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It's society that does not allow itself to indulge in fantasy

I am sitting with a gin and tonic on the roof terrace of the Hotel Danieli in Venice. I view extremely expensive boats ambling down the Giuduecca with their owners sipping champagne, taking in the early evening view of the city from the water.From my static vantage point I can see across to the Lido and, as I turn my head to the right, the Salute church, the Grand Canal and the flush wall of the Doge's Palace.

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