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The Pietro Mascagni Collection

Pietro Mascagni was an Italian composer most noted for his operas in the style of Verismo, an opera marked by melodramatic plots with characters drawn from everyday life where the subjects are not mythological figures, or kings and queens, but average contemporary men and women and their problems. Considered a virtuoso of his times, he wrote 14 operas and operettas, symphonies and soundtracks for the cinema and toured all over the world. A true divo, he was an ingenious and eclectic composer, open minded to every change and innovation. (more…)

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Germany’s Manufactum

The Alte Hof (Old Courthouse) in the center of Munich is the former residence of Emperor Ludwig IV (of Bavaria, 1282-1347). It was destroyed in the Second World War and was rebuilt around 1950. Manufactum, the department store extraordinaire, has been in this building since 2007, encompassing almost 900 square meters and housing their entire range of goods. (more…)

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Mallory Journals

In a town on the River Stour, about 16km south of Stratford-upon-Avon, Sharon Highway produces her beautiful leather journals.
“I always loved creating things. I did a lot of sewing with my Mum as a child. “ In 2011 she stitched up her first- ever leather journal for a gift, ”and that was it, I got hooked.”

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