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2008-09-18 09:00:30

AIRPORT operator BAA has put the For Sale sign up over Gatwick airport in a move likely to spark a lively bidding war. Almost as soon as the Spanish-owned company announced it was selling the West Sussex airport, Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic said it relished the chance to run it. Manchester Airport Group, which operates four UK airports also said it was keen to take over Gatwick, while German company Hochtief is among a number of overseas businesses interested. The BAA...

2006-08-30 03:10:00

By Mike Collett-White VENICE -- British composer Colin Matthews has more reason than most to mourn the demotion of Pluto from planet to mere "dwarf planet." In 2000 he released "Pluto," an addition to Gustav Holst's famous seven-part orchestral suite "The Planets," which in 1917 included seven of eight officially recognized planets at the time. According to Matthews, Earth was not a part of the composition because it has no astrological significance, while Pluto was discovered four years...

2006-08-30 03:10:00

By Mike Collett-White VENICE (Reuters) - British composer Colin Matthews has more reason than most to mourn the demotion of Pluto from planet to mere "dwarf planet." In 2000 he released "Pluto," an addition to Gustav Holst's famous seven-part orchestral suite "The Planets," which in 1917 included seven of eight officially recognized planets at the time. According to Matthews, Earth was not a part of the composition because it has no astrological significance, while Pluto was discovered four...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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