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Current Music Presents: Embedded with Mos Def in Japan // Current

November 18, 2009

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Carla Bruni Sarkozy From Supermodel to First Lady

November 17, 2009
EXCLUSIVE - Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arriving at the TV show 'Vivement Dimanche' in Paris
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arriving at the TV show ‘Vivement Dimanche’ in Paris, France on November 4, 2009
Bio from the French Magazine Paris Match

Though the French profess a certain disdain for Sarkozy’s unpresidential style, they clearly cannot get enough. “Carla has led many lives,” the noted journalist Christine Ockrent, whose companion, Bernard Kouchner, is the French foreign minister, tells me. “She’s a kind of alpha female. She was never a courtesan like Pamela Harriman—she was more like a female Don Juan.” Carla Bruni is no stranger to privilege.

In the opening scene of her sister Valeria’s semi-autobiographical film, It’s Easier for a Camel … , the female protagonist goes to church to confess, “I am rich—I am very, very rich.” Bruni was born into one of the industrial dynasties in Turin. The family fortune came from the ceat company, which produced electrical cable. Alberto Bruni-Tedeschi, the patriarch, however, was as much a composer and art collector as a capitalist. “He could converse on anything from A to Z,” says a family friend.

Carla’s extroverted mother, Marisa, who appears in Valeria’s films, was a concert pianist. Carla, Valeria, and their brother, Virginio, grew up on a vast estate outside the city. Carla studied piano, violin, and guitar. “Ours were not the kind of parents who would spend time with children,” she tells me. But neither, she adds, were they interested “in the power of money. Maybe because my parents were artists.

I remember that every time my father had to choose between increasing his business and going to the museum he would go to the museum, and I think that was transmitted to us.” In 1975, when the Red Brigades were kidnapping wealthy individuals, Carla’s family moved to Paris, where she attended an Italian school and received a French baccalaureate. Her parents expected her to continue her studies, but she soon tired of the 37 Métro stops it took to get to classes on art and architecture, and she couldn’t wait to be on her own. So when her brother’s girlfriend, a model, told her to try modeling, she made her move. “What I wanted was to be free, independent of my parents,” says Carla. “Modeling is a fast-acting job—right away you get to work, and you learn in two or three months by working.” That became her pattern: take on a big challenge, learn fast, and land on top.

Garden Party at Elysee Palace - Paris
French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arrives at Elysee Palace in Paris, France on July 14, 2009 after the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysee avenue
Carla Bruni Sarkozy on the web

Though its bugging from time to time since its launch thanks to high traffic, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy website,carlabrunisarkozy.org, made its ranks within a bunch of other highly read political news websites.Among them the artistically acclaimed Segoléne Royal’s website, she was a presidential candidate for 2007.Club Villepin.fr, the former Prime Minister website and Elysée twitter account ..etc

A start with bugs and media coverage, discovering a design with pastel colors, clean, inspiring glossy upscale,the French quickly drawn the parallel with “ Your desired Future’ Ségoléne Royal website which has caused an overnight media firestorm.But not so fast, the comparison stoped at the design similarities, Segolene Royal being a left -wing politician as opposed to Carla Bruni Sarkozy whom married a right- wing politician.

Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy performs during the Mandela Day

While the singer has already a site dedicated to her albums, this new portal, created by Zeni, the agency’s Web Keyrus group, leans on her other hats – each with its own color code: Ambassador activities for the Global Funds against AIDS, those of her foundation which are aimed to “facilitate access to culture, education and knowledge to fight against social inequalities, and Finally, Carla, first lady.

It gives a homepage  where we can pretty much find everything from  an article listing the “10 things to know about AIDS,”  to another on the culture in prison or the story of her day with Michelle Obama in Pittsburgh and an interview with Jean-Paul Gautier, etc..

“In many parts of the world, when one hears the name” Carla “, it is likely to be Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. But since December 15, 2007, where she was seen with the president, its has  dramatically increased, she’s more popular as ever.

Official Welcome Ceremony For President Sarkozy
President Sarkozy, Queen Elizabeth II and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy watch a ceremonial welcome at Windsor on March 26, 2008 in England

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Pic of the Day

November 15, 2009
Jakarta Fashion Week 2009/10 - Day 2
A model showcases designs on the runway by Harry Lam as part of APPMI Show 4 on day two of Jakarta Fashion Week 2009 at the Fashion Tent, Pacific Place on November 15, 2009 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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French love gangsters doing “it” in style [criminal culture]

November 15, 2009

French criminal culture is far away from what could happen around the world, rules breakers and rogues are litterally loved and celebrated as long as they do it with style of course.

Last thursday,Tony Musulin -a security van driver- made headlines when he stole 11 millions euros from the Bank of France and disappeared with the loot.The media landscape went aghast, triumphantly informing the public that the French Police aka Chicken did not have a clue as to where the hell he was.Overnight Tony has become an internet star in France ,he now has a fan club on Facebook wich describes as hero and “Best Driver for 2009”.

French celebrate obessesively the criminal culture, they are always smart and charming when portrayed in films as opposed to dimwit cops.

