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Human beings are by nature social creatures. A visit to London may be necessary for either business purposes or otherwise. Any way you are apt to get bored in the evening and may resort to a solitary evening and end up with no one to talk to. This may especially be the case if all your colleagues have either their girlfriends or wives with them on the trip. You feel left out and lonely. However there is a simple and exciting solution; you could hire a companion from any reputable London escorts service providers . Ask them to accompany you for the night. In case it is a group dinner you can still be assured that you have a girl on your arm and are not lonely.

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Moreover these ladies are sent for regular health checks. They use condoms between clients and are health conscious. They are taught to take care of themselves and their clients too. Therefore you can be assured that you will be in safe hands. These ladies are also given lessons in the importance of confidence. They are taught about keeping the names and other information safe and not talk about it all over as this usually happens in the case of other ordinary women who share each and every detail with their friends.

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An escort agency London will take steps to ensure that the escort they are sending over to you is in safe hands too for the night. Safety here is of paramount importance and therefore you can be assured that you will have a night to remember. In fact the high class escorts London will be expected to call the agency Learn More Here  as soon as they have arrived to spend the night with you to inform them that they are in safe hands.

Spending the night with an English escort in London will leave you with no further emotional issues from the lady you spent the night with. This is because they are trained to not get emotionally attached to their clients. Moreover what they offer is a professional service which any other qualified professional that we meet in our daily lives offers us. The only difference is that this is much more personal. It is so personal that you get to even choose the looks and attire of the person that you wish to spend the evening with.

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It is the duty of these high class London escort agencies to make sure that you as the client are satisfied according to your every need. Therefore communication of your identified fantasies and needs can be quite important in the first phone call that you make to them. They have various ladies who are good at various things. Some may be nice and gentle, while others are wild and adventurous.

Russia Suspends Opposition Leader’s Sentence. Will It Quiet Criticism Of Kremlin? (+video)

Under current law, foreigners are allowed to buy property on almost the same terms as Russians. They are forbidden, however, from owning real estate in border zones, agricultural land, land near sea ports, infrastructure hubs and military establishments. Russias Real Estate Market Earlier this year, Ernst & Young released a global real estate survey that suggested Russian real estate was at least as attractive as traditional Europe. Some 87% of companies surveyed said Russia was an attractive or very attractive investment for properties, while 83% said the same about Europe. According to the companies surveyed, which include large banks and insurance firms, Russian real estate portfolios are expected to increase this year with 84% of respondents saying theyll close more deals in 2013 compared with 57% saying so last year. As a result of this burgeoning demand for Russian property, housing and commercial real estate values are expected to rise, though the report did not estimate by how much. Tom Griffin, regional director of commercial real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle, said Russias $8.7 billion real estate market is less than 1% of the countrys GDP. In the U.K., its more than double that. Theres ample opportunity and investors are eyeing the place, especially Moscow, home to the largest number of billionaires than any other city. In the housing and commercial space, some 40% of institutional investors are foreign. Much of the crackdown will likely target individuals. Companies with a track record will face greater bureaucracy, but are unlikely to get rejected by the powers-that-be in Moscow. If you look at Russian real estate from a foreigners perspective, theyre all here, Griffin said during VTB Capitals Russia Calling! investors forum in Moscow recently. The major sovereign wealth funds are here.

Russia qualifies for World Cup with draw

Will it quiet criticism of Kremlin? (+video) The case of Russian anticorruption crusader and former Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny has put a spotlight on politically motivated trials in the country. By Whitney Eulich ,Staff writer / October 16, 2013 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny embraces his wife Yulia after the announcement of the verdict at a court building in Kirov today. A Russian court on Wednesday upheld the theft conviction against Navalny but suspended his five-year prison sentence, meaning the prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin will not be jailed. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters Whitney Eulich Latin America Editor Whitney Eulich is the Monitor’s Latin America editor, overseeing regional coverage for CSMonitor.com and the weekly magazine. She also curates the Latin America Monitor Blog. The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday avoided being sent to jail after a Russian court changed a five-year penal colony sentence against him in an embezzlement case into a suspended term. A Russian appeals court today suspended the five-year prison sentence handed down over the summer to opposition leader and anticorruption blogger Alexei Navalny. The ruling, some observers say, highlights the administration’s attempts to keep opposition demonstrations under control and international criticism of Russia to a minimum, particularly in the lead-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The political motivation in this case is obvious, Mr. Navalny told the judge in todays hearing, noting that the prosecutions case was based on false testimony and that he was refused any opportunity to bring witnesses of his own.

“We needed to demonstrate better quality if we wanted the top spot.” In Baku, Roman Shirokov gave Russia the lead in the 16th minute from a cutting pass from Alexander Samedov. Vagif Javadov headed in the equalizer in the 90th. Azerbaijan was reduced to 10 men in the 73rd when Maksim Medvedev was given a red card for a rough tackle. “I’m satisfied with this qualifying campaign,” Russia coach Fabio Capello said. “With such a strong opponent as Portugal in our group, we grabbed the top place.” Capello still had some concerns, saying it was the third time that Russia conceded a goal in the last minute. “We should look ahead and improve our game,” he said. Portugal also had to go through the playoffs to qualify for its last two major tournaments, the 2012 European Championship and 2010 World Cup. It was a semifinalist at Euro 2012. The Portuguese have been dogged by inconsistency. They have won just eight of their 16 qualifiers and friendly games since Euro 2012. Their qualifying campaign was spoiled by a 1-1 home draw against Northern Ireland and two draws against Israel. Portugal, playing without suspended Cristiano Ronaldo in Coimbra, struggled to find a way through the Luxembourg defense until Aurelien Joachim was shown a straight red card for a high tackle on Andre Almeida in the 28th. Two minutes later, Joao Moutinho set up Silvestre Varela for his fourth international goal.

Brazil to ask Russia for permission to question Edward Snowden

The award ceremony was attended by three previous recipients. (AP Photo)The Associated Press In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. The award ceremony was attended by three previous recipients. (AP Photo)The Associated Press In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden smiles during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. The award ceremony was attended by three previous recipients. Snowden, who is charged by a U.S. court with violating the Espionage Act for disclosing the classified NSA programs, has been granted asylum in Russia.

