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Reykjavík Museum of Photography > Exhibition June 18, 2007

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Most people are aware that Iceland is famous for the diversity of its natural environment and that, from a geographical and geological perspective; it is considered one of the most fascinating places on Earth. 

Throughout the years, photographers from all over the world have sought inspiration in Iceland and have more than done justice to the country’s landscape and its most famous historical sites. 

Romantic vision of nature, untouched wilderness, and breathtaking scenery long dominated Icelandic landscape photography. However the situation today is different. People’s view towards landscape has changed with increasing interest in the changeability of landscape.

The title of the exhibition, “Automatos,” which now is on display in Reykjavík Museum of Photography, refers to a concept in Greek philosophy, and it means “that which is created from within and expands or blossoms.” 

On display until September 9.


London climbed up expensive cities list June 18, 2007

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London has climbed the list of the world’s priciest cities and is now second only to Moscow for expatriate living expenses, the Mercer cost of living survey has shown.

The UK capital has risen three places in the last year alone, overtaking Seoul and Tokyo, while European cities have also risen sharply alongside euro exchange rates.

Stockholm has climbed from 36th most expensive city to 23rd, Amsterdam from 41st to 25th, and cities in Spain, Greece, Germany have also moved sharply upwards.

US cities have slipped on the scale in line with the weakening dollar however, with New York and Los Angeles the only cities left in the top 50, at 15 and 42 respectively.

The Mercer survey, which claims to be the most comprehensive of its type, compares the cost of 200 products and services in 143 cities around the world.

‘The relative strength of the euro and other European currencies has pushed up the living costs faced by expatriates in many European countries,’ said Mercer research manager Yvonne Traber. ‘The change reflects a reversal of the situation experienced this time last year, when the majority of US cities climbed the ranking due to the strength of the dollar.’

Nokia Navigator takes ‘Long Way Down’ June 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Gadgets, Mobile Telecoms.
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with Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman

The Nokia 6110 Navigator, which began shipping this week, will have its navigation capabilities tested as it accompanies actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they take the “Long Way Down” to Cape Town on BMW motorcycles.

With the 6110 Navigator routing the path, best friends Ewan and Charley have begun their monumental motorcycle journey from John O’Groats, Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa, with a number of stops planned along the way. Long Way Down follows on from 2004’s Long Way Round where Ewan and Charley motorbiked around the world from London to New York over 115 days.

On such an arduous motorcycle journey across some of the most testing terrain in the world, the Long Way Down team will be relying on all of the Navigator’s features to keep them on the right track, but also to meet all of their media, communication and navigational needs in one. Whether it’s checking maps, surfing the net for information, taking photos and video or just keeping in touch with their friends and family back home, the team will be able to do all of this and more with the new Nokia.

“During Long Way Round we kept getting lost and had to rely on anything from landmarks to advice from locals in all sorts of languages to find our way, so getting a proper navigational tool for Long Way Down was a real priority” said Ewan McGregor. “We’ve been playing around with the Nokia 6110 Navigator before setting off and it’s just what we need to stay on track”.

The 6110 Navigator brings together GPS (Global Positioning System) and AGPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) functionality with always-on mobile connectivity in a feature-rich, compact device. Operating on WCDMA 2100 and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks, it will be available in shops across Europe, Asia, Middle East, and selected countries in Latin America.

A Greek Royal birthday June 18, 2007

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Catwalk queen Naomi Campbell looked simply heavenly as she rolled up for a fancy dress bash dressed as an angel.

The supermodel, 37, sported wings and a halo as she attended the 40th birthday party for Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Actress Liz Hurley, 43, and millionaire hubby Arun Nayar, 42, also donned halos for the event in Chelsea, West London.

Other guests included a halo-less Geri Halliwell, 34, and Royal rebel Lord Freddie Windsor, 27, who later left with a cut on his nose.