and Chris plan hush-wedding
Play's Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are to marry next year.
The singer proposed to his Hollywood sweetheart over the phone while
away on tour in the US.
Chris, 25, popped the question last month in an emotional late-night
transatlantic call while desperately missing Gwyneth, 30. She's
currently filming The World Of Tomorrow, in the UK, while Cold Play
continue to try to crack the American charts. Chris and Gwyneth
began dating last August and their recent time apart made Chris
realize that he doesn't want to be without her.
likely to take place in Devon next year and is set to be a star-studded
event. Director Steven Spielberg, who's also Gwyneth's godfather,
will be stepping in to give the actress away after the death of
her beloved father, Bruce, in October. Gwyneth's best friend Stella
McCartney looks likely to take the role of bridesmaid and guests
will include Madonna, Calvin Klein, Sting and Trudie Styler.
But any guests
expecting a real rock 'n' roll wedding will be in for a disappointment.
The teetotaler and self-confessed health freaks plan to have only
organic vegetarian food, supplied from Sting's garden. There maybe
a glass or two of champagne to toast the happy couple, but that's
as wild as it will get.
A close friend
of the pair said: They're even more lovey-dovey than usual. There's
no doubt in either of their minds that they're doing the right thing.
is what Gwyneth has wanted since she started seeing Chris last year.
She's keen to have a family in the near future and sees Chris as
the ideal partner to spend the rest of her life with."
dedicating songs to her when his band play live and the couple being
pictured together, for months the secretive pair refused to admit
that they were dating.
They've refused to confirm the marriage rumours and haven't even
bought rings yet. Gwyneth has told her fiance she'd like an antique
Art Deco ring, which shouldn't be a problem for millionaire Chris.
King of Siam hits the stage
a talented, enthusiastic group of students of Asian International
Sch,ool and an all-time favourite musical - and you have the perfect
combination for a very promising production.
On May 9 and
10, the Bishops College auditorium will come alive in a blaze of
light, colour, music and movement as 'The King of Siam' hits the
stage. This adaptation of Rogers and Hammerstein's well known musical
transports you back in time to the early and enchanting Oriental
kingdom of the 'King of Siam', where a young English widow, Anna
Leonowens embarks on a journey that will leave her and you forever
story of the 'King of Siam' is retold here in a creative combination
of narrative and drama, song and dance - and will surely capture
the imagination of all those involved. This production, is directed
by Samantha Abeyweera De Soysa and Indu Dharmasena promises to be
a memorable, not to be missed event for all theatre lovers.
Tickets will be available at the office of Asian International School.
the world in 107 days
Standing majestically at the JTS container terminal
of the Colombo Port, was the world's most famous luxury liner -
the Queen Elizabeth II. Flying high on its mast was the Sri Lankan
flag along with the Cunard flag.
has taken top honours for the fourth year running in the influential
Berlitz Guide to Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships 2003 in the over
1000 passengers category, arrived in Colombo last month with 1435
passengers on board. Colombo was on the itinerary on this year's
107 day World Cruise - a voyage to six continents that started in
New York in January.
entered service in 1969, previously visited Colombo in 2001. It
is presently the only ship in the world offering regularly scheduled
transatlantic crossings between Europe and North America.
Regional Sales Manager of Cunard's Asia Pacific Headquarters at
Sydney Australia conducted a brief tour of the ship while explaining
the facilities on board.
QE2 is the fastest
cruise ship. It travels at a speed of 26 knots, and therefore allows
customers more time at ports. It also boasts of the finest facilities
are welcomed through the ship's central lobby. With the harp played
in the background, cabin crew in white gloves receive passengers
and assist them to their respective cabins.
The ship has
14 decks above the level of water and three below. Apart from the
restaurants, casinos, theatres, pools, spas, etc. on the various
decks, the ship also houses shops like the Chanel boutique and Harrods.
Their library, the largest on a ship, contains 6000 books and employs
two full time librarians.
Most of the
balls are held in the Queen's room. It is transformed each night
to suit the theme. High English afternoon tea is served while the
orchestra plays. Guests are encouraged to take dancing classes.
As you go higher
up the cabins get larger. The Queen's Grill, has two-storey cabins
in the penthouse with balconies. The fare covers food, entertainment
and cabin and passengers are entitled to complimentary room service
and six meals a day apart from the midnight buffet.
a cruise experience so unique? Can it get monotonous watching seemingly
endless stretches of water all the time? "The romance of the
sea is still very strong. I am constantly amazed at the different
shades of blue in the water. Nothing can beat the beautiful sunsets
and sunrises," says Craig Owens who is constantly meeting people
of different nationalities.
Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Rodibaugh from Indiana, US, were on the 107 days World Cruise.
Waving her hand to encompass the view of the port area against the
backdrop of the Colombo skyline, she said, "I have never seen
so many containers loaded on a ship."
is greeted with a new scene, a novel experience at each stop. "This
is a beautiful ship and the people are polite. There is always something
to do - theatre, dancing, they even teach you to play cards."
from South Africa has been on the crew of QE2 for two years. She
gets sufficient time off at each port - to shop and sample the special
food at each port, something she enjoys thoroughly.
the QE2's 950-strong crew comprise of members from 51 nationalities
including a chef from Sri Lanka.