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Victory at Sea

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Where was I? Oh yes, in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, where when one treads on a toe in the crowded pubs and streets it probably belongs to a multimillionaire, perhaps even a billionaire. There has never been such a spectacular and historic display of tycoonery as the owners who have descended on the [&hellip
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The Fifth Wife

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Thyssen versus Thyssen is not only the greatest soap opera ever, but may also become the most costly case in legal history. Let’s take it from the top. In 1871 August Thyssen laid the basis for Germany’s biggest coal and steel company. His son, Fritz, was one of Hitler’s original backers, but turned against the [&hellip
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Antigone in Genoa

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Sophocles (496-406 BC) was a man before his time, at least where the Genoa protesters are concerned. His anti-authoritarian spirit would have them carrying his portrait, bust rather, on one hand and the Molotov cocktail on the other. Antigone, among his greatest plays, is one that makes us think not just about politics, but also [&hellip
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St.-Tropez Idyll

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St.-Tropez used to be a sleepy little fishing village west down the road from glitzy Cannes and glamorous Monte Carlo. A few curious members of the international society had come across it, but, as Noel Coward might have said, stayed only for cocktails. Then, in 1956, something happened: And God Created Woman, as in the [&hellip
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Slobodamnation

Written by Taki on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The dictionary defines hypocrisy as a semblance of having publicly approved attitudes or principles that one does not actually possess. If you’re looking for a synonym, it’s the chorus of self-congratulations that greeted the news of Slobodan Milosevic’s extradition two weeks ago. Milosevic has been made out to be as nasty a tyrant and schemer [&hellip
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Heroic Lies: A Pulitzer Prize-winner Is Caught Doing a Larry Lawrence

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Dear, oh dear. A Pulitzer Prize-winner has been caught doing a Larry Lawrence.If any of you can’t quite place Larry, he was the very rich scumbag friend of the scumbag who lived in the White House until Jan. 20 of this year. Clinton made Lawrence an ambassador, and after Larry croaked, had him interred at [&hellip
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