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Helen Pidd

Helen Pidd

    Politician may get truth drug test
    Politician may get truth drug test
    It is the sort of scene that belongs in a film noir: a difficult suspect being injected with a dose of "truth serum" in an attempt to elicit a...
    Breivik evidence leaves victims cold
    Breivik evidence leaves victims cold
    Propped up outside Oslo's central court on Tuesday, Eivind Thoresen reflected on all that he had heard in Anders Behring Breivik's evidence. "It's...
    Rescue plan to save broke banks
    Rescue plan to save broke banks
    The leaders of France and Germany have announced that they are ready to recapitalise Europe's troubled banks and have reached an agreement on a...
    Baritone bull to woo fugitive cow
    Baritone bull to woo fugitive cow
    A €10 000 reward is being offered in Germany for the safe return of a cow called Yvonne who went on the run in May after apparently sensing...
    Teachers call for simpler handwriting
    Teachers call for simpler handwriting
    It has long been a painful rite of passage for German schoolchildren to learn die Schreibschrift, a fiddly form of joined-up handwriting all...
    Strutting on the saddle
    Strutting on the saddle
    Hmm. White bikes: not sure. Do they need a wash after every outing, like a white blouse? And isn't swanning around on a white frame a bit ­disrespectful to ghost bikes, the white-painted bicycles left at accident spots as macabre memorials to fallen comrades? That said, the Charge Tap...
    Prescribe me a smoke, Doc
    Prescribe me a smoke, Doc
    Iceland is considering banning the sale of cigarettes and making them a prescription-only product.
    Germany to close reactors
    Germany to close reactors
    Angela Merkel has committed to shutting down all the country's nuclear reactors by 2022, a task said by one minister to be as mammoth as the...
    Anglicisms 'leaken' into German language
    Anglicisms 'leaken' into German language
    Germans are already "chillen" in their downtime, "surfen" the internet and, when they leave a nightclub, they may go on to "ein afterparty".
    The end of textbooks?
    The end of textbooks?
    They have weighed down satchels, been hurled across classrooms and defaced with lewd graffiti by schoolchildren across the ages. But the humble...
    Web worldwide: UK housewives love it, Danes are least keen
    Web worldwide: UK housewives love it, Danes are least keen
    British housewives spend almost half of their free time online, far more than the average around the world, according to a study of internet...
    Vitamin C -- good or bad?
    Vitamin C -- good or bad?
    Really, it depends who you ask. Last week a team of researchers from an American university claimed that high-dose injections of it might slow the...