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McQueen

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over 4 years ago

The enfant terrible of the fashion world died yesterday after apparently committing suicide. Carola Long pays tribute to the irreverent and talented designer Alexander McQueen. “The sheer drama, grandeur and exhilarating bravery of Alexander McQueen's designs and fashion shows may never be surpassed ...

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Never Mind the Tea Party

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over 4 years ago

You have to hand it to them.  The motley crew who have Sarah Palin as their star turn at their "Tea Parties" seem to have struck a chord. Tea and the American Revolution go together, although I rarely managed to find a good brew in many places in the United States. When I first arrived in New York ...

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Dynamic Duo

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over 4 years ago

Music and art have long been a magical pairing. Finding the right soundtrack for a painting requires as much finesse as finding the right wine for that special meal. Russian-born, Canadian artist San Base takes that dynamic duo one step further by adding cutting-edge computer technology to make the ...

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Giant Fossils

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over 4 years ago

Oversized one-million-year-old gastropod fossils have been discovered by French scientists who think the specimens cast doubt on the existence of the “Lilliput effect”, which is the reduction in the size of organisms inhabiting postcrisis biota, normally spanning several million years. “The team's ...

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Arresting Beliefs

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A young pastor is suing a Californian shopping mall after he was handcuffed and ejected from the building for striking up conversations with three shoppers about their religious beliefs. “Imagine getting arrested for just striking up a conversation about religion in public. That’s what happened to ...

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Gingrich Gaffe

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Newt Gingrich is in trouble again, having gaffed while trying to brush off another gaffe made earlier this week on The Daily Show, succeeding only in digging his hole deeper…“He insisted that the Bush administration was right to read shoe bomber Richard Reid his Miranda rights because he was an ...

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Snow Drifting

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over 4 years ago

As the snow piles up along the East Coast the climate change debate continues to rage with skeptics mocking global warming fears saying it seems more like "global cooling". “Most climate scientists respond that the storms are consistent with forecasts that a heating planet will produce more frequent ...

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Walking To Freedom

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It is 20-years today since Nelson Mandela was freed from jail in South Africa, signalling end of Apartheid. His wife Winnie spoke to The Guardian about the day he rejoined the world. “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, seen by millions of people holding her then husband's hand in images on 11 February 1990 ...

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Taking On Twitter

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over 4 years ago

Google has taken on social networking giants Twitter and Facebook with a launch of its new social media sharing site called Buzz. But can it make the grade? “Google's next big thing - the Buzz social networking Twitter-a-like - has only been available for use for a couple of days, but already it has ...

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Face of Greenland

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over 4 years ago

The 4,000-year-old face of an ancient Greenlander has been revealed after scientists deciphered about 80 per cent of the man’s genome using DNA found by archaeologists. “ He had brown eyes, non-white skin, ‘shovel-shaped’ front teeth and was at high risk of going bald and suffering ear infections ...