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 Monday, March 17, 2003

In 'other' news...

What's in and what's out? The takeaway latte has become something so typical of people's lives that the UK Government is this week starting to include it as a official measure for the economy. It is joining the "shopping basket" on which the country's inflation figures are calculated.

Dog breath A TV advertisement featuring a man "vomiting" up a live dog has been pulled after record complaints from viewers. In the ad, a man who has collapsed on a couch is seen to retch and then vomit up a wet, hairy dog. It beat the record of 540 complaints previously set by an ad for Levi's jeans which featured a dead hamster in 1998.

Under the bridge The 19th annual World Championship Pooh-sticks race has taken place in Oxfordshire. Between 1,500 and 2,000 turned out to watch and take part in the event, based on A.A. Milne's tales about Winnie the Pooh and friends. Local girl Becky Aran, 10, from Wantage, took away the first prize of a gold medal and a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear in the individual competition.

Herring things A fish heading for slaughter in a New York market shouted warnings about the end of the world before it was killed, two fish cutters have claimed. Many members of the city's Jewish community are now certain that God, troubled by the prospect of war in Iraq, has revealed Himself in fish form. Mr Rosen seems to have become rather tired of being questioned about his incredible experience. "Ah, enough already about the fish," Mr Rosen said.

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