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"A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"

—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer


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HK tycoon found guilty of corruption  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:59:33 GMT
Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and a former government official have been found guilty in the city's biggest-ever corruption case. 
Apple 'failing to protect workers'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:07 GMT
Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. 
Snapchat boss tearful at Sony hack  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:59:37 GMT
Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel left "devastated" as plans for his messaging app are leaked as part of the Sony Pictures hack. 
Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT
Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood. 
Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:59 GMT
Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78. 
Carbon mission returns global maps  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:20 GMT
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. 
7ft marine reptile fossil beach find  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:27:21 GMT
An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a 7ft skeleton of a carnivorous marine reptile on a beach in south Wales. 
Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:26:29 GMT
Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules. 
Autism link to air pollution raised  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:26:40 GMT
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists. 
Howard fears for Mignolet confidence  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:00:18 GMT
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard warns Simon Mignolet he faces a "hard road back" to regaining his Liverpool place. 
Smith ton leaves Test finely poised  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:48:26 GMT
Captain Steve Smith's second century in two Tests helps Australia open up a slender lead over India in Brisbane. 
The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:27:16 GMT
The Kremlin denies sending Russian troops to Ukraine, but Russian volunteers there are proud to talk about their crusade to revive an Orthodox empire. 
The buildings that would have been impossible  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:11:52 GMT
How computers helped build some of the world's most distinct buildings. 
Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land. 
Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.