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Reports: Chelsea plot January move for £7m Marseille defender

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first_img1 Chelsea are eyeing a January swoop for Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou, according to reports in France.Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a centre-half after his back-four have looked shaky in the opening stages of the season.L’Equipe are claiming Chelsea will make a bid for the Cameroonian international during the mid-season transfer window and are hoping to secure him in a cut-price deal as his current contract is due to expire next summer.Marseille will demand a fee of around £7.2m from the Blues and are prepared to do a deal with the Premier League champions rather than selling N’Koulou to one of their Ligue 1 rivals. Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou last_img read more

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Manchester United eye January swoop for £36m La Liga hotshot

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first_imgManchester United are considering a January swoop for Valencia full-back Jose Luis Gaya.Louis van Gaal is on the hunt for reinforcements at left-back after Luke Shaw broke his leg against PSV.The England international is expected to be out for over six months and United are keen to strengthen their defence.That, according to fichajes.net, has led to United weighing up a move for Gaya during the January transfer window.The 20-year-old has been tipped for a big future and has previously been scouted by the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.However, United are hoping to pip everyone to the Spaniard’s signature and can secure him if they pay his £36m release-clause. 1 Jose Luis Gaya last_img read more

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Slaven Bilic: ‘Brilliant’ Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ‘is the best manager around’

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first_imgSlaven Bilic insists Jose Mourinho is still the best manager around.The Portuguese finds himself under scrutiny following Chelsea’s poor start to the season, with the reigning champions down in 12th place after just three wins from their opening nine games.West Ham, by contrast, are flying high in fourth spot after a sparkling start to Bilic’s reign at Upton Park.But as the Hammers prepare to host Mourinho’s men on Saturday, Bilic is backing his opposite number to guide them back into the top four this season.“It’s a big challenge for us, it’s a big test,” the Croatian said. “It’s a special game because they are the champions.“And you can easily say he is the best manager around. He’s been doing it all his career, he’s brilliant. He’s Jose Mourinho!“It just shows how strange football is. It’s the same team, the champions.“I know Mourinho and he’s always motivated. His teams are always hungry and everyone expected them, maybe not to be top after nine games, but not to be where they are now.“But sometimes in football it happens. I watched most of their games.“Sometimes you play the same way but you hit the post and the opposition don’t hit the post, when last year it happened the other way round.“It doesn’t have to be anything major. You lose a couple of games – and from their point of view drawing is like losing – and suddenly people say ‘what happened to Chelsea?’ but it’s nothing big or major.“If it was he would be the first to change it, but sometimes it’s those invisible things you can’t detect and you have to work hard to try to change it.“Things will definitely change for them, we just hope it won’t be against us. I see them finishing in the top four.”West Ham will be without winger Victor Moses under the terms of his loan deal from Stamford Bridge, while defender Winston Reid has yet to shake off the knock which kept him out at Crystal Palace last week. Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

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Ranieri rues Mahrez missed penalty as Leicester fail to win at Aston Villa

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first_imgClaudio Ranieri was disappointed after Leicester drew with Aston Villa and blew their chance to go further clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.The Foxes lead the table by a point following Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Birmingham, where Shinji Okazaki’s fifth goal of the season put the visitors ahead.Mark Bunn kept Villa within touching distance by saving Riyad Mahrez’s first-half penalty, allowing Rudy Gestede to cash in with 15 minutes left.The substitute’s deflected effort beat Kasper Schmeichel and left Ranieri frustrated after missing the chance to move three points clear.“Yes, we lost two points,” he said. “We started very well and scored a goal but after the missed penalty the Aston Villa players took a new energy. If we score a second goal, we close the match.“We are very sad but also I say to the players ‘if we make the performance the result is not important’. The performance was good because we played well in the first half. “It’s one point, it’s okay, it’s a derby – but we are disappointed.”Things could have been so different had Mahrez not missed a second successive penalty, but Ranieri refused to say whether the winger would lose spot-kick duties.“Now is not important if I change the penalty man,” the Italian said. “I’ll speak with him and then I’ll choose.“From the bench it was difficult to see if it was handball but if it’s a penalty it’s a red card.” 1 Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty last_img read more

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Hayes can appreciate shape he’s in

