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Sowing the seeds in Shanghai

Shanghai leads the pulsating beat of the new Chinese revolution. With a landscape gashed by crystalline skyscrapers and studded with boutique orgies on the Nanjing Road it’s fitting that the city should explore the evolution of urban life in the 21st century ; the stated aim of Expo 2010. Suky Jaspal reports from Shanghai and samples the Expo’s strapline of  "Better City, Better Life.”  (11 Jul 10)

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PRS reviews live music fees

Innovative promoters and event organisers have been instrumental in pushing the revenue boom of the live music sector. Chairman of the Performing Right Society/PRS for Music Ellis Rich applauded this success, stating "British music has thrived and remains popular across the globe." However, the organisation's proposals to increase its share of the ticket sale booty is causing concern within the live music sector.  Sat Bal (9 Jul 10)

 

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Starwood Hotels sues

Commercial know-how is a fiercely protected asset among any company’s cache. Small wonder then that Hilton Hotels Corporation (Hilton Worldwide) has lost its recent attempt to block litigation by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Red Carpet obtained court documents, filed in New York last week, detailing allegations of corporate espionage by two former Starwood executives. Sat Bal sifts through the evidence. (24 Jun 10)

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Vanity Fair - Gucci & de Grisogono parties - Cannes Film Festival

While the film fraternity indulged in the annual back-pat that is the Cannes Film Festival, marketers seized the 63rd Festival opportunity to host a series of positioning events for luxury brands.  Sat Bal revisits the Côte d'Azur (21 May 10)

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Stage One in the dock

Scenic solutions specialist Stage One went dockside for the recent naming ceremony of the superliner, Azura, the latest addition to the P&O fleet. Abigail Parkin (20 May 10)

 

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Claridge’s teams up with DvF

Diane von Furstenberg is no stranger to dynastic marriages and this June sees the fruits of her liaison with Claridge’s in Mayfair. Sat Bal (15 May 10)

 

 

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Somerset House cooks up Tom's Kitchen

Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens stars in his own right at Somerset House’s River Terrace Café which has now been transformed into Tom’s Terrace following Aikens’ partnership deal with contractor Compass Group. There’s also change at the existing Admiralty Restaurant now known as “Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House”. Abigail Parkin (14 May ’10)

 

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Alice in Wonderland premiere

London’s Leicester Square Odeon set the scene for the royal world premiere of Disney and Tim Burton’s 3D fantasy Alice in Wonderland yesterday.  Star Johnny Depp led the cast at the event ,which was held in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, while the publicity drive was led by DDA, the renowned film PR specialist.  Abigail Parkin (26 Feb 10)

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La Torre resort

Lounging on the terrace of the suite it's easy to appreciate that some 30 million euros were invested into InterContinental La Torre Golf Resort Murcia. Ahead is a sweeping panorama of lakeside retreat surrounded by an 18-hole, par-68 golf course and a strategy to attract even more than the 70% British business and leisure visitors who occupy the area. 

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NetJets in Foster care

As the 62nd Cannes Film Festival takes off this week so do the aircraft which will disgorge innumerable celebs, producers and party organisers at Nice Airport and the private jet stronghold of Cannes-Mandelieu Airport. Taxiiing into these ports will be private planes from the NetJets Europe fleet, a company which is on a creative high thanks to the recent design input of renowned architect Lord Norman Foster. Sat Bal (5 Dec '09)

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