Schilds comeback after a 609 day absence Former slalom champion Marlies Schild came back to the Ski World Cup on Nov 14th. After a 609 day absence she started in Levi in the Slalom. After the first run she was 7th. But in the second run she got better and finally the race ended for Schild in sixth place. On October 10th she broke her left leg in a training crash in Sölden before the first race in the 2008/09 season started. She broke her shinbone and fibula in the accident. That was quite a tough injury. In a giant slalom practice run she got caught…
Oh baby. The rat pack has come back and what a comeback it is! For the most favourite of their hang outs is back on the international traveller’s map. The rigid lay out of Palm Springs, 100 miles east of Los Angeles, belies the swing of the city that once attracted Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr: They partied the night away in swanky, then hair raisingly modern, yet pared down homes and filled their suitcases with the newest and best that fashion had to offer.
Then, things went pear shaped. Golfing retirees took over in the 80s, gentlemen wearing check bermudas and ladies colouring their hair peach or purple. The modernist past turned into a Fata Morgana, almost like this vibrant city surrounded by the gleaming desert itself.
Still, the basics were right. Weathered volcanic rock continued to stand over shifting, singing sand dunes; Mountains shimmer in hues of rich mustard and vibrant pink; Hot springs spurt from Earths deep belly: beauty and spirituality do not go away, but ask to inspire again.
Not surprising then that a whole new generation of artists, hipsters, travellers and celebrities is falling in love with the city’s retro-chic charms, which are carefully preserved and continued in style through the past decades.
A brilliant place to base yourself are Palm Springs many modernist and mid-century style hotels, the liveliest of which might be the Ace Hotel & Swim Club with its two kidney shaped pools, fabulous kitchen and very funky design and furnishing. One of the pools stays open until 2 am.
Why? Don’t ask, just go and get the answer, after touring the city for modernist gems and sampling latter day Californian Cuisine.
Despite its clean lines Modernism is not the easiest of architectural languages – think comparing the Protestant religions to the Catholic Church. The emphasis is put on form rather than ornament. Structure and materials take precedence over pict.....[read full text]
Last but not least have a look at the Twin Palms Estate, Frank Sinatra’s original house. He put Palm Springs on the global map of charm and sex appeal, and his influence is still keenly felt in his house, which is available to rent as a vacation home. Be it the piano shaped pool or Sinatra’s vast master bedroom, the property oozes glamour and passion.
It bore witness to the fieriest battles between him and Ava Gardner: a crack in one of the bathroom basins dates from when he threw a bottle at her. She ducked, just in time, yet wrote in her autobiography “It was the site of probably the most spectacular fights, and honey don‘t think I don’t know that’s really saying something…the house has seen some pretty .....