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Posts from October, 2008

Shanghai Art Fair bring the world to it”s doorstep

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As China”s international profile grows and its economy bulges despite the current global downturn, there is one city with a rich history that has been known all over the world for some time: Shanghai.

In continuation of its rich cultural past, from November 15th-19th the Shanghai Art Fair brings together contemporary art from around China and the wider world at the enormous Shanghai Mart, which features works from 130 galleries in 14 countries.

Countries as diverse as France, South Korea, Uruguay and India will be represented at the event, which promises to eclipse all the other events in the country”s art calendar.

The event aims to show the world that the burgeoning Chinese art market is in rude health, thanks to its newly-established middle class.

While the event has attracted criticism for the way that works are presented in an overtly commercial, consumer-lead fashion, there is no denying the breath and depth of art and artists on display.

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Shanghai Art Fair bring the world to it”s doorstep

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As China”s international profile grows and its economy bulges despite the current global downturn, there is one city with a rich history that has been known all over the world for some time: Shanghai.

In continuation of its rich cultural past, from November 15th-19th the Shanghai Art Fair brings together contemporary art from around China and the wider world at the enormous Shanghai Mart, which features works from 130 galleries in 14 countries.

Countries as diverse as France, South Korea, Uruguay and India will be represented at the event, which promises to eclipse all the other events in the country”s art calendar.

The event aims to show the world that the burgeoning Chinese art market is in rude health, thanks to its newly-established middle class.

While the event has attracted criticism for the way that works are presented in an overtly commercial, consumer-lead fashion, there is no denying the breath and depth of art and artists on display.

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Shanghai Art Fair bring the world to it”s doorstep

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As China”s international profile grows and its economy bulges despite the current global downturn, there is one city with a rich history that has been known all over the world for some time: Shanghai.

In continuation of its rich cultural past, from November 15th-19th the Shanghai Art Fair brings together contemporary art from around China and the wider world at the enormous Shanghai Mart, which features works from 130 galleries in 14 countries.

Countries as diverse as France, South Korea, Uruguay and India will be represented at the event, which promises to eclipse all the other events in the country”s art calendar.

The event aims to show the world that the burgeoning Chinese art market is in rude health, thanks to its newly-established middle class.

While the event has attracted criticism for the way that works are presented in an overtly commercial, consumer-lead fashion, there is no denying the breath and depth of art and artists on display.

Culture and Sightseeing – City Tours – Whichever city you are in these tours will help to ensure you do not miss a thing.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18828158-ADNFCR

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Cherry festival hoping to leave a sweet taste in the mouth

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One of the most unusual celebrations in the agricultural world, the Ficksburg Cherry Festival in South Africa celebrates the crop for which the region is known.

From November 20th–22nd, up to 30,000 thousand people are expected to descend upon the town of Ficksburg, in the Eastern Free State.

Ficksburg and the surrounding areas produces 95 per cent of the country”s cherry harvest, which amounts to some 5,000 tons grown from more than 500 hectares of orchards.

German missionaries introduced cherries to South Africa in 1905. This is the festival”s 40th year and the area has long-since established itself among the major fruit-growing regions of the world.

As might be expected for a town that has thrived on this particularly industry for more than a century, Ficksburg”s tourist attractions have a cherry theme. Visitors can take a trip along the Cherry Trail and large numbers of people visit in the Autumn to see the beautiful trees in full bloom.

The region is also know for growing asparagus, but since it doesn”t lend itself to deserts, pies, puddings and sodas the idea of a festival devoted to the green vegetable seems not to have caught on.

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Wine connoisseurs rejoice the first Beaujolais of the year

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Wine production across the globe may well be improving with each year”s vintage, but the Beaujolais region of France is still the heart and soul of the wine world.

The release of the new vintage at midnight on the third Wednesday of November, this year on the 19th, is an event firmly ingrained into the diaries of wine buffs the world over.

Such is the significance of the release that parties spring up all over the country, with none greater than in the heart of the region: the small town of Beaujeu en Ligne.

The Sarmentelles, as the event is known, sees the run-up to midnight celebrated by locals and visitors alike, with the centrepiece being the burying of grapevine cuttings – or ”sarments” – before the much-anticipated opening of the barrels as the clock strikes 12.

Previous vintages are sampled before the main event – which may or may not aid comparisons depending on just how much is ”sampled” – and once the Beaujolais Nouveau is unveiled the entire town rejoices in being the heartland of some of the finest wine anywhere in the world.

