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Memoir of a Montserratian Business Man – by Norman ryan

Memoir of a Montserratian Business Man is a one of a kind book. From growing up on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat in the 40’s and 50’s, to his life in England, Memoir of a Montserratian Business Man by Norman Ryan gives a fascinating look at the life of one of the most well known business men on the island.

Memoir of a Montserratian Businessman, book by Norman Ryan
Memoir of a Montserratian Businessman, book by Norman Ryan

Featuring fun stories and valuable life lessons, it gives a whole new look as to what life on the islands is really like. This book covers points in history that many are too young to remember, making it also a priceless artifact. This book covers so many aspects of Norman Ryan’s life, including his childhood on the island, his travels abroad, the impact of natural disasters and the entrepreneurial spirit. For anyone wanting to learn about the islands most prominent business man, Memoir of a Montserratian Business Man is a must read.

Printed in the 2018 Souvenir Booklet for the Alliouagana Festival of the Word (AFW), ISBN 9 789769 662001.

Group of Seven, stone Cellar, Perth, Ontario

Every summer we try to make a few local trips to explore our province and  one of the regions we love to visit is Lanark County, which offers perfect combination of small towns, cottages on the beach and wild life. And after spending couple days in the cottage (“The Dancing Bass” Lodge cottage) we went to Perth for some shopping and lunch.

That lunch was a very special treat for us! Based on the art of Famous Canadian Group of Seven Chef Jamie Troutman from “The Stone Cellar” created the menu that interprets various elements present in paintings in “edible art”. Hours of research made it possible to reflect the famous Canadian art in the fine Canadian cuisine. In his creations Jamie is using the true Canadian ingredients coming from local farms. Chef Troutman, as per his own words, using the “deconstruction of the elements” from art into cuisine.

Lawren Harris, Icebergs by Chef Jamie Troutman

The shot glasses made of clear ice represent the art of Lawren Stewart Harris, who was criticized as being cold, but in fact deeply spiritual and one of the skilled abstract painters.

From ice and cold we suddenly surrounded by flowers and greenery of “Tangled Garden” by J. E. H. MacDonald –  Jamie Troutman’s sunflower salad full of summer colours and fresh herbs… MacDonald’s art is distinguished by dark palette, tough, rich and at the same time elegant design. And Jamie is using the dark of the stone slab as background for the splash of colours…

Group of Seven MacDonald Tangled Garden
“Tangled Garden” in sunflower salad by Chef Jamie Troutman

From flowers and greenery of the garden we travel to Nova Scotia with help of another Jamie’s culinary creation based on “Nova Scotia Cove” again by J. E.H. MacDonald.  Scallops and wild rice combined in a beautiful setting with shells to represent seashore…

Group of Seven, edible art
Chef Jamie Troutman, Scallops  served with Wild Rice – “Nova Scotia Cove” by J. MacDonald

We keep our taste buds tuned as next we get served Canadian beef – so tender! …accompanied by some root vegetables… chef’s creation based on the painting by Arthur Lismer “Habitant Farm”…

"Habitant Farm" Lismer and Chef Troutman
“Habitant Farm” by Arthur Lismer and Chef Troutman

Lanark County is well known for Maple Syrup producers and it would be logical to find this unique Canadian product in local cuisine and famous art.

J. Troutman "Maple Glazed Pork" based on "The red Maple" by A. JacksonJ. Troutman “Maple Glazed Cheese” based on “The Red Maple” by A. Jackson.

Our experience would not be complete without the dessert!Apple dessert based on "Asters and Apples" by J. MacDonaldApple dessert based on “Asters and Apples” by J. MacDonald

If you decide to indulge in creativity and fine cuisine make sure to make a 48 hours reservation, and if so, you may need to find a fine place to stay. Luckily the area offers a good variety of hotels – one of our favourites is “Perth Manor” which offers classic architecture, cozy rooms, beautiful garden and friendly atmosphere.

The Stone Cellar Restaurant                                                                                   Address: 71 Gore St E, Perth, ON K7H 1H Menu:                                                                                       Reservations:                                                                                 Phone: (613) 267-0200

Perth Manor Hotel                                                                                                 Address: 23 Drummond St. West, Perth, ON                                       Phone: (613) 264-0050 and if this one is not available –

Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa                                                   Address: 82 Peter St, Perth, ON                                                                 Phone: (613) 326-0082.

