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SHE is so ubiquitous, so assimilated, that we sometimes need to be reminded of how strange Bjork really is. So here is a reminder: Bjork is very strange. She is peculiar from the top of her head (flung from side to side in a novel variation on standard headbanging technique) to the soles of her feet (bare and either tip-toeing, skipping or sprinting across the stage). Headlining the Reading Festival last Saturday night, she sported a sparkly pink Chinese dress. Presumably, she had given all those brown woollen jumpers she used to wear back to the jumble sale where she found them. But don't be fooled by the new couture: she still dances and screams like a wild forest toddler who has been driven mad by sudden exposure to Nintendo games.

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