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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Ten Things of Highs and Lows

When did the word "fit" come to mean attractive?/Thinkstock
  1. The leader of a group representing Britain's public schools for girls has warned against using the word "fit" to describe sexual attractiveness as opposed to physical fitness.
  2. A Russian schoolboy has invented a humane device to measure how fatty pigs are, it's been reported.
  3. The BBC has prepared an animated scrapbook that includes a dog named Pickles from the highs and lows of the past 84 years of the World Cup - a game over which many Scots have an Anyone-But-England to win tendency.
  4. Author JK Rowling has made a £1m donation to help fund the campaign against Scottish independence.
  5. The Commission president is the most powerful job in Brussels, shaping EU policy in key areas such as economic reform, immigration and ties with other global powers.
  6. Dubai's Emirates Airline has cancelled an order for 70 of Airbus's A350 wide-bodied aircraft, which is a competitor of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and has been beset by years of delays and cost overruns.
  7. In the summer of 1973 the half-Olympic 25m swimming pool built in Chester-le-Street in England had to have bits of its concrete chipped away because the surveyor laying it out had forgotten to allow for the thickness of the tiles.
  8. Venezuela's first socialist city has received residents' approval, while in North Korea the nation's leader has been televised giving a rare public telling off to the weather service staff.
  9. Developers in virtual reality (VR) believe that it can bring horror to a level in games to surpass even the most terrifying films.
  10. Palestinian-American YouTube star, Yousef Saleh Erakat is bringing a better image to the Muslim Arab stereotype.

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