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Commenting on the accommodation of those staying in Venice for the Biennale can be an exquisitely bitchy matter

‘Staying near the Rialto are we? Ah, yes it’s lovely thereThat’s where all the tourists stay…’.

Not all the accommodation was the most luxurious though.

The Muf contingent had shunned hotels, opting to set up a temporary caravan-cum-camp site on the lido, Astragal was told and another of his pals was staying in a squat.

And one of the AJ-staffers opted for a Jesuit seminary, complete with crucifx above bed, small sleeping cell and portraits of Cardinal Ratzinger aplenty.

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