Fashion History Museum now is open in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Fashion History MuseumThe FHM is located in the old post office of the former town of Hespeler at 74 Queen Street East, Cambridge, Ontario, and can be reached from the 401 via the Townline or Hespeler road exits.

Starting July 1, the museum will be open regular hours Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Tours can be booked by appointment.

Museum gallery phone 519 654-0009


Our opening exhibition in gallery one ‘Treasures from the Collection’ will feature some of the rarest and most interesting pieces from the collection including: what may be the oldest extant European-made shoe worn in North America, a paper corset, and a suit designed for Eva Peron.

In gallery two ‘Back to the Eighties’ looks at the fashions from that decade through specific themes such as glamour, power, shock, innovation, and romance. Both these exhibitions will remain until the end of the year.

Until August 2 gallery three will host ‘What to do with an Old Post Office’, a display of the winning boards from the Construction Specifications Canada student design competition this past winter. Our building was a case study for students to design projects repurposing the structure. The winning ideas ranged from a day spa to a museum for comics!

Opening August 5, Gallery Three will showcase ‘Punks and Posers: Portraits from New York and London’, a photographic exhibition of 1980s street photography. This exhibition will coincide with the launch of our Fashion Film Fridays on August 7. Every Friday evening at 7 p.m. from August 7 – November 20, the museum will host a fashion-essential film from the 1980s. The films will include: Pretty in Pink; Earth Girls are Easy; Flashdance; Slaves of New York; Ruthless People, and Desperately Seeking Susan.
Purple wool dress with black print, Vivienne Westwood ‘Witches’ collection, 1983
Westwood dress from Fashion History Museum
On display in ‘Back to the Eighties’

Welcome Jemma Cerson – Volunteer Coordinator

The FHM relies upon volunteers for its operation, especially at the reception desk once we open. Jemma is our official volunteer coordinator and is currently training and managing our first intake of recruits into the volunteer corps. If you would like the opportunity to volunteer with the FHM, please contact Jemma at:
Polka-dot silk dress by Christian Dior, spring 1948 ‘Envol’ collection

Christian Dior Paris requested an image of this dress for their records and possible inclusion in a book being published by Dior in 2017 celebrating the 70th anniversary of Dior’s New Look

A New Look for the FHM

As you may have noticed, our website has not changed for a few months. We were hacked last year and lost our calendar update. However, we are endeavouring to launch a new website with a new look just in time for the opening.
In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the Fashion History Museum on Facebook. We post an artifact of the week every Monday as well as updates on the progress of the museum and any relevant information about FHM events. And don’t forget to ‘like’ us when you are on facebook!
Bone and paper fan, German, c. 1690

We are Looking for Fans

With our opening on June 27 we will also be launching our ‘Friends of the Fashion History Museum’ campaign. We invite individuals who wish to support and experience a closer relationship with the museum to become a Friend of the FHM. Join other fashion enthusiasts and friends at exclusive exhibition previews and enlightening talks from a variety of speakers. All levels of support are annually renewable but everyone who signs up before October 1 will have their benefits extended until October 1 2016. The levels of contribution are:

Anyone can become a fan by signing up for the quarterly newsletter – and it’s free! If you are reading this, you probably already are a fan – spread the word.

Garter supporter
For an annual contribution of $40.00 ($25.00 for students), you will receive the quarterly newsletter as well as one copy of the annual FHM journal (distributed in September), access to the FHM research library and archives (by appointment), advance notification of museum programs and events, invitation to all curator lead exhibition preview tours, and a 10% discount on all FHM gift shop and bookstore purchases.

Blue Stocking Club
For an annual contribution of $200.00, garter level benefits are expanded to include six passes to museum events, invitations to all exhibition previews, and priority ticketing for all events and programs. The Blue Stocking club is invited to meet guest speakers at receptions and attend an annual cocktail party every September. The Blue Stocking club level is also eligible to rent the museum for private events.

Couture Circle
Tailored for your level of support – along with all other benefit levels, couture donors will be invited to an annual curator’s dinner, as well as receive a tax receipt for their annual contribution for any amount that exceeds $250.00. Name is added on the annual donor recognition list unless donor wishes to remain anonymous.

