Vaguely Interesting Round-up | 21 April – 27 April 2012

  • Did you know that penis enlargement surgery is performed ten times more often in Greece than the world average? Or than one in five South Korean women have had plastic surgery? Brazil is the top country for tidying up the front and back with seven times more buttock operations and five times more ‘vaginal rejuvenations’ than the 25-country average. The Economist’s Graphic Detail examines the statistical world of plastic surgery.
  • The Economist’s Eastern Approaches blog looks towards the Euro 2012 football championship in Poland and Ukraine and discovers that Ukrainian facilities are not quite up to the expected standards.
  • The Guardian’s Northerner Blog looks at the retirement of Britain’s last Civic Architect as Leeds prepares to bid farewell to John Thorp and his practise of urban dentistry.
  • Why a close reading of French election history will make glum reading for President Sarkozy as he heads towards a show down with François Hollande in the second round of France’s presidential election.

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