Christmas, Fort Lauderdale and travels. Pistachios, marsala and New Year

Fort Lauderdale and tourism.

Preserved kumquats and cooking one of them for cranberry sauce (video).

Christmas and New Year. Christmas, pistachios and marsala for Kathryn Flett and the Observer. Reader’s Digest and their best Christmas recipes. New Year’s Eve Party? Champagne cocktails and appetizers.

Mascarpone sorbet, thyme honey glazed chicken breast and pear – chocolate jam.

Vanilla icecream, Vanilla Toffee Crunch and Chunky Monkey

Vanilla Bean, Strawberries & Cream, Double Chocolate, Mango & Passion Fruit Madness, Lemon Meringue, Cappuccino and Sticky Toffee Fudge

Mango & Banana Smoothie, Banana & Strawberry Smoothie, Frozen Yogurt, Cappuccino and Chocolate Icecream.

Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Cole and Mary J. Blige. Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige and the Muppets in PBS’ My Christmas (a video).

03.12.09 Military cartoons by Dave Carpenter in RD.com, the press and a chess game. “He’s embedded with the troops.”

21.11.09 Party houses for Chistmas and New Year in the UK in Cumbria, Sterling, the Isle of Bute and Monmouthshire. Cumbrian Cottages, the Landmark Trust and Caledonian MacBrayne.

Madoff. The Wall Street financier Bernard “Bernie” Madoff pleaded guilty last March “in front of a New York courtroom”. I am referring to an article by the British newspaper “The Guardian” according to which Mr. Madoff confessed to 11 criminal charges of fraud, money-laundering, false statements and perjury and of “operating a corrupt business empire dating back to the early 1990s”.

The “once-respected Wall Street fixture”, who might be condemned next June to a punishment of  “150-year jail term”, “has been the subject of death threats”, according to the newspaper, and “was surrounded by a tight security detail”. I think this aspect may be important to demonstrate how the economic turmoil has affected the everyday life of most Americans. If someone receives a death threat, something very important should be happened, shouldn’t it? Unless the USA are a country where very mad people live…

Florida, Switzerland and the UK. Madoff – the journalist Andrew Clark writes – described in the courtroom “how his scheme originated in the early 1990s when a recession made it difficult to produce healthy returns. Instead of investing in stocks and shares, he began using new deposits to pay out fake profits to existing clients”. What follows next in the Guardian’s article by Andrew Clark is: “The financier said that at the outset, he had been falsifying records on a temporary basis”. Moreover, Madoff “described laundering money through a London branch of his company to create a false paper trail”. The newspaper, like many media in that days, used the expressions “Ponzi scheme” and “pyramid selling in the US” (cash from new customers or investors – Phillip Inman explains in the Guardian – is given to existing investors). And this situation should have affected areas like Florida, Switzerland and the UK.

But just return now to the texts I have written about Christmas and financial turmoil…

 

Christmas time – 05.11.09. Maybe Christmas Market in Prague and Czech Republic? There is the Hotel Tiepolo with prices from 45 euros in a single standard room during low season (from January 7 to March 31 and from November 4 to December 26) to 209 euros for a quintupla superior room during holiday time (from March 21 to March 25, May 1 to May 4 and December 27 to January 6).

And you could also vote about travel destinations for my blog… Please see below. Do you also know that a pound should be exchanged with 89 eurocents and a dollar with 1,48 euros?

Northern Germany. Christmas in Hamburg with its Christmas markets.

24.12.08 How is Christmas according to three British newspapers? The Independent writes about Christmas in Basra (Iraq) and the Guardian offers its readers a travel quiz and a dinner guide or writes about the British government that “slams” a television channel over Ahmadinejad Christmas message.

The Telegraph gives importance to Queen Elizabeth’s emphasis on family and refers her acknowledgement that this Christmas was a “sombre occasion” for many people who had lost their jobs or their homes because of the financial turmoil. Duncan Gardham, the Telegraph’s security correspondent reports on the alternative Christmas message and Matthew Moore summarises the archbishops’ blames.

– Your favourite travel destination (please vote)

– Which is your best song? (please vote)

Opera, an European browser, and Mozilla, Linux and Apple

Spreadthesign, the sign language dictionary. European Commission – Education & Training

 

Wednesday December 24, 2008

updated on Sunday March 21 2010

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