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Posts from September, 2008

Jazz hits Sydney in October

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This year”s Manly International Jazz Festival will take place between October 4th and October 6th featuring a host of talent from across the globe.

The small coastal town of Manly is located on the outskirts of Sydney and the festival is a free event that takes place across five outdoor stages.

Headline performances from the Sydney All Star Big Band on the Bland Aid Stage, Dr Vs Swing Thing on the Jazz Stars of the Future stage and the Beau Golden Quartet on the Markets by the Sea stage will all feature at this year”s festival.

Two groups from the US, Wycliffe Gordon and Light of Love, are also set to grace the Bland Aid Stage on the final day.

Organisers will also be marking the 31st Manly Jazz Festival with a tribute to Charlie Parker, featuring the US-born local altoist Andrew Speight, which will be taking place at the Star and the Sea Theatre on the final day.

Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.
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Kew celebrates 250th birthday

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One of London”s popular tourist attractions is celebrating its 250th birthday with a series of events throughout the winter months.

Kew Gardens will host a series of Christmas-themed activities from November 29th 2008 to January 4th 2009, including an ice rink.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond will be decorated with sparkling lights and Christmas trees from December 13th and Santa Claus himself is also due to make an appearance.

A seasonal White Peaks Children”s Shop will also be opened, providing parents with a final chance to purchase any horticultural gifts before Christmas.

Visitors skating around the rink will also be supplied with food and drinks to keep them sustained.

The gardens recently added two new attractions, the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop walkways, which are suspended 59-foot above the ground so visitors can experience the treetops up close.

Other attractions include the Waterlily House, Bamboo Garden and Palm House Parterre.

London – Ride the London Eye, visit the Tower of London or take a day out the city to see Stonehenge.
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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks!

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks, winner of the isango! Perfect Holiday Contest.

Sarah entertained, surprised and inspired us all with her creative description of paradise, entitled ‘Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’.

Having received the most public votes throughout the month-long competition, she is now entitled to £500 worth if isango! products.

Way to go, Sarah!

Here is her (scandalous!) entry:

Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’

He looks right into my eyes with his soulful browns, rippling muscles, dressed only in a small loin cloth. “I want to take you to a secret place high in the rainforest” he says “we can make a hammock from the vines.” His voice is so sultry, so sexy. But no, I can’t. Yes, it sounds like paradise, but I am here with my new husband on honeymoon, and he is waiting for me. “I’m so sorry I need to go.” He looks sad for a moment then says “okay, but please let me walk with you to keep you company.” We stroll in the scorching heat, passing all sorts of wild and crazy animals. We walk for miles and eventually reach my partner standing beside a huge castle. My tall, dark stranger turns to me and whispers in my ear, “maybe tomorrow you will return? Balou was looking forward to meeting you and we really need a hand to stitch that hammock.” I replied, “we’ll see, Tarzan – I still haven’t seen Tigger yet, so that’s tomorrow’s goal.” I turn to my husband with freshly dripping ice cream in his hands and think to myself, “I love Disneyland…”

Ooh la la, Sarah! Great work. We hope that your holiday fantasy comes true!

Tours:
Enchanted Rainforest Dinner

Daintree Rainforest Tour

Disneyland Adventure

Disneyworld Adventure

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Film festival in New York

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The Independent Feature Film Market will be taking place at New York”s Angelika Film Centre from 14th to 19th September.

Celebrating American film production, the annual event focuses on films and filmmakers operating outside the mainstream Hollywood studio system.

The market also looks at projects in progress, in addition to presenting workshops, talks and screenings of more than 200 different films.

It was originally established in the late 1970s as a way of countering the increasing number of blockbusters seen to be dominating the American film industry.

Notable filmmakers who have used the market as a career springboard include Joel and Ethan Coen with Blood Simple, Kevin Smith with Clerks and Quentin Tarantino with the controversial Reservoir Dogs.

New York has become a centre of film culture in recent years – a development spurred by the establishment of the Tribeca Film Festival by superstar actor Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal.

The city is now regarded as one of the film culture hotspots of the United States, removed from the vacuous glamour of Los Angeles.

From the dizzy heights of the Empire State Building to the serene Central Park New York has it all!
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High School Musical heads to Paris

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The cast of television sensation High School Musical will be performing special sets at Disneyland in Paris.

With the performance live at the world-famous theme park, the audiences will be given the chance to sing along and dance to the music.

High School Musical began as a modest addition to the Disney Channel”s television schedules, but instant success saw it become one of the most-watched TV shows that year.

Two sequels have since followed, the latest of which received a cinema release across the world.

The Disneyland show will feature a collection of the best-loved songs from the TV series, as the Disney looks to spread enthusiasm for the format across continental Europe.

