French Riviera

The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. There is no official boundary, but it is considered to extend from Cassis, Toulon or Saint-Tropez on the west to Menton at the France–Italy border in the east, where the Italian Riviera joins; the coast is within the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France. The Principality of Monaco is a semi-enclave within the region, surrounded on three sides by France and fronting the Mediterranean; this coastline was one of the first modern resort areas. It began as a winter health resort for the British upper class at the end of the 18th century. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot of British and other aristocrats, such as Queen Victoria, Tsar Alexander II and King Edward VII, when he was Prince of Wales. In the summer, it played home to many members of the Rothschild family. In the first half of the 20th century, it was frequented by artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham and Aldous Huxley, as well as wealthy Americans and Europeans.

After World War II, it became a popular tourist convention site. Many celebrities, such as Elton John and Brigitte Bardot, have homes in the region; the French Riviera is home to 163 nationalities with 83,962 foreign residents, although estimates of the number of non-French nationals living in the area are much higher. Its largest city is Nice, which has a population of 346,251; the city is the center of a communauté urbaine – Nice-Côte d'Azur – bringing together 24 communes and more than 500,000 inhabitants and 933,080 in the urban area. Nice is home to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, France's third-busiest airport, on an area of reclaimed coastal land at the western end of the Promenade des Anglais. A second airport at Mandelieu was once the region's commercial airport, but is now used by private and business aircraft; the A8 autoroute runs through the region, as does the old main road known as the Route nationale 7. High-speed trains serve the coastal region and inland to Grasse, with the TGV Sud-Est service reaching Nice-Ville station in five and a half hours from Paris.

The French Riviera has a total population of more than two million. It contains the seaside resorts of Cap-d'Ail, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Juan-les-Pins, Saint-Raphaël, Fréjus, Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Tropez, it is home to a high tech and science park at Sophia-Antipolis, a research and technology center at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. The region has 35,000 students; the French Riviera is a major cruising area with several marinas along its coast. According to the Côte d'Azur Economic Development Agency, each year the Riviera hosts 50 percent of the world's superyacht fleet, with 90 percent of all superyachts visiting the region's coast at least once in their lifetime; as a tourist centre, the French Riviera benefits from 310 to 330 days of sunshine per year, 115 kilometres of coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts and 3,000 restaurants. The term French Riviera is typical of English use, it was built by analogy with the term Italian Riviera.

As early as the 19th century, the British referred to the region as the Riviera or the French Riviera referring to the eastern part of the coast, between Monaco and the Italian border. Riviera is an Italian noun which means "coastline"; the name Côte d'Azur was given to the coast by the writer Stéphen Liégeard in his book, La Côte d’azur, published in December 1887. Liégeard was born in Dijon, in the French department of Côte-d'Or, adapted that name by substituting the azure colour of the Mediterranean for the gold of Côte-d'Or. In Occitan and French, the only usual names are Côte d'Azur in French. A term like "French Riviera" would only be used in adaptations of it. For instance, in French, "Riviera Française" is found in the online Larousse encyclopedia to refer to the holidays of a group of English workers. Côte d'Azur and the French Riviera have no official boundaries; some sources put the western boundary at Saint-Tropez. Others include Saint Tropez, Hyères or Toulon in the Var, or as far as Cassis in the Bouches-du-Rhône departement.

In her 1955 novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith describes the Riviera as including all of the coast between Toulon and the Italian border; the region of the French Riviera has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Primitive tools dating to between 1,000,000 and 1,050,000 years ago were discovered in the Grotte du Vallonnet, near Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, with stones and bones of animals, including bovines and bison. At Terra Amata, near the Nice Port, a fireplace was discovered, one of the oldest found in Europe. Stone dolmens, monuments from the Bronze Age, can be found near Draguignan, while the Valley of Marvels n