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first_img Justin Rose had a hole-in-one in his 1-under 70 in the first round in Sotogrande, Spain, and is one shot ahead of Padraig Harrington in the Order of Merit race.Graeme McDowell led with a 3-under 68. Paul McGinley of Ireland was one stroke back.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services J.P. Hayes is feeling better about his health than the last time he was in these parts on the PGA Tour. And thanks to a 7-under-par 65 Thursday at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., his prospects for keeping his card are good, too. Hayes had a one-shot lead in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Hayes is No. 123 on the money list with a $16,599 lead. This is the last event of the PGA Tour season. Cameron Beckman raced to a bogey-free 66 on the Magnolia course. He was joined by Scott Verplank and Ryuji Imada, who played the Palm Course. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hayes, 42, was far more worried about his heart this spring. He was outside Tampa in March when he felt heart palpitations during the PODS Championship. He was taken to a hospital overnight, wondering if he had suffered a stroke. After days of tests at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, doctors diagnosed him with vaso-vagal syncope, in which his blood pressure drops when it should be rising. Singapore Open Australia’s Gavin Flint and Kane Webber and Jin Park of the United States upstaged the big names, shooting 5-under 66s to share the first-round lead. Flint and Webber both had five birdies in bogey-free rounds, and the South Korean-born Park had six birdies and a bogey to top the leaderboard ahead of players such as Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els. Mickelson was at 3 under. Volvo Masters last_img read more

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Foreclosures to hit U.S. economy hard

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first_imgAn expected surge in home foreclosures will cause U.S. property values to sink by $223 billion, with the most severe effects in minority communities, a new report says.The report released Tuesday by the Center for Responsible Lending estimates that about one in three households will see their property values drop by $5,000 on average as mortgages made to borrowers with weak credit in 2005 and 2006 reset at higher interest rates, accelerating the pace of foreclosures.Property values and tax revenues will decline most sharply, the center said, in neighborhoods with many minority residents, who received a disproportionate share of such mortgages. The report’s authors asserted that foreclosures hurt surrounding properties, raising the risk of fire and vandalism.“These foreclosures are wiping out wealth that people often took a lifetime to build,” said Martin Eakes, the center’s chief executive. “Many families will never achieve homeownership again” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Durham, N.C.-based center is pushing for legislation up for a House vote Thursday that would ban abusive lending practices, such as steering homeowners into refinanced mortgages that don’t provide any benefit.Advocacy groups say poor and minority borrowers who qualified for traditional loans were nevertheless steered into mortgages that reset to dramatically high levels after a short “teaser” period.These practices “succeeded in wrecking the futures of hundreds of thousands of homeowners and their families,” said Shanna Smith, executive director of the National Fair Housing Alliance.Experts project that between 1million and 2 million of those loans will wind up in foreclosure.The center’s property value analysis, and its estimate that 44.5 million homes will see property values decline, was based on academic research showing that a foreclosure lowers the price of neighboring properties by 0.9 percent on average. That effect was higher in poor neighborhoods, where prices dropped 1.4percent on average.last_img read more

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Strong detective work leads to five arrests in Malibu fire

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first_imgPrecut fire logs and discarded food wrappers were among clues that led to the arrest Thursday of five men who arson investigators believe started last month’s devastating Malibu wildfire. Sheriff Lee Baca said a winding investigation took detectives to as far as the Oregon border, to a grocery store and to debit card records. The result: tracking down the Los Angeles area men who authorities believe set an illegal campfire at the cave where the wildfire started. “As adults we have always taught our children to be aware of the perils of fire,” Baca said during a news conference. “In this case adults and fire and carelessness … are things that led to this crime.” County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said campfires in the area were prohibited. Baca said each felony charge could carried two to four years of prison time if convicted. Attempts to find phone listings for the men were unsuccessful. Baca said investigators went through security tape and receipts at a local Ralphs market, eventually learning the identity of those believed to be responsible by checking a debit card number. Investigators then traveled up to Shasta County near the Oregon border to speak to witnesses. No one from that county was charged, officials said. Whitmore said arson investigators found several pieces of evidence that indicated revelers had triggered the blaze by setting a campfire at a popular party spot by a cave in Corral Canyon, which abuts Malibu Creek State Park. The graffiti-covered cave is located off a service road overlooking the rolling hills of Malibu that lead down into the Pacific Ocean. Arson detective Irma Gonzales said a group of 12 people had been partying at the cave. She did not comment on how the blaze spread from the campfire, but said the group did not try to fight it, nor did they try to warn residents as they fled from the flames. “They just drove off,” Gonzales said. The Nov. 24 fire took firefighters several days to contain, destroyed over 50 homes, 35 other structures and burned over 4,900 acres in the Corral Canyon area, officials said. The total cost of the fire was estimated at $100 million, and six firefighters were injured. —- Associated Press Writers Robert Jablon and Christopher Weber contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It is illegal to set fires in the cave above Corral Canyon under any circumstances. Whether there’s a Santa Ana wind condition or not, it’s illegal,” said Yaroslavsky. “It is reckless, on top of the illegality, to set a fire anywhere in the mountains when there is a Santa Ana wind condition as there was the night this fire broke out.” Baca identified the men as Brian Allen Anderson, 22; William Thomas Coppock, 23; Brian David Franks, 27; Eric Matthew Ullman, 18; and 19-year-old Dean Allen Lavorante. All five were in custody Thursday evening, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. It was unclear whether they had retained lawyers. The suspects were each charged with two felony counts of recklessly causing a fire with great bodily injury and recklessly causing fire to inhabited structures, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office. They were scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Van Nuys Superior Court. Bails range from $240,000 to $265,000.last_img read more

