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Dita Von TeeseOn the cover of Playboy, December 2002. Cover of a book by Midori, featuring Dita Von Teese in bondage.
Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist.
Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters.
She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. She also acts, in such movies as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence.
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On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. The two have been a couple since 2000.
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The two have been a couple since 2000. (See International Phonetic Alphabet for the symbols used to represent pronunciation.). They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. One possible pronunciation in Valencian (South-west Catalan) is /va'lensja/. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. The latter name is pronounced /bə'łεnsjə/ in Central Catalan. On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. (And during the Moorish occupation it was known as Balansiya.) By regular sound changes this has become Valencia /ba'lenθja/ in Spanish and València in Valencian.
. The original Latin name of the city was Valentia /wa'lentia/, meaning "Strength", "Vigour". She also acts, in such movies as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence. Valencia was selected in 2003 to be the first city in continental Europe ever to host the historic America's Cup regatta, to take place in 2007. She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. Valencia was granted Autonomous Statutes in 1982. She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002. A plan to turn the drained area into a motorway was dropped in favour of a picturesque 7 km park which bisects the city.
Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters. One consequence of this was that a decision was made to drain and reroute the river and it now passes around the Western and southern suburbs of the city. Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist. In 1957 the city suffered a several flood by the Turia River, with 2 meters in some steets. ISBN 0060591676. During the Franco years, speaking or teaching Valencian was discouraged (nowadays it is compulsory for every child studying in Valencia, even if their parents don't want it). Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Regan Books, 2006. The postwar period was hard for Valencians.
Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003. The city suffered from the blockade and siege by Franco's forces. 84 March 2002. After the fall of Madrid in the Spanish Civil War, the capital of the Republic was moved to Valencia. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. After the victory of the Bourbons at the Battle of Almansa (April 25, 1707), the city lost its privileges or furs. 78 March 2001. During the War of the Spanish Succession, Valencia sided with Charles of Austria.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Expulsion of Moriscos in 1609. 75 September 2000. War of the Germanies 1519–1522. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Valencian bankers loaned funds to Queen Isabella for Columbus' trip in 1492. 74 July 2000 (pages 68-69). The first printed Bible in a Romance language, Valencian, was printed in Valencia circa 1478, attributed to Bonifaci Ferrer.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The first printing press in the Iberian Peninsula was located in Valencia. 72 March 2000. The writer Joanot Martorell, author of Tirant lo Blanch, and the poet Ausias March are famous Valencians of that era. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Valencia was one of the major cities in the Mediterranean. 70 November 1999. The king James I of Aragon reconquered the city in 1238 and incorporated it to the new formed Kingdom of Valencia, one of the kingdoms forming the Crown of Aragon.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. In 1094, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (El Cid) conquered Valencia (this victory was immortalised in the Lay of the Cid), but the city returned to the Almoravids in 1102. Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 (pages 76-81). The city has been occupied by the Visigoths, Moors and the Aragonese. 69 September 1999. It was originally named Valentia, but centuries of changing pronunciations have since altered the name to its modern form. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The city was founded by the Romans in 137 BC on the site of a former Iberian town, by the river Turia.
67 May 1999 - Mizuno (pages 28-29).
64 November 1998 (pages 84-85). Valencia is famous for its vibrant nightlife. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. This results in a situation where in longer streets both languages can often be seen on street signs. Playboy's Body Language October 1998. In relation to street naming policy, new street signs when erected are always given the Valencian name for street (Carrer) however the older street names bearing the Spanish names are only replaced when necessary. 62 July 1998 (Mizuno, pages 14-15). For instance, all signs and announcements in the Metro are in Valencian, with Spanish translations underneath in smaller type.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The local government makes sure it emphasizes the use of the local language. Playboy's Real Sex February 1998. Due to political and demographic pressure in the past, the predominant language is Spanish, as opposed to areas surrounding the metropolitan area in the province of Valencia. 58 November 1997 (Mizuno, pages 8-9). The two official languages spoken in the city are Spanish and Valencian. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Valencia has a successful football club, Valencia C.F., who won the Spanish league in 2004.
Playboy's Lingerie Model Search February 1997. Valencia has a metro system , run by FGV. La Tomatina, an annual tomato fight, draws crowds to the nearby town of Buñol in August. It is famous for the Las Fallas festival in March, for paella valenciana and the new City of Arts and Sciences. Criticisms of the Valencian model of economic growth:.
According to official data from the organizing committee, as many as 150,000 visitors flocked to Valencia's port each day during the two-week events. The first America's Cup competitions took place in June and July 2005 and were key attractions during the summer of 2005. The city of Valencia and the surrounding area are expected to attract millions of visitors from around the world given that the city of Valencia has been chosen to host the 32nd America's Cup. (See Travel and Tourism in Valencia.).
Small and medium sized industries are an important part of the local economy. Unemployment is lower than the Spanish average. Valencia’s manufacturing sector focuses on metallurgy, chemicals, textiles, shipbuilding and brewing. The main exports are food and drink (the Valencian region is famous for its oranges), furniture, ceramic tiles, fans, textiles and iron products.
Valencia’s port is one of the busiest on the Mediterranean coast and handles 20% of Spain’s exports. Valencia has enjoyed strong economic growth over the last decade, much of it spurred by tourism and construction. Other gardens in Valencia include the Real, Monforte, and Botanic gardens. The Palau De La Música is adjacent to the Turia gardens and the City of Arts and Sciences lies at one end.
The Turia river was diverted in the 1950s, and the old river bed is now the Turia gardens, which contain a children’s playground, a fountain, and sports fields. Around the corner is the Plaza de la Reina, with the Cathedral, orange trees, and many bars and restaurants. The Plaza de la Virgen contains the Basilica of the Virgin and the Turia fountain, and is a popular spot for locals and tourists. This is where the noisy fireworks of the mascleta can be heard every afternoon during the Fallas.
The largest square is the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, which contains the town hall (ayuntamiento), a cinema which shows classic movies (Filmoteca), and many restaurants and bars. Museums in Valencia include:. The Music Palace (Palau De La Música) is another good example of modern architecture in Valencia. Calatrava is also responsible for the bridge named after him in the center of the city.
World-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava produced the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències), which contains a science museum, IMAX cinema, and oceanographic park. The main railway station (Estación Del Norte) is built in art deco style. The modernist Central Market (Mercado Central) is one of the largest in Europe. UNESCO has declared the gothic silk exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) as a world heritage sight.
The 15th century Serrano and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city. Beside the Cathedral is the gothic Basilica of the Virgin (Basílica De La Virgen De Los Desamparados). The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th century, is primarily of gothic style but contains elements of baroque and Romanesque architecture. The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times.
. Valencia has a Mediterranean climate, with warm dry summers and mild winters. As of 2005, the mayor of Valencia is Rita Barberá Nolla. Population of the metropolitan area (urban area plus satellite towns) was 1,623,724 as of 2005 estimates.
Population of the urban area was 1,012,000 as of 2000 estimates. Population of the city of Valencia proper was 796,549 as of 2005 estimates. It is the capital of the Land of Valencia and of province of Valencia. Valencia (Castilian Spanish: Valencia /va'lenθia/; Valencian Catalan: València /va'łεnsia/) is a medium-sized port city (the third largest city in Spain) and industrial area on the Costa del Azahar in Spain.
However, the Supreme Court has deemed the action of the local government as legal. Valencian citizens in the Cabanyal, Malvarosa, and Canyamelar districts claim that the America's Cup is being used as a pretext to fuel property speculation and to demolish historical buildings saved in the past by demonstrations and court rulings. The European Union's Committee of Petitions reported on the issue in 2004, finding that the Valencian government was breaching basic European rights. Critics argue that this legislation (which was theoretically designed to protect rural land) is being misused for large urban and industrial developments.
The Valencia government's implementation of the LRAU [law regulating urban activity] has been controversial since it involves the expropriation of the homes of both Spanish nationals and foreign residents without compensation. Focusing on tourism and construction has led to a great deal of building on rural land. Almudín (various exhibits, mainly art and archaeology). Museo Valenciano de la ilustración y la Modernidad (MUVIM, various exhibits).
Museo Del Arroz (rice). Museo Taurino (bullfighting). Museo Fallero & Museo Del Artista Fallero (Les Falles). Museo De Bellas Artes (fine art).
Instituto Valenciano De Arte Moderno (IVAM, modern art). Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (arts and science).