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Apr 25, 2013

China, mass retail and Web to drive global wine sales

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Mass retailers and the Internet
will increasingly dominate the $164 billion global wine market
at the expense of bars and restaurants, industry experts said on

A report commissioned by VINEXPO, an international wine and
spirits trade fair, also highlighted the dramatic rise of China
as a consumer of wines – mostly its own. It topped all other
countries in volume and value between 2007 and 2011.

Apr 23, 2013

Roddy Doyle’s “The Commitments” finally made into musical

LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – Irish author Roddy Doyle’s
bestselling novel “The Commitments” is finally being made into a
musical, more than 25 years after the heartwarming tale of a
group of aspiring soul musicians was first published.

The Booker Prize winner’s 1987 story about young working
class Jimmy Rabbitte’s efforts to form the “finest soul act in
Dublin” became a hit film in 1991, but Doyle said he turned down
a flood of requests to adapt it into a musical at the time.

Apr 22, 2013

Shakespeare’s new London playhouse to open without the Bard

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – A new playhouse attached to
Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London announced its inaugural
season on Monday, but there was no room for a single work by the

Instead the opening lineup at the candlelit Sam Wanamaker
Playhouse, named after the American director who pioneered the
main Globe, will feature three Jacobean plays including John
Webster’s bloodfest “The Duchess of Malfi”.

Apr 9, 2013

Outsiders make global inroads from France’s unsung wine region

LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – Winemakers from Britain,
Australia, the United States and even elsewhere in France are
raising the profile of France’s largest but most unsung wine
region, Languedoc-Roussillon.

In southwest France bordering Spain and the Mediterranean,
Languedoc used to be a byword for mass quantities of mediocre
wine sold through local cooperatives or to wine industry
merchants for blending with wines elsewhere.

Jan 17, 2013

Book Talk: Mary M. Mitchell goes to the dogs with a friend

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Etiquette expert and Reuters
columnist Mary M. Mitchell found that using a dog as an
intermediary helped to take the sting out of tricky discussions
with a treasured friend.

Mitchell created an email personality for her French bulldog
ZsaZsa LaPooch and began sending her friend Nessa emails from
the dog as a bit of fun, but then discovered during more than
two years of correspondence that it was a good way to deliver
difficult messages and explore emotions.

Jan 9, 2013

London fetes world’s oldest underground railway at 150

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s capital began year-long celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the world’s oldest underground passenger railway on Wednesday with reams of newsprint and plans for exhibitions, books, poetry and a commemorative steam train ride.

The rail service known affectionately as the “Tube”, which began in Queen Victoria’s reign, sheltered Londoners from Hitler’s bombs and has been a familiar friend to millions heading home from work and the pub, celebrated by announcing new trains, increased capacity and more frequent service.

Dec 31, 2012

Olympics, elections and horsing around in odd 2012

LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Presidential preening, golden Olympic gaffes, a royal windfall for a skydiving British queen on her diamond jubilee and the endless end of days marked the odd stories in 2012 which pranced across the news in Gangnam Style.

The year opened with a tale that flocks of magpies and bears had been spotted in mourning for North Korea’s “Dear Leader”, Kim Jong-il who died in December 2011 and was succeeded by his 20-something son Kim Jong-un.

Dec 12, 2012

Critics pan “charmless” Spice Girls musical

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – They came, they saw, but sadly
Britain’s music critics largely failed to enjoy Tuesday night’s
revival of girl power at the world premiere of the Spice Girls’
musical “Viva Forever!”

Reviewers panned a production loosely based on the band’s
meteoric rise to fame in the 1990s, complaining that its
“charmless” script failed even as a basic invention for folding
nostalgic pop hits into a West End stage show.

Oct 30, 2012

Photography’s art history laid bare in UK show

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Photography’s artistic roots are
laid bare in a new show which brings historical paintings, early
photographs and contemporary pictures together in a new show at
Britain’s National Gallery.

“Seduced by Art: Photography Past & Present” explores how
photographers from the medium’s earliest beginnings to the
present day stand on the shoulders of artistic predecessors
stretching back to ancient Greece.

Oct 29, 2012

UK queen’s art brings Protestant reformation to life

LONDON (Reuters) – Religious rivals of the Protestant reformation, murderous royal patrons and other 15th-16th century power brokers are brought to life in a new London art show telling the tale of northern Europe’s renaissance.

Some of the characters on show in drawings and paintings put together for “The Northern Renaissance: Duerer to Holbein” at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace come straight from the pages of Booker prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall”, with Martin Luther, Thomas More and Henry VIII playing key roles.

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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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