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24 Hours in Victoria, Seychelles

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27/03/2009

Not many people would struggle to spend 24 hours in the Seychelles: Beach, beer, beach, cocktail…repeat until sun, sea and alcohol blend into a perfect state of relaxation.

But if you have had enough of the archipelago’s white sand between your toes, if you are bored of diving into the topaz waters, then here is how to spend 24 hours in Victoria, the Seychelles’ slow-paced capital.

Friday

6 p.m. – Start your tropical evening with a rum punch. There’s only one meeting place to choose from, aptly called “Le Rendez-Vous’. Sit on the breezy first floor balcony,
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Naomi Campbell on catwalk for Mumbai victims

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27/03/2009

British supermodel Naomi Campbell walked down the ramp in Mumbai on Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of last November’s Mumbai attacks.

Along with a host of Indian celebrities, the 39-year-old Campbell helped raise funds for the city’s emergency medical services in a charity show called “Mai Mumbai.”

Campbell heads a charity called “Fashion for Relief.”

Islamist gunmen went on a three-day rampage on some of the most famous landmarks in Mumbai, the financial and entertainment capital of India, killing 166 people.

After the show, Campbell, dressed in a red saree and traditional Indian jewelry, told Reuters why she loves coming to India but won’t act in Bollywood again,
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Dress with $30 million price tag spurns economic crisis

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26/03/2009

The world may be cloaked in economic gloom, but the makers of a dress decked with 751 diamonds worth $30 million are confident that the desire to flaunt wealth has not quite been extinguished.

Worth nearly 5 times the top bonus paid out to American International Group Inc executives, the silk and taffeta evening gown has a 70 carat pear-shaped diamond at the center of the bodice, topped off with a train sparkling with diamonds.

And the extravagance may seem out of place in amid the world’s worst economic slowdown for decades, the masterminds behind the dress seemed unconcerned.

“Stocks drop, gold is even falling but a diamond is forever. This is a dress with diamonds. Why do backwards, why can’t we go forwards?” the designer of the dress, Faisol Abdullah, told Reuters as he showed off his sketches.

“We are going to the fantastic, but its real.
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American wine dream blooms on Portuguese soil

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24/03/2009

Mark Schultz has spent just a few years in Portugal, has no previous wine-making experience and has amassed a heap of awards for his red wines.

The financial trader, who comes from the U.S. “beer capital” of Milwaukee, pins the success of his Mark Stephen Schultz Selection range on a lifelong passion for wine, a love for chemistry in college and a more somber “seminal moment,” when he was operated on for cancer before moving to Portugal in 2004.

“It took the scare of death when I was 50 to say, okay you’ve been talking about it all your life. Either let’s do this right now or shut up,” the cheerful 57-year-old said,
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Athens,the city with the glorious history

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22/03/2009

came across three corpses during my long weekend in Athens. The first was smartly boxed up, and bobbing along on a procession of lilies and voluble descendants.

The second was a little Mycenaean girl, biscuit-dry and curled up in a glass case. She’s kept at the Ancient Agora (or marketplace), which looks much the same now as it did 3,000 years ago when she was buried there, with her needles and dolls and little pots of perfume.
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Italian jewelers see gloom in 2009 as crisis hits

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22/03/2009

Italy’s jewelry sector, the world’s top exporter, will see more gloom this year with falling output and export sales, participants at a trade fair said on Saturday.

Italian jewelry used to dominate the world markets, but its market share has shrunk since early 2000 as lower cost rivals from India, China and Turkey advanced. Economic crisis and high gold prices have dealt it an additional blow.

“After a bad 2008, the situation has not improved in the first quarter,
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Heaven on earth: the Amalfi Coast

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22/03/2009

Amalfi Coast in the Seventies and think it’s the most glorious place. And then you have Pompeii (and Herculaneum) on your doorstep, somewhere you could easily spend a week. The one black hole in the region, as far as I’m concerned, is Capri, which I hate and never want to go to again.

The coast is a marvellously relaxing place, and whenever I go I like to swim, either in a hotel pool or the sea. Like so much of the Mediterranean, the water is not as clean as it first appears, but it’s still more inviting than the sea in my hometown of Blackpool.

