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Danette Next 7 Seize icon icon by Madelaine Page by Madelaine Page the day Never shy to flaunt his apparent addiction to women, wine and song, off screen and on, and an attitude of love me or leave me, it is no surprise that Ireland’s hottest cinematic export, Colin Farrell, has somewhat of a bad boy image. 8 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous Next Next icon by Madelaine Page His vices: an addictive personality starting with rice crispies (eaten dry with loads of sugar) when he was a child, to an addiction to painkillers and alcohol as an adult. He once admitted that the closest thing he has to a nutritionist is the Carlsberg Beer Co. Lets not forget the cigarettes, which today remains his only vice – something he is quick to point out after his rehab stint. “For me there was no choice. I’d been drinking since I was 14; I was pretty sick,” he said after rehab. He jokes about his earliest addition to rice crispies saying there were no rehab centers when he was a kid. But the love me or leave me man is not easily phased, so please, oh please, don’t feel sorry for him because of his troubled life, he urges. “I mean, at the end of the day, the smallest violin wouldn’t or shouldn’t play for me because I had a lot of fun.” While criticized for his excesses, he is complimented for his talent – one of his virtues. He has appeared in movies such as Tigerland, Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, Alexander, In Bruges and S.W.A.T. His choices have served him well. Just last year he won the 2009 Golden Globe Award, as well as Satellite Award, for best performance by an actor in a motion picture (musical or comedy) for In Bruges – he was up against the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Javier Bardem. He also won the MTV Movie Awards, Mexico for best actor for S.W.A.T; the Teen Choice Award as the movie villain in Daredevil; the British newcomer of the year award for Tigerland by the London Critics Circle Film. Ireland cast a public vote the same year, showing they didn’t forget their blue-eyed boy by crowning him best actor (Irish Film and Television Awards). 10 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Born in Dublin on 31 May, 1976, the son of famed footballer Eamon Farrell. Growing up he planned to follow in the footsteps of his father and an uncle, another wellknown footballer of the 1960s. His plans changed in high school when his sister enrolled in acting classes at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Drama. He promptly also signed up for classes, but before he could make it to the classrooms, he dropped out to make his film debut in a low-budget production called Drinking Crude. From there on Gamble could have been 33-year old’s middle name as he left the most successful Irish TV series ever, Ballykissangel, because Hollywood was beckoning. His rise to fame was not instant and some gambles paid off; but others did not. Take American Outlaws, the movie he starred in after the successful Tigerland. It was a box office flop. His next endeavour, Hart’s War, with Bruce Willis, was equally unsuccessful. However he bounced back that same year with the smash hit Minority Report with Tom Cruise. His luck continued with another 2002 hit, Phonebooth. The following year he played opposite the legenary Al Pacino in The Recruit. Al Pacino was one of Farrell’s childhood idols. He described working opposite his hero as “scary as hell to work opposite a legend”. His famous co-star called him the best actor of his generation and today the two still hang out together. Moviewise his success continued and then in 2005 he played in some duds and lukewarm movies. But he was not deterred and his determination was rewarded with In Bruges in 2008 for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award. Previous Next icon by Madelaine Page In 2009, he replaced Heath Ledger in the film, The Imagination of Doctor Parnassus. Ledger who had originally been cast in the film, had left nothing in his will for his daughter (it had not been updated in time) and so Farrell donated his salary for the film to her. Even a bad boy has a heart, and Farrell has a big one. This is especially apparent when he talks about his seven-year old son James, who he had with model Kim Bordenave in 2003. James has Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual and developmental delay, speech impediment, sleep disturbance, seizures, hand flapping movements, and frequent laughter/smiling. Of this little boy, of whom he has joint custody, Farrell says that he only realizes that he is different when he sees him with other children his age. “I am incredibly blessed to have James in my life. He has shown amazing courage and is a happy boy despite everything he has faced.” Farrell’s current girlfriend, the 26 year old actress Alicja Bachlede, gave birth to a little boy in October last year. Now Hollywood is watching to see if Farrell will marry the Polish stunner whom he has been dating for a little longer than a year. Her family is Catholic, and said to be very traditional, and were apparently putting pressure on the couple to 12 Previous get married before their son Henry Tadeusz was born. But what are the odds on Farrell actually being tied down? After his divorce – his marriage to actress Amelia Warner was over before they could celebrate their first anniversary. When asked if he has soured on the idea of marriage, he answered: “No, no, no. I’ve never been twice shy from being once bitten.” But that was some time ago and since then he has made it very clear that he will not be forced into anything. He did, however, get very upset recently when the banned sex tape featuring him and Playboy model Nicole Narain getting passionate in 2005 was sent to his girlfriend’s family. Maybe he cares after all. One thing is for certain; he will find it difficult to get rid of the notorious party-boy image he has worked so hard on. As difficult as getting rid of the tattoo “Millie” on his left ring finger, above the knuckle. “Millie” was a nickname for his first wife. But perhaps his other tattoo shows the true Farrell. Besides a black cross on his left forearm he has the Latin words “Carpe Diem”. His interpretation of being one of Hollywood’s golden boys; but also one of its rowdiest leading man: “I’m in no hurry to get anywhere. I don’t have any plans. I don’t have a map. If you did in this business, you’d destroy yourself.” Next Trivia fun Compiled by Danette Breitenbach Top 20 Games Call of the magical number Some numbers are more than numbers and are steeped in myth and with them there is always an expectation. A prime example of the ultimate lucky number is the number 7. Think of the “Lucky 7” dice roll which is usually madeup of 5 + 2 – a gambler’s dream craps roll. The number 7 is the symbol of gambler’s luck. But the ultimate gambler’s lucky number is 777. 1. Feature Slot – Thunderstruck 2. Video Poker – Jacks or Better Poker 3. Slots – Big Top 4. Slots – Carnaval 5. Feature Slot – Spring Break 6. Feature Slot – Burning Desire 7. Feature Slot – Ladies Nite 8. Feature Slot – Agent Jane Blonde 9. Slots – What a Hoot 10. Bonus Slot – The Great Galaxy Grab 11. Feature Slot – Deck the Halls 12. Feature Slot – Cashapillar 13. Feature Slot – Stash of the Titans 14. Feature Slot – Reel Baron 15. Table – Atlantic City Blackjack GOLD 16. Feature Slot – Adventure Palace 17. Bonus Slot – Loaded 18. Slots – 5 Reel Drive 19. Bonus Slot – Tomb Raider 20. Table – 3 Card Poker 14 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 A night of mayhem The movie Hangover has proved to be a marketing bonanza for Caesars in Las Vegas. From the day the movie hit the theaters, Caesars reaped its benefits. Bonnie Gilmour, Caesars’ vice president of marketing, said in July 2009 that the resort’s reservation desk immediately received calls from people who wanted to book the suite seen in the movie. Hangover tells the story of a bachelor party gone wrong. The recent release of the DVD contains special features, which allow you to recreate a night in Vegas complete with your own map of destruction. So check into a suite at Caesars. Have dinner at the Palms. Play craps at the Bellagio. Support the local strippers and the next morning, head over to the Riviera to win back all your losses with a few hands of blackjack. Previous Gamblers: technical smart and savvy Gamblers fallacy The 2009 WMS Active Gambler Profile Survey that questioned over 2 000 American gamblers who gamble in virtual and land-based casinos has found that the demographic composition of the population is changing; as well as having an aging population, gambling is also seeing increased participation by generations X and Y. The survey also found that gamblers have a disproportionately higher level of internet access than the general public. So in contrast to their “laggard” public image, gamblers are actually technically smart and internet savvy. Many people believe in the false logic, which says that a heads spin will follow 10 tail spins. This is completely false as each flip of the coin is a stand-alone individual event. The law of averages says that after many flips, the coin will have come down heads as many times as tails. Don’t believe it. It was proved by a prisoner-of-war who spun a coin thousands of times and recorded the result of every flip. Try it: So you have just flipped eight heads in a row. Is your next flip more likely to be: 1. heads 2. tails 3. heads and tails are equally likely. The correct answer is No 3, heads and tails are equally likely. Answer No 1 is an example of one version of the Gambler’s Fallacy where you think that your luck will continue. Answer No 2 is an example of the opposite version of the Gambler’s Fallacy where you think that your luck will change. Answer No 3 is correct because the coin has no memory so it does not matter what the previous spins were. The coin always shows 50-50 odds – and this principle applies equally to the red/black or odds/even bets on the roulette wheel. Oh my casino – 4 800: the number of casinos in the world. – 1 790: the number of casinos in North America; with 1 670 in the United States and 26 in Michigan. – Small villa, summer house or pavilion built for pleasure: the original meaning of the word casino. During the 19th century, it came to include other public buildings where pleasurable activities, including gambling and sports, took place. – Playing with house money: when a winning player is placing bets with money that has been won from the casino. – When it opened in 1989, The Mirage, in Las Vegas was the first casino to use security cameras full time on all table games. – A Casino Night(also called Vegas Nights, Las Vegas Night or Monte Carlo Night) is an entertainment event with a casino theme. Chinese gambling superstitions – Don’t count money during a gambling session. – Avoid seeing monks or nuns before going to a casino. – Wear red underwear when gambling. – Do not touch someone’s shoulder while he is gambling. – Don’t check into hotels with bad numbers like 4 or 14. – Don’t enter casinos through their main entrance. – Switch on all the lights at home before going out to gamble. Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 15 The drink fun by Danette Breitenbach of the Irish Think Irish drinks and two spring to mind instantly: Guinness and Irish Coffee. Guinness, with its blackness, is not for everyone and brewing it is best left to the professionals. On the other hand the Irish had the right idea when they mixed together their famous whiskey and hot black coffee. Worldwide it is a drink enjoyed by many and anyone can add splash of whipped cream to turn a coffee into something more spectacular. The first Irish Coffee is said to have been made in the winter of 1934 when a flight from Foyne, Ireland to New York (US) was forced to return to the Port of Foyne because of bad weather. The terminal building restaurant chef, Joe Sheridan, offered the tired passengers the coffee drink mixed with Irish whiskey. When an American passenger asked if it was Brazilian coffee, the chef answered, “That’s Irish coffee.” In 1952, Jack Koeppler, owner of Buena Vista in San Francisco brought the Irish Coffee recipe back to the United States and made it famous. Every year, the Foynes Flying Boat Museum holds an Irish Coffee Festival in August complete with an Irish Coffee making competition. 16 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 17 green travel fun By Nicci Botha by Danette Breitenbach The original Irish Coffee Dublin Dream 1 jigger Irish whiskey 1 teaspoon brown sugar Cup of strong black coffee Whipped cream – 1 1/2 oz Irish Mist Liqueur – 1 1/2 oz Carolan’s Irish Cream – 1 1/2 oz SKYY Vodka – 1 1/2 Chambord Liqueur – 1 1/2 fresh cream – mint sprig In a warm, stemmed whiskey goblet, pour one jigger of Irish whiskey. Add one spoon of brown sugar and fill with strong black coffee within one inch of the brim. Stir to dissolve the sugar and top off with whipped cream, slightly aerated by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Do not stir after adding the cream as the true flavor is obtained by drinking the hot coffee and Irish whiskey through the cream. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass or martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig. Leprechaun’s Irish Coffee Leprechauns are also very keen musicians known to have wild music sessions at night, which in Ireland are known as Ceili’s with hundreds of Irish Leprechauns gathering to dance, sing and drink. Hot Irish Monk – 2 oz Irish Whiskey – 1 oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur – 4 oz hot chocolate The wearing of the Once upon a time, a long, long time ago there lived a man who banished snakes from the Emerald Isle and brought religion to the pagan land. It’s the stuff of great legends and has, as the nature of such things, endured through the centuries. He may be the patron saint of Ireland, but towns and cities around the globe have wholeheartedly embraced St Patrick, commemorating anniversary of his death every year with food, drink, the music and vibrant parades where just about anything green rules supreme. – 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey – 2 parts Kahlua – 2 parts half & half – fresh mint sprig and vanilla bean Stir thoroughly and add a thick cap of whipped cream; sprinkle with chopped, toasted hazelnuts. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and vanilla bean. (Source: Cocktailsabout.com and Southernfoodabout.com) 18 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 19 The smallest Hot Springs’, Arkansas, parade is along Bridge Street, the shortest street in the World according to Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Boulder Colorado boasts that its one city block long parade takes the crown. Irish in America The parades characterizing this auspicious day on the Irish calendar are a relatively new addition to the whole celebration. Ironically these didn’t start in Ireland, but in the American colonies when Irish troops marched through the streets of New York in 1762 as a tribute to their heritage. The waves of Irish immigrants that have settled in the United States over time have ensured that just about every town in the country puts on an extravaganza, with New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Savannah, whether they are home to large Irish-American communities or not, all holding their own festivities. Everyone gets in on the act, from the incumbent US President, who is presented with shamrock at the White House every year, to the major league baseball teams who add a hint of green to their uniforms while on spring training. Leprechauns dancing before your eyes Meanwhile back home in the old country, the religious significance of St Patrick’s Day is marked by a public holiday. After a pious morning spent at Mass, the Irish let their hair down and forego the Lent restriction on meat to heartily eat, drink and generally have a good time to the stirring notes of the pipes and drums. The parades through Irish streets only started in the 1990s, primarily as an act of reconciliation in the fractured society. Dublin is the place to be come 17 March with an event that lasts five days. Previous travel By Nicci Botha The genial locals mingle with the huge contingents of tourists flooding the city to feel a little more Irish. At the largest parade in the land, you may be forgiven for thinking the Leprechauns dancing before your eyes are the result of one too many pints of that famous Irish brew, Guinness. These magical, mythical little people are reputed to bring you wealth in the form of a pot of gold when you capture them and, along with the three-leafed clover, known as a shamrock to bring luck, form an integral part of this shindig. If you want to opt for a venue with stronger cultural and historical roots, pay a visit to Downpatrick, the town where the venerated man is buried. The phrase everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day has never been truer than it is today, when places in virtually every corner of the planet – east to west and north to south – ring out with Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig. Words that bestow on you all the blessings you would wish for yourself and the luck of Irish. Elsewhere in green On the Continent, Florence in Italy holds a Festa Irlandese – a 10-day festival presenting its interpretation of dishes such as Irish stew, beef in beer and smoked salmon. Germans also come out to play on the streets of Munich in an event where music and dance feature high on the agenda. In the Norwegian capital of Oslo, St Patrick himself makes an appearance in a horse-drawn carriage driven by a red-bearded chauffeur accompanied by a traditional pipe band. Even some of the most unlikely countries get caught up in green fervour. South Americans don’t need an excuse to party and the Argentineans pay tribute to St Patrick by taking to the streets to dance the night away. Monserrat in the Caribbean puts a calypso spin on things with good reason. It was a safe haven for Irish refugees fleeing the nearby islands of St Kitts and Nevis during a failed slave rebellion in 1798. It’s one of the few places, along with the Next The biggest The Big Apple hosts the biggest party anywhere with spectators numbering in the millions, lining the one-mile long route starting on Fifth Avenue to watch the five-hour parade. Proudly GrandPrivé.com 21 travel By Nicci Botha 1798. It’s one of the few places, along with the Canadian states of Newfoundland and Labrador, where the day is a public holiday. In Tokyo’s Omotesando Avenue the parade route is lined with a display of Japanese and Irish flags and pretty girls hand out vouchers entitling the recipients to free beer. To be sure, to be sure, the island that brought us such wonderful things such as River Dance, Guinness and the Sinn Fein movement also brings the tradition of raising a pint of green beer on 17 March to wish all the best of Irish luck as you drink a toast to St Paddy no matter where in the world you find yourself. The greenest Chicago goes as far as dyeing the mighty river that runs through it green. 22 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous promotion by Delia Walker Get more of the green by Delia Woker this St Patrick’s Day! email. The top four pictures submitted will each receive 10 000 Loyalty Points as a prize. Come celebrate the luck of the Irish this St Patrick’s Day by wearing green and winning green! Let the Leprechauns lead you to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and ignite a spark of luck that will burn bright for the whole year. We love seeing you making the most out of life and would want to share in your experiences. We’re all looking forward to seeing who comes up with the most outrageous costume and who will get the prize for both innovation and charm. There’s something about the Celtic charm that’s has the whole world in a festive mood on 17 March. For St Patrick’s Day we’re offering a 100% Match to all players on that auspicious Wednesday. May good luck pursue you both day and night on this day – set your imaginations on fire and follow you for many more days to come. You’ve got the sun in your pocket and an abundance of good fortune to take advantage of! Grab a couple of your friends and blame the mischief making on the Leprechauns! Lucky four Think of the four-leafed clover (known as the Shamrock to most) as a symbol of wealth, health, love and fame. There are four St Patrick’s games chosen to represent the four leaves of this clover and because want you to get the maximum out of this lucky day by playing a selection of themed games that are sure to bring you fortune and fame. And just by the by – those who don’t wear green on St Patrick’s’ Day are traditionally pinched! Make sure you make the most of this lucky day by taking up all the offers presented to you – you’ll pinch yourself if you don’t! The games are: • Treasure Ireland, • Rainbows End, • Fortune Cookie and • Celtic Crown. Players that wager the most on these four games on St Patrick’s Day will receive US$100 Free in Bonus money (according to your current tier). Please check your mails to see which tier and offers you’re receiving. Lucky Leprechauns and four-leafed clovers are all part of the magic of the St Previous Paddy’s day party Pictures for loyalty points And if you’re feeling inspired and creative, please send us your photos of the crazy antics you’ve been up to via Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 25 luck by Martin Hopkins Chasing the green Green. Just the thought of the color, and its associations with grass, trees, plants and open park-like space, is relaxing. But today green is more than just that. 26 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous W ith more and more pressure being exerted on both companies and individuals alike, the words ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘green’ are constantly foremost in the minds of environmentally conscious individuals all over the world. There is little doubt that “Going Green” is very much a