first_imgSkyscanner reveals midsummer celebrations around the worldWith the summer solstice brightening up the world on the 21st June 2010, Skyscanner presents places to join the midsummer party through the longest day of the year.Stonehenge, EnglandThis giant ancient stone circle, whose origin and purpose still remains a mystery, hosts Britain’s best known summer solstice gathering. Surrounded by green fields and fells, thousands flock to the stones to celebrate midsummer’s eve, including various white witches, neo-druids as well as everyday fun lovers who come for the all night party.Festival of Sant Joan, BarcelonaFire is the biggest element of this Spanish festival which takes place in Barcelona. Hundreds of people will be jumping on flights to Spain to take part in the festival where locals believe that by burning something you can cleanse your sins. Clasping your lover’s hand and leaping over the fire seven times is said to bring a happy life unless, of course, you slip.Ivan Kupala Day, RussiaKnown as Kupala day in Russia, this ancient festival is enthusiastically celebrated by many Russians. Traditionally youths would jump over the flames of bonfires and girls would float wreaths of flowers lit with candles down rivers to gain foresight into their fortunes. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated it.Midsommar, SwedenMidsummer’s day is one of the most important days of the year in Sweden where it’s declared a national holiday. The festival is called ‘Midsommar’ and houses are decorated with wreaths and garlands, whilst people gather for traditional dishes of potatoes, smoked fish, fresh fruit and schnapps for the adults.New York, USASweden’s love for Midsummer’s day has spread beyond its own shores. Every year in New York’s Battery Park City, the Swedish community puts on a Midsummer festival to celebrate the year’s longest day. Punters make flower wreaths, play traditional games and offer traditional delicacies from New York’s finest Swedish restaurant. The event takes place on the Friday closest to the actual summer solstice, which this year is the 25th June.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related13 of the best music festivals for 2015Find the soundtrack to your summer at one of these incredible international music festivals.Where to go on holiday in JuneJune is just around the corner – can you believe it?! Read on for our recommendations on where to go in June, whether you want a quick city break, or a long, indulgent stretch on the beach.Visit Barcelona – best events in February 2012Best events in Barcelona in February 2012last_img read more

first_img RelatedTravel Bloscars 2013: winners announcedThe votes are in! We reveal the five UK & Ireland winners of Skyscanner’s first travel blog awards.Travel Bloscars 2013: and the nominees are…Welcome to Skyscanner’s first International Travel Bloscars Competition!Travel Bloscars 2013: International winners announcedThe votes are in! We reveal the winners of the International Grand Final of Skyscanner’s first travel blog awards. Skyscanner’s resident travel blogging expert James Cave pays homage to the best bloggers in the blogosphere.Cue clapping and cheesy smilesBloggers start your egos! The Skyscanner 2012 Bloscars are here and what a wonderful line-up we have. The last 12 months have seen some unforgettable travel writing and this ceremony is here to reward the excellence and professionalism in travel blogging that all too often goes without proper recognition.Forget Hollywood, flashy suits and fake tans, that’s the Oscars. Here at the Bloscars our nominees have flip-flops, board shorts and real tans! Let’s not be too harsh though – although they may lack the sophistication and flashy white smiles of their Oscar counterparts, our Bloscar nominees make up for all of that with wit, charm and truly exceptional travel writing.So, without further ado let’s take a look at the nominees for the first category.Best Blog Post by a Male BloggerOur first category is dedicated to the outstanding male travel blogger; the men whose blog posts represent what men with pens (or perhaps WordPress) can really do when they go travelling.The nominees are…• Chris Walker-Bush for Touring Korea’s DMZ• Benny Lewis for 29 life lessons learned in travelling the world for eight years straightAnd…• Liam Neeson / Kash Bhattacharya for Robbed in BarcelonaThe winner goes to the praise-worthy polyglot that is Benny Lewis. Benny shows that you don’t have to be rich to travel the world; there’s no such thing as destiny and that life truly is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Congratulations Benny, if you’re ever in Edinburgh there’s a pint of Guinness with your name on it.Best Blog Post by a Female BloggerThis second category looks at the women who write; those female travel bloggers who have contributed an exception travel post in the past year.The nominees are…• Sofia von Porat for 5 Things I’ve Learnt About Thai People While In Thailand• Kate McCulley for Adventurous Kate Gets Naked in PublicAnd…• Juno Kim for It’s time to spill the bucketWith