The coast boasts some amazing hotels. I can recommend the Cappuccini Convento (currently closed for restoration) in Amalfi,
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Asia exhibit spotlights designer Lacroix’s costumes

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21/03/2009

His pouf skirts and fanciful designs have made him a fashion icon, but Christian Lacroix’s true love is the arts, and a collection of ballet, opera and theater costumes he designed debuts in Singapore this week.

“Christian Lacroix the Costumier” is the first overseas trip for a major collection of costumes and sketches by the French designer, whose work spans two decades and more than 25 productions including the operas “Carmen” and “Cosi fan tutte” as well as Shakespeare’s “Othello.

“Drawing for dance or for theater allows me to breathe,
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World’s cruise industry sailing rough waters

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20/03/2009

The cruise ship season in Sydney is in full swing and it’s booming, with ships forced to anchor in the middle of Sydney Harbour due to a lack of dock space.

But despite the onboard party atmosphere and the postcard image of luxury liner passengers waving to ferry commuters from ship rails, the world’s cruise industry is sailing through rough financial seas as the global downturn bites into tourism.

Cruise operators are desperately trying to attract passengers for 2009, slashing prices, offering last-minute deals, two-for-one pricing, shorter cruises, family packages in which children sail free, and home port cruising which avoids the cost of an airfare to reach an exotic
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Recession the fashion at major Indian couture show

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19/03/2009

India’s biggest fashion event started on a dark note in New Delhi with designers using the global recession and emotional depression to set a somber trend for their autumn/winter collections.

Models draped in black, grey and deep purple sashayed down the catwalk at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, a five-day event in which 103 designers vie for the attention of 175 domestic and international buyers.

“We are in the heart of recession, and it’s fashionable,” said designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh,whose “Frugality is the new Black” collection was inspired by the global downturn.

“I’ve combined high-street cheap leggings with luxe jackets, T-shirts with luxury shawls,” she said. “You can be frugal, sensible, spend less and yet you can be fashionable.”
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chinafood8Hotel waiter delivering room service, breakfast in foregroundYou can head off a lot of your most common beauty concerns simply by downing the right foods. That's right—eating well not only does wonders for your waistline and bolsters your immune system but can also provide some very real get-gorg benefits, such as smoothing wrinkles, giving hair a glossy shine and strengthening flimsy nails. "Your diet directly affects your day-to-day appearance and plays a significant role in how well you age," says Joshua Zeichner, MD. The smart approach, Dr. Zeichner says, is to create a plan that includes what he calls "the building blocks of healthy skin and hair"—nutrients, minerals and fatty acids—as well as antioxidants to protect your body from damaging environmental stresses. Get ready to nab some beauty-boosting perks by tossing these essential face-saving edibles into your grocery cart.What to eat to keep young and beautiful and among those products is Feta cheese is packed full of vitamin B12, which speeds up the replacement of dead skin cells. cfood1Central Asian restaurants have made a place for themselves in Beijing's Russian district, and diners are licking their lips, Erik Nilsson reports. Erik Nilsson The old Soviet Union is reuniting in Beijing - for dinner. At least its cuisine is. Central Asian fare has taken a central place at the table in the Yabaolu neighborhood's dining scene, as the city's "Russiatown" transforms into "Beijing-istan".Natives of the "stans" are making culinary inroads into China's capital as the New Silk Road Economic Belt develops, while fewer Russian traders are frequenting the declining Yabaolu fur market that spurred the original development of the surrounding Slavic enclave.This means compote, a juice of mixed fruits, is diluting volumes of vodka, as the tides of the boiled dried-fruit juice rise and the hard-drinking part of town dries up. (Actually, many of the area's Central Asian eateries are halal, but allow you to bring your own booze.) There's more yogurt and less mayonnaise. More kebabs and fewer cutlets. More plov (Central Asia's rice staple) and fewer potatoes.These eateries dot the Shenlu dining street behind the fur market, sprinkled among restaurants serving sustenance from China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Mongolia,Greece,Turkey and Italy.food7People will choose larger portions of food if they are labeled as being "healthier," even if they have the same number of calories, according to a new study."People think (healthier food) is lower in calories," said Pierre Chandon, a marketing professor at the INSEAD Social Science Research Center in France, and they "tend to consume more of it." That misconception can lead to people eating larger portion sizes of so-called healthy foods, and therefore more calories."Foods are marketed as being healthier for a reason, because food producers believe, and they correctly believe, that those labels will influence us to eat their products and perhaps eat more of their products,"