Tuesday 10 December 2019

Global Village - Don't be a bag lady in the dark

From Swiss Chocolate to snowboarding lingo.

The handbag light.
The handbag light.
Festival of Swiss chocolate
Lady Gaga

Anna Coogan

Do you often find it impossible to locate things at the bottom of your bag? And have you at times come close to sticking your head into your bag in desperation in your search for your wallet or your phone.

Well, you're not alone, as research shows that the average woman spends an incredible 76 days of her lifetime rummaging around in her handbag.

The Handbag Light loops through the handle of your bag or rucksack, and when you press the switch and pop it inside your bag, it lights up the contents of your handbag.

It's perfect for when you're on the road, be it on a plane when the lights are dimmed for landing, or at a music festival, or when you're camping or are at the cinema, and costs in the region of €8.


A celebration of Swiss chocolate

Every year in early December, the Swiss city of Geneva interrupts its pre-Christmas festivities for a different kind of celebration: l'Escalade, a festival which celebrates the city's victory over the Duke of Savoy's invading troops in 1602.

It's also a great excuse to eat chocolate before Christmas, as during the festival, marzipan-filled marmites en chocolat (chocolate cauldrons) are smashed and the sweet pieces are gathered up and devoured by people in restaurants.

Pastry shops offer chocolate soup pots filled with marzipan vegetables, and l'Escalade takes place from Friday through Sunday on the weekend closest to December 11, the day of the Savoyards' ill-fated invasion.


Las Vegas, top of the world

Las Vegas is the place to be this New Year's Eve if you fancy a spectacular stage show to ring in the next 12 months, with Lady Gaga joining Tony Bennett on stage in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Pop diva Britney Spears will perform a show packed with her greatest hits and energetic dance numbers in Britney: Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Singer Olivia Newton-John will perform her greatest hits at the Flamingo Showroom.

American singer and pianist Michael Feinstein will perform classic numbers at The Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas.

The High Roller in Las Vegas is the world's highest observation wheel, at a staggering 550-feet-tall.

It usually makes 30-minute rotations during its regular schedule, but will hold guests at a standstill during a portion of the New Year's Eve fireworks celebrations.


Snowboarding lingo for newbies

ing in popularity, and Rough Guides has come up with a guide to the mountain lingo for any boarding newbies who don't want to seem green around the edges.

Shredding pow: Travelling through fresh snow at speed.

Stomp a landing: Landing nicely after a trick has been performed in the air.

Steazy: A combination of the words stylish and easy, and a compliment.

Sticks and Trays: Instead of skis and snowboards.

Bluebird: A beautiful day that encourages the drinking of mulled wine at lunchtime.

Stoked: Means you feel darn pleased.


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