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, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: 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.
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. MORE DETAILS: mcwc.lamaisondecosse.com
Thursday 20th November: Murrays fish and chips arrives at Stars n bars, from Scotland. 5:30 pm till late, Fish supper 20 euros
Friday 21st November: The Monte Carlo Whisky Conference, Oceanographic museum,iIn the presence of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco. By invitation only 3pm.. Apply for an invitation
Friday 21st November: Whisky Master Classes with the Experts, Monte Carlo, 5pm. Tickets from €90
Friday 21st November: The Monaco Blend Party, Cafe de Paris, Scottish dinner and dance. Opening 6pm. Whisky kiss 8pm till late
Tickets from 90 euros
Friday 21st November: Murrays fish and chip van, Casino Square Monte Carlo, 5:30pm till late, Fish supper 20 euro
Saturday 22nd November: Book signing by author Charles Maclean, The Tasting Room 11am till 12 noon
Saturday 22nd November: La Maison D'Ecosse, The auction of rare and collectable whisky, Salle Excelsior, Hotel Hermitage. Apply for an invitation
Saturday 22nd November: The St. Andrews Gala Banquet and silent auction in aid of HSH Prince Albert II foundation, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert, Salle Belle Époque, Hotel Hermitage. 7 pm. Table of 10 persons €6000. mcwc.lamaisondecosse.com
Annual Christmas Sale: The eagerly awaited annual Ecumenical Kermesse will be held in the Fontvieille Chapiteau on Saturday 6 December 2014. Entry is free and the doors open at 10:00 until 18:00. There are over 25 stalls including clothes, books, CD's, DVD's, antiques, Christmas decorations, Monegasque, Greek and Spanish speciality stands plus books, DVD’s, household items, clothes, shoes, bags, gifts and novelties.
This year’s Tombola has over 40 exciting prizes and tickets are just €2 each. The ‘Snack Bar’ is open from 10 o’clock to 6 o’clock with a wide selection of delicious and inexpensive food and drinks. Please note the delivery times for Saint Paul’s. For more information, especially if you would like to donate any items, please call Merville on Monaco 93 15 02 89. We gladly accept your donations which can be delivered at the following locations St. Paul’s Anglican Church - avenue de Grande Bretagne, Monaco, Monday December 1st, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd December from noon until 6 pm. Directly to the Chapiteau de Fontvieille Thursday 4 & Friday 5 décembre from 10 am until 5.
Global High Net Worth Conference: Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, 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.
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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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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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