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Our tribute to classic movie stars of the Golden Age.





Royal News!

German Prince sentenced

PRINCE ERNST AUGUST, the Queen‚s combative German cousin, was given a suspended eight-month jail sentence yesterday for inflicting grievous bodily harm and threatening behavior.  It was the first time in modern memory that such a senior aristocrat he is the head of the House of Hanover and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco ų has been given such a sentence in Germany for violent crime. 

The Countess of Wessex was airlifted to a London
hospital on Thursday after suffering an entopic
pregnancy. The Countess, who is married to the
Queen‚s youngest son, is in a „comfortableš condition at London‚s King Edward VII hospital following a
three-hour emergency operation, Buckingham Palace

The youngest Beatle, George Harrison dies in London


Japan's littlest princess has a
name ų Aiko




Alessandro is Italy‚s latest pop opera sensation and currently the third highest-selling tenor in the world. His rich voice can bridge both classic and modern music and, popularity-wise, he is following closely in the footsteps of fellow Tuscan Andrea Bocelli. 

His debut album, Insieme A Te, written by Romano Musumarra, the celebrated Italian composer known for his work with Celine Dion and Ray Charles, was a smash hit across Europe and has just been released this week for the UK market under the new title, Safina


Winter Blossoms

Scents of the season:  Even as leaves fall and flowers fade, fragrant winter shrubs come into their own.  Plant winter sweet, winter hazel or sweet box somewhere between carport and from door or wherever rush in from the cold and you 'll be rewarded with sweet-smelling little flowers.  you can also cultivate your senses with some winter aromatherapy.  Cedar, frankincense, sandalwood and other woody, complex scents are excellent choices for this time of year.

Sounds of Winter

A Winter Garden, Loreena McKennitt's songs for the season, blends traditional Irish music with world beat and new age instrumentation.  While this CD runs under 25 minutes, it is rich in mystical sound.  Highlights include the traditional English "Seeds of Love" and a Middle Eastern-style rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," both dipped in the gold of Mckennitt's voice.

The Soul of Rumi

by: Coleman Barks, the author of the best-selling The Essential Rumi out in the market.  These new poems continue to stun.



Painting by: Millet


Winter Bride

Herbal "teas!"

Cardiovascular problems: Hawthorn berry, violet leaf (or any of the erry teas) and oat straw are good for lowering cholesterol.

Dieting:  Bitter herbs such as dandelion and chicory are appetite suppressants and curb carbohydrate cravings.

Digestion: Fennel, anise, ginger, papaya ad peppermint teas aid digestion and minimize stomach discomfort (bloating and gas) after meals.  Many studies have documented ginger's ant nausea effect in pregnancy and motion sickness.

Gastrointestinal Complaints: Slippery-elm-bark tea and marshmallow-root tea are both high in mucilage's (gummy fibers) that soothe the gastrointestinal tract.

Immunity: Rosemary, sage and thyme may help ward off infection or strengthen immunity during times of low resistance; they are good "winter teas" to use to help prevent colds and flu.

Insomnia: Valerian has been clinically proven to improve both sleep duration and latency (the time it takes to fall asleep) Lavender, chamomile and others are traditional remedies.