so many great blog posts out there, it was tough to pick the three nominees let alone the winner of this category. However, after much deliberation it was decided that Sofia’s experiences of Thailand and its people was the definite winner.Best Blogger in a Supporting Role (Guest Post)Our next category goes to the bloggers who out-performed everything that was required of him (or her) in providing an outstanding guest post. It’s a category that recognises bloggers who give something back, putting extra time and effort into contributing Bloscar-quality content to someone else’s blog.And the nominees for Best Blogger in a Supporting Role are…• Will Peach in 10 Travel Bloggers I’d Go Gay For• Andrew The Odd in Top 9 Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Gringo in Latin AmericaAnd…• Reannon Muth in Can you date the non-traveler?Although it was, as always, a difficult category to score we decided to give it to the blogger who really wanted to score – Will Peach, for his outstandingly entertaining and hilariously homoerotic contribution to ‘The Traveller’. There’s nothing gay about giving away great content and Will took this to the extreme. Congratulations Will, hopefully this award will help to dampen some of that frustration you pump out from the pages of travel sex life along with your other testosterone-fuelled travel bloggers.Best Photo EssayWhere would we be without our photographers, those photobloggers who always seem to pull a camera from somewhere and always, always seem to shoot postcard-perfect pictures.The nominees are…• Wes Nations for The Ganges River at Sunrise• Erin McNeany for White Temple, Chiang Rai: A Photo EssayAnd…• Mitchell Kanashkevich for The Journey through Spain and PortugalThe winner, someone who’s clearly one of the most gifted photographers and travel writers out there is Mitchell Kanashkevich. Congratulations Mitchell, those photos were some of the most powerful photos of Portugal our judging panel have ever seen.Best Art DirectionAll art isn’t quite useless when it comes to travel blogging. A good design can entice a visitor, encourage them to stay on the site longer and maybe even encourage them to return or go from simply being a visitor to becoming a fan or subscriber. This next category recognises the bloggers whose websites go beyond the basic customisation and provide something that’s unique and visually appealing to the readers. The nominees for Best Art Direction are…• Matt Kepnes from Nomadic Matt• Akila and Patrick from The Road Forks And…• Chris Richardson from The Aussie NomadThe winner, without a doubt, is Akila and Patrick for their blog The Road Forks. Everything about this blog was beautifully designed from the theme to the social media buttons. Congrats to you both, especially Patrick the chief web designer and developer, who has no doubt put many, many hours in getting this to look so very, very pretty.That’s all of the categories folks. 2011 was an amazing year for travel writing, let’s make 2012 even better!10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgIn 2012, we’ve spent countless hours reading travel blogs. Some bloggers recounting their first trips abroad, journeys with friends, and even fantastic voyages that spanned the globe. It was difficult to narrow down such entertaining and awe inspiring recalls of firsthand treks, but we felt these five nominees in each category were the best of the United Kingdom and Ireland travel blogs.Now, we’re leaving it to YOU to decide which Bloscar nominee should be labelled as the “Best” Travel Blogger from the UK and Ireland in each category. Simply select one of the nominees from the drop down box and pop in your details for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Once we compile all the votes, we’ll place each winner in the competition to determine the Best International Travel Blogger of the Year!Good luck to our contestants and keep an eye out for our weekly updates and writeups about each Bloscar Nominee!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTravel Bloscars 2013: winners announcedThe votes are in! We reveal the five UK & Ireland winners of Skyscanner’s first travel blog awards.The Skyscanner 2012 Bloscar AwardsSkyscanner’s resident travel blogging expert James Cave pays homage to the best bloggers in the blogosphereTravel Bloscars 2013: International winners announcedThe votes are in! We reveal the winners of the International Grand Final of Skyscanner’s first travel blog awards.last_img read more