Flamboyant France Heads To Playoffs On A High Note

France miss out World Cup play-off seed

With a three-point gap separating them from Group I leaders Spain, Didier Deschamps’ men need not only a win on Tuesday but also for Georgia to inflict a first defeat on la Roja in World Cup qualification since March 1993, in order to top the group. But even that could still not be enough for France, who also require a four-goal swing in goal difference to ensure their place at next year’s tournament in Brazil. However, although France look destined to finish second, Deschamps’ outfit will be eager to gain momentum ahead of a prospective play-off. Les Bleus hammered Australia 6-0 in a friendly on Friday and will be confident of clinching victory against a Finland side that have never before beaten them. Striker Olivier Giroud goes into the game on the back of a double against Australia, while Karim Benzema will be out to find the net again after ending a 16-month goal drought for his country in the same game. However, Finland – who have already been eliminated from World Cup contention – should provide stern opposition at the Stade de France, having tasted defeat in just two of their last 11 outings. A goal from Roman Eremenko gave Mixu Paatelainen’s men a 1-0 win against Georgia on Friday, but they will need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to end their unsuccessful campaign on a high. Finland have scored just five goals in qualification, with midfielder Kasper Hamalainen and striker Teemu Pukki, who have scored two goals each, accounting for the majority of those strikes. Paatelainen’s side have lost twice in qualifying despite their poor record in front of goal and gained an impressive result back in March when they held Spain to a 1-1 draw. The visitors have conceded six goals in their seven qualifiers and will need to maintain their defensive strength if they are to end their wait for a win over a team that has scored 10 goals in their last two matches. Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to 25 Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to 200 Sign up to Paddy Power for 250 in free bets Sign up today with Coral and get a 50 FREE bet – no strings attached! Sign up today with BetVictor and get a 25 FREE BET! Sign up with Betway for an exclusive bet 10 get 20 free bet!

France-Finland Preview: Les Bleus hoping for unlikely first-place finish

He scored twice against Belarus, netted one and set up three against Australia, and almost tore the back of the net out with a fantastic early strike against Finland. He then set up Benzema’s goal late on after some sublime trickery and a perfectly weighted cross from the left. “He’s in top form, he’s full of confidence and you can see it,” Deschamps said. “He’s always been an influential player, but he also depends on the players around him.” Giroud started at center forward for the third straight match, with Benzema again on the bench, which looks like a successful strategy by Deschamps. It has given the team more of a central focal point in attack, thanks to Giroud’s ability to either hold the ball or lay it off thanks to excellent touch, and it has made Benzema hungry again. After 15 games without an international goal, Benzema’s confidence was clearly sapping away. Dropping him to the bench has given him a wake-up call and the relief was clear at Stade de France when he enjoyed a spot of shadow boxing with the crowd as he celebrated his goal. With France in this form, it is their playoff opponents who could well be facing a knockout next month. Deschamps has switched to a far more high-tempo game and there is clearly more bite and hunger than before – perhaps best typified by Samir Nasri. His international future looked bleak after last year’s European Championship, where he was given a three-match ban for insulting a journalist and then struggled to keep his place in the Manchester City team. But Nasri has been excellent since being recalled by Deschamps. He gives the team an added touch of technique in midfield and he combines well with Ribery, his former Marseille teammate.

(GettyImages) Football News 24/7 FIFA have confirmed the seeded teams for the World Cup European qualification play-offs, with France being amongst the unseeded sides. Portugal, Ukraine, Greece and Croatia will be seeded and will face either France, Romania, Sweden or Iceland for a place in Brazil next year. The new FIFA rankings have placed France in 21st place on 870 points, meaning that Ukraine in 20th place and 871 points, beat Les Blues to the last seeded spot by one point.

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There is now a increased possibility that France will face Portugal with one of these superior footballing nations staying at home next summer. Stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo or Frank Ribery could potentially miss out the world’s most prestigious tournament. France did defeat Portugal 1-0 back in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany however, and will back themselves for qualify should they face Ronaldo’s nation. Coach Didier Deschamps was part of the French squad that won the World Cup in 1998 – however his side will have to play well over the two legs if they want to play in the tournament for the fifth consecutive time. The draw will be made on Monday for the ties to be played on the 15th and 19th November. The official FIFA World Cup group draw will commence on 6th December. Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

France’s Retirement Reform: Too Little, Too Late?

Among the world’s most developed countries, only Luxembourg has a lower effective retirement age, according to the OECD, an economic policy group. The issue of pensions is so sensitive that no one political party wants to make the painful changes that are needed. In other European countries with unsustainable retirement systems, such as Spain and Italy, the financial crisis has threatened to bankrupt the government, pushing politicians to act. France has been spared such turmoil and lacked the same incentives. “There is only one party in France and that is the status quo party,” said Kirkegaard. So in another few years, France will likely apply another Band-Aid to its pensiosn system. And so it will go, Kirkegaard said, until the crisis in France gets deep enough that it is forced to make the kinds of changes Madrid and Rome have made. Earlier on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) French egg producers break eggs in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) A view of broken eggs as French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013.

Madeleine Mccann Case: Two Callers Name Man In New Uk Police Sketches

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Even more astonishingly, some of its evidence-gathering sessions may be held in public, rather than in secret as is the norm. According to Malcolm Rifkind, the ISC chairman and a former UK defence secretary and foreign secretary (pictured above): In recent months concern has been expressed at the suggested extent of the capabilities available to the intelligence agencies and the impact upon peoples privacy as the agencies seek to find the needles in the haystacks that might be crucial to safeguarding national security. There is a balance to be found between our individual right to privacy and our collective right to security. The reaction from privacy activists has been cautious , and understandably so this is the same Malcolm Rifkind who last month downplayed the significance of Edward Snowdens revelations regarding the UKs own Tempora program, a partner program to PRISM, writing : On Tempora, it has been well known that the fibre optic cables that carry a significant proportion of the worlds communications pass close to the British coastline and could provide intelligence opportunities. The reality is that the British public are well aware that its intelligence agencies have neither the time nor the remotest interest in the emails or telephone conversations of well over 99% of the population who are neither potential terrorists nor serious criminals. Modern computer technologies do permit the separation of those that are of interest from the vast majority that are not. Shooting the messenger The announcement of limited public involvement in the ISC inquiry follows an extraordinary two weeks in which the Guardian, the British newspaper that has carried much of the Snowden material, has come under sustained attack from the new head of the UK Security Service (a.k.a. MI5), leading right-wing newspaper the Daily Mail and even fellow left-wing newspaper The Independent, whose former editor penned the immortal line: If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them? The attacks from other journalists led editors from around the world to defend the Guardians journalism last week, but this week Prime Minister David Cameron piled on, urging MPs to investigate the publication because what theyre dealing with is dangerous for national security. Conservative MP Julian Smith also asked police to investigate the Guardian over terrorism offences . However, this official attitude is not unanimous. Late last week, business secretary Vince Cable said the Guardian was entirely correct and right even courageous to publish the Snowden material. Former Home Office minister Lord Blencathra also said the public had a right to know whether they were being spied upon, especially as proposed laws that would have allowed greater domestic surveillance had been repeatedly shot down. He said that, when his committee had been examining the last such proposal, the intelligence services had not told MPs that they already had mass surveillance capabilities. Of course, whatever the outcome of this inquiry, one thing it is not concerned with is the surveillance of the rest of the world by British intelligence services. Related research Subscriber Content ?

