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2008-10-08 00:00:24

Cable & Wireless's Apollo undersea cable more than doubled internet capacity when laid in early 2003. The dual cable system runs for 13,000km under the Atlantic, linking Bude in Cornwall with Shirley, New York; and Brittany with New Jersey. Each cable can carry 3.2 terabits of information a second. It squeezes such vast amounts of data through tiny fibres by using scores of different wavelengths. 1 terabit is 1,000,000,000,000 ones or zeroes - enough for 20 to 60 million...

2008-10-01 00:05:00

By Jenny Stocks Film stars will descend on a Cornish fishing village this week to shoot the story of Charles Darwin's life. Charlestown, on the south coast of Cornwall near St Austell, will provide one of the locations for the film Creation, which follows the life of the English naturalist. Shooting is due to take place tomorrow, Friday and Sunday. The film is based on Annie's Box, a book by Darwin's great-great- grandson Randal Keynes. It will be released next year to tie in with...

2008-08-18 00:00:00

The parents of a little girl swept to her death by a fast- flowing river have issued a stark warning of the dangers of water. Five-year-old Abigail Pattinson, known as Abbey, died on Wednesday after she fell into the River Neet at Stratton, near Bude, North Cornwall, while playing with her Jack Russell dogs. She had gone to the area with her mother, Adele, 45, and her brother, Edward, 15, and was throwing a football to the dogs when she fell in the river, which had been swollen by heavy...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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