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Despite economic downturn, cruise vacations popular

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30/07/2009

The worldwide economy is in the doldrums and jobless numbers are rising but it hasn’t stopped people from taking cruises to get away from it all.

Globally, 13 million passengers took a cruise last year, four percent more than the previous year, including nearly 9 million who embarked from a U.S. port, according to a new report released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Although the numbers marked a small decline from U.S. ports, Terry Dale, the president and CEO of CLIA, said demand increased in the European market.
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‘Paris-Moscow’ collection from cossack to Dr Zhivago inspirations

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30/07/2009

Chanel has started a Russian revolution. Its new ‘Paris-Moscow’ collection combines everything from cossack to Dr Zhivago inspirations. The collection is part of a regular Metier d’ Arts initiative which brings together the best handcrafts Paris has to offer; Lesage for embroidery, Lemarie for feathers and camellias, Massaro for shoes, Goossens and Guillet for costume jewellery, and Michel for hats, combined with the couturier and designer, Karl Lagerfeld’s skill for turning a theme into an instant, status, must-have.
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The Russian capital remains the most expensive for businessmen

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30/07/2009

kre2Moscow has again been named as the world’s most expensive city for business travellers, according to the latest research.
The Russian capital topped the list despite a 14 per cent drop in room rates between January and June this year, compared to the same period in 2008. The average room rate fell from £312.92 in 2008 to £268.11 in 2009, according to the bi-annual hote survey by Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), an international business travel company.
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“Herbivore boys” shun big bucks & sex

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27/07/2009

Hotel worker Roshinante has no interest in actively pursuing women, is nonchalant about a career and finds cars a bore — and he is not alone in opting for a quiet, uncompetitive lifestyle.

Roshinante, 31, who prefers the anonymity of his online handle, is one of a growing group of men dubbed “herbivorous boys” by the media, who are rejecting traditional masculinity when it comes to romance, jobs and consumption in an apparent reaction to the tougher economy.

Forget being a workaholic, corporate salary-man. These men, raised as the economic bubble burst, are turning their backs on Japan’s stereotypical male roles in what is seen as a symptom of growing disillusionment in their country’s troubled economy.
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Silvio Berlusconi continues to enjoy approval ratings that most leaders would die for

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25/07/2009

This week the smoking gun arrived: a recording of one of those escort girls, Patrizia D’Addario, being seduced, if that’s the word, by Berlusconi. She didn’t charge because generous Silvio promised to sort out a little planning issue for her – something he has since denied.

One would have thought that such scandals would be enough to end his career, but Italy is no normal country and Berlusconi is certainly no normal politician. He has, as always, come out fighting, saying “the Italians like me just the way I am”. And he seems to be right. He’s won three landslide elections in the past and, despite the depths of a recession and the throes of these scandals, he enjoys approval ratings that most leaders would die for.
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Fast cars? Wild women? No thanks

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23/07/2009

Forget fast cars and wild women. The recession has changed the way many younger men are living, with stability and security at work and home becoming top priorities, according to a survey.

It showed that men are putting a bigger emphasis on security in their jobs and at home in a return to traditionalism, including smartening up their wardrobes, although they are continuing to embrace new technology at a fast pace.

“We have seen a clear move by men toward seeking more security in their finances, in their relationships and in the workplace,” said James Bassil, editor in chief of the websiteAskMen.com, which conducted the poll.

“It seems guys haven’t been as affected as negatively
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48 hours in Ooty, India

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23/07/2009

Got 48 hours to explore Ooty, a picturesque town of tea estates, forests and mist-shrouded hills in India’s southern Nilgiri Hills?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most from a short stay in the hill station established by the British colonial rulers in the early 19th century.
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Women choose beauty over budget

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23/07/2009

Most women under 50 have not turned their backs, or faces, on cosmetic beauty-enhancement, despite the state of the economy.

While the recession continues, a poll of 1,000 women carried out this month showed that 63 percent aged 18-34 and 73 percent of women aged 35-49
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Greek tourism hit hard as visitor numbers dive

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22/07/2009

Greek tourism industry groups said on Wednesday they see their revenues falling about 15 percent this year, dragging the country further into recession as a weak summer season hits a key driver of the economy.

The forecast, a bleak prospect for an economy where tourism accounts for one in five jobs and nearly a fifth of GDP, comes a day after the central bank announced a record 24.2 percent year-on-year drop in non-residents travel spending in May.
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Luxury label launches new concept store inspired by Apollinaire’s popular poem ‘Le Pont Mirabeau’

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22/07/2009

Prada has announced the opening of a five-month temporary shop at Place Beauvau, in Paris, inspired by the French poet, Apollinaire.
Designed by the architect, Roberto Baciocchi, the front of the store evokes the image of the Mirabeau Bridge, immortalised in Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem, ‘Le Pont Mirabeau’, and the first bridge in the city to be built from metal.

The bridge silhouette is emphasised by a dramatic trajectory towards the staircase, where mannequins are grouped to recreate a Parisian street scene. The motif is carried through more abstractly in ground floor areas,
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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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