Travel & Photography: “Villas And Gardens Of The Renaissance” (Rizzoli)

Rizzoli New York Publishers logoAn historical text introduces each property, giving an overview of its origins. The villas have been specially photographed for this book by Dario Fusaro, with views of both the palace interiors and their grounds, as well as the gardens, glimpses of the halls, details of the furnishings, and a focus on the frescoes, where still preserved. Explanatory text offers insights on the most Villas and Gardens of the Renaissance Photographed by Dario Fusaro, Text by Lucia Impelluso Rizzoli 2019interesting frescoes, such as those of Veronese at Villa Barbaro. For the first time, Fusaro also employs a drone with the purpose of capturing the architectural structure and elements of each Italian Renaissance garden, from above and as a whole.

A stunning collection of photographs celebrating the excellence of the Italian Renaissance period through palaces and gardens built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

The book illustrates nine locations of extraordinary artistic and architectural interest, conceived by prominent Italian families and dynasties as urban villas or country houses centered around the pursuit of entertainment and leisure. These lavishly decorated and frescoed palaces are adorned with handcrafted furniture and works of art and surrounded by gardens that retain their original layout to this day–a very rare feature.

To read more and/or purchase: https://www.rizzoliusa.com/book/9788891821324

Top Camper Vans: “Iglhaut Allrad USA” – “All-Wheel Drive Off-Road Reliability”

From the Iglhaut Allrad USA website:

Ighaut Allrad USA is the exclusive US partner for Iglhaut Allrad. Iglhaut Allrad has been converting Mercedes 2 wheel drive commercial vehicles into truly capable off-road vehicles for over 35 years. We take a 2 wheel drive Mercedes Sprinter or Metric and convert it into permanent all wheel drive with a perfect 50/50 front to rear power split.Iglhaut Allrad USA Mercedes Offroad Vans

We can add three locking differentials, off-road high/low transfer case, suspension and brake upgrade, wheel well enlargement with fender flares to accommodate 18”light weight alloy wheels with up to 37” BF Goodrich KM3 Mud-Terrain tires, under body protection, rear door spare tire carrier, centrifugal snorkel, and 47.5 gallon fuel tank, for the most capable off-road van which retains all of its on road performance and handling characteristics.

Iglhaut Allrad is a World Wide Mercedes Van Partner and their conversion does not void the base vehicles warranty. Iglhaut Allrad USA facilitates the purchase of an Iglhaut converted vehicle for North American customers. All conversions are done in Germany at Iglhaut and turnaround time is about 6 month. Iglhaut Allrad USA takes care of all logistics and can help with the acquisition of the 2 wheel drive base vehicle.

Website: https://iglhautallradusa.com/?mc_cid=dce5bf23f0&mc_eid=c5f4960b01

New Photography Books: “Stones From The Inside – Rare And Unseen Images”

Stones From The Inside Rare and Unseen Images Bill Wyman December 2019Along with the images of the band at work and play, Wyman includes remarkable images of those along for the ride, from John Lennon, Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Iggy Pop to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. To accompany his photographs, Wyman offers up wonderful insights, anecdotes and behind-the-photo stories, giving all us a front-row seat and backstage pass to what it was like to be there, as music history was made as a member of The Rolling Stones.

Known, unknown, rare and unseen images from former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, capturing life on-stage, backstage and on the road

In addition to this trade edition, there will also be a limited edition of 300 copies, which comes in a slipcase, with an open-edition A4 print

Stones From The Inside Rare and Unseen Images Bill Wyman December 2019

As soon as Bill Wyman was given a camera as a young boy, he quickly developed a passion for photography. After joining what would become the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band, Wyman continued his hobby. When he didn’t have his bass, he had his camera. The result is an arresting, insightful and often poignant collection of photographs, showing his exclusive inside view of the band. From travelling to relaxing, backstage and on, Stones From the Inside is a unique view captured by a man who was there, every step of the way.

To read more or purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Stones-Inside-Rare-Unseen-Images/dp/1788840682/ref=sr_1_7?Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.x=26&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.y=12&field-datemod=12&field-dateop=During&field-dateyear=2019&qid=1576956262&rnid=1000&s=books&sr=1-7&unfiltered=1

Health Studies: Lowering LDL Cholesterol Below 70 MG/DL Markedly Lowers Risk Of Recurrent Strokes

From a Neurology Today online article:

Neurology Today December 2019After an ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack with evidence of atherosclerosis, patients who had a target LDL cholesterol level of less than 70 mg/dL had a lower risk of subsequent cardiovascular events than those who had a target range of 90 mg to 110 mg/dL.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) currently recommends using statins to lower lipid levels in patients after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or ischemic stroke of atherosclerotic origin, but offers limited guidance on just how intensive this therapy should be.

Now new findings from the Treat Stroke to Target (TST) trial conducted in France and South Korea offer that guidance. The study, led by Pierre Amarenco, MD, chairman of the department of neurology and Stroke Center at Bichat Hospital in Paris, and colleagues, point to a significant improvement in subsequent cardiovascular events when these patients were treated with statins until they reached target low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels of 70 mg/dL or lower.

To read more: https://journals.lww.com/neurotodayonline/Fulltext/2019/12190/Lower_LDL_Targets_After_Ischemic_Stroke.1.aspx/?cid=eTOC%20Issues.2019-neurotodayonline-00132985-201912190-00000&rid=&TargetID=&EjpToken=kUBI82y8eD4bC5NQiWgnbQlwWtm-SH0gXjxdmMaycL1mcSvxVt–tkCrNjLLBDUj-N7wY4–&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWmpFMU5ETTBaR1EwWm1FeSIsInQiOiJ0aUNySDdiMmF2aXdYdmhraDRFdXdcLzVLb0NWaW5qNXRNbHM0WVY5ZXhIUWlQdkJjcjVtNUxpSzFQTGk2VXUrZWh0cExaWVhKRlhLekFocnVnN0xyc3JqXC90dlBZZ084ZUNWV2lQVHBmSTJJWTlBXC9CdG5vdVlmQ0xUUzhlc1k4XC9EaGVidmVWUFduV1wvZ1dNWG1iYkppQT09In0%3D

1960’s Cinema Icons: Remembering French “Bond Girl” Claudine Auger (1941 -2019)

From a France24.com online release:

Thunderball Movie 007The film’s trailer introduced Auger as: “Young. Beautiful. Trapped. Could be dangerous”.

French actress Claudine Auger, best known to international audiences playing alongside Sean Connery in the 1965 James Bond film “Thunderball”, has died aged 78, her agent said Thursday.

She played the character “Domino” in the film, the fourth in the Bond franchise, which was set in the Bahamas providing ample opportunity for swimsuit action scenes.

To read more: https://www.france24.com/en/20191219-auger-thunderball-bond-girl-dies-aged-78

Interview Podcasts: Singer Paul McCartney Reminisces (Penguin)

In a special Christmas edition, Sir Paul McCartney tells Nihal about persuading John Lennon to believe in himself, the one famous person that even he feels nervous around, and his new children’s book ‘Hey Grandude’ and how being a grandad inspires him.

1970’s Movie Nostalgia: Soundtrack Music From “American Graffiti” (1973)

Soundtrack/theme music from the 1973 George Lucas film “American Graffiti,” with Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, Harrison Ford, Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan & Wolfman Jack.