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Economy: The European gas plant

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While the European Commission seems to accept the idea that deficit reduction will take longer than expected and the European Central Bank has cut its […]
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While the European Commission seems to accept the idea that deficit reduction will take longer than expected and the European Central Bank has cut its main interest rate in order to foster economic recovery, Europeans' confidence in the EU is at its lowest ebb, as is clearly shown in the latest survey by the Pew Research Center.

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Lez Miserable: "Every time I kiss a woman in public, I risk homophobic abuse."

Lez Miserable: "Every time I kiss a woman in public, I risk homophobic abuse." | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
This is a time in which we gays should be kissing and holding hands anywhere and everywhere.
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“Look… girls… kissing!” I blurt, dumbly, as Finnish Eurovision singer Krista Siegfrids locks lips with a PVC apron-clad dancer on stage, at the end of her performance of “Ding Dong”.

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Marketing: How Canon & Nikon makes Millions of Profits | Infographic

Marketing: How Canon & Nikon makes Millions of Profits | Infographic | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Infographic on Popularity of Canon and Nikon making Millions of Profits in Camera Market by excellent marketing strategy and lens and DSLR comparison

Via Christino Martin
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Canon and Nikon are the two of the most popular names when it comes to camera.  The history and statistics related to these companies are presented in the below part of the article.  Nikon Corporation was founded in the year 1917 in Japan and the first branded camera of the company was released in the year 1948 and it was known as Nikon 1.  Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory which was the predecessor of Canon was founded in the year 1937 in Tokyo. In the year 1947, the renamed Canon Camera Co.Inc. In 1964, the company introduced the first 10 key calculator in the world and it was names as Canola 130.  The first camera with an embedded micro computer was launched by Canon in 1976 and it was known as AE-1.

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Day against homophobia: new survey reveals scale of discrimination in Europe

Day against homophobia: new survey reveals scale of discrimination in Europe | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
All the latest news from the Press Service of the European Parliament: votes, resolutions, debates, parliamentary committees and the plenary.
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People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) continue to experience widespread discrimination and harassment, according to the largest survey ever conducted among the LGBT community in Europe. Nearly half (47%) of LGBT people said they had personally felt discriminated against or harassed on the grounds of sexual orientation in the past year, while one in four (26%) had been attacked or threatened with violence in the last five years. Find out the facts in our infographic.


The survey was carried out by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) among more than 93,000 people in the EU and Croatia. The results were released on 17 May to mark International Day against Homophobia and have also been used to create our infographic.


It shows that members of the LGBT community continue to experience violence and harassment at school, work or other parts of daily life. For example, 91% of respondents said they heard or read negative comments about LGBT people while they were still in school.

REF. : 20130508STO08096 
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Eurozone Recession Now Longest In Currency's History

Eurozone Recession Now Longest In Currency's History | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
PARIS — The eurozone is now in its longest ever recession – a stubborn slump that has surpassed even the calamity that hit the region in the financial crisis of 2008-2009.
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The European Union statistics office said Wednesday that nine of the 17 EU countries that use the euro are in recession, with France a notable addition to the list. Overall, the eurozone's economy contracted for the sixth straight quarter, shrinking by 0.2 percent in the January-March period from the previous three months.

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Economy: The capitalist spring

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Two men have contrary reactions depending on their perspectives of the "stock market" and the "economy"


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The Economist announces it in a headline: "Wall Street is back".

The New York Stock Exchange has witnessed almost uninterrupted growth since the beginning of the year. On May 7, the Dow Jones Index crossed the symbolic line of 15,000 points.

If the robust American markets sound the return of growth in the United States, activity seems to be stirring in Europe as well, as shown by March's positive figures in industrial production in Germany and the United Kingdom.

In terms of debt, the situation appears to be stabilising with Portugal's return to the market, the possible return of Greece by the end of 2014, and borrowing rates at a three-year low in Spain.

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Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' music video goes viral

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida A music video shot aboard the International Space Station went viral on Monday, turning an astronaut into an overnight music sensation with his zero-gravity version of David Bowie's hit "Space Oddity."...
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Gallery: Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Top 15 Pictures (and One Video) From Space

Gallery: Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Top 15 Pictures (and One Video) From Space | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
At 23:08 UTC tonight (7:08 p.m. EDT), a Soyuz TMA-07M capsule will undock from the International Space Station. On board will be three astronauts: Commander Chris Hadfield, and Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko and Tom Marshburn.
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When they undock they will have logged 146 days on the station—five months—and in that time Hadfield has taken and tweeted hundreds of astonishing pictures of the Earth from space. His charm and clear passion for what he does have earned him a devoted following on Twitter, and I include myself among them.

