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Вильфранш-сюр-Мер, 10 августа
ПРЕСС-РЕЛИЗ, Яхт-клуб в Вильфранш-сюр-Мер
Джеймсом Голдсмит

Яхт-клуб Вильфранш-сюр-Мер с радостью сообщает инаугурацию клуба и назначения в
качестве президента и почетного звания золотого покровителя г-н Николай Бузуяну.

Инаугурация нового Яхт-клуба в Вильфранш-сюр-Мер было объявлено 10 августа и
является позитивное начало в долгосрочной морской традиции города.
Цель яхт-клуба заключается в развития и защиты морской среды, а также разработке,
организации и распростронении водных видов спорта.

Выступая на инаугурации клуба, г-н Николай Бузуяну сказал: “Я рад быть в состоянии
поддерживать основу яхт-клуба в Вильфранш-сюр-Мер. Это прекрасная возможность,
приветствовать молодое поколения, любителех воды и моря, передать знания от одного
поколения к другому. Я рад, что получил почетное звание золотого покровителя.

Члены-основатели включают в себе:
● Thierry Leret, директор по спорту, Яхт клуб Монако
● Isabelle Joscke, чемпион парусного спорта
● Bruno Sroka, 3 х кратный чемпион мира по кайтсерфингу
● Gilbert Pasqui, морской Карпентер
● Николай Бузуяну, президент Яхт-клуб Вильфранш-сюр-Мер

Описание Вильфранш-сюр-Мер
Вильфранш-сюр-Мер является городом поблизости Ниццы (Франция), раем для
парусников со всего мира.

На протяжении многих лет он был портом который принамал 6-го флота США с 1948 по
1966. С 1980-х, Вильфранш используется как порт для круизных судов на Среднеземном
море. Это убежище также для рыбаков, вы увидите разные виды рыб (за исключением
золотой рыбки!) Это красивый маленький городок, расположенный на берегу моря где у
вас есть возможность любоваться прекрасным видом.

“Гурман Регата” в Яхт-клубе в Вильфранш-сюр-Мер
“Гурман Регата” будет организована в Вильфранш-сюр-Мер в сентябре. Это большое
собрание классических яхт основана на французской гастрономии и содействии местных
продуктов питания. Это прекрасная возможность отдохуть и развеется для гурманов и
мореплавателей.

“Гурман Регата” была основана на необычайный успех Трофе Паски организован в мае,
и празнует великую традицию cоздания лодок из дерева, назван в имя военно-морского
плотника, Гилберт Паски

Для получения дополнительной информации:
http://www.villefranche-sur-mer.fr

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villefranche-sur-Mer

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Le Yacht Club de Villefranche-sur-Mer a été créé à l’initiative d’amoureux de la mer dans un désir de valorisation des métiers qui s’y rattachent, et grâce au soutien de son principal donateur, un Monsieur en or, Mr Nicolae Buzaianu.

L’ouverture du Yacht Club de Villefranche sur mer a été annoncée le 10 août et se veut être le promoteur du yachtisme de tradition en général et à Villefranche sur mer en particulier.  

L’adhésion au Yacht Club est simple : seules importent l’affiliation aux valeurs que défend le club et la volonté de « servir » pour les défendre, en mer comme à terre.

Le Yacht Club de Villefranche-sur-mer agit pour promouvoir, développer et organiser les activités susceptibles de favoriser toutes activités nautiques conformes à l’éthique qu’il défend. Il œuvre également pour préserver le patrimoine maritime et ce, en ayant comme partenaire principal, Mr Gilbert Pasqui, le plus grand charpentier naval de tradition, décoré chevalier des arts et des lettres en 2012 par le ministère de la culture et entreprise du patrimoine vivant.

S’exprimant lors du lancement du Yacht club, Mr Nicolae Buzaianu a annoncé : « Je suis ravi d’être en mesure de soutenir l’association du Yacht Club de Villefranche-sur-Mer. Il s’agit d’une occasion en or pour initier la jeune génération aux plaisirs de la mer et de transmettre les connaissances d’une génération à l’autre. Je suis heureux d’avoir le titre honorifique de membre d’honneur et de sponsor en or.

