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Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week returns IRL and kicks off with Viktor & Rolf Show

Around 320 brands will showcase their 2023 bridal and groom collections during the five-day event, which combines runway shows and the fair. (Author: Gardener)

WeekBelieving on the rebound in events and brisk activity for the industry, Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week returns to its usual IRL showcase from Wednesday to Sunday, with a mixed format offering a busy schedule with shows running through Saturday and a Fair at the Fira de Barcelona combined exhibition center with views of Plaça d'Espanya for the last three days. In 2020 the fair moved to the internet, in 2021 the digital platform was flanked by a single gala event and runway show. “Coming together again here in Barcelona and making the city the international reference point for the bridal industry again is a cause [of] joy and pride. We've managed to build an event that is recognized as the go-to place for bridal fashion worldwide, and it's not an easy task, even considering we're not part of the international fashion circus,” said Estermaria Laruccia, director of the fair. In certain countries, like Italy and Spain, bridal wear is not considered in the fashion industry, although wedding dresses are often embedded on haute couture catwalks,” she noted. The five-day event will be attended by 320 brands, 80 percent of which come from 25 countries such as Italy and the United States. "These could only be seen as numbers, but in fact they testify to the quality of the event due to their geographical representation, with different styles and positions," said Laruccia, mentioning, for example, couture-like creations by Zuhair Murad and contemporary pieces by Justin Alexander. On the opening gala night, design duo Viktor & Rolf will make the runway debut of their hit bridal collection, Mariage, launched in 2017. Founders Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren booked the venue of the Xavier Corberó Center for Research and Artistic Activities, a labyrinth of arches, niches and nooks that was once the home of artist Xavier Corberó is located in Esplugues de Llobregat on the outskirts of Barcelona , ​​but due to bad weather conditions, the fashion show will take place at the exhibition center. The spring 2023 bridal fashion collection with 40 looks is combined with a selection of couture creations. "Not only are they masterful couturiers, but there's an air of transgression to their creations, which we like because we're trying to blend the traditionally romantic and feminine bridal sector with something more fashion-oriented," said Laruccia. Notice how the shows' large productions aim to improve the positioning of the event. The format of the event is not dissimilar to what international fashion week operators have done with local fashion shows held in parallel for a business flywheel effect. To that end, all 33 brands hosting runway shows are asked to attend the show as well. In this context it is all the more important after two years that have been so complicated,” said Laruccia. Brands hosting fashion shows include Atelier Pronovias and the Marchesa for Pronovias line, Isabel Sanchis and Ramón Sanjurjo from Spain, and Peter Langner and Carlo Pignatelli from Italy; South Korea's Vestal Virgin; Agnieska Swialty from Poland; Modeca from the Netherlands and Katy Corso from the Ukraine. Corso is among 12 Ukrainian brands that managed to take part in the fair, which is a particularly appreciated achievement for Laruccia and the team at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week. “Ukraine is an important country for the bridal sector, in terms of design and production, we used to have a strong [Ukrainian] presence. By supporting them, we are making our small contribution to helping the country,” she noted. Although visitor numbers will not be announced until after the event, according to Laruccia, the fair expects visitor numbers to be the same as 2019, with the exception of buyers from China and Russia. This year, Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week is also opening up to brides-to-be, transforming it into a business-to-business-to-consumer event via a digital component, explained the show director. "With the return of events and celebrations sustaining the sector's boom, we decided to serve brides-to-be because we recognized that end users are the ones who really move the needle of this industry," said Laruccia. The official event's app, which runs until June 20th, will feature live streams and on-demand content embedded in interactive tools that Laruccia has described as in-line with the gamification trend. "It also helps us gather data and insights from brides-to-be and target them by geographic area, which is very important for bridal fashion in particular, as tastes and fits vary greatly from region to region," she explained. The show has also forged ties with Weibo Wedding China to stream weekly content to a local distributor and keep retailers busy in the country.

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Is Barcelona the “Spanish Man United”?

Barcelona's African fans have spoken out after another setback for Xavi Hernandez's side. (Author: Gardener)

