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Daleks to invade Buckingham Palace
e Daleks will descend on
Buckingham Palace next week
at a reception to mark the 50th
anniversary of Doctor Who.
Doctors past and present will
join the Countess of Wessex, wife
of Prince Edward, at for a special
celebration of the BBC's long-
running hit science ction show.
e Time Lord's Tardis will also
journey to the royal residence,
alongside other props such as
costumes worn by the Doctors and
a Dalek, the Doctor's arch enemy.
BBC Director-General Lord
Hall will join former Doctors'
assistants, programme writers and
members of the production team
at the palace next Monday.
e series celebrates its 50th
birthday later this month with a
tv drama about the early days of
the show called An Adventure In
Space And Time, followed by an
anniversary episode on November
23 called e Day of the Doctor
with the current Doctor, Matt
Smith, as well as his predecessor
Smith's stint as the Time Lord
ends this year when he will be
replaced by Peter Capaldi, best
known for his role as the spin
doctor Malcolm Tucker in the
BBC series e ick of It.
e countess will also meet
young competition winners from
two schools in south Wales where
scenes from the 50th episode
were lmed. e children will
show o their winning drawings
of " e Queen's Tardis".
Doctor Who holds the
Guinness World Record for the
longest running science ction
series in the world. It began on 23
November 1963, starring William
Hartnell as the Doctor and there
have been 11 Doctors to date.
A Dalek on the prowl. Daleks are to invade Buckingham Palace
For professional storm-chaser James
Reynolds, whose day job involves
capturing typhoons, earthquakes and
volcanic eruptions at heart-stoppingly
close range, intense danger goes with the
But the soft-spoken cameraman,
who has spent the past eight years
lming Asia's deadliest natural disasters
including the aftermath of Japan's
2011 quake-tsunami catastrophe, says
Typhoon Haiyan was the most terrifying
event he has witnessed.
"I've chased nothing like this before.
is was just totally o the scale both
in terms of the violence of the storm
and then the human tragedy, the
consequences of such a powerful natural
event hitting a city of 200,000 people,"
"Scientists are saying it's a candidate
for one of the strongest storms to ever
hit land. From a personal point of view,
this was the most calamitous event I've
witnessed," the 30-year-old who has
faced more than 35 typhoons at rst
Haiyan left unimaginable destruction
in its wake after it smashed into the
Philippines early on Friday, leaving more
than 10,000 feared dead and sparking a
worldwide relief e ort.
Hong Kong-based Reynolds and his
crew of two ew to Manila days before
the typhoon was scheduled to strike,
setting up camp in Tacloban, the coastal
city which bore the brunt of the storm
when it made landfall.
Years of storm-chasing has taught
Reynolds to choose hotels built as strong
concrete structures that will remain
upright and to stay elevated to avoid
being caught in the storm surge ooding
the city after it makes landfall.
Footage shot from his hotel balcony
shows the unfolding destruction as
winds reaching 315kph and sheets of
rain sweep in from the Paci c, destroying
his videocamera and forcing him to
improvise with a small Go-Pro camera
and then an iPhone.
"It was just a deafening roar, the wind
screaming. You could feel the building
shaking as large objects were crashing
into the side of the hotel. For anyone out
in the street exposed to it, it would have
been instant death."
As the streets ooded with seawater
the cameramen found themselves
turning rescuers as elderly people
staying the ground oor of the hotel
became trapped in their rooms by the
rising waters. ey used mattresses as
makeshift rafts to oat them to safety in
the stairwell of the building.
" ankfully in our hotel everyone
made it out safely, but the next day we
could see bodies of people lying in the
vicinity of the hotel, people who didn't
make it through the storm," Reynolds
"I ventured down right to the coastline
where a community had basically been
wiped out. It looked like a tsunami had
come through, shell-shocked citizens
sifting through the rubble of their
homes, trying to calculate if they had
anything left at all.
"It was every man, woman and child
for themselves. We saw desperate people
looting for food, water, medicines."
e team were forced to leave the
Philippines earlier than planned after
one of his team severely injured himself
on a piece of sheet metal oating in
the lthy, debris-stricken oodwater,
leaving a six-inch gash in his leg that cut
through to the shinbone.