Les membres fondateurs sont :

  • Virginie Fabron, juriste en droit maritime et présidente du Yacht Club de Villefranche sur mer
  • Gilbert Pasqui, Charpentier naval de tradition et vice président du Yacht Club
  • Thierry Leret, Directeur des Sports au Yacht club de Monaco et vice président adjoint du Yacht club
  • Isabelle Joscke, championne de voile, figariste et administrateur du Yacht club
  • Bruno Sroka, 3 fois champion du monde Kitesurf & Médaille d’or et administrateur du Yacht » club
  • Mr Nicolae Buzaianu, sponsor en or

À propos de Villefranche sur mer :
Villefranche sur mer, commune voisine de Nice, est un paradis pour les marins du monde entier. En effet, la rade de Villefranche sur mer est une des plus belles rades du monde et est connue pour ses mouillages.

Il y a quelques décennies, la rade de Villefranche servait de point de mouillage pour la 6ème flotte des États-Unis de 1948 à 1966. Depuis les années 1980, Villefranche est devenu un point d’escale pour les bateaux de croisière.

La rade est également un paradis pour les pêcheurs.

C’est un merveilleux petit village niché au bord de la mer, surplombée par sa citadelle ornée de ses magnifiques jardins.

«La Régate Gourmande» par le Yacht Club de Villefranche sur Mer :
Du fait de l’extraordinaire succès du Trophée Pasqui chaque année en mai à Villefranche sur mer, célébrant le yachtisme de tradition et la charpenterie navale de tradition dans la région, le Yacht club de Villefranche sur mer a décidé de créer la première « régate gourmande ».


La « Régate Gourmande » met à l’honneur les plus beaux yachts de tradition du monde, la gastronomie française et les produits alimentaires locaux artisanaux. Il s’agit d’une occasion en or pour les gastronomes et les passionnés de la mer de se ressembler pour profiter des meilleurs produits du terroir et des plaisirs de la plaisance classique.

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UFFICIO STAMPA …

UFFICIO STAMPA Yacht Club di Villefranche sur Mer
Redatto da James Goldsmith

Lo yacht club di Villefranche è lieto di annunciare l’inaugurazione dello stesso club e rendere
noto il supporto del suo fondatore, Sig. Nicolae Buzaianu.

L’inaugurazione nel nuovo yacht club di Villefranche è stato annunciato il 10 agosto ed è
l’edizione di benvenuto di una duratura tradizione marittima della città.
.L’obiettivo dello yacht club è semplice: i valori del club sono di difendere e servire il mare. Lo
scopo del club è di sviluppare, organizzare e promuovere ogni attività d’acqua per coltivare il
valore del rispetto per il mare e indirizzare le nuove generazioni agli sport d’acqua e alle attività
marine.

Durante l’inaugurazione, il Sig Nicolae Buzaianu ha detto:” Sono onorato di poter supportare
la fondazione dello Yacht Club di Villefranche sur Mer. È un’opportunità d’oro quella di poter
dare il benvenuto alle nuove generazioni indirizzandole al rispetto del mare e garantendo alle
generazioni future lo stesso privilegio. Sono onorato di poter ricoprire il ruolo di Presidente
Onorario”.

Tra i membri del club possiamo ricordare:
● Thierry Leret, Director of Sport, YCM
● Isabelle Joscke, Campione di Vela
● Bruno Sroka, Campione del mondo di Kitesurfing per 3 volte
● Gilbert Pasqui, tra i più importanti carpentieri navali
● Mr Nicolau Buzaianu, Presidente onorario

Riguardo Villefranche
Villefranche, vicino a Nizza, in Francia, è il rifugio ideale per i velisti provenienti da tutto il
mondo. Infatti, la baia si distingue per la sua profondità a poca distanza dalla costa e per diversi
anni il porto è stato la base per la sesta flotta degli Stati Uniti d’America tra il 1948 e il 1966. Dal
1980, Villefranche viene utilizzato come porto di scalo per le navi da crociera sul Mediterraneo.
E inoltre un paradiso per i pescatori e potrete notare molte razze differenti di pesci.
Si tratta di un bellissimo borgo incastonato in riva al mare, che presenta una cittadella del 17 °
secolo i cui giardini con fiori di calendula attirano turisti da tutto il mondo.

“Regata golosa” by The Yacht Club di Villefranche sur Mer
La “regata golosa” è già nella liste degli eventi che avranno luogo a Villefranche a settembre.
Si propone come un grande raduno di barche d’epoca basato sulla gastronomia francese e la
promozione di prodotti alimentari locali artigianali. È un’occasione d’oro per i gastronomi e gli
stessi marinai di godere al meglio dei prodotti locali e delle delizie del classico yachting.

Questa regata è stata concepita in seguito al successo straordinario del Trofeo Pasqui a
maggio che celebra la grande tradizione della costruzione della barca in legno nella zona e
prende il nome dal primo carpentiere navale locale, Gilbert Pasqui.
È una regata amichevole, rilassante e senza concorrenza !