SpanishBarcelona have come under fire from the club's African fans online after Monday's 1-0 defeat by Cadiz in La Liga. Lucas Perez scored the only goal in the 48th minute after defenders Eric Garcia and Clement Lenglet got confused in the Barcelona box and couldn't process a cross. Despite their disappointment, fans saw the fun as Barca lost a second straight home game in the Europa League after last Thursday's 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. Former big clubs,” said @DoxaofChelsea after the defeat. "Twins," wrote @KhayFCB on Twitter, accompanying the comment with a photo of Lenglet and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire. [Ousmane] Dembele was average today [Monday] and still miles ahead of Ferran," he said. "Ferran holds the ball up, falls down, passes the ball and there's absolutely no fear instilled in the opponent." @Chibuike agreed, saying, "I'm his [Torres] fan but you're right, he passes it Ball only backwards, cannot cross and cannot shoot. Barca need to invest in quality strikers. Only Dembele tries in advance.” For Idowu Sunday, the finger of blame had to be pointed a little wider. Smaller teams come to our own territory and take the win with them. Mr Xavi, please try to bench or substitute Ferran. Let's try Dembele, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, Adama [Traore], [Memphis] Depay. Please remove Torres from the picture for some games," said Sunday, who also doesn't want Torres selected. "We need some kind of coach from [Jürgen] Klopp or [Thomas] Tuchel," they began. “We need a change, and a big one. Others argued that the Catalan giants' tactical approach needs to be changed if they are to avoid similar slip-ups. "The problem with Xavi is that he coaches a kind of football against top teams, midfield teams and struggling defensive teams," said @Bwoginius. “You can't use the same tactics, formation and speed against these three guys. His tactics can only beat top teams who attack but not defensively.” @ArtisPSD saw the fun of Barca's defeat. “Real Madrid will lose the next 10 games. Heed my words, Barcelona are back," he began, jokingly believing in the Catalan giants' tenuous title ambitions. This Xavi Ball doesn't work on Mondays!” replied @AdizUmar. "Maybe Cadiz also came with over 30,000 fans, or did Xavi provide the excuse for today's defeat," said @kabandu_nyamson in response to the Barca manager's complaints that Frankfurt had many fans in the stands on Thursday. The defeat leaves Barcelona second on 60 points, along with third- and fourth-placed Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, despite the Blaugrana having played a game in hand. How do you rate the Barcelona legend's time at the top of the league giants so far?

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Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week returns IRL and kicks off with Viktor & Rolf Show

Around 320 brands will showcase their 2023 bridal and groom collections during the five-day event, which combines runway shows and the fair. (Author: Gardener)

WeekBelieving on the rebound in events and brisk activity for the industry, Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week returns to its usual IRL showcase from Wednesday to Sunday, with a mixed format offering a busy schedule with shows running through Saturday and a Fair at the Fira de Barcelona combined exhibition center with views of Plaça d'Espanya for the last three days. In 2020 the fair moved to the internet, in 2021 the digital platform was flanked by a single gala event and runway show. “Coming together again here in Barcelona and making the city the international reference point for the bridal industry again is a cause [of] joy and pride. We've managed to build an event that is recognized as the go-to place for bridal fashion worldwide, and it's not an easy task, even considering we're not part of the international fashion circus,” said Estermaria Laruccia, director of the fair. In certain countries, like Italy and Spain, bridal wear is not considered in the fashion industry, although wedding dresses are often embedded on haute couture catwalks,” she noted. The five-day event will be attended by 320 brands, 80 percent of which come from 25 countries such as Italy and the United States. "These could only be seen as numbers, but in fact they testify to the quality of the event due to their geographical representation, with different styles and positions," said Laruccia, mentioning, for example, couture-like creations by Zuhair Murad and contemporary pieces by Justin Alexander. On the opening gala night, design duo Viktor & Rolf will make the runway debut of their hit bridal collection, Mariage, launched in 2017. Founders Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren booked the venue of the Xavier Corberó Center for Research and Artistic Activities, a labyrinth of arches, niches and nooks that was once the home of artist Xavier Corberó is located in Esplugues de Llobregat on the outskirts of Barcelona , ​​but due to bad weather conditions, the fashion show will take place at the exhibition center. The spring 2023 bridal fashion collection with 40 looks is combined with a selection of couture creations. "Not only are they masterful couturiers, but there's an air of transgression to their creations, which we like because we're trying to blend the traditionally romantic and feminine bridal sector with something more fashion-oriented," said Laruccia. Notice how the shows' large productions aim to improve the positioning of the event. The format of the event is not dissimilar to what international fashion week operators have done with local fashion shows held in parallel for a business flywheel effect. To that end, all 33 brands hosting runway shows are asked to attend the show as well. In this context it is all the more important after two years that have been so complicated,” said Laruccia. Brands hosting fashion shows include Atelier Pronovias and the Marchesa for Pronovias line, Isabel Sanchis and Ramón Sanjurjo from Spain, and Peter Langner and Carlo Pignatelli from Italy; South Korea's Vestal Virgin; Agnieska Swialty from Poland; Modeca from the Netherlands and Katy Corso from the Ukraine. Corso is among 12 Ukrainian brands that managed to take part in the fair, which is a particularly appreciated achievement for Laruccia and the team at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week. “Ukraine is an important country for the bridal sector, in terms of design and production, we used to have a strong [Ukrainian] presence. By supporting them, we are making our small contribution to helping the country,” she noted. Although visitor numbers will not be announced until after the event, according to Laruccia, the fair expects visitor numbers to be the same as 2019, with the exception of buyers from China and Russia. This year, Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week is also opening up to brides-to-be, transforming it into a business-to-business-to-consumer event via a digital component, explained the show director. "With the return of events and celebrations sustaining the sector's boom, we decided to serve brides-to-be because we recognized that end users are the ones who really move the needle of this industry," said Laruccia. The official event's app, which runs until June 20th, will feature live streams and on-demand content embedded in interactive tools that Laruccia has described as in-line with the gamification trend. "It also helps us gather data and insights from brides-to-be and target them by geographic area, which is very important for bridal fashion in particular, as tastes and fits vary greatly from region to region," she explained. The show has also forged ties with Weibo Wedding China to stream weekly content to a local distributor and keep retailers busy in the country.