Disney”s High School Musical franchise has become a huge winner for company and sports one of the biggest merchandising lines in recent memory.

The studio is clearly keen to repeat the process across the world, with a touring version of the show having already travelled across the United States.

Visit Disneyland Paris anytime between October 4th and November 2nd to enjoy Halloween at the theme park.

Treat the family to a day at one of the Disney resorts or to a splashing day out at a Spanish waterpark.
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Barcelona”s best food and drink

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Barcelona”s best food and drink will be under public scrutiny at the Catalan Wine and Cava Show between September 17th and 24th.

The annual festival is held in the town of Maremagnum, and wines from across the region will be on show to tie in with the grape harvest.

More than 400 wine producers from Catalonia and Alt Penedes will have stalls set up at the show. A host of different businesses from all over the wine industry gather to compare and contrast their produce.

Cava is key to the show, as the dry and yeasty-flavoured beverage originates from Sab Sadurni de Noya, only 30 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, and many consider the wine to be better than champagne.

The show consists of a wide range of traditional producers and is worth a visit for anyone who may be holidaying in the region in late September.

The grape harvest is in fact becoming earlier each year as the effects of global warming cause the crop to ripen earlier than ever before.

Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain”s most popular city.
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Barcelona”s best food and drink

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Barcelona”s best food and drink will be under public scrutiny at the Catalan Wine and Cava Show between September 17th and 24th.

The annual festival is held in the town of Maremagnum, and wines from across the region will be on show to tie in with the grape harvest.

More than 400 wine producers from Catalonia and Alt Penedes will have stalls set up at the show. A host of different businesses from all over the wine industry gather to compare and contrast their produce.

Cava is key to the show, as the dry and yeasty-flavoured beverage originates from Sab Sadurni de Noya, only 30 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, and many consider the wine to be better than champagne.

The show consists of a wide range of traditional producers and is worth a visit for anyone who may be holidaying in the region in late September.

The grape harvest is in fact becoming earlier each year as the effects of global warming cause the crop to ripen earlier than ever before.

Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain”s most popular city.
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Barcelona”s best food and drink

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Barcelona”s best food and drink will be under public scrutiny at the Catalan Wine and Cava Show between September 17th and 24th.

The annual festival is held in the town of Maremagnum, and wines from across the region will be on show to tie in with the grape harvest.

More than 400 wine producers from Catalonia and Alt Penedes will have stalls set up at the show. A host of different businesses from all over the wine industry gather to compare and contrast their produce.

Cava is key to the show, as the dry and yeasty-flavoured beverage originates from Sab Sadurni de Noya, only 30 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, and many consider the wine to be better than champagne.

The show consists of a wide range of traditional producers and is worth a visit for anyone who may be holidaying in the region in late September.

The grape harvest is in fact becoming earlier each year as the effects of global warming cause the crop to ripen earlier than ever before.

Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain”s most popular city.
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Barcelona”s best food and drink

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Barcelona”s best food and drink will be under public scrutiny at the Catalan Wine and Cava Show between September 17th and 24th.

The annual festival is held in the town of Maremagnum, and wines from across the region will be on show to tie in with the grape harvest.

More than 400 wine producers from Catalonia and Alt Penedes will have stalls set up at the show. A host of different businesses from all over the wine industry gather to compare and contrast their produce.

Cava is key to the show, as the dry and yeasty-flavoured beverage originates from Sab Sadurni de Noya, only 30 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, and many consider the wine to be better than champagne.

The show consists of a wide range of traditional producers and is worth a visit for anyone who may be holidaying in the region in late September.

The grape harvest is in fact becoming earlier each year as the effects of global warming cause the crop to ripen earlier than ever before.

Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain”s most popular city.
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Celebrate the great outdoors in Paris

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Visitors are invited to celebrate the great outdoors in Paris when the Festival of Paris Gardens runs over September 27th and 28th.

The two-day event, held annually in the French capital, opens up many of the city”s most stunning private gardens that often remain closed to the public for the rest of the year.

Hundreds of free events are held across the city, with tours, exhibitions and concerts organised to promote the city and introduce its hidden wonders to new eyes.

Picturesque gardens such as the Jardins des Tuileries the Jardins du Luxembourg, the Parc de la Villette and the Jardin des Plantes are all open to the public to showcase the city at its most beautiful and opulent.

Also of note is the Garden Festival Village, which occupies the area outside Notre Dame for the duration of the festival and promotes environmental techniques, landscape gardening and a host of other ideas which are communicated through demonstrations, shows and one-to-one discussions.

In addition, October 4th will see Prix De L”Arc De Triomphe held at Longchamp Race Course in the city.

Paris – Enjoy the view from the Eiffel Tower or see the Mona Lisa in the "city of light".
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