Per maggiori informazioni
http://www.villefranche-sur-mer.fr
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villefranche-sur-Mer

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Villefranche sur Mer, 10 august
COMUNICAT DE PRESĂ, Yacht Clubul din Villefranche sur Mer
Realizat de către James Goldsmith

Yacht Clubul din Villefranche sur Mer este încântat să vă anunţe inaugurarea sa şi sprijinul fondatorului domnului Nicolae Buzaianu, supranumit Patronul de “AUR”. 

Deschiderea noului Yacht Club din Villefranche sur Mer a fost anunţat pe 10 august reprezentând un început de succes în vechea tradiţie maritimă din oraş.
Scopul clubului și ai membrilor săi este de a dezvolta, de a organiza şi de a promova activități și sporturi pe apă pentru noua generaţie de tineri.

În ziua inaugurării, fondatorul Yacht Clubului, Nicolae Buzaianu, a afirmat : “Sunt foarte încântat de a fonda și de a sprijini Yacht Clubul din Villefranche sur Mer. Sunt bucuros să văd interesul tinerilor față de activitățiie și sporturile pe apă. Este o adevarată onoare de a fi supranumit Patronul de Aur și de a avea posibilitatea de a împartăși cunoştinţele de la o generaţie la alta.

Membrii fondatori :
● Thierry Leret, Director de sport, YCM
● Isabelle Joscke, Campion la iahturi de competiție
● Bruno Sroka, Triplu Campion mondial de Kitesurfing
● Gilbert Pasqui, Carpenter Naval
● Dl Nicolae Buzaianu, Patronul de Aur

Despre Villefranche
Orașelul Villefranche sur mer, aflânduse lângă Nisa (Franţa), este un paradis pentru marinarii din întreaga lume. De-a lungul anilor acesta a fost considerat portul gazdă pentru flota Statelor Unite ale Americii între anii 1948 și 1966. Începând cu anul 1980, Villefranche este folosit ca port de escală pentru navele de croazieră de pe Marea Meditaraneană. El reprezintă, de asemenea, un paradis pentru pescarii din regiune şi o posibilitate de a descoperi o mulțime de specii de peşti (cu excepţia pescarușului de aur!).

“Regata Gurman”, Yacht Club din Villefranche sur Mer
” Regata Gurman ” se numără deja în lista evenimentelor al Yacht Clubului, care va avea loc în Villefranche sur Mer, în luna septembrie. Acesta va reprezenta un mare eveniment de iahturi organizat pe baza valorilor de gastronomie franceză şi promovarea produselor alimentare locale. ” Regata Gurman ” este oportunitate pentru gastronomia franceză şi pentru participanții săi care vor putea să se bucure de cele mai bune produse artizanale din localitate.

Această regată a fost concepută în baza evenimentului ‘Trophée Pasqui’, care sărbatorește tradiţia constructiilor bărcilor din lemn în localitate, numită în cinstea primului dulgher naval, Gilbert Pasqui. Este o regată minunată făra de preț.

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Villefranche sur Mer, August 10
PRESS RELEASE Yacht Club of Villefranche sur Mer
Released by James Goldsmith

The Villefranche sur Mer Yacht Club is delighted to announce its inauguration and acknowledge the support of its Founding ‘Gold’ Patron, Mr Nicolae Buzaianu.

The inauguration of the new Villefranche sur Mer Yacht Club was announced on August 10 and is a welcome edition to the long Maritime tradition in the town.
The goal of the Yacht Club is simple, the membership values are to defend and serve the sea. The Purpose of the club is to develop, organise and promote water activities to promote the respect of the sea and to bring a new generation to water sports and marine activities.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Nicolae Buzaianu said; ‘I am delighted to be able to support the foundation of the Yacht Club of Villefranche sur Mer. It is a golden opportunity to welcome the younger generation to the pleasures of the sea and to pass the knowledge from one generation to the next. I am pleased to be given the honorary title of Gold Patron

The founding members include;

Virginie Fabron, President

 

  • Thierry Leret, Director of Sport, YCM
  • Isabelle Joschke, Sailing Champion
  • Bruno Sroka, 3 times Kitesurfing World Champion & Gold medal winner
  • Gilbert Pasqui, The foremost Naval Carpenter
  • Mr Nicolau Buzaianu, Gold Patron


About Villefranche
Villefranche, near Nice,France is a haven for sailors from all over the world. Indeed, it’s bay is noted for its depth just a short distance from shore and over the years the port was the home port for the US 6th fleet from 1948-1966. Since the 1980s, Villefranche is used as a port of call for Cruise ships on the mediterranean. It is also a haven for fishermen and you will see many types of fish here (except for goldfish!)It is a beautiful little village nestled beside the sea, with a 17th century citadel whose surrounding grounds are beautiful with flowers including the French marigold.

