Sunday, January 23, 2011

Children get fancy at library

If there was one word to describe Saturday's event at the Marine City Public Library, it was "fancy."

About 20 children -- along with their families -- had a little fun, Fancy Nancy-style.

Children decked themselves out in crowns, glasses and jewelry at the Fancy Nancy "Let's Get Fancy" party. Students from the Blue Water College of Cosmetology were on hand to braid the children's hair and paint their nails, too.

Fancy Nancy is the main character in a series of books written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The character dresses extravagantly, uses big words and sometimes speaks in French.

The event started with assistant branch librarian Lynn Andrews reading a book from the series, "Fancy Nancy: Let's Get Fancy Together," which featured tips on how to be fancy.

"You guys will walk out of here looking very fancy," Andrews told the children as she opened the purse-shaped book.

Ava Sadlowski, 6, of Algonac didn't just make herself fancy. She also made her doll fancy.

She and her mother, Stephanie, often read Fancy Nancy books, her mother said.

"I like that she gives me stuff to relax," Ava said about Fancy Nancy.

Ava said she likes to get fancy because "I get to rest all day in my fancy outfit."

Lucy Van Singel, 6, of St. Clair said her favorite thing about Fancy Nancy is her clothes.

Her favorite part of the party, however, was getting her hair braided, she said.

Her mother, Kelly Van Singel, wasn't so sure.

"She had a fun time decorating her crown," Kelly Van Singel said, adding that the party was "awesome" and Lucy was happy to go.

"She's excited because the books are just at her level," Kelly Van Singel said.

Kelly Van Singel said they read a lot of the books in the series and even try to use one of Fancy Nancy's fancy words each day. Saturday's word was "magnificent," she said.

Isabella Volkman, 6, of China Township also enjoyed decorating her crown, she said. She went to the party with her
4-year-old sister Olivia and mom Kelly.

Isabella had a simple reason why she likes Fancy Nancy: "Because she's fancy," she said.

Andrews said she believes the books are so popular because Fancy Nancy "is an independent little girl who knows what she likes."

Andrews said that, because the books are so popular, she wasn't surprised by the turnout for the party.

She said the library had a waiting list and probably will have another fancy party someday.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Flying the Fancy Skies

Despite arriving two years behind schedule and some $2 billion over budget, Airbus's mammoth A380 plane has become the new icon of aviation industry stealth. Since its 2007 debut, the double-decker aircraft, the quietest and largest in the sky, have flown over 6 million passengers. Now as Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and, later this summer, Korean Air, join Air France, Qantas and Emirates with service to the United States, we take a look on board.

Emirates: Dubai-New York/JFK

There are separate snack and cocktail lounges for first and business classes, and all passengers have access to some 1,200 on-demand channels. Plus, full-size showers at 35,000 feet! But lather up fast: There's a five-minute time limit. Ticket cost: $1,200-$17,000

Air France: Paris-New York/JFK and Paris-Washington, Dulles

First-class passengers receive Christian Lacroix PJs and access to a dressing room, though with six bars (including a trio in economy), you might just call this "the party plane."Ticket cost:$704-$15,827

Qantas: Melbourne- and Sydney-Los Angeles (from Feb.)

"Premium Economy"—the only one of its kind on the A380—includes extra-wide chairs by Germany's Recaro, which manufacturers seats for Jaguar and Aston-Martin.Ticket cost: $1,034-$20,048

Lufthansa: Frankfurt-New York/JFK (from Feb. 28)
Eight first-class seats transform into the world's longest and widest in-flight flat beds. Hidden behind sound-resistant curtains, the two first-class bathrooms—servicing only eight passengers—include changing areas with banquettes and full-size sinks. The amenities kit includes pricy La Mer face cream. Ticket cost: $732-$15,617

Singapore Airlines: Singapore-Los Angeles (from Mar. 27)

The 76-inch flat-bed business-class seats are the industry's longest. Semi-private first-class "cabins" can be connected to create the world's first in-flight love shack. All classes feature Givenchy products. Ticket cost: $820-$13,586


Friday, January 21, 2011

I fancy young Ken Barlow

Coronation Street star Paula Lane has admitted to having a secret crush on Wiliam Roache - as he was in his younger days.

The actress joined the soap last year as tearaway Kylie Turner - 50 years after Roache first appeared in the show as Ken Barlow.

However, she revealed her true feelings in an interview with Reveal magazine this week.

"My secret crush is Bill Roache in the first Corrie episode in 1960," she said.

Her character is set to cause a stir in the near future when she becomes engaged to bad boy David Platt - played by Jack P Shepherd - after the pair get together in Tenerife.

Paula has also said she would never behaving as Kylie does - and added that her mother keeps her in line.

"My mum said to me the other day 'don't you look at me with them Kylie eyes!'" the 24-year-old told Now Magazine.

"I've got a little bit of a feisty side but I'm sensitive as well and I'd never dream of doing stuff Kylie's done."


Thursday, January 20, 2011

DTO holds fancy numbers’ auction

The city residents' fetish for fancy numbers for their vehicles was to be seen to be believed on Friday.

Residents gathered at an open auction of fancy numbers conducted by the district transport office (DTO) in the auditorium of Nehru Sidhant Kendra here. For this auction, advertisement was published by DTO last month. In response, the office received 736 applications from across the district for this auction.

The office had organized this auction for fancy numbers mentioned in rule 42-A of Schedule 6 of Motor Vehicle Rules 1989. The series of fancy numbers from PB-10-CZ-0001 to PB-10-CZ-0270 was auctioned by the department. For apparently the most coveted of the VIP numbers, 0001, the highest bid was made by Charanjeet Kaur. She purchased the number for her Ford Endeavour car after offering Rs 3 lakh 10 thousand for the same. Auction for the number was a curious affair, with three persons in the fray. Charanjeet Kaur finally took the cake by accounting for the highest bid.

Applicants keenly bid for fancy numbers like 0007 and 0009 as well. The number 0007 went for Rs 1.21 lakh, while the highest amount bid on 0009 was Rs 1 lakh 11 thousand. Bidder Gaurav said he had a craze for such numbers and every year, he became part of the auction so that he could bid for his favourite number. He said what keeps the craze going is not a superstition behind any specific number. "I am simply fascinated with VIP numbers," he added.

DTO Ashwani Kumar said, "This time, the department conducted the auction in the beginning of the year. This is the reason why the auction reported bidders in low number."


Wednesday, January 19, 2011




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