New lease on life for Camino del Sol

camino Camino del Sol is to get a new lease on life with a release of the debut album later this month from the French-Belgian trio which first hit the shelves and the airwaves back in 1982.

The album has been described as having a kind of electro-samba beat with some mixed in bossa nova and compared to the sounds of Sade, X-Ray, and Arto Lindsay.

The album had previously been reissued in 2004 on Numero Group and in 2010 while Permanent Vacation also released an expanded, remixed version in 2007.

This version has been newly remastered and is also an extended version on the original label Les Disques Du Crepuscule. It includes bonus cuts and previously unreleased live concert recordings which were recorded during the band’s 1982 tour.

Among the cuts include the band’s debut single “The Boy From Ipanema” which was produced by John Foxx while the concert was recorded alongside Cabaret Voltaire, 23 Skidoo, Tuxedomoon and Pale Fountains.

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British producer gets sued

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Lynne Ramsay the award winning director of such films as “We Need to Talk to Kevin” has been sued after failing to show up for her latest project.

Ramsay was to work on a blockbuster Western “Jane Got A Gun” starringNatalie Portman and Ewan McGregor but quit in March a day before the scheduled start of filming. The producers of the film are suing Ramsey for£500,000.

The producers have demanded that the Brit return $750,000 fee (£466,000) that she was paid to work on the screenplay and to direct the film. The BAFTA nominated Ramsey was cited for breach of contract and also accused of drunken and disruptive behavior.

Actor Michael Fassbender also quit the film and was later replaced by Jude Law but Law also quit as did his replacement Bradley Cooper. Ramsay is reported to not have been presented with an approved schedule, script, or budget before shooting was due to begin which may have accounted for her departure.

McGregor was later recruited for the leading male role while another director Gavin O’Connorwas signed up.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and is partly a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is famous for its carnival and music as well as its beaches but it also boasts a current modern world wonder in the statue of Christ the Redeemer high above the city on the Corcovado Mountain. Other sites to visit in Rio include Sugarloaf Mountain, Sambodromo, Botafogo Cave, Maracana Stadium, Paco Imperial, Municipal Theatre, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Barra da Tijuca, and the Museum of Natural History.

There are many historic churches all over the city including the Candeleria Church and Rio de Janeiro Cathedral. Rio is known for the samba and bossa nova music traditions. Famous beaches worth visiting in the city include Ipanema and Copacabana.

Typical food of Rio include feijoada which a black bean stew with pork and pepper and orange peel, chirrasco which is meat roasted over an open ground pit, leao veloso or shrimp head soup.

Some places to try Brazilian cuisine in the city include Cachambeer, Rio Scenarium, and Olympe.

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Drink Sangria

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Sangria is a refreshing drink that as the name suggests is really, really red. The name is from the Spanish word for blood. It can be made from wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a touch of brandy.

While traditionally it has been made with brandy, there are also variations which include Seltzer, Sprite or 7 up. The fruit used does not have to be orange it can also be lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple juice, grape, kiwi, or mango.

This drink is popular in Spain and Portugal but is also served in the Americas in Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Argentina.

To make Sangria you will need 1 bottle red wine, 1/4 cup brandy, 1/4 cup orange flavored liqueur, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 orange, thinly sliced, 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced, 1 unwaxed apple, cored, and cut into thin wedges, and 1 bottle sparkling water, chilled.

To prepare combine everything except the sparkling water and in a large plastic container or glass pitchers. Cover and chill completely for about 1 to 2 hours. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water.

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Daft Punk Innovators

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The success of Daft Punk in 2013 continues. The French electronic music band, which has had an amazing year, has been given the Entertainment Innovator award by American publication The Wall Street Journal.

The bands duo -Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo- was presented with the award by Brazilian model Giselle Bundchen and hip hop star Pharrell Williams who collaborated with them on the track “Get Lucky”.

Bundchen appeared on the cover of the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator issue alongside Daft Punk.

The pair released their first album – “Random Access Memories” in almost a decade earlier this year. Along with Pharrell, the band also collaborated with Nile Rodgers, Todd Edwards and Giorgio Moroder on the EP which reached platinum in six different countries. It was also UK Amazon’s best selling vinyl album of all time.

“Get Lucky” sold around 3 million copies in the USA and more than 1 million in the UK.

Daft Punk gained popularity in their homeland of France in the 1990s before they released their first album – 2005’s “Human After All”.

