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Friday, 15 February 2013 0:26 | Author: Celina Lafuente de Lavotha

Romantic Valentine's Day concert

The gifted young conductor Alexander Shelley, born in the UK into a family of musicians, directed the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra for the Saint Valentines concert at the Salle Garnier last night, with musicians wearing red roses in their lapels and on their instruments...

The romantic programme included Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, with the participation of two young Italian opera singers, the soprano Sandra Pastrana and tenor David Giusti.
PHOTO: Conductor Alexander Shelley  Celina Lafuente de Lavotha

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The Spanish magazine Hola!, a sister publication of the English-language Hello!, this week has Princess Charlene on its cover to mark its 70th birthday. "My husband is my biggest supporter, the person that I confide in and who knows me best," she told the magazine, adding: "We must fight for what we believe in, forgive, move forward and not give up."

The Princess chose the Ocean tiara to wear for the cover shot, a gift from Prince Albert. This unique piece was made by jewellers Van Cleef and Arpels and has 850 diamonds and 359 sapphires with colours representing sea foam. Eleven four-carat diamonds each symbolise raindrops. The Ocean tiara can also be worn as a necklace.


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Thursday, 24 April 2014 0:01

Monaco Events & Announcements

TODAY - BRITISH ASSOCIATION:  'Happy Hour' is on Thursday 24th April at  a new venue, Flashman's Bar , Monaco between 6.30 and 8 pm. Come along by yourself or with friends and meet some members of the Committee and other members of BAM (some old and some new). 

CONCERT - MAY 2: Maestro Errol Girdlestone and his choir "Ristretto" will offer a choral concert on Friday, May 2, at 20:00. in Saint Paul's Church. The concert will feature a performance of Frank Martin's remarkable a cappella "Messe pour Double Choeur" (Mass for a double choir, or 8 voices). Two motets will also be offered:J. S. Bach's "Komm Jesu, Komm" and Johannes Brahms' "Fest und Gedenksprüche". This concert is offered for the benefit of Saint Paul's Church to help cover the cost in offering concerts in the church. A free-will offering will be collected.

HISTORIC GRAND PRIX: During three days (Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May) some of the world’s most precious and amazing cars will compete in 7 different race categories ranging from pre war voiturettes and Grand Prix cars to Formula1 3.2 litres from 1974 to 1978, in the 9th Monaco Historic Grand Prix 9th to 11th May 2014. All cars racing in the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco have participated in International races and the participants are selected with outmost care and according to strict regulations.
Monaco Star Events invite you to take part in this fun and action-filled event right in the heart of the action. Our VIP Historic Lounge is located right above the Paddock area with full views of the cars parked below, only a short walk from your premium Grand Stand and with possible Paddock walks throughout the weekend.
Take advantage of a 10% discount to get your tickets to the VIP Historic Lounge for Saturday 10th of May by calling us on +377 93 50 07 35 with the reference of Monaco Today.

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.

CONTINUES - Andy Warhol at Ribolzi Gallery: The exhibition of art and artifacts of Andy Warhol The American Dream continues at the Adriano Ribolzi Gallery, next to the Hotel Hermitage, until April 26.


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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...


Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:38

Letters to the Editor

A bemused reader in Beaulieu-sur-mer speculates about the air traffic controllers' strike and President Hollande and his runabout.

Dear Sir, More travel misery – that’s why Trierweiler was flying back home from India yesterday; the whole trip was planned round the air traffic controllers' strike programme.

The only answer for these disruptive strikers is to delocalize the whole French ATC sector to Bangalore. The Aiguilleurs du ciel never see a plane anyway, just their computer screens, so no problem putting the images offshore. As has been done with the military radar on Mont Agel – all the screens are manned in Lyon so only a few maintainers are left in BA943 above Monaco, a good nuclear target, but don’t tell the buyers flocking to settle in the tax haven just below, in the fall-out zone.

As for the Elysée, nobody has asked who the owner is of that Paris apt, home to Valerie. She says it is “in his name”; but his Declaration de Patrimoine ( no mention of it – only the Mougins house and two small apts in Cannes.  Nor of any liquid capital to buy a large Paris apt.  So he keeps below the threshold for the ISF.  There's work for investigative journalists.

My main gripe about the President is he rides a foreign scooter – an Italian Piaggio, whereas I have just done my best to save France by buying not only a new Peugeot scooter, but also a ditto car (Peugeot 107).  Why does he not buy French, like me? Earlier civilizations were run by specially treated men, called Castrati, who were also in demand as singers. Not too late to apply this in the Elysée – though some high-profile ladies might not appreciate it.