‘Gourmand Regatta’ by The Yacht Club of Villefranche sur Mer
The ‘Gourmand Regatta’ is already lined up to take place at Villefranche sur Mer in September. It is proposed that a great gathering of classic yachts based around French gastronomy and promoting local artisinal food products. it is a golden opportunity for gastronomes and sea-farers alike to enjoy the best of local produce and the delights of classic yachting.

This regatta has been conceived on the back of the extraordinary success of the Trophee Pasqui in May which celebrated the great tradition of wooden boat building in the area and is named after the foremost naval carpenter, Gilbert Pasqui.It is a laid back regatta without competition!

For more information:
http://www.villefranche-sur-mer.fr
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villefranche-sur-Mer

東電の対処能力に問題=政府内の意思疎通足りず―原発事故で中間報告・政府事故調

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東京電力福島第1原発事故で、政府の事故調査・検証委員会(委員長=畑村洋太郎東京大名誉教授)は26日、東電が津波に十分な備えをせず、事故時の対処能力に問題があったとする中間報告書を取りまとめ、公表した。政府の初動対応についても首相官邸内のコミュニケーション不足などを指摘した。さらに調査を進め、来年夏までに最終報告をまとめる。

Associated Press

福島第1原発4号機(11月撮影)

 中間報告書は同日夕、野田佳彦首相に提出された。今回の報告には菅直人前首相ら主要政治家の聴取結果は反映されていないが、畑村委員長は提出後の会見で、事故当時首相補佐官だった細野豪志原発事故担当相から既に聴取を終えたことを明らかにした。

 中間報告は7章構成で507ページ。官邸や経済産業省原子力安全・保安院を中心とした政府の対応、原発内での事故の進展と対応に加え、事故前の津波対策や過酷事故(シビアアクシデント)対策などを検証し、現時点で判明した事実に基づいて問題点を指摘した。

 事故については、津波到達前の地震による大規模な配管破断などは確認できないとした上で、主に1、3号機の緊急冷却装置をめぐる対応を取り上げた。1号機では非常用復水器(IC)の基本的動作を東電技術陣の誰も知らず、吉田昌郎所長(当時)ら発電所幹部が電源喪失後も長時間ICが動いていたと誤信したことが事態悪化につながったとした。

 運転員が高圧注水系(HPCI)を停止させた3号機でも、バッテリー枯渇の可能性が過小評価され、代替注水の準備が遅れたとし、停止の判断も幹部の指示を仰がなかったとした。

 政府の対応では、官邸地下の危機管理センターと菅前首相らが意思決定していた5階との間で、意思疎通が十分に図れていなかったと指摘。緊急時迅速放射能影響予測ネットワークシステム(SPEEDI)の試算結果や炉心溶融(メルトダウン)の公表の仕方など、情報公開の遅れや説明を曖昧にする傾向があったと批判した。 

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The President of Zambia & The Swiss National – from the Lusaka Daily News

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I have been aggressive in following the gold scandal in Zambia where PRESIDENT Sata originally pointed a wrong finger at Swiss philanthropist Nicolae Buzaianu who held the most esteemed UNESCO post. President Sata outwardly accused Dr. Buzaianu of stealing the gold held by DEC. Early on in the investigation our President stated the Dr. Buzaianu flew into Zambia on a nefarious mission to illegally purchase gold from DEC, the Drug Enforcement Commission. The deep rooted ill action allegedly involved ex-president Bandaand possibly his son.

Nicolae Buzaianu

Nicolae Buzaianu

For a few weeks Nicolae Buzaianu who is quite generous in his charitable works all over the world especially here in Zambia with a mission of furthering better education to his activities in restoring churches in Eastern Europe. Obviously these works are not the works of a man who would consider illegally purchasing gold or wrong the people of a country he so desired to help.

The office of the press secretary finally admitted they have had the whole gold scandal incorrect. When Dr. Buzaianu flew into Zambia it was not for the reason of purchasing gold nor was he ever on a DEC watch-list, these allegations were false and incorrect. President Sata’s office and in his own words apologized outwardly to Nicolae Buzaianu for speaking so severely.

