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FRANCE: MUSEUM OF BEACH DEBRIS OPENS IN NORMANDY
Title:
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Summary: FRANCE: MUSEUM OF BEACH DEBRIS OPENS IN NORMANDY
Story No: 32728
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/17/1996 12:00 AM
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A museum with a difference has opened on the Normandy coast in France.

On display is debris picked up from the beaches of the area - from objects left by English and Canadian soldiers in World War Two, to the latest models of flippers and other items left nowadays by the tourists.

Visitors to the museum might not be contemplating a masterpiece, but an environmental message is getting across; after visiting, tourists seem ready to change their behaviour on the beach.

Only a few hundred people live in Pourville, a village on the Normandy coast.

But Pourville might become famous thanks to the increasing success of its tiny and rather unusual museum.

Here you might not discover a work of art, but you will find everything that can be found on the beaches of Normandy.

The museum was created when people from Pourville started collecting objects left by the English and the Canadians during World War II.

For two years before D-Day, in the summer of 1942, the Allies tried to land near Dieppe, a few miles from Pourville.

But the museum has considerably enlarged its collection.

Only last year nearly 100-thousand items were found on the beaches of the Albatre coast -130 km from the Somme bay (North) to Le Havre (South).

The museum holds 1-thousand-100 pairs of shoes, dozens of dummies, bathing suits, coins, watches, tooth brushes and much more.

Most of the items were found by this man, Philippe Danger.

He has spent all his life in Pourville and loves walking for hours along the coast.

He has now become an expert researcher.

SOUNDBITE: (French)

In fact, one has to learn how to search. It took me years to understand the way streams work, the way winds blow. Items I pick up are always in sight on the beach, but one has to be patient so that the sea does the job for us. There is no point in digging, one has to know when, where and how to search.

SUPER CAPTION : Philippe Danger, museum curator]

The museum draws over 200 people everyday in the summer.

Tourists find it funny until they discover the amount of things the sea has returned to the beaches and that should have never been there in the first place, such as nitric acid bottles.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

Very interesting. Frightening as to what we actually land on beaches throughout Europe, but it's interesting.

SUPERCAPTION : Oliver Ray, English tourist

After visiting, some tourists are so concerned with the environment that they come back the next day with objects they find on the beach to "donate" them to the museum.

But there are already so many items there that Philippe Danger has to be selective.

SOUNDBITE: (French)

I select the objects according to what I don't have yet. For instance, concerning packages, I tried to find some coming from countries which are not yet on my list of conquests. I already have a lot of objects, so, as a matter of fact, I am getting more and more selective.

SUPER CAPTION : Philippe Danger, museum curator]

Philippe Danger might not have a E-Mail address on the Internet

yet, but if you want to contact him, you can always throw a message in a bottle into the Channel.

No doubt he will pick it up some day on one of Normandy beaches.

Pourville - Normandy, France, 14 August 1996

1. Ws cliffs and beach at Pourville, Normandy

2. Ws beach at Pourville

3. Pull out from sign saying "Museum" to ws building

4. Ws WW2 remains room inside "Museum"

5. Pan from WW2 gun to visitor

6. CU on gas mask

7. Ws shoes room

8. CU plastic shoes

9. WS flippers, diving mask, rubber rings

10. CU wool glove

11. CU dummy

12. Zoom in tooth brush

13. Ws beach and zoom in Philippe Danger

14. SOUNDBITE Danger (French)

15. Tilt down on farm instruments

16. Ws and pan on English tourists buying entrance tickets

17. CU on lighters

18. CU on plastic shoes and bottles

19. CU on nitric acid bottle

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Ray

21. Pan on various items hanging

22. Danger placing new items

23. SOUNDBITE Danger (French)

24. Ms message bottles

25. Ws beach

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Pourville - Normandy, France, 14 August 1996

1. Ws cliffs and beach at Pourville, Normandy

2. Ws beach at Pourville

3. Pull out from sign saying "Museum" to ws building

4. Ws WW2 remains room inside "Museum"

5. Pan from WW2 gun to visitor

6. CU on gas mask

7. Ws shoes room

8. CU plastic shoes

9. WS flippers, diving mask, rubber rings

10. CU wool glove

11. CU dummy

12. Zoom in tooth brush

13. Ws beach and zoom in Philippe Danger

14. SOUNDBITE Danger (French)

15. Tilt down on farm instruments

16. Ws and pan on English tourists buying entrance tickets

17. CU on lighters

18. CU on plastic shoes and bottles

19. CU on nitric acid bottle

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Ray

21. Pan on various items hanging

22. Danger placing new items

23. SOUNDBITE Danger (French)

24. Ms message bottles

25. Ws beach

KEYWORDS: UNUSUAL

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Subjects: Museums, Travel, Coastlines and beaches, Leisure travel, Oral hygiene, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Museums, Environment and nature, Oral health, Health
Locations: France, Western Europe, Europe
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EGYPT: CAIRO: WHIRLING DERVISH DANCE IS A HIT WITH TOURISTS (2)
Title:
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Summary: EGYPT: CAIRO: WHIRLING DERVISH DANCE IS A HIT WITH TOURISTS (2)
Story No: 69295
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/28/1997 12:00 AM
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An ancient Sufi dance of whirling dervishes is wooing visitors to Egypt.