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Is Barcelona the “Spanish Man United”?

Barcelona's African fans have spoken out after another setback for Xavi Hernandez's side. (Author: Gardener)

SpanishBarcelona have come under fire from the club's African fans online after Monday's 1-0 defeat by Cadiz in La Liga. Lucas Perez scored the only goal in the 48th minute after defenders Eric Garcia and Clement Lenglet got confused in the Barcelona box and couldn't process a cross. Despite their disappointment, fans saw the fun as Barca lost a second straight home game in the Europa League after last Thursday's 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. Former big clubs,” said @DoxaofChelsea after the defeat. "Twins," wrote @KhayFCB on Twitter, accompanying the comment with a photo of Lenglet and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire. [Ousmane] Dembele was average today [Monday] and still miles ahead of Ferran," he said. "Ferran holds the ball up, falls down, passes the ball and there's absolutely no fear instilled in the opponent." @Chibuike agreed, saying, "I'm his [Torres] fan but you're right, he passes it Ball only backwards, cannot cross and cannot shoot. Barca need to invest in quality strikers. Only Dembele tries in advance.” For Idowu Sunday, the finger of blame had to be pointed a little wider. Smaller teams come to our own territory and take the win with them. Mr Xavi, please try to bench or substitute Ferran. Let's try Dembele, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, Adama [Traore], [Memphis] Depay. Please remove Torres from the picture for some games," said Sunday, who also doesn't want Torres selected. "We need some kind of coach from [Jürgen] Klopp or [Thomas] Tuchel," they began. “We need a change, and a big one. Others argued that the Catalan giants' tactical approach needs to be changed if they are to avoid similar slip-ups. "The problem with Xavi is that he coaches a kind of football against top teams, midfield teams and struggling defensive teams," said @Bwoginius. “You can't use the same tactics, formation and speed against these three guys. His tactics can only beat top teams who attack but not defensively.” @ArtisPSD saw the fun of Barca's defeat. “Real Madrid will lose the next 10 games. Heed my words, Barcelona are back," he began, jokingly believing in the Catalan giants' tenuous title ambitions. This Xavi Ball doesn't work on Mondays!” replied @AdizUmar. "Maybe Cadiz also came with over 30,000 fans, or did Xavi provide the excuse for today's defeat," said @kabandu_nyamson in response to the Barca manager's complaints that Frankfurt had many fans in the stands on Thursday. The defeat leaves Barcelona second on 60 points, along with third- and fourth-placed Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, despite the Blaugrana having played a game in hand. How do you rate the Barcelona legend's time at the top of the league giants so far?

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Cunard Western Mediterranean Voyage & Barcelona Escape

Enjoy a four-star hotel stay in Barcelona before embarking on a seven-day Cunard cruise in the Mediterranean, calling at France, Italy and Spain. (Author: Gardener)