I contacted a representative of Nicolae Buzaianu over the telephone to ask if Dr. Buzaianu would like to comment on President Sata’s actions and how he believes the President will be as a leader of Zambia. The representative offered these words from the Swiss National wrongly accused in the gold scandal. “Nu măsura pe alţii cu palma ta.” Translated it means “Don’t measure others with your own hand.” Finally Dr. Buzaianu wishes the people of Zambia a happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

I also contacted the press secretary who stated that the President wishes the best of holidays to Dr. Buzaianu and his family and truly hopes he reconsiders his UNESCO post for the people of Zambia.

President Sata

President Sata

Reporting form Lusaka Daily News Sunday 25th December 2011 James Mapalo

Le mouvement de grève est reconduit à l’aéroport de Roissy

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En grève depuis onze jours, les agents de sûreté aéroportuaire ont décidé de reconduire leur mouvement de grève lundi 26 décembre à Roissy après la tenue d’une nouvelle assemblée générale  dans l’aéroport parisien. Interrogés sur les suites à donner au conflit, la majorité des quelque 200 grévistes présents ont voté à main levée en faveur de la poursuite la grève, lancée pour obtenir une revalorisation salariale.

La situation était “normale” lundi à Roissy où sont attendus 75 000 passagers, le mouvement n’entraînant “pas de répercussion particulière” sur le trafic, a indiqué un porte-parole d’Aéroports de Paris (ADP). A Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, les 132 vols prévus devraient être assuré lundi, selon la direction. A l’aéroport de Toulouse-Blagnac, les agents de sûreté ont par ailleurs décidé la reprise du travail dimanche. A Lille, Beauvais et Bordeaux-Mérignac, aucune perturbation n’a été constatée samedi et dimanche, selon les aéroports.

 

Durant le week-end de Noël, période de forte affluence, aucune file d’attente particulière à l’embarquement n’a été constatée dans l’aéroport, selon des sources aéroportuaire et préfectorale. D’après le SESA, on a compté dimanche entre 10 % et 50 % de grévistes selon les sites, soit 20 % de moins que samedi.

DIVERGENCES SYNDICALES

Les agents réclament une hausse de 200 euros de leur salaire mensuel, qui se situe en moyenne entre 1 100 et 1 600 euros. Le Syndicat des entreprises de sûreté aérienne et aéroportuaire (Sesa, patronat) propose de porter à un mois de salaire le montant de leur prime annuelle, sous certaines conditions.

De sources concordantes, le protocole d’accord est encore valide. Et selon Patrick Thouverez, président du SESA, plusieurs syndicats “sont en train d’expliquer à leurs adhérents l’intérêt de cet accord afin d’obtenir l’adhésion de leurs délégués”.

Depuis le week-end, les syndicats ne semblent désormais plus vraiment sur la même longueur d’onde. Si la CGT se disait déterminée à poursuivre le mouvement, l’UNSA-FMPS, envisageait “très sérieusement” de mettre fin à la grève, après avoir constaté que le mouvement “s’effritait”, indiquait dimanche soir à l’AFP son secrétaire général, Erik Biro.

Après dix jours de conflit, “les salariés ont perdu beaucoup d’argent” et, depuis l’intervention de la police et la gendarmerie pour remplacer les grévistes, “le mouvement s’épuise”, estimait-il.
“On attend les retombées des différentes sections pour savoir si on signe ou non l’accord”, soulignait de son côté Jean-Paul Adams, secrétaire FO-ICTS, précisant que son syndicat se rangerait à “l’avis de la majorité”.

Le mouvement de grève a peu de répercussions sur le trafic aérien, le gouvernement ayant notamment mobilisé des effectifs de la police aux frontières et de la gendarmerie du transport aérien au terminal 2F de l’aéroport de Roissy pour remplacer les grévistes.

With two new films, Spielberg hopes to reclaim his crown

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Updated: 2011-12-22T00:48:26Z