The spectacle dates back to the 13th century and is one of the oldest rituals of the Sufi tradition of Islam.

As well as entertaining the tourists, for those performing the ceremonial dance it is a means of achieving spiritual enlightenment.

The whirling dance, sometimes called the skirt dance, is more than just a show for tourists.

For those practising the Sufi dance it is a way of praising God and His prophets through the symbolic ritual.

Much meaning lies behind the different movements of the dervish and the musicians.

The spinning of the dancer, and the circling of the musicians around him, represents the circling of the planets and the sun.

It also has significance for Muslim pilgrims to the Kaaba at Mecca.

Even though many visitors do not understand these symbols, they are still impressed by the spectacle.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"Absolutely brilliant...I've never seen so much colour and so much experience, the technical experience is just fantastic. I was just saying, not even a ballerina can spot and twirl for that long."

SUPER CAPTION: Josephine Cumming, Australian spectator

A whirling dervish can twirl for up to three hours non-stop.

In the process he gets into a state of trance, the objective being to concentrate only on God.

The founder of the dance troop, Galal Addin Al-Rumi, a scholar of 13th century Turkey, explained the idea behind this spinning dance.

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic)

"I search for you everywhere and I look for you everywhere, but I only found you within myself. So the idea of the whirling is that the dancer does not see anything but God, who is inside of him. He (the dancer) is the beginning, the centre and the sun."

SUPER CAPTION: Salah Anani, director of the dance

The aim of Sufis in life is to achieve spiritual purity, closeness to God and inner peace.

They strive to rid themselves of worldly desires and refine the mind, the body and the spirit.

The dance helps to clear the mind - it is an energetic form of meditation.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"But the constant idea is to drive every thought out of your mind except the name of God and therefore it is done by swaying, by dancing, by sitting absolutely...you know the techniques vary'

SUPER CAPTION: Abdallah Schleifer, an expert and convert to Sufism

The first order of dervishes were formed in the 13th century and became known as the Mawlawi.

They have continued to flourish ever since.

Four more tekkiyas, or lodges, were founded in Turkey and one in Fatimid Cairo, where the forefathers of some of today's whirling dervishes performed.

Today, the influences of the Fatimid period, the region and the Egyptian society are felt in the show which seems to never cease to impress tourists.

Cairo, Egypt - recent

1. El Hussein mosque in Cairo

2. Whirling dervish performance at El Ghouri Palace

3. Cutaway close-up of dancer

4. Whirling dervish dancer

5. Cutaway to woman watching

6. Whirling dervish dancers zoom in to man spinning

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Josephine Cumming, Australian spectator

8. Various of musicians performing

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Salah Anani, director of the dance

9. Various of whirling dance

10. Shot of musicians

11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Abdallah Schleifer, an expert and convert to Sufism

12. Man performing whirling dance

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Cairo, Egypt - recent

1. El Hussein mosque in Cairo

2. Whirling dervish performance at El Ghouri Palace

3. Cutaway close-up of dancer

4. Whirling dervish dancer

5. Cutaway to woman watching

6. Whirling dervish dancers zoom in to man spinning

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Josephine Cumming, Australian spectator

8. Various of musicians performing

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Salah Anani, director of the dance

9. Various of whirling dance

10. Shot of musicians

11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Abdallah Schleifer, an expert and convert to Sufism

12. Man performing whirling dance

KEYWORDS: UNUSUAL

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Subjects: Dance, Sufism, Islam, Travel, Performing arts, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Religion, Social affairs, Lifestyle
Locations: Egypt, Cairo, Middle East, Egypt, North Africa, Africa
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TAIWAN: TAIPEI: MAGNETIC FAMILY PHENOMENON
Title:
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Summary: TAIWAN: TAIPEI: MAGNETIC FAMILY PHENOMENON
Story No: 6575
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/26/1995 12:00 AM
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At first look, the Lin family in Taipei seems pretty normal, nothing special, three children, a modest flat.

Except the fact that both the father and his three kids share a very strange ability.

