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Bulgaria’s Versace fans can now shop in Sofia February 17, 2007

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Versace opened its first boutique in Bulgaria on Thursday, thus adding another option for haute couture shoppers in the Balkan country.

Although the Versace family already has a shop in Sofia, it presents only their Versus brand, which is targeted more to youngsters.

The whole scope of Versace handbags, shoes and accessories from the Spring/Summer collection are now on sale on Sofia tempting the local elite.

Businesswoman Vanya Chervenkova, who narrowly survived a shooting in 2003, was the first to buy something from the new boutique. She recently wrote a book on her experiences during the shooting, presenting her “encounter” with death and her path to recovery.


Chef cooks £2,000 Valentine pizza February 17, 2007

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A chef has flown from Scotland to Italy to create the world’s most expensive pizza for a St Valentine’s Day meal.

Award-winning Glasgow restaurateur Domenico Crolla prepared the £2,150 (3,000-euro) feast for lawyer Maurizio Morelli and his wife Sabrina in Rome. Mr Morelli, a gastro-expert, bought the pizza during a charity auction.

The treat named the Pizza Royale 007 is topped with edible gold, lobster marinated in the finest cognac and champagne-soaked caviar. Other toppings on the organic base, spread with a sunblush tomato sauce, include Scottish smoked salmon and medallions of venison.

Mr Crolla said: “This is the perfect romantic Valentine’s gift. We Italians are experts at amore and I think this pizza will show that the way to a woman’s heart is definitely through her stomach.”

The pizza was created to raise funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation, which aims to prevent curable blindness in developing countries. The title for world’s most expensive pizza was previously held by a £100 white truffle, mushroom and fontina cheese pizza at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant in London.

Microsoft fixes 20 security holes February 17, 2007

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Windows users are being urged to install Microsoft’s February security update which contains 12 patches for 20 vulnerabilities. The bumper package includes fixes for loopholes that malicious hackers are known to be already exploiting.

Another vulnerability is in the program Microsoft designed to spot viruses and spyware that has infected PCs. Half of the patches in the update have been rated as critical; criminals exploiting these could take over a PC.

The fixes were issued as part of Microsoft’s regular monthly security update that falls on the second Tuesday of every month.

Loopholes in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Microsoft’s Malware Protection Engine are closed by the updates in the patch. Versions of these programs used on Windows 2000 and XP could have these loopholes.

Users worried that they are at risk are being encouraged to check information about which programs are vulnerable via Microsoft’s security site. Some of the loopholes, particularly those in Word, have been actively exploited by malicious hackers for several weeks.

Many Windows XP owners are likely to get the patches automatically, but any user can download the patches from the Windows Update site. The “critical” rating usually means that a cyber criminal exploiting such a vulnerability could take over a PC via a booby-trapped webpage or by tricking a user into opening an attachment on an e-mail.

None of the patches affected Vista, the newest version of the Windows operating system which was released on 30 January.



Oscars 2007 > The nominees February 17, 2007

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Here is the full shortlist for the 79th Academy Awards, to be held at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles on 25 February

Best picture
The Departed
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

Best director
Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears, The Queen
Paul Greengrass, United 93
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Babel
Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Best actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson
Peter O’Toole, Venus
Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Best actress
Penelope Cruz, Volver
Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren, The Queen
Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet, Little Children

Best supporting actress
Adriana Barraza, Babel
Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

Best supporting actor
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children
Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg, The Departed

Best foreign language film
Efter Brylluppet (aka After the Wedding), Denmark
Indigenes (aka Days of Glory), Algeria
El Laberinto del Fauno (aka Pan’s Labyrinth), Mexico
Das Leben der Anderen (aka The Lives of Others), Germany
Water, Canada

Best animated feature film
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best adapted screenplay
Children of Men
The Departed
Little Children
Notes on a Scandal

Best original screenplay
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen
Pan’s Labyrinth

Best music (score)
The Good German
Notes on a Scandal
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen

Best music (song)
I Need to Wake Up – An Inconvenient Truth (performed by Melissa Etheridge)
Listen – Dreamgirls (performed by Beyonce Knowles)
Love You I Do – Dreamgirls (performed by Jennifer Hudson)
Our Town – Cars (performed by James Taylor)
Patience – Dreamgirls (performed by Eddie Murphy, Keith Robinson, Anika Noni Rose)

Best documentary feature
Deliver Us From Evil
An Inconvenient Truth
Iraq In Fragments
Jesus Camp
My Country, My Country

Best documentary short subject
The Blood of Yingzhou District
Recycled Life
Rehearsing A Dream
Two Hands

Best visual effects
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Superman Returns

Best cinematography
The Black Dahlia
Children of Men
The Illusionist
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Prestige

Best art direction
The Good Shepherd
Pan’s Labyrinth
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The Prestige

Best animated short film
The Danish Poet
The Little Matchgirl
No Time for Nuts

Best short film
Binta and the Great Idea
Eramos Pocos (One Too Many)
Helmer & Son
The Saviour
West Bank Story

Best costume design
Curse of the Golden Flower
The Devil Wears Prada
Marie Antoinette
The Queen

Best make-up
Pan’s Labyrinth

Best sound mixing
Blood Diamond
Flags of our Fathers
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Sound editing
Blood Diamond
Letters from Iwo Jima
Flags of our Fathers
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Best film editing
Blood Diamond
Children of Men
The Departed
United 93

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Brit Awards 2007 > List of winners February 17, 2007

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This year’s Brit Awards have been handed out at Earls Court in London.

British male solo artist
Winner: James Morrison
Also nominated: Jarvis Cocker, Lemar, Paolo Nutini, Thom Yorke.

British female solo artist
Winner: Amy Winehouse
Also nominated: Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamelia, Lily Allen, Nerina Pallot.

British album
Winner: Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
Also nominated: Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, Lily Allen – Alright Still, Muse – Black Holes & Revelations, Snow Patrol – Eyes Open.

British group
Winners: Arctic Monkeys
Also nominated: Kasabian, Muse, Razorlight, Snow Patrol.

British breakthrough act
Winners: The Fratellis
Also nominated: Corinne Bailey Rae, James Morrison, The Kooks, Lily Allen. (Winner chosen by BBC Radio 1 listeners)

International breakthrough act
Winners: Orson
Also nominated: Gnarls Barkley, The Raconteurs, Ray Lamontagne, Wolfmother. (Winner chosen by MTV viewers)

British live act
Winners: Muse
Also nominated: George Michael, Guillemots, Kasabian, Robbie Williams. (Winner chosen by BBC Radio 2 listeners)

British single
Winner: Take That – Patience
Also nominated: The Feeling – Fill My Little World, Razorlight – America, Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars, Will Young – All Time Love. (A live public vote will decide the winner on the night)

International male solo artist
Winner: Justin Timberlake
Also nominated: Beck, Bob Dylan, Damien Rice, Jack Johnson.

International female solo artist
Winner: Nelly Furtado
Also nominated: Beyonce, Cat Power, Christina Aguilera, Pink.

International group
Winners: The Killers
Also nominated: The Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Scissor Sisters.

International album
Winner: The Killers – Sam’s Town
Also nominated: Bob Dylan – Modern Times, Gnarls Barkley – St Elsewhere, Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds, , Scissor Sisters – Ta-Dah.

Outstanding contribution to music: Oasis

Related Links > http://brits.co.uk/