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`Botnets’ threaten online shopper security

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first_imgLaunched Jan. 19, it infected 1million to 3million computers at its peak, and appears to be based in Eastern Europe, with probable ties to people in the United States, Runald said. George Halo doesn’t need any warning about online safety issues. He avoids sharing personal information over the Internet and doesn’t shop online. “I just don’t trust it yet,” said Halo, 26, of Northridge, while spending his cash recently at the Westfield Topanga mall. “Plus, I don’t want to give my credit card information out.” His fears aren’t unfounded. The FBI announced Wednesday that it is looking for four men involved in a “phishing scheme” that resulted in the loss of $400,000 from various brokerage accounts. In such scams, cyber criminals pose as a company, often a financial institution, and create legitimate-looking but fraudulent e-mails and Web pages to get people to type in their user names and passwords. Then there’s the recent announcement that John Schiefer, 26, of Los Angeles, a well-known figure in the botnet underground, is expected to plead guilty to four felony counts related to cyber crimes using botnets. “He’s the biggest fear,” said Mark C. Krause, a Los Angeles-based assistant U.S. attorney in the cyber crime and intellectual property section. Schiefer, a computer security consultant hired to make sure company networks were safe, is accused of using hundreds of thousands of computers to engage in various botnet schemes including wiretapping, identity theft and defrauding banks. In one of the most serious breaches, officials said, Schiefer was able to create a malicious code that accessed user names and passwords stored in Microsoft’s Pstore, an encrypted, secured storage area that protects, among other things, user names and passwords for online accounts. Schiefer and his cohorts used the information to access accounts to PayPal and other online services to make purchases or transfer funds out of people’s bank accounts, Krause said. “He’s getting access to some of the stuff that you think is the most protected,” he said. The first person ever charged under the federal wiretap statute for conduct related to botnets, Krause said, Schiefer was also accused of illegally installing adware on about 150,000 computers. He accepted payment from a Dutch advertiser who hired him as a consultant to install adware on computers with owners’ consent – which he never had. “In this case, a variety of things he did were certainly things that we had been fearing a long time,” Krause said. Schiefer could spend 60 years in federal prison and face a $1.75million fine. His case came to light during the FBI’s Operation Bot Roast II investigation, which so far has resulted in indictments, guilty pleas or sentencing of eight people, FBI officials said. Bryan Duchene, an FBI supervisory special agent, said the latest cases highlight the need for people to use firewalls, anti-virus software that is up to date, strong passwords and other basic safeguards to protect themselves from cyber thieves. Not doing so is “like going on vacation and leaving your door unlocked,” Duchene said. “Your door is shut but anybody can still walk in.” People also have to use extreme caution when opening e-mails, even those that might look like they came from their bank, Duchene said. “Fraudsters will have pages identical to what your bank looks like,” he said. “No major bank is going to say: We’ve lost your password or we’re resetting it, please send us a new one. That just doesn’t happen.” Linda Little, 59, of Woodland Hills said she’s a thorough shopper who uses the Internet to read consumer reports and compare prices. She applies that same diligence to making sure her computers are protected. “My PCs all have the latest software,” she said. “I check my firewall. I check my updates.” rick.coca@dailynews.com 818-713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By now, shoppers surely know about the risks of typing in their personal information when they buy anything online. But with an estimated 105million Americans shopping via computer this holiday season, the FBI and other experts now are warning consumers about “botnets” – an army of zombie computers used to commit identity theft, spamming, bank fraud and other cyber crimes. The news comes as malicious software attacks, commonly called malware, have jumped dramatically this year, with 250,000 identified so far – the entire total for the previous two decades combined, according to a recent report released by F-Secure, an online-security company. And it comes as about 60percent of Americans plan to do less online shopping this holiday season than last year because they don’t feel as secure, according to a Harris Interactive survey conducted for Microsoft. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champPatrik Runald, a security response manager with F-Secure, said that with 700 new malware identified each day, there’s reason for concern. “We basically had 20 years of malware in one year,” Runald said. “They’re not all botnets, obviously, but a lot are.” Online criminals worldwide create botnet armies by surreptitiously installing malware on personal computers through e-mail attachments, images, links or what the Federal Trade Commission calls “drive-by-downloads,” which can include malicious software installed while you’re on the Web. Victims often have no clue their computers have been infected and are being used to commit crimes – sometimes against the user, sometimes against others. The “Storm” botnet, which got its name by initially sending out e-mails based on real news events in its subject box – “230 dead as storm batters Europe,” for example – has been very successful, Runald said, calling it “probably the biggest and most brilliant botnet ever.” last_img read more

