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by Asa Butcher
2007-11-04 09:59:20
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Eating a meal rich in compounds called flavonoids reduces some early signs of heart disease, research shows. An Institute of Food Research team focused on one of the compounds, quercetin, which is found in tea, onions, apples and red wine.

In that case, I am off to have a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese and extra onions.

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Heather Mills has criticised her estranged husband Sir Paul McCartney in a US TV interview - a day after she hit out at the media on British TV. Mills said she promised Sir Paul she would "walk away with nothing" in a "very gentle and quick divorce" if he took the blame for their split.

What were those words… All you need is love!

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The technology behind the wind-up radio could soon be helping to light up some of the poorest homes in Africa. The Freeplay Foundation is developing prototypes of a charging station for house lights it hopes will improve the quality of life for many Africans.

Next there will illuminated fibreglass Santas on the roofs on their huts.

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An internet social networking site, in the style of Facebook and MySpace, has been launched aimed at people over 50. The Saga Zone site was developed by the Saga Group, based in Folkestone, Kent, which specialises in products and services for the over-50s.

I believe the web address is: www.wheniwasyourage.com

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A US astronaut has carried out a dangerous spacewalk to repair a damaged solar panel on the International Space Station (ISS). The energy-collecting wing developed a rip when it was being unfurled at the port end of the platform on Tuesday.

What a world! They can repair a solar panel in outer space, but I am still waiting for a repairman to fix our back door handle.

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Women are being warned about a link between pregnancy disorder pre-eclampsia and heart disease, as new evidence emerged connecting the two. The other by a London team found women who have pre-eclampsia were twice as likely to develop heart disease.

Following on from the earlier story, it appears that they should eat more onions.

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Singapore Airlines has taken the unusual step of publicly asking passengers on its new Airbus A380 plane not to engage in any sexual activities. The potential problem has arisen because the first class area of its giant superjumbo contains 12 private suites complete with double beds.

Please stow your luggage in the overhead lockers, place seats in upright position, check your fly is closed and prepare for landing.

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Finland's Minister of Defence Jyri Häkämies is not interested in creating alternatives for conscripts to fulfil military service requirements. Instead, he says more attention should be spent developing compulsory military service.

One step forward, two back. If they insist, will both sexes be required to undertake conscription?

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Because of the All Saints' Day holiday, most shops in Finland were closed yesterday.

Yes, a country shuts its stores on a Saturday, the busiest shopping day of the week and no, they aren't open on a Sunday either.

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For those of you blissfully unaware, November began this week and many of the shops have already erected their Christmas displays.

Don't worry, Ovi won't mention Christmas again until December 1st.

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