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by Asa Butcher
2007-10-14 10:05:02
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England's Jonny Wilkinson landed two late kicks as the champions fought back to reach their second Rugby World Cup final in a row with a dramatic 14-9 win over hosts France.

Roll on either South Africa or Argentina in Paris next Saturday.


Australian Prime Minister John Howard has announced parliamentary elections for 24 November. The PM earlier visited Governor-General Michael Jeffery, the representative of head of state Queen Elizabeth, to ask for the dissolution of parliament.

It's always nice to be reminded that Australia is there.


At least 24 amateur gold prospectors have been killed in a mine collapse in south-west Colombia. Some 18 people were injured and another 10 estimated to be missing after the accident near the town of Suarez, about 350km (220 miles) from Bogota.

All that glitters…


Simon Pegg is poised to play Scotty in the new Star Trek movie. The British comic has been offered the role of the chief engineer, played by James Doohan in the classic TV series. The film, directed by "Lost" creator JJ Abrams, focuses on the early lives of Captain James T Kirk and Mr Spock.

The movies continue to live long and prosper.


A court in Delhi has rejected a claim for breach of copyright brought by lawyers acting for author JK Rowling. The ruling means a group in Calcutta building a huge model based on the school for wizards in the Harry Potter books can complete their work. The huge replica was being made as part of celebrations for a Hindu festival.

Haven't her lawyers got better things to do?


The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the finished array will have 350 six-metre antennas and will be one of the world's largest. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) will be able to sweep more than one million star systems for radio signals generated by intelligent beings. Its creators hope it will help spot definite signs of alien life by 2025.

2025! That is being optimistic… perhaps by half-past nine they'll be here having a coffee.


Al Gore says his Nobel Peace Prize is an "honour" and a chance to "elevate global consciousness" about the threat posed by climate change. The former US vice-president was awarded the prestigious prize jointly with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The White House congratulated Mr Gore but said it would not change its policies on global warming.

Wouldn't he have deserved the honour more if the White House had actually said the opposite?


Giving your house a weekly clean could be enough to give you asthma, according to research. A study found using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week raised the risk of asthma.

Men have one more excuse to add to their arsenal. Wheeze!


Today Roger Moore turns 80, it is 60 years since Chuck Yeager flies faster than the speed of sound, it is 20 years since 18-month-old Jessica McClure falls down an abandoned well and it is World Standards Day.

Today Ovi is its usual self…. Psst, there's only one!

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Clint2007-10-14 14:25:05
Well Done England. They have restored our faith with great wins over France and the Aussies following the debacle that was South Africa. The whole nation will be tuned in next Sunday.

Clint2007-10-14 14:31:36
Following my article 'A Soldiers's Lot' it was announced this week that paratrooper Ben Parkinson's compensation for the loss of both his legs has been increased from 152k to £484k the same amount as the RAF typist who hurt her thumb. Its a start for the Ministry of Defence but still not enough. The fight goes on.

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