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The two people had phoned in the same name based on the sketches, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said during the BBC’s “Crimewatch” program, which aired an appeal Monday night for information about a man police want to track down. The man was seen carrying a child matching McCann’s description on the night she vanished in 2007 around the resort town of Praia da Luz in Portugal. Police hope for new leads in McCann case New evidence in McCann case The man is described as white, between 20 and 40 years old, with short brown hair and a medium build. He was seen carrying a blond child, who might have been in pajamas and who was estimated to be 3 to 4 years old, around the time Madeleine disappeared, police had said. The sketches are based on descriptions from separate witnesses, investigators said. Since the program aired, British police said they have received more than 300 phoned tips and 170 e-mailed ones. “We will now take the time to follow up these lines of enquiry,” Redwood said. Police target 38 ‘people of interest’ in Madeleine McCann’s ’07 disappearance The latest revelation is critical in reconstructing what exactly happened more than six years ago on the night of May 3, 2007,when McCann disappeared from her family’s villa while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. The girl was just days shy of her fourth birthday. Computer-generated sketch Computer-generated sketch Computer-generated sketch Neither her parents nor the detectives investigating her case have given up on one day finding the little girl from Leicestershire, England. “There may be an entirely innocent explanation of this man, but we need to establish who he is to assist with our inquiries,” Redwood said earlier. Additionally, investigators believe they have a better understanding of when Madeleine may have been abducted, Redwood added. “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.” John Walsh: Madeleine McCann could be alive Police announced in July that they have identified 38 “people of interest” in connection with the case. Twelve of them are UK nationals who police say they think were in Portugal at the time the girl went missing. All the others are European nationals.

UK could face power blackouts in winter 2014/15 – engineers

Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble LONDON | Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:53am BST LONDON (Reuters) – Britain could see widespread power blackouts during next year’s winter if a series of unforeseen events such as a cold snap or unplanned station outages occurs simultaneously, a report for an advisory body to the prime minister warned on Thursday. Britain’s power capacity margin, which is the production capacity available above demand levels, is expected to be dangerously low in the winter of 2014/15, an engineering report for the Council for Science and Technology said. Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem and network operator National Grid have also warned of shrinking margins and in response are creating tools aimed at reducing peak demand. “Although the electricity supply is expected to be sufficient to cover predicted levels of demand, it is likely to stretch the system close to its limits, notably during the winter of 2014-15, increasing the chances of power outages,” the Royal Academy of Engineering said in a statement accompanying its report. Over the coming year, Britain faces further closures of coal- and oil-fired power plants to comply with pollution laws. Additionally, several operators of gas-fired power stations have taken plants offline because high gas prices created losses for older facilities. The report said the government should speed up its electricity market reform (EMR) programme, which foresees paying generators of standby capacity to keep plants running. “Government will set the market conditions but it is private industry that will invest the necessary money,” said John Roberts, chair of the study’s working group. “Most of the energy companies operating in this country are international organisations that will invest in the UK only if it proves to be an attractive market.” The EMR is expected to be passed into law next year. (Reporting by Karolin Schaps; Editing by Dale Hudson)

Canada Beats U.s. In Wireless Speed: Pc Magazine

Brennan Linsley/AP TORONTO (AP) — Former NHL star Joe Sakic was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. Sakic helped the Colorado Avalanche win two Stanley Cup titles and is now the team’s executive vice president of hockey operations. He also won titles at the Winter Olympics, world hockey championship, World Cup of Hockey and world juniors. ”To play for your country, I got a chance to play with Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, and I wouldn’t have had that happen on my regular team,” Sakic said. ”Any time you put the Canadian jersey on, you just felt something more and something special. The game just seemed to mean a little bit more. We never took that for granted.” He was inducted along with Olympic champion curler Russ Howard, cyclist Alison Sydor, late five-time Paralympian Andre Viger and the 1992 Olympic champion women’s coxless four rowing team of Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Kay Worthington and Jennifer Walinga. Former Canadian Amateur Hockey Association President Murray Costello and sport development architect Dr. Jean-Guy Ouellet entered as builders. Copyright 2013 Associated Press . All rights reserved.

Sakic inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

It will allow significant access of high quality or fine cheeses into Canada, a segment that is supplied by the smaller or medium size cheese factories in Canada. Harper has said that a free trade deal between his country and the European Union could help the EU establish a beachhead as they embark on separate free trade talks with the U.S. If a U.S.-EU trade deal is reached, it could be the worlds largest free trade pact. Canada hopes to diversify Canadas trade away from the U.S., the countrys largest trading partner. Canadas finance minister has said despite Europes struggles, Canada remains very interested because the EU is still the largest market in the world in terms of the size of its middle class. The Canada-EU deal would make it easier for Canadian companies to invest in, and sell to, the 17-member EU with its 500 million consumers. In 2012, Canada was the EUs 12th most important trading partner, accounting for 1.8 percent of the EUs external trade. The EU was Canadas second biggest partner with about 9.5 percent of external trade. The value of the bilateral trade in goods between the EU and Canada was $84 billion in 2012, according to the EU. The EU says machinery, transport equipment and chemicals dominate the EUs exports to Canada. The trade agreement, on which talks were first launched in 2009, seeks to lower or erase tariffs and facilitate mutual market access for trade in goods, services and investment. It aims at making it easier for companies to bid for government contracts in the other economy. The trade negotiations with the U.S., in turn, are still in an early stage and suffered a minor setback last week when the U.S. side had to cancel a long-planned negotiation round in Brussels because of the government shutdown. About 100 officials were set to travel to Belgium for the talks.

EU says it hopes to conclude free trade deal with Canada in the “coming days”

It was also conducted in Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal. The study results mark Rogers as the winner in providing the fastest wireless network which Bell as well Telus does not fall much behind. While the magazine tested uploads and downloads of data like apps, photos and video, it did not put mobile phone calling quality under the scanner. PC Magazine had a similar test in the U.S. as well, which declared Long-Term Evolution network by AT&T as the fastest in the country. On the other hand, the prices charged by wireless providers in Canada are significantly higher than what is charged in the U.S. – the study says. U.S. providers like T-Mobile and Sprint still rule the market for those who have a tighter budget. The U.S. providers serve their customers with more value than what users get in Canada. PC Magazine is, ironically, based in New York . It notes that Rogers’ network provided 92Mbps speed in Vancouver, which is the highest in North America in the last 4 years.

Letter From London: A Guide To Winter 2013 In The West End

Crest Nicholson Says U.K. Way Off Housing Bubble

luxury homes had plunged in the wake of the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and the ensuing credit freeze and recession. Average prices of homes in Londons most expensive neighborhoods fell 25 percent in 2008, while those in the countryside declined 20 percent, Knight Franks Bailey said. Mortgages of more than 500,000 pounds to home buyers dropped by almost 50 percent between 2007 and 2008, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders . Affluent Foreigners Londons property market began to recover in 2009, in part because of affluent foreigners seeking a haven from turmoil in the Middle East and the wider European debt crisis. These buyers, attracted by mansions a short walk from Harrods and Buckingham Palace, helped push the price of luxury homes in central London up 23 percent since their last peak in the autumn of 2007. Prices of prime country homes remain down 20 percent, according to Knight Frank. Now the recovery is spreading beyond London. The number of homes sold in the U.K. reached the most in nearly four years in July, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors . That helped push the value of prime country homes up for the third consecutive quarter, Knight Frank said. House prices in affluent areas about an hour from London climbed 1.6 percent during the three months, while those in the remainder of the south of England climbed 1.2 percent, according to Savills. Homebuilders Rise U.K.s homebuilders have been among the biggest beneficiaries of revived housing demand. An index of the companies rose 0.9 percent today to close at the highest in two months. That extended its advance to 48 percent this year, compared with a 10 percent gain for the FTSE 100 Index .

