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  • At first we marvel at their exorbitant lifestyles, as we watch the nefarious doings of handsome wunderkind Spike Humphry, his beleaguered best friend Buster Bass, and the provokative Lucy Waldorf, whom they both love.

    We Love You!

  • And if you could excuse a potentially provokative question.

    Blind Faith?

  • Graffiti can be understood as concrete manifestations of personal and communal ideologies which are visually striking, insistent, and provokative; as such, they are worthy of the continued attention of art historians, social scientists, and policy makers alike. from Art Crimes

    I like graffiti « knitnut.net

  • Roth condescends to his characters at virtually every turn, their every action and line of dialogue in service to his superficially provokative bullshit.

    Hostel: Part II (2007): F

  • Please Father do explain the way we are being kept or governed this side to the people that side because all what is happening this side it [is] as if we (students), we are provokative [sic] to the police or we don't obey our government.

    'I Saw a Nightmare …' Doing Violence to Memory: The Soweto Uprising, June 16, 1976

  • So a little quiet non-provokative preparation can establish a buffering set of records upon which you can draw on-demand as the situation requires it.

    Reassurance From Beverley-Homeschooling Parents Are Only Human

  • It is brilliant, provokative, entertaining, and above all enlightening and informative.

    The age of persuasion

  • Although the murder of James Bulger was horrendous it is inaccurate to state that "batteries were shoved up his anus" This rumour originated in a very provokative chain letter and was later unfortunately reported as truth in the media.

    Justice For James

  • One thing is sure that the girls now a days are wearing dresses which are definitely provokative.

    rediff.com

  • It’s a provokative title and I think there are some quite astonishing exceptions to your thesis.

    Speculative Fiction is Still for Children « A Working Title

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