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by Asa Butcher
2008-05-17 09:34:43
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Did you know that on May 17 1990, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders?

There's still a long way to go, which is why today is International Day Against Homophobia. Reach for that Rainbow!

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British Airways has reported a 45% rise in annual profits but warned that economic uncertainty and sky-high fuel costs pose challenges. BA made a profit of £883m in the year to 31 March, which BA boss Willie Walsh called an "outstanding" result.

Having flown with BA a few times over the past year it is obvious that they have made their money by cutting back on the in-flight meals.

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Bee Gees band member Robin Gibb told The Times that Prime Minister Gordon Brown played their songs "every day", adding: "Gordon likes our music and I like him."

Picturing PM Brown dancing to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack has certainly brightened my day, although I'm sure the song "Stayin' Alive" hits too close to home for Gordon's comfort.

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The official death toll for Burma's cyclone disaster has jumped to almost 78,000 people, with nearly 56,000 missing, according to state TV.

Too tragic for words.

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Reunited boy band New Kids on the Block have performed together for the first time in 15 years. Hundreds of fans watched the group sing a medley of their hits, including "Right Stuff" and "Hangin' Tough", at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

Hundreds of fans? Surely that should have read 'all of their fans'.

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In a survey this week, by Marketing magazine the respondents' top five most loved celebrities were men - Paul McCartney, Lewis Hamilton, Gary Lineker, Simon Cowell and David Beckham. Of the five most hated, the top four were women - Heather Mills, Amy Winehouse, Victoria Beckham and Kerry Katona.

In Ovi magazine's own survey, it emerged that I am the most popular… thanks Mum!

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Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius has won an appeal to compete for a place in the Beijing Olympics. It was claimed Pistorius' prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage, but he disagreed and went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

Now those are the sort of moments the Olympics should be known for, and not the commercial, drug-fuelled tedium now commonly associated with the event.

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3,000 contributions, an extensive team of volunteers, a new free theme issue and a weekly radio show. Now that is Finland's Ovi magazine.

Accept no substitutes or imposters. Trust the original.

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