Villa M, Paris, France

Villa M is a beautiful green hotel and restaurant located in Paris, France, designed in 2021 by Triptyque Architecture.

Designed by french-Brazilian Triptyque Architecture, with architectural design and art direction of the spaces signed by Philippe Starck, Villa M aims to create a new pact between cities, nature, and health.

A naturalistic manifest: this is the definition of Villa M, a mixed-use complex located in Boulevard Pasteur, in the Parisian borough of Montparnasse.

The hotel is designed as an enveloping and relaxing cocoon, with breathtaking views of the City of Light. Its 67 rooms and 6 suites have been designed as green spaces. Some of them have a balcony or terrace to admire the Montparnasse and Invalides districts. And, above all, nestled at the corner of the seventh floor, there is the Pasteur Suite: an exceptional suite with large bay windows, a double green terrace, and a living room open to the capital.

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2022 Acura MDX

The MDX’s fresh shape elevates its former good looks into something higher-wattage on the glam scale. It’s a sinuous shape, with a broad grille that leads into swole fenders and a leaner look that belies its chunkier curb weight. The cabin’s swept up by a ribbon of wood or metallic trim that dodges below a big central display, surrounded by synthetic leather on base cars and real hides on all other models. 

Acura’s 290-hp V-6 couples to a 10-speed automatic in the new MDX, and steps off from stoplights and through interstate passes with authority. The power’s similar to the 2020 model, but ride and handling have made a quantum leap: A stiffer body lets even the MDX A-Spec ride on 20-inch wheels and still quell big bumps with deft control. New for 2022 is a performance-oriented Type S variant that features an even more powerful 335-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with standard all-wheel drive, as well as an adaptive air suspension, larger brakes, and interior upgrades.

More info: thecarconnection.com

Casa AA, Monopoli, Italy

Casa AA is a contemporary apartment located in Monopoli, Italy, designed in 2021 by Amaranto.biz.

An apartment that has the flavor of a country cottage.

Large windows, garden and swimming pool contribute significantly to the achievement of the initial objective, an apartment in a strategic area of the city, where you can breathe an air of the countryside.

The 360° design started already at the very first stages of construction.

The final result is a modern apartment in the forms, warm colors, which manages to have a classic aftertaste.

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2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Eclipse Cross comes with standard all-wheel drive this year, but the base model lacks key features.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a small crossover with more interior space than many subcompact rivals. It vies for sales with other entry-level crossovers such as the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, and Nissan Rogue Sport..

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2023 Subaru Solterra, Acura Integra top this week’s new car reviews

The new, the old, and the confusing topped this week’s new car headlines at The Car Connection. We test drove the 2023 Subaru Solterra, the brand’s first global electric car, in the desert beyond Scottsdale, and we got the scoop on what exactly the resurrected Acura Integra will entail when it launches later this spring. 

GM was coy about the end of the Chevy Trax and Buick Encore small crossovers, and it befuddled us with two different iterations of the 2022 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, one carryover, one new. 

More info: thecarconnection.com/news/

Daher’s Aircraft Division

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Last year’s deliveries were led by 51 TBM very fast turboprop family airplanes in the TBM 940 and TBM 910 versions. In addition to the traditional customer base of TBM pilot-owners, 2021 also saw Daher fulfill the fleet order of four TBM 940s for France’s DGA-EV government-run Flight Test organization.

As in previous years, the majority of TBMs delivered during 2021 were in North America (39 airplanes).  Increased demand from European pilot-owners resulted in eight deliveries: two for France, two in the U.K., one for Germany, and one in the Netherlands, along with one each in two new countries for TBM customers: Cyprus, and Denmark.

The Kodiak 100 Series III’s introduction – the first new version developed since the Kodiak sport and utility aircraft product line was acquired by the Daher Group three years ago – energized 2021 sales with 17 aircraft provided to a mix of corporate/business operators, private owners and special mission customers. North America was the leading market overall for these deliveries.

“We’re proud of these impressive results for Daher’s Aircraft Division in producing and delivering Kodiak and TBM aircraft – which are even more noteworthy considering the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the supply chain, its effects on the economy, and the downturn in international travel,” commented Didier Kayat, the Daher CEO. “The perspectives for 2022 are extremely positive, and it could be the best year ever for our aircraft manufacturing activity.”

Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division, thanked the Kodiak and TBM customers for their confidence during an exceptionally challenging environment.

“These solid business results underscore the attributes of our aircraft as they continue to evolve in meeting customers’ needs – especially in today’s market conditions, where quality, value, efficiency and performance are, more than ever, key deciding points,” Chabbert explained. “This is underscored by our introduction of the numerous enhancements on the Kodiak 100 Series III for improved flight safety, greater cabin comfort and augmented operational capabilities; as well as the HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system’s integration on the TBM 940, which is a general aviation safety game-changer for owners and operators.”

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2022 Lincoln Navigator

The 2022 Lincoln Navigator is a luxury full-size SUV based on the Ford F-150 pickup. It’s one of the most polished and posh SUVs we’ve driven. It competes against the Cadillac Escalade, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, BMW X7, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. 