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“They started saying ‘Oh, man, we love your movies so much! We love all your films — except for that last Indiana Jones picture. We all hated that one!’ ” Spielberg recalls, laughing.
“I asked them ‘Why did you hate it?’ And they said, ‘It just wasn’t as good as the other ones. We didn’t like that alien thing at the end. That was stupid. He shouldn’t be going after aliens anyway. He should be going after archeology stuff.’ ”
Spielberg is familiar with that sentiment. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was the worst-reviewed film in the series that “Raiders of the Lost Ark” launched. Even Shia LaBeouf, who starred in it, has publicly trashed the film.
Just don’t expect Spielberg to apologize for it.
“Then those same kids told me they saw ‘Crystal Skull’ four times,” he says. “I asked ‘Why did you see it four times if you hated it?’ And they said ‘For all the good stuff in it.’ And suddenly I understood how that movie made $800 million, despite all the negative things I read about it.”
Ever since “Jaws” redefined the limits on how profitable a movie can be, Spielberg has balanced commerce with art: He’s one of the most gifted artists to ever walk onto a movie set, as influential and revered as Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford and Stanley Kubrick. But Spielberg is also one of the sharpest and most shrewd businessmen in Hollywood, arguably second only to his friend and frequent producing partner George Lucas.
Both sides of Spielberg’s persona are invading a multiplex near you. On Wednesday came “The Adventures of Tintin,” the director’s first foray into 3-D. The first of a planned series of films based on the comic books by the Belgian author Herge, “Tintin” has already grossed $233 million overseas, where the eponymous hero, an intrepid newspaper reporter, is as entrenched in the culture as deeply as Peanuts is beloved in the U.S. The movie, which uses the same motion-capture effects James Cameron employed in “Avatar,” is a relentless thrill-ride replete with eye-popping 3-D effects, astonishing animation and sustained action sequences worthy of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
“War Horse” follows on Sunday, a grand, bold epic based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel about the bond between a young man (played by Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, set during World War I. The PG-13 movie has the intensity and power of “Saving Private Ryan” (without the gore) and the wonder and depth of feeling of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” It is an unabashedly earnest, hopeful, moving work, and if some people may find the movie too sentimental for these cynical times, you get the sense that Spielberg doesn’t really care.
“We were moved to tears by it,” Spielberg says about the first time he and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, saw the award-winning stage play based on the book in London’s West End. “That was at the start of 2010. My producer Kathleen Kennedy and I bought the rights to the book, and we started pre-production on the movie the next day. We hired (screenwriter) Richard Curtis two weeks later. I saw the play in January, and I was shooting the movie in August.”
Spielberg also optioned the rights to the “War Horse” stage play by Nick Stafford, which won five Tonys and used remarkably life-like puppets to stand in for Joey, the titular hero of the film. The theatrical production gave Spielberg a way to adapt the novel without turning it into an epic-sized episode of “Mr. Ed.”
“The novel is narrated by a horse, which is a wonderful device for a children’s book, but it wouldn’t work in a motion picture,” Spielberg says. “I ruled that out immediately and took the approach the stage play took. Because you can’t really have a horse speaking English.”
Another filmmaker might have used Morpurgo’s book as the backdrop for a story about the toll and horrors of war. But Spielberg, who has devoted as many movies to historical conflicts as he has to aliens and the suburbs, didn’t think of “War Horse” that way. His approach was far simpler and purer, which explains why some critics are already grumbling about the film being too schmaltzy.
“The war is the cause and the effect of the separation between boy and horse,” Spielberg says. “But what the story is really about is the personality of that horse and the determination and courage of that boy. This is a movie about how people are profoundly affected by animals in the middle of a horrible war. It is more about eye contact than huge epic battles scenes. Although there is certainly one of those.”
At an age when most people slow down to enjoy the fruits of their successes, Spielberg, who turned 65 on Sunday, is speeding up instead. He is already deep into production on “Lincoln,” his long-in-the-works movie about Abraham Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and slated to arrive in December 2012. He is expected to follow that up with “Robopocalypse,” an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s best-selling novel about an attack on mankind by robots.
“I like to work very quickly, because the faster I work, the clearer I can see the movie,” Spielberg says. “If I work too slow, I lose my sense of rhythm, and I can’t see how the movie is coming together. But if I’m really shooting on the run, and the crew is moving quickly, and the actors are fully prepared, and we’re doing four or five takes instead of 20, I have complete lucidity about the story from beginning to end. That is the demon I battle when I direct: losing my objectivity.”
Screenwriter Steven Zaillian, who won an Oscar collaborating with Spielberg on “Schindler’s List,” says the filmmaker won’t roll the cameras until he is “absolutely comfortable” with every page of the shooting script.
“Steven will say things like ‘I don’t know exactly what, but there’s something not quite right about this scene.’ And I would keep working on it until he would say ‘Yeah, that’s it.’ And once the script is finished, he shoots it. That’s the greatest thing for a screenwriter: working with a director who won’t say ‘Oh, we’ll worry about that later and just improvise something.’ Steven doesn’t do that. And then, obviously, what he brings to every scene on a visual level is extraordinary.”
