Marc Opens A Café In Italia

Ok, well in a way he did. He actually opened his new Milan boutique Marc by Marc Jacobs WITH a café.

The designer store is designed with navy concrete floors, blue steel shelves and neon signage all in the essence of Marc by Marc Jacobs. Stephan Jaklitsch, the architect for the 3,100 square foot boutique also installed a sliding blue glass door connecting to the café.

The boutique will open at Piazza del Carmine 6 in Milan’s Brera district and will offer Marc’s ready-to-wear and accessories, perfume and sunglasses, and branded trinkets and gadgets. Café o Jacob will be open from 7:30am to 2am accommodating the early birds and the night owls.

Caffeine and Clothes, is there a deeper addiction? Italy has nice weather right now. We think we should all go, first stop, Jacob’s Café!

Degas Painting Stolen From Museum

Just before the Cantini museum in Marseilles, France opened yesterday, the staff reported a painting done by 19th Century impressionist Degas missing! The painting called Les Choristes or Les Figurants was 32 by 27 cm, painted in 1877 and estimated to have a worth of 800.000 euros ($1,200,000)

Les Choristes was one among twenty works of Degas featured at the Cantini museum for an exposition “De la scène au tableau” and had been borrowed from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay.

The thief or thieves sneakily unscrewed the painting from its’ base having known where weaknesses were in the security. Though prosecutor Jacques Dallest says that this theft was not done by a professional due to the seeming lack of organization.

The museum is closed for the time being while security tapes are investigated. As the exhibition ends January 3, we fear that French citizens who have not seen it already will not have the opportunity before it goes to Italy and Canada.

Italian Glee!!

On December 21st, at Galleria Alberto Sordi in Rome a group of what looks like a dessert tray of assorted Italian goodies broke out into DANCE!


See Santa’s Travels With NORAD!

If you wanted to track the location of Father Christmas tonight, you have only to look on NORAD’s site, accessible in 7 languages.

The tradition started in 1955 when NORAD was called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) and a Sears advertisement printed Santa’s hotline into CONAD’s instead of Santa!

Colonel Harry Shoup, a commander, decided to have his staff find out where Santa was to so they could pass along the information to the kids.

Nowadays, volunteers help the center by taking phone calls and e-mails from kids. But if you really want to know what’s going on with Santa, all you need is a computer. Thanks to the Internet now, you can track him yourself online through NORAD’s site.

NORAD is made possible by Google Earth so have fun tracking and Merry Christmas!

Pope Attacked But Ok!

A woman, now being reported as mentally unstable, knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he was walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday as well as Cardinal Roger Etchegaray. The dismayed gasps of many were heard throughout as the public witnessed the 82-year-old fall. 

Rev. Ciro Benedettini said the pope quickly recovered his balance and continued on with the procession while the woman who pushed the pope was arrested by Vatican

Benedict made no reference to the incident as the service started even though this is the second year in a row a security breach has occurred. Apparently, a woman was involved in last year’s incident as well. No reports as to whether this is the same woman who tumbled the Pope today.

Though we are not avid fans of the Pope and Co, it is Christmas Eve, let Christmas cheer reign above all else.

Tumble him on Boxing Day or something

Black Jesus sparks Controversy in Roma

When we think of Christmas, some turn to the image of a ‘pure’ and white Jesus with flowing glowing robes of goodness and hope…(we said some) while others argue that history indicates that it was more likely that he had a darker skin colour. The latter sentiment was expressed by chief Public Prosecutor Mario Giulio Schinaia with a nativity scene put on display in a Verona courthouse in Italy which featured a dark-skinned baby Jesus lying in a manger, dressed in a red shirt along with Mary and Joseph. This has, needless to say, received mixed reactions as this coincides with Italy’s anti-immigration Northern League party’s controversial operation “White Christmas,” which is a two-month sweep of foreigners without permits in Coccaglio, a small town outside Milan, ending on Christmas Day.

Northern League farm minister Luca Zaia responds, “It is a useless act of provocation, just like the suggestion not to have a nativity scene at all, in order not to offend Muslims. Magistrates have other problems to deal with. I hope they spend as much time thinking about lawsuits and trials,” making reference to proposals that would bar shops and town halls from displaying nativity scenes.

The league have been attempting to find ways to ‘solve’ these problems by creating proposals ranging from separate buses and trains for immigrants to banning new mosques and forbidding the serving of Chinese food and kebabs in towns under its control!

Seems extreme, however it seems illegal immigration is a very hot button issue so we don’t really know what to say except segregation sounds wrong!

Though Schinaia defends his display saying, “There shouldn’t be a white or black Christmas, only a merry Christmas for everyone, of every skin color, ethnic background and nationality.”

That sounds nice and very merry indeed!

But we do think that the issue of foreigners needs to be resolved toute de suite!