Belfast Zoo takes delivery of critically endangered dragon

Belfast Zoo takes delivery of critically endangered dragon

~ Finale of advertising campaign to showcase Northern Ireland to millions of Game of Thrones® fans worldwide ~
Dragon in Belfast Zoo
(Toronto, ON – 09 June 2015) – Following months of negotiations, Belfast Zoological Gardens (BZG) is delighted to welcome the arrival of a critically endangered dragon at Belfast Zoo.
Considered all but extinct, the animal is housed in a specially designed enclosure, and where possible, his prey will be sourced from outside the zoo’s own collection.
The infant male currently has a wing-span of 10ft, but when fully grown his skull alone will measure up to 23ft.
Belfast Zoo Manager Mark Challis said: “We’re thrilled to have such an exceptionally rare creature here at Belfast Zoo. This dragon is an important addition not only for us, but for Northern Ireland as a whole. Despite their fearsome reputation and fabled ability to burn entire cities to ashes, we’d like to reassure the residents of Belfast that our keepers have received expert training, and we’re looking forward to seeing him thrive in his new environment.”

The animatronic dragon, which is operated by two controllers, marks the culmination of a campaign by Tourism Ireland in partnership with HBO® to promote Northern Ireland as the home of Game of Thrones®, and capitalize on the rise of screen tourism.
On Tuesday 9th June, visitors to the zoo can expect to see ‘dragon feeding time’, and watch the chief vet give him a checkup. Other events in the series have captured the imagination of Game of Thrones® fans, with some tracking down the stunts within hours of them going live. Video clips have attracted millions of views online.

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Travel Trens in England 2014. Winter 2013 News




NEW YORK, November 18, 2013 – With a spate of new and refurbished luxury hostels opening throughout the country, a rush of British musicals hitting the West End and a 15% annual growth in cycling, VisitEngland predicts that “poshtels”, the arts and lycra will all play a part in England vacations next year. Read on for these and more travel trends for 2014:

Check into a poshtel

Glamping is going one step further in 2014, with budget travellers opting for the homier comforts of a poshtel (posh hostel, of course!). The YHA has recently spent over £10million on refurbishments, creating not just private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, but bridal suites with roll-top baths and four-poster beds and even on-site art galleries – YHA York now boasts a six-foot art installation charting the history of the Rowntree family. It also has a brand new hostel on the South Downs, offering a contemporary take on country life. In other poshtel news, Hoax is a new luxury hostel brand which launched with its first opening in Liverpool in August 2013 to rave reviews, and of course we have to give a mention to the Safestay Hostel in London’s Elephant & Castle, recently awarded 4 stars in VisitEngland’s accommodation quality assurance scheme. The hostel, situated in a beautiful 18th Century Georgian building, formerly the Labour Political Party Headquarters, features private twin rooms and family rooms with 40” plasma TVs and is one of series to open across London over the next three years. / /

It’s an art attack

If 2012 was the year of sport and 2013 was the year of culture (Benjamin Britten’s centenary and 200 years of Pride and Prejudice, to name just two events), 2014 looks set to be the year of the arts. Manchester sees two key openings: Manchester Central Library, will open in the spring as the city’s “living room”, a unique space that will house a brand new lending library and performance, exhibition and creative spaces, including a BFI mediatheque which offers free access to films from the National Film Archive; the Whitworth Art Gallery will reopen following a £15m investment that has funded two entire new wings, connecting the building to its surrounding parkland and creating a café in the trees and an art garden. The West End will also see a bumper year with not one, but six new British musicals opening. The Commitments has kicked off the spate of homegrown shows and will be followed by Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward, Marianne Elliot (erstwhile producer of War Horse) and The Light Princess, I Can’t Sing – the X-Factor Musical and Rupert Goold’s, Psycho, starring former Dr Who, Matt Smith. Outdoor art also continues to go from strength to strength with Hauser & Wirth Somerset opening at Durslade Farm on the edge of the ancient town of Bruton, where visitors will enjoy new and innovative pieces of contemporary art and architecture, designed to mirror the remarkable Somerset landscape. Also new is Alex Chinneck’s From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes, a remarkable trompe l’oeil installation which appears to show the front of a house slipping into the front garden. It’s an exciting addition to the blossoming arts scene of Margate. More exciting arts projects will be announced in January 2014, as part of VisitEngland’s three-year partnership with the Arts Council to help fund cultural experiences. / / / /

Saddle up

The so-called Bradley Wiggins ‘Wiggo’ effect (not to mention famed 2012 Olympic cyclists Hoy, Pendleton and Storey), has seen a phenomenal number of people jumping into the saddle. The cycling market is growing 10-15% per annum and will be worth over £3bn by 2015. As such, investment in infrastructure abounds – £160m will be spent cycle-proofing Britain’s roads, National Parks are investing £12m in cycle paths, seaside towns are opening up their promenades to cyclists and new city-centre cycling hubs are in the pipeline. VisitEngland’s own research shows that 25% of the population (3.8 million) are keen to go cycling on vacation, and cycle they can! In March 2014, the Lee Valley VeloPark opens to the public, allowing access to its four cycling disciplines (track, BMX, road and mountain biking) and L’Eroica, the famous historic Tuscan bike tour dubbed as ‘the most handsome bike race in the World’ is coming to the UK in June 2014. L’Eroica Britannia will travel through the Peak District National Park on a three day festival, known as ‘The Great British Adventure’, celebrating the joys of heritage, wellbeing and local food and drink, as well as the joys of cycling. Adventurers can choose a 30, 50 or 100 mile route to be ridden on pre-1987 bikes. Plus of course, there is the thrilling matter of the Tour de France, starting in Yorkshire next year. Yorkshire’s Grand Départ 2014 will feature two stages of the world’s largest annual sporting event taking riders from Leeds to Harrogate, then York to Sheffield, before the Tour moves south for a third stage from Cambridge to London. Give the course a test ride before the experts saddle up, or come along to line the route and enjoy the spectacle of what is the world’s best cycle race. / /


A recent survey by VisitEngland showed just what a foodie nation England has become and gastronomic hotels (gastrotels, if you will) are more popular than ever. Stats reveal that 13 million day visits last year involved a trip to a food festival or farmers’ market, and what’s more, 26.2 million of residents want to go to a food festival on their next vacation. Research also reveals that nearly 8/10 (76%) of the population want to dine at restaurants serving local dishes, so these hot new openings should find a very receptive audience from locals and visitors alike: The Pig, currently consisting of two “restaurants with rooms” in the New Forest and Southampton, will expand with new properties in Bath (Feb 2014) and Studland, Dorset (May 2014), both of which will offer the renowned 25-mile menu; Heckfield Place, a manor house hotel in Hampshire, has been reunited with its 330 acre farm, which means its restaurant – overseen by Skye Gyngell, of London’s Petersham Nurseries fame – will be stocked with hyperlocal produce when it opens in spring 2014. Drink connoisseurs will be interested to hear about Hampshire’s other notable opening: Laverstoke Mill, a Bombay Sapphire Distillery also opening in the spring. Thomas Heatherwick has designed the glasshouse, which will house Bombay Sapphire’s 10 botanical ingredients and there will be a bar school on site. / /

The evolution of the stately home

Gone are the days where you could only peer at a stately home’s treasures from behind a dusty red rope. In a bid to woo tourists, historic houses are opening their doors wider than ever, with increasingly inventive ways for visitors to enjoy the house and grounds. 2013 saw the introduction of a new flower show at Blenheim Palace, a glampsite at Leeds Castle and the world’s biggest assault course – aka The Dirty Weekend – at Burghley House. All proved so successful that they will be back again in 2014, as will half-marathons, car rallies, jousting tournaments, gigs, dog shows and much, much more! /

Battling the elements (and no, we don’t mean the English weather)

VisitEngland has noticed a distinct trend towards vacations that connect with nature and pit people against the elements. Wild swimming and barefoot walking are both fairly recent phenomena and new openings last year included WildRootz at Pensthorpe Wildlife & Gardens in Norfolk, where children can get up close and personal with nature, and Bear Grylls Survival Academy in Surrey, which delivered the ultimate in self-preservation skills. Next year will see the opening of The National Forest Way, a 75-mile footpath from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire that showcases the transformation from a rural landscape, through industrialisation and its decline, to the modern-day creation of a new forest. English Heritage meanwhile are busy working on a series of underwater trails of some of the shipwreck sites off England’s coast, complete with waterproof guidebooks and seabed signage. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy! / / /

Not forgetting…Commemoration

Let’s not forget that 2014 also marks the centenary of the start of World War 1, a time for reflection and commemoration. The Imperial War Museum is co-ordinating a programme of cultural events throughout the country and over 1,400 partners have signed up so far, from museums to music and art organisations. Events will range from new works for the English National Ballet, inspired by the Great War, an exhibition of works by celebrated war artist Stanley Spencer at Somerset House and, of course, the reopening of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London following the £35 million refurbishment of its First World War galleries. 4 August, the day England entered the war, will be marked with a candle-lit vigil of prayer at Westminster Abbey finishing at 11pm, the time that war was declared.