Cunard Western Mediterranean Voyage & BarcelonaEnjoy a four-star hotel stay in Barcelona before embarking on a seven-day Cunard cruise in the Mediterranean, calling at France, Italy and Spain. Start your wonderful seven night Mediterranean cruise vacation with a four star stay in the heart of the bustling city of Barcelona. It's easy to see why Barcelona is considered one of the most visited cities in the world. Fall in love with Barcelona's beautiful architecture, stunning beaches, authentically delicious tapas and stunning art scene before embarking on your legendary Cunard cruise. Embark from Barcelona aboard the magnificent Queen Elizabeth for a full board cruise of the magnificent western Mediterranean. Enjoy legendary Cunard luxury on board with a variety of gastronomic delights, first class service and electric performances on board. Your first port of call will be magnificent Toulon, a French city brimming with charm, before sailing to the Italian shores of Genoa and then Rome to indulge in Italian luxury – as they say when in Rome, of course ! Admire great examples of Italian architecture and discover fascinating stories as you visit these beautiful Italian destinations. Your final port of call is beautiful Palma de Mallorca, where you can soak up the Spanish sun, explore the stunning old town, and enjoy tasty tapas and delicious sangria. Your journey ends back in beautiful Barcelona, ​​ending your magical Western Mediterranean holiday as it began. Start your Mediterranean journey with an overnight stay in Barcelona, ​​the Catalan capital with an unrivaled zest for life. For a true taste of local culture, visit the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, home to Spain's largest collection of Catalan art. Today you will board the royal Queen Elizabeth before your 7-day round-trip cruise in Barcelona. Enjoy Cunard's unparalleled heritage, sense of occasion and a range of activities including glamorous ballroom dancing, lawn bowls and traditional afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters. Enjoy your time on board to unwind in a sensational spa and relaxing lounges. On board you will find modern amenities combined with golden era style service, along with exceptional fine dining. You can dance the night away at a themed ball in the Queens Room or catch a polished production at the Royal Court Theatre. You have three main gourmet restaurants to choose from, promising gastronomic delights to suit all tastes. And with spacious accommodations and two beautiful pool areas, as well as the Royal Spa, you'll enjoy a comfortable and relaxing cruise. Located on the sun-kissed French Riviera, Toulon has an unexpected charm. Spend time strolling the cobbled streets and enjoy the best views of the old town and harbor from Mont Faron, which overlooks both. Don't miss a visit to Aix, the city of a thousand fountains, which will show you one of the jewels of Provence. The ornate churches and palaces of this city are astounding as is the revitalized old port area that surrounds it. During your visit, you can visit the baroque piazza and order Genoese specialties minestrone and trofie al pesto, or sip a glass of Bianchetta Genovese wine and then stroll along the waterfront for a panoramic view of modern Genoa from the Bigo Crane. And don't forget to visit the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Piazza de Ferrari and the Naval Museum. Explore streets steeped in ancient history, where Byzantine mosaics adorn the church ceilings and cool catacombs slumber beneath your feet. Whether you like sports or exercise, you will find many options on board. Queen Elizabeth's Games Deck offers a sophisticated area to play bowling, deck tennis and croquet, or you can try a gentle putt in the golf nets. Alternatively, you can find a great atmosphere in the Golden Lion pub to watch live sports broadcasts. Stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town, visit the old Arabic baths or simply soak up the sun's rays on the sun-kissed city beach. As day turns to night, take a stroll along Passeig d'es Born boulevard and see the honey-hued La Seu Cathedral bathed in the golden glow of fading light, before heading to a tapas bar to check out Plates of spicy albondigas to enjoy Gambas al ajillo and patatas bravas washed down with jugs of icy sangria. Barcelona Your legendary journey through the western Mediterranean ends where it began, in vibrant Barcelona. Here you disembark the Royal Queen Elizabeth for your flight home. This magical journey will leave you with a treasure trove of delightful memories to share with your friends and family. When Her Majesty The Queen performed the naming ceremony in her own honor in October 2010, she continued a wonderfully royal cruise formal tradition. Cunard has retained all of the refined design, amenities and service associated with the golden era of cruising sailing, while adding modern facilities, leisure and entertainment options. Stunning accommodation and the most exceptional fine dining you will ever experience at sea are the highlights of the glorious Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. Dance in the grand ballroom, enjoy afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, watch extravagant stage shows in an opulent theatrical setting, or simply relax and recharge beside one of the two beautiful pool areas. Head here for traditional afternoon tea or dance the night away at one of the glamorous balls. Before dinner, sip on a signature cocktail with canapés while enjoying the magnificent panoramic views. This tour is operated exclusively by Imagine Cruising

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Luxury Cunard voyage in the western Mediterranean, stopping in Barcelona

