Archive | July, 2011

Munich Show Is Set To Witness ‘The Naked and Famous’ Band

30 Jul

Munich is set to welcome New Zealand’s latest musical export The Naked and Famous later this year.

Singles Young Blood and Punching in a Dream exemplify the band’s hazy electro-pop sound, which has been likened to the catchy psychedelia of indie chart-toppers MGMT.

Young Blood was notable for being the first debut single to reach number one in New Zealand in 16 years, but the group are already starting to translate domestic success into a major worldwide following.

Tickets are available online for 21.50 Euros and doors will open at 20:00 local time.

Support for the gig will be provided by London-based songwriter Wolf Gang, aka Max McElligott, who recently released his debut LP Suego Faults to widespread critical acclaim.

The Stafford London by Kempinski renovations

30 Jul

The historic The Stafford London by Kempinski 5-star hotel has a new look after a seven-month, US$9.7 million renovation.

This marked the hotel’s first major overhaul since it closed its doors for a redesign in 1995. The hotel dates from the mid-1800s.

“We wanted to emphasize the quintessentially British hotel,” Leon Baum, the hotel’s general manager said. “Stafford is very dear to many clients’ hearts as we have 40% repeat clients. The renovation had to be handled in a very delicate matter. Change is difficult for most.”

Hotels Magazine talked with Baum about the changes and Baum’s comments on the renovations can be found in the “before and after” photo gallery below.

Tuscany’s Aromatic City Tunes Melody in Summer Festival

30 Jul

Siena in Tuscany is famous for its exquisite beauty, and nicknamed for the region’s intensely-flavored cuisine. But from 24th to 27th August 2011, this is also the destination for those seeking aural originality. The summer festival brings rock, jazz, dance and alternative music to the city centre.

Beneath the distinctive gothic skyline round the Piazza del Campo and Piazza del Francesco, stages are erected to allow inspired modern performers the chance to thrill large audiences with original work and contemporary slants on established material.

Accomplished local talent performs alongside international bands combining innovative notes of ethnicity with familiar and unconventional rifts. There is strong support for avant-garde ideas and techniques with a voracious appetite for the untried.

Siena’s long history is visible all round the piazza, so even a short walk from the centre is filled with rewarding sights and cultural heritage. Day and night, the air is rich with the scents and sounds of The Aromatic City.


Tourism in Vietnam boosts by 3%

30 Jul

International visitor arrivals to Vietnam saw a small 2.9% year-on-year increase in July 2011, according to the preliminary monthly data from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

The country attracted an estimated 460,000 visitors during the month, led by arrivals from China, which increased 6.5% year-on-year to 123,200 – 26.8% of the total. Arrivals from South Korea (-1.2% to 38,900) and the USA (-6.6% to 34,700) both declined, but those from Japan (+6.2% to 33,100) and Taiwan (+2.1% to 30,000) increased. For the first seven months of the year Vietnam’s arrivals exceeded 3.4 million – 17.3% more than the same period in 2010.

Suit Filed Against Pilot Union by US Airways

30 Jul

US Airways filed a lawsuit on Friday against the union representing its pilots that asks a federal court to prevent the group from participating in activities the airline claims are affecting its operations.

US Airways is alleging the US Airline Pilots Association is encouraging its members to “engage in an illegal slowdown in order to put pressure on US Airways” as the two camps attempt to hash out a new contract, according to the court filing.

“This is not a step we take lightly, but we simply can no longer allow the labor union’s illegal and misguided actions to harm US Airways, our employees and our customers,” wrote US Airways chief executive Doug Parker in a note to employees.

US Airways and the union have been engaged in contract negotiations for several years stemming from the 2005 merger of America West and US Airways.

The Taming Of The Shrew In Pembrokeshire

30 Jul

People visiting Pembrokeshire next month may have the opportunity to enjoy an open-air performance of a classic Shakespeare comedy.

With tickets priced at just 12 Euros for adults and 10 Euros for concessions, the event could appeal to keen theatre-goers staying in Tenby or other resorts in the area.

Famous as the inspiration for both the Hollywood teen film 10 Things I Hate About You and Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me Kate, the play combines elements of farce and gender politics with a passionate love story.

It will be performed at Lampeter House by the Festival Players, a Gloucestershire-based theatre company currently touring the UK with its interpretation of the work.

Lampeter House boasts a natural amphitheatre in its grounds, making it a popular venue for theatrical and operatic events.

Cockpit Warnings Confused Crew—Air France

30 Jul

Air France defended the pilots of a jet which crashed in the Atlantic two years ago and said the stall warnings were misleading.

Air France said there were multiple probable factors behind the loss of an Airbus with all 228 people on board and that a chain of events had started with speed data problems.

“It should be noted that the misleading stopping and starting of the stall warning alarm, contradicting the actual state of the aircraft, greatly contributed to the crew’s difficulty in analyzing the situation.”

It said investigators had not found any reason to question the crew’s technical skills.