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Friday, October 19, 2001
Artist Damien Hirst's work thrown out by cleaner. Art critic or thorough worker - you be the judge. You'll want the "Art goes out with the bins" headline.


BBC News | UK | Man jailed over Enigma machine. Antiques dealer is charged with handling the rare Second World War encoding machine - it had been stolen last spring from Bletchley Park, a former top secret government site. Charges for demanding a ransom for the safe return of the machine have been stayed. He had been brokering a deal to sell it to an unnamed buyer in India.


Thursday, October 18, 2001
BBC News | BUSINESS | Coke attacked for Harry Potter links. Links in very nicely with the blog item from two days ago. Coke has paid a small fortune to be linked with the Harry Potter movies and is currently running a contest to win a trip to Hogwarts.


"But campaigners feel the drinks company is trying to make children buy its products protesters deem unhealthy.

"Coke has transformed Harry Potter into a marketing wizard," said Gary Ruskin, executive director at advertising monitor Commercial Alert. "



It's the stuff of old British jokes - rich widows leaving all their money to the Battersea Dogs' Home. But Edna Barclay did. Left 2.3 million pounds to various animal charities and about 70,000 pounds to family and friends.


BBC News | SHOWBIZ | Downing Street reassures comics their freedom of speech is not in jeopardy. Rowan Atkinson, Blackadder/Mr. Bean star, was pretty vocal about the anti-terrorist bill the British Parliament is proposing.


'"I think we are able to tell the difference between comic sketches and comedy and people who are trying to whip up and incite religious hatred," said the spokesman.


Some religious groups pressed for the measures to prevent the agitation of racial hatred in the wake of the 11 September atrocities.


The new offence will carry a maximum prison term of seven years.'



BBC News | ARTS | Follett wins role in Pratchett novel. Ken Follett, author of mystery/thrillers, won an auction to appear as a character in an upcoming Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. Proceeds of the auction went to the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. Follett hopes to appear as a giant (what about as a troll, a la Detritus?). TPratchett's only question - how did he want to die?


Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Got Soda? Why Kids Drink Less Milk. Great article (even if you don't do milk) on the effects of soda on children, on everyone. I worked on a soda recipe for a software company, and I haven't touched the stuff since. I could feel the sugar in every pour of my body.


Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Thestar.com/Why Mike Harris is ready to quit. This is the happiest article I have seen in the news in a long time.


Sunday, October 14, 2001
Riding That Wave Again. The novel that inspired the movie Gidget has been re-released by Berkley Books. This is a fun article about the real Gidget, Kathy Kohner and how the book was written in the first place. I must admit to being a huge fan of the beach movie. All of them. But Gidget has a special place in my heart. I found a copy of the paperback at a second hand store on Staten Island a few years ago, and the movie pales in comparison. Go get a copy!!