Adaptive LED headlights come standard, and the grille design moves to pointillism for its mesh vertices. The lower grille integrates into the upper grille with a smile tipped by a chrome mustache. At the back, sequential LED taillights fade in and out when entering or exiting the vehicle. 

More info: thecarconnection.com

Envisat 20-year anniversary

Twenty years ago, on the first of March 2002, ESA launched a new satellite to monitor our planet from space: Envisat. This research mission, which carried 10 instruments, would become a beacon for the development of future Earth observation satellites. In orbit for 10 years, double its projected lifespan, this flagship mission provided science with a wealth of data on the health of our planet and climate change – a treasure trove of data that is still used today. Thanks to the Heritage Space Programme, ESA ensures these precious data are preserved and made accessible for future generations.

This report includes interviews of :

– Simonetta Cheli, Director of Earth Observation, ESA–ESRIN, Frascati, Italy in English, French & Italian

– Henri Laur, Former Envisat Mission Manager, ESA–ESRIN, Frascati, Italy in English & French

Access the related broadcast quality video material.

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Billy Preston – My Sweet Lord (Live)

«My Sweet Lord» is a song by English musician George Harrison, released in November 1970 on his triple album All Things Must Pass. It was also released as a single, Harrison’s first as a solo artist, and topped charts worldwide; it was the biggest-selling single of 1971 in the UK. In America and Britain, the song was the first number-one single by an ex-Beatle. Harrison originally gave the song to his fellow Apple Records artist Billy Preston to record; this version, which Harrison co-produced, appeared on Preston’s Encouraging Words album in September 1970.

Harrison wrote «My Sweet Lord» in praise of the Hindu god Krishna,[1] while intending the lyrics as a call to abandon religious sectarianism through his blending of the Hebrew word hallelujah with chants of «Hare Krishna» and Vedic prayer.[2] The recording features producer Phil Spector‘s Wall of Sound treatment and heralded the arrival of Harrison’s slide guitar technique, which one biographer described as «musically as distinctive a signature as the mark of Zorro«.[3] Preston, Ringo StarrEric Clapton and the group Badfinger are among the other musicians on the recording.

Later in the 1970s, «My Sweet Lord» was at the centre of a heavily publicised copyright infringement suit due to its alleged similarity to the Ronnie Mack song «He’s So Fine«, a 1963 hit for the New York girl group the Chiffons. In 1976, Harrison was found to have subconsciously plagiarised the song, a verdict that had repercussions throughout the music industry. Rather than the Chiffons song, he said he used the out-of-copyright Christian hymn «Oh Happy Day» as his inspiration for the melody.

Harrison performed «My Sweet Lord» at the Concert for Bangladesh in August 1971, and it remains the most popular composition from his post-Beatles career. He reworked it as «My Sweet Lord (2000)» for inclusion as a bonus track on the 30th anniversary reissue of All Things Must Pass. Many artists have covered the song, including Andy WilliamsPeggy LeeEdwin StarrJohnny MathisNina SimoneJulio IglesiasRichie HavensMegadethBoy GeorgeElton JohnJim JamesBonnie Bramlett and Elliott Smith. «My Sweet Lord» was ranked 454th on Rolling Stone‘s list of «the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time» in 2004 and number 270 on a similar list published by the NME in 2014. That same year, «My Sweet Lord» was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It reached number one in Britain again when re-released in January 2002, two months after Harrison’s death.

More info: My Sweet Lord – Wikipedia

Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse (English, 1849-1917)

John William Waterhouse, byname Nino, (baptized April 6, 1849?, Rome, Italy—died February 10, 1917, London, England), English painter of the Victorian era known for his large-scale paintings of Classical mythological subjects. He is associated both with his predecessors, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, based on their shared interest in literary subjects (e.g., scenes from Alfred, Lord TennysonJohn Keats, and William Shakespeare), as well as with his contemporaries, the Impressionists, as exemplified by the brushy or sketchy way he sometimes applied paint to canvas.

Waterhouse began studying at the Royal Academy in London in 1870, at first pursuing sculpture. By 1874, however, he had switched to painting, as evident by the painted work (Sleep and His Half-Brother Death, 1874) that he exhibited at the Royal Academy that summer. Waterhouse’s paintings were distinct for their rich, glowing colour. Like the Pre-Raphaelites, he depicted many dramatic, beautiful women—damsels in distress, enchantresses, or femmes fatales. The tragic figure Ophelia was a subject he turned to three times (1889, 1894, 1910), each painting capturing her in a different moment of her story as she came closer to death. Waterhouse also painted more than once the main figure in Tennyson’s 1832 poem The Lady of Shalott, a subject also prized by the Pre-Raphaelites. In his 1888 painting, Waterhouse depicted her seated in a boat floating downstream to her imminent death.

He continued producing works of the mythological and literary themes throughout the 1890s and 1900s, exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy, where he had been honoured as an associate member in 1885 and then a full Royal Academician in 1895. His virtually unchanging style and subject matter went out of vogue with the Modern trends of the turn of the 20th century, but a revived interest in his work came about in the late 20th century.

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