Theresa: The Body of Christ

Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo is a 2007 biopic written and directed by Ray Loriga and starring Paz Vega as the title character, Saint Teresa of Ávila. The film has been criticised by Spanish bishops for its erotic representation of the saint's visions, exemplified by the poster's depiction of the hand of Christ touching the arm of the naked Teresa; the shooting locations include the Ciudad de la Luz in Alicante, Ávila, Trujillo and Segovia. Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo on IMDb Theresa: The Body of Christ at Rotten Tomatoes Stills from the film at

Derek Percy

Derek Ernest Percy was a convicted Australian child killer, a person of interest linked to the mysterious deaths of at least nine other children in the 1960s. Percy was born on 15 September 1948 in Strathfield, New South Wales, the eldest of three sons of parents Ernest Percy and Elaine Percy, his father had been a New South Wales railway electrician before deciding to take a job with the State Electricity Commission in Victoria, moving to Chelsea to Warrnambool in 1957, to Mount Beauty, near Bright in 1961. Percy began to attract the attention of authorities in late 1964 when, as a 16 year old boy, he started stealing and wearing female underwear and mutilating dolls with razor blades and knives. In 1965, the family relocated to Khancoban in New South Wales, where he began writing down bizarre and violent sexual fantasies. In 1966, he repeated year 11 tried year 12, but dropped out and joined the Australian navy as a naval rating in electrical mechanics in November 1967, he was posted to the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne in March 1968, HMAS Sydney on 1 July 1968, HMAS Cerberus naval base in April 1969.

Percy was arrested at Cerberus, adjacent to Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, for the murder of 12 year-old Yvonne Tuohy at Ski Beach, near Warneet on Westernport Bay, on 27 July 1969. At the time he abducted Tuohy at knife-point, he tried to abduct her friend, Shane Spiller, 11, who only escaped by threatening Percy with his tomahawk. Spiller, was able to describe to police the abductor and his vehicle, an orange Datsun station wagon with a navy sticker on the back window. Police went to the Cerberus base and discovered Percy washing blood off his clothes; when questioned, he denied involvement, but led police to her body on Fisheries Road at Devon Meadows, some 8 kilometres from the abduction scene. In 1970, he was found not guilty, by reason of insanity, of the murder of Tuohy, remanded indefinitely. Due to the nature of the attack, based on documents in his possession, he became a suspect in a number of other unsolved crimes:. Wanda Beach case – Percy was known to be visiting his friend's grandparents in Ryde at the time, a house near to the homes of the victims.

Based on Identikits, witnesses recalled seeing a young man resembling Percy talking with the girls on the train and at the beach, he was considered a leading suspect for the murders by the police. Beaumont case – Percy admitted to being at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide on a family trip on the day of the disappearance, but denied any involvement. Allen Redston case – Canberra Police issued a description of a fair thin-faced teenager that they wanted to interview, released an Identikit image which resembled Percy. Percy told police he had been in the capital, but that he was unable to remember any details. Simon Brook case – Percy had been stationed at the Cockatoo Dry Dock on Sydney Harbour at the time, an Identikit of the suspect who killed the three-year old was similar to the Redston suspect. A new inquest was stalled due to lack of evidence. Linda Stilwell case – In October 2014, a year after his death, he was formally ruled to have abducted and killed the seven-year-old, who disappeared while playing at the St Kilda foreshore in Melbourne on 10 August 1968.

At the time, Percy had been transferred to the troop ship HMAS Sydney, was on leave. 12-year old girl - attempted abduction while riding her bicycle near the Cerberus base. Victim identified Percy after the Tuohy incident, he stated, that he could not remember whether or not he had committed any further crimes. Detectives started trying to piece together his movements around Australia at the time of the murders, they were aware the family took caravan holidays during yachting regattas near beaches, that his transfers within the navy brought him close to many of the crime scenes, knew that Percy was harbouring paedophilic and psychopathic fantasies towards children. In 2007, a cache of 35 boxes of Percy's diaries and newspaper clippings was found in a storage unit in South Melbourne, casting further suspicion on him. Percy died from lung cancer in St Vincents Hospital, Melbourne on 23 July 2013, aged 64, without admitting to any further crimes. At the time he was the longest serving prison inmate in some 44 years.

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