Bask in Barcelona's vibrant energy with an overnight hotel stay before boarding Cunard's majestic Queen Elizabeth for a cruise of the beautiful Western Mediterranean. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBask in Barcelona's vibrant energy with an overnight hotel stay before boarding Cunard's majestic Queen Elizabeth for a cruise of the beautiful Western Mediterranean. With an overnight stay and an additional port of call later in the itinerary, it's clear why Barcelona is established as one of the most visited cities in the world. Get to know the beautiful architecture, stunning beaches, authentically delicious tapas and stunning arts scene. Next, embark aboard the magnificent Queen Elizabeth for a full-board cruise of the glorious western Mediterranean. Enjoy legendary Cunard luxury on board with a variety of gastronomic delights, first class service and electric performances on board. Your first port of call is the famously glamorous city of Cannes, a major hub of the famously rich. Your cruise highlights include calls in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, stunning Valencia, the eternal city of Rome and picturesque Palma. As you travel the western Mediterranean, you are guaranteed to be awed by the breathtaking views, incredible architecture and fascinating cultures that each of these destinations has to offer. Your journey ends back in beautiful Barcelona, ​​ending your magical Western Mediterranean holiday as it began. Start your Mediterranean journey with an overnight stay in Barcelona, ​​the Catalan capital with an unrivaled zest for life. Synonymous with architect Antoni Gaudi's eccentric buildings, it's also home to the excellent Picasso Museum and a vibrant food scene. For a true taste of local culture, visit the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, home to Spain's largest collection of Catalan art. Today you will board the royal Queen Elizabeth before your 14-day round-trip cruise in Barcelona. Enjoy Cunard's unparalleled heritage, sense of occasion and a range of activities including glamorous ballroom dancing, lawn bowls and traditional afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters. Enjoy your time on board to unwind in a sensational spa and relaxing lounges. Queen Elizabeth offers a range of elegant bars and lounges to suit every mood - coffee and croissant nibbles during the day at Cafe Carinthia; enjoy aperitifs at Midships Bar; toast friends at the champagne bar; and dance the night away at the Yacht Club. Home to the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes exudes glamor and sophistication. This destination is the perfect place to enjoy the high life with its world famous upscale restaurants, chic boutiques and designer shops. Stroll along the beach, admire the liner yachts moored in the harbor and discover the true beauty of Cannes; the old town, stunning offshore islands and peaceful gardens with sparkling fountains. Next, head to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, where the streets are like a real museum and Michelangelo's David, Brunelleschi's dome, and Ferragamo's iconic shoes are all within easy reach. The capital of Tuscany is an achingly romantic city of rivers, bridges and Renaissance art and architecture, often referred to as an open-air museum. The beautiful city of Ajaccio boasts a stunning sweeping bay. Follow in the early footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte through the winding streets of Ajaccio's old town. Dine, relax and unwind in timeless style and luxury. Each suite and stateroom is your personal oasis where you can enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service. Known for its street cafes, parties and paella, Valencia offers an exciting mix of art, history and rich Hispanic culture. In the old town is Valencia Cathedral, where you can climb the octagonal Miguelete bell tower to admire the sweeping views. Alternatively, you can climb the steps of the amphitheater for a mesmerizing panoramic view of Valencia's orange rooftops and domed churches. In Neustadt you will find the ultra-modern "City of Arts and Sciences" with its towering glass palaces. Visit the inspirational Sagrada Familia with its stained glass windows, explore exciting food markets or discover Gaudi's stunning architecture in vibrant Barcelona. This is a city where architecture and art merge; This city is a melting pot of creativity and a wonder to walk through. Visit Las Ramblas, the promenade in the heart of the city, and be sure to try some traditional tapas. On board you will find modern amenities combined with golden era style service, along with exceptional fine dining. You can dance the night away at a themed ball in the Queens Room or catch a polished production at the Royal Court Theatre. You have three main gourmet restaurants to choose from, promising gastronomic delights to suit all tastes. And with spacious accommodations and two beautiful pool areas, as well as the Royal Spa, you'll enjoy a comfortable and relaxing cruise. Spend time strolling the cobbled streets and enjoy the best views of the old town and harbor from Mont Faron, which overlooks both. Don't miss a visit to Aix, the city of a thousand fountains, which will show you one of the jewels of Provence. The ornate churches and palaces of this city are astounding as is the revitalized old port area that surrounds it. During your visit, you can visit the baroque piazza and order Genoese specialties minestrone and trofie al pesto, or sip a glass of Bianchetta Genovese wine and then stroll along the waterfront for a panoramic view of modern Genoa from the Bigo Crane. And don't forget to visit the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Piazza de Ferrari and the Naval Museum. Explore streets steeped in ancient history, where Byzantine mosaics adorn the church ceilings and cool catacombs slumber beneath your feet. Admire the splendor of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican and see the imposing Colosseum as you walk in the footsteps of gladiators. Whether you like sports or exercise, you will find many options on board. Queen Elizabeth's Games Deck offers a sophisticated area to play bowling, deck tennis and croquet, or you can try a gentle putt in the golf nets. Alternatively, you can find a great atmosphere in the Golden Lion pub to watch live sports broadcasts. Stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town, visit the old Arabic baths or simply soak up the sun's rays on the sun-kissed city beach. As day turns to night, take a stroll along Passeig d'es Born boulevard and see the honey-hued La Seu Cathedral bathed in the golden glow of fading light, before heading to a tapas bar to check out Plates of spicy albondigas to enjoy Gambas al ajillo and patatas bravas washed down with jugs of icy sangria. Your iconic journey through the Western Mediterranean ends where it began, in vibrant Barcelona. Here you disembark the Royal Queen Elizabeth for your flight home. This magical journey will leave you with a treasure trove of delightful memories to share with your friends and family. When Her Majesty The Queen performed the naming ceremony in her own honor in October 2010, she continued a wonderfully royal cruise formal tradition. Cunard has retained all of the refined design, amenities and service associated with the golden era of cruising sailing, while adding modern facilities, leisure and entertainment options. Stunning accommodation and the most exceptional fine dining you will ever experience at sea are the highlights of the glorious Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. Dance in the grand ballroom, enjoy afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters, watch extravagant stage shows in an opulent theatrical setting, or simply relax and recharge beside one of the two beautiful pool areas. Head here for traditional afternoon tea or dance the night away at one of the glamorous balls. Designed to give the feel of a Kew Gardens conservatory, this is the perfect place to sit back and relax. Before dinner, sip on a signature cocktail with canapés while enjoying the magnificent panoramic views. While Barcelona abounds with incredible sights, there's no more iconic in this Spanish city than the work of Antoni Gaudí. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona and his unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Família, is one of the city's most visited attractions and a highlight of any visit. Whether you're looking at Gaudí's first building or his last, the beauty of his work permeates this amazing city. This French Riviera hotspot is glamorous all year round and full of luxury hotels, restaurants and mega yachts lining up to dock at the port. Immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of a Cunard cruise and enjoy the comfort of a ship that exudes the elegance of yesteryear. From the ballrooms and diverse restaurants to the outdoor areas and immaculately dressed staff, the fabulous Queen Elizabeth provides the perfect setting for a thoroughly enjoyable trip. This tour is operated exclusively by Imagine Cruising

