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Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
10 things we didn't know this time last week
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10 eyes on the ball by Sally-Ann Cooper

It's easy to lose track of the news. So at the end of the week, it's good to keep an eye on some of those things which shouldn't go unnoticed.

If you spot something you think should be included next week, send it to us using the form at the bottom of the page.

1. Women aren't allowed in the professional sumo ring, not even for ceremonies. Since being elected in 2000, the governor of Osaka, Fusae Ota, has been barred from presenting the Governor's Prize in the annual spring tournament.

2. Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan's brother is an Army officer, serving in Basra.

3. More than one billion birds a year crash into buildings in the US every year. Mirrored office blocks are a particular hazard.

4. There are at least 17 Maxine Carrs in the UK, all of whom are ex-directory.

5. Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry says he once flew upside-down over Israel. It was, he says, the "perfect way" to see the Middle East.

6. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith says his wife Betsy was so upset by allegations about mis-use of party funds that he had to do the Christmas shopping for the family last year. An inquiry cleared the pair of wrongdoing.

If you're in the UK, you can see 10 Things at the weekend on Ceefax, page 129 and also on cable, satellite and Freeview

7. Vertical drinking is what happens in the kind of bars where there are no seats but just plenty of room for people to stand round, according to Home Secretary David Blunkett, who says it leads to "horizontal sleeping" - but in too many cases with a bit of mayhem in between.

8. Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of Abba winning the Eurovision song contest. The UK jury awarded them "nul" points, voting instead for the Yugoslavian entry.

9. Word of the week: waterboarding, which according to the New York Times is a euphemism for forcing prisoners under water for so long that they believe they will drown.

10. Space is only 62 miles away. That's 100 kilometres.

If you see something you think should be included next week, let us know using the form below. Thanks this week to Shirley Munro.

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