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Mel Gibson, The Rabbi & The Pope 2004-02-27

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Pope John Paul-2

Israel's Chief Rabbi has urged Pope John Paul-2 to speak out against Mel Gibson's film 'The Passion of the Christ' to prevent 'Christian-Jewish' relations from being undermined by the movie (more…)

Scholars find fault in Gibson’s ‘Passion’: 2004-02-24

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Mel Gibson's
portrayal of the final 12 hours of Jesus in his film 'The Passion of the Christ' has been hailed as the gospel truth by some believers, but many scholars complain that it is riddled with historical errors. (more…)

John Murray Archive up for sale 2004-02-23

Posted by clype in Humanities, Money, Scotland.
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  • The original manuscript of Charles Darwin's work 'On the Origin of Species' as well as his proposals and outline of the contents of the highly valuable work.
  • The correspondence of the Aberdeen-raised Lord Byron, and the letters written to him, by Mary Shelley among others, many of them unpublished.
  • The notes of the Lanarkshire-born explorer David Livingstone, and the manuscripts of his 'Missionary Travels and Narrative of an expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries'.

Those are but a few of the works in 'The John Murray Archive', a collection — made by seven John Murrays who ran the family publishing house, launched in 1768, for more than 200 years — which is set to be moved to Scotland from its current storage in London.

'The Scottish Executive' appears poised to back 'The National Library of Scotland' bid to buy the collection for close to 33 million GBP. (more…)

Brit Awards 2004 2004-02-18

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Best Album 2004: 'Permission to Land': 'The Darkness'
Nominated: 'Gotta Get Thru This': Daniel Bedingfield; 'Think Tank': 'Blur'; 'Magic and Medicine': 'The Coral'; 'Life for Rent': 'Dido'.

Best Group 2004: 'The Darkness'
Nominated: 'Busted'; 'The Coral'; 'Sugababes'; 'Radiohead'

Best Male 2004: Daniel Bedingfield
Nominated: 'Badly Drawn Boy'; David Bowie; 'Dizzee Rascal'; Will Young.

Best Female 2004: 'Dido'
Nominated: Sophie Ellis-Bextor; 'Jamelia'; Annie Lennox; Amy Winehouse.

Best Breakthrough Artist: 'Busted'
Nominated: 'The Darkness'; 'Dizzee Rascal'; Jamie Cullum; 'Lemar'.

Best Pop Act 2004: 'Busted'
Nominated: 'Black Eyed Peas'; Christina Aguilera; Daniel Bedingfield; Justin Timberlake.

Best Dance Act 2004: 'Basement Jaxx'
Nominated: 'Goldfrapp'; 'Groove Armada'; 'Kosheen'; 'Lemon Jelly'.

Best Urban Act 2004: 'Lemar'
Nominated: 'Big Brovaz'; 'Dizzee Rascal'; 'Mis-Teeq'; Amy Winehouse.

Best Single 2004: 'White Flag': 'Dido'
Nominated: 'Superstar': 'Jamelia'; 'Scandalous': 'Mis-Teeq'; 'Sweet Dreams, my LA Ex' : Rachel Stevens; 'Spirit in the Sky': Gareth Gates featuring 'The Kumars'.

Outstanding Contribution: 'Duran Duran'.
Best Rock Act 2004: 'The Darkness'
Nominated: 'Feeder'; 'Muse'; 'Primal Scream'; 'Stereophonics'.

Other Awards:

Best Foreign Album 2004: 'Justified': Justin Timberlake
Nominated: 'Dangerously in Love': Beyoncé Knowles; 'Stripped' : Christina Aguilera; 'Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below': 'OutKast'; 'Elephant': 'The White Stripes'.

Best Foreign Group 2004: 'The White Stripes'
Nominated: 'Black Eyed Peas'; 'Kings of Leon'; 'OutKast'; 'The Strokes'.

Best Foreign Male 2004: Justin Timberlake
Nominated: '50 Cent'; 'Beck'; Damien Rice; Sean Paul.

Best Foreign Female 2004: Beyoncé Knowles
Nominated: Christina Aguilera; Missy Elliott; Kylie Minogue.

Best Foreign Breakthrough Artist 2004: '50 Cent'
Nominated: 'Evanesence'; 'Kings of Leon'; Sean Paul; 'The Thrills'.


Shoes That Generate Electricity 2004-02-11

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A Croatian entrepreneur has found a way of building generators in shoes which are powerful enough to run a portable heater. The shoes are worn with a bodysuit to keep the wearer warm on a cold day.

The invention has already drawn the attention of USA military and will go into mass production.

Croatian engineer Ivica Saric said he was lining up potential sales for his “e-man” shoes and talks are at an advanced stage. Mr.Saric told Croatian daily Vecernji List the shoes are designed to generate electricity when a person walks and then transfer that power to special clothing which converts it into heat. He said:

‘The electric shoes and the special suit are of modern design and you would not be able to tell the difference between them and standard shoes and clothes.

‘The energy the shoes produce would be enough to power a laptop computer, or keep a person warm on a cold day’.

“Electro-shoes will generate their own power”, Ananova 2004-02-10 Tu 12:25