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Divided-at-birth twins 'married'

A pair of twins who were separated at birth got married without knowing they were brother and sister, a crossbench peer has told the House of Lords.

A court annulled the UK couple's union after they discovered their true relationship, Lord Alton said.

The peer - who was told of the case by a High Court judge involved - said the twins felt an "inevitable attraction".

He said that they were adopted by separate families, and neither was told that they had a twin sibling.

Details of their identities have been kept secret, but Lord Alton said the pair did not realise they were related until after their marriage.



Dec. 27th, 2007 01:31 pm
emony: (*waiting*)
It's being reported that Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a suicide attack at a rally in Pakistan.
emony: (Jealous much? (J/R))
Hirsute marines compete for glory

The Royal Marines have found a novel way to keep a stiff upper lip while fighting the Taleban in Helmand Province this Christmas - by holding a "moustache contest".

The marines of 40 Commando are vying to see who can grow the most outrageous piece of face furniture in a competition that will be judged by a panel of their peers on Boxing Day.

This is just one of those Christmas "..and finally" stories that's on the BBC News website, but I love the idea of the SGA marines on Atlantis having a moustache competition. Hah! :)
emony: (Every day (N/G))
Kenya slum dweller gets UK degree

A Kenyan slum child inspired by finding a Manchester University prospectus on a rubbish tip says he is overjoyed to realise his dream of getting a degree.

Sammy Gitau was initially refused a visa to attend the UK university as he had only two years of formal education.

He grew up in crime-ridden Mathare slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, where from the age of 13 he was the family breadwinner after his father's murder.

He sold drugs and battled addiction before turning his life around.

I saw this yesterday, and then again on the news last night, at which point I got a bit tearful. But it's just such an inspiring story.

BBC News

Sep. 28th, 2007 08:14 pm
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This is only going to be funny for me, I suspect, but James Purnell iz pastede on yey!

emony: (In Space (J/R))
'Clearest' images taken of space
By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News

A team of astronomers from the US and the UK has obtained some of the clearest pictures of space ever taken.

They were acquired using a new "adaptive optics" system which sharpens pictures taken from the Mount Palomar Observatory in California.

The images are twice as sharp as those from Hubble Space Telescope.

The new system, dubbed "Lucky", is the result of work by a team from Cambridge University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

This is really kind of awesome. The difference in picture quality is amazing. I don't really understand this stuff, but it does seem like they might be able to get loads of much more in detail pictures and discover all sorts of cool things about space.

Also, the scientist who invented the new system is called Dr Mackay. Oh, I do amuse myself. We also had a call earlier from a "J Sheppard" wanting to arrange an interview. That, combined with this, has really made my day ;) ETA: And now I'm adding a Dr Carter to our database. Oh really, this is too much!! ;)


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