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27th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show April 25, 2007

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Featuring the collections of over 550 international dealers from the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, South America and Asia, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is the largest summer indoor antiques event in the US.

The annual show, celebrating its 27th year, returns to the Baltimore Convention Center Labor Day Weekend, August 30-September 2. Each year thousands of knowledgeable collectors, dealers, decorators, and shoppers from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond attend the show which is a cultural experience featuring: fine art, jewelry, silver, porcelain, decorative accessories, furniture, glass, textiles and more ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century. Additionally, the show includes a 60-dealer Antiquarian Book Fair offering rare books, first editions, fine manuscripts, autographs, and unusual bibliographical material. The incredible diversity combined with the solid quality of items makes the Baltimore show a significant event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Palm Beach Show Group at 561-822-5440 or visit www.baltimoresummerantiques.com 

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Care and feeding of the soul April 25, 2007

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“A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”

Dylan Thomas

Nude beach cricket to mark Anzac Day April 25, 2007

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Nudists say they will be celebrating the Anzac Day value of freedom in a naked cricket match in Byron Bay on the north coast of New South Wales tomorrow.

Free Beach Australia president Anita Grigg says the event is a tradition that was begun by two Vietnam veterans. She says the game honours the values of mateship and freedom which diggers fought for.

“The general idea of the cricket day was started by two Vietnam vets,” she said. “These two guys thought that the one thing that they wanted to honour about their mates was the good times.

“To remember the good times between the battles when they relaxed and played a game of cricket, football whatever, because they wanted to emphasise mateship, which is the best thing to come out of war.”

Pregnant cow runs amok across German city April 25, 2007

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A pregnant cow being chased by police and firefighters caused more than $41,000 of damage on a three-hour rampage through the German city of Hanover.

The cow, Uschi, escaped from a farm late on Monday and became increasingly violent as she encountered shocked drivers and pedestrians in the city. Pursued by the farmer, television camera crews and 30 police and firefighters, the Charolais cow lashed out at cars, benches, garden fences and whatever else got in her way during the five-kilometre chase, authorities say.

After more than three hours on the loose, Uschi was brought down by tranquilliser darts, without harming her unborn calf, fire services spokesman Martin Argendorf says.

“She probably won’t remember any of it when she wakes up again. But the farmer will, because he’s going to have to pay damages of about 25,000 euros [more than $A41,000,” he said.

Dutch stud elephant gets police escort for Belgian love trip April 25, 2007

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A macho Dutch elephant left the Netherlands under police escort for a special love trip to Belgium where the pachyderm is set to impregnate three females, the ANP news agency reported.

The elephant, named Alexander, tips the scales at over 5,000 kilograms and is a stud who has already made the rounds of the European zoo circuit.

At the moment three elephants are pregnant by him and he has another six descendants. Alexander will remain in the Antwerp Zoo until September to fulfil his duties.