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Archive for the month “December, 2013”

ICE HOTEL SWEDEN

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Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel, Swedish Lapland, The World’s largest hotel made of ice and snow, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

makes me want to be a Cinderella!

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Canada’s Magical Ice Hotel Inspired by Jules Verne – My Modern Metropolis

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Canada’s Hôtel de Glace, the unique ice hotel, is back this season for its 13th annual reconstruction. The magical castle-like lodge is built each year with a…

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

quite takes your breath away! wanna go!

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#KeatonHenson – You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are from #MahoganySessions

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France -::- Versailles -::- Draping Necklace Chandelier Made of 800 Swarovski Crystals

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The Gabriel Chandelier is a stunning 39-foot-tall chandelier designed by French brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec that now permanently resides in the Palace…

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

Beautiful!

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#KeatonHenson – You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are from #MahoganySessions

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NUTTY CLARET

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NUTTY CLARET 

 

This year the challenge was what to have with the nut roast – nut roast specially prepared by young, up and coming dramatist, Chris O’Connor – and a happy solution was found – the Chateau Senejac 2009, a claret from one of the best known Crus Bourgeois estates of the Haut Medoc and available at an offer price of £13.99 from the dear old Co-op. The Co-op has had a lot of stick lately but their wine buyer, Ben Cahill, remains one of the best in the business. This wine was his recommendation; it is full bodied, has woodland scent, is actually itself, nutty – and with wonderful deep forest undertones. We had ours with Christmas lunch – the wine is available until Jan 3rd 2014 at the offer price – go get one for the New Year’s Day buffet! Scrumptious! 

 

 

Shaun Traynor

 

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PS Ingredients for the Chris O’Connor Nut Roast below – a parallel career beckons!    

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

Chris O’Connor’s nut roast ingredients:

 

I saw Chris’s competition- winning short play @ the Lyric in Hammersmith in the Autumn and very funny it was too. He is also known for his cooking skills and every Christmas I eagerly await the arrival of his Nut Roast. The full recipe remains a closely guarded secret but just look at the list of ingredients and you can understand why I drool in anticipation from early December onwards.

There’s parsnip purée, chestnut mushrooms,hazelnuts, roasted chestnuts, sage from the garden , red onion, blue cheese, breadcrumbs and free range egg ; they get magically made into a loaf, all wrapped up in a wilted savoy cabbage leaf. Scrummyum.

 

Twitterati will be pleased to learn that  Chris can be found talking food, football and the probable possibility of the shortest ever play with 140 characters.

 

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Cosmo Sheldrake ‘The Fly Part 2’ live on the trap

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Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

My Christmas Morning Discovery! Already feels like my music video choice of 2013!

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Altan – ‘Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil’

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Altan with a beautiful live rendition of the Irish Gaelic Christmas carol, ‘Don oíche úd i mBeithil’ (To That Night in Bethlehem), from St Patrick’s Cathedra…

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

Have a happy Christmas Day!

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france :: snow-art

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Watch the Space Station Fly Over London on Xmas Eve

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What a lovely way to start Christmas as we can — weather permitting — watch the International Space Station flying right over London on Christmas Eve.

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