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The Glass Blowers of Murano (#231)

Lifestyle: Women Drivers - With the football world cup out of the way men have started talking about their cars again! That's a cliche of course, as is the myth that women have no idea about cars. Their interest in them may be different - indeed most women are said to give their cars a name. But more and more are becoming real auto enthusiasts. Berlin writer Sharon Adler has published a book about female car fans.

Art: Wagner and the Paint Brush - The German artist Hermann Rongstock just listens to the music of Wagner to find inspiration - especially the operas. So it seems he's landed himself with the perfect job. The annual Wagner festival in Bayreuth is now underway and Rongstock has been hired there as a kind of artist in residence. It's certainly got him busy with his paintbrush.

Art: The Glass Blowers of Murano - To another artistic endeavour now, one which has been going on for centuries, glass blowing in Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon off the coast of north east Italy. And the best glass to come out of Murano is said to be manufactured by the Venini company. Venini glass is highly sort after - Elton John is just one famous collector - and pieces are on display in museums around the world.

Fashion: He wears Short Shorts - The summers appear to be getting warmer here in Europe - that can be good news if you're on holiday or near the sea. But for those of us who have to work in offices it can be rather uncomfortable. - especially us men. But now businessmen are exchanging their trousers for shorts and wearing them with a jacket, shirt and tie. Travel: Norway by Rail - Now one of the best ways to see this continent is by rail. And there's a very special train journey in Norway which starts at sea level at the end of a fjord and heads up into the mountains on one of the steepest lines on a normal railway guage. The Flohms railway attracts visitors from all over the world.

Music: Jazz Violinist Nigel Kennedy - And finally some new sounds from the violin virtuouso Nigel Kennedy. He's a man who never likes to stand still musically and on his latest album he's playing jazz and blues. When he was studying at the Menuhin school of music as a young boy he used to listen to jazz under his pillow at night. There's lots of improvisation in jazz which is also an attraction for him. See what you think. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: DW-TV's euromaxx provides an insight into the cultural side of Europe and the people who live there with colorful stories that reflect the rich variety of cultural life in Europe. From architecture and design to pop culture and fashion, euromaxx explores the region's new trends as well as its old traditions. euromaxx is as multi-facetted as Europe itself: an entertaining kaleidoscope of people, places and lifestyle. Each half-hour is packed with features focused on the latest in music, movies, fashion, food and travel. euromaxx always has a fresh take on today's culture - it's what's happening today and this week. It's topical, relevant, and as fresh as this week's Sunday newspaper.

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