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Here Grace Slick explains how she tried to give LSD to Richard Nixon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWpLJyVthBU Here is a BBC documentary on LSD. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzq_sBsjbAU
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I todisagree with this, "Particularly annoying is the French obsession with the body perfect, female version. That we're somehow less feminine if we aren't pretty pets" I have lived in France for 20 years, and I didn't notice this. Older women, or younger, are appreciated if they have what might be called "charm", regardless of beauty. The same is true for men. Who doesn't like a nice body? But that is far from the only criteria. If you sit in a bistro in Paris, you can hear men commenting on various women, and women commenting on various men, and it is not just physical, well maybe it is, but it is not just on physical beauty. As to England, I would agree with "frumpiness" for both women and men, which I don't find attractive.
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In the Musée d'Orsay, there is the famous painting by Courbet, "L'origine du monde." I have taken even liberal Americans there who have been surprised, to say the least. The science museum "Cité des sciences" has an exhibition for school kids "Zizi sexuel". Schools organize class trips to go to it. http://www.cite-sciences.fr/francais/ala_cite/expositions/zizi-sexuel/ The Franco-German cultural channel ARTE showed the documentary "Clitoris, cher inconnu", and at the relatively good hour of around 10pm. http://www.arte.tv/fr/histoire-societe/Sexe-des-femmes/Programme/387780,CmC=387788.html This shows a matter-of-fact attitude towards the body and biology. I suppose the DVD is available in English since it was also shown on Australian TV.
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A popular blog is featuring a series on cities. This is one on Paris. http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/2008/03/24/white-spots-paris/
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"the winner beat stiff competition" The writer of the article had to have done that intentionally.
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Very nice stories for the most part. Unfortunately, as the French say, a little "Bobo", "bourgeois-bohème". But really, it you are into the city and culture, about the last places you would want to go are Shakespeare and Co, and Jim Haynes. All you get are relatively rich Euro-American trash. People who if they run out of money call their parents.
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