As a tribute to this great man and the work he has done, here are a few of my favorite pictures he’s sent back to Earth from his perch 400 kilometers above its surface. (Note: My pal Joanne Manaster collected her favorite videos by Hadfield, too. All the photos below are by NASA; click them to embiggen.)

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Spanoulis named bwin MVP of 2013 Final Four - Main page - Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL

Spanoulis named bwin MVP of 2013 Final Four - Main page - Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Welcome to the Official Site of Euroleague Basketball. Live Matches, Stats, Standings, Teams, Players, Interviews, Fantasy Challenge, DEVOTION and much more...!!.
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Vassilis Spanoulis was voted bwin MVP for the 2013 Final Four in a vote by accredited media members at the Final Four. Spanoulis received the Final Four MVP honor for the third time in his career after leading Olympiacos Piraeus to the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title at The O2 in London. He joins the legendary Toni Kukoc as the only players to have been named Final Four MVP on three occasions. 

"This is exciting, I feel great! This is unbelievable; I cannot describe to you how I feel,” Spanoulis said. “This is something I never even imagined in my life. I have to thank my teammates, coaches and all those unbelievable fans. It is something amazing. One game lasts for 40 minutes and it took me a little while to figure out how they were playing me. Fortunately, we found answers. What we did is truly unbelievable and I cannot describe how big this is for us. Winning a third Final Four MVP and tying Toni Kukoc is something amazing. I worked very hard and again, I want to thank the Euroleague, teammates, coaches, fans... everybody who supported us and believed in me." 

Spanoulis had a rough start to the championship game and at halftime was scoreless with a minus-10 performance index rating and 3 turnovers in 14 minutes and 25 seconds of playing time. Madrid trailed by 4 at halftime and was outscored by 12 in his time on the floor. But in the second half, his greatness shined through. He started the second half with back-to-back-to-back three-pointers and never looked back. Spanoulis went on to record 22 points over the last 20 minutes on 5-of-7 three-point shooting. His performance index rating in the second half was 23 as the Reds pulled away and claimed their third Euroleague crown. 

Spanoulis becomes the second player in competition history to become Final Four MVP in the same season he was named Euroleague MVP. His former teammate Dimitris Diamantidis did the same in 2011.

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Blazers International F Kostas Papanikolaou Wins Euroleague's 2012-13 Rising Stars Trophy

Blazers International F Kostas Papanikolaou Wins Euroleague's 2012-13 Rising Stars Trophy | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Portland Trail Blazers international forward Kostas Papanikolaou has received Euroleague's Rising Stars Trophy for the 2012-13 season.
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The Euroleague announced Wednesday that Portland Trail Blazers international forward Kostas Papanikolaou received the Rising Stars Trophy for the 2012-13 season. Papanikolaou plays for Olympiacos in his native Greece.

In one of the closest races in the history of the award, Kostas Papanikolaou of Olympiacos Piraeus has been voted the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy winner for the 2012-13 season. The Rising Star Trophy recognizes Euroleague players who were under the age of 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. One of the heroes for Olympiacos as it became champion in breathtaking fashion a year ago, Papanikolaou improved his reputation for great performances in big games this season. He also made a smooth transition for promising young talent to a pillar in the Reds' drive to repeat as Euroleague title-holders.

During this 2012-13 season, Papanikolaou boosted his production in every major statistical category, led the Euroleague in three-point accuracy and collected his first bwin MVP of the Week honor. His never-ending hustle, feel for the game at both ends of the court, and tremendous confidence have helped Papanikolaou develop into an exciting force to watch. By the slimmest of margins in voting conducted by Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches, Papanikolaou edged the Rising Star winner of the last two seasons, Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid.

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Giant Leatherback Turtle -- Black Sea Turtle Facts And Photos | PlanetSave

Giant Leatherback Turtle -- Black Sea Turtle Facts And Photos | PlanetSave | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Because of their size and aggressive nature they have very few natural enemies. It has been observed though that they can occasionally be “overwhelmed and preyed on by very large marine predators such as orcas, great white sharks and tiger sharks.” At sea they are known to aggressively defend themselves, sometimes attacking boats.
Read more at http://planetsave.com/2013/05/12/giant-leatherback-turtle-black-sea-turtle-facts-and-photos/#LkkgGAHoW6eG85Pt.99

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Greek Museums Packing Them In | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

Greek Museums Packing Them In | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Hit by constant protests and riots over austerity measures in 2012, Greece’s museums saw a 2.8 percent drop in visitors, and a decline in revenues of 18.4
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According to ELSTAT, the archaeological sites and monuments have seen an increase of their visitors by a good 34.5% along with an increased revenue that touched 30%.

