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Madrid: The Christmas crapper – any relation to Borat?

December 7, 2006



by almendro

Thanksgiving has now past, and you know what that means.

We’ve written before about el caganer - the Catalan crapper who shows up in nativity scenes this time of year. The caganer is a mischievous reminder that, despite the high serenity of the Virgin Birth, nature has its way.

Paris: Fabrica: Five day to fabulous

November 10, 2006


by sam baron As a part of the Fabrica exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Fabrica Design Department created a temporary  store that will only last for five months. The store is a project exploring the process of creating a retail space using materials and local resources. Where is all this taking place? […]

Copenhagen: Wine Designs

September 25, 2006


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by sabine behrmann
What do you give to someone who has been everywhere, tried everything, and is a bit blasé about new experiences because there isn't really anything new under the sun?

Try a bottle of Danish red wine. It will at least raise an eyebrow or two. And provoke a certain astonishment. Wineries in Denmark? Who has heard of such a thing?

Vienna: Life as a Refugee

September 22, 2006



More than 35 million people on the planet are trying to escape war, violence or repression.

The exhibition "Life on the Run" shows in 10 tents what daily life in refugee camps looks like and how "Ärzte ohne Grenzen" (Médecins Sans Frontières) helps.

Refugee Exhibiton. (Ärzte ohne Grenzen)

Madrid: Perfecting Your Gazpacho

September 22, 2006



Temperatures in Madrid have dropped in the past few days, which means I've probably made my last gazpacho of the season.

In truth, it took me a long time to learn to love gazpacho. Not only because, well into my twenties, I refused to eat tomatoes (until the fateful day when I passed a market in Caligari, Sardinia--how well I remember it!--and the red globes looked too delicious to pass up). But mostly because, even after I had learned to love the tomato, I only tried gazpacho in the US, where it tends suffer from a serious texture problem.

Stockholm: Oral Sex is Bad for You

September 22, 2006



by schlockholm - the stockholm blog 

Swedish scientists are now saying that oral sex can give you cancer. Well, giving oral sex to be specific.

The same virus that causes cancer of the uterus is thought to be linked to tonsillary cancer, say boffins at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute (KI), hastily adding that changed sexual habits and more oral sex are also linked problem.

During the past 30 years the number of tonsil cancer cases has tripled in Stockholm. In the same period the amount of tumors infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has gone up from 23 percent in the 70s to 68 percent in recent years.

Paris: Mind your Manners

September 21, 2006


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by the paris blog 

Bonjour Messieurs Dames!

It’s not hard to say. Sometime I say it to myself just for the heck of it. But it was so hard to get into the habit, when I first moved here, of singing it out every time I entered a bakery or a fruit shop. Chris at ParisLogue explains how crucial it is to utter the french version of “‘Sup?”:

Talk to a Parisian over dinner and in one breath he will adamantly oppose Le Pen and the anti-immigration policies of the National Front and in the second breath he will complain about the Asian and Arab immigrants failure to s’integrer into French life.