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Culture & Lifestyle | 12.08.2004 Breaking the Mold

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– Culture & Lifestyle | 12.08.2004 Breaking the Mold
– Winter on football: Party time again in Premiership
– Edinburgh reports: Return to musical heaven

Culture & Lifestyle | 12.08.2004 Breaking the Mold
Deutsche Welle – Dec 8, 2004
It was some 40 years ago that the first Gastarbeiter, or foreign guest workers, began arriving in Germany to help rebuild the country’s economy in the years after World War II. Decades on, a new generation of creative talent has come of age and found its voice — and it definitely doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed as “Turkish. ”

When Türkgünü, Europe’s largest festival of Turkish culture, took place in Berlin for the third time last May, the high profile guests at the landmark Brandenburger Tor included charismatic Turkish parliamentarian and Green Party member Cem Özdemir; and last year’s Turkish winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Sertab Erener, along with the country’s 2004 entry, the high-spirited Ska band Athena, provided the entertainment. Streetwear from Istanbul

Chances were that quite a few of the 100,000 visitors enjoying the show were wearing Mavi jeans. Traditionally, Turkey’s image is rarely associated with cutting-edge fashion, but the Mavi chain has become a household name in recent years, with the likes of Cher and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell among the label’s famous fans. Outside Turkey, Germany is one of its key markets.

Winter on football: Party time again in Premiership – Dec 8, 2004
Arsenal, an accomplished side with a genuinely outstanding coach, will not have it so easy this year. Manchester United have recruited intelligently in Carlos Queiroz, a defensive organiser restored as Ferguson’s No 2, and also in Gabriel Heinze, a fine left-back whose busy performances for Argentina in the Copa America signalled his promise. Cristiano Ronaldo will resume club duties eventually, following a prolonged tour of Portugal duty now taking in the Olympics and probably the Eurovision Song Contest. The man who may well prove United’s player of the season is Rio Ferdinand. Just as Eric Cantona charged back from suspension to inspire United to a championship, so may Ferdinand, with his assured defending and occasional foray into midfield. Ferdinand owes United and Ferguson. Employer and manager stood by their sociable centre-half through all the embarrassing controversy over his missed drugs test.

Edinburgh reports: Return to musical heaven – Dec 8, 2004
“It was,” he says, not mincing his words, “the worst experience of my career. “So what is Britain’s most prolific gay playwright doing, three years on, bringing a monologue to the Edinburgh Fringe about a hard-drinking, drug-taking 30-year-old woman with an unshakeable habit of breaking into song?advertisement. By the same token, it must have taken something exceptional to have brought about a change of heart. Someone exceptional, explains Harvey: Abi Roberts, a little known singer-songwriter. Roberts’s music so inspired him that he urged her to showcase her talents theatrically before deciding he didn’t want any other writer to get the job. “She’s like a young British Bette Midler or Barbra Streisand,” he says, describing her sound as “power-ballady” with a comic twist.

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