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Sunday, December 02, 2007

More Things of Culture

'Public Page 48,49,51', a work by the Paris-based Chinese artist Wang Du, at the International Contemporary Istanbul '07 Art Fair.A visitor to an Istanbul art fair walks among huge foot sculptures - a work by the Paris-based Chinese artist Wang Du.
  1. A drama series about the Holocaust has been made for Iranian TV.
  2. A controversial Bangladeshi feminist writer will withdraw some "controversial" lines from one of her books as some Muslim groups say they are derogatory to Islam.
  3. Crowds of people have marched in Sudan's capital Khartoum to call for a tougher sentence for a British teacher jailed over a teddy bear named Muhammad.
  4. Voltaire did not say "I disapprove of your views, but would fight to the death for your right to express them". It's a paraphrasing from a 1906 biography.
  5. The first telephone directory, dating from 1880 and reissued last week online, had 248 names and no numbers. Callers were expected to call the operator and say the name of the person they wanted to talk to.
  6. William Blake was not a fan of his poem in the preface to Milton, which became the words to the hymn Jerusalem. He removed it from later editions of the work.
  7. In Britain by the age of 22 months, children from poor backgrounds are likely to have fallen behind their middle-class peers in developmental terms.
  8. Google is a privately-owned US company that has a policy of collecting as much information as possible about everyone who uses its search tool, and refuses to say why it wants the information.
  9. It was 50 years ago that a young American scientist, Charles David Keeling, began tracking CO2 that led to the tracking of greenhouse gases worldwide.
  10. Scientists decoding the human genome have discovered that just 78 genes separate men from women.
  11. Clothing stores in Thailand have seen a rush to buy pink shirts, thanks to a fashion craze sparked by the country's King.
  12. Chinese migrants are following in the footsteps of European settlers, by seeking their fortunes in Africa.
  13. Britain's last post in Arabia was the colony of Aden.
  14. Eddie Irvine is Britain's wealthiest sports star – beating the Beckhams into second place by £30m.
  15. Pigeon racing is not regarded as a sport while baton twirling is, for taxation purposes, by HM Revenue and Customs, on the advice of the UK's Sports Councils and UK Sport.
  16. The number of weather-related disasters has quadrupled over the past 20 years, the aid agency Oxfam says.
  17. A US TV presenter says he and his team have found a series of footprints in the Everest region of Nepal resembling descriptions of the mysterious Yeti.
  18. A sheep has amazed staff at a community farm in Swansea after learning how to unbolt a gate and break out of her pen.
  19. Drinking goat's milk is believed to help cure the skin condition eczema.
  20. Scientists have reversed the effects of ageing on the skin of mice.

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