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Britain is said to be hotter than Barcelona

After a sunny Easter weekend, more warm air means Britons could see mercury rise to 19C on Wednesday, meaning Britain will be hotter than Barcelona, ​​which is expected to be just 14C (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaAfter a sunny Easter weekend, more warm air means Britons could see the mercury rise to 19C on Wednesday, meaning the UK will be hotter than Barcelona, ​​where just 14C is set to hit. The UK will be hotter than Barcelona as temperatures soar to 19C. according to forecasters. Another rise in temperature is expected after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, when thermometers soared to 23C, making it the hottest temperature this year. Temperatures fell a bit on Saturday but mercury still hit 17C on Easter Monday and forecasters expect it to rise again later this week. Later on Tuesday afternoon, thermometers are expected to hit as high as 15C across the south east of England. A jogger exercises two dogs in Hyde Park as people enjoy warm London weather More warm air means the mercury could rise to 18C on Wednesday, meaning the UK will be hotter than Barcelona, ​​just that will reach 14°C. BBC weather forecaster Matt Taylor told the Mirror: "For those of you who have extended your Easter holidays into this week there is some good weather news as there will be plenty of dry weather." Admittedly there will be some showers, more especially over the next 24 hours and throughout the week, increasing breezes will make the eastern areas slightly cooler.” It might be a bit chilly as many people return to work after their Easter break. Forecasters say frost could hit Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland, but the rest of the UK will have sunshine and showers with temperatures expected to be around 17C. But Wednesday will be much warmer with a return to higher temperatures: A mostly dry and bright day with long spells of sunshine. Particularly warm along the south coast A bright and clear evening but clouds likely to gather overnight Two people rest on deckchairs in Hyde Park as people enjoy the warm weather in London People enjoy the good weather at Boscombe bea ch in Dorset Low risk of isolated showers in parts of Lancashire and Cheshire. Bournemouth Beach is busy as people enjoy the warm weather. The afternoon will become progressively brighter and warmer with good sunshine. The afternoon will become progressively brighter and warmer with good periods of sunshine. The afternoon will become progressively brighter and warmer with good periods of sunshine. It gets breezy overnight as the clouds return at dawn. It gets breezy overnight as the clouds return at dawn. On Wednesday largely fine and dry, with sunshine also warmer. On Wednesday largely fine and dry, with sunshine also warmer. On Wednesday largely fine and dry, with sunshine also warmer. On Wednesday largely fine and dry, with sunshine also warmer. Slight chance of a scattered shower in the afternoon. Slight chance of a scattered shower in the afternoon. Slight chance of a scattered shower in the afternoon. Fog and mist will soon lift leaving a mainly dry and bright day with sunny spells. Scattered afternoon showers and pleasant warmth with any sunshine. Mainly dry and bright with sunny intervals, although a few well scattered showers are likely in the afternoon.

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Can they break the yo-yo sequence and stay in the Premier League?

Fulham look in a stronger position this time around with a shiny new stand at Craven Cottage, a proven goalscorer and Marco Silva impressing (Author: Gardener)