Spielberg’s success earned him the ability to produce other people’s films, almost always in genres that are dear to him, and as one of the principal partners of DreamWorks Studios, he is a Hollywood mogul, too. As a result, Spielberg’s name has constantly graced movie screens, even during the rare patches when he took time off from directing. The list of films he has helped get made reads like a shopping list of late 20th-century pop culture: “Back to the Future,” “Gremlins,” “Men in Black,” “The Goonies,” “Cape Fear,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”
This year alone, Spielberg was an executive producer on “Cowboys & Aliens” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and an active collaborator with J.J. Abrams on “Super 8.” He even made a voice cameo in “Paul,” a comedic homage to 1980s-era Spielberg sci-fi. And other times, he will offer creative input on other people’s films behind the scenes, as he did with “Paranormal Activity” and the first “Shrek.”
“Sometimes I’ll take the title of executive producer on a movie knowing the value of my name,” Spielberg says. “With ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ Ron Howard and I decided to help package the movie and assign ourselves a credit just to give a little more awareness to this very expensive, yet very experimental, genre-crunching movie.
“ ‘Super 8’ was different. J.J. Abrams and I were trying to figure out what we could make together, and we came up with the idea of making a movie about kids making movies, which is what we both did when were teenagers. J.J. came up with the concept of some huge thing getting out after a train crashes, and only the kids know about it because they’ve got this Zapruder film to prove it. But I was very active on ‘Super 8’ from beginning to end. I am very proud of it.
“Although some people were critical of J.J. trying to imitate my earlier movies and perhaps falling short, he was never trying to (pay) homage to me. I think I just rubbed off on him a little, because we had so many story meetings together. He shouldn’t be blamed for the pollen I put on his wings. I don’t consider that homage. If anything, I would rather take the blame for that.”
But even though his producing duties would be enough to keep him occupied, Spielberg remains as enthusiastic and curious about filmmaking as he did at the start of his career. “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin” open in theaters within days of each other, but this is not the first time he has directed two films in the same year. He did it in 1993, with “Schindler’s List” and “Jurassic Park”; in 1997, with “The Lost World” and “Amistad”; in 2002, with “Minority Report” and “Catch Me If You Can”; and in 2005, with “War of the Worlds” and “Munich.”
He is the most prolific of all the A-list directors — by comparison, James Cameron has only directed eight feature films in his entire career — and when you mention these double-feature years, Spielberg himself offers up one more.
“I also did it with ‘E.T.’ and ‘Poltergeist’; they came out a week apart,” he says, accidentally reviving the long-standing suspicion that he played an even bigger role in the making of 1982’s “Poltergeist” than writer and producer (Tobe Hooper is officially credited as director of the film). Spielberg has made this slip before — he once apologized for it in a letter to Time magazine that read “Tobe Hooper alone was the director” — and he says it yet again when talking about the decision to release “Tintin” and “War Horse” only five days apart.
“As I was nearing the end of production on ‘War Horse,’ I was also starting to approve or send back animation of ‘Tintin,’ and I realized both films were going to come out very close together, as close as ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘E.T.,’ ” he says. “But even though ‘War Horse’ and ‘Tintin’ are family oriented, they are still different enough that audiences can make a choice of which one they want to see first but not at the expense of skipping the other one.”
“War Horse” and “Tintin” also showcase the skills that elevate Spielberg to the ranks of the all-time great directors, particularly his uncanny knack for constantly putting his camera in the best, most compelling place to tell his story. In “War Horse,” he draws a genuine performance out of his four-legged star (actually played by six horses) primarily by the ways in which he photographs the animal. In “Tintin,” freed from all constraints of gravity and physics, Spielberg performs impossible feats with his camera, including an astounding action sequence, done in one long, uninterrupted take, that makes you want to stand up and applaud.
“To me, the camera is an extension of the way I see things,” Spielberg says. “On every movie I’ve ever made since the beginning of my career — ‘The Sugarland Express,’ ‘Duel,’ even all my television shows — I have never let the director of photography place the camera anywhere. I do all the camera placements, I select the lens; I select the angle; I determine the blocking; I move the actors and the camera around. The cinematographer simply lights. That is all I need them for.
“Janusz Kaminski is the greatest lighting cameraman I have ever met in my life. But he never sets the camera: I do. I think my movies would start to look different if I did what many other directors do — which is perfectly fine to do — and abdicated that job. I don’t think I will ever do that, because it is one thing that keeps me very connected to my movies.”
That connection keeps Spielberg pushing forward on the same personal path he’s always followed. He just happens to take a route that movie audiences around the world are happy to take along with him.
“I’ve always had a chance to make every movie I’ve wanted to make,” he says. “The success of ‘Jaws’ and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ allowed me to pursue subjects the studios were afraid of, because they were too scared not to make them. And then, of course, they gave me all the money I wanted for ‘1941,’ which bombed.
“I recovered with ‘Raiders.’ But I’ve always had the freedom to tell whatever story I wanted to tell. And it hasn’t spoiled me. It has just freed me to not hold anyone else responsible for the choices that I make. I can’t credit or blame anybody else for these choices. And I still have a huge appetite for making movies. I have the same energy today than I did when I was 26 and made ‘Jaws.’ I’ve never had a moment — even a private moment — when I could see putting my feet up. That has never even occurred to me. I don’t see an end in sight.”

