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News: This is England ’86

  Focusing on the lives of non-racist and nationalist northern English skinheads in 1983, the 2006 film This is England by Shane Meadows opened to wide critical acclaim, making many ‘Best of’ lists for the year. Now four years later, Meadows is revisiting the characters he made famous in a four part TV sequel entitled This Is England ’86. The ... Read More »

Spotlight On…Cinecittà Studios

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  Not often does something started by a horrible dictator result in years of prosperity and art but Cinecittà Studios is that exception. Opened in April of 1937 by Mussolini in order to promote Italy and fascism with the slogan “Il cinema è l’arma più forte” (Cinema is the most powerful weapon), Cinecittà Studio is now the largest production studio ... Read More »

Extended Travel: Lourdes, France

Torchlight Marian Procession to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, photo by Pierre Vincent

Once a sleepy market town on the way to the Pyrenees resorts, since the miraculous vision of a young girl in 1858, Lourdes now attracts 5 million people each year, many of whom have come on a pilgrimage to the site in order to receive the ‘healing’ waters.   Bernadette Soubirous, or Saint Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, was born in 1844, the ... Read More »

News: Wilton House Receives Award

Wilton House Dining Room

The popular filming location Wilton House has won the UK’s top award for Restoration, given out each year by The Historic Houses Association and Sotheby’s. Wilton’s entry into the contest was for its beautifully restored dining room that used both traditional and modern methods of repairs, undertaken by many local craftsmen. Wilton House, situated near Salisbury in Wiltshire, stands on ... Read More »

Extended Travel: Versailles, France

Palace of Versailles, 1860

A visit to Paris is not complete without a day trip to the town of Versailles. Only 10.6 miles outside of Paris, Versailles was once a bustling medieval village, a common stopping place for those on the road into the city. In 1671, the medieval town, with its narrow alleys and winding street pattern was demolished by King Louis XIV ... Read More »

Extended Travel: Louisiana MoMA, Humlebæk, Denmark

Image by Benita Hussain

Built into the former estate and villa of a man whose three wives were named Louise is the most-visited museum in Denmark. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located 35 km north of Copenhagen, consistently captures the international modern and contemporary art world’s zeitgeist to a surprising degree considering its rural location in Humlebæk.   Overlooking the Øresund Sound (on ... Read More »

2 Days in: Skagen, Denmark

By Benita Hussain

“This country is mild, smiling, fantastic, mighty, wild, wonderful and awe-inspiring.  It is Skagen–There is no other place on the face of this earth like it.”   Norwegian painter Christian Krohg may have used one too many superlatives when describing the northernmost city of Denmark’s Jylland peninsula; however, anyone who visits Skagen will understand how a more lyrical description would ... Read More »

News: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Shell Cottage built on Freshwater Beach, photo by Russ Hamer

  Harry Potter fans around the world woke-up to a welcomed surprise this morning with the release of the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Set in two parts, The Deathly Hallows is the final book and film in the Harry Potter series. The first installment premieres November 11th while the closing segment is set for July 15th ... Read More »

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