the Premier LeagueAleksandar Mitrovic's goals catapulted Fulham back into the Premier League Heady days at the cottage, Fulham are back in the big league. Swimmers taking a dip in the rooftop pool at the club's opulent new Riverside Stand will have a choice of views next season: Premier League football on one side and views of the River Thames on the other. If the experience is anything like the club's last two visits to the top flight, Fulham fans may opt for the view of Putney Bridge rather than the Craven Cottage lawn, but that's for another day. It was party time for Marco Silva and his players as they secured the club's third promotion in five years and their first without making the playoffs since 2001. It obviously helps when you have a striker who can score 40 goals in a season, like Aleksandar Mitrovic has now done after adding two more en route to defeating Preston. Liverpool-bound Fabio Carvalho joined Mitrovic on the archway as chants of 'The Whites are going up' rang out around Craven Cottage. Back-to-back defeats to Coventry City and Derby had meant jitters had crept in, although Fulham had been top of the table since mid-January and even Mitrovic - as close as you can get to a sure thing in the Championship - had in those Play drawn a gap. It was another nervous five-minute opening here as Preston, who appeared to have little to play, was narrowed twice early by Cameron Archer and Ben Whiteman. But the hour comes, comes the man, as those at the cottage heaved a collective sigh of relief with the much-needed opening goal. His 39th goal of the season was simple in its creation. Carvalho's goal came with a first finish into the far corner 11 minutes before half-time after Neesken's Kebano cross deflected in his path before Mitrovic struck his second four minutes before the break. Iversen then made an impressive double save to thwart first Carvalho and then Mitrovic as Fulham besieged the away goal. Are Fulham better positioned this time to establish themselves in the Premier League? The end of another season is near: time for Fulham to switch divisions again. This is the fifth consecutive season that the club has either been promoted to or relegated from the Premier League. The goal now is to complete that sequence, stay awake for the first time since 2012-13 and banish their growing reputation as a sort of Norwich City on the Thames. At first glance, Fulham have a huge advantage over many promoted teams in the form of a proven goalscorer. Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 38 league goals this season, just four shy of Guy Whittingham's post-war record in a 46-game season set in 1992–93. Two seasons ago Mitrovic reached 26 so seems to be improving and at the age of 27 he is arguably at his peak. But last season in the Premier League he only scored three times. Like Fulham, is he too good for the championship but not good enough for the top flight? But Silva's record in the Premier League is not promising. He failed to keep Hull City going in 2017 and was sacked by Watford in January 2018, just eight months into a two-year deal, and by Everton in December 2019, after just over 18 months in charge. However, his tenure at Fulham since taking office on July 1 last year has been successful in every respect. His side have twice won 7-0 away, at Blackburn Rovers and Reading, and in January they scored 22 goals in four games - all won. Their march to the title has been so impressive until recently that one almost wonders if the back-to-back stumbles home in Coventry City and away in Derby County with the finish line in sight betrayed some internal concerns that the top flight is no place to who they belong to. Aleksandar Mitrovic is close to 30 championship goals for the season but they are undoubtedly a better team than the team that guided Scott Parker to the playoffs two years ago. The problem is that Carvalho is expected to join Liverpool when his contract expires on July 1, while Williams is already a Liverpool player. Joachim Andersen played well after coming from Lyon but missed the crucial first few weeks through injury and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a disappointing season, scoring just once in 30 games. Spending big bucks in 2018 didn't work either, but at least Fulham had time to plan for 2022 instead of waiting after the play-offs like in 2018 and 2020 to find out which division they will play in. Finding support for Mitrovic, and maybe competition, as well as better service than last time. Wilson, Jean Michael Seri and Harrison Reed all have Premier League experience and Neeskens Kebano has pace on the wing to burn, but replacing Carvalho with another threat to defense is a must. Fabio Carvalho has strong links with Liverpool. In defence, Tim Ream is a fan favourite, but the 34-year-old United States defender was denied a chance to build his top-class know-how by Andersen and Ola Aina last season, another loanee, so alternatives are needed alongside Tosin Adarabioyo . At least fans will have more viewing options this time around, with the spectacular £80m Riverside Grandstand including a rooftop pool almost ready to accommodate spectators and the cozy cottage into a more daunting arena for visitors too transform.

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Missed Chris Basham's desperation, Del Boy and full-time reaction among Sheffield United moments

The Blades drew 1-1 at Ashton Gate yesterday, with both goals coming in the second half (Author: Gardener)

