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Appeasing the Dictator: France and Cuba

As part of its celebrations on Bastille Day, the French government invited representatives from Cuba. This undermines the EU’s position on diplomatic links with the benighted country, still suffering the military tyranny of Fidel Castro. The EU froze links with the murderous dictator in 2003, after the arrest and persecution of some 78 dissidents there. There was a “thaw” in ... Read More »

Jörg Immendorff – The Artist as Sex- and Drugs-Obsessed Satyr: The Unacceptable Face of Subsidised Art?

Jörg Immendorff, who shot to fame in the 1970s with the Cafe Deutschland series – cartoon-like collocations infused with a dyspeptic left-wing sensibility – turned 60 last month. Immendorff has a pleasingly reassuring, pontifical view of the artist’s role in society. Most of his productions were generated pour epater le bourgeoisie and “to force people to see their context in ... Read More »

Campaign on Behalf of Prince Eric of Monaco

The blog has refrained from commenting on Prince Albert II of Monaco and the son he finally had the grace to acknowledge as his. This was mainly because everyone knows the Grimaldis have always shagged pretty much anything that moves, and this story seemed designed to take attention away from the Prince’s rumoured homosexuality and taste for unconventional amours in ... Read More »