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CMHR announces September 2014 opening date




CMHR announces September 2014 opening date

WINNIPEG – November 4, 2013 – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will open its doors to the world on September 20, 2014, its President and CEO announced today at a briefing with industry partners.

“A national project of this scope and scale comes along just once in a generation,” Stuart Murray said. “When the doors of this building open next September, it will be a historic moment for Canada and a proud day for Manitoba, as we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world.”

CMHR Board Chair Eric Hughes said the Museum reflects the best of what Canada has to offer to the world. “It doesn’t matter which province or territory you’re from. This museum belongs to all of us: to you in Manitoba, to me from Alberta, to each citizen from coast to coast to coast,” he said. “This project reflects the values we cherish as a nation. By celebrating our success and reflecting on our failings, the CMHR will be a beacon of learning and inspiration for Canadians.”  

“The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is putting Winnipeg and Canada on the map as a destination for human rights scholarship and tourism,” said Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) Senior Vice President of Marketing Greg Klassen. “People are more aware of human rights issues than ever before, which opens exciting new tourism markets for travellers who want unique experiences that will move and inspire them.”

“The Museum will be a catalyst for educational tourism targeting the youth market,” she said. “This is significant because the student and youth market is growing faster than any other segment,” Sandron said.

Tourism Winnipeg Senior Vice President Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, said future conventions have been booked in Winnipeg because of the Museum, while tour operators and independent travellers are waiting to add the CMHR to their leisure and group travel plans.

“Winnipeg is undergoing an exciting renaissance thanks to the opening of CMHR, a world-class polar bear exhibit being built at Assiniboine Park, the return of professional hockey, a brand new airport and many other exciting developments,” she said. “This creates a tremendous opportunity to package Winnipeg as a distinct travel destination in ways that were not possible before.”

Confirmation of the Museum’s opening date sets planning in motion for an inaugural year of celebratory events, expected to attract interest from across the country and require help from more than 200 volunteers.

Gail Asper, National Campaign Chair for Friends of the CMHR, said it is exciting to see the vision of her father coming to life. The late Dr. Israel Asper believed in creating a place that would educate and inspire a new generation of human rights champions, built as a partnership between the public and private sectors.

“Opening the Museum doors is not an end, but a beginning,” Asper said. “With the help of more than 7,000 donors who believe in the power of human rights, we have been able to set the dream in motion. However, there is still much work to be done to ensure this inspiring project lives up to the potential we all envision, helping our children and grandchildren become educated and aware of the value of taking action for human rights in Canada and around the world.”

The CMHR is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. The Museum will use immersive multi-media technology and other innovative approaches to create an inspiring encounter with human rights unlike anything visitors have experienced before.


Visit Britain


27/09/2013 12:08
Octopus olivo at Lima London

The establishments featured in the Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland 2014 were announced yesterday, with an additional four new starred restaurants for Britain compared to last year, and some interesting newcomers having been granted the esteemed accolade.

Highlights include the first Peruvian restaurant to gain a star, London’s Lima, a star for Story in London’s Bermondsey, which has only been open five months, a star each for restaurants in Bristol, Birmingham, Cumbria and Jersey and a bump up for Heston Blumenthal, whose restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal went from one to two stars.

Taking it from the top, there was no change in the restaurants with the utmost prize of three stars, awarded to establishments deemed as having ‘Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey’ – these were Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, both in London, and The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck both in Bray, near Windsor. Bray has long been known as a slice of foodie heaven in Britain, also home to The Hind’s Head, Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred restaurant, and with another Michelin-starred pub The Royal Oak close by.

Heston Blumenthal racked up his quota of Michelin stars, making it six that the inventive chef now holds since his latest opening Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which celebrates Britain’s culinary heritage, went from one to two stars.

Perhaps the most interesting stories surround the newly crowned one star restaurants. Lima’s Michelin star cements the Peruvian food trend as a firmly established part of the British food scene. It wasn’t the only global cuisine on the list though – two Chinese establishments got a star – HKK in trendy Shoreditch (which launched last December) and Bo London in Mayfair.

