Deauville in the movies

Belle Epoque and Deauville are two words chained together.  Someone who visits Deauville can feel strongly the joie de vivre of this era. The magnificent architecture of the houses, the well maintained  Promenade des Planches for big walks along the beach and the fact that the beach closets named after the Hollywood stars – a landmark for recognising the place as the setting for the film “Un Homme and Une Femme” by Claude Lelouch – show the prosperity of the place and the reason why the creative people used it as a setting of their work. For quite a long time, I had a very vivid memory of Jean Louis Trintignant’s racing car speeding on a huge sandy beach, somewhere in France, and meeting up with Anouk Aimee. That time, I was quite young and didn’t question about the name of the place,  only later in life  when I saw  “Private Lives” by Noel Coward in the theatre, I kept in my mind the name.  Deauville was the resort for the  international bourgeoisie of that time and it was connected to major European cities with fast trains. It was really well maintained place for  leisure and the   two main casinos in the area  kept entertaining the bourgeoisie. The Casino in Deauville was the original Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. Deauville was the setting of the film “Coco before Chanel” with Audrey Tatou and the birthplace of Chanel’s Clothing career. As well as, the town has been mentioned in one of the chapters of  Proust’s in Search of Lost Time.

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Le Promenade des Planches: The beach closets dedicated to the stars of Hollywood.

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Deauville Corniche.

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Deauville’s Townhall.

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Deauville beach.

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Casino Royale, Deauville

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A library at the Plage of Deauville.

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Shopping  in Trouville is a totally different experience from Deauville.

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A view of Trouville from the boat.

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Deauville has kept its international profile by hosting the American Film Festival and each year troops of celebrities come to visit the resort. Perhaps, Deauville’s  aura is due to the myth and exclusivity that stills offers to its residents.

For cinephiles and bookworms places like Deauville are a bonus for reviving our imagination even further. Somehow, it works as historical archaeological sites of the modern times!

Announcing the Programme for the MMIT Conference 2015 – Social Media & Libraries.

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We are delighted to announce the full programme for the MMIT Conference 2015 – see below.

The conference theme is social media & addresses areas such as altmetrics, current research, marketing and communications, and delivering services via social media. 

Join us in Sheffield from Monday 14th- Tuesday 15th September 2015. 

Delegates will engage in a series of workshops and seminars on social media themes and the conference will also showcase current research and innovations in these areas through lightning sessions and presentations from researching practitioners. There will also be a student forum where Masters and PhD students will highlight their research.

Our keynote speakers are Marie Kinsey, Professor of Journalism Education at the University of Sheffield; PhD researcher and public library advocate, Lauren Smith of walkyouhome; and Brian Kelly, Innovation Advocate at Cetis, a national centre based at Bolton University. Phil Bradley is our after dinner speaker.

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Eurogroup Copains En Vacances

Suddenly, I started feeling withdrawal symptoms by not seeing anymore on a daily basis the main protagonists of the Greek Crisis negotiations and I was wondering what they were doing these days without having to attend their regular  “critical”  meetings in Brussels.  Interestingly enough, most of them  decided to spend their holidays locally, in good old and beautiful Europe!
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Christian Lagarde chose to spend her holidays elegantly at the hotel Conti in the beautiful area of  Villeuneve-des-Avignons,  South of France.

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Angela Merkel with her spouse chose to go for Trekking at Solda, South Tyrol. Trekking is always recommended for those people who are taking serious decision.

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Wolfgang Schäuble is  a regular on  Sylt island, a holiday resort for the super rich Germans.

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Alexis Tsipras went  on the island of Erikousa, a small island close to Corfu for few days with his wife Betty.

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In the meantime, the Eurogroup signed the third bailout, around 85 billions Euro. Soon the whole “island” of Greece will be on sale with thousands of migrants who are arriving daily in a state of despair!

Summer in the City

August is here and summer is at its peak! It’s time to dedicate this post to the people who are staying in the city this summer and singing along with Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime”!

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“In the summertime when the weather is hot

You can stretch right up and touch the sky”

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You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive”
Go out and see what you can findIMG_3300“If her daddy’s poor just do what you feel”

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“If her daddy’s is rich take her out for a meal”

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Summer in Bath 2015

“In the Summertime
We love everybody but we do as we please
When the weather’s fine
We’re always happy
Life’s for livin’ yeah…”