Peter, Beaulieu-sur-mer (name and address supplied)

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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..



KIEV: TUESDAY APRIL 22 -  The BBC has published photographs supplied by Ukrainian diplomats to the OSCE, purporting to show some of the same Russian troops now involved in destabilising eastern Ukraine also involved in special operations in Russia's incursion into Gerogia six years ago. Needless to report, President Putin continues to deny that Russian troops are in eastern Ukraine.

Tensions between Kiev and Moscow increased over the weekend as unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on armed pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine, killing three. Two of the assailants were also reported killed. Early reports - by Russian media close to President Putin - suggested that the attackers were members of a right-wing militia that was closely involved in the toppling of the former regime in Ukraine.

Moscow has been conducting a smear campaign against Kiev's new government, accusing it of being 'fascist.' The overnight fatal confrontation, which Kiev says was staged by the Russians themselves, is set to fuel Moscow's anger, real or contrived.

SOURCES: BBC, Guardian, France24



TOP MARQUES: SUNDAY, APRIL 20 -  One of the major annual events in Monaco, the Top Marques show, ends today at the Grimaldi Forum. Top-end cars, yachts, watches and helicopters are all on display. Several manufacturers have chosen Top Marques Monaco to launch new vehicles. (see reports in main news column)



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Monte-Carlo Diary -

Under the table

TUESDAY, APRIL 8: When I woke up at 7:30 my family was under the table. I stood in the doorway, obedient to the rules of earthquake survival. It was LA, one day in the 80s. Earthquakes were common enough, and at least in the city we no longer lived 50 feet from the San Andreas fault in Kern County, a geological break that ran long the creek bed below the house. I called in the story as soon as I knew the possible toll. Three dead. One worker buried by a trench he was digging, a heart attack, and a student flattened by a prefabricated concrete slab falling from a high-rise car park on a campus in Pasadena. Her sister with her unscathed.

Fleet Street wasn't satisfied. "Hundreds flee as LA burns," the headline read. Someone else's name was on the story, a common trick. I called in to Independent Radio News, knowing at least my voice would be heard from Brighton to the Western Isles and I'd get the thrill of signing off, "Jeff Daniels, Los Angeles."

I was on the phone to my eldest son last night at 21:26 when my chair started rocking. I told him this was more usual than our phone calls. Maybe they were connected. Excusing myself, I went through to the living room. My wife looked a little startled. "The sofa was shaking. As if Bruiser (the chihuahua) were wagging his tail, but he wasn't with me."

Our teenager in the bedroom hadn't noticed a thing, listening to U2. "Where was the dog," I asked. "Under the table," she said.

Jeff Daniels

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monte-Carlo Diary

6/6 for effort

I can hardly put into words how welcome some sunny weather will be. Every school day we trudge to the train station and from Nice Riquier to the school with our nine year-old genius. When it's raining, as it has been, we have to take a change of clothes, although I have greatly benefited by the recent purchase of sailing boots for the teenager. I have to wear three pairs of socks to stop them sliding off.

Monaco, so I am told, turned down the offer of an alternative private school, so it migrated west. Perhaps the Principality was too keen on its position at the top of the exam league tables to want anything more adventurous than a standard French school with its strict and orthodox adherence to 'the system.' We are very happy with Nice. The school, that is.

George is doing very well. He knows all about the pyramids and the solar system, although I have to admit to a nagging nervousness over his numeracy. Last week he showed me his sums. 0/6. Bearing in mind the need for constant praise and encouragement, I wished him better luck next time, as if he were a gambler at the Monte-Carlo Casino. "Ah, but Dad," he said, "I did much better than Michel. He got 0/0."

"Merde!" I said. "No Dad, not merde, merrde." His French is brilliant.

Jeff Daniels

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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Christmas tips from Ruth Tongue

Don’t beat yourself up this festive season – but do keep an eye on the waist band! Our new in-house nutritionist and Pilates specialist Ruth Tongue shares her tips on how to start 2014 feeling fresh, energised and motivated - rather than sluggish and carrying a few unwanted extra pounds.

Everyone likes to indulge a little (ok, a lot) over Christmas and the New Year – and that’s normal. But there’s nothing worse than getting to the second day of January feeling heavy, tired and like you want to hibernate until your skinny jeans fit again! Follow these tips to ensure you enjoy the party season without feeling the effects when 2014 rings in...


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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