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Open UK Casting for Star Wars movie

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Thousands of hopefuls have been piling into London with the aim of being cast in the new “Star Wars” film during an open casting call in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The auditions are being held for the leading roles in the new sequel to the film and the producers are searching for a teenaged-girl and a young man. The auditions will move to Dublin,Glasgow, and other cities in the UK over the next week.

The roles include that of Rachel who is said to be a young woman who has lost her parents and has no other family. Rachel is 17 and is street smart and strong. The casting is for actresses over the age of 16 but look young enough to play a 17 or 18-year-old.

For the male role of Thomas actors must be at least 18 and can pass for someone between 19 and 23-years old. Thomas is said to be smart and capable but grew up without a dad and doesn’t have a strong sense of himself.

The film is set to star shooting in Spring 2014. The first sequel “Star Wars: Episode VII” is set for release in December 2015.

Harrison Ford is rumoured to be making a return for the new film although this has not been confirmed.

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Creamy Hot Cocoa, Yummy Warm

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This is the season when it gets very cold and at this time of the year there is nothing better to warm up your insides like a hot drink.

Try the Creamy Hot Cocoa on a chilly night to heat things up!

To make the creamy hot cocoa you will need 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ¾ cup white sugar, 1 pinch salt, 1/3 cup boiling hot water, 3 ½ cups milk, ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup half-and-half cream.

To prepare, first combine the cocoa, sugar, and a pinch of salt, in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water and bring this mixture to a boil continuing to stir as it boils. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes and make sure that it doesn’t scorch.

Add the 3 ½ cups of milk and heat until it is very hot but do not boil.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Divide into several mugs and add the cream to each mug of cocoa to allow to cool to drinking temperature.

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Brawther stars a new label

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Brawther and Tristan Da Cunha have extended their reach into production by starting a new label and production outfit. The new project is entitled Dungeon Meat.

Frenchman Brawther, helped to start the Secretsundaze label and has also worked with such tracks as My Love Is Underground and Balance. He has worked under the monikers Izmo and Paris Underground Tracks.

The Leeds, England based Tristan Da Cunha was once an A and R manager 20:20 Vision.The pair previously teamed up earlier this year for a single under the Dungeon Meat title.

Their first EP, “Hold Back” will be released on Monday. It is being billed to Blunt Instruments. The EP is being compared to “the skippy, ’90s-influence house the two are known for.”

The track listing includes the on the A side Hold Back and on the flip side Losing Control, and Dark Chamber.

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Star Wars Episode VII delayed

Star_Wars (1)The release of “Star Wars: Episode VII” has been delayed until December 18, 2015 according to a blog post on Disney and LucasFilm’s official “Star Wars” website.

The director of the film, J.J. Abrams has taken over the writing for the movie which could have something to do with the delay in plans. Abrams will work with Lawrence Kasdan having taken over the job from “Toy Story 3” penner, Michael Arndt. Arndt does not seem to be lined up to work on the script with the inclusion of Abrams and Kasdan. He was initially linked to the project to write treatments and its sequels as well as the script itself. Abrams basically dismissed Arndt in a posting on the website.

“Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process”, a release from Abrams said.

It is reported that LucasFilm wanted the film delayed up until as late as 2016 but Disney refused and problems with the script appears to be at the root of the request for a delay. The script problems are believed to be why LucasFilm were seeking additional time to get the film made. “Star Wars: Episode VII” will start shooting at Pinewood Studios in Spring.

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Bordeaux Beauty

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Bordeaux is a city on the southwestern coast of France; the city where the wine comes from and is the world’s largest wine industry capital. The city sits near the Garonne River and is capital of the Aquitaine Region.

Both red and white wines are popular to the region with some of the major names being Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot, and Calbec.

The city s also classified as a “City of Art and History” and many parts of Bordeaux are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the sites in Bordeaux include the Bourse Palace, Saint-Andre Cathedral, Bordeaux Tramway, Allees du Tourny, Maison du Vin, and the Meriadeck Commercial Centre.

Also worth viewing are the Tour Pey-Berland, Rue Sainte-Catherine, Musee des Beaux Arts, Musee Aquitaine, and Musee d’Histoire Naturelle.

Where food is concerned there is great variety in Bordeaux. It’s possible to enjoy seafood such as oysters, cassoulet, foie gras, lamb, and charolais beef.

Some places to enjoy great Bordeaux cuisine are the Le Landais, L’Agneau, and Brasserie Bordelaise.

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