While visibly shaken, Reynolds says
he has no plans to give up on getting
as close as possible to the disasters that
batter Asia with tragic frequency.
A solemn event presided over by
French President Francois Hollande
to remember those who died in
World War One has turned into
a shouting match, with protesters
booing the unpopular leader.
resign" and, "Socialist dictatorship"
as the president was driven up the
French capital's famous Champs-
Elysees avenue, to the anger of others
who had come to commemorate the
millions killed during the devastating
"You have no right to exploit
November 11. You're a disgrace for
France," screamed one onlooker at
the Remembrance Day ceremony.
Scu es broke out between
protesters and security forces, and
police said nearly 70 people had been
detained, some of whom were linked
to far-right movements, including a
grouping called the "French Spring"
that opposes France's gay marriage
Some of those shouting slogans
against Hollande were wearing red
bonnets, headwear that has come
to symbolise a growing feeling of
despondency over rising taxes and
record unemployment in France.
e so-called "red bonnet"
movement emerged last month in
the hard-hit agricultural region of
Brittany, where people took to the
streets wearing the hats in reference
to a famous 17th century "Red
Bonnet Revolt" against tax rises.
But Christian Troadec, a
spokesman for the Breton
movement, condemned the Paris
protesters, saying they had "nothing
to do with our movement".
Undeterredby the protest,
Hollande continued his procession
along the avenue and laid a wreath
of owers in front of the Tomb of
the Unknown Soldier, in memory
of all the soldiers who died during
In the south-eastern town of
Chateaurenard, the mayor and two
other people were assaulted and
stabbed during Remembrance Day
ceremonies, police said.
According to an initial probe, the
attacker had mental health problems.
Hollande booed at Remembrance Day ceremony
Britain's heir to the throne Prince
Charles can draw his state pension from
ursday when he turns 65 --- despite
having yet to start the job he has eyed
for a lifetime.
Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son has
endured the longest wait in history by a
British heir, and it has not been easy.
But as his 87-year-old mother cuts back
on her workload, Charles is increasingly
taking centre stage.
Fresh from a tour of India, he will
take the Queen's place on Friday at the
Commonwealth heads of government
summit in Sri Lanka --- an event the
monarch, in power since 1952, has
missed only once.
Charles will donate his pension to a
charity for the elderly, in keeping with
his reputation as a busy philanthropist.
"I feel more than anything else it's my
duty to worry about everybody and their
lives in this country, to try and nd a
way of improving things," he told Time
magazine recently. --- AFP
poised to pick
e 1 World Trade Centre tower is seen in this picture taken from the 57th oor of the soon-to-be-opened 4 World Trade Centre tower in New
Yo r k.Tower title or tall tale?
Rising from the ashes of
September 11, the new 1 World
Trade Centre tower has punched
above the New York skyline to
reach its powerfully symbolic
height of 541m and become the
tallest building in the country. Or
A committee of architects
recognised as the arbiters on world
building heights met yesterday
behind closed doors in Chicago to
decide whether a design change
a ecting the skyscraper's 124m
needle disquali es it from being
Disquali cation would deny
the tower the title as the nation's
e 30-member committee,
comprising industry professionals
from all over the world, will
announce its decision next week.
e designers of 1 World
Trade Centre had intended to
enclose its tower-topping needle
in decorative cladding made
of breglass and steel. But the
developer removed that from
the design, saying it would be
impossible to properly maintain
Without it, the question is
whether the mast is now primarily
just a broadcast antenna. --- AP
Experts mull measurement merits of mast
Cambodian authorities have arrested a
Russian tycoon wanted by Moscow over
allegations he embezzled tens of millions
of dollars in a real estate scam.
A Russian court in August ordered the
detention of Sergei Polonsky, who was
charged in absentia for his alleged role
in a 5.7 billion ruble ($NZ210.8 million)
swindle which defrauded more than 80
Investigators accuse him of orchestrat-
ing the scam linked to the construction
of a housing complex in 2007-08.