first_imgChampagne Cattier has entered the United States after decades of enjoyment in 65 countries around the globe. Earning the distinction as the official champagne of the Euro 2008 Championship, selection for in-flight service on British Airways and Air China, as well as receiving high rankings from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator, Champagne Cattier has become a sought-after brand for aficionados and amateurs alike. With Awards season upon us, Cattier has become to go to Champagne company for all of the high profile VIP events surrounding the ceremonies.Champagne Cattier’s overseas recognition and successes have led to its long-anticipated entree into the United States. Champagne Cattier’s variants are produced in the prestigious territory of Montagne in Reims, France, on 31 hectares of vineyards that are primarily classified as “Premier Cru,” which is a highly regarded classification within the champagne category. “We take pride in the fact that we are one of the last family-owned vineyards in the region. This allows us to ensure that what you taste is what you expect, exquisite and premiere champagnes,” said Jean Jacques Cattier.Champagne Cattier proudly offers five distinctive varieties that come in visually engaging bottles, which combine substance with style, and are appropriate for any occasion.-Red Kiss -Blue Saphir -Blanc de Noirs -Brut Antique -Limited Edition “Clos du Moulin”Shortly after launching in the United States, Champagne Cattier has gained media and celebrity attention as the “premier” champagne with a strong presence at VIP Events, Media functions, and Hollywood Hotspots. This has allowed Cattier to tap into two completely separate demographics in a way the market hasn’t seen in a long time. “Champagne experts as well as the young Hollywood crowd can appreciate the quality- there’ no denying it’s one of the most well rounded Champagnes I’ve ever had” said a VIP insider at a previous Cattier sponsored event. Cattiers presence grows more and more each day in the media, so weather its in the pages of an insider trade magazine or included in glamorous celebrity images, you can be sure where there’s luxury, there will be cattier.www.cattier.comlast_img read more

first_img FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2017 file photo, Lena Dunham attends the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. In a new New York Times report, Dunham claims that she warned Hillary Clinton’s communications director about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. She told the Times that when she worked with the Clinton presidential campaign last year, she tried to warn that Weinstein was “a rapist, and this is going to come out at some point.” (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File) Report: Clinton was warned about Weinstein by Lena Dunham by The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2017 8:50 am PDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2017 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lena Dunham claims that she warned Hillary Clinton’s communications director about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour, the New York Times reported in an expose that includes new details about the lengths Weinstein went to coverup his alleged behaviour. The details led the powerful Hollywood talent agency C.A.A. to apologize for its role in the scandal.Dunham told the Times that when she worked with the Clinton presidential campaign last year, she tried to warn them about rape allegations against the mogul. Dunham said she also told Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod about Weinstein.“I just want to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist, and this is going to come out at some point,” Dunham said she told Kristina Schake, the campaign’s deputy communications director. “I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fundraisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.”Magazine editor Tina Brown also said she cautioned the Clinton campaign about Weinstein.Representatives for Dunham didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday. Clinton’s communications director Nick Merrill told the paper that “only (Dunham) can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him.”Weinstein was a significant contributor to Democratic candidates and helped fundraise for Clinton.Weinstein attorneys Blair Berk and Ben Brafman reiterated Weinstein’s denials in a statement Wednesday.“Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behaviour or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct,” said the attorneys. “There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred. Nonetheless, to those offended by Mr. Weinstein’s behaviour, he remains deeply apologetic.”A Weinstein spokesperson also said the producer also contributed to Republican candidates, including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and said Weinstein had never had any discussions with any politicians about his personal conduct.The Times report published online Tuesday night was followed Wednesday with a lawsuit filed by six women in federal court in New York against Weinstein, claiming his actions to cover up assaults amounted to civil racketeering. The lawsuit, which seeks to represent a class of “dozens, if not hundreds” of women who say they were assaulted by Weinstein, claims that a coalition of companies and people became part of the growing “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise” and that they worked with Weinstein to conceal his widespread sexual harassment and assaults.Weinstein is currently under investigation