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Negroni “cocktail of the year” 2019

On Negroni’s 100th anniversary the New York Times named it the “cocktail of the year”. The cocktail of equal parts of Campari, vermouth and gin, invented by Florentine Count Camillo Negroni in 1919, “is the perfect elixir for a summer afternoon”, the The New York Times announced.

According to the legend Count Camillo Negroni concocted it by requesting the Fosco Scarselli, the bartender. to strengthen Americano cocktail, by adding gin rather than the conventional soda water.

The bartender taken by a creative spell, also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon one of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink.


Caravaggio masterpiece at auction soon

Disappeared for several centuries, rediscovered in Toulouse (France) in 2014, the painting by Michelangelo Merisi da CaravaggioJudith and Holofernes’, the authenticity of which has been the subject of a long debate, should reach peaks at the auction of June 27. 

This is an exceptional sale because it is a masterpiece in a very good condition, of an iconic painter whose painting have not been sold until today’s public auction, “said Marc Labarbe.

Like the version of the painting under the same name created around 1598 and kept in Rome, the masterpiece is inspired by an episode of the Old Testament and represents Judith, the Jewish widow of Bethulia, assassinating the Assyrian General Holofernes to save besieged town.

The painting found in Toulouse was first known for its copy by the Flemish painter Louis Finson, a contemporary of Caravaggio. Two specialists of the Italian genius, Mina Gregori and Gianni Papi, had doubts of the authenticity of the canvas, insisting it could be only a second copy of Finson.

‘Judith and Holofernes’ has been exhibited in Milan, London, New York and Paris and will be on display in Toulouse from June 17 to 23 at the Marc Labarbe auction house. The auction will be held on June 27 at 6 pm at La Halle aux Grains in Toulouse and can be followed live online streaming.

According to art experts the price could mount up to EUR150 million, and it would be purchased by one of the American private collectors. None of European Museums announced allocation of funds to participate in auction bidding.


Everest climbing claims more lives

As many as seven people have died on the mountain this week, while incredible images show 200 hundred climbers lining up in an attempt to reach the top of the world’s tallest peak.


An experienced Everest mountaineer and author, Pat Falvey, says that kind of congestion can create lethal conditions for the climbers, Irish Examiner reports.

Public concerns are being raised over dangerous unregulated tourism causing traffic jams in Himalaya at the summit of Mount Everest (8,848 m) amid the death toll among climbers continues to rise.

Galway man Kevin Hynes died in his tent on the mountain this week, just a week after Trinity College Professor Seamus Lawless from Wicklow went missing.

It is creating great danger, I don’t know if there is anything they can do about that other than to restrict the numbers every year”,  Mr.Falvey explains. “But it is the cash cow for both Nepal and Tibet in relation to getting fees”.

However he finds it would be controversial to restrict tourism there,  he continues, because it is the highest mountain in the world, and  “people will want to ascend it.”

AMENDED:  “Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism has issued 375 Everest climbing permits for the 2019 spring season; on the North side, there are reportedly 144 foreign climbers. It’s illegal to simply show up at base camp with a climbing permit, pitch a tent, and try to climb the mountain. All foreigners must climb the mountain through a locally licensed logistics company, which supply base camp accommodations, meals, and basic bathroom facilities”.

There are three to four local workers to supply services to each tourist living in base camp —either climbing sherpa working on the mountain itself or base camp staff—the cooks, dishwashers, servers, and team managers who all look after the guided clients, National Geographic reports.

Image below: Everest camp “urban” luxury – Dome tent with belle vue.

Dome tent iinterior An average cost when climbing the Everest with a Western agency is $45,000 and above. With a local Nepali operator it can be between $25,000 and $40,000. The cost includes the royalty fee of $11,000 for the peak. 

Elisabeth Revol conquers Everest

French climber Elisabeth Revol (39), who was dramatically rescued last year from Himalaya peak Nanga Parbat, reached Lhotse, a day after conquering the top of Everest without supplemental oxygen, her expedition organiser said.

