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first_imgFrom September 25th 2008 to January 10th 2009 The Kremlin Museum in Moscow will open its doors to the jeweller Gianmaria Buccellati, hosting a retrospective exhibition of the Master Jeweller and Master Goldsmith’s work in the famed Assumption Belfry.The location of the exhibition is particularly special for two reasons: The Assumption Belfry was built between 1523 and 1543 by an Italian architect and it borders with the renowned belfry of Ivan the Great, said to mark the precise geographic center of Moscow. The work of Gianmaria Buccellati will be exhibited in an architectural structure of Italianate design and will be in the exact center of this enchanting capital, allowing visitors to discover the history of the famous dynasty of goldsmiths at first hand.The inherent uniqueness of each of the one hundred and forty seven items selected for display is the fil rouge that links this marvellous collection of objects and jewellery. Each piece has been chosen to best illustrate the history and the evolution of the ‘maison’. In addition to pieces from Gianmaria’s personal collection of jewellery and museum pieces, there will be a selection of items from the family archives created by Mario Buccellati, the founder of this celebrated jewellery house.The Assumption Belfry room makes a fitting setting for the spectacular jewels and artifacts created by Mario and Gianmaria Buccellati: hand-crafted honeycomb creations, precious stones in a palate of colors, royal necklaces and lavish, decorative cups.Attention will focus on the technical skills of the Buccellati artisans coupled with the artistry of the designers, which together reflect the traditions of heritage, integrity and first class craftsmanship that are synonymous with this Milanese house.Exhibiting in a museum of such prominence only serves to confirm Buccellati’s position as, not only one of the world’s finest jewellery houses, but also as a recognized producer of the most exquisite silverware and “objet d’art”.Gianmaria Buccellati has already collaborated with some of the worlds most reputable museums: in 2000 with a retrospective on Buccellati at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, in 2006 he cooperated with the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan to revitalize the Room of the Golds. Mr. Buccellati developed an exhibit which demonstrated to visitors each stage required to create a lace workmanship ring. This installation communicated the great passion for detail and accuracy of craft needed for each unique jewel to be realized. In 2007, when The Room of Goldsmiths of the 19th Century was opened in The Palazzo Pitti Museum, Gianmaria Buccellati gifted two diamond lace-workmanship brooches, including one from his father’s designs,to the permanent collection. The exhibition at the Kremlin Museum marks a new and important step for Buccellati and highlights the high artistic value of every single creation signed Gianmaria Buccellati. More than two hundred years of the Buccellati family’s artistic creativity will be on display at this extraordinary exhibition, an affirmation of the timeless style, enduring artistry and unique talent that is the essence of Buccellati.last_img read more

21 Jul

Balco Boldon Graham Greene stand by for the naming of names

first_img Twitter 0 1 Facebook Share on Twitter Share 22 Apr 2008 18:55 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 0 1 Shares00 0 1 Share Twitter 22 Apr 2008 15:53 Facebook Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook pierrelemer Share Share Balco, Boldon, Graham, Greene … stand by for the naming of names Facebook 0 1 Share on Pinterest Share Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Guaren Shugster:While I have not read the cyclists book you have mentioned, I am aware of the consequences of doping techniques such as EPO. If you were to increase transparency about the drugs and further educate the athletes, this would leave the decision with the individual athelete. Make it, say, illegal before the age of 18. If you were to ask a potential athlete, “you could be a good 100m sprinter, but with ‘this’ you MIGHT win an Olympic gold and break the world record, but it may cause some longer term health consequences”. You might find a lot of people are willing to take the health risk, for the risk of glory. An educated athlete would also know that as you pointed out, the effects are different on different people and therefore it may not have any use at all.I find the fact that no one points out that athletes are already on a range of supplements, creatine, cortisone injections and other such things, which in some instances are very similar to some of the illegal drugs. The idea that athletes wake up, have a bowl of Weetabix and go for a run is no longer the case.Yes the side effects are undesirable. We are now educated to know that 25 years smoking gives