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Models flee the frost for sunnier climes

SOME of Ireland's leading models have escaped the January chill to soak up some winter sun.

Georgia Salpa took some time out of her busy schedule to hit the sunny shores of Spain, alongside model pals Louise Kavanagh and Leah O'Reilly.

The friends are enjoying a week's break in Marbella, alongside Emily MacKeogh -- Leah's business partner and co-owner of jewellery company, Crystals and Co.

The girls flew out yesterday and will return before next weekend with Louise set to return on Saturday to work as a hostess at Buck's Townhouse.

•FOLLOWING on from its hugely successful run in the Dublin Theatre festival, Willfredd Theatre Company's award -winning production Follow returns to the Project Arts Centre this week.

The one-man show is based around stories from Ireland's deaf community and uses a mixture of sound, light and sign in its telling.

Follow stars one of Ireland's most talented up and coming actors Shane O'Reilly. It runs until Saturday.

•Acclaimed artist Guggi will open his first exhibition in Dublin for more than four years.

The artist's close friends Bono and his wife Ali Hewson are expected to attend the exhibition in the Kerlin Gallery in Anne's Lane on Thursday.

The exhibition will run at the Kerlin Gallery for one month.

•FOLLOWING on from its huge success at the Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals, 15th Oak's production of the Life And Sort Of Death Of Eric Argyle will return to Dublin.

The play returns to Dublin until Saturday and tickets start at €8.

•Director Steven Spielberg was presented with a portrait of himself at Sunday night's gala dinner in the Burlington Hotel following the European premiere of Lincoln in the Savoy.

A copy of the painting, which shows Spielberg in his trademark baseball cap and glasses, was presented by Dublin artist Mark Baker, who did the painting on behalf of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

The original painting, which was signed by Spielberg, was sold to an anonymous bidder for €4,500.