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by Asa Butcher
2007-10-02 00:26:46
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BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has bought the travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet, founded by husband and wife team Tony and Maureen Wheeler in 1972, publishes around 500 titles that are widely used by backpackers.

Perhaps BB Worldwide could pump some of its revenue back to the BBC and eliminate the need for a TV licence fee.

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Radiohead fans will be able to choose how much to pay for the band's next album, In Rainbows, which is available for download on 10 October. Instead of listing a price for the music, the group's website simply states "it's up to you" - and then adds: "No really, it's up to you."

I think the record company just got The Bends.

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A daily dose of specially-formulated dark chocolate may help cut chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms. Patients in a pilot study found they had less fatigue when eating dark chocolate with a high cocoa content than with white chocolate dyed brown.

Aha! That explains why a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play.

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Adobe has joined a growing list of firms offering web-based alternatives to conventional office programs. The software developer has acquired the online word processor Buzzword, which allows users to create and share text documents on the web.

Googlefight: Adobe vs. Microsoft… Winner is: Microsoft.

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Actress Pamela Anderson is set to marry Rick Salomon, the former boyfriend of celebrity heiress Paris Hilton. The couple have been granted a wedding licence in Las Vegas, enabling them to marry at any time over the next year, officials in Clark County confirmed.

Tears of laughter have left me dehydrated… Actress, ha hahahaha!

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Former South African president Nelson Mandela has announced an international concert to be held for World Aids Day in Johannesburg on 1 December.

It is believed Nelson will be releasing an album just in time for Christmas.

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Actress Lois Maxwell, who starred as Miss Moneypenny in a string of James Bond movies, has died aged 80. Maxwell starred alongside Sir Sean Connery in Bond's first movie outing, Dr No, in 1962.

You'll live on in the hearts of Bond fans everywhere.

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Actor Kiefer Sutherland could go to jail if convicted of the two drink-driving offences he was formally charged with on Friday. The charges were for driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.

Previously on 24, I have no idea… man, I was wasted. Tick. Tick. Tick.

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The environmental charity WWF has said it will take at least two decades for forests to grow back in the areas of Greece destroyed by the recent fires. Several rare animal species, including turtles, lizards and the golden jackal, were also affected, but it is too early to assess the damage, the WWF said.

No word yet on how long it will take Greek islands to recover from the millions of holidaying Brits this summer.

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Toddlers who watch too much television are more likely to suffer later behavioural problems - but the damage can be reversed, say researchers. The Johns Hopkins University experts found that under-fives who watched over two hours a day increased their risk.

Reversed? You mean they hit the rewind button?

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The Cyclops had one eye. The unicycle has one wheel. There's one Sun in our Solar System. "From Me to You" was The Beatles first UK number one.

There's also only one Ovi Magazine.

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