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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!"

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Chinese firm buys 5% of Thomas Cook  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:38:13 GMT
Chinese conglomerate Fosun, which owns Club Med, buys a 5% stake in UK travel group of Thomas Cook. 
Facebook rant lands man in UAE jail  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:06:17 GMT
An American has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates for comments he posted on Facebook while in the US. 
Data roaming to stay, EU proposes  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:47:43 GMT
MEPs will consider proposals that would maintain data roaming charges and introduce priority internet access for some specialist services. 
Pharrell denies Blurred Lines claim  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:41:22 GMT
Pharrell Williams denies copying Marvin Gaye's Got to Give It Up for the hit single Blurred Lines, but says he may have been "channelling... that late-70s feeling". 
Hall and Oates sue over cereal name  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:42:49 GMT
Hall and Oates are suing a Brooklyn-based cereal firm claiming their granola Haulin' Oats infringes their trademark. 
Pop-up playgrounds fold themselves  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:04:28 GMT
US researchers build tiny electronic scaffolds using a new technique aimed at merging biology with electronics. 
Science 'squeezed out of primaries'  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:34:27 GMT
Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests. 
Liberia releases last Ebola patient  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:36:37 GMT
Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases for the first time since May 2014, according to health officials. 
Adults get flu 'every five years'  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:42:53 GMT
Adults catch real flu about once every five years, while children get it every other year, scientists calculate, based on a field study in China. 
Sexist chanting needs reporting - FA  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:02:03 GMT
Fans are urged to report sexist abuse after evidence women officials and staff are being subjected to obscene chants. 
Fifa ethics boss 'won't take orders'  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:27:17 GMT
Fifa's new ethics chief Cornel Borbely says "nobody will interfere" with his task of tackling corruption. 
How Iran's feminist genie escaped  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:21:02 GMT
Iran's 1979 revolution may have handed ultimate power to an ayatollah - but for women it had plenty of positive side-effects. 
Striking gold with a hoard of lost property  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:23:45 GMT
Welcome to the Zurich store where much of Switzerland's lost property ends up for sale. 
Toronto tunnel was a 'man cave'  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:11:02 GMT
The man who dug a tunnel under Toronto and caused a media frenzy says the man cave was merely his "dream" hang out spot. 
US museum group bans selfie stick  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:09:00 GMT
The Smithsonian museum group in Washington DC has banned the fashionable photography aid, the selfie stick, to "protect visitors" in crowded conditions.