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by Fran on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 11:06:06 AM EST
BBC NEWS | Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | Neighbourly help in high Pyrenees

As the global economic downturn continues, Kathy Flower discovers the secret to survival in an unexpected place - the crumbling, half-empty villages of the French Pyrenees.

Madame Genis grows all her own vegetables - and forages for fruit

Madame Genis shouts a greeting in her strong Catalan accent as she strides past my house.

A sunburned 75-year-old, she is clad, as always, in her working gear of an ancient blue and white checked pinafore and an old pair of men's leather boots.

She carries a sharp knife - not for repelling attackers, or even the wild boar which roam these hills - but for cutting reeds to support the runner beans she will plant now spring has come at last.

by Fran on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 11:09:45 AM EST
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Politicians and garden experts back IoS campaign to get pupils planting - Gardening, House & Home - The Independent
Children will be more adventurous over what they eat if they've helped to produce it, writes Paul Bignell

Leading gardening experts have joined hundreds of schools backing The Independent on Sunday's Let Children Grow campaign, which aims to get primary pupils cultivating and enjoying their own food. Some 425 schools, roughly 85,000 pupils, and high-profile figures ranging from Alan Titchmarsh to David Cameron and Kim Wilde have called for more children across the UK to be given the chance to grow their own vegetables.

by Fran on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 11:10:07 AM EST
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Arsenal v Chelsea: Guus Hiddink's men secure automatic Champions League place - Telegraph
Chelsea ensured they claimed an automatic place in next season's Champions League with a comfortable victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea shook off their Champions League disappointment with first-half goals from Brazilian defender Alex and Nicolas Anelka. An own goal from Kolo Toure put them three ahead straight after the re-start.

Arsenal squandered a host of chances throughout the game but finally reduced the arrears with a header from substitute Niklas Bendtner in the 70th minute, before Florent Malouda scored Chelsea's fourth three minutes from time.

by Fran on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 02:18:48 PM EST
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SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids
On May 8th, Anthony Wesley of Murrumbateman, Australia, recorded a very rare event--one of Jupiter's moons eclipsing another. "Here," says Wesley, "is an animation of Europa passing directly in front of Ganymede."

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 06:26:49 PM EST
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Orangutan causes evacuation at Adelaide Zoo | News.com.au Top stories | News.com.au

AN "ingenious" 62 kilogram orangutan short circuited electrical wires and climbed a fence using a makeshift ladder in an aborted escape attempt from Adelaide Zoo today.

The elaborate plot by 27-year-old Karta got her to within metres of the public, and resulted in the closure of the zoo on one of its busiest days of the year.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public about 11am.

Zoo curator Peter Whitehead said Karta had twisted a stick into hot wires that encircled her enclosure, short circuiting the wires and allowing her to enter a vegetated area near the concrete and glass fence that separated her from the public.

She then piled up sticks, grass and plant roots and used them to climb onto the fence.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 03:16:53 AM EST
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