you lung cancer, but does that stop people smoking? If an athlete is prepared to take it, knowing the potential consequences, then I think it is not a problem.I find it even more interesting to think – A man using nothing more than what he was born might one day run the 100m in under 9 seconds or run a 4 minute mile Facebook The drugs can only be purchased from appointed distributors, from within the sports organisations or such like. The profits can be used to check athletes, control substance abuse and create a body that tests and identifies underage athletes, preventing problems. While not fool proof by any means (show me a system that is), for me it is a way of developing sports, if atheletes are willing. In the same way in more recent times, special kit, diet and other factors have led to developments in sports. My main point is still this. All the drugs or other methods of ‘cheating’ merely serve to enhance the bodies potential. Therefore, in my opinion, this cannot be used as a fair argument for not allowing drugs. It then comes down to the moral question of allowing people to knowingly consume a substance (etc.) that will have longer lasting effects on their health. This is a decision an athlete should take, surely, and not something a ‘body’ should decide on their behalf. 22 Apr 2008 16:29 oldest 22 Apr 2008 10:41 “Make it, say, illegal before the age of 18.”Here’s where the problem starts again though. If we cannot police it effectively at the moment anyway, how could we do so for under-18’s? Especially considering that if it were legal then more money would be going into the drugs, and less into detection methods. 25 Share on Facebook newest All Guaren | Pick Guaren, for me the problem is the knock-on effects of legalising the drugs. It will rapidly reach the point (if it’s not already there…) where one will have to be on drugs to win at various events. This means that the pressure to take these drugs will start earlier and earlier and we’ll eventually end up with a systematic doping regime in schools across the world. Though I’m sure this already happens to some extent, to have it legitimised is a little beyond the pail for most people.Add to that the fact that sprinters AREN’T actually aware of what the drugs do to their body. For a start there is no way of knowing what the long-term effects are as they are new drugs. You then have to rely on the drug producer to be completely honest with the athlete if they are asked any questions.Legalising drugs would create more serious problems than it would solve in my view. Reply | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Twitter 0 1 Share Sportblog Facebook Report Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter It is worth remembering that after Mexico ’68 the world 100m record was stuck at 9.95 for 15 years. Then suddenly it started to shoot downwards. Very suspicious. But not as suspicious as Flo-Jo and the East European 400m women of the 1980s.How can you believe in great performances these days. I hope Carl Lewis didn’t cheat. But if the finger ever points at Michael Johnson, we might as well pack up and go home. Wow, I think a couple of guys posting on here have taken Cram’s words a bit too literally. I don’t think he was suggesting that taking drugs to break a record was a good thing, but hey, why stop at the chance of accusing someone of double standards. Share on Twitter Twitter joseph1832 | Pick “the quest to become the world’s fastest man or woman seems to need more than talent and good coaching in many cases”.Isn’t this exactly the point of view that, when expressed by Dwain Chambers, turned the athletics establishment against him; so that – having served his ban and already made one come-back – he is now quite unfairly being prevented from pursuing his sport with the support and recognition to which he is entitled?Will Mr Cram now be prevented from participating in Olympics-related events (such as carrying a torch for the Chinese regime, sorry games)? Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook 22 Apr 2008 20:06 Share The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Twitter The drugs can only be purchased from appointed distributors, from within the sports organisations or such like. The profits can be used to check athletes, control substance abuse and create a body that tests and identifies underage athletes, preventing problems. While not fool proof by any means (show me a system that is), for me it is a way of developing sports, if atheletes are willing. In the same way in more recent times, special kit, diet and other factors have led to developments in sports. My main point is still this. All the drugs or other methods of ‘cheating’ merely serve to enhance the bodies potential. Therefore, in my opinion, this cannot be used as a fair argument for not allowing drugs. It then comes down to the moral question of – consuming a substance (etc.) that you know may