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Italy's Silver Spoon (#250)

Design: Madrid's Contemporary Christmas festival - Here in Europe we're all beginning to get that Christmas feeling. The Christmas decorations are going up and Christmas lights are shining in all the major capitals in Europe. None more spectacular than in Madrid where the lights have been created by different contemporary designers based in the city and they have certainly let their imagination run riot. The results are extraordinary with a kaleidoscope of colour all over town.

Music: Heidi Klum Sings - Heidi Klum is one of the world's top models, appears in numerous adverts and has even presented her own TV casting show here looking for Germany's next top model. She's the mother of three children and is married to the British singer Seal. And it seems she's going to give him a run for his money in the pop charts now. Her first single, recorded as part of an advertising campaign is already in the top twenty here.

Public Art: Bigger than Life - Frankfurt agency Atelier Markgraph has made a real name for itself in Germany recently with its larger-than-life projections at mega-events. They lit up the skies of Germany's financial capital during the world cup with an extraordinary slide show set against the skyscrapers there and have dazzled at a number of major trade shows. Atelier Markgraph have scooped up several design prizes, including a prestigious Red Dot Award for communication design for a spectacular project for the museums in Frankfurt am Main, a fairground big wheel with a difference.

Dining: Italy's Silver Spoon - Eating is a serious business in Italy and a very important part of the culture there. Italian cooking is simple but insisting on fresh ingredients is the most important principle behind this delicious cuisine. Italy's food bible is called "Il cucchiaio d'argento" or "The Silver Spoon". It's the most successful cookbook of all time there, full of recipes handed down from generation to generation. Now we all have the chance to cook authentic Italian food as the book is available in English.

Photography: Lifesize Portraits - For once, we can say: DO try this at home, it looks delicious. Nowadays cameras can be the size of a credit card but the Imago One to One is one of the biggest cameras in the world. It's like an enormous passport photo booth and creates huge lifesize self portraits. And the life size pictures that it takes are of you as you really are - not as you see yourself in the mirror but as other people see you.

Music: Cape Verdean singer Morna - The Cape Verde Islands which used to be a Portuguese colony are located off the coast of Senegal in West Africa. They have a very original style of music there called "Morna" which is a blend of African, south American and European influences. It's even been compared to the blues as well. A star in her native Portugal the singer Lura is one of the best proponents of the "Morna" style. Right now she's currently in America spreading the word about this special music on a world tour. [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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