Monday, 11 February 2013 3:31
Author: Ian Brodie
MAJOR UPSET IN POLL: Horizon landslide
Yesterday's elections for the National Council have produced a landslide victory for the Horizon Monaco party led by Laurent Nouvion. Horizon have taken 20 out of the 24 seats, with the Union Monegasque winning just three and Renaissance one. Local daily Monaco Matin described the outcome as 'unexpected.' Nouvion's priorities include bringing forward new housing projects for Monegasques and addressing the problems of the Principality's largest employer and operator of most of Monaco's hotels and casinos, SBM.
Detailed results: Elected directly according to number of votes:
(All from Horizon Monaco)
Jacques RIT 2514
Christophe Steiner 2484
Laurent Nouvion 2475
Marc Burini 2467
Christophe Robino 2396
Thierry Poyet 2391
Caroline Rougaignon-Vernil 2370
Pierre Svara 2362
Philippe Clerissi 2361
Thierry Crovetto 2357
Jean-Charles Allevena 2348
Nathalie Amoratti-Blanc 2347
Valérie Rossi 2347
Sophie Lavagna 2346
Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo 2346
Claude Boisson 2345
Elected by proportional representation:
Jean-Michel Cucchi (HM) 2341
Christian Barilaro (HM) 2300
Daniel Boeri (HM) 2296
Alain Ficini (HM) 2293
Eric Elena (Renaissance) 566
Jean-Louis Grinda (UM) 1971
Jean-François Robillon (UM) 1968
Bernard Pasquier (UM) 1941
For voter turnout and related news, please scroll down to earlier reports. See also, DAILY COMMENT, next column
At the Palace window on National Day: HRH Princess Caroline, her daughter Alexandra, and grandson Sacha with his mother, TatianaClaudia Albuquerque
Fireworks light up Port Hercule, showing yachts in the harbour, on the eve of Monaco's National Day. The photo was taken from the roof of the barracks of the Prince's Guard on blvd. de BelgiqueIan Brodie
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FURNITURE: Moving apartments. Must sell- Lovely furniture items, excellent shape, including Italian design couch, for quick sale, now only €1200; Danish design desk, asking now only €500; special French chest of drawers, asking now only €1450. High end loudspeakers, Avance Signature 8 Mk2, only €800. Will consider all reasonable offers as we must sell. For full information, including photos, and additional description, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR SALE (Monaco plates): SAAB 9-3 Cabrio SE, year 06/2001, 110k km, grey metallic, gasoline ecopower engine 2.0l turbo 150hp (fiscal cat 10). The car is in a very good condition, low mileage, with spotless 2014 Controle Technique SAAB 9-3 Cabrio SE, year 06/2001, 110k km, grey metallic, gasoline ecopower engine 2.0l turbo 150hp (fiscal cat 10) , manual transmission (5 gears), 4 full adult seats, dark grey leather interior, climatronic, electric roof, windows and mirrors, central lock, ABS, dual airbags, anti-fog lights, cruise control, aluminium wheels. New complete clutch (2013). Clean technical certificate. Bonus: + 4 winter tires on aluminium wheels. Asking Price: €8000
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The Mediterranean quest for a healthy diet dates back to the ancient Greeks. Homer wrote about wild herbs growing in the countryside, while his philosophical compatriots sought a panacea (named after the goddess of Universal remedy) to cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. Coast-hugging ancient Greek communities ate plenty of fish, yet little meat as domestic animals were eaten as part of a sacrifice to God. They grew many grains, vegetables and fruit including olives, figs and grapes. Herbs such as thyme, sage and garlic were used to flavor foods. The preponderance of fruit and vegetables was further underlined by the ancient Greek religions of Orphism and Pythagoreanism that both advocated a vegetarian diet. Over the centuries, Mediterranean coastal regions from Southern Italy to Spain developed their own versions of this healthy olive-rich fare. During the 20th century, the Mediterranean diet (that conveniently includes a daily glass of red wine) became famed for its health-giving properties in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Yet this much-hailed diet is fast disappearing from the region that created it. With the Mediterranean now boasting the highest child obesity rates in Europe, I wonder what went wrong. With daily fruit and vegetables and twice-a-week fish beyond many pockets, modern-day consumers often seek cheap comfort in pre-packaged foods. More than that, a faster-paced working environment has taken its toll as lunchtime snacks at the desk have become the norm. In previous generations, lunch was a more important meal than dinner and digestion was aided by an afternoon siesta. The traditional lunchtime closure, where shopkeepers and other businesses would shut up shop and return home for a home-cooked meal and a little rest, has diminished in the face of international pressure for a frenetic 24-hour pace.
With this in mind, here are some places where you can laze over lunch for under 20 euros:
At My Way 2 (7 rue du Berceau; +377 97 70 21 38) near the Novotel, you’ll be won over by the full-bodied red wines by the glass at shop prices that accompany the simple daily-changing menu (main courses around 13 euros).
In the Galerie du Park Palace, no-nonsense Italian Valentin (27 avenue de la Costa; +377 93 50 60 00) serves a lunch menu including main course, water and coffee for 17 to 19 euros.
At Mozza (11 rue du Portier; +377 97 77 03 04) near Larvotto Beach, you can opt for the lunch menu with a starter, fish of the day and a glass of wine for just 18 euros or choose from myriad mozzarella varieties for the same price.
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  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
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(PHOTO: A very young Diana Dors)
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 paulfrasercollectibles.com
A regular reader comments on the operation escargot in mid-September
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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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..
NO FINISH LINE:FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21 -The annual No Finish Line charity walk around Port Hercule will set a new record for the number of participants, with 11,900 taking part. By Thursday evening, participants had raised more than 203,000 euros for Children & Future.
Monaco Events, Announcements
Handel's Messiah: The Monaco Chamber Music Association is presenting G.F. Handel's oratorio "Messiah" on Saturday 29 November 2014 at 20:00, in association with conductor Errol Girdlestone, his vocal ensemble Ristretto and the orchestra of the same name. The concert will take place at St Paul's Anglican Church in Monaco. Further information: 06 43 91 67 43. www.musique-de-chambre.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marta Grigorieva, painter and art historian, is giving workshops for children every Friday at the Munchkins Club 4:30 – 5:30 pm, age 5+. More info: www.mcmunchkinsclub.com. Additionally, Marta is offering Art Group lessons offered every Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. For more information +33 (0)7 60 97 59 98, email email@example.com, www.MartaGrigorieva.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
The Jeff Daniels column is published in the interests of editorial diversity, and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the publishers.
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
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.
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 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...