OK, so the Grand Hotel Trento isn't really that grand at all. I mean, yes, it's grand as in big, but it's not grand as in posh or swanky. In fact, it's more than a little shabby around the edges, redolent even of a cheesy Seventies conference venue. The staff are extremely jolly though and - vitally - it's slap dab in the heart of Trento. And since this glorious city of just 150,000 inhabitants is such a joy, with wonderful food, remarkable wines, thrilling architecture and absorbing culture, I quickly came to ignore the rock-hard beds, the erratic electrics, the cacophonous plumbing and the permanently AWOL barman (I resorted to clambering over the bar and mixing my own negroni). Trento's classical Piazza del Duomo at the centre of the city, home to Neptune Fountain Indeed, so smitten was I with this beguiling spot that I found a huge smile spreading across my chops and promptly booked myself in for an extra night. Trento is barely an hour's drive from Verona and yet somewhat … [Read more...] about Italy at its sparkling best! Forget Champagne. Head to Trento to sample its delicious fizz and captivating culture
Outrage over Wonho's recent departure from Monsta X continues, with fans claiming the former lead singer of the group was unfairly dismissed from the K-pop boy band based on "rumors without evidence" and was "failed by the system."Wonho's sudden departure last month was preceded by several allegations about his past before joining the band, including owing money to Korean actress Jung Da Eun, a former castmate on the Korean comedy show Ulzzang Shidae, as well as the illegal use of marijuana.His exit was announced in a statement by Starship Entertainment, the management company of Monsta X, which stated: "We greatly respect Wonho's decision [to leave Monsta X] who wants to make sure the recent chain of events doesn't distract from all of the exciting things are happening for MONSTA X now and what lies ahead in the future. We will continue to hold legal liability for malicious and distorted claims related to this matter."Nearly 3 weeks since Wonho's departure, Monsta X … [Read more...] about #ChallengeTheSystemForMX7 Trends As K-Pop Fans Blame Wonho’s Monsta X Departure on Cyberbullying Culture and False Rumors
By LARRY NGALA More by this Author Handicap 11 golfer Sam Gakiria was in his best form during the weekend’s Fashion on The Road Cultural Golf tournament at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course as he carded an impressive score of 40 points to emerge overall winner.Gakiria made three birdies all of them at the back nine, to beat men winner Mwai Mbuthia by three points while David Geita on 36 took the third prize after beating Kamau Thugge on countback. The ladies first prize went to Kezie Kihara on 32, two better than Joyce Kimotho and Rosemary Mkok.Jacob Njeru and Kaburu Mwirichia won the nines on 20 and 21 points and Cecilia Macharia was the best junior on 34 points. At Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Sarah Hoare carded 33 points, to claim the overall title during the low-scoring Lady Captain’s Prize golf tournament.She won by one point from Silver division winner Mumbi Ngengi who carded 32 points, beating Florence Maina and Njeri Kariuki on countback. The Bronze winner was Agnes … [Read more...] about Gakiria wins Fashion on the Road Cultural tourney
I’m sitting under a lighthouse just outside Reykjavík watching the Northern Lights dance over Iceland’s capital city. The green hues are cascading across the sky like glowing curtains. It’s otherworldly. I’m with the writer of the Lonely Planet travel guide to Iceland, the man who literally wrote the book on the country and who says he’s spent countless hours trying to explain the aurora borealis. “It’s indescribable,” he says. It would be hard to argue with that, were it not for the group of British students gazing at the lights a few feet away, one of whom has his own summation: “It looks like God farted.” It was an odd, unexpected thing to say. And, it was kind of true. If nothing else, though, the whole exchange encapsulates Iceland, a place where every turn brings another mystifying natural wonder impossible to describe—a land of baffling, beautiful contradictions. How do you explain a place that’s … [Read more...] about Iceland Is Beautiful. And Sooo Weird.
His fellow coffee drinkers may have seen him play the serial killer Dexter, or the hot, perennially freaked-out undertaker David Fisher in Six Feet Under, but today Michael C. Hall’s anonymity in an Upper West Side cafe is guaranteed thanks to a baseball cap inscribed with a rainbow atop Brian Eno’s name. The actor lives nearby with his third wife, Morgan Macgregor, and their black long-haired dachshund Salamander. Handsome, charming, and eloquent, and with a light beard of reddish-gray stubble, Hall will talk about death, both as a shadow in his own life and in the roles that have made him famous. Having played one of television’s most radical and remembered gay characters, he will talk about "leaning in" to his own "fluid" sexuality, and the vexed cultural politics around the roles available for openly gay and trans actors and straight actors playing gay and trans roles. He will talk about giving up alcohol, marijuana, and becoming a vegan. And the Golden Globe and … [Read more...] about Michael C. Hall On His ‘Fluid’ Sexuality, ‘Dexter,’ Death, and David Bowie