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Life’s a trypp – film maker Ben Russell, named as one of the best 50 under 50

 

Two months ago, Cinema Scope magazine named Ben Russell on its list of the “50 Best Filmmakers Under 50”. That includes filmmakers from all over the world, and – even though Ben makes experimental, or avant-garde, films – includes all filmmakers, not just avant-gardists. Also on the list are such recognisable names as Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher and Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director of Dogtooth. 

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A minute with Emmanuella Kouyoumdjian, Graphic Designer & Accessory Designer

Where do you live?

I live in my own pink, magical world of Narnia and I’m the Queen!

 

Best childhood memory?

The nights before Christmas

 

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? 

Dim Sum parcels of heaven from Ping Pong, London!! I could live on those!!

 

What food would you really turn your nose up to?

My nose turns up to anything that’s “good for you”. 

 

What did you have for breakfast?

Your guess is as good as mine!

 

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?

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Olympic spirit

While all eyes are on the athletes making their way to London four local artists are soon to set off to celebrate the Games. ZOE CHRISTODOULIDES talks to them

 

As all the hype surrounding the fast approaching London Olympics intensifies, it’s not just the athletes that are knee deep in preparations. Nor are they the only ones that will be showing off their talents. Here in Cyprus, a group of four artists are particularly proud to be showcasing work at the prestigious Barbican Art Centre as part of a special Olympic Fine Arts 2012 event. 

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Singing for a good cause

A Paphos rock choir raises spirits and money for charity discovers BEJAY BROWNE

 

Singing is widely believed to lift the spirits and its certainly working for one Paphos resident, who says the pastime is helping her cope with grueling cancer treatment.

Karen Roe was diagnosed with breast cancer in March and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment, but she says singing with the Paphos Zingers “is her oxygen”.

The attractive, bubbly forty-something has only missed a couple of rehearsals and performances in the last few months and says she draws immense strength from singing with the group.

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Film review: WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING *

 

Nausea, to be sure. Bleeding gums. Constipation. Acne, and indeed “bacne”. Heartburn. More nausea. Having to pee every five minutes. All this is to be expected when you’re going to have a baby – but I’ve heard people say they plan to take their pregnant friends to What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which just seems excessive. Those nine months of misery and suffering – albeit with a quote-unquote “little miracle” at the end of it – are already hellish enough without being subjected to something as inane and misguided as this would-be delightful trifle. Not to mention that it’s likely to provoke even more nausea.

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Film review: ROCK OF AGES ***

 

Rock is dead, or at least out of fashion. Only three of the UK’s top 100 best-selling songs of 2010 came from rock acts, and the US isn’t much better. Instead, the proverbial kids are grooving to the hammer beats of hip-hop, trance, dubstep and whatever else has taken over rock’s cachet as annoy-your-parents music. None of this appears in Rock of Ages, however, even granted that it’s taking place in the late 1980s; instead, as rock’n roll wanes, our hero Drew (doe-eyed Diego Boneta) reluctantly becomes the lead singer in a weedy boy-band, the ultimate pop-culture evil. The only way to make rock look cool is to contrast it with something uncool. Otherwise, nostalgia starts to curdle.  

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Restaurant review: Taurus Steakhouse, Limassol

Taurus Steakhouse is one of the most longstanding and popular destinations for steak in Limassol. Now, halfway through the Euro 2012, it’s the best place to enjoy a good steak, a sizeable meal and the agonizing football matches. And even without the football, Taurus is a great place for a night out, especially with the family.

Taurus has not really changed through the years. It has more or less withstood the passing of time, keeping its faith in its décor and atmosphere. The restaurant, which is situated just at the tip of the tourist area, has entertained both locals and tourists for years.

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Bar review: Boutique by the Sea, Paphos

The place to go in Paphos this summer is Boutique by the Sea. Situated at Atlantida beach in Kato Paphos, the owners of popular winter club Boutique uptown have taken over the space until the end of September.

Successful partners Victoras Vasiliou and Nikolas Liasides have brought their wealth of knowledge to this bar/café which operates daily from 10 am- 8pm.

Boutique by the Sea is the place to go if you want to chill out during the daytime and the party atmosphere takes over at weekends.

Victoras said, “This is our new summer venture and a new idea for the beach. We hope we have something for everyone.”

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'Action needed to avoid future risk'

 

CENTRAL Bank chief Panicos Demetriades had a go at the island’s banks yesterday, suggesting they need to downsize to cope with their capital adequacy shortfall.

In a speech at the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK), Demetriades said the value of the consolidated assets of all banks operating in Cyprus comes to 800 per cent of GDP, or an 8 to 1 ratio.

The assets of local banks, including co-operatives, stood at 550 per cent of GDP. The island’s GDP is around €18 billion.

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