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After 96 years, Cafe de Paris in London closes down

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The famous Cafe de Paris closes down forever due to the pandemic. It opened in 1924 and had survived a bombing in 1941 bud sadly now it cannot survive the coronavirus. The bad news was communicated on Twitter, unfortunately its closure also means the loss of 400 jobs.

One of the very first nightclubs in London when it opened in 1924. At that time it had the interior inspired by the Lusitania ship and the ballroom by the ocean liner Titanic.  All the great showbiz talents of the time came to the Café de Paris such as Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker and Cole Porter, the latter often presenting his latest preview pieces. The venue was the first in the UK to feature the new Charleston dance.

It was the place where all the European elite to be seen. The Prince of Wales always came there and also the Aga Khan. In March 1941 the Café de Paris was bombed during a show, 34 people died instantly including the Guyana-born musician Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson who along with his band was often on stage at the Café de Paris.

The Café de Paris remained closed until 1948 when it reopened in time for Princess Elizabeth to celebrate her 23rd birthday. In the following years there were shows by so many from  Frank Sinatra to Grace Kelly.

With the arrival of rock’n’roll and The Beatles, the Café de Paris lost some of its charm and importance, but continued to exist, partly due to its glorious past. In 1983 an evening inspired by the 1920s was launched, every Wednesday the London that mattered (from Boy George to George Michael among many) met here to celebrate pure hedonism. Some films were also shot here including Absolute Beginners.

However, the revival did not last long, at the end of the 1980s the Café de Paris was practically disused, abandoned. It reopened and relaunched once again in 1996, and in the following years it hosted a bit of everything, from a Vivienne Westwood fashion show to a Spice Girls launch party. Since then the place, returning to the glory and splendor of the beginnings, has experienced a second spring, both for the parties that are often hosted but also for the number of films that are shot inside.

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What are the most popular places in the UK?

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Here we go again … another survey. This time, try to figure out which places the British love the most and missed the most during the lockdown. 44% of respondents feel happier in countryside places or in any case with nature, the 31% to the cinema or theatre and the 20% in historic places like Stonehenge or Chatsworth Residence.

Kew Gardens which tops the charts as the happiest place in the UK, around 12% of Britons feel at home in this botanical garden and missed it a lot during lockdown.

The Eden Project in  Cornwall ranks second together with  Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Among the top ten we have the Natural History Museum in London , the British Museum , the Roman Baths , the London Zoo and Loch Lomond.

 

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Supermoon, the largest of the year will be on May 26th

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It will be the second of the year, but the largest. The Supermoon of 26 May will be the closest and will be tinged with red although at our latitudes we won’t see it and we won’t be able to see the small eclipse that comes with it.

The satellite will reach the perigee, on 21 May, at 3: 53 , when it will be in 357. 309 kilometres from Earth); nine hours later, it will also reach the full phase.

In the 2021 there are five Supermoons, three full and two new “The next” Superluna “will appear approximately 7% larger and a little brighter than average, but you need to have an expert to notice it. But you will see it better at sunset and at dawn. 

Those who are in the Far East and the West Coast of the Americas will also be able to see a small lunar eclipse. 

 

 

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Picasso painting sold for over 100 million dollars

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Woman sitting by a window (Marie-Thérèse)

The painting ‘ Woman Seated by a Window (Marie-Thérèse) ‘by Pablo Picasso was sold yesterday for 103, $ 4 million during an auction organized by Christie’s, in New York City. The canvas of 1, 46 x 1, 14 meters, painted in 1932, was sold to 90 million dollars and came to 103, 4 million after a battle of over 19 minutes between collectors. The work, which represents Picasso’s lover and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter, nearly doubled the amount of the initial estimate provided by Christie’s, i.e. 55 Million dollars.

 

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The woman in the painting is a representation of the artist’s mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso painted her sitting in front of a window wearing a red dress with her long dark hair down and reaching down to her waist.

Marie-Thérèse Walter was an artist herself, but she always had to work as an assistant to make ends meet. She was also the person who introduced Picasso to French art critic Louis Vauxcelles, which led to his becoming known internationally and eventually turning from painting into sculpture.

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