Behind the Scenes in Putin’s Court: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator

The President wakes late and eats shortly after noon. He begins with the simplest of breakfasts. There is always cottage cheese. His cooked portion is always substantial; omelette or occasionally porridge. He likes quails’ eggs. He drinks fruit juice. The food is forever fresh: baskets of his favourites dispatched regularly from the farmland estates of the Patriarch Kirill, Russia’s religious leader.

He is then served coffee. His courtiers have been summoned but these first two hours are taken up with swimming. The President enjoys this solitary time in the water. He wears goggles and throws himself into a vigorous front crawl. This is where the political assistants suggest he gets much of Russia’s thinking done.


Dancing Queen, Diana with ballet star, Wayne Sleep. In December of 1985 they surprised the Royal Opera House audience by appearing on stage and performing to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.”

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So I was talking to my friend about colouring books and she showed me this one.


And then there was this page.


And finally this absolute gem!


How amazing is this book?! I want one.

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Alexander Ferrario by Bertrand Le Pluard - WAD magazine

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 The speech of King Felipe VI begins at 8:30

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Les Beehive – Natalie Portman by Ellen von Unwerth, 1996

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The Paris pogroms continue ›



From The Independent and Business Insider:

Fears are growing that the Gaza conflict could transfer to the streets of France after Jewish-owned shops were burned and pillaged last night during a second violent pro-Palestinian demo in the space of two days.

In the Paris suburb…

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