Polo on the French Coast (#232)
Travel: On the Scottish Border - We begin in Northumberland , a county in North East England that borders on Scotland . Newcastle and Gateshead on the River Tyne estuary used to be known for their coalmining and heavy industry. There's very little of either now and instead, there's been a huge regeneration on the waterfront with an incredible mix of new developments, groundbreaking designs, innovative restorations and with it, a surge of creative talent.
Art: The Green Vault - Here's a sneak preview: The green vault, one of Europe's most exquisite and famous treasure chambers, will open to the public in the eastern German city of Dresden in September. These historic baroque artifacts were brought together by August the Strong at the beginning of the 18th century and have been reunited once again in their rightful home.
Music: The Musical Finns - Finland has just 5 million inhabitants but there are 30 professional symphony orchestras, six opera festivals and 8 thousand pop and rock bands. So it's quite clear that the Finns are avid music lovers. M. A. Numminen is a Finnish institution and since the 1960s has been amusing his countrymen with his newspaper columns, bestselling books and crazy music. Here's his take on why music means so much to the Finns.
Fashion: an Elite Model - From an eccentric to someone with her feet firmly on the ground even though success has come at a very young age. When she was just a teenager Franziska Knuppe won the Elite Model Look competition having been discovered in a cafe by a famous designer just a few months before. But even though she's now jetsetting round the world as a top model she loves to return home to Potsdam just down the road from here.
Design: Fabio Novembre - Flamboyant Italian interior designer Fabio Novembre considers himself to be a philosopher and poet too. All his creations have a narrative element to them often inspired by anything from romantce to death. He's actually a qualified architect but never draws anything, rather explaining his weird and wonderful ideas to his team who then put them all into practice. He specializes in mosaics which enable his fantasy to run riot.
Sport: Polo on the French coast - For horse lovers the place to be -or indeed to be seen - in August is Deauville on the northwest coast of France. There are some very important races in the sporting calendar there but before they get underway it's the turn of the so called sport of kings, polo. This game is particularly enjoyed by high society and indeed you can only get a team together if you have substantial private funds. If you win the rewards are not financial -it's all about taking part. [26 minutes]
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