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Just one more cup of coffee before you go

SLUGS, the bane of every gardenerís life, devouring carefully nurtured seedlings and the precious buds of flowers, are under threat: death by latte or espresso. Coffee, that powerful stimulant that jolts human beings from sluggishness to being wide awake first thing in the morning, appears to have the reverse effect on molluscs. Give the voracious army a shot of caffeine during its onward march through your herbaceous border and the chances are you will put it to sleep forever.

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"I'm not a cabbage" says president

LUSAKA, Zambia Mwanawasa is a lawyer by profession and a former vice president who quit his post over 10-years ago claiming Zambian politicians were too corrupt to govern one of Southern Africa' most stable economies. Soon after, he was involved in a near-fatal car accident which left him in a near vegetative state. His health status came up again during the run up to the elections when he made some gaffes that left Zambians wondering whether he was fit enough to run for the country's highest office. Says Mukwita: "In a reaction to the opposition saying he was a weak presidential candidate, he reportedly said that he was strong as that man who boxes.... Tike Myson. What he meant to say was that he was strong as Mike Tyson." But that wasn't the end of it. He was reported to have referred to outgoing President Chiluba as his older sister and fondly recalled his days as vice president in the year 1891, over 110 years ago instead of 1991. The problem is that some observers think that now he has taken over as president, he may one day embarrass Zambia when he goes to official functions.About two weeks ago at the height of the campaign, Mwanawasa directly addressed those critics who'd been calling him a vegetable and unfit to rule.
Speaking in front of thousands of supporters he declared, "I'm not a cabbage. I'm a steak....make that a T-bone steak." Many Zambians are quick to put the past behind them and give their new president the benefit of the doubt. "He's not a vegetable. He's a man, chosen by the people of Zambia. That's it and that's all," said one voter. "I think they were cheap remarks and he deserves to be respected as our president now," said another. "I'm not saying he's a cabbage. Ha ha ha ha. I'm not saying he's a cabbage," said a third.

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Cabbage Harrassment
Someone's proud of their cabbage. THE PRESS

German "kraut" is not an insult, watchdog says

Cabbage in Advertisement LONDON (Reuters) - The term "kraut" -- used by Britons to ridicule Germans since World War One -- is now a perfectly acceptable word, according to a ruling by advertising watchdogs.
The Advertising Standards Agency said on Wednesday it was no more than "a light-hearted reference to a national stereotype unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence". The watchdog's verdict followed a complaint about a direct marketing leaflet advertising sanding disks. Ironically, it had been made by a German company. The leaflet, sent out just before the England-Germany football match in September, carried a picture of a German footballer with the slogan: "The krauts are coming -- with unbeatable quality." The Germans went on to lose the match 5-1.
The German firm, DRONCO Abrasives, said they thought the term was a "humorous reference to Germans' allegedly high consumption of Sauerkraut" and had no negative meaning. But Germans in Britain failed to see the humour, saying the word - which actually translates as cabbage - was offensive. "It is offensive. If you were called cabbage, you would not like it. It is the same for us," a German Embassy spokesman told the Daily Mail newspaper. The term stems from the wartime belief that German soldiers ate vast quantities of sauerkraut -- chopped pickled cabbage.

Chris Stein for Time Magazine

Diary Item

An animal-loving British gardener has come up with a novel way to protect his beloved cabbages from chomping snails and slugs. He has painstakingly erected a tiny electric fence to preotect them. Graham Langton, 39, says: "When the slugs or snails touch the fence they get a little shock and recoil away. Of course, some of the less intelligent keep trying but give up in the end."

Rather obvious

CHRISTCHURCH -- Overheard from two city council workers, paused over shovels while at work in the street:
"... and then he put the potatoes next to the cauliflower on the plate ... I mean, everyone knows you don't put two whites side by side on the plate." The person who overhead said nothing because the council workers looked a lot bigger.

Cabbage Stocks
These lucky people have a lot of cabbages.THE PRESS

Cauliflower flavouring?

LONDON -- Cauliflower tasting of cheese and onion, and cabbage with the flavour of a prawn cocktail, are coming to the rescue of despairing mothers whose children refuse to eat green veggies. The Iceland frozen food company's new snack flavoured veggies could be They will be named after the director general of the Cancer Research Campaign, Professor Gordon McVie, who first had the idea. Iceland chief executive Malcolm Walker said: "Cheese and onion flavoured cauliflower sounds like a winner to me". Professor McVie said: "Unless we can get through to Britain's kids we will be unable to reverse a trend which has potentially serious health implications. This could just do the trick and make all the difference."

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