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The following snippets of interest are derived from various sources, and duly acknowledged.

Satellite images 'show Atlantis'

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Dr Rainer Kuehne of Wuppertal University says he may have found remains of the lost city of Atlantis. Satellite photos of southern Spain reveal features on the ground appearing to match descriptions made by Greek scholar Plato of the fabled utopia. Dr Rainer Kuehne thinks the "island" of Atlantis simply referred to a region of the southern Spanish coast destroyed by a flood between 800 BC and 500 BC. The research has been reported as an ongoing project in the online edition of the journal Antiquity. The photos indicate concentric rings just as Plato described " island of five stades (925m) diameter that was surrounded by several circular structures - concentric rings - some consisting of Earth and the others of water.

Dr Kuehne believes the rectangular features could be the remains of a "silver" temple devoted to the sea god Poseidon and a "golden" temple devoted to Cleito and Poseidon - all described in Plato's dialogue Critias.

BBC NEWS | Sunday, 6 June, 2004



Zulu's Indian music obsession

By BBC's Ethirajan Anbarasan

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Guru-shishya: Jesudas with pupil Patrick Ngcobo

Few would have thought that the Zulus of South Africa would have much interest in southern Indian classical music, also known as Carnatic music. But South African Patrick Ngcobo has proved that ethnicity and language are no barriers when it comes to learning about music far from home. To his African friends in Durban, it was abnormal for a person from the warrior Zulu tribe in Natal province to take up Carnatic music.

Today, the 34-year-old sings in seven Indian languages. He can slide from one Indian raga, particular melodic scales, to another with ease - his diction is remarkable.

It all started when Patrick happened to listen to a song of the famous South Indian classical singer, Dr KJ Jesudas. Impressed by Patrick's musical talent, Jesudas offered to teach him Carnatic music if he could go to the city of Madras, in southern India. Jesudas offered him a place to stay at his residence.

Patrick, who has even composed songs in Zulu based on Indian ragas, is the first black person to learn Indian Carnatic music.

BBC NEWS Tuesday, 8 June, 2004



Hong Kong ready for Asia Cup

In July this year, Hong Kong will take part in the Asia Cup, their first official one-day international series in cricket. Pakistan and Bangladesh are drawn in the same group as Hong Kong. The Asia Cup is to be held in Sri Lanka.

The Hong Kong Cricket Club, the oldest in the island, was formed in 1851, while the other big club, Kowloon, was established in 2003. About 6,000 Chinese children now play the game.



German collie understands 200+ words

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A German collie understands more than 200 words and can think, reason, and exercise logic too!!  (Photo: AP)



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