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Dedeaux’s Trojans reigned in baseball

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first_img Dedeaux was a three-year letterman and starting shortstop at USC from 1933-35 and appeared in two games at shortstop for the 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers, going 1 for 4 with an RBI. Dedeaux also spearheaded the development of amateur baseball nationally and internationally. He was instrumental in bringing baseball to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as a demonstration sport and coached the silver medal-winning U.S. team. He also coached the U.S. amateur team that played in Tokyo in conjunction with the 1964 Olympics. “Rod not only was college baseball’s greatest coach, he was the sport’s and USC’s greatest ambassador,” said current USC baseball coach Mike Gillespie, an outfielder on Dedeaux’s 1961 national championship squad, in the release. “… All of us in the USC baseball program mourn his loss and send our heartfelt feelings and prayers to the Dedeaux family.” Away from baseball, Dedeaux served as president of Dart Transportation, Inc., a trucking firm that specializes in worldwide distribution. He founded the company in the 1930s. Dedeaux is survived by his wife, Helen, sons Justin and Terry and daughters Michele and Denise, and nine grandchildren, including current USC freshman first baseman/outfielder Adam Dedeaux. Funeral services for Dedeaux have not been announced. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, which promotes amateur athletics, at 1430 So. Eastman Ave., Los Angeles 90023. At the same time UCLA’s basketball team and USC’s football team were dominating their respective sports in the 1960’s and 1970’s, one could make the argument the greatest Los Angeles dynasty of them all was operating quietly and efficiently far beyond those glaring lights. The USC baseball team under Rod Dedeaux was every bit as dominating as Wooden’s basketball teams and McKay’s football teams, winning a record 11 NCAA championships and turning out a who’s who list of major-league stars. Dedeaux died Thursday in Glendale at the age of 91 from complications of a stroke that he had Dec. 2. “A giant has passed away,” said USC athletic director Mike Garrett in a school press release. Garrett was an outfielder for Dedeaux in 1965. “This is a tremendous loss to USC and the entire baseball community. It leaves a huge void in all of baseball.” Nearly 60 USC players under Dedeaux went on to big-league careers, including Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley. Dedeaux had a record of 1,332-571-11 the most wins in Division I history until Cliff Gustafson of Texas surpassed him in 1994 and had winning seasons in 41 of his 45 years with the Trojans. Under Dedeaux USC once went 37 years without a losing season. The Trojans’ national championships included five in a row from 1970-74. Dedeaux was named Coach of the Year six times by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 1970. Dedeaux was a three-year letterman and starting shortstop at USC from 1933-35 and appeared in two games at shortstop for the 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers, going 1 for 4 with an RBI. Dedeaux also spearheaded the development of amateur baseball nationally and internationally. He was instrumental in bringing baseball to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as a demonstration sport and coached the silver medal-winning U.S. team. He also coached the U.S. amateur team that played in Tokyo in conjunction with the 1964 Olympics. “Rod not only was college baseball’s greatest coach, he was the sport’s and USC’s greatest ambassador,” said current USC baseball coach Mike Gillespie, an outfielder on Dedeaux’s 1961 national championship squad, in the release. “… All of us in the USC baseball program mourn his loss and send our heartfelt feelings and prayers to the Dedeaux family.” Away from baseball, Dedeaux served as president of Dart Transportation, Inc., a trucking firm that specializes in worldwide distribution. He founded the company in the 1930s. Dedeaux is survived by his wife, Helen, sons Justin and Terry and daughters Michele and Denise, and nine grandchildren, including current USC freshman first baseman/outfielder Adam Dedeaux. Funeral services for Dedeaux have not been announced. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, which promotes amateur athletics, at 1430 So. Eastman Ave., Los Angeles 90023. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Nearly 60 USC players under Dedeaux went on to big-league careers, including Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley. Dedeaux had a record of 1,332-571-11 the most wins in Division I history until Cliff Gustafson of Texas surpassed him in 1994 and had winning seasons in 41 of his 45 years with the Trojans. Under Dedeaux USC once went 37 years without a losing season. The Trojans’ national championships included five in a row from 1970-74. Dedeaux was named Coach of the Year six times by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 1970. At the same time UCLA’s basketball team and USC’s football team were dominating their respective sports in the 1960’s and 1970’s, one could make the argument the greatest Los Angeles dynasty of them all was operating quietly and efficiently far beyond those glaring lights. The USC baseball team under Rod Dedeaux was every bit as dominating as Wooden’s basketball teams and McKay’s football teams, winning a record 11 NCAA championships and turning out a who’s who list of major-league stars. center_img Dedeaux died Thursday in Glendale at the age of 91 from complications of a stroke that he had Dec. 2. “A giant has passed away,” said USC athletic director Mike Garrett in a school press release. Garrett was an outfielder for Dedeaux in 1965. “This is a tremendous loss to USC and the entire baseball community. 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Castle Grove prepares for its Wedding Fayre

