Who Let The Dogs Out? (#221)
FASHION: Jean Pool - And we kick off with a trip to Scandinavia for a look at one of the latest trends in the fashion world. Whether they're slim leg or boot cut or even used look, blue jeans are a veritable fashion staple - and one of the latest hot brands comes from Sweden. While the name ACNE may not sound too appetising, it's actually an acronym for "Ambition to Create Novel Expressions" -which sounds a little more like it. euromaxx checked out the guys at the top of the jean pool.
SPORT: Base Jumpers - And next up we thought we'd give your adrenaline levels a boost with yet another acronym: this time it's BASE jumping, B-A-S-E standing for building, antenna, span, and earth. Base-jumpers specialises in parachuting off of such fixed objects -often doing it illegally. As you can imagine it's a small community and we met up with one of the best of them - Felix Baumgartner who hails from Austria.
ARCHITECTURE: RCR Classics - And now we're back on the ground: RCR Architects are based in the small Pyrenean town of Olot - but that hasn't stopped them from building up an impressive international reputation. Recently included in an exhibition on new Spanish Architecture at the Moma in New York, their distinguishing features are clear, geometric forms and modern materials which make use of the surrounding landscape in interesting ways - we went to see their work for ourselves.
MUSIC: Elizabethan Opera - Opera fans in the western German city of Dusseldorf are in for a change over the coming season. The local Rhine Opera House has temporarily relocated as its own building undergoes renovation work, and its new home is attracting lots of attention. That's because the building specifications follow those typical of an Elizabethan theatre back in Shakespeare's day - an interesting challenge, and we went to see how everyone's adapting!
FASHION: Who Let the Dog Out - The old cliche of how a dog's owner becomes more and more like his or her pet has never been more true, and that's because many people help the dogs to be more like they are! In our wonderfully spoiled Western European society, where fashion can be applied even to mobile telephones, it's only logical that the VERY fashion conscious want their canine pets to follow suite. And whether or not it's actually a case of the tail wagging the dog -fashionable accessories for dogs are a booming business in London!
ART: New art in Venice - And finally, if you've never been to Venice, that romantic city of carnivals and canals, then there's even more reason to do so now, and that is a brand new contemporary art collection, courtesy of one Monsieur Francois Pinault. A self-made businessman who never even finished high school, Pinault is now ranked 74th on Forbe's list of the World's Richest People. And as the owner of Christie's auction house, he's also a passionate art collector and a man who likes to make things happen - his way. [26 minutes]
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