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Monaco will play a central part in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative based on the slogan "Plant for the Planet – Billion Tree Campaign”.
The idea aims to encourage citizens of all countries, communities, organisations and governments to commit to plant a certain number of trees and register their contributions via the campaign's website.
An event on March 9, supported by the Prince Albert II Foundation and organised by the founders of "Plant for the Planet", will launch the campaign at the Grimaldi Forum with a day-long programme featuring talks, networking sessions and an official tree planting ceremony.
Registration and a light lunch starts from 12:30 pm followed with “A Symbol to the World: Tree Planting with HSH Prince Albert II” at 1:30 pm.
Two discussions are scheduled between 2 pm and 4 pm: Generation Z invites influencers and decision makers to cooperate with them on the most ambitious reforestation project in human history, and Developing Strategies and Solutions, a unifying dialogue between company leaders, influencers, public figures, politicians and scientists.
At 4 pm, the launch of the Trillion Tree Campaign, when trendsetters and pioneers commit themselves to the Trillion Tree Campaign live on stage and inspire millions of people worldwide to join them. GPS data of the trees planted will be provided, and people are welcome to visit them, as well as give tree vouchers.
At 6 pm, there will be a networking dinner to celebrate the historic event, which will close at 8 pm with a concert by Matt Bianco.
Follow the event live from 2 pm CET on Facebook: facebook.com/plantfortheplanet
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The Monaco Philosophical Encounters hosted an important and successful lecture on the topic of "Childhood and Violence", given by Boris Cyrulnik, at the Princess Grace Theatre on Wednesday, February 14.
After a presentation by Charlotte Casiraghi, founding Member of Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco, the French neuro-psychiatrist discussed the evolution of violence in history as well as the dangers of emotional neglect and the different types of attacks – verbal, psychological, and physical, which can damage the child's relationship to the world and damage its brain.
Recalling that the repercussions of violence can be detected in utero, Boris Cyrulnik, through the concept of "sensory niche", emphasised the need to develop as soon as possible a secure attachment with the child, which will induce him or her to develop strong self-confidence and self-esteem.
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In front of a passionate audience, with whom he largely interacted, he concluded his presentation with an extension of the conference’s theme by evoking the obvious links between violence and deculturation, violence and eroticism, violence and authority.
Dr Cyrulnik’s interest in psychiatry, particularly psychological resilience, stems from his own childhood during WWII. As a Jewish child, both his parents were arrested and killed. In 1943, young Boris was captured by Nazis in Bordeaux but managed to avoid detention by hiding in restrooms and later living as a farm boy – Jean Laborde – until the end of the war.
The funds raised during the evening will be fully donated to the Monegasque Association "Jeune J'écoute".
February, the month when Cupid’s bow is poised to strike hearts everywhere. His aim wasn’t looking quite so steady this time last year when my matchmaking colleagues asked me to take a “tricky” female client for a cocktail and a chat.
“It’ll be fine,” they said. “You’re both around the same age, both used to getting what you want, and both have apartments in Monaco. That’s a good place to start!”
The client, Katrina, a Scottish high-flyer in her indeterminate forties, had been married twice and chosen a career over children. She was running a TV station by the time she was 30 and the sale to one of the Murdoch group of companies had afforded her a choice of jobs. Actually, she found she was pretty good at making money, buying up a series of buildings that were to become posh student housing for rich parents sending their coddled offspring to British universities for the perfect “finishing-school” education.
I was delighted to spot Katrina as I walked into Buddha Bar. She had clearly taken my advice that “you can never be overdressed in Monte Carlo” and she was perched on a bar stool blinged up the ying-yang.
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“Where on earth did you get that ridiculously fabulous fur?” I asked.
“Oh, I just dropped into your friend Katie Holmes’ store, The Queen Bee,” she casually responded. “I was in there for a few hours less than the average Monaco socialite, as I’m a size 12 and not a size 0. But hey, I’ve got enough bags and coats to make me feel better about not having a boyfriend … sniff.”
Sensing that I was going to get a grilling, I decided I better call in the big guns to help the evening along. “Waiter, deux martinis s’il vous plaît. Dirty for me.” I raised an enquiring eyebrow at Katrina.
“Porn star,” she jibed. Good girl.
“So darling, what’s been happening?”
“Well,” she started, “I was sent on the most horrendous date recently with a man who was half my size in height and girth. I think the moment he laid eyes on me he thought I was going to have him for breakfast. Trust me, I wasn’t. I don’t like my bacon that lean.”
She fiddled with her phone for a moment, looking for a photo of the Wee Date, while I prudently signalled the barman to encore our drinks.
After several martinis and plenty of psychotherapy I had a profile in my head of what Katrina really wanted. She is your typical ball-breaker at work, phenomenally successful and with all the material assets that come with wallet-bursting compensation. But peel back a layer and you’ll find a surprisingly delicate woman waiting to be scooped up by a big-hearted mountain of a man, who could wrap her vulnerability up in his chivalrous bulk and make her feel equal parts Queen Bee and Size 0.
I didn’t want to say anything, but I had a hunch I knew someone for her. Peter was a strapping good looking and old-fashioned chap. An ex-Army officer, he retrained as a management consultant. He lived in Winchester but had a pied-à-terre in London where most of his work was based. Bingo. Katrina also had a home in London. Mid-fifties, widowed for some five years, he preferred to meet the old-fashioned way – through friends … or in a pub.
On their first meeting they were out for a stroll in London’s Soho when Peter spotted a handbag thief. He gave chase and tackled the man, retrieving the purse. Katrina lolloped sportingly behind, managing not to ruin her Louboutins. When she caught up with him, together with the rather dashing policeman she’d grabbed on the way, Peter was pinning the bag burglar to the ground. He looked up at Katrina with her policeman escort and smiled, “My darling, what took you so long?” She was, of course, smitten.
The rest, as they say, is a matchmaker’s history.
Barbara Brudenell-Bruce is a matchmaker with London’s exclusive matchmaking agency, Vida, and her network boasts an impressive list of entrepreneurs, celebrities and aristocrats. She lives between Monaco and London. Article first published February 19, 2017.
Tuesday 9 May, 8.30 pm, Théâtre des Variétés:
Cinema Tuesdays – Beliefs and Dependencies series. Screening of “Yearning” by Mikio Naruse, organised by the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco.
Information: +377 97 98 43 26
Wednesday 12 July, from 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Square Théodore Gastaud:
"Les Musicales" - concert of traditional Irish music with Mac Lellan, organised by Monaco City Hall.
Further information: +377 93 15 06 02