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.
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.
The Jeff Daniels column is published in the interests of editorial diversity, and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the publishers.
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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 www.bam-monaco.org
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 www.grimaldiforum.com
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: email@example.com
Tuesday to Saturday from 15:00 to 21:00 or by Appointment - Centre of Excellence for Rare and Collectable Whisky - Taste and Buy Exceptional Whisky - Meet the Experts and Book a Master Class - Private Whisky Tastings - Whisky Gifts. Taste the original Monaco Blend - Whisky Apero
Tuesday to Friday from 18:00 to 20:00. Our selection from €10 to €2000 per glass.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.pgil.mc 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 monacolife.net. Visit www.globalhighnetworth.org 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
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.
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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.
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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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