country Club, 155 avenue Princesse Grace, 06190 Roquebrune Cap Martin. Come and join the Committee at this social event organised for members, supporters and families to share and celebrate the work of the Monaco OB Association.  The tickets are priced at €65 inclusive of welcome aperitif, dinner, wine and music.  Tickets for under 17 years are €35. For further information please contact Vanessa Ilsley on

Princess Grace Irish Library: The first event at the Princess Grace Irish Library after reopening in October will be on Monday 6 October 2014 at 19:30, when visiting speaker Dr Mary Pierse, of University College Cork, will address the topic of Feminisms in Ireland: What happened between 1810 and 1930? The Library also has a new website, at and before the end of the year the Library will be adding photographs and film clips of Princess Grace’s visits to Ireland. T +377 93 50 12 25

Property in France: The next Monaco Life Business Leaders’ Lunch will be on the topic: “The Pleasures and Pitfalls of owning property in France,” with Brian Groocock of Brian Groocock Real Estate. Wednesday, October 29, Pacific Restaurant, ave. des Spelugues, Monaco. 12:30. 95 euros, includes welcome drink and 3-course lunch. To book, please email Ian Brodie at

Global High Net Worth Conference: Thursday, November 6 and Friday, November 7, at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris in Monte-Carlo, a two-day conference of professionals serving the HNW and UHNW sectors. Distinguished speakers from around the world will address the major issues of the moment. Organised by the publishers of Visit for more details.

Monte Carlo Whisky Conference: Friday, November 21, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, Oceanographic Museum - St. Andrews gala dinner, Saturday November 22, Salle Belle Époque, Hermitage Hotel, The Monaco blend after party, Friday, November 21, Cafe de Paris -  Murrays fish and Chip, Street Party, Culture of Scotland, Friday, November 21, Place de Casino.

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MOSCOW: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis.
Mr Putin told Jose Manuel Barroso: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks,” Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reported, implying this could be the result if the EU stepped up sanctions against Russia.

His comments, relayed by Mr Barroso to colleagues at last weekend’s EU summit, emerged as Nato announced it would build a new “spearhead” rapid reaction force of up to 4,000 troops that can be flown into eastern Europe in 48 hours to respond to possible Russian aggression.. SOURCE: Daily Telegraph, La Repubblica


Monte-Carlo Diary

Pushed to the Max

SATURDAY, JUNE 21: There will always be tensions when a large crowd of people are crammed into small spaces, especially when they take an instant dislike to each other or harbour long-term differences. I am not talking about the long-running opening ceremony of the splendid new Monaco Yacht Club attended by le tout Monaco - a splendid affair - but the lingering impact of the lengthy and tedious French rail strike.

Tasked with taking my youngest son to Nice for a Saturday rendez-vous with a schoolmate, I squeezed with him onto the 16:43 from Monaco - delayed for 18 minutes in Menton while the frazzled French border police sifted out the usual suspects, young Somalian males who, having crossed the inhospitable Sahara, are trying in considerable numbers to make their way to the economic paradise that is France. Or possibly the UK.

Most people were eminently sensible and moved down the train to occupy every available space to allow yet more frazzled and luggage-laden bemused first-and-last-time tourists onto the only TER regional express to visit Monaco for the previous three hours.
Someone sitting down said something to me. I assumed he was offering me a space to sit. I bent down to hear better. Translated from the French, what he said was: “Can you get your arse out of my face!”

To say I was astonished hardly covers it. A number of responses flashed through my hot head: “I am surprised you are bothered about my arse, since it resembles so closely your face,” was the most polite. I wanted physically to strangle him, and since I was standing up and he was sitting down I sure as hell had a good shot at it.

My nine year-old restrained me. “He’s an idiot Dad, don’t take any notice,” he said in a French that can only be described as impeccable. At the next available jolt in the tracks he managed to more or less fall onto the idiot’s mobile phone he was holding high in the air while playing what looked like patience, and make it look like an accident.

You can mess with me, but you can’t mess with Max.

Jeff Daniels

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Welcome, Mr President...

What on earth is the French President doing in Monaco? Well, there are a few things to see, such as the Oceanographic and Monaco's Scientific Centre. And a few bits of paper to sign. Lunch at the Palace should be good, and will not disappoint the Socialist President's champagne tastes. Otherwise, not much will be going on and the visit will be marked by an inconvenience to road traffic. That will be its high point, since it seems that the President won't be meeting any of the remaining 8,000 French residents - whose families have lived here for generations - to discuss the fact that they have to meet the high cost of living in Monaco while paying French taxes, an arrangement inherited from the treaty with France into which Prince Rainier was famously coerced in 1963.

If I were a Frenchman, or woman, I would wonder what my President was doing in Monaco. Perhaps he has come to open a bank account. Switzerland is certainly less attractive than it was for French savers. Or perhaps I would conclude that Mr Hollande fancied a day away from the office and a very unattractive in-tray.

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels reviews

Mayhem in Monte Carlo

Long-term Monaco resident and former ad-man Mike Ferrier's second book in a trilogy, Mayhem in Monte Carlo, is at first sight a mixed bag of intelligent insight and mundane stereotyping. And as many new writers do, Mike has cut out the middleman. The book can be ordered on Amazon, to be read on a tablet or consumed in book form, a modern form of buying novels that appeals to some more than others...

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