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Madonna nudes go on display in London

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30/06/2009

The singer agreed to pose for New York photographer Martin H. M. Schreiber for just $30.

After she became famous Schreiber sold the pictures to Playboy magazine who published the images in 1988.

Seven Dials in Covent Garden’s is set to play host to the London premiere of The Madonna Nudes – 30th Anniversary exhibition, a collection of these intimate photographs of the fifty year old pop Diva, taken when she was just 20.

The black and white pictures are available to buy from £3,400 and likely to become serious collectors’ items.

Also for sale is a unique piece of never seen before memorabilia – a one off print of the original Polaroid test shot,
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Aficionados shop for world’s most exclusive watches

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29/06/2009

Collectors gathered on Monday to shop for some of the world’s most unique watches in an event organized by a group of blogging enthusiasts.

Dozens of watch aficionados came from around the world to William & Son, a luxury boutique in London’s elegant Mayfair district,
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Politics bars Dead Sea from World Wonders contest

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29/06/2009

The Dead Sea will be eliminated next week from a contest to choose the seven natural wonders of the world, because of a Palestinian boycott over the participation of an Israeli settler council.

Its almost certain exclusion from a competition which it had good chances of winning underline how the bitter politics of the Middle East conflict permeates every aspect of Palestinian life, no matter how harmless or even beneficial it may seem.
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The perfect swimsuit to flatter on the beach this summer

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29/06/2009

As you are planning your summer holiday, whether it be a staycation or The Seychelles, let Cheryl Cole be a warning.

The recent photographs of her on the French Riviera, in a studded cut-out one-piece, more lime-tastic than Borat’s mankini, more spikey bits than Ben Hur’s chariot, should be enough to send you scurrying to the safety of a flattering LBS, otherwise known as the Little Black Swimsuit.

If Mrs Cole, with her streamlined silhouette, can’t make a crystal-embellished, fluoro-flash monokini work – no-one can.

The perfect swimsuit is one that is on your side; not a look-at-me horror that will haunt you in a hundred and one holiday snaps for years after.
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Moon-lovers remember Apollo with radio chit-chat

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28/06/2009

Radio hams and amateur astronomers around the world spent the weekend bouncing radio conversations off the Moon to one another in commemoration of the Apollo 11 landings 40 years ago, organizers in Australia said Sunday.
Although they had some clear and extensive conversations, they had to be patient. It takes around 2.5 seconds for a radio signal to reach the Moon and bounce back to another part of the Earth, so it took around five seconds to get a reply.
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Top European fashion labels,sent models in couture abayas to lure wealthy Muslim women

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27/06/2009

A horsewoman in a flowing, made-to-measure Islamic gown atop a snorting steed opened the fashion show on Thursday at the George V Hotel in Paris.

Abayas are the body-covering black robes some Muslim women don over their clothing in public, usually accompanied by a head scarf or niqab, the face veil that covers all but the eyes.

Designers who tried their hand at making over the abaya, which is required in Saudi Arabia,included Christian Dior’s artistic director John Galliano, French luxury labels
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Adventurer targets first round world solar flight

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27/06/2009

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard unveiled Friday the prototype of a solar powered plane he plans to fly around the world to highlight the potential of alternative energy sources.

The prototype, HB-SIA, has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but weighs only as much as an average family car.

The propeller plane is powered by four electric motors and designed to fly day and night by saving surplus energy from its 24,000 solar cells in high-performance batteries.
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Summer Beach Style

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27/06/2009

The shape of things If you’re quite straight up and down, go for bikini bottoms with ties on the side – it will make you look a little curvier. If you’re pear-shaped, you need a bikini that will help balance the upper half of your body with the lower half. Accessorised bikini tops or a rouched bandeau teamed with a plain, simple brief is the perfect combination. If you’re big chested, you don’t necessarily need to go for an underwire, as it can look as if you’re wearing a bra on the beach.Just make sure you buy a swimsuit top that has adjustable ties so you can tighten for support. It will give the same effect as an underwire.
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Portugal village worth its salt with the tourists

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26/06/2009

Shoveling drying salt in a pit under scorching sun while tourists and fellow villagers drink beer and look on from above may sound like a miserable experience, but not in Salinas, Portugal.

The presence of tourists in the cafes on the ancient wall above the salt pit in this tiny Portuguese village some 100 km (62.14 miles) north of Portugal’s capital Lisbon is more than welcome and causes no consternation.
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World’s 10 most legendary bars

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26/06/2009

Bars, pubs, and taverns of the world can hold as much history as any museum and present as much drama as any theater.
Members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) have come up with a list of the world’s 10 most legendary bars.