Greece’s museums and archaeological sites are among the most important draws for tourists but have been hampered by constant disruptions by workers angry over austerity measures.

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Reviewed: Maggie & Me by Damian Barr

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Iron age.
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Barr is perhaps best known for his Shoreditch House Literary Salons, in which you can sip a Gibson Martini while listening to the likes of Diana Athill, Maggie O’Farrell and Joanne Harris, all of whom have loyally provided handsome cover recommendations here. Barr has not always moved in such chichi circles, as Maggie & Me bracingly makes clear. While she was at war in the South Atlantic or battling the unions, he – gay, asthmatic, geeky – was dealing with all manner of bullies and tribulations on a rundown Scottish council housing scheme, most notably in the shape of his mum’s implausibly monstrous boyfriend, Logan.

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United Kingdom: Dashing hopes of nuptial bliss

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British MPs were expected on May 21 to pass a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

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British MPs were expected on May 21 to pass a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

But its approval only comes through an agreement between Conservative prime minister David Cameron and the opposition Labour Party, since some 150 traditionalist right-wing MPs – nearly half of those representing the ruling party – were expected to vote against it.

Although the bill has widespread public support, it further divides the Conservatives, who are already split over the question of membership in the European Union.

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Slavoj Žižek | Save us from the saviours: Europe and the Greeks

Slavoj Žižek | Save us from the saviours: Europe and the Greeks | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Imagine a scene from a dystopian movie that depicts our society in the near future. Uniformed guards patrol half-empty downtown streets at night, on the prowl for immigrants, criminals and vagrants. Those they find are brutalised. What seems like a fanciful Hollywood image is a reality in today’s Greece. At night, black-shirted vigilantes from the Holocaust-denying neo-fascist Golden Dawn movement – which won 7 per cent of the vote in the last round of elections, and had the support, it’s said, of 50 per cent of the Athenian police – have been patrolling the street and beating up all the immigrants they can find: Afghans, Pakistanis, Algerians. So this is how Europe is defended in the spring of 2012.
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Greece is not an exception. It is one of the main testing grounds for a new socio-economic model of potentially unlimited application: a depoliticised technocracy in which bankers and other experts are allowed to demolish democracy. By saving Greece from its so-called saviours, we also save Europe itself.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ Directed by J. J. Abrams

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In “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the U.S.S. Enterprise crew hunts for a terrorist in the latest film in the franchise.
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There is some intermittent complaining, in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” about the militarization of the Federation’s Starfleet. You may recall that the historic mission of the starship Enterprise was “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations.” While the crew on the first television series found its way into plenty of fights, the show itself always tried to stay true to the ideals of peaceful intergalactic ethnography.

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NASA - Black Hole-Powered Jets Plow Into Galaxy

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This composite image of a galaxy illustrates how the intense gravity of a supermassive black hole can be tapped to generate immense power.
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Black Hole-Powered Jets Plow Into Galaxy

This composite image of a galaxy illustrates how the intense gravity of a supermassive black hole can be tapped to generate immense power. The image contains X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), optical light obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope (gold) and radio waves from the NSF’s Very Large Array (pink).

This multi-wavelength view shows 4C+29.30, a galaxy located some 850 million light years from Earth. The radio emission comes from two jets of particles that are speeding at millions of miles per hour away from a supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. The estimated mass of the black hole is about 100 million times the mass of our Sun. The ends of the jets show larger areas of radio emission located outside the galaxy.

The X-ray data show a different aspect of this galaxy, tracing the location of hot gas. The bright X-rays in the center of the image mark a pool of million-degree gas around the black hole. Some of this material may eventually be consumed by the black hole, and the magnetized, whirlpool of gas near the black hole could in turn, trigger more output to the radio jet.

Most of the low-energy X-rays from the vicinity of the black hole are absorbed by dust and gas, probably in the shape of a giant doughnut around the black hole. This doughnut, or torus blocks all the optical light produced near the black hole, so astronomers refer to this type of source as a hidden or buried black hole. The optical light seen in the image is from the stars in the galaxy. 

Image Credit: NASA

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Brexit: Major Cam

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made a splash on YouTube with a video in which he sings the David Bowie track Space Oddity from the International Space Station.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron seems to have lost control of the plan for a referendum on British membership of the EU, that many of his party colleagues are determined to get.

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Space in Videos - 2013 - 05 - Earth from Space: Special edition

Space in Videos - 2013 - 05 - Earth from Space: Special edition | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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DETAILS Title Earth from Space: Special editionReleased 14/05/2013Length 00:08:42Language EnglishFootage Type Interior ShotCopyright ESADescription

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme.