for sexual assault in four cities. He has apologized for his behaviour with women but denied having non-consensual sex.The latest New York Times report, titled “Weinstein’s Complicity Machine,” further illustrated how Weinstein leveraged his power and connections to keep his alleged crimes hidden, and detailed how those who enabled Weinstein allowed his actions to go unchecked.The Times reported that at least eight C.A.A. agents were aware of Weinstein’s pattern of harassment. Gwyneth Paltrow, who is among the dozens of actresses who earlier came forward to claim sexual harassment by Weinstein, said she told her own C.A.A. agent, Rick Kurtzman, about being harassed by Weinstein. (Paltrow continued to star in several movies produced by Weinstein.)Canadian actress Mia Kirshner also said C.A.A. set up a meeting with Weinstein in New York to discuss a film. But his actual purpose was to exchange sex for career opportunity, the Times reported.C.A.A. declined to discuss individual cases but responded with a broad apology.“We want to make clear to clients and colleagues that even one of our clients being harassed over the company’s 42 years is one too many,” the agency said in a statement. “We are here to serve, fight for, and protect our clients. We apologize to any person the agency let down for not meeting the high expectations we place on ourselves, as individuals and as a company.”last_img read more

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 10:54 am PDT FILE – In this Tuesday, March 6, 2018 file photo, Italian composer Ennio Morricone directs an ensemble during a concert of his “60 Year Of Music World Tour” in Milan, Italy. The German edition of Playboy magazine says a freelance reporter may have misquoted Ennio Morricone in an interview published in its latest edition, in which the renowned Italian film composer appears to blast director Quentin Tarantino and the Oscars ceremony. German Playboy said on Tuesday, Nov. 13 that “we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly.” (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email German Playboy regrets misquoting Morricone in interview BERLIN — The German edition of Playboy magazine distanced itself Tuesday from an interview in its latest edition with Ennio Morricone, in which the renowned Italian film composer appears to blast director Quentin Tarantino and the Oscars ceremony.The interview, published last week, quoted the 90-year-old composer referring to Tarantino as a “cretin” who stole ideas from others and the Academy Awards ceremony as “boring.”Morricone, who won an Oscar in 2016 for his score for Tarantino’s film “The Hateful Eight,” has vehemently denied criticizing the director, his films or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.“I consider Tarantino a great director,” Morricone said, adding that he credited their collaboration for his Oscar success, “which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgments of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film.”German Playboy, which is published by Munich-based Hubert Burda Media, said that “up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist.”“In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Florian Boitin, said in a statement.“Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly,” Boitin said without elaborating.“We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light,” he added. “We are working to clarify this matter and are exploring legal measures.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgCharlotte Prodger wins Turner art prize for smartphone video AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2018 2:01 pm PDTcenter_img LONDON — British artist Charlotte Prodger has won the prestigious Turner Prize for art with a video shot on an iPhone.Prodger was announced Tuesday as winner of the 25,000 pound ($32,000) prize, which often sparks debate about the value of modern art.The 44-year-old artist was nominated for two videos, including a meditation on identity and the Scottish landscape Prodger shot over the course of a year on her iPhone.Jurors praised the way Prodger “explores lived experience as mediated through technologies and histories.”Founded in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded annually to a U.K.-based artist and helped launch the careers of Damien Hirst and other members of the “Young British Artists” generation,Previous winners include potter Grayson Perry and “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Amber Heard in a scene from “Aquaman.” (Jasin Boland/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) LOS ANGELES — “Aquaman” is still leading the pack at the box office, but other films like “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Mule” are enjoying post-Christmas bumps too.Warner Bros. on Sunday says “Aquaman” has added an estimated $51.6 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend to take first place again. Down just 24 per cent from its domestic debut, the DC Comics pic has grossed nearly $748.8 million worldwide.Up 19 per cent, “Mary Poppins Returns” took second place with $28 million, while “Bumblebee” settled in third with $20.5 million.