As I woke up, and studied the scene in
Front of my eyes, I suddenly figured :
Mother Earth has painted some marvelous
Landscapes, but none compare to the sunny
Country of Ivory Coast and its past.
A sight so heart-rending yet so splendid.
Like a clear diamond, the ebony skins
And the white hearts are the reflection of
My heart who fled from traditions, back to
My true home here in the Ivory Coast.
The beauty of the grey dim morning light,
Accompanied by a long line of cars
From the beeline of the steady lagoon,
To the horizon of the high ocean.
The lavish sunset who lovingly claims
The African heart, who fastly alarms
The citizens they need to head home now,
Who induces sailors, to navigate
Its body of water so soothingly. to worry for
The water will always guide you home
Happily, Merely, and Blissfully.
Rows of greenery, chains of tall trees,
Coconuts falling and a radiant
Sun embracing the golden matte tans.
From North, East, and South, their weak feet appear !
A small point on the globe, unrecognized.
A small point, one who takes up most of the
Space in my heart. That small and poor, cramped point,
I find it the most beautiful of points!
By Alex Taylor
Manchester, the greatest city in the world. A city of culture, the working class. Every day people from all over the world fly in to it's busy airport, eager to absorb this cities incredible culture. Noel Gallagher, Paul Scholes, Fred Perry, Bernard Manning, all made their mark in this city, and is there any saying who will come out of make their name next...
Known for it's music and sport, Manchester has played a pivotal role in pop-culture. It's array of famous figures and brands has secured it's place on the large map of cultured cities. Today, I want to talk about what makes Manchester such an incredible city.
Let's start off in 1982, the grand-opening of Manchester's very own Haçienda, the quirky nightclub that sparked up a whole-new genre of music and a face for the city. It was in this club that young bands would showcase their talent to a wide audience. The psychedelic sounds mixed with the availability of narcotics had more and more people, nationwide traveling to hear the psychedelic sounds of pre-Madchester bands such as The Smiths and The Fall. The public were so taken away that they deemed 'Madchester' (or new wave) music a whole new genre. After word got out about a new band however, people were flying in from all corners of the globe to hear them. Vinyls and records were flying off shelves in every shop from Morecambe to Mozambique. This band went by the name of 'The Stone Roses'. The iconic lemon logo of the Roses could be seen on walls of bedrooms, t shirts, tattoos and everything else imaginable. The Roses began travelling the world performing famous songs such as 'Waterfall', 'Sally Cinnamon' and 'Fools Gold'.
After the closing of the Haçienda in 1997, the Madchester scene was long gone. All had not been lost however as by that time Manchester was saved by the working-class sounds of Oasis and The Verve. Their sounds have influenced many working-class cultures and the persona of the Oasis members have been just as documented as their iconic guitar sounds. As for The Verve, their One-Hit wonder, Bittersweet Symphony, has been played on every sports montage and England Football match since it's release back in 97.
By Sally Johnson
On Saturday 19th of November of 2016, twenty brave CDL students headed to Glion Institute of Higher Education for a day filled with professional presentations, tough challenges and exciting prizes.
The day began at 6:45am and after a rainy bus journey we had arrived. We were greeted by professionals in suits and were offered hot drinks and croissants. We were all amazed at the level of professionalism at Glion, so we were glad we were wearing the appropriate attire. After introductions the day began with a presentation by Lorenzo Stoll, Swiss Air’s head of western Switzerland. He introduced us to the world of hospitality.
We then were given a presentation by a professional skier and businessman who has worked for FIFA, UEFA and many other big names. In his words he “Taught us all of the hospitality management skills you would learn in two years in five minutes.” After his brief speech we met Eline Beernaert, owner and founder of the event management company “Elegant Events”. She taught us all we needed to know about wedding planning and how to deal with tricky customers. She offered a valuable insight into the world of business management and how she achieved her dream after not having support from her parents. We also met professional ice skating duo, Robert Dierking and Anna Bernauer, who have worked for countless ice skating shows both on the stage and behind it.
After their presentation we were given our first task. We had to plan an event for a stadium opening in Geneva or plan a celebrity wedding. We had a budget of 4 million and had to create a PowerPoint with the running order of events all in twenty minutes! The pressure was on and everyone was full of ideas. Conflicts arose in all the groups but compromises were met and eventually, after a lot of stressful typing, all the groups managed to give in their USB sticks.
After a quick break we watched (no pun intended) a presentation by watch company “Audemars Piguet”. The presenter taught us about luxury items and what makes something luxurious. We learned that their specialty is “continuity” and “stability”. We then had to fill in a questionnaire about exclusivity and luxury branding.
Following the most fabulous lunch we had ever eaten we went back up to the event room and had a brief introduction to entrepreneurship. There was then a panel of alumni who spoke to us about their experiences in business and how they overcame the tough challenges of the hospitality world.
After our final break we were ready to face the real challenge. We had to design a hotel of our choice in: London, Paris, Bangkok, Singapore or Dubai and supply all the details about the functioning of the hotel, who it would be marketed at and why. We worked really hard and all of the teams designed amazing hotels including and eco-friendly hotel, a floating hotel on a boat, a luxurious business and leisure hotel and lastly a colourful art hotel in Paris. After we had all presented the awards were given out. CDL’s group 1 team won the summer camp scholarship prize! We were so happy and grateful for the opportunities provided for us and felt very privileged to have won.
We left feeling like we had all learned new skills and were still buzzing from such an exciting day. We hopped on the bus and headed home to celebrate.
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