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The typical image of the Mediterranean is a blue sea with
white-walled houses clinging to the rocky landscape.
Every spring, after the Easter processions when the Mistral stops
blowing, house-proud citizens freshen up those walls with a
bucket of whitewash.
The power of a simple mixture of lime, chalk and water to hide
the ravages of a year’s wear and tear is so compelling it has
entered the language. When a politician puts the best face on a
difficult policy, we accuse them of ‘whitewashing’ the truth.
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First printed in Informed Voice Magazine Vol 6#1