Becoming a grandparent to my now 1 year old grandson was a wonderful thing. Having been one of those sceptics who mocked other grandparents when waxing lyrical about their precious grandchildren, I must eat humble pie and agree that there is nothing to compare with the love you feel for this new member of your family. Previously, being bombarded by photos of babies and toddlers that I had never met and whom I was never likely to, make my skin crawl, however I seem to have joined the cult of proud and boastful grandparents and am only too quick to flash my flip photo album to unappreciative non-grandparent friends. [Read more…]
Do you know about TED Talks?
TED started out in 1984 from an idea by Richard Saul Wurman who wanted to hold a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED). Luminaries such as Bill Gates, Frank Gehry, Al Gore, Billy Graham, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, Stephen Hawking, JK Rowling and Bono have spoken on subjects ranging from technology to culture, the environment, science, and social trends. Each talk is limited to 18 minutes, apparently long enough to be serious and short enough to hold people’s attention. According to TED curator Chris Anderson it forces speakers who are used to going on for 45 minutes to bring it down to 18 “you get them to really think about what they want to say”. You can watch a video by Chris Anderson here on ‘What makes a great talk, great’, although at 23 minutes this is not a typical TED Talk! [Read more…]
The tournament will take place from Thursday, 27th October to Sunday, 30th October 2011 when a number of world ranking players will compete for a prize fund of €3million. [Read more…]
A special charity event to raise money for Casa Abril, a residential home for children in San Roque, was held in the grounds of a beautiful villa in Sotogrande. A fortunate group of people had bought tickets for the romantic candlelit evening of Baroque music played by The London Soloists, a trio that included musicians from The London Philharmonic Orchestra. After a welcome reception of Cava and canapés, the soothing strains of classical sonatas wafted over the nearby hills, with compositions from esteemed composers from the era including Vivaldi and J. S. Bach.
Sponsored by Grupo Mercedes Sotogrande, over €1,500 was raised during the night which included proceeds from the superb Raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses. One lucky child will be the beneficiary of a replica Mercedes children’s car!
Organised by Mariposa Events, the evening was such a success that further charity occasions will be held in the near future.