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Wilfrid Brambell

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Wilfrid Brambell cutting a gay rug in London in 1971.

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

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Le Guin’s short story is based on a supposition by the philosopher William James, which sees “millions kept permanently happy on the one simple condition that a certain lost soul on the far-off edge of things should lead a life of lonely torture.” Omelas is heaven, except for the locked room in which a child lives in dirt and despair, an ideal state’s dark secret.

Howard Johnsons, Atlantic City

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Heavy-metal theology

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“I think the Bible’s a good story, you know? I mean, Jesus was – back in those times, the Romans were just squashing everybody, and here comes this guy who had positive thoughts. I think that’s all there was to it. And he turned all these people on to these positive thoughts. All of a sudden all the people were going, ‘This guy’s fucking groovy.’ And the Romans were like, ‘Not that groovy, because he’s taking over all of our people we’re squashing, so we’re gonna kill him.’ He was just a positive guy who wanted to spread love and goodness. And the Romans did not dig that. And they fucking squashed him like a grape.”

Duff McKagan bassist for Guns n’ Roses

Life is like invading Russia

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“A blitz start, massed shakos, plumes dancing like a flustered henhouse; a period of svelte progress recorded in ebullient despatches as the enemy falls back. Then the beginning of a long morale-sapping trudge with rations getting shorter and the first snowflakes on your face.”
Talking it Over
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New York in vintage photos

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Young Pharaohs

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney at an ITV studio in 1965. Two years after their first number one, two years before Pepper, four years before the rooftop concert and 12 years before ‘Mull of Kintyre’.

Sophisticated Sounds!

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England’s 1970 World Cup squad

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England’s 1970 World Cup squad relax in Heathrow airport before embarking for Mexico. Sporting generous locks and stylish straw hats we see Emlyn Hughes of Liverpool and 1966 goal-scoring hero Geoff Hurst. On the right of the photo another member of the squad (unrecognisable to the editors) experiments with a rudimentary portable music system. Is the record the newest disc from Detroit rockers the MC5 or Les Dawson’s latest? You decide!

Giant swastika found in Brazilian swimming pool

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A giant swastika was discovered last month painted on the floor of a swimming pool in Brazil. Police discovered it by chance as they were flying overhead in a helicopter during an anti-kidnapping operation. They later investigated and found the Nazi symbol had been there for 13 years. The owner has not been publicly identified.
The symbol was found in the town of Pomerode in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. Santa Catarina has a large population of Germans and Austrians dating back to the 19th Century. In Pomerode around 90 per cent of the 25,000 population is of German-Brazilian descent and many people still speak German fluently.
An annual Oktoberfest is held in the nearby city of Blumenau and is one of the biggest in the world outside Germany.



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