cause longer lasting harm to your body. This is a decision an athlete should take, surely, and not something a ‘body’ should decide on their behalf. Reply | Pick BallaBoy DJKM Mon 21 Apr 2008 21.01 EDT 0 1 Percinho Share on Twitter Steve Cram Sportblog Reply Reply Is Calvin Smith going to get his world record back then?He’s the last champion that I have 100% confidence in.Should be a laugh this one, but not really many surprises I’m sure. Can’t wait myself. Order by oldest 22 Apr 2008 17:37 Twitter Report 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Twitter Topics | Pick Facebook pierrelemer collapsed 22 Apr 2008 16:06 nocod Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Facebook Reply Reply Share on Facebook 22 Apr 2008 21:27 | Pick Share on Twitter comment Steve: are you off to China to learn more about duplicity? Report Share on Facebook Report Twitter Share 100 0 1 Facebook Share on Twitter I know the advances in drug (masking) technology seems to easily outstrip the abilities of authorities to catch the cheating bastards, but what about this. Put all endeavours into finding a generic ‘drug finding’ solution (this may itself be a drug) – and give it to all athletes prior to the race. The effect of this penicillin type drug is to make any athlete who had has taken an illegal drug to shit their pants (used for both male and female here) whilst they run. Can you imagine David Colemans commentary? “Arrrrrrrrr, and it’s Chris.. ..Lew………. .Arrrrrrr…….OH!!! And Gree….Maurice Green has just shit in his pants….remarkable !!!!! There you go. All athletics woes solved with one simple solution. (Note: I have patented the idea for don’t think you can nick it – see more details at www.watchemshitforgold.com) Reply Share The original Olympics died through professionalism, professional athletics in Britain in the 19C died through gambling abuse and now sport is dying through the advances in pharamaceutical technology. The Balco business has confirmed what we all suspected when the she-men of East Germany and the Eastern Bloc set incredible records and the FloJo tendency broke new ground in the ‘clean’ 84 Olympics where rumour has it that urine samples were simply poured down the sin. If people found out that Seb, Steve, Crammy and Michael Johnson weren’t clean, I think that the sport would nosedive in the West even faster leaving it completely to the Third World ahletes who can still make useful money out of it. PaddyBl Reuse this content,View all comments > Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. 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Have we not already seen what suspicion about drug use has done to crowds, tv audiences, sponsorship etc etc?It’s been massively damaging to the sport, ensuring that (particularly in the sprints) new records and top championship performances are automatically greeted with suspicion. Whatever the moral or philosophical issues around drug use, Athletics will not be economically viable as a sport in which people are openly doping. And it will find it harder and harder to attract young kids who may not have the inclination or the resource to get involved in a pharmaceutical arms race from their teenage years, notwithstanding the reluctance of their parents to allow them to pursue a sport that they will inevitably see as tarnished. The appeal of athletics to the casual observer (and therefore its economic viability as a sport) lies in the sense of occassional awe that we get when we see someone run faster, run further, jump higher or longer or throw a distance greater than we could ever hope to. As soon as that achievement is ascribed to drugs more than talent, we cease to be impressed. Now we that train and play sport know that to run sub 10 you have to be pretty talented before you take anything performance enhancing, but that’s not the public perception. And it is public perception, or more accurately public apathy, that is killing athletics. I remember saturday evenings in the summer watching Coe, Cram, Elliot and Ovett racing grand prixs. Who would put anything but a major championship on prime time saturday night TV now? Wait for the Chinese swimmers and weightlifters coming from nowhere to win this summer. You won’t know what to believe. Deja Vu 1978-1988 all over again. 0 1 shugster, excellent example. On a personal note that book also illustrates part of BallaBoy’s point regarding the effects of drugs one the way we view a sport and athletes.The image on Pantani on that Alpe d’huez climb is stuck in my mind ,along with many other times when he burst away up a mountain. Of course there was always suspicion and talk at various times of drug use, but to have it so categorically laid out has meant that I now cannot look at a picture of him without mixed feelings. This same process is happening all the time in athletics and it will lead to more and more people becoming disillusioned with the sport. 