Out In London Last Night…Last night London certainly had its fair share of celebrities out on the town.First we caught up with X Factor judge Louis Walsh who was all smiles when we spotted him doing some Christmas shopping with a mystery male companion on Kensington High Street.After that we headed over to the Mayfair Hotel where we bumped into Kelly Brook, Freddie Ljungberg, James Nesbitt, Ronan Keating, Elton John and last but not least David Furnish. Oh and Louis was there as well, he certainly gets around doesn’t he?!Oh Dear, Only In China….We know this story isn’t really celeb related but we couldn’t resist showing you these pictures of China’s take on Christmas and Santa is sort of a celebrity right?Staff at a zoo in Wuhan ditched the traditional reindeer in favour of an ostrich to entertain the public. Well, now we’ve seen everything!Nicole Richie Has A New B.F.F…Nicole Richie was all smiles as she took her daughter Harlow to paint some pottery at Color Me Mine in Los Angeles on Saturday.The former Simple Life star recently admitted she loves parenthood claiming, “It’s the best thing in the world” and “Harlow and I are best friends.”So that explains why Paris made her recent reality TV show. Aw, shame, relegated by a teeny tot.Nurse Winehouse Is Ready For Duty…Amy Winehouse has been helping to look after patients at the private clinic she’s staying at in London.The Back To Black singer has been staying at the rehabilitation centre for almost three weeks, but she nearly got chucked out recently after a visit from Blake sent her back to her old binging ways. So in a desperate bid to stay in their good books, Amy has been helping the nurses to look after patients by serving them meals. A hospital insider revealed:“She has been charming the nurses by helping them with their tasks. She’s been mucking in.”Never mind looking after other people Amy, you should worry about looking after yourself…Lindsay Lohan Makes A Fool Of Herself…Whenever we see photos of Lindsay Lohan she’s always got a mobile phone glued to the side of her head. So it was no surprise to us when we found out that her constant obsession with chatting on the phone got her into a bit of trouble yesterday.Whilst Lindsay was yapping away on the blower during a shopping trip in West Hollywood, she passed a group of waiting paparazzi. As she wasn’t paying attention to what she was doing the Mean Girls actress accidentally got into the back seat of a photographer’s car, instead of her own chauffeur driven ride. Realising her mistake, the red faced star quickly got out of the pap’s motor and hopped into her car alongside her assistant. That’ll teach her…Russell Brand Goes Home With Three WomenRussell Brand is back in London, and he’s up to his old tricks. After going to the Bedtime Stories premiere in Kensington last night, where he snubbed journalists on the red carpet, the comedian headed to Vendome in Mayfair.Sitting in the VIP area of the club, Russell selected a bevy of beauties to come and sit with him. An onlooker revealed:“His booth was crowded with attractive girls, but Russell spent most of his time chatting to a striking brunette. They were huddled up close and he was whispering in her ear.”Though Russell made a big show of walking past photographers by himself at 2am, the cheeky star managed to smuggle a whole group of girls home with him. A source revealed:“Russell called it a night just before 2am. He made of point of appearing to leave alone, but his security team had already bundled three girls, including the brunette, into his car.”You can run Russell, but you can’t hide!
A survey carried out last month has highlighted a correlation between careers and speeding fines. Statistically, workers with better paid, professional jobs such as barristers, footballers and doctors are more likely to beak the speed limit because they can afford the penalties easier.
Among the least likely to offend were au pairs, astrologers and driving examiners, being only 4.5% more likely to break the speed limit. By contrast, footballers were 27% more likely to offend.
These revelations are fuelling discussions about whether it would be fairer to charge car insurance premiums based on job title, as well as personal circumstances. It would mean that those in jobs seen as ‘low risk’ would get a better deal on their premiums, and not be charged for insurance they perhaps cannot afford on their wage.
Along the same lines, some car insurance providers have now offered a new category to their list of occupations – Celebrity. So many reality TV shows in recent years are spawning a growing number of TV celebs, most of whom still need motor insurance, and the existing lists didn’t provide an accurate option. Therefore, celebrity is now an official occupation with some insurers.