Michelin judges clearly have an appetite for quirky restaurants, granting Story in Bermondsey – an up and coming area of London– its first star only five months on from its opening. Head Chef Tom Sellers created a menu based on childhood experiences and dishes – featuring a Three Bears’ Porridge with ‘one too sweet, one too salty and one just right’. Another hot chef of the moment, Jason Atherton, got a star at his Social Eating House in fashionable Soho; anyone keen to experience more Atherton cooking should head to brand-new hotel the London Edition features the brand-new Berners Tavern, with Jason at the helm.

Two London seafood restaurants gained a star as well – Angler in the uber-cool South Place Hotel, and Outlaw’s at the Capital, the London outpost of seafood-chef Nathan Outlaw, whose Cornwall restaurant retained its two stars in the roundup as well (

Outside London, West Midlands’s city Birmingham restaurant adam’s gained a star, which is timely given that the city recently launched its ‘Birmingyum’ marketing campaign to highlight the diverse and delicious food offerings you’ll find there (from the Balti Triange to Brum Yum Yum, a new pop up street food collective; Birmingham is just over an hour by train from London). Jersey (in the Channel Islands) may be well known for its potatoes, but now not just produce but its restaurant Ormer by Shaun Rankin has been recognised with a star –Rankin has spent 18 years on Jersey promoting its gastronomy, and it’s paying off (he gained his first star there in 2005 at Bohemia).

Up north in Cumbria, in the north west of England, The Samling, a luxury hotel in the Lake District, also got a star for its restaurant; the hotel also won the title of ‘Best Dining Hotel in the World’ at the annual Boutique Hotel Awards.

Bristol’s wilks, described as ‘an unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant’, also got a star, and ticks the new trend towards cuisine that relies less on meat and fish to wow its guests – the restaurant lets vegetables, herbs, fruits, cereals and aromatic spices play key roles. It’s more affordable than many Michelin-starred restaurants, with 3 courses for £19 at lunchtime, and a £26 vegetable tasting menu. Bristol, is south west England, is 1 hour and 20 minutes by train from central London.

Talking of affordability, the Bibs Gourmands were also announced, the award which recognises those establishments offering good food at affordable prices (the limit being £28 for three courses). Another vegetable-focused establishment, the newly opened Grain Store in London’s Kings Cross, got a Bib Gourmand, as did trendy Polpo in Smithfield for its Venetian bacaro inspired menu. The 26 new Bib Gourmands cover a lot of the UK, ranging from Edinburgh (Galvin Brasserie de Luxe) and Belfast (Coppi and Home) to Lancashire (Hearth of the Ram) and Cornwall (Tolcarne Inn). Altogether there are now 132 Bib Gourmands in the UK, with the Felin Fach Griffin pub a fine Welsh example, located between the dramatic Black Mountains and lush Brecon Beacons.

Editor of the Michelin Guide, Rebecca Burr, said “We have never produced a GB & Ireland guide that provides our readers with such diversity and variety. Fantastic B&Bs, wonderful pubs, stylish hotels, world class restaurants and great value eateries – we have them all in our guide.

“In the last year we’ve seen the rise of relaxed counter dining but also the opening of some big brasseries. Dining is becoming a less structured, less formal affair and opening times and menus are more flexible to reflect the way we live our lives. Single concept restaurants focusing on one or two dishes have also continued to open.

“The Michelin guide has always reflected what’s out there and London in particular has never offered so much choice – there really is something for everyone and for every occasion and there appears to be no end to the number of exciting new restaurant openings. With cuisines and culinary influences from all parts of the globe, it’s no surprise that the capital is one of the most exciting cities in the world for food.

“We’ve seen internationally acclaimed chefs open restaurants over here but we’re also delighted to witness the rise of the next generation of talented British chefs and the continued evolution of British cooking.”


Octopus olivo at Lima London

Octopus olivo at Lima London

Social Eating House

Social Eating House

Tony Fleming, head chef at Angler

Tony Fleming, head chef at Angler

Lima London

Lima London

HKK dining room

HKK dining room

Lychee wood roasted Peking Duck at HKK

Lychee wood roasted Peking Duck at HKK

The HKK DimSumTrilogy

The HKK DimSumTrilogy



—Events of All Sizes Will Bring New York City Alive with Holiday Spirit—

—Approximately 5 Million People Expected to Visit During Holiday Season—

New York City (September 19, 2013)NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, is encouraging visitors to book travel to New York City’s five boroughs in time for the 2013 holiday season. Celebrations will take place throughout the City starting in November, with both time-honoured and new events bringing the vibrant destination alive with holiday cheer. Visitors are encouraged to explore beyond the City’s classic holiday events and activities and see the hidden treasures that make the five boroughs unique during the holidays.