0 1 Share The GB and NI 4×400 relay team in Tokyo that did the Americans, with Kris Akabusi going through on the back straight. Kelly Holmes in AthensI know they are different eras, but I’ve never had the whole family cheering for one team with quite the same fervour. Athletics can be so exciting because it is a fundamentally simple sport to understand, and whilst there is technique, its not the same as others, where tecnhique is more important than other factorsPlease cant we make bans so intollerable that no one with dope? Comments 23 0 1 Report 22 Apr 2008 12:08 22 Apr 2008 17:59 22 Apr 2008 15:16 23 Apr 2008 15:32 Share on Facebook Facebook recommendations Share Share Share on Messenger Last weekend, in anticipation of an unfavourable result at St James’ Park, I took the tried and tested ostrich method of arranging to be out of range of TV or radio so as not to have to witness Michael Owen’s continued revival against my beloved red and whites. Instead I was cycling across the country from Whitehaven on the west coast, arriving in a desolate Sunderland about one hour after the final whistle. Even the seagulls looked liked parrots.That may seem a little drastic but avoiding impending bad news is something most of us can identify with. Next month I’m off to walk part of the Great Wall of China and pay a pre-Olympic visit to Beijing and in doing so hope to similarly avoid the latest storm which is gathering over athletics. The latest episode of the ongoing Balco saga will see Marion Jones’s former coach Trevor Graham back in court and one of the prosecution witnesses giving evidence against him is Angel Guillermo Heredia.Reports in the US have suggested that both Heredia and Graham will be naming names. The former Olympic champion Maurice Greene has already been mentioned as one of those likely to be involved which in itself, if found to be true, would leave the world of sprinting in complete and utter disarray. The publication which we all use as the statistical bible has always had separate sections in the all-time lists for disallowed marks for things such as wind assistance, altitude or suspect distances and even hand timing. Now it also has a separate list of those marks eradicated because of doping suspensions.In the 100m it’s a reminder of how the event has almost single-handedly ripped the sport apart. Justin Gatlin 9.77, Tim Montgomery 9.78, Ben Johnson 9.79 and of course Dwain Chambers 9.87, to mention just a few. Add in Marion Jones and others in the women’s event and it only helps underline the fact that the quest to become the world’s fastest man or woman seems to need more than talent and good coaching in many cases. Now the long arm of the law can reach beyond any negative drug tests and point the finger at culprits from the past where the evidence is available. It is going to get ugly. Already accusations and counter-accusations have begun to fly. As the Observer reported at the weekend, Greene’s former friend and training partner Ato Boldon has reportedly written to their former coach John Smith expressing disgust at his alleged actions and distancing himself from the group he was part of for so long.But what and who can you believe? Athletes have always been quick to accuse rivals of duplicity when failing to realise that in bedrooms along the corridor their own names were being spoken of in similar terms. Any performance slipping into the top-10 all-time list has always been met with admiration and suspicion. In 1997 I was flying back to Tyneside after the Stockholm grand prix meeting in July. The star had been Boldon who had a stunning double victory in the 100m and 200m with only about an hour between races, considered to be the quickest double in one evening, 9.95 for the 100 and 19.82 for the 200m with Greene hot on his heels. Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter comments (23)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Twitter Gloaming Share on Twitter Report | Pick 22 Apr 2008 16:30 Facebook Reply Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Share Reply Joseph1832 – Agree completely. Broke my heart that Lewis wasn’t clean after all his protestations. Finished me with athletics, to be honest, and what I have now is nostalgia rather than enthusiasm – Coe, Cram, Ovett, Aoita,Kipketer, Daley Thompson, El Guerrouj,Ottey, Gebreselassie,Ed Moses, Devers, Kiptanoui,Peter Elliot, some great 4×400 races and out above and beyond them all Johnson. If he wasn’t clean, I genuinely don’t want to know. But, without sounding too high flown, I don’t think I’ll ever feel about any athelete the way I did about some of those from the early 80’s through to the mid-90’s. Drugs in sport Report Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Report 23 Apr 2008 10:58 0 1 Report 0 1 0 1 Share Reply Guaren 22 Apr 2008 19:43 Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter 0 1 Reason (optional) and fun loving amy, not in the slightest taking