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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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Toronto tunnel: No criminal activity 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:05:17 GMT 
    Police say two men behind a tunnel discovered in Toronto last week built it for "personal reasons".


Uruguay leaders' love of old cars 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:32:54 GMT 
    Newly inaugurated Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez continues his predecessor Jose Mujica's tradition of using vintage cars for official engagements.


Queen's new coin portrait unveiled 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:55:37 GMT 
    A new coinage portrait of the Queen is unveiled, but the image will only appear on coins later this year.


NZ motorists take bad drivers' keys 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:16:16 GMT 
    Motorists in New Zealand are confiscating the keys of people they think are driving dangerously, particularly foreign tourists.


First tree seeds for Doomsday vault 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:39:48 GMT 
    The Svalbard "Doomsday" seed vault, which protects the world's food crops, accepts its first consignment of seeds from forest tree species.


Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:59:42 GMT 
    Bill Gates is declared the richest man in the world for the 16th time by Forbes magazine's annual ranking of global billionaires.


Asian stock markets mostly down 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:56:17 GMT 
    Shares in Asia were mostly down on Tuesday, despite markets in the US where both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 closed at all-time highs.


Samsung S6 phone has curved screen 
  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:31:05 GMT 
    Samsung confirms that one version of its new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone will have a screen that curves round its sides


Sony and Microsoft focus on price 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:02:12 GMT 
    Sony and Microsoft reveal mid-range smartphones with features previously reserved for their top handsets at Mobile World Congress.


Leonard Nimoy's funeral held in LA 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:04:45 GMT 
    Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy is buried in Los Angeles, as fans and friends pay tribute.


Dakota Johnson's IS skit criticised 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:07:28 GMT 
    A spoof advert for IS starring Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson is broadcast on Saturday Night Live, causing a furore on Twitter.


Bright spotlight on Ceres mission 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:39:12 GMT 
    As Nasa's Dawn satellite prepares to enter into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, scientists say they are excited to learn more about the two bright spots on its surface.


DNA documents ancient mass migration 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:29:21 GMT 
    DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.


S Leone vice-president in quarantine 
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:53:06 GMT 
    The vice-president of Sierra Leone puts himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards dies from the Ebola virus.


Distinct ME stages found, says study 
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:31:15 GMT 
    Scientists say they have found distinct changes in the immune systems of patients with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment.
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