“There is no better place to be during the holiday season than New York City – it’s a time when visitors can experience first-hand the unique beauty, energy and vibrancy of one of the world’s most famous destinations,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “We are forecasting approximately 5 million visitors will come to the City between Thanksgiving and New Year’s so we encourage visitors to make their travel plans in advance.”

Kicking off the joyous holiday season are the more than 8,000 participants in the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28. The festive march is quickly followed by the much-anticipated Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4. In the meantime, visitors can revel in the beauty of stunning holiday-inspired window decorations in some of the City’s famed stores and hotels. Equally as spectacular but lesser-known are the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s special guided holiday historic house tours, taking place from December 3 to 30 in Queens ( and Wave Hill’s holiday craft activities on December 7 and 8 in the Bronx (

Highlights of holiday events taking place in the five boroughs follows:


The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ( will march down the streets of New York City on November 28, 9am. Stepping off with its giant helium character balloons, fantasy-filled floats, marching bands, performance groups and gaggle of clowns, “America’s Parade” promises nonstop pomp and pageantry for spectators young and old. Fans will enjoy seeing returning giant balloons, including Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf, Kermit the Frog and The Elf on the Shelf. Debuting in the ballooning lineup this year will be the newest version of the iconic character Snoopy, Adventure Time’s Finn and Jake and new balloon-head characters from The Wizard of Oz; among other new stars. As before, the 2013 parade route will kick off at 77th Street and Central Park West. The parade will then march down to Columbus Circle, where it will turn onto Central Park South before making its way straight down Midtown Manhattan on Sixth Avenue from 59th to 34th Streets. The parade concludes with its final turn onto 34th Street in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

The famous Radio City Music Hall’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular will amaze locals and visitors from November 8 to December 30. This year’s show includes a new scene that will turn the stage into a glistening winter wonderland. To purchase tickets, visit

Nominated for three Tony Awards in its 2012 season, A Christmas Story: The Musical is playing at the Theater at Madison Square Garden from December 11 to 29. To purchase tickets, visit

Starting November 29, New York City Ballet will present one of the season’s favorite annual productions, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, complete with marching toy soldiers, a one-ton Christmas tree that grows before the audience’s eyes and crystalline snowflakes. The show runs through January 4 (

This holiday season, Carnegie Hall will come alive with Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra’s rendition of Handel’s Messiah. Performances will take place on December 12 and 15 (

The American Museum of Natural History is celebrating the holiday season with two events this year: its famous Origami Holiday Tree, on display from November 25 to January 5, and a Kwanzaa Celebration on December 28.

A hidden gem in Upper Manhattan, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden will conduct candlelight tours on December 6 and 7. As December 6 is St. Nicholas Day, tours will kick off with a reading of Clement Clark Moore’s famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The following day, visitors can enjoy music in the Upper Hall.

23 Days of Flatiron Cheer will take place in the Flatiron District this holiday season with events, promotions, giveaways and more. Don’t forget to take a photo next to the giant pop-up holiday card at the intersection of Broadway, 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue (

The Big Apple Circus is coming to Lincoln Center from October 25 to January 12. This annual show is a New York City holiday season favourite; this year’s show, Luminocity, is a brand-new spectacle that won’t disappoint (

The Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah will take place at Grand Army Plaza, West 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, in front of The Plaza Hotel, from November 27 to December 5.

Le Parker Meridien will host its fourth annual Gingerbread Extravaganza from December 6 to January 6 with the theme “Quintessential New York.” Local bakeries and restaurants will create the gingerbread masterpieces, and visitors can vote for their favourite by purchasing one ticket at the hotel’s concierge for $1 or eight tickets for $5. Proceeds will go to City Harvest (


Family visitors will love the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, which features model trains travelling through more than 100 scaled replicas of NYC landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium, made from natural materials such as bark, twig and seeds. The show will be on display between November 16 and January 12 (

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Annual Holiday Family Day will take place on December 6. Families will love the festively decorated 19th-century mansion and can participate in various kids’ activities, including photos with Santa Claus (


