Albert Falco dedicated his life to the sea alongside his friend and mentor, Jacques Cousteau. Now he is being honoured by the creation an artificial reef in his name deep in the waters of the Larvotto reserve off Monaco’s coast.
Nearly a decade after his death, Albert Falco, the world’s first oceanaut and second Commander to Jacques Cousteau, is being remembered as a champion of ocean conservation with a commemorative plaque and a manmade scuba diving reef named in his honour.
Prince Albert II presided over the ceremony on 27th October along with Falco’s widow, Maryvonne Falco, Minister of State Pierre Dartout, Minister of Equipment, the Environment and Town Planning Céline Caron-Dagioni, and several key players in the project.
The reef, composed of seven modules assembled together, reaches three metres in height and length, and weighs upward of 10 tonnes. It was designed by Pierre Frolla in conjunction with the Environmental Department and 3D printing company Xtree. Installation, 18 metres below the sea in the Larvotto Reserve, was carried out by underwater construction specialists Prodive.
The reef contains several large cavities of varying size and shape, including a cave of roughly one metre by 60 centimetres wide to provide a fitting place for fish, crustaceans, moray eels and octopi to inhabit.
The memorial plaque was unveiled on the south dyke of the Larvotto Bathing Complex.
Falco is best remembered for his work with the famous Jacques Cousteau, but he was also a scuba diving veteran and a huge proponent of marine preservation and protection. He played leading roles in several Cousteau films such as 1956’s The Silent World, 1964’s World without Sun, and the 1976 film Voyage to the End of the World. He was also an author who wrote the non-fiction tome, Capitaine de La Calypso.
Sotheby’s has announced that it is opening a Monaco-based gallery of private sales next month, headed up by Artcurial alumni Louise Grether.
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[caption id="attachment_12517" align="alignleft" width="400"] Anthony Burgess at the Inauguration of the Princess Grace Irish Library, November 20, 1984. Photo: pgil.mc[/caption]
The Princess Grace Irish Library is hosting a distinguished speaker, Andrew Biswell, on Monday, February 20, who will look at the connections between the writer Anthony Burgess and the Principality.
Mr Biswell’s lecture will examine the links between the period of Anthony Burgess's residence in Monaco and the late flowering of his literary and musical creativity. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished materials, the talk will be illustrated with photographs and music. This is the first time that the story of Burgess’s life in Monaco has been told in detail.
Anthony Burgess (1917-1993), a Founding Trustee of the Princess Grace Irish Library, moved to Monaco in 1975. Living in the top-floor apartment at 44 rue Grimaldi, he wrote many of his most famous works in the Principality, including "Earthly Powers" (1980), "A Dead Man in Deptford" (1993) and the two volumes of his autobiography, "Little Wilson and Big God" (1987) and "You’ve Had Your Time" (1990). His detailed diary of his life on the Riviera has been preserved in the archive of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.
Best known as the author of "A Clockwork Orange", Anthony Burgess was a prolific novelist, playwright, poet, musician and literary journalist. In total, he wrote 33 novels, 25 non-fiction books, thousands of literary essays, and more than 250 musical works.
Anthony Burgess was very active in the intellectual life of the Princess Grace Irish Library. He gave The Richard Ellmann Memorial Lecture (Joyce as Novelist) at the 12th International James Joyce Symposium organised by the Library at the Centre de Congrès Auditorium de Monaco in 1990. In addition to writing articles about Princess Grace, Mr Burgess commemorated her when he composed "In Memoriam Princess Grace", a piece for string orchestra.
Andrew Biswell is Professor of Modern Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. He is the editor of "A Clockwork Orange: The Restored Edition" (Penguin, 2013) and the author of an award-winning biography, "The Real Life of Anthony Burgess". In addition, he’s one of the general editors of "The Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess", to be published by Manchester University Press. He is currently preparing a critical edition of Burgess’s first novel, "A Vision of Battlements", set on Gibraltar during the Second World War.
Reservations (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Monday’s lecture essential due to the limited number of seats. Entry €10 per person payable at the door.
[caption id="attachment_30791" align="alignnone" width="640"] Catherine O'Reilly, Suzanne Kendall and Nicolas Carré. Photo: Facebook Mike Colquhoun. Photo: Pierre Gentier[/caption]
Writing has always been a passion for local figure Mike Colquhoun. And from the day he happened upon a bookshop in St Paul, Minnesota, and discovered Kafka at the age of 13, he has enjoyed labyrinthian surreal worlds.
“Born in England, I was transplanted as a child to a military academy in the US to lead a transient life,” Mike says.
Mike’s early life led him to follow an unpredictable path. In his late teens, he became a mural artist in Switzerland before returning to England where he qualified as an accountant and then became a hybrid in IT and design. Throughout, he continued painting, doing stand up comedy, improvisation and cartoons and so when an opportunity arose to pursue his genuine interests, he didn’t hesitate.
Mike recently published a book of poetry from his work over the past five years. “Words, often poems, are integral to my painting,” the former stand-up comic explains. He also published his first novel, Continuum, as well as a “remastered” book of cartoons and adds “another book or two are waiting in the wings”. He has won awards for two animated movies and another screenplay, Disdain.
Last year, Mike wrote the play Jennifer about a young woman seeking a life change and is thrilled to have an interview with the mega rich Charles, to be his personal assistant. The story begins there. After we meet the investigative journalist Camilla.
“I am not a hobbyist so I never do anything unless I can see an outlet, and am fortunate to have many connections in the world of entertainment, call it synchronicity.”
[caption id="attachment_30798" align="alignnone" width="960"] Suzanne Kendall and Catherine O'Reilly in Jennifer. Photo: Facebook Mike Colquhoun[/caption]
For Jennifer, which opened last weekend at la Passerelle in Nice, Mike called on people he met in the past. He's known Suzanne Kendall, the lead – “and a very talented and versatile actress” – thanks to the Angel Awards Monaco International Film Festival.
“Suzanne narrated my script on the Heart, which has won three awards so far and is in the June Concrete Dream Festival in LA.”
Catherine O'Reilly, an accomplished actress and a barrister, plays Camilla and French performer Nicolas Carré's role as Charles is the first the singer/actor has ever undertaken completely in English.
“As an artist you are forever vulnerable," Mike admits. "It’s rather like having a wound and letting people poke it – it can be painful. But I like live entertainment and if I’m given a choice between a movie and watching something on stage the stage will win.
“As I say, I am not a hobbyist so producing things for my own satisfaction is not something that works for me and so I produce with an audience or an outlet in mind.”
[caption id="attachment_30795" align="alignnone" width="835"] Alicia Sedgwick, Mike and with Annette Anderson[/caption]
When Mike’s not writing or listening to live music at Le Borghese, Shapko Bar or Le Ketje, the Monaco Air League member can be found at coffee mornings every Sunday, which he originally organised as a Meetup. “Now it’s a kind of institution, attended every Sunday for the past five plus years in Nice by some 20 to 50 different people each week. It’s a way of putting folks together to make new friends and get the most out of where we live.”
Jennifer will be on stage at la Passerelle (2 rue Pacho) in Nice on May 4 and 5. Tickets: €15. More info on: 04 93 26 23 92.