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by Asa Butcher
2007-11-12 07:43:26
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The Malaysian carmaker Proton has announced plans to develop an "Islamic car", designed for Muslim motorists. The car could boast special features like a compass pointing to Mecca and a dedicated space to keep a copy of the Koran and a headscarf.

I wonder if that would stop Road Rage.

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Up to 2,000 metric tons of fuel oil has leaked near the Black Sea after a Russian oil tanker split in half. It came apart after it was smashed by 108km/h (67 mph) winds and 5m (16ft) waves in the Kerch Strait between the Azov and Black Seas.

The Baltic Sea just can't wait to test the hull strength of more Russian tankers once the sea freezes over.

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A computer technician has claimed to have cracked a real Da Vinci code, by finding musical notes encoded in the masterpiece The Last Supper. Leonardo Da Vinci left clues to a 40-second musical composition in his painting, Giovanni Maria Pala said.

A number of supermarket chains are hoping to use it on their Christmas adverts, while it is already becoming a ringtone.

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An internet word game has generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people for one day, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has said. The game, FreeRice, tests the vocabulary of participants. For each click on a correct answer, the website donates money to buy 10 grains of rice.

I am aiming for a kilo. Play now: www.freerice.com

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Almost every tree in Britain is likely to be home to a Barkfly, and now a new family member has come to stay - all the way from the Atlantic Islands.

The Daily Mail has already begun a campaign to support the beleaguered British housefly.

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A football fan has been shot dead by police during a fight between rival supporters in Italy, officials say. Local authorities said there had been a "tragic error" when police intervened to quell violence between fans of Roman team Lazio and Turin-based Juventus.

Football + fans + Italian police = another "tragic error"

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Tony Blair has been accused of “gold-digging” and “money-sucking” after he reportedly charged £240,000 for giving a speech in China. The China Youth Daily newspaper said the address had been like “listening to some domestic county or city-level official” and had given “nothing new”.

What a shame… they could have had Gordon Brown for £240.

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British supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda now offer lager at just 22p a can - less per litre than their own brand-mineral water and cola, and cheap enough to allow someone to get drunk for just £1.

Finnair flies direct to London about seven times a day. Just so you know…

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Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton has admitted he is moving to Switzerland to avoid the taxman. The 22-year-old McLaren driver has previously blamed his decision to leave Britain on the lack of privacy he receives here.

I wonder if he claims money back on his company car.

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The spat between Spain's king and Venezuela's president took a new turn as Hugo Chavez demanded to know the monarch's knowledge of a 2002 coup. On Saturday King Juan Carlos told Mr Chavez to "shut up" at a summit in Chile after the president said ex-Spain PM Jose Maria Aznar was a "fascist".

Hey Hugo, shut up!

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Emanuel Paparella2007-11-12 19:01:13
The poet laureate Eugenio Montale used to quip that in Italy a revolution is impossible. There are soccer games to attend on Sunday.

Perhaps a slightly better formula may be:

Football+fans-Italian police = perpetual peace in Italy.

I suspect thought that Eugenio Montale wouldn't agree.


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