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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

  • January 3rd, 2008
  • Posted by Sian Graham

cigarette.jpgSuccess seems almost assured for New Years revelers in France and Germany who resolved to quit smoking in 2008.

Both countries introduced new anti-smoking legislation from Tuesday (1.1.08) which introduces a full ban on lighting up in cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs. … Read More »

Wine Reforms Watered Down

  • December 15th, 2007
  • Posted by Sian Graham

wine-grapes.jpgAhead of legislation to be introduced at next week’s Agriculture Council meeting, Mariann Fischer Boel, the EU Agriculture Commissioner urged ministers to stand together to ensure a strong future for Europe’s flailing wine sector. … Read More »

Beautiful Minds Recognised

  • December 12th, 2007
  • Posted by Sian Graham

nobel-ceremony.jpgSweden has played host to some of the world’s greatest minds in chemistry, physics, medicine, and economics over the past week in the lead up to the 2007 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

The prize giving ceremony takes place every year at the Stockholm Concert Hall on December 10 — the anniversary of the death of its founder Alfred Nobel. … Read More »

Mobile Technology You Can Really Move To

  • December 3rd, 2007
  • Posted by Sian Graham

carbon-footprint.jpgFrom the simple handheld portable phone, to colour screens, polyphonic tones, cameras, PDF and the Internet, today’s mobile can even record your carbon emissions.

On Friday (30.11.07) European Commission researchers launched the first mobile application that uses your phone to track your carbon footprint. … Read More »

EU Give Green Light to Imperial Measurements

  • November 30th, 2007
  • Posted by Sian Graham

imperial.gifThe European Parliament today (29.11.07) scrapped laws set to phase out the use of imperial measurements in Britain and Ireland.

Under the EU decision the countries can keep miles on road signs, and pubs may continue to serve draft beer and cider in pint mugs.

Pint-sized milk bottles will also be retained as will the Troy ounce for weighing precious metals — and imperial measurements may legally be displayed alongside their metric counterparts. … Read More »

Poles Apart at Christmas

  • November 29th, 2007
  • Posted by Sian Graham

santa.jpgThis Sunday (2.12.07) marks the beginning of Advent in the Christian calendar which means there remain only four weeks to Christmas.

Sweden ensured locals and visitors to Gallivare caught the festive bug by hosting the annual International Santa Games (26.11.07) which this year was won by Australian Dave Downey. … Read More »

Japan Sets Out On Yet Another Whaling Hunt

  • November 22nd, 2007
  • Posted by Sian Graham

whaling-pic.jpgTheir graceful aquatic displays and mysteriously complex songs draw thousands of tourists worldwide, eager to catch a glimpse of these majestic giants of the sea.

Each year they also draw hundreds of Japanese whalers ready to kill in the name of science. … Read More »

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