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London’s landmark “Big Ben” clock turns 150

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30/05/2009

Three times a week, clock maker Paul Roberson climbs the 334 steps to the top of the Clock Tower in London to wind up and adjust arguably the world’s most famous timepiece.

Commonly called Big Ben, which is actually the nickname of the bell inside it, the 96-meter tower looks down on the Houses of Parliament along the River Thames and has become a symbol of stability, endurance and democracy in Britain.

It was 150 years ago on Sunday that the four-faced Great Clock started keeping time, and on July 11, 1859, Big Ben first struck time.

“The clock is 150 years old and still weight-driven so it’s weights that are driving the clock
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Top Wine Regions

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29/05/2009

Wines from the “New World,” that once were the main challengers to “Old World” wines, are now having to contend with rivals too, as more nations win recognition for their wine production.
Men’s website AskMen.com has compiled a list of the top 7 emerging wine regions, as a new generation of winemakers educated globally return to their home countries to build or revive a wine industry and with global warming changing growing conditions.

1. Greece

Greece has, of course, been producing wines for thousands of years, but in more recent times its reputation has sunk low with the incorrect assumption that all roads lead to retsina.
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48 hours in Kuala Lumpur

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29/05/2009

Got 48 hours to explore Kuala Lumpur? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most from a short visit to the Malaysian capital.

FRIDAY

6 p.m. – When the sun sets, Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown comes to life. Under Petaling Street’s red glow, take in the steamy smells of Malaysian Chinese delicacies while looking for the perfect fake designer accessory in the bustling night market. Save your tastebuds for “Ikan Pari,” stingray cooked in spicy chilies or a bubbling pot of claypot noodles: just look for the signs bearing the dishes’ names at the end of the street.

9 p.m. – Relax above the hot streets of Kuala Lumpur with a local cocktail from Sky Bar (www.skybar.com.my/). Situated at the Traders Hotel in the center of the city, the glowing iconic Petronas Towers are visible from your table.
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A fashionable weekend awaits the capital

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29/05/2009

Clothes Show Live is coming to London this weekend
so be prepared for a whole weekend of shopping, fashion, beauty
and fun.

Hang out in the nail and champagne bar; chill at the Figleaves designer
beach; ogle the beach babes and ‘hunks in trunks’ on the sandy catwalk;
learn fashion secrets from celebrity gurus; and, most importantly, delve
into the amazing shopping.
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“Year Without Sex” proves to be time well spent

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28/05/2009

Australian writer-director Sarah Watt is not averse to throwing the odd narrative curveball, and the nimble tonal shifts of “My Year Without Sex” are sure to keep audiences on their toes. Starting with the attention-grabbing title — not a frat boy’s lament but the unlucky consequence of a middle-class mom’s medical condition — the buoyant dramatic comedy takes many an unpredictable swerve, and proves Watt’s breakout 2005 hit, “Look Both Ways,” was no fluke.

As in “Look Both Ways,” the writer-director confronts life’s thornier concerns — love, sex, death and religion — all the while keeping a tight rein on sentimentality and dusting proceedings with sprinkles of wry humor. This follow-up, which opens Thursday (May 28) in Australia, is sure to mirror the domestic success of her debut and put a smile on the face of the international art-house crowd.
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Swiss cleaning bug reaches new peaks

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28/05/2009

A Swiss holiday resort is offering mountain-cleaning courses after an April fools spoof caught the imagination of a nation known for its cleanliness, the tourism board said Thursday.
Authorities in Engelberg, an idyllic ski resort where tens of thousands of skiers come annually, said the April fools joke had such global impact that they were now using it as a marketing tool to attract holidaymakers.

“We are offering four weekend courses after which participants can call themselves qualified mountain cleaners,” Modeste Jossen, Engelberg cable car services director, said.
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Broadway posts record takings despite recession

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27/05/2009

Broadway theaters defied the recession to post record ticket sales in the 2008/09 season in what the Broadway League attributed to a need for escapism.

The trade association representing theater owners, operators and producers said in the 12 months to May 24, paid attendance on Broadway in New York was 12.15 million tickets, slightly lower than the 12.27 million the previous season.

But producers still managed to raise gross takings by $6 million, or 0.6 percent, to $943.3 million, beating the previous record set in the 2006/07 season of $938.5 million.
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48 hours in Cannes, France

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26/05/2009

For more than 60 years this sunny town on the Mediterranean in the south of France has lured glamorous stars of cinema to its annual film festival.

But it has a history dating back to 2nd Century B.C. as a fishing village and later a trade center. The British, French and Spanish have waged war to control it. Today it is a tourist town on the famed French Riviera.

It is a great, but expensive, weekend getaway of sun and sightseeing and the ideal place from which to embark on a tour of the Provence region, famous for its food and wine.
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Andrea Bocelli holds quake concert in Colosseum

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26/05/2009

Rome authorities rarely give permission for concerts to be held inside the Colosseum but Monday night was an exception when tenor Andrea Bocelli sang in a benefit to help victims of the April 6 Italian earthquake.

Bocelli sang 12 arias and Neapolitan songs to an elite audience of several hundred people who paid 1,000 euros ($1,400) a ticket to help rebuild the music conservatory of L’Aquila, which was severely damaged in the quake that killed some 300 people.
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“Angels & Demons” flies high overseas

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26/05/2009

“Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” could not dislodge “Angels & Demons” as the No. 1 film at the foreign box office last weekend.

Ben Stiller’s family comedy, the top film in North America with $70 million for the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, grossed $50.1 million from 93 markets. “Angels” led the field for a second weekend with $60.4 million from 99 markets.

“Smithsonian” will have a hard time challenging much less exceeding the $323.6 million overseas box office mark set by the 2006 original, “Night at the Museum.”

The biggest market for the sequel was the U.K., where it finished No. 1 with a muscular $6.8 million. It also finished No. 1 in France ($5 million), Russia ($4.4 million) and Australia ($3.6 million).

“Angels & Demons” has earned $198.3 million internationally. A delayed Mexico debut revitalized the recently reopened market by generating a powerful $4.1 million. “Angels & Demons” premiered strongly in Norway, grossing $1.9 million for the country’s 11th biggest opening weekend.
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Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers?

To qualify as colonial powers, Facebook and Google must effectively limit the choices and power of users, and punish or coerce those who question or resist their power. I was struck by a phrase from a recent essay on advertising and social media,You Are the Product: As Taplin points out, that remark 'unwittingly revealed a previously unspoken truth: Facebook and Google are the new colonial powers.'

Anger over Greek plan to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

A political dispute in Greece over a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia is deepening, with opposition politicians and critics decrying plans to sell 66m euros ($78.7m) worth of surplus missiles and bombs to the Arab Gulf country.

Why Elites Are Winning The War On Cash

Visa recently unveiled its own offensive in the war on cash. Visa is offering certain merchants a $10,000 reward if they refuse to accept cash in the future. Not surprisingly, Visa’s competitor is also part of the war on cash. Mastercard is increasing its efforts to encourage merchants to refuse cash. Here’s Bloomberg, quoting the CEO of Mastercard.

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Cleaning becomes a time-consuming buy a robot vacuum cleaner for $250

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