In september, a man accused of the brutal murder of two women escaped from a jail in Burgundy.Jean Pierre Treiber hid inside a cardboard box in the prison workshop and had himself “delivered” to the outside world as part of a consignement stationnery.On the run ever since, Mr Trieber has managed to outwit the dumb cops at every turn not to mention ridiculing them in front of the entire nation when he sent his prison identity to a french magazine and love letters to his girlfriend.French simply cheered on him.Film makers meanwhile are already penning the script.

The bank robber Michel Vaujour made history in 1986 when he fashioned a replica gun from a bar of soap and barged his way on to the prison roof where his obliging wife(having cleverly learned to fly a helicopter in her spare time) hovered above the prison and scopped him up and away from prison.

Of course, his 27 years behind bars was smartly turned in a psychological account on how to cope and jail breaking.At the screening well educated, well dressed, Parisian women were tearfully thanking him for his honesty, humility, and humanity.

Even Jacques Chirac,Nicolas Sarkozy predecessor, was voted the most popular French politician alive though he was ordered by French magistrates to stand trial on embezzlement charges.Meanwhile Nicolas Sarkozy hit an all-time low in the opinions poll..

source BBC

 

 

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has given details of her psychoanalysis (TV Interview)

November 14, 2009
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As Freud once said, Life is a theatrical performance, what we see is far away from reality.Being the blind actor of our own story and this one having hidden paths, one day we might take the decision to see our innerside.

Carla lies down on the couch with Gerard Miller to give the virtues of psychoanalysis. What we can hold is five points.

The first lady of France explains that she follows a psychoanalysis for several years, which is not ” breaking news”.Carla Bruni had already said in an interwiew given to Psychologies magazine six years ago that she was seing a psychoanalyst.

More recently, she spoke about in the March 2009 issue of the American edition of Vogue in which she explained she began a Freudian psychoanalysis in 1998.

1. Carla Bruni is a woman like everyone else.She jumped the shark while she was “impervious to such things” because she was not feeling well. Why? “I had a fracture when my father died and I went into psychoanalysis body and soul.

She stated: “Because life is painful, life is painful, the condition of being human is painful. Even being a cat, it may be painful. Psychoanalysis can accept the reality of life and thus pain. Do you know why children are more uncomfortable with their mother than their father? Because they criticize him for giving them life. Be fatal, is extremely violent … “Yes, that’s life: in the end, you die. The mind can cost you a psychoanalysis.

2. It does not work the first time. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, in analysis for eight years, had to change a psychoanalyst in the way because she felt “it was as indifferent as a vague boredom, perhaps both sides” . There was change of therapist, for sure.

3. Do not lie down. The second analyst was good: “With him, the first session was incandescent. This has something to do with the heart beating. These are two people who meet. It is a human encounter that has, in my case, investment and involvement in psychoanalysis. “It must be said that its new psychoanalyst thinks outside the box: it does not ask him to lie down to talk. “For two years, I am face to face with my analyst. This calendar helps me more to talk more freely. “

4. An analyst at the Elysee? Also in Psychologies, who asked how she planned in ten years, Carla Bruni replied: “I’d dream of being a psychoanalyst. I’m not there yet, it’s a long process, but I think it’s the world’s most interesting that we have within our reach … “

5. Nicolas Sarkozy should be careful! Gerard Miller fell under the spell of his wife: “Basically the left-wing, I have never voted and I would never support Sarkozy, things are clear between us. But Carla is a true intellectual, who has opened whole areas of culture to her husband. All the technical team during the interview, was seduced by his simplicity, his modesty. Carla has not changed since she became Mrs. Sarkozy. “

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Sunday News Round Up

November 8, 2009

Condenast going Chinese ! No jokes ! We might have a chance to see Wintour on tour in the chinese province Shanxi so to explain the crucials differences between “Goergous”, “Beautiful” , “so 2008”  and few tips on the perfect outfit for a Dragon boat racing, a popular traditional Chinese sport.

“In emerging markets like China… the magazine business and magazine development continue to go very strong,” even as the publishing industry suffers in America amid the rise of Web-based content, said Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman of Conde Nast International Ltd” said Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman of Conde Nast International Ltd

Health care reform passed in the House of Representatives last night ! Thanks God ! We thought one way or another we’re all going to die.Now let’s hope Lieberman doesn’t eff things up in the Senate.

Warren Buffet rules when it comes to make bucks, amidst a severe recession, round up layoffs around the country, his investement company just announced that profits have almost tripled in the third quarter.

Erikah Badu thinks her first appearance on a music video get way too little credit.Do you remember the soul music video ” How does it feel” featuring an outreageous almost naked body wich send straight crazy all the girls around ? Well, its in “My Lady ” music video sang by soul crooner D’angelo where she first appeared but at that time the focus wasnt naked flesh but “those lips” and again, women still went crazy !

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MTV Europe Music Awards

November 6, 2009
MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 - Show

Lil’kim, Jay-Z, Beyonce and many more showed up to this year’s installment of the MTV Europe Music Awards.Beyonce was the big winner,the global music icon walked away with three of the night’s biggest awards — Best Female,Best Song, (“Halo”) and Best Video, (“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”). She had been nominated for four EMAs, including Best Live Act. The win for Best Video repeats her win at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), held in New York last September 13. Beyonce used the occasion in Berlin to thank her husband, Jay-Z for “putting a ring on it.”

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