part of any company’s strategy, and with local and global scrutiny and an increasingly eco-aware customer base, it would simply be corporate suicide not to pay attention to the effects of the company and its operations on the environment. Like it or not, gamblers and casinos around the world are not exempt from having to care about the environmental consequences of their actions. Large hotel complexes that cater for many thousands of clients are prominent offenders when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. Location, location, location Location has its part to play too, although perhaps no more than any other vacation or sports industry. Flights and road transportation to and from casinos, combined with the straight energy consumption of hotel and casino complexes for excessive lighting, food preparation, heating and air conditioning, cleaning and maintenance. It is pretty fair to state that there is a surprisingly large negative effect on environmental issues from simply playing cards or slot machines at a local casino. in specific areas such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But would it really? Would the same number of beverages be consumed, or the same amount of food wrappers, disposable plates, utensils and containers really be used on the home front? I would be hard pressed to agree that it would. Becoming greener Fortunately, even in an industry closely associated with excess, gluttony and lusting over only one type of green – yes, the green stuff that makes the world go round – there is an asserted and conscientious drive, by casino operators at least, towards becoming greener, albeit that the punters may still be addicted to the ‘who-cares-I’m-on-a-roll’ lifestyle that traditionally accompanies gambling. There are innovative companies out there making a concerted effort to play their part in becoming greener. Casinos are purchasing playing tables, lounge furniture and playing cards that have been manufactured using recycled materials. Reducing the carbon footprint Take a city like Las Vegas where most would assume that, with its gaudy lights, large number of visitors and 24 hour a day attractions, attention to and worry Naturally, attracting a few thousand people to one location brings with it a large volume of waste created in the process, including, cans, bottles, food wrappers and other associated waste that, when combined with emissions, really begins to highlight the seriousness of the situation. Add to this a lack of proper recycling and the land-fills get a little larger every year. Now I know what you are thinking: that usage and waste would be created anyway even if the large number of people were at home and not concentrated Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 27 fun luck by Martin Hopkins by Monica Guy about environmental impact would be low on the list of priorities. On the contrary, Las Vegas has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint with the use of alternative fuels and a progressive water policy – and the trend has even started reaching major hotels and casinos, long criticized by environmentalists for their extravagant use of natural resources, that have started playing their part. Existing hotels and casino complexes are continually striving towards finding ways of offsetting negative impacts on the environment through their business activities. Newly constructed complexes are being designed and built with the environment in mind. In fact the largest privately funded construction project in the United States recently achieved Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the US Green Building Council. Be it through social responsibility, or from an understanding of the situation, the results are impressive, with the Las Vegas area now ranking 18th in per capita carbon emissions from transportation and residential energy use among the nations’ 100 largest metro areas. It is even ranked as the least toxic city in the United States. Other traditional gambling areas are following suit. A newly built facility in Williamsburg incorporates a number of innovative ideas including lighting during daylight hours by skylights, drinks served only in glasses, and plants such as lilies, ferns and leafy hostas planted on the roof. Online is green Despite all these efforts, the land based casino complexes are still hard pressed to beat the online casinos when it comes to being green. First online casinos negate the necessity to travel to and from the casino thereby saving on carbon emissions completely. Then there is the substantial saving in terms of waste materials for food and beverages. And, as if that is not enough, think of the other benefits to the environment like the fact that with online gambling there is no need for plastic chips to be made for playing at the tables, no more trees that need to be destroyed to produce chairs to sit on and tables to sit at, and no need to produce bulky metal and plastic slot machines to fill acres of floor space. By playing all your favorite casino games online you are, perhaps unknowingly, contributing and playing your part, in achieving a greener world. So, you can be green – while chasing the green! If you really want to make a difference and play your part, you can even unplug your computer (and other electrical gadgets like cell phone chargers and gaming consoles) once you have finished playing, to avoid them continuously drawing power when not in use. Air filters are incorporated that trap smoky air, pipe it through filters and cleanse it before it is sent back outside. To top it off the complex even has its own well and sewage treatment system that purifies 90 000 gallons daily before returning the water to the ground almost a clean as before. 28 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous From eco-talk to green walk Gone are the days when environmental campaigners were grubby Greenpeace activists and hippies with holey clothes. From driving flashy hybrid cars to adopting African babies to off-setting carbon emissions on massive world tours, being seen to be green is a vital issue for those in the limelight – as well as a lucrative business and, at times, a celebrity bitch-fight. Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 29 fun by Monica Guy Green wheels Forget the Ferrari collections – hybrid cars are the latest must-have wheels for any 21st-century celebrity. Eco- (and style-) conscious stars from Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts to Billy Joel, Tom Hanks and David Duchovny are all to be seen out and about in their shiny hybrid wheels. In a nutshell: hybrid electric vehicles use joint gasoline/diesel and electric engines to achieve better fuel efficiency. They’re often very aerodynamic and have other energy-saving gizmos. The Toyota Prius is one of the most affordable hybrid vehicles on the market, but others are flashier: a hybrid Chevy Tahoe, for example, costs upwards of US$50 500. Even better, go fully electric. George Clooney was one of the first to grab the revolutionary new electric Tango T600 – a tiny one-person cross between a high-performance sports car and a motorbike, costing more than $108 000. And Leo DiCaprio has gone one better with his electric super-swish Tesla Roadster – prices start at $128 500. Green meals Never mind its hot nightlife, economic firepower and world-beating cultural scene: London’s latest accolade is Most Vegetarian-Friendly City 2009. The UK capital, according to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation, is the best place in the world for Previous those who only want to eat their greens. And what better celeb to spread the veggie message than crooner Paul McCartney, who’s been proudly vegetarian (and a supporter of PETA) for 40 years? His latest goveggie ad simply states: “I am Paul McCartney, and I am a vegetarian.” Forget fur Fur coats and mink handbags used to be an emblem of wealth, a mark of distinction for top-rank women... but now they’re a fashion no-no. The beautiful Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of billionaire racing boss Bernie, recently posed for an anti-fur ad dressed in just a saucily draped chequered flag: “Going FurFree is the Winning Formula”, the ad shouts. She follows in the stilettoed footsteps of Naomi Campbell and Eva Mendes, who also posed nude for the anti-fur cause. Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young fueled his North American tour entirely with biodiesel, as did the Barenaked Ladies and KT Tunstall, who also performed at the ‘Golden Green’ environmentally aware after-party at the 2007 Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles. The Dave Matthews Band publicly off-set carbon emissions from their lengthy world tours by donating money to projects that plant trees and build wind turbines. Since then naughty Naomi has agreed to pose for New York furrier Dennis Basso wearing nothing, but Russian sable… which proves that fashion is fickle and that animallovers still have a fight on their hands. Curious cases And then there are the oddballs. Actor Pierce Brosnan, awarded the Green Cross International Environmental Leadership Award, likes to campaign against the effects of Navy sonar on whales. Fellow actor Harrison Ford, vice chairman of Conservation International, has a Central American ant named after him! Sting has been flogging the rainforest issue for the last 20 years, while Edward Norton, famous for violent movies such as Fight Club, showed off his sensitive side when he launched the BP Solar Neighbors Program in 2003 every time a celebrity purchases a solar energy home system, a low-income family in Los Angeles gets the same thing for free. Off-setting jet-setting Where it was once the height of cool to jet around in private planes and helicopters, celebrities are now publicly showing off their green ways of travelling. While not stopping their jet-setting, of course! Bill Gates It seems, though, that green lifestyles go hand in hand with something else that’s green – dollars. Take Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest men in the world, also one of the world’s biggest philanthropists. Every year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pours proceeds from its $35 billion endowment into HIV research, vaccine programs, trauma relief funds and much more. Its Global Health Program alone distributes $800 million each year to health-related causes around the world – a figure that’s not so far from the annual budget of the World Health Organization with its 193 member states! The couple were named by Time magazine as Persons of the Year in 2005, their celebrity status confirmed through their charitable works. Philanthropic performers Bono, lead singer of rock band U2, may have a little less cash to splash around than Bill Gates, but he’s certainly got better looks and charisma – which he uses to full effect in his socio-environmental activism. African issues are the focus of his attentions and, among other efforts, his ONE campaign against African poverty and disease currently boasts more than two million