drugs, is up for three song writing awards, a skill not at all enhanced by mood, mind and voice altering chemicals. i want to know whether steve cram listens to miss winehouse without a trace (none detected) of irony. TimeForBed Drugs in sport Report Facebook Report Reply Share on Twitter Reply Loading comments… Trouble loading? Report 0 1 Maurice Greene was named by Angel Guillermo Heredia in connection with performance-enhancing substances. Photograph by Anja Niedringhaus/AP. 0 1 Facebook | Pick Reply Twitter DJKM: “the quest to become the world’s fastest man or woman seems to need more than talent and good coaching in many cases”. “Isn’t this exactly the point of view that, when expressed by Dwain Chambers, turned the athletics establishment against him”Your post beat me to it – more double standards from Mr Cram. Report The sooner they legalise these drugs the better. You are never going to stamp it out and I don’t see what the problem is if everybody is aware of the possible harmful consequences to your health. After all a drug or doping technique does nothing more than maximise the potential of the human body. That in my opinion not cheating. It is purely because someone has decided this ‘drug’ is illegal, whereas this ‘supplement’ is not. | Pick BrazilBranch Gloaming 22 Apr 2008 19:03 Share on Facebook Reply Reply expanded Twitter 0 1 Facebook | Pick Report Reply Report | Pick Facebook Report | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter 22 Apr 2008 14:22 Percinho unthreaded Twitter Guerin:you should have a read at Matt Rendell’s book on the death of Marco Pantani. Many argue for legalising drugs in sport as if it simply improves the athletes equally relative to each other; they would still achieve the same results but would be a little quicker. Rendell showed this isn’t the case with drugs like EPO. Athletes do not respond the same way. Some will get a much bigger improvement in their performance than others. Therefore, you really would be reducing sport to whoever had the best pharmacy. And I’m not interested in watching sport like that.Perchino:Again Rendell’s book highlights your point. Pantani was almost certainly taking EPO as a teenaged amateur cyclist. In later years he was so dependent on the stuff his body wasn’t actually producing red blood cells at all without EPO. I agree, we do not want this happening generally across sport because the risks are too great. Percinho Report Twitter Share on Twitter 23 Apr 2008 18:21 Share Share on Facebook Since you’re here… 0 1 Guaren Share on Twitter greythirdman Support The Guardian 23 Apr 2008 18:19 “Wow, I think a couple of guys posting on here have taken Cram’s words a bit too literally. I don’t think he was suggesting that taking drugs to break a record was a good thing, but hey, why stop at the chance of accusing someone of double standards.”I am not aware that Chambers suggested it was a “good thing”. He was lambasted because he said that a dirty athlete would beat a clean athlete unless the dirty athlete “has to be having a real bad day. That’s what I believe”.Cram has said pretty much the same thing here “the fact that the quest to become the world’s fastest man or woman seems to need more than talent and good coaching in many cases”. Share on Twitter Twitter 22 Apr 2008 22:32 Share on Facebook Reply | Pick 0 1 Share 23 Apr 2008 1:20 First published on Mon 21 Apr 2008 21.01 EDT TimeForBed April 22, 2008 12:03 PM Telford/gbr Wait for the Chinese swimmers and weightlifters coming from nowhere to win this summer. You won’t know what to believe. Most if it. Mind you, I’d rather not believe we allowed track suited Chinese “security” personnel to accompany the Olympic torch through our streets, nor did we allow peaceful protest. The biggest problem the Olympics will have is credibility, at whatever level, sporting, political or ethical, you wish to focus upon. That night Carl Lewis ran an anchor relay leg as part of his farewell tour. He pulled me aside in the airport and without naming names he accused current athletes of diminishing the achievements of the likes of myself and Seb Coe and most importantly himself. He was prepared to go public, he had evidence he said. I reminded him that many had pointed the finger at his own performances which he dismissed out of hand.His anger must have subsided and in due time his own name did surface some years later in an alleged cover-up by the US Olympic Committee. The name-calling now looks likely to reach new heights, this time under oath. It is to be welcomed but it will certainly not be enjoyable. To continue the ornithological analogy I began with, the vultures will be hovering over athletics next month and I’ll be happy I’m not around to watch their easy pickings. 22 Apr 2008 20:36 | Pick Share Share Report 0 1 Share on Twitter | Pick Athletics Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. 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