Sci-fi comic author Douglas Adams’s Highgate gravestone is so basic it’s nearly anonymous. HIDE CAPTION The best tombs in London belong to the famous and lesser known alike Explorer Richard Burton rests in extravagant digs One coffin hangs permanently in the air Author Douglas Adams wastes few words on his headstone (CNN) — “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” memorably proclaimed Samuel Johnson. Whereupon that man — presumably — is buried in London. Lucky him (or her). The city has some of the best, most atmospheric, cemeteries in the world. Luminaries from Karl Marx (Highgate Cemetery) to the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (Brompton Cemetery) to Johnson himself (Westminster Abbey, which is really not your everyday resting place) are buried here. Being famous, though, doesn’t guarantee an interesting gravestone. Some of the best tombs belong to the largely forgotten, people who nonetheless seemed to have had big plans for the hereafter. Tim Sayer: The big sleep Highgate is the most famous of London’s great Victorian cemeteries, bursting with big names and bombastic memorials. Yet in choosing her favorite gravestone, Catharine Arnold, author of “Necropolis — London and its Dead,” picks someone removed from the worlds of literature and the arts, with which Highgate is normally associated. Tim Sayer’s tomb, guarded by his “immortal dog … faithful to the last [is] a great example of Victorian animal memorial art,” she says. Sayers was a bare-knuckle boxer, whose final fight is considered to have been in effect the first boxing world championship.

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At Highgate Cemetery, bare-knuckle boxing champ Tim Sayer is guarded in the hereafter by his pooch.

Any collaboration between them can hardly help but intrigue. Theres plenty of activity in the commercial sector, too. Anyone with fond memories of Alan Parkers 1991 film The Commitments, based on Roddy Doyles novel about a Dublin soul band, can indulge in some sweet soul food at the West Ends Palace Theatre, where Doyles own musical adaptation of his book is currently in previews. December brings Stephen Ward, inspired by the 1960s political scandal the Profumo Affair, which unites Andrew Lloyd Webber with Christopher Hampton and Don Black, the team behind Sunset Boulevard. And Lloyd Webbers erstwhile writing partner, lyricist Tim Rice, has also been busy, on From Here To Eternity, based on James Jones classic novel, which has just begun previewing. With the cooling weather came a mixed bag of classical theatre. The actor of genius, Mark Rylance, donned his directorial hat to deliver a woefully creaky Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic, with under-powered performances from James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave; those two living legends can be seen struggling on with it until the end of November. Meanwhile, Michael Grandage, the former artistic director of the West End producing powerhouse the Donmar Warehouse, gave us an exuberant Midsummer Nights Dream, oozing free love and Burning Man atmosphere and starring Sheridan Smith an actor fast becoming a national treasure as a pulchritudinous Titania, and Little Britains David Walliams as Bottom. That continues at the Noel Coward until 16 November. And the following month brings Grandages take on the bellicose poetry of Henry V. Jude Law, in the role of the charismatic king, pretty much guarantees returns queues round the block. Also raising the star power and sex appeal of the Bard this season is the Royal Shakespeare Company, which in December brings Gregory Dorans production of Richard II to the Barbican Theatre, with David Tennant as the monarch (a fine actor still best known to British audiences for BBC TVs Doctor Who). Meanwhile at the Donmar, Josie Rourke directs a new staging of the bloody Roman tragedy Coriolanus. Its a good season, too, for Ibsen fans: Carrie Cracknells wildly acclaimed A Dolls House, with its claustrophobic, revolving domestic-prison set and a blazing performance from Hattie Morahan as Nora, continues until 26 October at the Duke of Yorks. And from 3 October theatre veteran Richard Eyres new production of Ghosts is at the Almeida.

Europe’s Car Sales Rally, Thanks To Discounts, Dealer Action

Demand surged 29 percent in Spain because of government-backed discounts of as much as 2,000 euros ($2,700) on vehicle trade-ins. Dealer rebates in Germany were the highest in three months. The European market is bottoming out and the next months will probably see a slow improvement, said Frank Schwope , a Hanover, Germany-based analyst with NordLB. After refraining from buying a new car because of the economic crisis, vehicles are now so old that they cant be repaired any more and need to be replaced. September European sales at Renault, based in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, rose 22 percent, while Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler, the third-biggest maker of luxury vehicles , reported a 12 percent increase. Demand at regional market leader Volkswagen AG (VOW) climbed 5.8 percent. Improving Market The industrywide gain in September, which included one more working day than a year earlier, was the biggest since a 7.8 percent jump in August 2011 and the third for this year. Still, deliveries — which include European Union members as well as Switzerland, Norway and Iceland — are set to contract in 2013 for a sixth consecutive year and hit a two-decade low. The situation is clearly improving, Carlos Da Silva, a Paris-based analyst with IHS Automotive, said in an e-mail. Europe is not in brilliant shape, yet the underlying trend of the market is calling for a certain dose of optimism. Among the regions five biggest markets, Spain posted the largest increase. Sales rose 12 percent in the U.K., where consumer confidence was at a six-year high in September, and climbed 3.4 percent in France . Registrations fell 1.2 percent in Germany, Europes biggest economy, and 2.9 percent in Italy . Dacias Surge Renaults deliveries were helped by a 40 percent surge at the no-frills Dacia brand, which entered the U.K. in 2013.

Europe Car Sales Rise on Spain Incentives

While sales rose 10.9 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, 5.1 percent in North America, they grew only 1.3 percent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey and 0.6 percent in Asia Pacific – markets whose growth drinks firms have been relying on as austerity-hit Western Europe struggles. Sales in Western Europe fell 1.1 percent. Several analysts said Diageo’s results were below consensus expectations for an overall sales rise of 4 percent. Investec analyst Martin Deboo said the results for Diageo, were maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, fitted his sell thesis – “that emerging markets are set to make life difficult for Diageo for a while”. Both Diageo and France’s Remy Cointreau cited a Chinese government crackdown on gift-giving as a drag on sales there. Remy, which generates about 40 percent of its operating profit from cognac sales in China, said wholesalers were reducing inventories after sales fell short of expectations during the Chinese New Year. The maker of Remy Martin cognac, Cointreau liqueur and Mount Gay Rum said revenue declined 5.3 percent on a like-for-like basis to 294.4 million euros ($397.2 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, its second quarter, compared with a 2.3 percent decline in the previous quarter. Sales of Remy Martin cognac fell 8.3 percent like-for-like, compared with a 12.9 percent slump in the first quarter, and the firm said China would continue to weigh on sales in the coming months.. A recent weakening of various currencies against the U.S. dollar has also hit results. Diageo, which made a net profit of 2.59 billion pounds in the year to June 30, said that, based on spot rates, foreign exchange factors would reduce 2014 operating profit by 165 million pounds.

