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CeCile - Hot Like We [WORK]

Already armed with raft of popular Jamaican singles, albums released in Japan and Europe, it's her much anticipated N American / Caribbean debut album "Waiting", (Danger Zone / SoBe Records) that is most likely to thrust her to international stardom.

CeCile - Hot Like We

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As I get up to leave, I pass the photo of Ann Richards, a startling portrait in which she is dressed in Texan cowboy gear and looks like a combination of Patsy Klein, Barbara Bush and the Lone Ranger.

Following the forced eviction from our offices at the Research Building (Maison de la Recherche), we spent a short week in the premises of a friendly research lab that made available to us an open space. On Monday morning, we set up our computers (unfortunately a monitor was fatally damaged during the migration) and resumed our activities in good spirits. Moving around like this is highly disturbing to keep a proper degree of concentration and ensure the continuity of our experiments. But at least, we could be together, resume our experiments, engage in discussions, and also talk to our partners in Hong Kong.

Featuring 2-star accommodation, Le Petit Majestic is located in Lourdes, 1.2 km from Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and 39 km from Palais Beaumont. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers room service and a 24-hour front desk. The property is non-smoking and is set 300 metres from Lourdes Train Station. At the hotel, every room includes a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Le Petit Majestic offers a buffet or continental breakfast. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Lourdes, like hiking and skiing. Zénith-Pau is 42 km from Le Petit Majestic, while Notre Dame de Lourdes Sanctuary is 1.3 km away. The nearest airport is Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport, 8 km from the hotel.

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In August, the Andes Biodiversity Ecosystems Research Group (ABERG) had their 10 year anniversary meeting. It was a vibrant week during which all the researchers working on the transect had the opportunity to present their work. Amongst these, the Peruvian GEM teams presented an astonishing array of studies on plant traits (CHAMBASA project) and carbon dynamics being carried out along the transect. With a maximum elevation of 3600 m (the GEM plots at Acjanaco), the Kosnipata transect is now the longest and possibly the most thoroughly studied elevation transect in the world. We have a Dropbox with all the presentations from the conference. If you would like access to it, please respond to this post and I will get you access. Justin Catanoso, a US journalist who accompanied Profs. Miles Silman and Ken Feeley on their field trip and joined the ABERG meeting reported on it in these articles:

I'd like to share with you not just some of my favorite azaleas, but also some of my favorite nursery rhymes for who was it that said "You may take the boy out of the nursery, but you can't take the nursery out of the boy..."? So I'll start with -

Of course, our wintry weather can be unpredictable and unseasonable. Pink mucronulatum have gotten caught by an April 17th snowfall. They are favorites of ours because they are both our first to bloom, and can also come back from a freeze, like this one, and put on another show with the buds that weren't open when the frost, or in this case the snow, hit them.

We particularly like to mix the many shades of both soft and bright lavenders and pinks. They don't all bloom at exactly the same time and they make wonderful cut flowers for the house. A very soft pink is one of our favorites. We call it 'Pink Peignoir'.

'Early Erroll', although it opens with a touch of pink, it carries in the garden as a white. 'Sweet Maiden's Blush' is a soft pink. 'Baby's Blush' has an even daintier flower and is a lighter blush pink. 'Supersuds' has the largest flowers of the group and is almost a pure white. 'In A Mist' may just be our favorite. Jan describes it as a being like a watercolor wash.

I've saved till last what some might consider the black sheep of this particular family; but again it's one of my personal favorites. I call it 'Pink Patootie' and guess I like it particularly for its unusual shade of pink. Our stock plant of 'Pink Patootie' is about 3 feet high and 5 feet across in 15 years.

I would be remiss if I didn't share with you at least a couple of Polly Hill's azaleas. 'Lady Locks' is a Macrosepalum hybrid with fuzzy, sticky leaves that are unlike any other azalea we grow. It seems to us to be even more fragrant than our Mucronatum hybrids. 'Hot Line', Polly describes as "just a wee bit hot purple-red". It blooms in June and gets to be 18 inches by 48 inches wide in 16 years.

Two more were named when I was on a nostalgia kick wishing I could change my style of piano playing to be like Jerry Lee Lewis. I called a screaming rose red, 'The Killer'. 'Little Queenie' is a low growing off-white.

'Norma' is a late blooming double rose red with a salmon glow. 'Gallipoli' is a large flowered watermelon red Exbury. 'Golden Eagle' is a bright orange Exbury with a yellowish-orange flare. One of my favorite Mollis Hybrids is 'Samuel T. Coleridge'. It is a lovely soft pink that is almost translucent when the sun is behind it. 'Golden Oriole' is a brilliant yellow Exbury with a deep orange blotch. 'Iora' carries in the-garden as a creamy white. 'White Cap' is one of the best Ilams we know. Unfortunately it is difficult to find commercially. 'Sunrise' is also one of the best orange Ilams, but like 'White Cap' seems to have been dropped by wholesale growers.

'Cannon's Double' is a new double pale pink that we like very much. 'Evening Glow' is a frilled soft pink tinged with light yellow. Like 'Norma' it changes color as it ages. 'Sham's Yellow' is a frilled lemon yellow that is deservedly fairly widely available. 'Royal Lodge' is probably my favorite of all the Exburys. A large deep red that is later than most Exburys, the eight foot plant of 'Royal Lodge' that is at the end of our terrace perfumes our yard with an intense clove scent from late May into early June. A real treat!

I'm afraid space doesn't permit me to describe to you most of the native azaleas of which we're particularly fond. But I'd like to close by relating to you one person's experience with one of our favorite species. Again it concerns our old friend Mrs. Withington, who I should probably explain is a composite of some of our favorite customers. Incidentally, I'm told this verse will be reprinted in the near future in "The New England Farm Bulletin". Hopefully it will prompt some of you to try this species, if you haven't already. 041b061a72


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