Serpent's Egg

The Eroticism of Fat Men

Venetians fight to save historic, ‘haunted’ island from luxury developers

Poveglia, a deserted 17-acre rock believed to be the burial place of plague victims, to be leased to help pay Italy’s debts Lizzy Davies in Venice theguardian.com, Tuesday 22 April 2014 13.53 … Continue reading

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Outlaw buying sex, says former Tory minister Caroline Spelman (and get rid of all the trees!)

Spelman calls for UK to follow ‘Nordic model’ on sex trade, but critics say a clampdown would not stop prostitution Rowena Mason and Henry McDonald The Guardian, Monday 21 April 2014 18.09 BST … Continue reading

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Scene from „The Serpents egg (Das Schlangenei) (3)

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‘Oldest bar in Berlin’ faces closure as rents rise

Online campaign launched to save Alt Berlin, which opened in 1893 and is known for its familial atmosphere Philip Oltermann in Berlin theguardian.com, Sunday 20 April 2014 18.54 BST Staff and customers … Continue reading

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Berlin gripped by property boom as Germans turn their backs on renting

Citizens fear rocketing house values, fuelled by investors, will end age-old German tradition of long-term home rental Philip Oltermann The Observer, Sunday 13 April 2014 The penthouse in Yoo Berlin, right, … Continue reading

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Paris’s Gare du Nord to get ‘Plan Botox’ facelift

  Plan to modernise the Parisian equivalent of St Pancras announced on the 150th anniversary of its construction The Gare Du Nord in its glory days By David Chazan, Paris … Continue reading

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MEPs to vote on EU ‘ban on all forms of pornography’

  MEPs will next week vote on a “ban on all forms of pornography” including censorship of the internet in a bid to “eliminate gender stereotypes” that demean women. Three … Continue reading

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‘Porn without borders’ is key benefit of EU, says French MEP

  Comment made by Joseph Daul, head of European parliament’s biggest conservative group, when asked how to convince young people to vote in the upcoming EU Parliament elections Joseph Daul Photo: … Continue reading

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Why Apple’s censorship was just a storm in a D-cup

A skirmish between Apple and a French publisher over a risque book cover hardly recalls the censorship battles of the past Anna Baddeley The Observer, Sunday 13 April 2014 La femme: … Continue reading

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In a delightful little essay on transience

“In a delightful little essay on transience, written, it is important to observe, during the senseless carnage that was the First World War, Freud argued that while all beauty ‘is … Continue reading

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Freud, then, long remained hospitable to the pleasures of the senses

“Freud, then, long remained hospitable to the pleasures of the senses. He expressed some sympathy for Horace’s dictum carpe diem—”seize the day”—a philosophical defence of grasping the pleasure of the … Continue reading

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