But fame has its price even where insurance is concerned. Getting cheap car insurance when you’re a celebrity just isn’t possible. A TV celebrity can expect to pay around 22-25% more on their premium because of their job. Considering many of them started out as unknowns working in normal jobs, it may come as a shock. Add this to the fact that most newly-made celebs tend to go for sportier cars, and they can bump their car insurance almost to a-list prices. We’ll all have to buy a lot more exercise videos…
For centuries an integral part of Spanish Culture has been the Fiesta, and one of the best ways to fully immerse your self in authentic Spanish tradition is to visit one of these colorful, vibrant celebrations of life.
Sometimes it seems as if festivals run consecutively from one into the next, the Spanish really do love to celebrate. Here is a guide to ensure you donat miss the biggest and the best festivals in Murcia.
For confirmation of dates and listing of what may be happening its best to contact Murcias Tourist Information. Details of which can be found at the bottom of this page.
The Spring Festival in Murcia is held relatively quickly after Easter, its an opportunity for all of the surrounding villages to come and dress in their local regional embroidered skirts and zaragaelles trousers. Its a festival to promote all of the market garden workers, a type of agriculture unique to this area of Spain. Like a display between male peacocks the villages take great pride in their appearance and compete in folk dancing, brightly colored floats adorn the streets and every available town square becomes a make shift market selling delicious traditional dishes of Murcia, be sure to try the “chuletas de cordero al ajo caba” A dish of succulent lamb chops served in a unique garlic vinegar dressing.
The protected woodland of this part of Spain is packed with local game. If you get the opportunity gorge your self on the grilled rabbit, hare, partridge and quail.
The first day of festivities start with a blessing of Virgin of Fuensanta, the patron of the city. From here colorful floats travel around the city. My advice is to locate yourself at one of the many excellent tapas bars en route, enjoy a glass of the local Jumilla region wine and let the carnival atmosphere come to you.
The following Saturday the celebrations take a bizarre twist. Perhaps the most extraordinary festivity of the year it all involves the burning of a sardine effigy and marks the mourning and end of the festivity.
Brass bands, stilt walkers, Chinese dragons, dancers and marching precessions festoon the city streets to the sound of Spanish music. Partying goes on late into the night so be sure to take your best flamenco dancing shoes.
During September Mucia comes alive again to celebrate the Citys patron saint La Virgen de la Fuensanta, parades, folk lore and pageants paint the perfect setting for this Autumnal festival.
Several smaller festivals, such as the pop music, film, bullfighting and Mediterranean folk lore festivals are incorporated in to the main festival, and take place in separate locations. Be sure to scourer the tourist information center so you dont miss anything. There are even performance pieces from Mucias twin town of Lodz in Poland, the atmosphere is sure to be electric in this truly international festival.
From the End of January for two months a City wide version of the Tate Modern takes place. Hosted in the cathedral, churches, existing galleries, and several of the outdoor squares in Murcia its a must see for any art modern art aficionados. Dont panic you dont have to don a serious gaze for a day and dress solely in black whilst you try to comprehend what the artists are attempting to communicate, there are guided tours that will talk you through the works of local and international artists. With a flavor of our Turner prize expect to see all kinds of outlandish conceptual art.
Last years event displayed a piece HORIZON MOINS VINGT (H-20) by Laurent Tixador and Abraham Poincheval it was more of an adventure than a work of art. They dug an underground tunnel by hand of some twenty meters and filled them selves in as they went. It represented a conceptual underground mobile home. With living space only a few meters in length and 166 cm high the two survived in the space for 20 days. They were supplied with fresh air during the 20 day excavation and were only in contact with the outside world via radios.
The best way to sample these festivities is undoubtedly with the use of a hire car. If youre determined not to miss anything and feeling a little more adventurous on your holiday you should definitely consider hiring a car.
Murcia tourist office:
Plaza Cardenal Belluga. Edificio Ayuntamiento, 30004 Murcia (Murcia)
Tel. +34 968358749 Fax +34 968358748
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