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2005-10-04 07:51:02

By Alister Doyle OSLO, Norway (Reuters) - A tip for anyone aspiring to win the Nobel Peace Prize -- visit Norway. In a curious mix of coincidence, luck and lobbying, many laureates since the award was set up in 1901 have been to the Nordic nation before the prize decision. The 2005 winner will be announced on Friday from a field of 199 candidates. "It may be that the members of the committee feel more tempted when they have met someone, heard them talk and been impressed," said...

2005-09-29 05:56:58

By Stephen Brown STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Bookworms will once again smile over their reading glasses or snort with contempt at next week's Nobel literature award winner. Second-guessing the choice of the Swedish Academy, seen variously as standard-bearers for quality or a bunch of snobs, is difficult. The shortlist for the 10 million crown prize is a jealously guarded secret. "The Nobel committee has been very good at coming up with names that were not expected. They will surprise us...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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