“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” got fourth with $18.3 million. And “The Mule,” up 24 per cent, took fifth with $11.8 million.The Dick Cheney movie “Vice” grossed $7.8 million from the weekend and $17.7 million since its Christmas opening.RELATED: Thor’s Hammers: Vice ‘Aquaman’ still rules, and others see a post-Christmas bump by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2018 9:12 am PDT Last Updated Dec 30, 2018 at 10:18 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — Sheryl Crow has released a political and spiritual song about war featuring vocals from the late Johnny Cash that will be featured on what she says is her last full-length album.Crow’s “Redemption Day” was originally included on her Grammy-winning 1996 self-titled album and later recorded by Cash and released after his death in 2003. Neither song was released as a single, but Crow would sometimes play her version alongside Cash’s when she played live.Crow recorded a new version of the song, trading her guitar for a piano and adding his vocals for a haunting duet that was released Friday along with a music video featuring archival footage of Cash.During a visit to the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where Cash’s vocals were recorded, Crow told The Associated Press that she wrote the song after visiting troops during the war in Bosnia.“When I came home, all over the news was this genocide going on in Rwanda,” Crow explained. “I was so emotional about what I’d seen and what I was seeing at home and trying to put everything together as to why we go into some places and other places we don’t.”Crow, who later sang at the funerals of both June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash, said “The Man in Black” called her to ask if he could record the song. Crow said she knew the lyrics spoke to him because of his anti-war stance.“To hear him singing that right now is just extremely powerful and profound,” Crow said.John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny and June, said his father would never record any songs he didn’t agree with.“I’m so grateful that Sheryl has the courage to make these statements, and I know that my father also joins with her in heart or he never would have recorded it in the first place,” Cash said.The accompanying video features the two singers, along with historical footage of war, genocide, and political and social movements.The song is from Crow’s upcoming album for Valory Music Co., which will also include duets with Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, and Eagles members Don Henley and Joe Walsh among others. No release date for the album has been announced.Crow has said in the past that she will stop making albums, and she reiterated that to the AP. She feels the music industry has changed to a playlist and singles-based model, and while she loves albums, she would rather release individual songs that are timelier and more immediate.“I can’t see making another album top to bottom,” Crow said. “It takes a lot of time, a lot of energy and a lot of money, and you have songs on there that you absolutely love and that mean so much to you that never get heard.”__Online:Official Website Sheryl Crow records ‘Redemption Day’ with Johnny Cash vocals FILE – This March 29, 2019 file photo shows Sheryl Crow attending the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Crow has released “Redemption Day,” a political and spiritual song about war featuring vocals from the late Johnny Cash that will be featured on what she says is her last album. The song is from her upcoming album for Valory Music Co., which will also include duets with Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and Eagles members Don Henley and Joe Walsh among others. No release date for the album has been announced. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) center_img by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2019 4:35 am PDT Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgSeptember 13, 2017The whole community got together on Tuesday for the quarterly All Site meeting. Reports were made by each department about how the year is going up to date. The community also discussed issues of policy and upgrading things around site.The Chair of the Board of Directors, John Walsh, joined the All Site meeting to present the Foundation’s new “Strategic Initiatives.” This strategic plan builds upon the momentous work done by the Strategic Plan Steering Committee that was form shortly after Soleri’s death in 2013. The Steering Committe’s discussions, organizing efforts, meetings and planning work have pushed the Cosanti Foundation in the direction of developing these strategic initiatives.This plan will guide us – and the coming generations – in taking the next steps at Arcosanti and beyond. Look for the “Strategic Initiative” document on our website sometime next week.(photos by Sue Kirsch and Shannon Mackenzie, text by Shannon)last_img read more