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NEWS AT A GLANCE

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Forty Popes have lived less than a year after their election.

The Nelson Evening Mail, Friday, January 18 1907
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Ethiopia has exported its first avocados by train.

The Communist Party banned photocopiers.

More geese than swans now live.

In Brazil there is a butterfly that uses its legs for running.

All Pakistani things are under one roof.

Cecil Court is never dull.

Alastair Cook took just one wicket in his entire test career.

The Saracens taught us how to preserve our dead.

‘Sealioning’ is a type of trolling or harassment in the form of incessant bad-faith invitations to engage in debate.

William Huskisson MP was the first person to die as the result of a railway accident.

Lots of proletarians wear overcoats nowadays.

Zulu IPA is brewed in Great Britain.

Beatles fans pray facing towards Macca.

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The One That Got Away – Jonathan and Ryan Wijayaratne

The fourth-generation Colombo photographers talk about the greatest shot they never got… and one they did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

The One That Got Away – Shehan Obeysekara

The Sri Lankan artist and photographer talks about the greatest shot he never got… and one he did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

The One That Got Away – Malaka Pathmalal

The Sri Lankan street photographer talks about the greatest shot he never got… and one he did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

NEWS AT A GLANCE

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A body of police specialists in New York are called the sanitary squad. They are dressed in plain clothes, and their duty is to arrest anyone found spitting on the pavement and other prohibited places, in trams, theatres, etc.

The Nelson Evening Mail, Friday, August 31 1906
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Red Carpet Cigarettes is the No.1 brand in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A trace of the false self exists in the true self.

Women are a real-world problem.

Thirty-three tonnes of plastic come down the Yangtze every day.

There are no tigers in Siberia.

The United Kingdom is on the slide.

The Earl of Gowrie is on good terms with a Communist.

Rory Sutherland had a bilateral groin reconstruction three years ago.

Helmet saves lives.

All Anglos were writers until the railways came.

French bees are prone to wanderlust and ennui.

Leo XII was not particularly interested in Egyptology.

Providing jobs for the poor begins on September 2.

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The One That Got Away – Dylan Seedin

The Sri Lankan destination-wedding photographer talks about the greatest shot he never got… and one he did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

A season in ‘Hell’

Review of Jonathan C Slaght’s compelling Owls of the Eastern Ice: The Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl.


For Geographical

NEWS AT A GLANCE

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The Challenger voyage report is in 48 volumes, which weigh over 400lb.

The Nelson Evening Mail, Thursday, November 22 1906
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In the Republic of Cameroon Guinness is thought to be an aphrodisiac.

A search for ‘fat naked German man chasing pig’ did not match any image results.

Bernard Lout was buried in a white dress.

Bookshelves are problematic.

A ‘hucklebearer’ is another term for pallbearer.

Emus are almost impossible to hit with machine-gun fire.

The England dressing room has a maximum occupancy of 18.

The order Testudines includes both extant and extinct species.

The Greek philosopher Chrysippus died from laughing at his own jokes.

In late-medieval France there was a crisis of authority.

Warren Buffett cannot buy time.

There is no Chinese takeaway in the Falkland Islands.

Other quizzes are available.
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The One That Got Away – Tashiya de Mel

The Sri Lankan environmental photographer and advocate talks about the greatest shot she never got… and one she did.


For the Sri Lankan Sunday Times

NEWS AT A GLANCE

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An architect named Firth was found at a Weymouth inquest to have shot himself in the side with a toy cannon while temporarily insane.

The Nelson Evening Mail, Tuesday, December 22 1908
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The SAS have killed some people in Afghanistan.

The Veneziana pizza was invented in the 1970s by Pizza Express.

In China, there’s a Monastery of Sin.

The first artificial Christmas tree wasn’t a tree at all.

Sir Isaac Newton was the last of the magicians.

The half-cock is a purely defensive stroke.

Greed was the cause of Colombo and indolence was that of Star Fort.

The word ‘robot’ is derived from the Russian for ‘to work’.

Wolves are a bit scarier than reindeers.

The average Dutchman is 6’1″.

Every child finds their father’s sneezes loud.

There are about half a dozen booksellers’ shops in Sydney.

A basic awareness of the humanities could make one a little less offensive.
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