WRAPUP-Americas help Europe’s drinks makers offset Europe and Asia

The rally is based on expensive price cutting and manipulated sales data, which will only further undermine the precarious state of most of Europes non-German manufacturers. Car sales may have stopped falling at close to 20 year lows, and forecasts for next year are positive. But much of this improvement has been down to huge spending by the manufacturers on discounts and price cuts, while dealers are being persuaded to buy the excess cars on their lots which count as new car sales. These will eventually be sold on to the public at well below sticker price. The Brussels-based European Car Manufacturers Association, known by its acronym in French, ACEA, ( www.acea.be ) announced today that Western European car sales were up 5.4 per cent in September compared with the same month last year at just over 1.1 million, bringing the total for the year so far to 8.8 million. Thats a fall of 4.0 per cent on the first nine months of last year. Peter Fuss, partner at consultants Ernst & Young Ernst & Young s Global Automotive Center in Frankfurt, Germany, said the recovery in car sales was down to the improvement in Europes economic outlook, with the Euro currency zone pulling out of recession during the second half of 2013. But with factory use down to less than 65 per cent by manufacturers, according to Fuss, this underlines the chronic overcapacity in Europe, which remains unresolved because of pressure from unions and governments to resist rationalisation. The European industry is looking for a bailout along the lines of the U.S. intervention on behalf of bankrupt GM and Chrysler, to allow it to finally shut-down uneconomic factories. But given the financial crisis in the euro zone, this is simply unaffordable. Ernst & Young expects an overall decline of three per cent in Western Europe for the whole year, and only modest growth next year. This growth will continue to be artificial one that is driven by discounts and self-registrations. We estimate it will take at least two years for the market to witness the real sales recovery, driven by replacement demand.

Airbnb Host Creates Petition To Confront New York Lawmakers

The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a reading of 7. The gauge dropped even as orders climbed to the highest level in seven months, indicating production will probably pick up next month. The budget and debt-ceiling standoff in Washington may have shaken confidence within manufacturing, which makes up about 12 percent of the economy. A lot of manufacturers uncertainty can be blamed on the fiscal brinkmanship, rather than a deterioration in fundamentals, said Ryan Sweet , a senior economist at Moodys Analytics Inc. in West Chester , Pennsylvania, who projected the index would drop to 1. The improvement in new orders is reason for optimism. Stock futures were little changed, after a four-day rally took the Standard & Poors 500 Index to a three-week high, as investors weighed budget-talk developments. The contract on the S&P 500 maturing in December dropped less than 0.1 percent to 1,703 at 8:55 a.m. in New York. Survey Results Octobers estimates for the so-called Empire State index in the Bloomberg survey of 51 economists ranged from minus 2 to 10. The headline reading is a separate question rather than a compilation of subcomponents and is therefore sometimes considered a gauge of underlying sentiment. The measure of new orders increased in October to 7.8, the highest since March, from 2.4 the previous month. A gauge of shipments declined to 13.1 from a 16-month high of 16.4 in September. Factory managers said inventories were little changed this month after climbing in September for the first time in more than a year. Stronger orders and weaker inventories is not exactly a bad combination for the production outlook, Neil Dutta, head of U.S.

Capital New York Hires Three Columnists As Relaunch Nears

The 49-year-old native of Libya is accused of playing a role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. The United States had been holding him aboard a Navy ship, U.S. officials said. He was questioned there by members of a high-value detainee interrogation team, the officials said. American officials have described him as “one of the world’s most wanted terrorists.” He was indicted in 2001 by the federal court in the Southern District of New York in the embassy bombings and in connection with his alleged roles in al Qaeda conspiracies to attack U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Somalia. Some terrorism experts have questioned how much valuable intelligence al Libi would be able to provide for his captors. A former jihadist associate told CNN last week that it was unlikely that he was still playing an active role with the terrorist network. His wife said he was no longer a member of al Qaeda, had been living a normal life and was seeking a job with the Libyan oil ministry. Al Libi was captured October 5 on the street in front of his home as he returned in his car from morning prayers. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have previously said they prefer to try individuals such as al Libi in American courts. Trying such suspects on American soil has been a controversial topic in the past. In 2009, Holder said five detainees with alleged ties to the September 11, 2001, attacks would be transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to New York for trial in civilian court. Later Holder reversed course, announcing that accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others would be tried in a military commission at Guantanamo instead.

U.S. Market Should Be Part of a Portfolio: Shiller

The rent-out-your-home service has thrown its weight behind a petition authored by a New York City host named Mishelle. In the petition, she asks the state’s senate to fix what she calls a “poorly written law,” which could curb Airbnb’s reach in the region. “The reason this is happening is because of a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments,” Mishelle writes. “As a New Yorker just trying to pay my bills, I don’t understand why they think I’m a slumlord.” “I figure that if we get 20,000 people to sign the petition, we’ll get the state Senate’s attention,” she continues. “If we hit that goal by October 20th, I pledge to deliver the signatures to every senator myself.” As of this writing the petition has surpassed 20,000 signatures, the majority of which were gathered within the last 24 hours. Airbnb also got behind the petition on Monday by sending out an e-mail to its thousands of New York members. “The New York attorney general has subpoenaed the records of almost all of our New York hosts,” Airbnb’s global head of community Douglas Atkin wrote in the e-mail. “We are fighting the subpoena with all we’ve got, but poorly written laws make for even worse enforcement, and unless you help to stop it once and for all, the laws may never get better and New Yorkers will continue to suffer.” The debacle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb has been ongoing over the past year, but it got heated when Schneiderman filed a subpoena earlier this month. The subpoena requests three years’ worth of data on thousands of Airbnb New York hosts. Airbnb has said that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s office is specifically looking for data on 15,000 hosts — it’s unclear if this includes almost all of Airbnb’s New York hosts.

‘Humans of New York’ fascinate photographer Brandon Stanton

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Love. They pretty much demonstrate the whole range of human emotion.” Brandon Stanton “He’s going to be a player.” Brandon Stanton “Bet it’??d be hard to have a bad day if you were holding hands with these two.” Brandon Stanton “While surveying hurricane damage on Staten Island, I came across these volunteers from the Muslim-American Society. They paused for a quick picture before heading back to their car for more supplies.” Brandon Stanton “These two were raising money for the boya?’s athletic league. ‘It’s a great program,’ explained the father. ‘I found it while searching for things he could do.’” Brandon Stanton The photographer becomes the subject. John Berube Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay Last Slide Next Slide Blog becomes a book filled with New Yorkers of every stripe. Brandon Stanton explores the ‘Humans of New York’ in his blog, which is being published as a book. Story Highlights His new book of photos grew from his blog He interviews his subjects throughout the city “Storytelling” as important as the photography SHARE 78 CONNECT 28 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE It’s a gloomy day in New York, not great for taking pictures, and photographer Brandon Stanton is at home in Brooklyn. But not for long. When it gets dark, he says, he’ll take out his camera he doesn’t use a flash and go looking for “pockets of light” or well-lit streets and see what he finds. The random anonymous people (and occasional dog) he snaps will join his voluminous collection, Humans of New York, an ongoing blog and now a book (St. Martin’s Press, on sale Tuesday).