Chris BashamSheffield United missed a chance to put real daylight between them and the pursuit in the race for a play-off spot. A goal at each end saw both teams settle for a point in a game United hoped to come out of with all three. Morgan Gibbs-White forcefully neutralized Chris Martin's opener ahead of the away game to ensure the Blades returned with some of the loot. The result leaves United in sixth place and with just three games left, the fate is in their own hands. Here are some of the Sheffield United moments you might have missed yesterday. READ MORE: Sheffield United last injured at Billy Sharp, Oli McBurnie and George Baldock There was one particularly raging run that caught the fans' attention when it landed on the left wing! However, he literally could not watch as the home side scored the first goal in the 49th minute. A quick punt down the field from goalkeeper Dan Bentley gave Antoine Semenyo something to pursue in a race between the speedy striker and the United defender. However, it was the City man who slapped Basham for the ball and then put it on a plate for Chris Martin to slide home. As Basham walked back to his position ready for the break, he looked at the big screen showing the replay and at the point where Semenyo defeated him he just looked despairingly at the sky. Chris Basham sinks to his knees after the final whistle as United are beaten by Bristol City. In stoppage time, United had everyone in City half-pressing for a win when the final whistle blew. Basham was one of three players to fall to the ground, disappointed they hadn't picked up a win and knowing they had missed a huge opportunity. Overlooking Ashton Gate stadium was a block of flats that was probably the most famous on British television. The skyscrapers used in Only Fools and Horses tower over the top of Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol City. Leading up to kick-off, the music was cranked up a notch to get the atmosphere going, but Sheffield United fans saw the funny side of one of their anthems. 'Hi Ho Silver Lining' blared through the speakers and much to the amusement of the United fans they booed, the song being associated with their rivals across town in S6. George Baldock was well received by United fans when he was substituted. The right-back went down in the 81st minute with a muscle injury and was replaced by Ben Osborn. Heckingbottom must be fed up with the sight of his injury list showing no signs of easing. He later admitted Baldock's injury was "worrying" and now hopes it's nothing serious. As Baldock went down, United kicked his away fans and trotted back to the dressing room, skirting the outside of the pitch and was greeted magnificently by the support, which he responded to with a clapping. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand how badly Billy Sharp's injury has hurt Sheffield United's play-off hopes. He would have liked to play in yesterday's game with the amount of chances and crosses into the six-yard box that begged. There was one moment in the half hour in particular that made it clear just how big his failure is. Gibbs-White threw an inviting ball over the goal but there was nobody there to knock home. Youngster Iliman Ndiaye, so often a No10, was asked to play as a forward rather than a frontman but stood on the edge of the box and had failed to respond to Gibbs-White's intentions. Both Gibbs-White and Ndiaye tend to want to drop out of the box and take up space on the edge of the box rather than having that goalscorer's natural instinct to get between the posts. Had Billy been there, United would not have been in sight before half-time yesterday. Enda Stevens will have been delighted to see his name on the Sheffield United team sheet in recent weeks. The Republic of Ireland international missed much of the season through injury but has recently returned. Bristol City had referred to him as Edna rather than Enda.

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The inspirational Liverpool fan who led the fight against a cruel disease has died aged 39

"Fighter" Chris Rimmer helped set up the Darby Rimmer Foundation with ex-footballer Stephen Darby (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolA lifelong LFC fan, ex-soldier and 'tireless' campaigner for motor neuron disease has died after a valiant battle with the disease. Chris Rimmer, 39, who co-founded the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation with friend and former Liverpool FC defender Stephen Darby, died on Monday after being diagnosed with the disease in 2015. Chris, who has been called an 'inspiration', leaves a legacy of the 'tireless' and 'passionate' campaign for awareness of the disease carried on by the foundation he left behind. The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, founded by Chris and Stephen, both with MND, released a statement on Twitter this morning. They said: "It is with deep, deep sadness that we bring you the devastating news that our co-founder @chrisrimmerMND sadly passed away on Monday April 18th after a brave battle with motor neuron disease. Chris was a fighter and a special man. He was passionate about helping others affected by MND and we will now do everything we can to continue his amazing work.” Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Chris' family at this difficult time. Under the announcement, people paid their respects and remembered Chris. Chris James (@ChrisJamesMND), another MND activist and director of external affairs at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, commented, "So sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with his family, Stephen and everyone at the foundation.” His work with Stephen has made a huge difference in the lives of people with MND and their families in establishing the foundation,” commented Jamie Carragher (@Carra23), ex- Liverpool defender two red heart emojis in response to the message. Ryan Turnbull (@HeyrattyRyan) said: "So sad. rest in peace chris. rest in peace chris. Craig Lindfield (@CraigLinny7) said: “Absolutely devastating news. Thinking of all of Chris's family and friends at this terribly difficult time. Chris has been and always will be a true inspiration to me and so many others. The foundation he and Darbs started has already helped and will continue to help so many families. RIP Chris." Jen O'Neill(@Shekicksdotnet) said, "So sorry to hear that. What a guy, what a life he took and lived to the fullest and what a legacy he left behind. Everything Love to all affected by this sad news." Chris Rimmer, 39, of Aintree, prior to his MND diagnosis Motor neuron disease affects people differently and can significantly shorten life expectancy. In a previous conversation with ECHO, Chris said he has one had symptoms for a year before finally getting her checked out in 2015. He said, "I first became aware that something was wrong in early 2014 when I was serving in Afghanistan. I noticed twitching in my arms and certain exercises I was doing "In early 2015, I noticed that my fingers felt weak. "I went straight to the hotel bar and started drinking the pints, and I remember thinking, ' I will see Liverpool win the league?'” Chris, who brought his first season ticket aged 9, would see the Reds win the Premier League in 2020 and the initial fear turned into his unrelenting passion for fighting for use MND. He said in 2020 after Liverpool's league success: "When we finally won the league after all the uncertainty of COVID-19, I was probably relieved at first.

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