members. As a result, this one-time ordinary Irish schoolboy is now an honorary Sir, was named joint Person of the Year 2005 with Bill and Melinda Gates and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – surely the highest recognition to which any celebrity can aspire. In fact, so many musicians are jumping on the eco-bandwagon that there’s even a buzzword for them: ‘philanthropic performers’. Bob Next Geldof is the other big name, with his famous Band Aid and Live Aid concerts in aid of famine relief in Ethiopia. Geldof also co-organised a string of Live 8 concerts in 2005, designed to pressure world leaders at that year’s G8 summit to play fair with the world’s poorest nations. (Greedy) Al Gore These ‘green’ celebs aren’t always so goody-two-shoes, though. Al Gore is about to become the world’s first ‘Carbon Billionaire’ for his green campaigning, which all started with the 2006 hit documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his eco-efforts. But Gore’s struggling to fight off rumors circulated by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research that his super-luxury house in Nashville, Tennessee uses around 20 times the energy consumed by the average US household. And what about the gas-gulping private jet in which the politico-turned-climatechange-star gallivants around the world telling everyone else to cut their energy usage? The gamble pays off It seems that there are plenty of celebrities who can talk the ecotalk, but let’s see which of them can walk the green walk. Now just think, when you leave the car in the garage and gamble online, your carbon footprint’s non-existent. Now there’s something to be proud of! Proudly GrandPrivé.com 31 winners winners by Delia Walker by Delia Woker Spinning and winning! 2009’s payouts are simply awe-inspiring and more than HALF A BILLION has been paid out to winners who know exactly how to make the magic work for them. Many a winner has at some point or another complained that they just don’t have that magic touch anymore. It’s a common malaise that affects everyone who needs a lucky muse to stand by their side. But don’t fret though, Lady Luck has a soft spot for gamblers and she always, always comes back to those who treat her kindly. With that said though – there are some who just seem to be in the Lady’s good books permanently (it might be that they also make use of their weekly bonuses and take up the offer to call our helpful Customer Service Center for hot tips and valuable information!) Something else that is a distinguishing characteristic of a true winner is persistence and perseverance. These are people who don’t become discouraged, have a firm goal in mind and go out and get it. The mantra “Dream, Dare and Play” is something they apply every time they play at GrandPrivé.com – and it pays off as we can see! This is a philosophy that can really take you places in life. Only the brave are capable of really living the life they want to live. Those who aren’t afraid of taking a risk – they know their Lady will be there acting as their own personal guardian angel. 32 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 GrandPrivé.com certainly takes extra delight in announcing jaw-dropping wins and phenomenal jackpot wins! These are the top dogs for the last quarter of 2009. Golden lady does it again and again – because she can The maximum payout goes to Cindy S who won, wait for it…US$100 000 on a single hand playing Double Double Bonus Poker on 2 November 2009! And if you thought nothing could top that, she went on to win ANOTHER $100 000 playing Aces and Eights on 15 December. In fact it seems Double Double Bonus Poker is her lucky game. She’s singlehandedly made our top 20 hit list nine times! Now if that doesn’t inspire you to take a chance then read on… The ladies yet again There really is a reason why Lady Luck is a woman as Christiene M discovered playing Ladies Nite on 18 December and won a juicy $29 655. Now any lady worth her salt can think of a myriad of lovely shiny things and shoes to spend that on! M.W is a living inspiration M.W is living proof of luck incarnate and is an inspirational gamer. He won $48 000 on Pharaoh’s Tomb on 3 October and more than $80 000 on Curry in a Hurry on 4 October. Aces and Faces also seems to have treated him well with a massive win of $80 000. M.W is a first class player who is Lady Luck’s favorite man of the moment. Top of the tops for 2009 This has been a bumper year with the biggest payout being $200 000 going to – you guessed it – M.W who, on 22 January 2009, was playing Deuces and Joker. M.W. won another fat $100 000 playing the same game on 13 August 2009. It really has been paying off for him. Other games that are paying out and well worth a mention are Joker Poker which paid out $25 000 to Eric W and Lady of the Orient which graced Pamela M with a healthy $23 230. For those who would like a heads-up on some of the winning games not already mentioned, may we suggest you keep your eye on: Avalon, Tomb Raider and Thunder Struck, which remain firm favorites. Burning desire – for big wins Michael R won $48 475 playing the ever popular Burning Desire on 2 October 2009. Well his passion certainly returned unbelievable dividends and a well-deserved win. Congratulations again to all our winners and let’s hope they not only inspire others to get their game on but continue with their winning streak! It takes true dedication and ambition to get to the top, but the thrill of living on the edge is something no one can ever get bored with! Charles T won $21 240 playing Secret Admirer on 26 November 2009 and there’s no reason why such an amazing win should remain secret. This year is the year that you make it big – make your dreams come true with GrandPrivé.com. The payouts are breathtaking, the games offer endless entertainment and our customer service is legendary. Previous Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 33 promotion by Delia Walker Get ready to Samba – Rio Carnival style Winners will be partying up a storm in February as our Win a Trip to Rio promotion finishes. GrandPrivé.com’s massive Win a trip to Rio promotion started on 4 November 2009 and players have been competing for their share of US$100 000 and an unforgettable chance to party like there’s no tomorrow at the Rio Carnival this February. Mid-February is when the carnival usually comes to town and as final preparations are being made to the elaborate (yet often more than a little risqué) costumes, our players will be competing in the playoff round that ends on17 January. 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The carnival is a time to cast our worries aside and celebrate life in all it rich, riotous color and magnificence. by Adrienne Brookbanks Here’s a summary of our Round winners are: $6 000 CASH! $5 000 Bonus Money! $4 000 Bonus Money! $3 000 Bonus Money! $2 000 Bonus Money! $ 300 Bonus Money! $ 200 Bonus Money! $ 100 Bonus Money! $ 50 Bonus Money! The last lap kicked off on 7 January and skilled gamers battled it out for the Grand Prize. The ultimate winner (plus a partner) will be flown to Rio and stay in a luxury hotel from 13 February until 17 February 2010. Congratulations to our round leaders and remember to keep your eyes peeled for promotion information and use your bonus codes to keep your game in tip -top form. Now, given that this has been a particularly unpleasant winter, we have seen some stiff competition between players who are desperate to escape to a sunny paradise. CHILI PEPPER, Maurice and Pamart have been playing for keeps and have all won welcome cash prizes, but who will be the ultimate winner of the play-off round still remains to be seen. The whole city becomes a riot of fun, colorful costumes and street parties. All inhibitions are thrown aside and there are more than a few reasons to feel good. Round 1: 1st : CHILI PEPPER 2nd : daz 3rd : StevieG 4th : kboy 5th : Aquitania 20th : 1Lilrascal 30th : galho 40th : mikes039 50th : nancysbest $300 Bonus! $200 Bonus! $100 Bonus! $ 50 Bonus! As you can see our players like to live life in the fastlane and are set on winning the most luxurious and exciting promotion GrandPrivé.com has ever had. Over half a million people visit Brazil to enjoy the Summer carnival and the leaders are taking a no hands barred approach to their gaming! Grand Edition 9 November 2009 Next 33 games by Delia Woker Get more of the green with these lucky games! Playing is believing! Fun and thrills with GrandPrivé.com this spring with green and red as our major theme. Enjoy the luck of the Irish with some great Irish games, or if you’re lucky in love, try your hand at our red-hot Valentine’s Day games Delia is our new game reviewer. She’s dedicated, spinning reels until the last free spin. She has a nose for success and will stay on a winning trail to bring you every angle and detail of a game. Here are her best picks for the quarter. Remember, with GrandPrivé.com you always play it your way. Previous Delia’s lucky tip You won’t believe you eyes when you see your bulging pocket at the end of the day after playing these fun Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day themed games. You’ve got golden opportunities to win with our featured promotions and celebrate these fun holidays with a twist. All players will receive a 75% Match Bonus on Valentine’s Day according to their tiers! Why not try our two Valentine’s Day themed game (see pg 38 for the review on the one game) on 14 February and treat yourself to a little romance. And on St Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, 17 March 2010, the players who wager the most on these Celtic themed games will receive US$100 in Free Bonus Money (according to their currently occupied tiers)! Remember to check your mails regularly to find out which tier you’re on. Proudly GrandPrivé.com 37 games by Delia Woker Say you love me with your whole heart and fall head over heels in love this Valentine’s Day with this ever popular game that consistently rewards players with massive payouts This slot is sure to quench your desires and offers the chance to win Red Hot Prizes! This high potential reward game is something completely new and different so why not try this truly smokin’ hot slot for yourself! 243 Ways to win and bring your wildest fantasies to life Fulfill all the wishes of your burning heart by playing the Burning Desire Video Slot. Burning Desire is a NO PAYLINE video slot that allows you 243 ways to win big. This exciting game is sure to get the blood rushing straight to the heart. You’re not constrained by the number of pay-lines so you can generate more winning opportunities – up to 243 of them to be exact. Keep an eye out for the Burning Desire Wilds and the Coin Scatters that will heat up your winnings. Ways to win Way Wins means that all symbols act as adjacent Scatters. Any adjacent symbol combination then offers a win. The game incorporates a completely new concept of ways, as opposed to the typical paylines. The rationale is to provide players with a new game type and to attract their attention with the ability to play and win in 243 ways! 38 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 The mysticism and romance of the ancient Celtic culture unfolds in this 25 line, 5 reel video slot. It makes use of ways instead of paylines to calculate wins. Instead of a set configuration of paylines, the slot calculates wins on left-to-right combinations regardless of their position on each reel. Burning Desire is player-friendly and it features Wilds, Scatters, Multipliers and Free Spins with achievable wins of 30 000 coins in the base game or up to 90 000 coins in Free Spins. 