Now that Capital is close to filling up its reporter ranks on the politics and media desks, editors are lining up several weekly city columnists for the site’s early November relaunch. Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer’s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy, a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite. The model will be more Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough. While Politico columnists, like Scarborough or National Review editor Rich Lowry, comment on political and policy debates, Capital’s writers will produce reported columns that also express a point of view. They’ll draw from the city columnist tradition that extends from tabloid muckraking, a la Breslin, to the New York Times’ Clyde Haberman. Capital co-editor Tom McGeveran told HuffPost the new columns will focus on “New York issues, New York personalities and New York places.” “This is a tradition in which the best columns always entertain,” McGeveran said. “Sometimes they even change the minds of the city’s big decision makers; better yet is when a columnist changes their plans.” The new columnists are not joining full-time, but will write weekly for the site. However, Capital has been filling up the newsroom with full-time reporters and editors since Politico purchased the three-year-old site in September. On the politics front, Capital’s hired Daily News veteran Joanne Wasserman , the Albany Times Union’s Jimmy Vielkind , the New York Post’s Sally Goldenberg . Capital media reporter Joe Pompeo will now be joined on the desk by several additional reporters, including TV Newser’s Alex Weprin, Women’s Wear Daily’s Matthew Lynch, former Newsday and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Nicole Levy, and World Policy Journal’s Johana Bhuiyan. In addition, Peter Sterne will cover media part-time for the site while finishing at Columbia University.

Russia Suspends Opposition Leader’s Sentence. Will It Quiet Criticism Of Kremlin? (+video)

“I know that it (a new contract with Capello) has practically been agreed. And in any case I would support it,” he added. Russia will in Brazil take part in a World Cup finals for the first time in 12 years, a huge boost for the country whose failure to reach the finals in 2006 and 2010 was seen as a national humiliation. Capello took over the Russian national squad in 2012 following the resignation of Dutchman Dick Advocaat who quit after Russia’s humiliating first round exit at Euro 2012. Mutko told the Sport Express daily earlier this week that Russia’s Football Union (RFU) should sign a new contract with Capello as soon as possible. “All the details of the new contract with Capello have already been finalised,” Mutko was quoted as saying. “The RFU chiefs should get a move on and sign it. We should clarify Capello’s future before the 2014 World Cup.” Meanwhile, RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh also said that the signing of a new contract with Capello was one of the priorities of the country’s football ruling body. “Capello’s new contract is without doubt one of our top priorities,” Tolstykh told the R-Sport. “The work is going on at full swing.” The 67-year-old Capello, who refused to talk about his future plans before the end of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, meanwhile has indirectly confirmed his intention to stay at the helm of Russia’s national side until the end of the 2018 World Cup. “I already rejected an offer to take over the Italian squad,” he was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS. “I will be focused on my work with the Russian team until 2018.” After the match Capello expressed satisfaction with the Russian side, adding however that they all still had plenty of work to do to be competitive in Brazil. “I’m satisfied with our performance in this qualifying campaign,” Capello said after the match at Baku. “We finished in first place having had such a strong opponent as Portugal in our group. “We played well in all of the matches except the game in Northern Ireland (where they lost 1-0 in August) where we performed unsatisfactorily.

Some political observers felt jailing Navalny could empower the opposition and make him into a martyr, reports Russias official RIA Novosti news agency. In the interim, Navalny ran in the high profile Moscow mayoral race where he won a solid and some say legitimizing 27 percent of the vote against a Putin-allied incumbent. His campaign touched on widespread corruption under President Putin and anti-migrant sentiments , reports Agence France-Presse. Since the court today did not overturn Mr. Navalnys guilty verdict, he is unable to run for public office until his suspended sentence is fulfilled. He has expressed interest in running for president in 2018. The suspension of the sentence Wednesday suggested a willingness of the Kremlin to accept the trade-off in greater legitimacy for the political system here in exchange for tolerating Mr. Navalnys often stinging criticism of Mr. Putin, reports The New York Times. Reuters notes that if he had been jailed today, street protests could have exploded once again and it would have invited more international attention and criticism of the rule of law and democracy in Russia. The Christian Science Monitors Russia correspondent, Fred Weir, reported in July that when asked Do you think that the trial of Alexei Navalny is the result of his political activities and his opposition views? nearly 60 percent of Russian respondents answered “yes,” while just under 20 percent said “no.” Increasing numbers of people insist that they have no faith in Russia’s courts , nor in the law enforcement bodies that choose which investigations to pursue and what evidence to admit, Mr. Weir wrote. They include US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul , who issued a distinctly undiplomatic Tweet after hearing of the [July 18, 2013] verdict: “We are deeply disappointed in the conviction of @Navalny and the apparent political motivations in this trial.” Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev , who has repeatedly lambasted Mr.

Russia says ‘no reason to break into applause’ after Iran talks

View gallery Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on at the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks on October 15, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva (AFP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini) Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s chief negotiator on Iranian issues warned Wednesday there was “no reason to break into applause” after the latest round of talks on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme concluded in Geneva. The results are better than what we had (in the previous round) in Almaty, but this does not guarantee further progress. There is no reason to break into applause,” Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying in the Swiss city. “Things could have worked out better.” Ryabkov said the distance between the positions taken by Iran and world powers on the issue “can be measured in kilometres, while the progress we are making can be measured in single steps”. He said the main outstanding difficulty concerned “the lack of a general understanding about sequencing — a reference to Iran’s insistence that Western states revoke their unilateral sanctions before the Islamic republic scales back its uranium enrichment drive. World powers insist that sanctions can be lifted only after Iran halts enrichment to high levels and opens unfettered access to its nuclear facilities. Ryabkov especially noted the low level of trust that remained between the two sides despite the heightened expectations going into the two-day meeting. The talks were difficult, sometimes intense, and sometimes unpredictable. One of the reasons is the extremely low level of mutual trust practically the absence of the required level of trust,” Ryabkov said. Politics & Government WASHINGTON (AP) Congress’ debt-and-spending breakthrough crystalized a political contradiction. Associated Press

Big East Media Day Lacks Celebrity Coaches But Not Ambition

Syracuse: As Georgetown and Syracuse prepare to play for perhaps the last time as Big East rivals, here is a look at some of the their greatest games over the past three decades. As a result, the star wattage was decidedly down at Big East media day Wednesday. But the enthusiasm was high, with Commissioner Val Ackerman and Georgetown Coach John Thompson III , among others, extolling the muscle and must-watch games in store in the reconstituted league that consists of seven former Big East members and newcomers Butler , Creighton and Xavier . If you look around the room, the quality of coaching is outstanding, said Thompson, whose Hoyas finished 25-7 last season and were co-champions of the Big East regular season. Yes, we lost some Hall of Fame coaches, but I dont think too many teams want to go up against the guys in this room. Every game is going to be a battle. That was true last year; thats going to be true this year. Marquette Coach Buzz Williams , whose Golden Eagles were picked by the leagues coaches to win the 2013-14 regular season title, proclaimed the Big East one of the best two or three conferences in the country. Georgetown was picked second, garnering two of the 10 first-place votes. And Creighton , which boasts the leagues unanimous preseason player of the year, senior forward Doug McDermott, was picked third. Every coach is going to say they play in the best league, said Marquettes Williams, whose team reached the NCAA tournaments region finals, but if you objectively study the numbers, I think what this league has done the last five years speaks for itself. I think this year that will hold firm, too. Mere proclamations dont land leagues a place among college basketballs elite, however. Nor can they conjure passionate rivalries to replace those that stoked the Big East of old, such as Georgetown-Syracuse . Those things are earned on court, over time. Ackerman, the former WNBA commissioner who took the reins of the Big East on July 1, insisted the new league was up to the task, committed to proving that a league that makes basketball rather than big-money football its calling card can be financially viable and nationally respected. Theres no doubt: The eyes of the basketball world and the eyes of others in college sports are definitely on the league, said Ackerman, a former standout at Virginia. But I think everybody in our league uses that as a source of motivation. When Georgetown opens its season Nov.

Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship

Celebrity Cruises’ 71,545-ton Celebrity Century is by today’s standards a mid-sized classic but when introduced in 1995 as the Century, it was one of the world’s largest, most technically-advanced cruise ships.

The ship made her North American debut on Dec. 1 with a sailing out of Miami. Michael Wessels The outdoor pool on Deck 14 has a pool bar, two pools, and Jacuzzis. Chairs were added to the deck of the Reflection to accommodate more guests. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY An extra 245 loungers were added to the expanded pool deck to accommodate more than 1,000 additional guests than the Reflection’s predecessors in the Solstice line have had. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Pool Bar is located on Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Weather permitting, the Mast Grill on Deck 15 is a casual dining spot where guests can have grilled specialties while overlooking the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests take a Zumba class by the outdoor pool on Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The iLounge has 22 computers that guests can use to surf the Internet. The lounge is also a licensed Apple reseller, one of the first at sea. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The expanded Aqua Spa offers a wide range of services including massages, 24K gold facials, and a full Medi-Spa where guests can get acupuncture and other treatments. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The enhanced AquaSpa by Elemis has a number of specialty areas such as a hammam, infrared sauna, steam rooms, and sensory showers. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A treatment room at the AquaSpa where guests can get a variety of types of massages including a bamboo massage. Therapists experiment with lights and scents to help create different moods. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The AquaSpa has an expanded 883 square-foot Persian Garden with six more curved, heated tiled beds. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The cold room at the AquaSpa is kept at 52 degrees F to tighten pores that were opened and cleansed in the infrared sauna or aromatic steam room. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests can get manicures, pedicures and haircuts in the salon. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A state-of-the art fitness facility features cardio machines, spinning studios, and private workout areas. Classes and bootcamps are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center is equipped with TechnoGym equipment that is available for trial and purchase. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center has been expanded to include four new studios. Personal training sessions are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests who don’t want to swim outdoors have the option of swimming in the indoor pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Deck 14 has whimsical seating such as this cushioned hammock by the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the Reflection. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY By day, the Sky Observation Lounge is a place to relax over a cocktail. At night, the dance floor gets packed. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge offers expansive views from Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe on Deck 14 gives guests the options of a buffet meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe has buffet-style dining in an indoor and outdoor setting for 885 people. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests have a variety of options at the buffet-style Oceanview Cafe, including complimentary pasta, pizza, soups, sandwiches, sushi, salad, and frozen yogurt. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Cafe al Bacio offers pastries and specialty coffees and seats 54. Nancy Trejos Cafe Gelateria offers an assortment of traditional gelatos. Nancy Trejos Live music is played at the low-key Ensemble Lounge on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos The Ensemble Lounge has comfortable seating for pre- or after-dinner drinks. Nancy Trejos Qsine is one of the specialty restaurants and seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has an eclectic menu that includes lobster and escargot fritters and sushi lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has whimsical items such as chocolate-covered strawberry lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Murano, one of five specialty restaurants on the Reflection, offers modern Continental cuisine. Nancy Trejos Murano offers items such as lobster bisque, caviar, lobster and duck breast. Nancy Trejos Murano, a specialty restaurant that seats 76 people, has an extensive wine collection. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five is Celebrity’s creperie, with tableside service for lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a creperie, seats 72. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Blu is Celebrity’s healthy food eatery designed for guests in AquaClass suites. Elizabeth Ashwell Blu, a specialty restaurant designed for AquaClass guests, seats 152. Elizabeth Ashwell Molecular bar is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the ship. It is located on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush has an ice bar. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Nancy Trejos The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell There are eight private cabana-style alcoves on the Lawn Club on Deck 15 that are available for a daily fee. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. Guests can play bocce ball or croquet on the lawn. Elizabeth Ashwell Oversized lawn chairs are located on the Lawn Club. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. It is designed to evoke a country club feel. Elizabeth Ashwell The Porch is a casual dining spot overlooking the lawn that offers breakfast and lunch paninis. It seats 48. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club Grill is a specialty restaurant where guests can assist the chef in making their own pizzas and grilled meats. It seats 78. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club Grill is a specialty restaurant where guests can assist the chef in making their own pizzas and grilled meats.