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first_imgAs we prepare for hosting our annual Wedding Fayre at Castle Grove Country House, we decided to feature this week’s column on some helpful factors to consider when choosing a wedding venue.Selecting a wedding venue is one of the first (and biggest) decisions you’ll make as an engaged couple — it will influence your vendors, budget, décor, and even attire Some valuable things to consider are:1. Decide how many guests will be at your wedding, as most wedding venues suit a certain number of guests best. Also, ask if your venue charges for a minimum of guest or plates (industry term) and if so aim low in your numbers, as it easier to add numbers than deduct and pay a charge.2. Decide your budget – what you are willing to pay for your venue. Do your homework and know the going rates. Most wedding experts recommend approx. 50% of total wedding budget going to venue.3. Contracts- Read the wedding contracts before signing. Couples often sign the contract to lock in the date and do not read the contract to fully understand all that is included in the venue’s wedding contract. 4. Theme – Are you having a wedding theme – if so choose a venue that will complement the theme, whether it is an overall event theme like Hollywood Glamour or Country Chic to a simple color theme.5. Ambience – The venue becomes a third character of the day, and what kind of ambience and service with the venue is important. Choose a place that fits your personality, a place that feels like coming home for the bride and groom and makes the guests feel a connection.6. Food – Decide what is most important to you in your venue budget allocation, arrival reception, main meal or evening supper. Discuss this with your venue and work with them to get best value for your budget. Is it important that food is cooked to order? If so, check that this is a feature of your venue. Have a tasting meal once final menu is selected, so that you are happy with choices.7. Food Trends – Fun food trends can make arrival receptions or evening suppers more fun and memorable, for example on arrival serve canapes on theme if you have a theme.Evening supper trends we have noted: a cheese stack in the form of a cake, bacon butties, mini burgers and mini fish and chips, essentially all fun and mini takes on comfort food which also help absorb any alcohol.Dessert Stations are a cute emerging trend also. Again, a station of mini favorites so that your guest can pick and match and nibble as the evening progresses.8. Use the venue to tell your love story – so choose a venue that you can create personalized moments throughout the day and share your love story with your guests, making it a day to cherish for all.9. Next Day Brunch – Choose a venue that will be perfect for a next day brunch – this is always a great time to relive the fabulous memories of the day before and spend time with guest that have travelled, now the pressure is off, have a few mimosas and kick back. Ask your venue to quote a price for a brunch when booking wedding to negotiate best price. 10. Lastly an insiders tip! check the venue’s real wedding gallery photos – you can get some great inspirational tips for décor and ask the wedding planner for some of the things they have liked at previous weddings.We hope these tips are valuable and we look forward to meeting you at our Wedding Fayre on Sunday, March 19th from 2pm-5pm at our wedding Fayre.Castle Grove prepares for its Wedding Fayre was last modified: May 25th, 2017 by Castle GroveShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:castle Grove country housewedding fayrelast_img read more

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