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Newstalgia World Week - April 19-23, 2010

The earth stopped shaking in one place this week and erupted in another. Britain is coming to grips with the Parliamentary beauty contest and don't fe

The earth stopped shaking in one place this week and erupted in another. Britain is coming to grips with the Parliamentary beauty contest and don't feel bad if you can't pronounce Eyjafjallajokull.

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(The Earth doing what it does best)

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We start off Monday, April 19 with a CBC The World At Six report on the Volcano in Iceland and the disruption of travel. Also reports of abuses in Canadian Health Care (welcome to our country), the potential for a Canadian Mortgage crisis (just like us) and a look at the Gun Rally in Alexandria Virginia.

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(What one version of tense looks like)

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To the BBC World Service Global News for April 21. Signs of progress as the ban for air travel throughout Europe is lifted in the wake of the Volcano in Iceland. Also the continuing Thai protests and threatened crackdowns.

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(Stranded for days - to some it seemed like the camping trip from hell)

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BBC 5Live Story of The Day - April 21. As the ban on air travel is lifted completely, the airlines struggle with getting back to normal and the inevitable game of finger pointing starts. Act of God it seems, ain't good enough anymore - it has to be a bureaucrat.

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(oh . . .him again)

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ABC Radio National in Australia's AM Program from April 22 features the ongoing saga of sex abuse in the Catholic Church with Pope Benedict somewhere in the middle. Also news on the Australian Health Care Reform story (yes, them too), and an inquiry into the prison death of a notorious Australian crime figure.

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(Wounded British soldiers are getting treated about the same as U.S. wounded soldiers - and they don't like it either)

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From the BBC Radio 4 Today Program on April 22, the matter of treating wounded soldiers in Britain and how they, like our own wounded troops, are getting ignored by the government.

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(Honor killings in India - seemingly the last word you'd use to describe it)

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From The BBC World Service program Outlook on April 22, a report on the rise in "honor killings" in India, also a report and interview with New York Times Reporter Elizabeth Rubin, who went to Iraq and Afghanistan to cover the war while pregnant.

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(By Round 2 the novelty is starting to wear off)

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BBC World Service Newshour devoted almost the entire broadcast of Friday April 23 to the second of three debates being held in Britain for the office of Prime Minister. The novelty is starting to wear off but it still gets punditry rolling. Also a report on the Wall Street reform talks and President Obama's address and comments by Clay Lowery, former member of The Treasury.

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("Isn't that cute, they have their own little language"- U.S. reporter

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And finally, for our friends in Iceland (or those of you ex-pat's who miss the Mother Tongue), from RAS2 in Reykjavik, a sampling of the days news and an observation on the difficulties the outside Press were having pronouncing the name Eyjafjallajokull to baffled listeners around the world (starting at about 7:35 into it).

What a week - and there's always another one starting up shortly.

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