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Pro golfers try to avoid the water hazard

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While most amateur golfers like a friendly wager on the course now and then, the prospect of trying to land a well-placed iron shot on a floating platform in the middle of a river might make even the most confident player think twice about opening their wallet.

Sixteen professional players will once again aim to take home the spoils of the Ponte Vecchio Golf Challenge in Florence, Italy this December.

From a platform under the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, each player has six shots to put their ball on a number of platforms in the river, with each degree of difficulty carrying a higher points value.

The winner can expect to walk away with around $125,000 in prize money and a beautiful Breitling watch for their troubles.

Giant television screens in the city allow the many visitors to the historic city the chance to follow the event, meaning that this is as much of a spectator sport as the usual televised gold tournaments.

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Big money rodeo final heads to Sin City

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The Wrangler National Rodeo Finals will descend upon Las Vegas this December, as the best cowboys from across the globe compete for their share in $5 million worth of prize money – not to mention the odd golden belt buckle or two as well.

From December 4th – 13th the Thomas & Mack Centre will see thousands of avid spectators gather to watch 120 of the world”s best – and bravest – compete in what some call the ”Superbowl of Rodeos”.

The event has taken place since 1959, having been in Oklahoma for decades before switching to its current home in Las Vegas.

Anyone who has taken in a rodeo competition says that it is like a slice of true Americana, and slices don’t come much bigger than the national finals, which promise to be bigger and better than ever.

Top riders like three-time All-Around Best Cowboy winner Trevor Brazille can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in prize money, not to mention extra income from sponsorship and appearances.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18825174-ADNFCR

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Manhattan gets spooky

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On October 31st, the people of Greenwich Village in Manhattan are preparing to put on the best Halloween parade in the event”s 35-year history.

The pagan festival is celebrated the world over in one shape or another, but many think of the US as the birthplace of its modern incarnation.

Each year”s Village Halloween Parade in New York City is one of the liveliest and most colourful parties around. More than two million spectators flock to the streets to see over 50,000 participants creep, crawl and stilt-walk their way along 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village.

The theme for this year”s festival is ghosts, which will no doubt be interpreted as simple as a white sheet with cut-out eyeholes or as something far more elaborate by the thousands of revellers.

Music is also a huge part of the festival, with over 50 bands playing many different types of music along the route.

New York – From the dizzy heights of the Empire State Building to the serene Central Park New York has it all!ADNFCR-1652-ID-18825145-ADNFCR

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O2 X Awards and After Party!

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the O2 X Small Business Awards and after party with a few of my colleagues here in London. We were thrilled to be nominated for the Technology and Innovation award, and we had a great time!

o2 x awards

Firstly, though, I must say that I had never been to The O2 in Greenwich before—definitely worth a visit! Lots going on in this enormous, climate-controlled, Thames-side dome (it’s so big that you forget you’re actually indoors, which is perfect for London weather).

On any given evening, you’ll find a slew of cinema-goers, leisurely diners (there are 30 odd restaurants), special events attendees, and perhaps, as we did, thousands and thousands of Queen fans spilling out of the O2 Arena…

Our event took place in the brand new, oh-so-trendy Matter night club, where we sipped champagne, enjoyed delicious canapés, participated in on-camera interviews, and mingled with all sorts of interesting entrepreneurs…from eco-friendly fashion designers, to music producers, to Z list celebs (so I’m told)…it certainly was a hip, happening evening for all.

Jess Deepak O2 X Awards

I learned last night that I am definitely not privy to the happenings of British celebrity culture; however, apparently this girl (the host of the awards ceremony) is one import chick:

Holly Willoughby O2 X

So…there’s you celeb snap for the week.  Enjoy!

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Paradise island of Phuket hosts Asia”s premier regatta

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The Thai island of Phuket will once again host the King”s Cup Regatta this year, from November 29th to December 6th.

Considered the premier event in the Asia sailing calendar, the event in Phuket has a royal seal of approval from the King of Thailand, who is a keen patron of the sport and an experienced sailor.

Competitors from all over the world will gather in the waters off the beautiful island, competing in a number of different classes, with trophies awarded on every day of the event.

The news will be of particular interest to British sailing enthusiasts after this summer”s Olympic Games in Beijing, where TeamGB brought home a fantastic haul of six medals, including 4 golds, including one for Ben Aislie who has claimed gold at the last three Games.

Phuket has long been a popular destination for travellers across the globe who come to sample its local culture, dense rainforests and stunning beaches.

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