Ah, pardonnez moi…
I realise that I made a mistake last week, telling you about Durdana’s
piece, which was supposed to have been there…I hadn’t counted on someone
removing it the last minute. * Glares at the Mood Dude *
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By The Girl Next Door
Examiners marking an English test taken by 600,000 14-year-olds have been told not to deduct marks for incorrect spelling on the main writing paper, worth nearly a third of the overall marks. The rule, issued by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, means that pupils could spell every word wrongly in the most significant piece of writing that they are required to do and yet still receive full marks. Ministers are particularly concerned about exam results this year, having failed to achieve their 2004 target of 75 per cent of 14-year-olds reaching the level expected in English. telegraph.co.uk
Chernobyl nuclear disaster has spawned a generation of 'mutant' super-brainy
children. Welcome our radioactive superlords.
Radiation from the Ukrainian Chernobyl plant swept the globe and affected more than seven million people. Professor Vladimir Mikhalev from Bryansk State University, has tracked the health of youngsters growing up in areas hit by the fallout since the 1986 accident. He compared their mental agility and health to those in unaffected areas and found they came out top in tests. The kids had been exposed to radiation in the atmosphere and their food supply. thesun.co.uk
royal cows predict good harvest.
The ancient ploughing ceremony, overseen by King Norodom Sihamoni, marks the end of the dry season and is meant to indicate a promising start to rice-planting in the war-scarred Southeast Asian nation, where over 80 percent of people depend on farming. In a centuries-old ritual, a pair of oxen ploughed a symbolic furrow outside Phnom Penh's gilded Royal Palace and was then offered a choice of seven dishes -- rice, corn, beans, sesame, water, wine and grass. Royal astrologer proclaimed the oxen consumed 90 percent of the rice, and 95 percent of the corn and beans, and steered cleared of the water, signifying a plentiful harvest.
But some farmers who had travelled to the capital to witness the ceremony had their doubts."I saw the oxen drinking the water. That means maybe there will be a lack of rain," said farmer Ly Sophat from the northwest province of Pursat. "I only believe about half of what they are predicting." news.yahoo.com
you been looking to buy a submarine or two? The Canadian Navy would
like to talk to you.
These were the last of the subs to be taken out of service in 2000. MacDonald estimated they may be able to get $50,000 to $60,000 each as scrap metal. He said it would take a lot of resources to make the vessels seaworthy. Very little maintenance has been done on the submarines since they were taken out of service. The navy would have liked to use the subs as museums but they've deteriorated too much even for that. cbc.ca/story/
Compiled by Ahmed Ashiful Haque
Now with that cleared out, let's talk about this month's zodiac sign. Your star sign is Gemini if you were born some time between May 22 and June 21. Gemini, the sign of the Twins, is dual-natured, elusive, complex and contradictory making most Gemini difficult to understand. Gemini have a keen, intuitive, sometimes brilliant intelligence and they love cerebral challenges. They are versatile, witty, youthful and lively. If things go against them, they sulk like children. They demand attention, admiration, and the spending on them of time, energy and money, throwing tantrums if they don't get what they want. Their good qualities (affectionate, courteous, kind, generous, and thoughtful) are attractive and come easily to them.
Hey Rakhi,Shamir,Mithu,Rumpa,Ria,Rilapu,Nipapu & all my cousins I just want to say that I love you-all (I'm so sweet na?).Take care.Bye. Sayem
to reunite for movie?
The newspaper quotes an insider as saying: "Although the cast have gone their different ways, none of them has quite repeated the success they had with Friends. "And while Friends may be over as a television entity there are many who have believed for some time that people had not quite had enough of them just yet. "David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston are the first to make positive noises regarding the film and it is thought once they are on board the others will follow suit.
By Daniel Saney
Its that time of
the year again when our staff writers spread their wings and fly off.
If you are interested in writing please drop off your CV as well as
a short sample article before the 9th of June. The article should be
not more than 500 words and the topic should be on a current news event
that is creating waves among the general public, or you can write a
short essay about an event that made an impact on your life.
Did you know?
isn't just an old movie that became really famous. It's the name of
an actual squadron. It uses hand-me-down aircraft whose airframes have
exceeded the number of hours allowed for cable-arrested landings on
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