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Reasons to Learn Another Language 2012-03-17

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Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. (more…)

Mad Woman Attacks Art in Museum – Again! 2011-08-16

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[Picture of mad woman art attacker Susan Burns]A woman with mental health problems who also attacked a 60.7 million  GBP painting by Gauguin in Washington earlier this year has struck again.

This time the object of her disapproval was centred on a work by Henri Matisse. (more…)

Boycotting Glasgow Airport 2011-07-13

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Glasgow’s Muslims are boycotting the city’s main airport and choosing to fly from Manchester because of perceived harassment from counter-terrorism officers, it was claimed last night 2011-07-12. (more…)

Religion Boosts Sport 2011-05-12

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At the Champions League final there is likely to be evidence of faith, with players making the sign of the cross and other religious gestures. But does belief really boost sporting performance, asks Mr Matthew Syed.

All eyes will be on Mr Lionel Messi, the world’s greatest footballer, when he walks out with Barcelona in The Champions League final. If you watch carefully, you may see him crossing himself as he strides onto the pitch.

On the opposing side, Manchester United striker Mr Javier Hernandez has been known to pray on the pitch. (more…)

Paris First To Ban 4x4s & Old Diesels 2010-12-29

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European car makers are now planning to build electric vehicles because many European cities are widely expected to ban high-emissions vehicles from their city cores over the next decade — perhaps even vehicles with any emissions at all.

Now, Paris may be the first city to experiment with such a policy. Next year (2011), it will begin to test restrictions on vehicles that emit more than a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre — the measure of a car’s contribution to ‘greenhouse gases’. (more…)

The World Watching Sudan 2010-12-28

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A group founded by American actor Mr. George Clooney is teaming up with Google, an UN agency and anti-genocide organisations to launch satellite surveillance of the border between north and south Sudan.

The aim is to try to prevent a new civil war after the south votes in a secession referendum next month

Organisers said on Wednesday that Mr.Clooney’s ‘Not On Our Watch‘ is funding the start-up phase Satellite Sentinel Project that will collect real-time satellite imagery from Sudan and combine it with field analysis from the Enough Project and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. (more…)

Scanner Sex Abuse at Airports 2010-03-25

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An Heathrow security man was quizzed by police after ogling a girl colleague ‘naked’ in a new anti-terror body scanner.

Ms.Jo. Margetson, 29, reported Mr.John Laker, 25, after he took her picture with the X-ray style gadget and made a lewd comment.

The pervy guard leered and told her:

‘I love those gigantic tits.’

She had entered the X-ray style machine by mistake — (more…)

US Opinion of EU 2010-01-12

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As U.S. American health care reform nears the finish line, even calmer conservatives have been issuing dire warnings that ‘Obamacare’ will turn the U.S.A. into a European-style social democracy, and everyone knows that Europe has lost all its economic dynamism. Strange to say, however, what everyone knows isn’t true. (more…)

Naughty Names 2009-09-10

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Teachers often identify naughty pupils simply by looking at names in the class register, it was claimed.

Youngsters called Callum, Chelsea, Connor and (more…)

Council to Stem Bigot Parades 2009-08-19

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The number of Orange parades in Glasgow could be cut by up to 90 per cent amid council concerns over policing costs and disruption to city streets, it emerged today. (more…)