But at Plaza 66, an upscale mall in Shanghai, fashionable Shanghainese women toting designer purses and Starbucks coffee cups pause all day long to buy expensive moisturizer at the counter of La Mer, another Est Lauder brand. One of them, Qiao Hong, 42, is picking out a jar of face cream ($287.50) and eye lifting serum ($418.75) that she plans to send her husband back to purchase later in the day. She’s a university professor.
Holiday junket? It’s just another day at the officeWhen DAVID HOLMES looked into foreign trips being taken by councillors he sniffed a scandal.00:00, 18 MAR 2005Updated08:22, 24 JUL 2013These are just some of the tantalising experiences sampled by Chester city councillors last year and their flights were often funded by the council tax payers of the district.It would be easy to criticise these trips as jollies and junkets a helping from the gravy train for public representatives on a small district council.But those who have sampled the delights of Europe are affronted by such suggestions. They point out that the trips actually mean tiring journeys, hanging around airports and long days sitting through meeting after meeting.Yes, there are excursions to see beautiful sights and beers are sunk at night, but essentially this is work.Councillors point to the millions of pounds in European grants pulled in to Chester over the years due to gaining knowledge of what money is available and building relationships with the right people.Labour stalwart and the city council’s deputy leader Cllr John Price went on five trips last year, according to details provided by the council in relation to a Freedom of Information Act request. Liberal Democrat leader Cllr David Evans went on four and Tory leader Margaret Parker went on one.The council says the total cost of the trips for both members and officers was over the past two years.Cllr Price says Chester’s relationship with the wider world, including its twin towns of Sens in France, Senigallia in Italy and L in Germany, is more than just economics.’There was a politician who used to say that Chester is twinned with the world and we don’t need to twin with anyone,’ he said.’That’s so introspective and arrogant.
The Demonstration Garden was initially started in 1985 at Tallahassee Nurseries where Master Gardeners were offered a piece of the nursery to use as a Trial Garden for plants that had not been used frequently in our area. The purpose of the Trial Garden was to monitor the performance of these new plants. This Trial Garden was maintained for 14 years.