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The British Museum’s contemporary jewellery exhibition

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30/04/2009

The British Museum’s contemporary jewellery exhibition has been strengthened by a gift from Tiffany & Co., of jewellery, accessories and tableware designed by the award-winning designer, Elsa Peretti.

The more than 30-piece collection, which goes on show from May 1st, features many of Peretti’s most iconic pieces, almost all designed between 1974 and 1986, and marks the 35th anniversary this year of her collaboration with the world-famous jewellers.

Peretti, 69, is renowned for her long association with Tiffany, for whom she has created more than 100 designs in silver, gold, diamonds, lacquer, bamboo, basketry and glass. Her instantly recognisable approach to design is inspired by organic forms such as beans and bones, marine life, teardrops, hearts, snakes and scorpions and a fascination for traditions of different cultures around the world.The sensation of how a piece feels, when held, is as important to her as the fluidity of how it looks.

“The day Elsa Peretti became a part of Tiffany & Co., was the day we entered a new era in our history of design innovation,” said Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and CEO of Tiffany & Co.

Born in Florence, Peretti studied interior design in Rome, but made her name as a fashion model in Barcelona, before moving to New York in the 1960s.
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Cyprus the sandy beaches and idyllic Life

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30/04/2009

The Karpas peninsula is a wilderness of stony red earth, with scrubby hillsides of grey boulders and a coastline dotted with the ruins of early Christian churches. Large flocks of sheep are watched by grizzled shepherds who sit astride donkeys saddled with brightly coloured blankets. Few tourists come here, but Karpas is easily reached – the roads are empty, the sandy beaches are idyllic and small village guesthouses offer a taste of traditional Cypriot life.

Although Greek Cypriots see North Cyprus as illegally occupied territory, border controls have relaxed. With a car hired in the Republic, my husband and I decide to spend a few days exploring the panhandle, taking in Famagusta, ancient Salamis and Lefkosia before returning to the south.

From Larnaca airport, it’s a short drive to the Famagusta checkpoint.
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Girls showing off all the key beach for the long hot summer

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30/04/2009

Claudia Schiffer in handcuffs is one of six supermodels photographed by Mario Testino as rotating catwalk covergirls for V59 – the cult V Magazine’s first-ever swimsuit issue, out on May 1st.

Claudia, 38, and the mother of two, shows she can still cut it, high-kicking in Yves Saint Laurent wedge-sole ‘cage’ boots and a slinky black, embroidered, criss-cross, plunge-front, one-piece, with ‘winged’ hips, by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, (on sale for a cool £1,610), accessorised with silver handcuffs.

Claudia’s cover is fluorescent and autographed as are those of her five catwalk super-chums: Kate (Moss), Gisele (Bündchen), Naomi (Campbell), Eva (Herzigova) and Daria (Werbowy).

Inside, the ‘supers’ join a cast of super-honed, super-toned guys and girls showing off all the key beach and pool looks for the long, hot summer.

The editor-in-chief of V Magazine, Stephen Gan, said:”Mario Testino and I started talking about doing a swimsuit issue about this time last year. We aimed for something like a cool fashion insider’s answer to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues.

“We chose the sexiest bodies in the world and those that had a special connection to the Testino world; a lot of the guys and girls photographed grew up with V readers over the years.” Gan said.
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Australia fashion week trimmed by economic blues

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30/04/2009

Australia’s fashion week was thinner this year as the global economic crisis crimped designers and buyers’ participation, but the catwalk remained an explosion of colors amid optimism that spending will pick up.

Organizers of the 14th Australian Fashion Week that began Monday said the event was 15 percent smaller than last year, with 41 shows and two rather than three catwalks, which mirrored cuts in the fashion capitals of London, Paris, New York and Milan.

