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by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 10:25:00 AM EST
BBC News - Bangladeshi computer whizz kid eyes record books

A six-year-old boy from Bangladesh is hoping to become the world's youngest computer expert after becoming obsessed with his mother's PC at the age of two.

Wasik Farhan-Roopkotha, who turned six in January, is hoping his skills will be recognised by Microsoft and Guinness World Records.

As a toddler, Wasik started to show an aptitude for computers and before long he had mastered several popular video games, including Modern Warfare and Metal Gear Solid.

He began typing in Microsoft Word as a three year-old and knew how to programme and

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 10:40:25 AM EST
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Queen Beatrix not set to abdicate quite yet | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

On 30 April the Netherlands will be celebrating Queen's Day. This year, Queen Beatrix will be making walkabouts in provincial Dutch towns as usual. This year, it's the turn of Rhenen and Veenendaal. But the question on everyone's lips is: how long will she continue on the throne?

By Dutch royalty expert Ben Kolster

The question of when she will abdicate in favour of her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander comes up regularly both on her real birthday and on Queen's Day. Dutch law says the sovereign alone decides how and when the abdication should take place.There would seem to be no point to speculation, but some Dutch royalty watchers like to think they know a bit more than most people.

What might be the reasons for Queen Beatrix to choose a particular moment to hand over the post of head of state to her son? The state of her physical and mental health perhaps, but she appears to be in fine shape. Insiders point out that she still enjoys her `job'.

What about family circumstances? It's well known that her son and his wife would like to enjoy their young family as long as possible. Her memories of happy years with her late husband, Prince Claus, and her children at Drakensteyn Castle is said to play a major role in her deliberations.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 10:46:10 AM EST
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Is this the bravest marathon athlete of all? - Telegraph
Five years ago, Claire Lomas was paralysed from the chest down. She cannot stand, let alone walk, without the aid of a pioneering £43,000 robotic suit. But slowly, one step at a time, she is walking the London Marathon.

She grimaces as the wind and rain lash her face and a bus thunders past, somewhere south of the river. "This is really hard," she says, seeing danger in a flooded drain. "Every little thing is an obstacle."

The frame that encloses her legs and torso is the first of its kind in the country. "You have to focus, tilt your pelvis and shift your weight - which is difficult when you're paralysed."

One shift triggers the motors that take her right leg forward in a single step, with a hiss like RoboCop. Another shift triggers the left leg. And so she goes, slowly. Physiotherapist Matt White holds her belt, while Claire keeps her balance with crutches. A cracked slab or slippery manhole cover could send her fragile body and all that kit crashing to the floor.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 11:08:31 AM EST
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BBC News - Rare Louis Armstrong recording released

A rare recording of one of the last live performances by jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong has been made public.

The star played at the National Press Club in Washington DC, against the advice of his doctors, in January 1971, just over five months before he died.

The What A Wonderful World singer had been in ill health because of heart and kidney trouble, but felt strong enough to play five songs at the event.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 11:20:38 AM EST
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Slow News Sunday - hope you enjoy the Salon anyway!
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 03:26:49 PM EST
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Nice news roundup, thanks Fran!
by sgr2 on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 03:53:36 PM EST
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