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by Asa Butcher
2008-07-25 09:40:56
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A painter and decorator from Wales says he is "dumbfounded" after being slapped with a £30 fine for smoking a cigarette in his own van. He was told that because his van is his place of work he had broken the smoking laws.

Prostitutes are now considering warning customers not to light-up for a post-coital puff.

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Life expectancy for people with HIV has increased by an average of 13 years since the late 1990s thanks to better HIV treatment, a study says.

It's tragic that people like Freddie Mercury who caught the disease in the '90s could still have been with us today.

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Will Smith was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood last year, according to US business magazine Forbes, while Cameron Diaz led the ladies. Vince Vaughn proved the best value for money.

Look out for next year's summer blockbuster starring Smith, Diaz and Vaughn.

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A rare 250-year-old Chinese vase worth £50,000 in mint condition has sold for £25,000 after a hole was drilled in its base so it could be used as a lamp.

If only the Chinese had the forethought to already drill a hole, so that future generations could adapt vases into lamps then somebody would be £25,000 richer today. Some people!

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An Edinburgh couple have lost a battle with the estate of Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis over a web domain name. Richard Saville-Smith said he paid £70 for the name www.narnia.mobi so his son could use it for his e-mail address.

It is sad when company's with the financial muscle to lodge these complaints and engage in lengthy legal battles tramp all over the rights of the little guy. Well, that's what the original Ovi thinks…

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Parents are missing out on vital conversations with their children about sex because of embarrassment, a report for the government says. A study by author and agony aunt Anita Naik found three-quarters of 11-to- 14-year-olds wished it was easier to talk to their parents about sex.

For the love of God, it is only sex! Why are people so shy about it?

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US presidential hopeful Barack Obama has told crowds in Berlin that the US and Europe have drifted apart and it is time for them to come together again.

A summer exchange program is being arranged, so politicians can experience first-hand the other's political situation. Berlusconi is already scheduled to be the White House's tea boy for three months.

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Emanuel Paparella2008-07-25 12:28:02
Why are people so shy about it? Here is a possible answer: considering that there are six billion people in the world, people are not so shy in practice but only in theory and the ones responsible for that shyness are the not the Catholics as it is sometimes mistakenly asserted, and certainly not the Italians,but the English Puritans who thought that they are angels on earth and end up with the false dichotomy body/soul. Sex then becomes the dirty little secret and that secret is exploited by the director of Playboy Magazine who has been laughing all the way to the bank for the last forty years or so.

Emanuel Paparella2008-07-25 13:16:56
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The director in question is of course Hugh Heffner. He is the other side of the Puritan coin: he sells the exploitation of women's body as "art" and declares anything having to do with the body as good and pleasurable and anything having to do with the soul as bad and uncomfortable, to be avoided, just as the Puritan on the other side of the coin declares anything having to do with the body dirty and sullying the soul. Both have a misguided notion of sex. Both have made a dichotomy between body and soul. An angry women once challenged Hefner to place his own nakes body in the centerfold but Hefner refused to take the challenge. That speaks volumes in itself.

Emanuel Paparella2008-07-25 13:22:21
Errata above: "an angry woman once challenged Heffner to place his own naked body..."

Emanuel Paparella2008-07-25 17:14:33
P.S. By the way, that was forty years ago. Nobody would wish to see the decrepit naked body of an octagenarian today. Neverthless, Hugh Heffner still deludes himself that he remains attractive and desirable to all the women of his Playboy Club whom he has turned into breeding rabbits and objects of lust. O tempora, o mores.

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