She summited Everest yesterday and reached the top of Lhotse this morning. Her health is well and she is heading down from Camp 3 now,Rishi Ram Bhandari from Satori Adventures told AFP.

Ms.Revol was attempting to summit the mountains without supplemental oxygen in classical style of Alps climbing, becoming the first French woman to set the record.

Last year, Revol and Polish climber Tomek Mackiewicz were attempting to scale the 8,125-metre Nanga Parbat peak in winter, which ended in drama.

Mackiewicz succumbed to sickness caused by lack of oxygen, and Revol was rescued by two champion climbers Denis Urubko (45), and Adam Bielecki (34) just on time. According to Revol she had badly frozen foot, hands, and already suffered hallucinations. The rescue duo ascended in the darkness of the night vertical ice cliffs to reach Revol, and ensure her transportation to the camp.

Cannes festival contaminated by politics

The Cannes festival 2019 demonstrates a further shift of the VII Art into politics, being used as a tool to shape political preferences of the spectators, abandoning even formal frame of neutrality, and preoccupation with artistic creations.

At the press conference introducing this year’s festival jury, its president Alejandro González Iñárritu, ceased an opportunity to criticize President Trump, and another jury member Alice Rohrwacher denounced film industry for failing to meet gender equality standards, and promote female film-makers.  Subsequently, the times of art uniting people are gone, contaminating the festival with toxic emanation of political struggle. From universal language of images, the film industry has openly transformed itself into a tool for political use, promoting agenda of specific groups of interest.

The first Mexican-born president of the Cannes jury,  Iñárritu, expressed concern at rise of populism, including Trump’s ascendance to power, and added that his presence at the festival served as a repudiation for the US president’s anti-immigration policies.

According to Alice Rohrwacher to be a woman-film director is similar to “survival a “shipwreck”. However, in spite of being plagued with so many political concerns, the 72nd Cannes film festival gets underway with movies presentations.

Every year, the Cannes Festival invites filmmakers from all over the world to give their own interpretation of the contemporary world, sketching a world map of cinema. In 2018, more than 120 countries were represented.

Italy: “blue” water beaches at rise

The number of ‘blue flag beaches’ or resorts with great water and facilities rose to 183 this year from 175 last year, the Danish-based Foundation for Environmental Education announced.

Liguria led the way with three new entries for a total of 30, followed by Tuscany with 19, Campania with 18, Marche with 15, Sardinia with 14, Puglia with 13, Calabria with 11, Abruzzo with 10, Lazio with nine and Veneto with eight.

Japanese independent women

From eating out to camping, more Japanese women are doing things alone as they wish to enjoy their time to themselves.

In the past, those without family members, partners or friends were commonly looked upon in a negative light. However, this view has been changing with so-called soloists increasingly being seen as independent.

You make your own decisions, so you get the chance to face yourself,” said free-lance writer Mayumi Asai, who has been promoting a perception. “There is no feeling of loneliness, only one of significance and accomplishment.”

Her writing has garnered support from like-minded individuals who comment that they also enjoy undertaking activities by themselves and want to have similar experiences to hers.

One day last month Asai could be found strawberry picking at a farm in the city of Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture.

Unlike the majority of visitors, who comprised couples and families, Asai had come alone. After picking a few dozen strawberries, she went on to take some pictures of the cherry blossoms in bloom along a nearby river.

The 33-year-old began doing things on her own as a university student after a female friend who had grown up abroad told her she liked to eat at ramen (quick-cooking noodles) restaurants by herself. Asai had always felt it was a burden to have to consider the feelings of others when hanging out in a group, but this feeling disappeared when she followed the example of her friend and began eating on her own.

According to a 2015 study conducted by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, 36% of women responded that they would not feel lonely if they were to spend the rest of their lives by themselves, up 7% points from the previous study five years before.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would like 30% of Japanese business leaders to be women by 2020. A record 75.7% of women between the ages of 25 and 39 held jobs in 2017, up 6% from 2012, according to a survey by the Internal Affairs Ministry. Confronted by a labor shortage, companies are offering flexible hours, enabling mothers with small children to hold on to their jobs.

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