Ship review: Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection

Another 2006 installation, it has chairs upholstered in white hide, a textured bulkhead and fiber-optic lighting that perpetually changes color. Peter Knego The upper level of the Celebrity Centurys beautiful three-deck-high Grand Foyer is a shopping gallery. Peter Knego Fullscreen When built, the foyer featured a cyber waterfall on a series of LED screens but in 2006, it was given its current look with a textured silver surface and giant curtains, evoking the atria aboard the lines quartet of Millennium Class ships. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the Grand Foyer on Deck 7, Fortunes Casino occupies 7,539 square feet and accommodates up to 265 gamers. Peter Knego Fullscreen The aft portion of Deck 7 is home to the 332-seat Crystal Room, a handsomely decorated space that has a raised central alcove surrounded in frosted glass panels. At night, it is home to the ships orchestra for Big Band, jazz and other musical events as well as a weekly gala dessert extravaganza. Peter Knego On Deck 6 another line-up of public rooms begins aft of the Celebrity Theater on the port side with OnLine@Celebrity, the ships internet room. Peter Knego On the starboard side, the Future Cruise Sales Desk is situated in a gallery that has an escalator leading up to Deck 7. Peter Knego Inboard of OnLine@Celebrity and the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a small theater and conference room. Peter Knego The first of two card rooms follows on the port side. Peter Knego Here is the main card room, which seats 50 guests.. Peter Knego On the starboard side following the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a 30-seat library with a large selection of books and DVDs. Peter Knego The Deck 6 balcony of the Grand Foyer is home to the Cova Cafe coffee bar, offering a full menu of specialty coffee drinks and cocktails, tea and wine. Peter Knego Cappuccinos are artfully presented and priced at $4.00. Peter Knego The Cova Cafe is also a great place to grab a quick snack or treat, offering a revolving selection of pastries, croissant sandwiches, tapas and cookies at varying times of day or night. Peter Knego A photo gallery is located on the port side of Deck 6, just aft of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego Fullscreen The Rendezvous Lounge is a favorite hub for karaoke and live music performances. It is cleverly configured around an X-shaped passage that is another tribute to Celebritys Chandris family roots. X is the symbol for the Greek letter chi and is also the Celebrity Cruises logo. Peter Knego Fullscreen Celebrity Cruises is known for its spectacular main-dining venues and the Celebrity Centurys Grand Restaurant is no exception. Designed by Birch Coffey, it features a sweeping grand staircase, bronze-capped nickel pillars and a Deck 6 balcony lined with Art Deco-brass balustrades. Peter Knego A long gallery of seating with a view of the sea spans the starboard portion of the Deck 5 level of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego From the reception desk at its base, there is an impressive view of the Grand Foyers staircase and fiber-optic skylight. Peter Knego Installed in 2006, the Murano specialty restaurant is located off the port side of the Deck 5 foyer. It seats 66 and features two alcoves as well as a long gallery with picture-window views of the sea. Peter Knego Fullscreen Murano table settings include fine china, linen napkins rolled in silver rings, Riedel stemware and silver-plate cutlery. The menu features French and Continental specialties and an optional four-course Gastronomic and Vineyard Tour pairing for $89 per person or a traditional menu with a cover charge of $40 per person. Peter Knego Fullscreen Meals in Murano begin with an amuse bouche, such as this beautifully-presented bite of ahi tuna. Appetizers include foie gras, sweetbread, escargots, scallops and a delicious goat-cheese souffle. Soups and salads include lobster bisque, phyllo with Anjou pear and Roquefort, heirloom tomatoes, wild mushroom cappuccino, mixed greens and spinach with frisee salad. Peter Knego Fullscreen Entrees include Dover sole, lobster tail, filet mignon, French turbot, shellfish and saffron risotto, a surf-and-turf lobster and steak duet, venison, lamb, duck breast and a seafood casserole. Desserts feature fresh sorbets and ice creams, a quartet of apple sweets, chocolate souffle, and (shown) a crepe ballon rouge that is prepared tableside. Peter Knego Fullscreen The lower level of the Grand Restaurant is located in the far aft portion of Deck 5. Open seating breakfast and lunch are served here along with two dinner seatings (6:00 and 8:30) in the lower level and Celebrity Select open-seating dining between 6:30 and 9:00 in the balcony (advance reservations recommended). Peter Knego Cuisine in the Grand Restaurant is beautifully presented and includes a menu of anytime favorites as well as an evolving selection of courses each night. This is a baked beet, goat cheese, endive and tomato salad. Peter Knego Mouth-watering appetizers include this delicious tart with basil-infused feta, greens and a balsamic reduction. Peter Knego The entrees consist of a wide selection of meats, poultry, fish and a vegetarian choice. Here is a delicious herb-crusted merluzza with a tomato rice timbale, roasted zucchini and ratatouille vinaigrette. Peter Knego The entrees consist of a wide selection of meats, poultry, fish and a vegetarian choice. Here is a delicious herb-crusted merluzza with a tomato rice timbale, roasted zucchini and ratatouille vinaigrette. Peter Knego In addition to the Teen Center on Deck 12, the Celebrity Century has a fully-equipped playroom called the Fun Factory on aft Deck 4. Peter Knego At the top tier of the Celebrity Centurys accommodation, there are two 1,101-square-foot Penthouse Suites with a spacious living room that has its own entertainment center and a dining room with a wet bar. Peter Knego Penthouse Suites also feature a large bedroom with a king bed and a second entertainment center. Peter Knego Marble bathrooms in Penthouse Suites have a full tub with whirlpool jets, a separate shower and twin sinks. Peter Knego Penthouse Suites also have a walk-in closet and copious amounts of storage space. Peter Knego There is a small marble powder room near the entryway for Penthouse Suite visitors. Peter Knego Penthouse Suite balconies have plenty of space for deck chairs, al fresco dining and a second tub with whirlpool jets. Peter Knego Eight Royal Suites measure 537 square feet and feature comfortable living rooms with an entertainment center. Peter Knego Royal Suites also have a small dining area adjacent to the living room. Peter Knego Royal Suite bedrooms feature a second entertainment center and generous amounts of storage space. Peter Knego Royal Suites have marble bathrooms with whirlpool jet tub/showers and twin sinks. Peter Knego Royal Suite balconies have a dining area and lounge-chair seating. Peter Knego Fifty-six Sky Suites measure 246 square feet and feature a sitting area with sofabed and television with VCR. Peter Knego Sky Suite bathrooms are marble and feature a tub/shower combination with a large sink. Peter Knego Sky Suite balconies have a lounge chair in addition to a small dining table and chairs. Peter Knego Of the eight wheelchair-access staterooms on board the Celebrity Century, two are modified Sky Suites with wide doorways and a turning area. Peter Knego Wheelchair-access bathrooms have a 39.4-inch wide doorway and wheelchair-accessible showers. Peter Knego Wheelchair-access Sky Suites have even larger balconies with specially-fitted wheelchair ramps over the door sills. Peter Knego Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms are generally identical in layout but Cabin 1209 on aft/port Deck 12 is an unusual exception with its separate entryway and bedroom. Peter Knego Fullscreen Deluxe Oceanview With Veranda Staterooms measure 170 square feet and can be configured in a twin or queen set-up.

Celebrity Workout Secrets For A Superstar Body

“Feeling your clothes fitting better is going to make you feel better.” Walk — to work, to the shops, away from the paparazzi, you know. “If you look around the world, people who walk more in general are thinner, fitter and younger-looking,” Pasternak says. That’s why he makes all of his clients strap on a Fitbit, with the goal of logging 10,000 steps per day — and receives e-mail alerts that let him know who is moving and who is slacking off. “People overestimate how active they are throughout the day,” he says, “and wearing a pedometer makes you aware of your activity level.” Pasternak confides that Jordana Brewster is good at hitting her daily target, as are those in his mommy crew: Jessica Simpson, Megan Fox and Hilary Duff. Post-baby, women can’t do resistance training or heavy workouts right away, Pasternak says, but “strolling with the little ones is something simple that helped them all get a jump-start on reclaiming their pre-baby bodies.” Find the right toner for your shape. “You may see a shot of a gorgeously fit celebrity in her SoulCycle shirt and think, ‘I need to work out where she works out,’” Kirsch says. But one workout does not fit all, he stresses. Celebs have their trouble zones, too, and must tailor their sweat sessions accordingly. For example, Drew Barrymore is apple-shaped, so if she gains weight, it’s going to go to her midsection. Jennifer Lopez is a pear, which means her weight goes to her butt and thighs. Apple-shaped women, Kirsch notes, should stick to rowing machines — which will engage the core from shoulder to belly — as well as boxing and planks. Steer clear of pull-ups, rows or bench presses, he advises. “Apples need to find their waist, and placing emphasis on the back and arms will just make you look blocky.” Pear-shaped? Heavy-weighted exercises (think leg presses) and too much cycling can add bulk to your bottom half. “Avoid any exercise that is quad-centric,” Kirsch says.