Thousands of visitors travel from all over to behold the borough’s famed Dyker Heights Christmas Lights. Each year, the neighbourhood goes all out with spectacular lighting exhibits, complete with 30-foot toy soldiers and nativity scenes. For a guided experience, check out A Slice of Brooklyn’s Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour, which also offers festive holiday music and old-time Christmas television variety specials on the bus, topped off with a taste of Brooklyn’s best cannoli and hot chocolate. Tours run from November 30 to December 31 (

Brooklyn Borough Hall lights up with holiday spirit each year, with the lighting of this year’s Menorah of Brooklyn taking place at Columbus Park (right outside of Borough Hall) on December 3 at 5pm. The following week, a Christmas Tree Lighting will take place in Borough Hall Plaza on December 10 at 6pm (


The Queens Historical Society presents the Annual Historic Holiday House Tour on December 8 from 1–5pm. The guided trolley tour includes stops at seven festively decorated museums and historical sites in Queens: the Kingsland Homestead, the Flushing Quaker Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, the Voelker Orth Museum, Lewis H. Latimer House, Louis Armstrong House and Museum, and the Bowne House. Pre-sale tickets cost $10 for adults; tickets at the door cost $12. Free admission for children under 12 (

Take a tour of the decorated Queens County Farm Museum during the Holiday Open House from December 26 to 28. Visitors can sip on mulled cider while children partake in winter craft activities. For more information, go to


Historic Richmond Town will hold its annual holiday favourite, Candlelight Tours, on December 14. The town will be ablaze with the light provided by candles, oil lamps and flickering fireplaces. Visitors can also expect a wassail bowl reception in the Courthouse. Prepaid reservations are required; call 718-351-1611, ext. 281, for tour times and reservations (

For more information on planning your holiday visit to New York City, visit

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June 28th– July 6th, 2013

One of the longest-running and most important film festivals in Central Europe takes place in the beautiful Spa town of Karlovy Vary located 2 hours west of Prague. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival features over 200 new films, documentaries and retrospectives from around the world. You can see plenty of Hollywood stars and attend fun events and parties.



May 17th – July 7th, 2013

Mahler Jihlava Music Festival “Music of Thousands” takes place in the Moravian town of Jihlava. You will get a chance to listen to concerts in Jihlava’s Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and in Mahler’s hometown of Kaliste. Part of the program is also a fun cycling trip from Kaliste to Jihlava, where you can see a documentary films on Gustav Mahler’s life.

Cesky Krumlov


June 21st-23rd, 2013

Come to the UNESCO town of Cesky Krumlov to relive someof the town’s traditions.The festival is named after the five-petalled rose that the noble Rosenberg’s family, who lived in the castle, wore on their coat during the late medieval and Renaissance periods. The festival’s highlights include swordplay demonstrations, procession of historic Renaissance costumes, historic craft fairs, banquets, medieval music, street dramas and medieval feast. Several events take place in the magnificent castle overlooking the picturesque town.


PANORAMA TRAVEL: Charming Prague

Air inclusive / 7 Days and 5 nights in Prague from $ 1350 per person in double room

Panorama Travel’s “Charming Prague” package includes a round trip from New York to Prague and a 5-night stay in hotel Orion with daily breakfast. The package also offers a city tour of Prague. You will get a chance to discover the history and culture of Prague – “the city of hundred spires,” whose historic center has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. Travel must be completed by June 30th, 2013.

26 Arpil 2013 Free Lecture “L’arene de l’interculturel, 515rue Viger est, Montreal, QC

RACMA du 26 avril 2013 l’arene de l’interculturel Canada-Morocco


Dans le cadre de sa première activité officielle depuis sa récente création, le Regroupement

des Auteurs CanadoMarocains ( RACMA) organise une activité de lecture d’oeuvres

publiques d’auteurs interculturels sous le thème : « L’arène de l’interculturel ».

L’événement aura lieu le 26 avril 2013, au Centre Culturel du Royaume du Maroc-Dar Al

Maghrib, sis au 515 rue Viger est, et ce de 17h à 19h, et verra la participation d’une palette

d’écrivains, de poètes et de slameurs de la diversité qui viendront lire les textes de

l’interculturalité. L’invité d’honneur de cet événement est l’auteure : Rachida M’Faddel

Par cette initiative, nous espérons rassembler un bon nombre d’amis des Lettres et de

permettre à tous de se connaitre et d’échanger dans un cadre culturel et convivial.