Polonsky was detained at an island o
the coast of the south-western city of
Sihanoukville, national police spokesman
Kirt Chantharith said overnight.
"We arrested him at the request from
the Russian government because he
committed crimes in Russia," he said.
Cambodian authorities would send
Polonsky to Russia soon, he said.
Property tycoon Polonsky, who is
believed to have business interests in
Cambodia, was previously detained on
New Year's Eve in 2012 in Sihanoukville
over accusations he and two other Russians
threatened a boat crew at knifepoint.
He was granted provisional release in
April after spending three months in a
Polonsky, 40, is an outspoken real estate
tycoon whose extravagant behaviour and
racy business slogans have repeatedly
raised eyebrows in Russia.
His business nosedived after the onset
of the 2008 global nancial crisis, forcing
him to abandon work on Moscow's
Federation Tower, which he hoped
would become the tallest building in
Europe. --- AFP
From what homicide detectives
have been able to piece together
in the 13 years since they found
his body in the New South
Wales hinterland, no one had any
obvious reason to want Bjarne
He had arrived in the tiny town
of Brewarrina only a year earlier
and lived alone in the little at
on Young Street that was set
aside for schoolteachers like him;
his ex-wife and two sons lived
Carlsen was from Denmark but
had apparently acquired a taste
for outback life.
He had taught at schools in
Kalgoorlie and Coober Pedy
before taking up woodworking
instruction at Brewarrina Central
Detective Chief Inspector
John Lehmann from the NSW
police homicide squad's cold
case unit has told AAP the
53-year-old dad "didn't have any
known enemies" either among
the 1500-strong Brewarrina
community or beyond.
None of which helps investi-
gators understand why, on the
day after Australia Day 2000,
Carlsen was lying dead in his at
with a bullet wound to the chest.
announced a $100,000 reward
for information leading to the
capture of Carlsen's killer, or
killers, operators were standing
by the phones. --- AAP
Big reward in murder mystery
A controversy over a child's remark
on an American television talk show
that jokingly advocated killing Chinese
people to avoid paying down United
States debt to that country continued to
simmer three weeks after the event, as
China overnight sharply criticised the
show 's host.
Chinese-American groups staged
a protest demonstration on Saturday
outside the California headquarters
of ABC, the broadcaster of the show,
Jimmy Kimmel Live.
e controversy blew up after a segment
of the show that aired on October 16.
Host Jimmy Kimmel, who often uses
children on his show for comedic e ect
on adult issues, asked a group of four
children during a non-scripted segment
how the US should pay back the
$1.3 trillion it owes to China, the world's
second-largest economy. A six-year-old
replied, "Kill everyone in China."
Kimmel replied: " at's an interesting
Kimmel's show is pre-taped.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman
Qin Gang said ABC must respond to
the Chinese-American community's
"It's necessary to point out that
spreading racism and hatred runs counter
to the media's social responsibility," he
told a regular news brie ng.
ABC has issued a statement expressing
regret for the incident, and Kimmel
apologised on October 28 on his show.
ABC, which is owned by Walt Disney
Co, on Saturday issued a statement
in Chinese intended for China that
apologised again for the segment and
said it has added new quality controls.
" e simple fact is, the segment should
never have been broadcast," ABC said in
"Systems we have in place for these
types of things did not function properly,
and steps have been made to try to
prevent this kind of egregious mistake
from occurring in the future."
ABC's apologies have yet to temper
outrage among Chinese-American
groups, which held a demonstration
against Kimmel and ABC outside
the network's Burbank, California,
headquarters on Saturday. e
demonstration attracted 1500 people,
the Burbank Leader, a local newspaper,
Critics say ABC should have cut the
o ending segment before it was aired.
e network said it had no further
comment. --- Reuters
China criticises 'kill Chinese' quip on debt
Cape Canaveral (Florida)
A one-tonne European science
satellite plunged back into Earth's
atmosphere and incinerated with debris
most likely landing in the southern
regions of the Atlantic Ocean, o cials
e last contact by ground tracking
stations with Europe's Gravity eld and
steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer,
known as GOCE, was at 5.42pm EST
on Sunday as the spacecraft ew just
120km above Antarctica, the European
Space Agency said.
