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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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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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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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MTV Aftershow parties

Behind the scenes at the 02 World arena nervous anticipation gave way to systemic efficiency as the formidable MTV EMA machinery moved into show launch mode with Green Day’s insistence that the capacity audience should "get off your fuckin’ ass." Red Carpet obliged, dividing our time between the show, backstage and artists. 

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MTV EMA Winners

In Berlin, Red Carpet watched U2 and Jay-Z (above) storm the Gate while Beyoncé emerged as the major winner of the evening at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) with three EMA trophies; Best Female, Best Song and Best Video - at Berlin's O2 World on 5 November. Sat Bal (9 Nov'09)

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Red carpet on MTVs red carpet

The MTV Europe Music Awards were broadcast live from Berlin's 02 World arena last Thursday on bonfire night. Red Carpet flew to the host city to review the event which was hosted, once again, by Katy Perry.

The dominant EMA theme was the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and U2's surprise performance with rapper Jay-Z at the Brandenburg Gate. Oh - and David Hasselhoff's sequinned jacket.
  
Naturally, events like this are about the music and the performers. 

Sat Bal spoke to them as the talent filed onto the red carpet. (9 Nov '09)

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Day of reckoning

 

The pulling power of international bands needs venues -and facilities- to match their prestige. Last night, Birmingham's LG Arena did just that as American rockers Green Day took to the stage having delivered 30,000 fans to two sold out shows at the venue, breaking attendance records at the brand new LG Arena within days of its opening. Sat Bal experienced the LG's hospitality offering with sumptuous dining at its Sanctum restaurant before watching Green Day in action from the venue's new premium Showdeck.(29 Oct' 09)

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The Spanish acquisition

We didn’t expect Alicante to enter Red Carpet’s lexicon of airports anytime soon but neither had we experienced the great strides in corporate and leisure hospitality taking shape in south-east Spain.Sat Bal took in the view from InterContinental's 5-star La Torre resort. (20 Oct '09)

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WBPO '07: Client - Madonna Ciccone Event Wedding Venue - Skibo Castle, Scotland

"Madonna came to us via a recommendation. I'd organised a wedding for her friend several months earlier. The friend told me that Madonna would be in touch but I didn't hear anything until about six weeks later.

"It was then that Madonna called me on her mobile about her wedding plans. Privacy was one of the biggest issues and she said that she would require a very private venue for her wedding. I suggested Skibo Castle.

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Navigation systems

The corporate hospitality and events industry mushrooms across the length and breadth of the nation.  For most of us this often means a single month can present a very varied diary. An awards ceremony at Grosvenor House? A hotel launch in Manchester? An exhibition at Glasgow's SECC? Followed, perhaps, by a team incentive event in the New Forest. For those organising the events, time is vital. The advent of satellite navigation reduces  waste of professional time (and fuel). As with so much technology the range on offer can be confusing. Here, we look at some of the entry-level choices that can help business drivers get from A to B on time and with minimal road stress.  Sat Bal  (25 Oct '07)

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