In this special edition, Stephen Coulson, Head of Industry Section at ESA, joins the show to discuss how international banks are using Earth observation data.

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Jolie has double mastectomy to elude breast cancer

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LONDON - Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting cancer.
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Vassilis Spanoulis, MVP de la de la Final Four

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Londres, 12 may (EFE).- El base griego del Olympiacos Vassilis Spanoulis fue designado hoy como Jugador Más Valioso de la Final a Cuatro (Final Four) de la
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Spanoulis, de 30 años, que ya fue nombrado MVP de la pasada Final Four, disputada en Estambul, y ganada también por el conjunto heleno, fue el principal referente ofensivo de su equipo en la victoria por 100-88 ante el conjunto español. El base, que hoy logró 22 puntos, 2 rebotes y 4 asistencias, en 32 minutos de juego, se convierte así en el segundo jugador, tras su compatriota Dimitris Diamantidis, en 2011, en ser nombrado Jugador Más Valioso de la Euroliga y de la Final a Cuatro en la misma temporada.Spanoulis igualó también al serbio Dejan Bodiroga (2002 y 2003) y al croata Toni Kukoc (1990, 1991 y 1993) como únicos baloncestistas en conseguir dos títulos de MVP en temporadas consecutivas.

"Es algo fantástico, increíble, no puedo describir cómo me siento. Es algo que nunca pude llegar a imaginarme. Tengo que agradecérselo todo a mis compañeros, entrenadores y a todos los aficionados del Olympiacos", aseguró emocionado el base a la conclusión del partido.Este premio hace que Spanoulis (Larissa, Grecia, 1982) iguale al legendario alero Toni Kukoc como baloncestista con más premios de Jugador Más Valioso de la máxima competición europea, con tres, después del logrado con el Panathinaikos, en 2009, y los dos conseguidos con Olympiacos, 2012 y 2013."Conseguir un tercer premio de MVP e igualar a Toni Kukoc es algo espectacular, inimaginable", apuntó el recientemente nombrado mejor base de Europa.



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Instant history: Olympiacos dominates last 30 minutes, tops Real Madrid, 100-88, for back-to-back titles

Instant history: Olympiacos dominates last 30 minutes, tops Real Madrid, 100-88, for back-to-back titles | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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No matter which way this year’s Euroleague championship played out, history would be made with Olympiacos chasing a repeat championship and Real Madrid its first in 18 years. And as it turns out, fate’s scribe was writing with Red(s) pen: Once again, tournament underdogs Olympiacos ended up EL alpha dogs with a 100-88 win over Real Madrid for only the third repeat title of the last 25 years.

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Olympiacos B.C. Wins 3rd Euroleague Championship after Beating Real Madrid | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

Olympiacos B.C. Wins 3rd Euroleague Championship after Beating Real Madrid | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Olympiakos Piraeus beat Real Madrid in London to win their 3rd Euroleague Championship on Sunday May 12th.
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Olympiakos beat Real Madrid (100 -88) in London to win their 3rd Euroleague Championship; their second in a row.

Down 27-10 after the first period to Real Madrid, defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague basketball champion Olympiakos roared back with a scintillating performance to repeat as champions with a 100-88 victory, led by all-star shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis.

Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus was named 2012-13 bwin Euroleague MVP at the EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony held at the City Hall in London, England on Thursday.

Olympiacos and Real Madrid qualified for the the final after both teams recorded victories at London’s 02 Arena on Friday.

Olympiacos basketball club, founded in 1931, is one of the most successful in Greece and a traditional powerhouse of the Euroleague.

They have won ten Greek League titles, nine Greek Cups, three Euroleague championships and one Triple Crown. They play their home matches at Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Olympiacos were also European Champions for the second time last year at the Euroleague 2011–12 Final Four in Istanbul.

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The Different Types of Wine Infographic

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See the many different types of wine on this visual guide. This infographic shows the intricate web of the various types of wine. In the beginning, all wine starts with the grapes then the infographic organizes 200 different types of wine by flavor to simplify and discover new wines based on your preferences.


Via Mariano Pallottini
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With over 1,300 different wine grapes out there how do you find wines you'll like? Discover similar tasting wines with this chart of almost 200 different types of wine. Organized by style and then flavor, it's easy to see the taste relationships and look for synonymous wines. A great exploratory tool for a wine lover.

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Cette approche a au moins le mérite de montrer la diversité que l'on peut attendre du monde du vin...

 

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Building Blocks for an Internet Age

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