Extrapolating from computer models,
o cials believe GOCE hit the upper
atmosphere about 80km above the
planet's surface no later than 7.16pm
EST Sunday (midnight last night) near
the Falkland Islands.
" is would put the main area over
which any possible GOCE remnants
fell to the southernmost regions of the
Atlantic Ocean," the space agency wrote
in a status report on its website.
"No damage to property has been
reported from any debris," the report
About 25% of the car-sized satellite
was expected to have sur vived re-entry.
GOCE was launched in 2009 to map
variations in Earth's gravity. Scientists
assembled the data into the rst detailed
global maps of the boundary between
the planet's crust and mantle, among
e satellite ran out of fuel on October
21 and had been steadily losing altitude
since, tugged by Earth's gravity.
e 1100kg GOCE satellite is small
in comparison to other spacecraft
that recently crashed back into the
In January 2012, Russia's failed
12.7-tonne Phobos-Grunt Mars probe
returned. In 2011, Nasa's 5.9-tonne
Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite
and Germany's 2.177-tonne x-ray
ROSAT telescope re-entered the
atmosphere. --- Reuters
Satellite burns up over
China's richest man is under re after
his company spent $US28 million
($NZ33.9 million) on a painting by the
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, with people
questioning the extravagant purchase
and his patriotism.
Tycoon Wang Jianlin's Wanda Group
bought the 1950 painting Claude and
Paloma, depicting Picasso's two youngest
children, at auction last week for more
than double the high estimate of $12m.
"With that money, how many sick
people could receive treatment? Why
not give something back to society
rst?" one person said on China's hugely
popular microblogs, adding: "China's
nouveau riche are short of nothing
e manager of Wanda Group's
corporate art collection defended the
purchase, the Global Times newspaper
"Only an enterprise with culture can
understand art and collect the best art
work in the world," Guo Qingxiang
was quoted as saying. "Chinese people
should be proud rather than focus on
how much money was spent."
Wang, whose personal wealth is
estimated by Forbes magazine at
$14 billion, has recently sought to make
a splash in cultural circles.
Last year he bought United States
cinema chain AMC Entertainment,
while in September he hosted a
Hollywood star-studded gala to
announce a planned entertainment
complex in China.
But others questioned why the rm
bought a Western painting, saying Wang
should spend more on Chinese works.
Some Chinese companies and
individuals have sought to buy up
Chinese art and antiques overseas to
repatriate them, and one microblog
user asked: "Why not purchase Chinese
paintings? What happened to passing
on our own heritage?"
Another added: "You can buy back
China's lost treasures rst if you have so
much money to burn." --- AFP
China's richest man rapped
for $34m Picasso purchase
Original cartoons created for the
Beatles' animated movie Yellow
Submarine are set to go under the
hammer at auction later this month.
A lot of some 80 hand-painted drawings
on sheets of celluloid are expected to
fetch up to $US187,500 ($NZ227,272)
during the Heritage Auctions sale in
Los Angeles on November 20.
e scenes were originally owned by a
collector who worked on the cult 1968
lm, which featured the Fab Four as
animated characters. --- WENN
Yellow Submarine cartoon for auction
An adventurer has made history by
completing a marathon swim from
Land's End to John O'Groats.
Sean Conway, 32, left Cornwall on
June 30, swimming along the west
coast to the most northerly point of the
Every year thousands of people
attempt to walk, cycle or run the journey
between Land's End and John O'Groats,
a distance of 1407km by road.
He completed the nal kilometre of his
journey by sea overnight, making him
the rst person to swim the length of the
Conway, who was born in Zimbabwe
but now lives in the south of England,
said he undertook the challenge
because people doubted it could be
He has raised thousands of pounds for
the War Child charity in the process.
He swam about 16km a day and slept
on a yacht or in accommodation on the
shore. --- PA
Adventurer swims length of UK
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