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GOOD NEWS: Getting To Know The Queen


1. Queen Elizabeth II learned to drive in 1945 when she joined the Army.

2. The Queen was a Girl Guide (1937) and Sea Ranger (1943).

3. Princess Elizabeth traveled on the London Underground for the first time in May 1939 with her governess Marion Crawford and Princess Margaret.

4. The Queen is a keen photographer and enjoys taking photographs of her family. The Duke of York (that's HRH Prince Andrew) is also a keen
photographer and has taken a
number of photographs of The Queen, including an official photograph for Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

5. The Queen was born at 17 Bruton St, London W1 on 21 April 1926.

She was christened on 29 May 1926 in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace. She was confirmed on 28 March 1942 in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

6. With the birth of Prince Andrew in 1960, The Queen became the first reigning British Sovereign in 103 years to have a child - (Queen Victoria had her youngest child, Princess Beatrice, in 1857).

7. The Queen has 30 godchildren.

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Bollywood


Indian films (known to the West as Bollywood) appear to be all fantasy and glitz, glamour and wealth. But the core values of these films remain immovably tied to 5000 years of religious tradition - most of it Hindu.

In India, one of the world's oldest civilizations, religious thinking and values surround you in everything thing you experience - from the saffron robed holy men in the streets, to the sacred cows which wander freely through the traffic.

Religion and a code of practice through religious belief is present in nearly every theme of most Bollywood films.

Much more so than in the West, in movies and in every day life, religion is omnipresent. In Indian cinema there will be scenes built around people praying to the gods, in the temple or at home, with stories structured around grand themes of sacrifice and morality. At the heart of them, it is the struggle between Good and Evil.

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From 1940 to 1957 the teenage birth rate in the United States climbed a staggering 78 percent. It then dropped until the mid-1980s when it jumped 24 percent. Then in the early 1990s, it began to decline and has continued to decline ever since.

Evidence suggests that sexual-abstinence programs and welfare reforms advocated by Republicans and more and earlier safe-sex education along with more effective distribution of contraceptives advocated by Democrats have contributed to this encouraging reduction.

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The Prime Minister of Thailand, a Buddhist kingdom, has decreed that 63 million origami cranes (a bird superficially resembling a heron), created from folding paper just so, be released from the air over the southernmost province of Thailand.

This was done as a gesture of peace and hope toward the mostly Muslim inhabitants of the region which has been wracked by violence.

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Humor

Jane was expecting John to show up for their first date. She was dressed up and waiting patiently.

However, by the time he was an hour late, she figured she had been stood up. So, she took off her makeup, put on her pajamas, gathered all the junk food in the pantry and sat down to watch tv with the dog. As her favorite show was just coming on, the doorbell rang. It was John.

He stared at her wide eyed: "I'm two hours late, and you're still not ready?"

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