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Jan 18, 2011

UK and Irish restaurants win 14 new Michelin stars

By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Michelin has awarded 14 new stars to British and Irish restaurants but stripped 11 stars from others in its 100th regional edition.

Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Burr said the centenary of the British and Irish guide underlined the rich diversity of restaurants despite tighter budgets and the Irish economy’s rapid slide.

Jan 5, 2011

Spanish actor Bardem voted best-dressed man

By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – International glamour outstripped Hollywood and hometown favorites at the top of the 2011 best-dressed list for men’s magazine GQ.

Film star Javier Bardem was chosen by GQ’s British edition as its top best-dressed man internationally, followed by Indian-born Sikh jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia and Alexander Skarsgard, Swedish star of the hit U.S. television vampire show “True Blood.”

Dec 31, 2010

Consumer outlook for 2011 is optimistic: poll

By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – A brighter consumer outlook for 2011 marks the end of a year marred by recession and economic crises, according to a poll on Friday.

More than three-quarters (77 percent) of 18,000 people in a global survey by Reuters/Ipsos said next year will be better than 2010.

Dec 30, 2010

Odd 2010: the year of the vuvuzela

LONDON (Reuters) – The astounding predictions of an octopus, the perils of “chexting” and the pain of getting around on planes were the laughing matters of 2010.

News that a Sicilian man had stolen sweets and chewing gum so he could spend New Year’s Eve in jail to avoid his relatives seemed odd until another Italian man was stabbed by his son after a quarrel over tactics for a soccer videogame.

Dec 30, 2010

Odd 2010: Sound the vuvuzela for year of the mystic mollusc

By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – The astounding predictions of an octopus, the perils of “chexting” and the pain of getting around on planes were the laughing matters of 2010.

News that a Sicilian man had stolen sweets and chewing gum so he could spend New Year’s Eve in jail to avoid his relatives seemed odd until another Italian man was stabbed by his son after a quarrel over tactics for a soccer videogame.

Oct 29, 2010

New London shopping centre greets economic growth

LONDON (Reuters) – Better-than-expected growth in Britain’s economy greeted the opening of a new retail complex at the heart of London’s financial district on Thursday.

One New Change, a 60-store mall developed by property firm Land Securities Group, next door to St. Paul’s Cathedral, will provide City workers with the kind of modern shopping centre that had until now been relegated to neighbourhoods further afield.

Oct 28, 2010

New London City retail mall greets economic growth

By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Better than expected growth in Britain’s economy greeted the opening of a new retail complex at the heart of London’s financial district on Thursday.

One New Change, a 60-store mall developed by British property firm Land Securities Group Plc, next door to St. Paul’s Cathedral, will provide workers in the square mile financial district known as the “City” with the kind of modern shopping mall that had until now been relegated to neighborhoods further afield.

Oct 27, 2010

Consumers to shop smart and save up in 2011: report

By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Consumers still reeling from the global economic crisis will shop for bargains, buy online for deals and convenience, and plan to work beyond retirement age and boost savings in 2011, global market research firm Mintel said on Wednesday.

Mintel offered nine predictions about consumer behavior in Britain and America over the coming year from “rainy day” savings and smartphone usage to gender roles at work and home as well as the struggle between indulgence and obesity in its “Consumer Trends for 2011″ report.

Sep 22, 2010

London shows sexy and colorful styles for spring

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Designers opted for the sexy and colorful for next spring’s womenswear at London Fashion Week, but stuck to a timeless style to appeal to budget-conscious buyers picky about adding to their wardrobe.

Short dresses and high heels featured prominently on the catwalk at many spring/summer 2011 shows, with Julien Macdonald injecting doses of glamour by looking to the boudoir.

Sep 21, 2010

Burberry unveils catwalk-to-consumer campaign

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – British luxury goods group
Burberry unveiled its “Retail Theatre” concept in London and
around the world on Tuesday, allowing consumers to see and buy
its 2011 Spring/Summer collection live from the catwalk.

Burberry (BRBY.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Angela Ahrendts would not
be drawn on the potential sales effects after the London catwalk
show, but said the concept was part of a rush to embrace online
retail by a luxury sector that spent years ignoring the power of
direct sales.

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      "Paul Casciato has been a correspondent and editor for Reuters News Agency since 1992. He has reported and edited a wide range of political, general news and business stories that run the gamut from war to wage inflation. He has reported from Toronto, New York, London, Dublin, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Kenya, Tanzania, Washington, the Balkans, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq. He is currently in charge of lifestyle news for Europe, the Middle East and Africa."
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