Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Hot dates

I love Europe. I love her cities, I love her food, I love her accents. But most of all, I love her capacity to have a good time. The gigs, the exhibitions, and the festivals happening across the Continent every month prove to me that there isn't a dull bone in her body. So throughout the three-and-a-bit years I've been compiling the easyJet magazine's events pages, I've been trying to convey that proof and convince people there's always something decent going on, wherever you are. When I first started writing the guide it was nine events squeezed onto half an A4 page with two pictures for illustration. Needless to say, I learned to pick the kind of events that would shine in a sentence and how to source a few eye-catching images. The calendar has since expanded to cover four-pages (I would love to take credit for that but I'm sure it was a design thing) but I still apply the same quality controls: could I get someone off their arse/interested with a sentence? Is my Latvian/Italian/Greek good enough to get a high-resolution picture out of the organisers? Have a look and see if you're moved this month. (

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