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Venetian blind

Venice was once a city of velvet and marble-now it is tense with clingfilm, the most useless city in Italy. Duncan Fallowell has never been to Venice and thinks Oslo might be more inspiring

Venice circulates in the bloodstream of world culture. It is international-that is to say, nowhere. I have never been to Venice and have no wish to go. People say: you must go to Venice, you’ll love it. But they said the same about another vision on water: New York. I did go to New York and found nothing except giant sculpture. Certainly no love there. On the other hand, those other visions on water, Istanbul and St Petersburg, I do love; they are dynamic but human, not buried in the prophylactic of affluence.

Rich cities are cold to the heart.…

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