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Artichokes and Oranges: December’s Seasonal Produce

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It’s officially winter in the Middle East. We’d hoped it would be raining now, but climate change is evident in blue skies and dry ground everywhere. Open-air markets ring with the shouts of vendors and the bustle of shoppers. But even as we wander past a pile of artichokes, imagining how good their hearts will taste hot, with a dab of lemon butter or made into artichoke dip, we’re wishing that the skies would grant us a few months of good, solid rain. See our post on how wintertime droughts are due to climate change.

Still, December’s produce isn’t substantially different from November’s. There are even a few lingering summer fruits, products of hothouses. Bu itt seems that we’re instinctively attracted to seasonal foods, while out-of-season foods look out of place. And winter’s seasonal foods are luscious in the Middle East.

Fruit

Citrus fruit continue excellent right now.Look for red and yellow grapefruits, lemons, oranges and clementines, both yellow and red pomelos, loquats, and local citrus hybrids. Indeed, citrus trees loaded with fruit can be seen in gardens everywhere.

Pomegranates are still available, probably reflecting the recent culinary fad for them. Buy and juice some for making your own pomegranate molasses. Green and purple table grapes are also out in the markets. Persimmons are fat and juicy now.

Avocadoes are excellent and relatively cheap. Bananas are out in huge quantities, most of them still fresh off the stem and green. Strawberries are still extravagantly expensive.

All the native apple and pear varieties are in full season.

Vegetables

Root vegetables continue fat and flavorful, with lower prices than in November. Buy carrots, parsley root, beets, white and red potatoes, celeriac and sweet potatoes.

The brassicas are beautiful right now: broccoli, cauliflower (easy and delicious recipe using both of them here), red and white cabbages, kohlrabi. Kohlrabi and fennel are especially good, with prices that actually verge on the cheap.

Pumpkins, cucumbers, squashes and zucchini are a bit more expensive, but still very good. Red, yellow and white onions are big and firm. Leeks are bigger and more attractive, but  ever expensive. Leafy vegetables like Swiss chard and lettuces continue excellent, as does celery. Artichokes are more attractive than last month, although their price has only crept down. Big, firm, purple eggplants are out and are delicious stuffed with bulgur and dried fruitAsparagus, another expensive treat, are out now.

Capsicums seem to like both hot and cool weather. Colorful bell peppers and green and red hot peppers are plump and firm, good for making muhamarra spread. Hothouse tomatoes are abundant but prices are naturally high.

Sweet corn is still abundant and still sweet. Radishes are out in all their varieties, from white daikons through squat green ones and round red ones to black Russian radishes that the vendors say to eat for the sake of your kidneys.

The prices of string beans, dark lubia and broad Italian beans have come down, and they’re worth buying now.

Herbs

Peppery watercress is a seasonal herb that’s in full leaf now. Fat sour grass leaves for making the Russian shav soup are looking good. Worth buying are basil , oregano, thyme, tarragon, scallions, parsley, coriander, rocket, aragula, dill, and chives. As in last month’s market, rosemary, sage, and wormwood (sheeba) for tea are still displayed in bunches.

Forager’s notes:

As in November, mallows, milk thistle, nettles and chickweed have broken through the ground, but are bigger and more worth picking now. A few wild oats (brew a cup of our wild oats tea) are waving their heads in the breeze. Fumaria, a delicate herb with a neutral taste, is out but not flowering yet. Pick it for its liver-supp0rting properties: just put a couple of sprigs in your next cup of tea and fish it out before drinking. Plantains – not the bananas, the low-growing leafy herb – are out; while they’re not especially good food, they make an excellent soothing tea for coughs and sour stomach. Plantain tea also soothes irritated, chapped or acne-tormented skin.

Foragers’ update: wild beets and wild marigolds are already appearing in warmer regions. Look for wild chamomile in the next few weeks.

Brighten overcast days with our seasonal winter salads: