85-year-old Duchess of Alba is getting married

UPDATE: 5 OCT 2011

Spain's Duchess of Alba Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva (L) and her husband Alfonso Diez pose at the entrance of Las Duenas Palace after their wedding in Seville October 5, 2011.

THE CONTROVERSIAL and eccentric Duchess of Alba is to marry her sweetheart Alfonso Diez in early October in a ceremony attended by her children.It's been a long relationship, but the Spanish court was against the union. After all, the duchess could not marry a commoner.

The intimate service is to take place in ‘strictest privacy’ and no friends will be invited to avoid offending those not included due to the limitations of space.

The 85-year-old Duchess of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, said to be the richest woman in Spain, had announced her intention to marry 60-year-old Alfonso Díez in September but has now amended her plans to early October in a statement sent to Europa Press.

The Duchess has also announced that the press will not be invited to attend the event, although “a statement and official photographs will be circulated,” and appealed to the media to “respect my peace and privacy.”

The Duchess of Alba inherited the Duchy in 1953. She has six children from her marriage with Luis Martinez de Irujo and Artacoz who died in 1972. Six years later the Duchess married former priest Jesus Aguirre, who became the 18th Duke of Alba. Aguirre died in Madrid in 2001.

The groom, Alfonso Díez, has waived his right to any inheritance from the Duchess’ estate. She is the third woman to hold the Duchy title within the family.

The Duchess of Alba and Alfonso Diez to marry in October



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Amphibious vehicles make a splash

This week, owners of more than 50 of these amphibious vehicles brought their World War II-era military transporters, jeeps and vintage-style cars to Switzerland?s St Blaise for their annual European gathering.

Fitted with colourful sun umbrellas and decorated with flags, a motley crew of vehicles carrying families -- including babies and dogs -- drove off the port and glided smoothly into the water, before moving across Lake Neuchatel.

For many of these enthusiasts, it is the dual-function of the vehicle that has drawn them.

Foley was driving an amphicar, a 1960s German-built cabriolet which was also the only civilian amphibious vehicle to be mass produced. Nevertheless, only 3,878 were ever manufactured.

Besides the amphicar, the Germans also manufactured the amphi-ranger, a 4x4 in the 1980s, while the French built the hobbycar in the 1990s.

This year it is Switzerland's Lifeguards Club of the Low-Lake which is hosting the group as part of St Blaise village's 1,000 anniversary celebrations.



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Anti-Gravity Yoga

Anti-Gravity Yoga is a fitness regime designed to increase one's overall health and physical agility while having fun and creating beauty. The technique was created by gymnasts Christopher Harrison for the sake of exploring the air and has been modified and enhanced to fit into the yoga mold and to cater to the everyday person. By adding additional techniques from dance, pilates and calisthenics, Anti-Gravity has created a complete workout that is certain to get you in shape while realigning you from the compression of gravity.

The technique uses a fusion of around 40 per cent yoga with acrobatics, dance, gymnastic moves, pilates and other disciplines and the flying silk allows participants to travel and flow freely between postures.

AntiGravity Yoga a fun approach to fitness

Hanging upside down refreshes the body's systems, helps blood flow,

The fitness world has seen plenty of crazes, but AntiGravity yoga is one of the oddest. Created in 2007 by world-class gymnast Christopher Harrison, the workout takes place a few feet above the ground inside a silk hammock. Harrison swears by the spine and hip stretching techniques, especially for runners and cyclists. Proponents claim that balancing on the swinging silk enhances abdominal workouts and encourages your body to stretch that extra inch.



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Pantyhose for men

As the emerging trend of men wearing nylon support hosiery continues to grow in the U.S. and overseas, many thousands of women across the country are being faced with this dilemma: “My husband/boyfriend says these ‘mantyhose’ help relieve his leg pain.It improves blood circulation in the legs. Now, it’s left to the women in their lives to come to terms with it.

Male pantyhose, or mantyhose, is emerging as a viable solution for complaints by men of aching, tired legs, varicose veins, or other circulation issues.



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Lucky Thai Marries Twins

Mr Wichai , aged 24, from Songkram, who earns his living by dealing in old goods, got married to gorgeous twins Ms Sirintara and Ms Thipawan 22, he vouched his sincerest ‘equal love’ for both of them. Mr Wichai got married in pompous ceremony to both twins simultaneously.

On being interviewed by the Thai Rath reporters, Mr Wichai declared wholeheartedly, that he didn’t see much problem in having to perform tiresome marital duties with two wives. In the engagement ceremony before the wedding, Mr Wichai successfully offered a dowry of eight baht of gold and 80,000 baht EACH for his lovely darlings. Both families celebrated the marriage with joy and were said to be delighted for the threesome.

Mr Wichai told the press that he had been best of friends with his neighbouring twins since they were children. “When I grew older, I would walk past their house each morning and try to decide for myself which one I fancied more, but it was darned impossible! I adored BOTH of them – I just couldn’t decide, which one of them to chat up…” He went on to say “For three continuous years all three of us would go on dates together, until there was one day when I couldn’t stand the frustration any longer and told them I love you and want to marry you BOTH ”

The fortunate Mr Wichai, instead of getting a slap in the face, was overjoyed when both girls admitted to having sworn all along, that they wished to marry the same man!” It wasn’t easy at first, what with the neighbours gossiping, but our family sympathized, understood, and fully supported our mutual love for the one man” the twins said. Mr Wichai arranged for his brides to live with him, in his family house after the wedding, and his mother has already proudly prepared TWO rooms for the newly-weds.

Our reporters were just gagging to hear the response to this mouth-watering question “And…. What are the sleeping arrangements Mr Wichai”? To which he replied modestly with a beaming smile “Absolutely no problems! For the first three nights of the week, I will sleep with Ms Thipawan and the next three will be spent with Ms Sirintara. As for every Saturday, the three of us will sleep together” Ms Sirintara finally told the press “When my twin and I worked as assistant nurses, we promised each other that we would never leave each others side, and that our future husband would have to either take us both, or leave us” “Anyway, Mr Wichai is the perfect man – he neither smokes nor drinks!”



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Burmese Tattood Tribal Woman

Some Burmese tribes began the practice of tattooing the faces of the women to prevent the King from taking them for his wives. The practice has now been prohibited by the Myanmar government. Burmese Tattood Tribal Woman. A tattooed woman from the Mmong tribe of Myanmar from a collection of travel, concept and humorous photographs.

One legend says, the tattooing emerged as a way to "uglify" Chin women and protect them from predatory Burmese kings

This image is a portrait of a Hmong Tribal woman in Myanmar.

Each group used ethnic Chin their specific patterns of tattoos through which you can clearly determine from what region is this kind of woman.

In the past, tattooing was very common not only among the nation rank, but all over Burma.

For the common people only used blue paint, as aristocrats wore a tattoo of two colors, blue and red.

Tattoo on the woman's face make her ugly in the eyes of the Burmese King.

It was believed that if a woman's face is not tattoo, then her daughter and granddaughter will be particularly affected during childbirth.

Tattooing was possible to determine the social status of its owner.

In the 50s of last century the practice of tattooing woman was officially banned.



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