“Generally speaking, bars aren’t the first stop on most tourists’ lists of places to see, but when you learn about the people they inspired and the events for which they were the backdrop, they become incredibly culturally significant,” said VirtualTourist.com’s General manager Giampiero Ambrosi.

1. Harry’s Bar; Venice, Italy
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www.diafthora.com,our site soon:to Fight against Corruption in Greece-E.U

Ever since antiquity, corruption has been one of the most widespread and insidious of social evils. When it involves public officials and elected representatives, it is inimical to the administration of public affairs. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been seen as a major threat in the private sphere, undermining the trust and confidence which are necessary for the maintenance and development of sustainable economic and social relations. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of Euros are paid in bribes every year.

Pentagon’s ‘lost’ trillions went to people connected to US military-industrial complex

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said that “the Pentagon’s lost trillions have nothing to do with defense, adding that the “money propping up the high lifestyles of those connected to the military-industrial complex.” Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate and the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, made the remarks in an article published by his website on Monday. Deputy US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has recently acknowledged that the Pentagon has failed its first-ever comprehensive audit, saying, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial,” Shanahan claimed. The first-ever audit of the of the $2.7 trillion enterprise that is the Pentagon identified widespread problems in cybersecurity, but found little in the way of savings that could offset potential budget cuts next year, according to officials. Pentagon’s comptroller David Norquist, who has played a key role in the audit, said after the report release that although no glaring instances of fraud were detected in the US military establishment, its Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations and the Transportation Command all received failing grades.

“The Outlook For The Global Economy Has Deteriorated”: Oil, Copper And Lumber

Oil, copper and lumber are all telling us the exact same thing, and it isn’t good news for the global economy. When economic activity is booming, demand for commodities such as oil, copper and lumber goes up and that generally causes prices to rise. But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for such commodities falls and that generally causes prices to decline. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a decline in commodity prices unlike anything that we have witnessed in years, and many are concerned that this is a very clear indication that hard times are ahead for the global economy. Let’s talk about oil first. The price of oil peaked in early October, but since that time it has fallen more than 25 percent, and the IEA is warning of “relatively weak” demand out of Asia and Europe…

Amazon Rolling Out ‘Amazon Pay’ Digital Wallet In Physical Stores

As FAANG stocks lead the market lower during what has become a relentless Q4 selloff, Amazon is hoping to reassure anxious investors that the company's relentless expansion and revenue growth will continue. To wit, the company is taking another big step toward establishing itself as the American WeChat or Alipay as it seeks to become the dominant player in electronic consumer payments in the US and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant is hoping to undercut Apple's Apple Pay by persuading more brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet. As it tries to build a foothold in payments outside of its Amazon Go stores, the company is reportedly focusing on building partnerships with restaurants and gas stations (businesses that have yet to be scalped by the Bezos revenue-absorption machine). To entice owners to give Amazon Pay a try, the company is dangling what appears to be a pretty enticing carrot: Amazon is promising to lower processing costs at a time when so-called "interchange" fees charged by Visa and MasterCard have been rising.

YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild

The Camp Fire in California has killed at least 79 people, left 699 people unaccounted for, and created more than a thousand migrants in Butte County, California. In these circumstances, reliable information can literally be a matter of life death. But on YouTube, conspiracy theories are thriving. Currently, when a user starts typing “California fire” into YouTube, the top autocomplete search suggestions are “conspiracy 2018,” “agenda 21,” and “laser beam,” all of which refer to conspiracy theories related to California’s wildfires. Similarly, typing in “California wildfire” leads YouTube to suggest “lasers,” “directed energy weapon,” and “dew,” which is an acronym for “directed energy weapon.” Simply typing “California fire” and searching it does return straightforward news coverage, which is an improvement over, say, the false flag and crisis actor conspiracies YouTube was surfacing about the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting earlier this year. Believers of this false California wildfire conspiracy theory think that the US government shoots directed energy weapons, or lasers, from a plane in order to to start fires at predetermined targets. The goal of this attack, which is not actually happening, is to support a bastardized interpretation of “Agenda 21,” a sustainable development plan developed by the United Nations in 1992. This conspiracy theory also gained a little bit of traction on Twitter. The conspiracy theorists use doctored or out-of-context images in order to falsely argue that directed energy weapons, or laser beams, caused the wildfires in California—not climate change. By incorrectly claiming that the houses were consciously struck, these theorists ignore ecological science which explains that the arrangement of homes and topography of the land