Some of the biggest names in Australian fashion were notably absent from the five-day lineup of spring and summer fashions such as Akira, Michelle Jank, Alex Perry, and Bettina Liano.
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Venice regeneration programme will be based on other parts of the island

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29/04/2009

Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world famed for its Renaissance palaces and Byzantine treasures, has been given advice on redevelopment – from Middlesbrough.
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is looking to redevelop its historic Arsenal, a shipyard and naval depot which for decades has lain derelict and unused.

An ‘urban regeneration’ team from Middlesborough gave a presentation to Italian business leaders, town planners and architects on how they have transformed parts of the city and nearby Stockton.

While Venice has the 400-year-old Rialto Bridge spanning the Grand Canal, the Tees Valley can now boast the Infinity Bridge, a £15 million project which arches over the River Tees and links a waterfront redevelopment zone with the Teesdale area.
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The top model of the 80’s Yasmin Le Bon to be set in bronze

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28/04/2009

Jonathan Wylder, the British artist who created the bronze statue for Mother Teresa’s grave in Calcutta, has started casting the “larger than life-size” bronze bust of Le Bon, 44, and should be finished this summer.

Le Bon, who is overseeing her 19-year-old daughter Amber’s burgeoning modelling career, says: “It is kind of wonderful. We have ended up being great friends and have bonded through a whole series of sittings.”
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Vienna named city with world’s best quality of living

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28/04/2009

Vienna has beaten Zurich to be crowned the place with the best quality of living in an annual survey in which European cities dominated the top 10.

Management consultancy Mercer said Vienna scored the highest for overall quality of living in the 215-city survey after improvements in Austria’s political and social environment, knocking the Swiss city of Zurich into second position.

Third in the list came another Swiss city, Geneva, followed by Vancouver, Canada, and Auckland, New Zealand, in shared fourth place.
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48 hours in Sao Paulo

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25/04/2009

Got 48 hours to explore the vast, vibrant metropolis that is not only Brazil’s commercial center, but its artistic and gastronomic heart?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to Sao Paulo, the city where trees are an integral part of the architecture and surround its museums, restaurants and shops.

FRIDAY

6 p.m. – Check into your hotel, which can range from a simple guest house such as the Pousada Dona Zilah on Alameda Franca or the more luxurious Slaviero on Alameda Campinas in the chic Jardim Paulista neighborhood.

8 p.m. – It’s hard to go hungry in Sao Paulo and it’s possible to eat well without breaking the bank. For a light snack or sandwich, try one of the bakeries like Padaria Caconde on Rua Caconde or the 24-hour A Bela Paulista on Rua Haddock Lobo.

Vila Madalena is a neighbor filled with bars and restaurants. The streets that cross Rua Aspicuelta – Rua Fidalga, Rua Fradique Coutinho and Rua Mourato Coelho – are the busiest. Filial on Rua Fidalga is a watering hole popular with journalists. If you’re a football fan – and everyone in Brazil is – try Sao Cristovao on Rua Aspicuelta.
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Does travel make you more creative?

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25/04/2009

Living abroad helps people expand their experiences and also their minds, according to an international study into the link between moving to another country and creativity.

The research, published by the American Psychological Association, consisted of five studies involving students at Paris’ Sorbonne University, at INSEAD, a business school with campuses in France and Singapore and at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the United States.

Researchers said that although the studies show a strong relationship
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Natural therapy & energy healing techniques

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25/04/2009

Seiki is the rock and roll of natural therapy. This “anything goes” treatment isn’t hung up on stringent diets or exercise regimes and wouldn’t dream of asking you to give up anything, except your stress and pain (and even then, only if you are ready to let it go).

”People already put so much pressure on themselves,” says practitioner Margot Gordon, who has treated a host of Hollywood stars. ”The last thing you need is a therapy that puts on even more pressure and causes more stress, yet so many treatments are all about giving up this or not doing that.”

Seiki, frankly, couldn’t care less. If you want to drink a bottle of Beaujolais a night that’s cool (though people often find that, after a series of treatments, their senses become so acute that they automatically eat and drink well).
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