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January 22nd Newsletter
The galloping gourmet (1)
It's Scottish poet Robert Burns's birthday on Sunday, and Monaco based Scots are celebrating with two events. Tonight the British Association is holding a tartan happy hour, and on Saturday, Monte Carlo Whisky Society is feasting on haggis, neeps and tatties.
There's snow in them thar hills and local ski stations Isola 2000, Auron and Valberg are open for business. Winter sports enthusiasts are flocking to the mountains for the skiing and also to watch the Monte Carlo Rally. 95 teams inspected the routes earlier in the week, but it's today that the spectacle begins, with an afternoon show on quai Albert 1er, followed by the official start in Casino Square, and two night trials.
Monaco FC continues its run of success with a 2-0 win against Evian yesterday, taking the team through to the next round of the Coupe de France. The club has also qualified for the Coupe Gambardella under-19s competition, organized by the French Football Federation. Teams find out who they'll be playing following the draw tonight, and matches take place the weekend of 7-8 February.
Finally, more of the Palace's Napoleon memorabilia was auctioned last weekend in Fontainebleau. A lock of the Emperor's hair, cut during his stay on Saint Helena, was bought for 51,500 euros, the most expensive hair cut we've ever come across, even in Monaco.
What's in the diary ....
Thursday: quiz challenge.
Friday: drive & sail a Maserati.
Saturday: 4x4 seasons.
Sunday: Hotel de Paris auction.
Coming up next week, a chamber concert, an Aussie celebration and a public holiday.
For lots more suggestions, visit maBoum's 7 day listing and enjoy your weekend.
(1) This week's quote is the title of a television program presented by British born culinary and television personality Graham Kerr, born this day 1934.