15 FREE spins 3, 4 or 5 bright gold coins will activate 15 Free Spins with re-triggers possible within those spins, trebling wins and providing hours of red hot gaming fun. The Burning Desire logo is Wild, with huge potential for ramping up winnings by forming rewarding combinations using the revolutionary Way Wins game rules. The betting range will suit any pocket, running from 0.01 to 1.00, with a maximum bet of 250.00 to really open up the way to wealth! This high potential reward game is something completely new. Come and play Burning Desire and let the love of the win pull at your heart strings. Have a sizzling hot affair with no strings attached! Previous reward bonus feature. Topping off a hard-to-beat ton of entertainment is a Gamble facility where players can bet on color and suite to double or quadruple winnings. Celtic Crown offers players all the elements of a rattling good game – Scatter, Wild, Bonus and Gamble action with multiplier and Free Spin rewards aplenty and will provide hours of great entertainment spiced with solid rewards. In a theme that showcases ancient kings, ravishing redheads, singing harps and illuminated monkish script against soft green, and lucky four leaf clovers, the player will find that the princess and the harp bring the best returns. Brilliant graphics With brilliantly colored and elegant Celtic graphics, this new offering has a large betting range up to 0.25 and presents opportunities for players to win up to 50 000.00 in the base game, double that on Free Spin earnings and a whopping 56 250.00 on the pick-your- When the redheaded noblewoman appears simultaneously across reels 2, 3 and 4 it opens up the second screen bonus feature – the Great Hall of King Bryan Boru where players make three choices from six of the king’s kneeling knights, each with its own random prize multiplying the winning bet. Fortune’s worth predicating with the Harp Scatter The Harp serves as a Scatter but is also a potent generator of up to 25 Free Spins where 2x multipliers come into play and new spins can be retriggered. We predict that this game will provide hours of great entertainment spiced with solid rewards. Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 39 games by Delia Woker There’s an Irish adventure waiting for you and the clover leaf could be your gateway to loot! The luck of the Irish could be yours when you sign up for an exciting cruise with the jovial Irish crew of clover leaf pirate Jackpot Jack Meet JackPot Jack Using a 3 reel, one pay-line platform, Treasure Ireland is a game with the traditional nudge and hold features that enable you to give Lady Luck an extra push to deliver on a whole range of opportunities and rewards. It has a typical lapper style feature board built around a treasure map with Feature and Nudge stacks and a cash pot. Creating the right wild Irish atmosphere in this absorbing game are a gallery of outstanding graphics that will keep you amused, from Jackpot Jack the clover leaf pirate and his grinning crew 40 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 through to glasses of Guinness, Jolly Roger flags, parrots and ancient treasure maps. Plunder the loot and avoid walking the plank! In Treasure Ireland you won’t be made to walk the plank... Just enjoy a thoroughly entertaining game with a wide range of betting options that can bring you plenty of plunder! Now try both your luck and your skill for a broadside of bonuses and bucks! There’s a definite touch of Irish good fortune around this 5 reel, 25 pay-line video slot game Rainbows End Rainbows End is a five-reel game based on a Leprechaun theme with a Free Spin Feature and an Expanded Pot of Gold Feature. Lucky Leprechauns and pots of gold await The theme abounds with lucky four leaf clovers, golden horseshoes, Leprechauns and of course the mythical and very rewarding pot of gold that resides at the end of every rainbow – especially this one! With Wild and Scatter powers respectively, it’s the Pot o’ Gold and happy Leprechaun that deliver the main winning opportunities for players; the expanding Wild is triggered when the Pot o’ Gold appears on reels 2 and/or 4 creating great winning combinations, whilst 3 or more Leprechauns herald the arrival of 15 Free Spins where all wins are doubled. Rounding off several exciting ways to win in this entertaining game is a Gamble feature where those feeling the tingle of good luck in their fingertips can bet to double or quadruple wins by selecting the right color and card suit. Remarkable returns With a betting range that runs from as little as a 0.01 to 0.25, Rainbows End can deliver some remarkable returns for those with the luck of the Irish. In the base game up to 25 000.00 can be won, and on the Free Spins feature up to 50 000.00 is available, so hoist your shillelagh and find your own personal pot of gold at Rainbows End. Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 41 games The latest new 5 reel 30 pay-line slot provides players with a unique opportunity to choose the best Wilds with which to build those winning combinations It’s an interesting new element in an already exciting game that offers hours of entertainment and good reward opportunities through a heady mix of Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins with Multipliers and the everpopular Gamble feature, where players can round off a session by predicting the color or suit of a mystery card and lose, double or quadruple their winnings. The mining theme is immediately apparent as the game opens, with striking artwork depicting glittering gems and gold nuggets, sticks of dynamite, a pickaxe and gold panning dish... And a comical grizzled 49er of a miner! Maximize rewards The key feature in the game is a new way to build the best combinations to maximize rewards. This is done by giving the player control of the three Wilds in the game – diamond, ruby and Gold nugget – on reels 2, 3 and 4. The player selects the Wild he or she thinks will best deliver the right lines for the best prizes as the game moves forward. Where the chosen Wild is not delivering the goods, the player can change the selection to open up better possibilities. It’s an entertaining innovation that adds a fresh dimension of suspense and excitement to the game, but note that the Wild symbol cannot be changed during Free Spins. Mining wealth and opportunity Talking about Free Spins... There is an abundance in Fortune Finder, and the trigger is the appearance of the grizzled miner scattered across reels 3, 4 or 5. This delivers 15, 20 or 25 re-triggering Free Spins during which all wins are doubled. Come find your fortune with this lucky game – it may be waiting for you right around the very next corner. There’s a mine of wealth waiting or you. Dig to find nuggets, diamonds and rubies to boost your winnings. Previous promotion promotion by Delia Woker by Delia Walker Heart-shaped candies, pretty cards and lots of xoxoxox… no wonder Valentine’s Day is such a popular holiday! Today presents everyone who has ever had a secret crush on someone special to make their intentions known. Did you know almost 188 million (and counting) Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. Romance is in the air! Get bitten by the love bug this Valentine’s Day and let someone know they hold a special place in your heart 44 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous The 14 February falls on a Sunday this year and that means you may as well make a weekend of it and really go to town. Take that someone special on an exotic weekend away and spoil them a little. We want your dream Valentine We’d like you to share your stories of romance and adventure with us. Please write in and tell us about your DREAM Valentine’s Day. We’ll publish the responses, and we’ll then let our readers vote on the most romantic proposal presented. And your ideas had better be top notch because the player who has the best and most imaginative way of celebrating this auspicious day of love will have that dream come true! A burning desire If that isn’t encouragement enough we will offer all players a 75% Match Bonus on Valentine’s Day! The Match Bonus is currently between 25% and 50% across the various tiers on a Sunday, so up the ante and bring a date – there’s history to be made here with GrandPrivé.com casinos. Why not try your hand with our Valentine’s Day themed games like Burning Desire and Secret Admirer. And just by the way, Burning Desire has proved to be one of the most popular games played during 2009. And that’s a hot tip if ever there was one! Confess your love Valentines Day is about the mutual exchange of love notes. Which game do you have a secret crush on? Have you fallen in love with a game that you just can’t help coming back to play over and over again? If so, please write in and confess your love for that certain special game and you might receive a mutual “love” bonus offer. You may have been a secret admirer of this game for a very long time – its life-like graphics might be mesmerizing, its story line engaging or simply the successive payouts you’ve been receiving over the time have made you fall in love since you’ve been playing. Now it’s time for you to receive a reward for making your feelings known and confessing your love for your favorite game. There’s nothing like being in love – it changes your whole perspective on the world, so get your thinking caps on, submit your ideas for your DREAM Valentine’s Day, take advantage of our special gift to you with the 75% Match Bonus offered on the day itself and confess your love to us for your favorite game and stand a chance to receive a mutual love bonus in return. A dream can well become a reality with the compliments of GrandPrivé.com casinos. Celebrate in style and luxury and really make this a day to remember. Come Dream, Dare and Play this Valentine’s Day! Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 45 fun Romantic figures by Danette Breitenbach On the flip side, there are some celebrities who just cannot get enough of tying the knot and just want to do it over and over again – sometimes even to the same person. Tying the knot… not Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. - Leo Tolstoy Grand Edition 10 • 7 0% give a card, 49% call, 48% give a gift, 37% cook a special dinner, 33% buy candy, 30% go to a restaurant and 19% give or send flowers. 