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    No one here at the GFG-Batesville Shard volunteered to do this gig, so we’ve sent along the work experience lad. Probably the last we’ll see of him. The venue is the Royal College of Art. Coco de Mer stock a range of mischiefmaking Valentine’s Day gifts — if
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Funeral Pole Dancers in Taiwan – National Geographic “Taboo Burials” from Tobie Openshaw on Vimeo. Interesting insight into a funeral custom which we feel could make a transition to Britain in a modified form. What price Chippendale-style bearers?   
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  Above, the January page of the 2013 Lindner calendar. Lindner make coffins in Poland. Their calendars traditionally vie with those of Conafunebri, originators of the genre, for shock value. Below, Confunebri’s take on November 2013.   
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  From time to time we consider the purpose of a funeral as an event which enables mourners to express complex, disorderly emotion. Funerals in  countries untouched by, or resistant to, chilly Nordic Protestant norms of self-restraint are notable for an exuberance which chilly Nords tend to regard as unbefitting,

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  The Natural Death Handbook, Fifth Edition A thoroughly updated and revised edition of the Natural Death Centre‘s celebrated handbook. Now presented alongside a new collection of essays on death, dying and funeral practices by doctors, historians, authors, poets, theologians and artists including Richard Barnett, David Jay Brown, Dr Sheila Cassidy,
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  Posted by Rupert Callender of the Green Funeral Company     Claire and I spent the last day of August At Torre Abbey on the seafront at Torquay, seeing an exhibition called Death and the Maiden, featuring the work of the painter Robert Lenkiewicz. To the uninitiated, Robert was
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Hiring young women to strip at a funeral ceremony might strike some as scandalous, but for many in Taiwan it is an important part of the grieving process. The practice sees scantily clad women on “electric flower cars,” diesel trucks refashioned with a stage and special lighting), erotically gyrating to
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A series of images here from the Cimitero Monumentale di Staglione in Genoa, Italy. No accompanying critique from me, I’m afraid; I haven’t a clue what the relationship is. Can you help us? And finally, wholly unrelated, this:
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Bookplate from the collection of Richard Sica photographed by A Journey Round My Skull The connection between sex and death is well known. If you want to muse on it further, there’s a pretty good article in the Encyclopaedia of Death and Dying. If you don’t, please don’t read the
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Partners Mike Konigsfeld and Tom Brandl in Cologne, Germany have designed a coffin for gay male funerals. If you look carefully you can see that it is festooned with muscly naked men. There’s no doubting the business sense behind the idea. As Mike says, “People are cutting back in the