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by Asa Butcher
2007-09-16 10:12:52
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Greeks are going to the polls in a general election, weeks after wildfires left more than 60 people dead. The main challenge to Prime minister Kostas Karamanlis and his centre-right party, New Democracy, is the socialist Pasok party, led by George Papandreou.

Is Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis about to see his government go up in flames?

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants Darfur's proposed peacekeeping force to be in place by the end of the year.

Yes, by the end of the year… which year?

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Former world rally champion Colin McRae is believed to have been killed along with three others in a helicopter crash near his home in Lanarkshire.

A tragic loss for the world of motor sport.

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Venezuelan chefs have broken the record for the biggest stew in the world, which was enough to feed 70,000 people. It took 100 people to help prepare the dish, known as a sancocho, on the streets of the capital, Caracas.

They are now hiring washer-uppers.

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David Beckham will not join the cast of TV show Desperate Housewives, actress Eva Longoria has confirmed. Rumours circulated last month that the footballer would play one half of a gay couple alongside British pop star Robbie Williams.

Oh…. My…. God! He was bad enough in Goal!

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Technology that translates spoken or written words into British Sign Language (BSL) has been developed by researchers at IBM. The system, called SiSi (Say It Sign It) was created by a group of students in the UK.

What a great idea! I can't wait to see it in action translating the expressions of angry footballers.

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A list of the world's most polluted places has been published by a US-based independent environmental group. The Blacksmith Institute's top 10 towns and cities included sites in ex-Soviet republics, Russia, China and India. Peru and Zambia were also listed. Sumgayit in Azerbaijan topped the list with potentially 275,000 people affected.

I doubt it will be appearing in Lonely Planet's 2008 top destinations list.

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Drunks who are abusive to NHS staff should be charged for their treatment, the Liberal Democrats have suggested. Health spokesman Norman Lamb said people should face the consequences of their actions - particularly if they were "foul and abusive" to NHS staff.

What about the miserable bastards who aren't drunk, yet are abusive?

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Shares in one of the UK's largest mortgage lenders, Northern Rock, have fallen 32% after it had to ask the Bank of England for emergency funding.

How this will affect its sponsorship of Newcastle United is unknown. Could be time for a new name on the front of the shirt… how about Ovi?

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The autumn's harvest of wild mushrooms is below average. The Finnish Forest Research Institute attributes the poor growth of mushrooms mainly to an unusually dry August.

First it's too wet, then it's too dry, it's a tough life being a fungi.

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Finnish energy company Fennovoima believes that it will get state permission to start construction on a new nuclear power plant. Fennovoima has been lobbying for a project in a fifth municipality.

God, how depressing! I just hope it doesn't mutate the mushrooms.

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OVI: Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Open Verilog International, Operating a Vehicle under the Influence or Optically Variable Ink.

Nah! There's only one Ovi magazine and it certainly isn't operated under the influence.


   
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Thanos2007-09-16 22:54:35
And Karamanlis ...won!


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