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2001-Aug-11: Sir Paul's Russian Invitation

Sir Paul has received an invitation from software billionaire, Paul Allen, to join 200 of the world's rich and famous for an extravagant long weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia.   Details of the three-day event are being kept a closely guarded secret, although the co-founder of Microsoft has a reputation for being  "like a Medici, a grand seigneur, who entertains in the old style".  It is not known if Sir Paul excepted the invitation.  What is known is that his sumptuous invitation arrived in a polished wooden box emblazoned with the Romanov crest.  Inside the box, cushioned in purple and gold satin, was tucked a replica of a jeweled Faberge egg and a parchment invitation containing details of the trip.  The guests were asked to report to their local airport where private jets would whisk them off to Helsinki, and then on to St. Petersburg, Russia to board a luxury cruise liner, the Seven Seas Navigator, moored in the St. Petersburg harbor.  From there, guests could entertain themselves  with a variety of activities including a tall-ship cruise, a helicopter ride to the Estonian capital of Tallinn and a private tour of the Hermitage Museum. The highlight of the weekend is to be this evening's grand ball.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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