5 x married – Larry Flynt 6 x married – Boris Karloff, 7 x married – Lana Turner, Richard Pryor 8 x married – Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney 9 x married – Zsa Zsa Gabor • Men spend twice as much money as women on Valentine’s Day Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock have wed four times – to each other. More recently Pamela opted to be on the sidelines when she threw a beach wedding for her golden retriever and chihuahua. • U S$30 million – the amount Americans spend on Valentine’s Day per year. (National Retail Federation) • H alf of the US population celebrates Valentine’s Day (Hallmark research) •V alentines’ Day is the second largest card-sending holiday in the year after Christmas. The largest and most elaborate Valentine cards are sold 48 hours before the big day. Regardless of the odds on a celebrity marriage’s success, Valentine’s Day remains a big day to actually tie the knot. Love can be fickle, especially if you’re a celebrity; and this means that the success rate of many celebrity marriages is… well… not great. Here, from highest to lowest – in months, not years – are some of the shortest celeb marriages. 20 months – Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson 16 months – Liza Minnelli and David Gest 12 months – Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner 11 months – Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas 9 months – Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd 8 months – Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad “Nicky” Hilton 7 months – Shannen Doherty and Ashley Hamilton 5 months – Drew Barrymore and Tom Green 3 months – Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage 31 days – Ernest Bergnine and Ethel Merman And in true Vegas style the winner is: 55 hours – Britney Spears and Jason Alexander 46 • 1 000 – the amount of letters sent to Juliet every Valentine’s day, in the Italian city of Verona, where lovers Romeo and Juliet lived in the Shakespeare play. February 2010 Previous Famous couples who wed on this day include: 1974 – The Captain and Tennille 1984 – Sir Elton John and Renate Blauel 1991 – Leeza Gibbons and Stephen Meadows 1991 – Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid 1994 – It was a busy year with the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Deborah Koons, as well as Roseanne and Ben Thoma, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys Founder and Melinda Ledbetter all going to the chapel. 1995 – Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee 1996 – Prince/The Artist and Mayte Garcia 1998 – Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein This year it is Robbie Williams’ turn. He is apparently making all sorts of plans to marry Ayda Fields on Valentine’s Day this year. According to sources the super star has asked his family and close friends to keep the entire week running up to 14 February free. It is rumored that the event will take place in California, with two venues in Santa Barbara short listed. Next • 1 billion – the number of valentines sent each year worldwide (US Greeting Card Association). • T eachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, then children, mothers, wives, and then only sweethearts. • 3 % – of pet owners who give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets • 1 .1 billion boxed chocolates will be sold throughout the US and more than 58 million pounds of chocolate candy will be sold during Valentine’s week adding up to more than $345 million. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold. • 1 89 million stems of roses are sold in the US on Valentine’s Day. Of this 73% are bought by men, 27% by women and remaining 15% by women who then send the flowers to themselves. fun by Danette Breitenbach Romance on the silver screen Dinner and a movie must be the oldest date in the modern world. Valentine’s Day is no different. And in today’s world if you are strapped for cash, you can cook y r own romantic dinner for two and then watch your favorite Valentine’s Day DVD. Perhaps something more lighthearted? Try Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. If you’ve never seen the famous beach scene with Burt Lancester and Deboah Kerr now is the perfect time. From here to eternity is everything Valentine’s Day encompasses. Magazine has been out and about and found some of the best Valentine’s Day movies for you – from old to action to the slightly different. If you are looking for a tearjerker look no further than An affair to remember with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant – it wouldn’t disappoint so have the tissues at hand. Doctor Zhivago is another great classic – if you have a few hours. The greatest love story on film must be the 1942 Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman Casablanca. If you have more time what about the 1939 saga Gone with the Wind with Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Perhaps something more modern. Try Out of Africa with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Wars do seem to bring out the romance in people as the movie The English Patient proves. A slightly different romance movie is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. If you haven’t seen this, it is recommended. Again this is a long one so make sure you have lots of time. A modern classic must be When Harry met Sally. If you enjoyed this the first time round, it is just as good the second time and it won’t make you cry, except for tears of laughter. For those of you who enjoy action try the Rocky series, and for bit of sci-fi, the Terminator movies. Dim the lights, pop the popcorn and cosy up to your Valentine for some romantic viewing, whatever you choose to watch. 48 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous romantic of them all Who’s the most Romance can be the stuff of dreams but not everyone finds their true love, and if they do, the fairytale happily-ever-after is not always guaranteed. He did the unbelievable – he gave up his throne for his one and only love. The King of England proposed to Wallis Simpson just a few months after being crowned. But the country disapproved and Edward, refusing to give up Wallis, abdicated the throne instead. The couple married and lived in France in exile – happily ever after. The man who was a cardinal in Rome, a violinist, magician, diplomat and spy during his life is famous for not one of these activities. Instead Casanova’s seduction of the opposite sex is what we remember him for. His autobiography, published by himself, is to thank for this. However if you think badly of him, remember this: he said that a woman’s conversation was at least as captivating as her body. Also in France, but not with the fairytail ending, was Edith Piaf. She began her famous singing career, singing for pennies on the street. She was discovered by a cabaret promoter and she soon shot to stardom with her throaty voice. Her great love was Marcel Cerdan, a world middleweight boxing champion. He died in a plane crash in 1949. It is said that her romantic song Hymne a l’amour, was sung for him. The most romantic man on earth must have been King Edward VIII. Elizabeth Taylor was also hung up on a man – not once, but twice. The Next actress with the violet eyes met Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra. Despite being married, not to each other, the two could not resist each other and fell in love. They married as soon as they could, but divorced in 1973 after a passionate – good and bad – relationship. However the passion between the two would not die and so they remarried in 1975. Unfortunately it did not last long and they were soon divorced again. Maybe not romantic in many people’s eyes, but Vatsyayana’s Kama Sutra is in truth about fulfilling relationships and a guide on courtship and marriage in the Indian society at that time. In fact the manuscript is a tribute to the Indian god of love, Kama (hence its name). Today, though it is considered the ultimate love manual and has been translated into hundreds of languages worldwide. Proudly GrandPrivé.com 49 fun fun by Danette Breitenbach by Danette Breitenbach The ultimate Valentine’s Day While Valentine’s Day is the most romantic Day of the year, be careful you don’t spend your time running around trying to create the perfect evening. So first don’t leave it to the last minute, but plan ahead of time. The last thing you want is to be one of the more than 50% of people who purchase their cards only six days before the big day. Never mind not getting a reservation in your true love’s favorite restaurant or tickets for that new special Valentine’s movie. Apart from this, planning ahead means you will be able to add those personal touches to your evening to make it extra special. And speaking of which how about a gift? Instead of buying something really expensive, why not give something more personal. So frame a picture of you and your Valentine. Try your hand at poetry and write a poem for them. Scrap booking is very popular and you could make a card, or even a book of photos. These days most photography outlets offer a photo book service – in fact many are on-line. Add in your photos and some text and you will have a beautiful gift for your loved one. We suggest you also make dinner at home. Prepare your Valentine’s favorite dinner. After your meal you can try out some of our great Irish coffee drinks on page 16 – 18. To round it off try out some of the old romantic favorites (see pages 37 – 42). With GrandPrivé.com offering a 75% Match Bonus on Valentine’s Day to all players, you and your Valentine will be in playing heaven. 50 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous And don’t forget our great Valentine’s Day promotion (see page 44 – 45). Send your dream Valentine Day to us – whether it’s an Indiana Jones style adventure, or drinking wine in Paris watching the Eiffel Tower light up as night spreads over the world’s most romantic city – we want to know. Spread the love around and send in your idea of the most romantic, adventurous, and fantastic Valentine’s Day getaway and we’ll make it happen. Cupid – According to legend and mythology, if cupid’s arrow strikes you, you will fall in love with the first person that you see. A Greek word meaning desire, cupid, symbolises the madness and intensity of love. In Greek mythology he is the son of the Goddess of Love. Perhaps you will be alone on Valentine’s Day or are one of the many people who are anti-Valentine’s Day. This movement is growing year-on-year. Well, find some like-minded friends and get together for dinner and Irish coffees anyway. If you prefer to celebrate or anti-celebrate alone, buy yourself a delicious treat, whip up an Irish coffee for one and log onto GrandPrivé.com – remember the 75% Match Bonus. Also, as part of our love(ly) Valentine’s Day promotion tell us which game you have been secretly eyeing and admiring and why and we’ll give you a mutual love bonus in return. (My bet is on Lara Croft receiving lots of Valentines from secret admirers…) New game or old, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s your favorite! Remember we’re always here for you and with our great Valentine’s Day specials online, you’ll be sure to be celebrating soon. Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 51 envy by Danette Breitenbach The greatest gift of all So while most of us would settle for a nice dinner, her then-flame George Clooney gave Sarah Larson a romantic night – in a US$40,000 hotel suite. Something more functional like a mobile phone is a good present so Jay-Z gave Beyonce a platinum cell phone. But this present must take the cake (or is it horse). Courtney Cox once gave husband, David Arquette, a carousel horse. The greatest gift however must be the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan, Emperor of India (1628 to 1658) in honor of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, his favorite of three queens. The construction of the Taj Mahal began after her death and her coffin lies at the center. These are the top 10 gifts to give… if you can afford them 1. Bombardier Global Express XRS executive jet – US$48 million 2. Phuket private island in Thailand – $23 million 3. Renee Strausse for the Bride diamond encrusted wedding dress – $12 million 4. Neil Lane sapphire and diamond necklace and diamond drop earrings – $2 million 5. Tiffany & Co. 7.5 carat diamond and platinum engagement ring – $845 000 6. SSC Ultimate Aero sports car – $654 500 7. Honma 24k gold and platinum plated golf clubs – $52 938 per set 8. Fendi Pink Crocodile Spy Bag – $25 700 9. Golf round at Sandy Lane in Barbados – $1 265 10. Bling h20 water – $40 per bottle Valentine’s Day is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, flowers or chocolates. Or so you would think. But as always there are those in the world that just take it that step further (probably because they can afford to…) 52 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 53 banking by Delia Woker Enjoy hassle-free gambling There are millions of transactions taking place on the Internet everyday. You can buy anything your heart desires and more, but people still want the reassurance that it’s safe to provide personal information online The best way to combat this anxiety is to find out all you can about the casino you are about to play with and make sure you are familiar with how eBanking works. Our Customer Service Department is outstanding and the agents are more than happy to talk you through the finer points and help you understand any terms you may be unfamiliar with. Get more bang for you buck with easy e banking options – its easy, practical and secure – there’s nothing to it. Online gaming may still seem intimidating to some, but it’s actually easy, practical and, most importantly, secure. You can enjoy hassle-free gaming and explore a new world of online possibilities with GrandPrivé.com. eCash is also an option well worth considering. It’s also known as web wallets and provides a secure and convenient way of managing your online banking funds. The processing occurs in real time, which means there is plenty of extra time to keep playing without having to worry about the details. Especially if you’re not Bill Gates and still want to know that you’re playing safely. You can make use of your Mastercard or Visa at any of our casinos. Mastercard is one of the world’s most well-known, widely accepted payment options and is a preferred method of payment for many a seasoned player. 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We have recently recruited two new managers, James Morgan and Richard York, both have a number of years experience dealing with online casinos and complete the team, of which Ian Smith and Roger Moore are members. We’re dedicated to providing you with more than superb service and each and every call you make to us is treated with equal importance. Previous Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 57 gadgets 3D at home by Roy Johnson Green shoots Green initiatives are very topical – without even mentioning Copenhagen or the movie Avatar – and, in this issue, we look at green gadgets and the green impact of gadgets Clean air in the home Pedal power from MIT Cleaning up the air around this planet is a major mission but, as the green movement says: “think global, act local”. For your own health at home or even in the office, you might want to look at air purifiers – especially if you are exposed to printer fumes or anything else that isn’t good to breathe. Sanyo has brought out a small device called the Air Washer Plus. At about US$250, it isn’t going to break the bank to stay healthy. It uses electrolyzed water and a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter to get rid of bacteria, odors, spores and unhealthy chemicals. It’s not news that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference was a bit of a disappointment. That aside, one item that really didn’t get enough coverage in the press was an innovation from researchers at MIT – the Copenhagen Wheel. This is a special wheel for your bicycle that stores kinetic energy when you are moving and charges batteries that will give the bike a push, through a built-in electric motor, when you need it. This might not be the best thing if you really want the exercise and it won’t be allowed on the Tour de France. But it does connect via Bluetooth to a mobile phone – there is already an iPhone application for this – so you can monitor speed and distance. The application will also display pollution and traffic conditions if you are in an urban area. It should be coming on the market this year. http://web.mit.edu/press/2009/ copenhagen-wheel.htm 58 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 Previous The other big thing at CES 2010 is 3D TV. Obviously, this has received a major boost with the phenomenal performance of James Cameron’s Avatar at the box office – the first movie to fully explore 3D as more than just a gimmick. It seems a safe prediction that 3D at home will be the next big thing, and it has an oblique impact on green issues. The upcoming 3D TVs will use a bit more power than older LCD or plasma screens, but won’t lead to a climate catastrophe. Standards for 3D Blu-ray have been agreed – no VHS/Beta wars this time – and a number of manufacturers will soon be launching players and TVs. So you can make a green saving in another sense by holding off on buying that new equipment until later in the year. Samsung and Sony are just two of the big names involved. Both have information on their websites. www.samsung.com and www.sony.com Easy filtered water You can save some money and get a convenient supply of healthier water by using a filtration system. The downside has been that it’s a process that is almost as much hassle as making coffee – just to get a glass of water – and you can’t carry it with you. The Hydropal filter water bottle gives you portable, healthy water that is cheaper than bottled water – and it doesn’t result in millions of hard-to-recycle plastic bottles being produced. A nice touch is that the Hydropal has about 35% recycled plastic content anyway. For about US$20, this is an investment in convenience and the environment anyone can afford. Tablet PC: the sequel Tablet PCs came out a long time ago and, like the Segway, they didn’t take over the world, but they found a niche market. More recently, netbooks made a bigger impact. The key features are portability, size and enough functionality to handle e-mail, browsing and multimedia. Touch screens, speech recognition and easily readable text display are popular features, thanks to things like the iPhone and Kindle. But we are still looking for the one device to rule them all. Big at the Consumer Electronics Show 2010 (CES), held recently in Las Vegas, are the latest tablet PCs, sometimes called slate PCs – and Apple announced a device in this league, the iPad. On the green side, these purse-sized machines use very little power and don’t chew up resources during manufacturing, like the bigger laptops and desktops. Plenty of companies have products in the pipeline and you can get an idea of what will be on offer looking at PC World’s coverage of CES 2010. www.pcworld.com Next February 2010 –April 2010 luck by Linda Shaw CANCER Your gambling horoscope TAURUS ARIES 21 March – 19 April The planets have shifted and you’re more powerful than you’ve been in ages. February brings intuition and a natural instinct for places and times to excel. The career is going superbly and the love life improves towards the end of February. Extra luck is available – 12 to 20 and 26 to 28 February. Gamble with enthusiasm on those days. By 10 March your ruling planet returns after a three month absence to fuel your many fires. Do you go with impulsive wildness or courageous determination? Your choice. Either way, you’re confident and ready to experiment. Watch your gambling choices on 11, 12, 25 and 26 March. For the rest, success and courage zoom you through April in a mad whirl. What you lose one day, you win twice on the next. Money is flowing, love is settling into a comfortable space and energy is pumping. One more thing: watch yourself after 18 April. The intellect collapses, leaving you with fantastic instincts but very little common sense. Take a breath before choosing your moves. Lucky numbers: 1, 2, 16, 18, 22 Lucky gems: amethyst, diamond 60 Grand Edition 10 February 2010 20 April – 20 May Gamble with someone you like. The planets are helping you win through others – which means, of course, asking for help. Once you get past that hurdle, though, you’ll find you enjoy the company. Besides, there’s more than enough to share – especially after 25 February, when the energies shift into a place of abundance and good fortune. Your career improves after 10 March, when you finally understand what you want. At last, you’ve discovered that self-sacrifice doesn’t make either you or them happy. Which is not to say you can’t help out with the odd worthy cause in March – as long as you choose something that touches your heart. Gambling goes especially well after 20 March and into April. Even so, watch your instincts after 18 April. They slow down for three weeks. So plan your actions carefully, or ask your ever-present partners to help. If nothing else, you’ll reach May with many more friends – and even lovers – than you had before. Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 14, 28, 44 Lucky gems: coral, emerald GEMINI 21 May – 20 June This is a great feeling. You’re career’s taking off, and every move you make shoves you higher up the success, ladder. Your gambling tunes into the ‘can’t lose’ mood and encourages you to play your hand. Before 18 February you can include travel and exploration in your itinerary. If you’re learning new skills, pick something that excites you. Nothing boring or tedious will flourish now. The key to success is adventure. By 10 March, you’re unstoppable – so much so that your health takes a short dip, just to give you a break. Rest when you can. There won’t be many opportunities. By April, some of the heavier planets are causing drama at home, but not enough to pull you off track. You’ll have to watch yourself after 18 April, or your decisions will be too impulsive to be useful. Other than that, you can’t lose. In fact, you won’t lose. Lucky numbers: 7, 17, 25, 33, 35 Lucky gems: agate, aquamarine 21 June – 22 July You’re ambitious, successful and right on form. Opportunities chase after you, refusing to go away. Your love life is sparkling, and your friends are patient with your strange ways. In fact, it’s been a long time since you’ve had this many friends. Gambling is the cherry on top. With this level of confidence, everything you touch turns into more cherries. There’s even a chance of a new business partnership. Then, with the glow of February and March still in your smile, the few April dramas will sail past unnoticed. You’ll barely flinch. Besides, there’s enough money – and luck – in March, to make up for the rest. And sure, April will need some work. But you don’t mind working – especially when it’s for such a good cause. Lucky numbers: 8, 9, 22, 28, 30 Lucky gems: moonstone, pearl LEO 23 July – 22 August Finally. You’re beginning to understand your own worth – and behave as though you deserve the best. This is when Leo is at its best – not arrogant, just quietly confident. Now’s your chance to begin again. If the others won’t back you, you’ll find your own way. But they probably will. So whether it’s a new gambling strategy or a fantastic deal, you’re the one raking in the rewards. Of course, the relationships may need some work, but you have the light-hearted foolishness of February to play with those. The luck planet is on your side for most of the year, focusing all its attention on growing your money. And sure, there’ll be an occasional glitch, which you’ll sail through unscathed. Make the most of a time specially designed for you. Lucky numbers: 1, 2, 5, 8, 28 Lucky gems: amber, yellow diamond Previous Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 61 luck by Linda Shaw VIRGO 23 August – 22 September You’re not Superstitious type. But for February, and maybe March, you’ll need all your lucky charms, secret tricks and interesting hideouts on standby. Gambling for now is secretive, solitary, and very slightly wicked. Your instincts are extraordinary and your only stumbling block is that fabulous intellect that always over-analyses. For now, don’t think. Just act. Sure, everyone thinks you’re weird, but there’s nothing new in that. From 10 March, your social side re-emerges. You’ve forgotten how much you like to be with people. Needless to say, though, you’re easily bored. Stick with games that hold your interest and demand your input. The slots simply won’t do it for you. And don’t drink while you gamble. Alcohol interferes with your instincts. April brings new career opportunities and a different approach to your games. Hold back after18 April, when your confidence takes a dive for a while. Other than that, when in doubt, whisper one of your secret spells – and jump. Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 12, 17, 22 Lucky gems: agate, jade SCORPIO LIBRA 23 September – 22 October Prosperity and all good things get your year off to a sparkling start. Don’t dwell. Take your winnings and turn them into bigger winnings. Your risk management techniques serve you well this year. Also, if you’re single and looking to commit, Februay would be a perfect time. Watch all business and gambling partnerships before 10 March, when the courage to say ‘no’ sets your life on a better road. Meanwhile, someone is keeping something from you and it’s about to come out. Prepare your forgiveness speech in advance. In March, people close to you make money. Be happy for them. The rewards will spill into your life. April tests your love life. If you want to hold on to it, say so. Not everyone’s a mind reader, you know. Meanwhile, take regular breaks – to gamble, run round the block, clear your head. Your energy is easily contaminated. Detachment and privacy are the keys. Lucky numbers: 6, 7, 14, 23, 35 Lucky gems: chrysolite, opal 62 Grand Edition 10 AQUARIUS SAGITTARIUS February 2010 Previous 23 October – 21 November You’ll have to be at your charming best now, if you’re hoping to get your own way. The planets have turned away from your needs, and focused on the people in your life. Not a problem. Gifts, luck, money and opportunities come from them – provided you behave. Your love life, on the other hand, is a separate entity. It’s taken on a life of its own, bringing romance and magic of the kind fantasies are made of. March continues in the same vein, bringing intimacy and commitment, especially after the tenth. Gambling is better than ever, slowing down on 18 April after which planning and strategy are needed. February pushes all your buttons, calling for trust and instinct to override logic. But behind each moment, love persists – and grows. And that’s what keeps you sane. Lucky numbers: 4, 15, 17, 22, 31 Lucky gems: bloodstone, topaz 20 January – 18 February February wants you home, behaving yourself. So much so, that the planets have arranged for money to be made there. For once, you’ll have to gamble alone, unless you can get the family to join in. That shouldn’t be too difficult since your love and family planets are fantastic, bringing romance, surprises and interesting invitations your way. By 10 March, you’re working like a dog, with barely a thought for your own needs. In fact, if you get a week off, consider yourself lucky. But if you’re looking for work, there’s lots to be had. Still, you’d better grab your chances while they’re there. April is complicated, bringing confused communications (after the 18th) , broken promises and unearthed secrets. But with that wonderful detachment, you’ll understand and forgive before you’re even asked. Lucky numbers: 8, 9, 20, 26, 28 Lucky gems: black pearl, obsidian 22 November – 21 December Health and fitness are important if you’re hoping to survive the madness of the next few months. The planets have all shunted forward, shoving you into the kind of action you’d forgotten existed. Prepare to be excited as opportunties, offers and invitations arrive at your door. No excuses allowed. Your love planet moves a little slower, giving you time to catch your breath. February is for deals, gambles and investments. March and half of April bring romance and excitement – with just enough conflict to hold your interest. You’ll need to make some changes though – or, by 18 April, they’ll be made for you. Explore the parts of your life you’re ready to release and toss them out, one by one. No need for panic. This will be fun. Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 4, 12, 16 Lucky gems: turquoise, onyx CAPRICORN PISCES 22 December – 19 January Career and money are swimming along – at last. By 10 March, you’re at the top of the tree, able to name your terms. Your finances are up and you’re learning what it means to have your dreams come true. Still, there are consequences to success – exhaustion, lack of time for yourself, strained relationships. Finding some balance will be your greatest challenge. Oh, and take a nap when you can. By mid-March you’re more interested in fun and travel than in love and responsibility. And you take your laptop with you everywhere. Finally, gambling has become fun – the best way to get what you want. April brings relationship problems as the communication planet abandons you – from the 18th, for three weeks. Dig deep and find that inner charm. You know it’s in there. Lucky numbers: 1, 12, 21, 27, 28 Lucky gems: sapphire, black diamond 19 February – 20 March The planets are shifting, after weeks of paralysis. Projects on hold start moving again, as money and work become key figures in your life. Not that you’re left out of the social scene – by any means. You’ve never felt so popular, and, if there’s any time left, love will certainly follow. Unlikely though, since you hardly have a moment to draw breath – just the way you’ve come to like it. Passion is key, and you’ll have to find yours. Money, meanwhile, floats in by 28 February, and throughout March and most of April, so gambling schedules will need attention. Even so, don’t spend it before you’ve got it. Debts can mount if you ignore your budget. April is confusing after the 18th – calling on your intuition to make your choices for you. Success is the key to growth. After each one, tell yourself this is just the beginning. Because it is. Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 19, 22, 26 Lucky gems: amethyst, clear quartz Next Proudly GrandPrivé.com 63 talk by Giselle Willcox Going Green Giselle Willcox has found that green is the new black If irony were a color, my guess is that it would be green. Because green is often the very opposite of, well, green. I mean, having green fingers means you’re good at gardening, with the word “green” closely related to the Old English verb “growan”, meaning “to grow”. But being green also refers to someone who is, ironically, not growing. You know the term,“green around the gills”? Well, sickness is where green is also at. As well as jealousy – think “green with envy” – and inexperience. So if you have green fingers or a green thumb, you are on top of your game. But if you’re a greenhorn, you’re inexperienced and have lost the game altogether. Green is a symbol of nature and in many cultures represents good. Green is a symbol of Ireland or the “Emerald Isle” while in Thailand, the color is lucky for anyone born on a Wednesday. In China, its association is with the east, with sunrise, life and growth. Fertility, life and rebirth – all of it is linked with green. In Ancient Egypt, the Egyptian god Osiris was 64 Grand Edition 10 even depicted as having green skin, green symbolizing resurrection and immortality. Or so we thought. Because while green, for some, means life and hope, it means the very opposite for others. Like sickness and death. And the devil. In Michael Pacher’s 15th century painting, Saint Wolfgang and the Devil, the devil is, you guessed it, green. Green has been linked with witchcraft and evil for its association with English folklore fairies and spirits. I mean what color are Spiderman’s villains? You got it, baby. Green. In the Celtic tradition, green clothing was avoided for its association with misfortune and death. And in British culture – where green cars, wedding dresses and theatre costumes are all taboo. And then if you thought the color green referred to the color green, well, not so. I mean in Perisan, the word for green can also mean “black” or “dark”; in Persian erotic poetry, dark-skinned women are described as “green”. And many Asian languages have no word to distinguish blue February 2010 Previous from green. Plus, the Thai word for green doesn’t just mean green. It also means “smelly” – and all sorts of other unpleasant things! How ironic also, that this symbol of environmentalism, of saving the planet, is also the symbol of money – and greed! The US one dollar note, like all other American dollar bills, has historically been green. Hence the term “greenback” for cash. Which means that green is everything from Irish to blue to black. Making green anything but. Right?
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