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Outdoor Movie Cycle: Troubled Symphonies


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After putting together the road-movie cycle Night Riders at the Gärten in Biel last summer, the Metropolis Association and the Gärten by Überhaus are presenting a new cycle for film lovers in open air. This second edition entitled Troubled Symphonies will present a cycle of music films that portray four different music sensations: rock legends Pink Floyd, British punk group the Sex Pistols, the Doors as well as internationally acclaimed techno DJ Paul Kalkbrenner.

Troubled Symphonies will be held between the 14th of June and the 12th of September 2014.
4 films are scheduled for this summer, one screening per month, projected on a 9mx4m screen with function one sound system. A full cinematic outdoor experience!

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The outdoor film cycle will open with Alan Parker’s musical film Pink Floyd- The Wall which won the BAFTA for Best Original Song.
A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. Relationships, drug, abuse, sex, childhood, WWII and fascism combine in a disturbing mix of episodic live action and lyrical animation.

The second screening feature Gary Oldman in the role of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy directed by Alex Cox. The film is based on the true story of Sid Vicious, bass player for the legendary punk rock band “The Sex pistols” and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

Also scheduled is Berlin Calling by Hannes Stöhr about Berlin techno Dj and producer Martin Karow who tours clubs around the globe with his manager and girlfriend. On the eve of their largest album release he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic after overdosing at a gig.

This cycle will be closing with The Doors directed by Oliver Stone with Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan. A film that follows the story of the famous and influential 1960’s rock band and the rise and fall of its lead singer and composer Jim Morrison, from his days as UCLA student to his untimely death in Paris at age 27.

Gemstones: Pearls


A new French luxury jewelry brand opened recently in the Middle East, Mauboussin, with two branches in Lebanon (one in ABC Dbayeh and the second in ABC Achrafieh).

I have been checking their ads on the roads, their Facebook page, twitter and Instagram account and it made me fall more and more in love with the world of gemstones and unique jewelry.

I’m gonna introduce in my post today the “Pearl”

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Why have I chosen “Pearl” in specific?

Pearl for me is a delicate soft stone, yet it can be worn on a daily basis and you would still have a simple style.

And more specifically, because “Pearls” are considered the least understood of all gemstones, not all sales persons in jewelry stores have proper information about them. So i said to myself, it’s time to have a small research and learn all the basics about them.

Physical Properties

The unique luster of “Pearls” depends upon the reflection, refraction, and diffraction of light from the translucent layers. The thinner and more numerous the layers in the pearl, the finer the luster. The iridescence that pearls display is caused by the overlapping of successive layers, which breaks up light falling on the surface. In addition, pearls (especially cultured freshwater pearls) can be dyed yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, purple, or black. The very best pearls have a metallic mirror-like luster.

 Different types of Pearls

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There are two basic varieties of cultured pearls; freshwater and saltwater. Freshwater pearls are grown primarily in man-made lakes and reservoirs in China. Saltwater pearls, which include Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea, are grown in bays, inlets and atolls in many places around the world. Saltwater pearls are considered more valuable than freshwater pearls, although rare and very high-quality freshwater pearls can be exceedingly valuable.

Pearl Symbolism

Pearls symbolize Purity, Spiritual Transformation, Charity, Honesty, Wisdom and Integrity, all the best within us. Pearls provide a clear vehicle for the advancing states of wisdom, as well as a clean channel for receipt of spiritual guidance. Pearls can stimulate your femininity and help with self acceptance. They lift your spirits and make you feel calm and beautiful. They remind us to walk with Dignity.

Since ancient times, the pearl has been a symbol of unblemished perfection. It is the oldest known gem, and for centuries it was considered the most valuable. A fragment of the oldest known pearl jewelry, found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC, is displayed in the Louvre in Paris. To the ancients, pearls were a symbol of the moon and had magical powers. In classical Rome, only persons above a certain rank were allowed to wear pearl jewelry. The Latin word for pearl literally means “unique”, attesting to the fact that no two pearls are identical.

June Birthstone

For those who were born in the month of June, the Pearl is their traditional birthstone.

“Who comes with summer to this Earth

And owes to June her hour of birth

A pearl should wear against her skin

Who’s innocence many at heart shall win”

The June birthstone poem reflects some of the properties for the June birthstone Pearl, as modesty, chastity and purity.

 Pearl care

Pearls are the world’s only organic gemstone, and therefore, tend to be quite delicate. Proper care of your pearl jewelry is essential to ensure your investment will last a lifetime. Personal care products, such as perfume or hairspray, can severely damage the luster and beauty of a pearl.

Here are my favorite items with Pearls from Mauboussin 

“Perle D’or Mon Amour” ring

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this magnificent piece is made of yellow gold, gold pearl symbol of ebergy, white diamonds pavé and cognac diamonds

And the “Perle Caviar” ring

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this unique piece is made of white gold, grey cultured pearl symbol of rareness, black and white diamond pavé.

I hope my post wasn’t too long and boring, and stay tuned for more gemstones…

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