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This extraordinarily good book by Upamanyu Chatterjee should be read by all those interested in modern English literature. English, August was published in 1988. How would August figure 20 years on in the India of today?
'Death in Kovalam' by John Francis Kinsella   The story is set in an Indian beach resort, popular amongst British tourists, over the Christmas vacation period.  Tom Barton, a City mortgage broker, arrives in Kovalam after abandoning his business in the wake of the subprime crisis. In his luxury hotel he meets Emma, the wife of Stephen Parkly, the CEO of a London bank, West Mercian Finance. Stephen Parkly falls gravely ill with a mysterious infection and is hospitalized in a local clinic.
His situation rapidly declines and he is put into intensive care. At the very same time his bank is caught in a Northern Rock style run.         Dr. Ryan Kavanagh, a specialist in internal medicine, on holiday with his mother and sister Sarah, discovers an attempted cover-up by the Indian authorities.  The disease is diagnosed as cholera, panic sets in when tourists start to fall ill with the deadly infection, just as the tourist season is getting into full swing. Thousands of British tourists enjoying the sun on the beaches are unaware of the pending epidemic.                    Many of the same tourists, ignorant of the crisis facing West Mercian Finance, are about to see their life savings wiped out in the collapse. For all details please contact:
EURO2008 Dutch beat France 4-1 to qualify for next round

France was severely beaten by the Dutch who now qualify for next round leaving Italy France and Romania to fight it out over who drops out.
Over the coming three weeks Europe will be football crazy as the qualifying countries' teams battle it out for the cup. For the first time England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are absent from the finals of the competition. The countries that will be watched by hundreds of millions of fans will be:        
Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Flag of Poland Poland
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of France France
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Turkey Turkey
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Croatia Croatia
Flag of Russia Russia
Flag of Spain Spain
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Flag of Romania Romania
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After the euphoria of saying NO, Ireland has woken up to a headache. What is their future in the EU? Will they be left standing on the sideline? Whilst the German Chancellor Angela Merkel was conciliatory, her coalition partners, the Social Democrats, were more blunt. The party's foreign minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier, said the result was a severe setback while a party colleague called it a catastrophe. 'With all respect for the Irish vote, we cannot allow the huge majority of Europe to be duped by a minority of a minority of a minority,' said Axel Schäfer, SPD leader in the Bundestag committee on EU affairs. 'We are incredibly disappointed. We think it is a real cheek that the country that has benefited most from the EU should do this. There is no other Europe than this treaty.'
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was equally critical, calling for states obstructing integration to be left out of the EU. 'Now is the time for a courageous choice by those who want coherent progress in building Europe, leaving out those who despite solemn, signed pledges threaten to block it,"' he said in a statement. The Croatian president, Stipe Mesic, expressed disappointment in Ireland. 'Now that they have used the accession and structural funds, when they have developed enormously, I'm a little surprised that the solidarity is at an end,' said Mr Mesic.

Which one of these is dangerous?

A Mustang or Isurus oxyrinchus. Can the world afford cars like this, the 2008 version of the Mustang, as oil hovers in the $130 plus range. The Mustang V6 coupe with its 4.0-liter generates 210 horsepower. 

In the meantime the Mediterranean Sea: most dangerous place on Earth for sharks and rays

More than 40% of shark and ray species in the Mediterranean are threatened with extinction, according to a new report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) The first complete IUCN Red List assessment of the status of all Mediterranean sharks and rays has revealed that 42% of the species are threatened with extinction. Overfishing, including bycatch (non-target species caught incidentally), is the main cause of decline, according to the research.
Giant pterosaurs stalked the earth millions of years ago
The largest flying animal ever known reached down with their massive beaks to snatch prey – only they probably preferred dinosaurs to frogs. The azhdarchids have puzzled palaeontologists since their fossils became reasonably well known in the 1970s. More than 5 metres in height, they stood taller than a giraffe, and had wingspans of 10 metres or more, dwarfing any known birds. So how did they feed? Most smaller pterosaurs probably grabbed fish from the sea, like modern gulls or pelicans. Yet azhdarchids had exceptionally large skulls (2 metres), long toothless beaks, and unusually long and inflexible necks, pretty much ruling out aerial fishing as a feeding method.

Al-Sadr: New force to fight U.S. in Iraq
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is reported to be establishing a new fighting force to confront U.S.led troops in Iraq, according to a letter read in Iraqi mosques Friday.
Iraq is contemplating pulling out of security talks with the United States and developing their own legislation that would dictate the shape of the American military presence in the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says both sides in the security talks are putting new ideas on the table. The Iraqi government is considering this new tack out of frustration over the lack of success in negotiations with the United States over a long-term security agreement Haidar Abadi, an aide to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, told CNN on Thursday of talks, which have sparked concern among Iraqis that a bilateral security pact will compromise the sovereignty of Iraq. Abadi said this issue must be broached with Americans, who are here, making sacrifices, and defending the country. But, he said, we can go now to the parliament, instead of reaching a bilateral agreement. He said there is precedent for Iraqi authority over foreign troops from a Coalition Provisional Authority measure cobbled together at the start of the occupation. 'We can have our own law in Iraq to regulate the existing U.S. forces in Iraq,' Abadi said.
2008 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Herbert von Karajan Peace talks make little progress between Israel and the Palestinians.