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Pieces for peace

Paris, Sept. 14 (Reuters): John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono could end up stark naked on a Paris stage tomorrow as she performs her one-woman art show “Cut Piece”, in which members of the audience are to cut off pieces of her clothing.

Ono, 70, who accompanied her Beatle husband in numerous controversial anti-war campaigns including the “Bed-In for Peace” against the Vietnam War, first performed her “Cut Piece” show in 1964 in Japan as a protest for peace. “Come and cut a piece of my clothing wherever you like — the size of less than a postcard — and send it to the one you love,” the avant-garde artist said in a statement ahead of the performance at Paris’ Ranelagh theatre.

I first performed this work, in 1964, I did it with some anger and turbulence in my heart. This time, I do it with love for you, for me and for the world,” she added.

Last year Ono rented a giant billboard space in London, that read: “Imagine all the people living life in peace,” alluding to Lennon’s hit song Imagine.

Best beauty

Rome (Reuters): Semi-clad young beauty queens have suffered an unprecedented defeat at the hands of fully-dressed grandmothers in the Italian television ratings battle. When beauty pageant “Miss Italia”, a yearly fest of sexy girls in swimsuits, went head to head with “Velone”, a dance and comedy contest for ladies over 65 on a rival channel, the grannies came out on top. With both programmes on air on Thursday night, 4.94 million Italians tuned in to see the wisecracking older women, while 4.82 million were eyeing the voluptuous would-be starlets. In previous years, “Miss Italia” had always got much higher ratings than competing programmes. “So it’s true that beauty isn’t everything,” commented leading daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.

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