They spend their time sticking objects to their bodies or throwing coins and metal at each other - which stick to their chests.

Lin Yu-Zhong's youngest child, Guan-You, who is only three years old stands patiently while his father covers his body with cutlery.

Lin Yu-Zhong remembers the time when he discovered his strange ability.

SOUNDBITE

"I discovered this when I was in the army. Once, we were bored

with my comrades, and we had just had a good dinner with wine, and

unintentionally while I was joking I stuck up a spoon on my forehead and strangely , it did not fall down. I did it again and the same thing happened again. People felt strange about this and asked how I did it. But I still don't know."

SUPERCAPTION: Lin Yu-Zhong

Mr Lin's other son, ten year old Shu-Xian and his daughter Qian-Yu, aged eight are also able to attract objects.

Despite clinical tests by doctors on their skin, blood and bone structure, there is no real explanation for their magnetic ability.

Dr Lee Si-Chen, a physicist at Taiwan National University, has long been interested in this kind of phenomenon.

SOUNDBITE:

We have used instruments to measure the magnetic field when we

do the experiments, but we found nothing. There is no magnetic field involved because he can also attract glass for example".

SUPERCAPTION: Dr Lee Si-Chen

Dr Lee also investigated whether the sticking power was caused by perspiration.

SOUNDBITE:

"So we also go to Taiwan National University hospital where we

measured the blood flow, the oil content of the skin, but all measurements look normal."

SUPERCAPTION: Dr Lee Si-Chen

But Dr Lee does have a theory. He believes that Mr Lin and his children have the type of bodies which provide unusually large surface areas - allowing objects to stick to them.

SOUNDBITE:

"We have to measure the contact areas so we can calculate attraction forces per square, per unit area. If the forces are indeed larger than in ordinary people then we will have to worry about another explanation ".

SUPERCAPTION: Dr Lee Si-Chen

Mr Lin, who's unemployed, hopes that one day he and his sons can become professional performers and earn a living from their strange talents.

TV shows in Taiwan have already invited them to appear and he's looking forward to the day when he and his family can attract gold instead of ordinary household objects.

1. WS flat, family on couch.

2. MS father and youngest son throwing a metal objects at each other chest.

3. Daughter.

4. Father and elder son sticking objects on youngest son's chest.

5. Youngest son standing with spoons on his chest.

6. Mr Lin sticking an iron on his chest.

7. Daughter.

8. SOUNDBITE: Lin.

9. Pan to elder boy with forks and spoons stuck on his face.

10. Mr Lin sticking objects on his chest.

11. SOUNDBITE: Dr Lee.

12. CS Lin with glass ashtray stuck on his forehead.

13. SOUNDBITE: Dr Lee.

14. Mr Lin's face and body covered with objects.

15. SOUNDBITE: Dr Lee.

16. Father sticking small object on youngest son's chest.

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1. WS flat, family on couch.

2. MS father and youngest son throwing a metal objects at each other chest.

3. Daughter.

4. Father and elder son sticking objects on youngest son's chest.

5. Youngest son standing with spoons on his chest.

6. Mr Lin sticking an iron on his chest.

7. Daughter.

8. SOUNDBITE: Lin.

9. Pan to elder boy with forks and spoons stuck on his face.

10. Mr Lin sticking objects on his chest.

11. SOUNDBITE: Dr Lee.

12. CS Lin with glass ashtray stuck on his forehead.

13. SOUNDBITE: Dr Lee.

14. Mr Lin's face and body covered with objects.

15. SOUNDBITE: Dr Lee.

16. Father sticking small object on youngest son's chest.

KEYWORDS: UNUSUAL

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Locations: Taiwan, Taipei, Greater China, East Asia, Asia
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China Record Jeans
Title:
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Summary: World's largest Levi jeans are displayed
Story No: 351473
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/01/2002 12:00 AM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Pan to the giant jeans standing in place in the square

2. Various shots of the jeans with ropes to anchor them

3. Cutaway media

4. Cutaway audience, three young women

5. Various models wearing Levi's and dancing on stage

6. SOUNDBITE(English), Kitty Yung, General Manager of China, Levi Strauss & Co.

"Our sales so far has been having very encouraging growth, with the emerging young middle income class and people having more international exposure in this country, these are all very positive trends to support our business development in China."

7. Pan from audience , including policemen watching, to stage

8. Audience, including one woman filming it on a small digital camera and another woman looking at her mobile phone

7. Alex Too, Hong Kong pop star, on stage speaking about jeans and what he likes to wear with them

8. Gigi Leung, Hong Kong pop star on stage, discussing her taste in jeans

9. Audience

10. Alex Too and Gigi Leung help make display on table on stage about the new Guinness Book Of Records entry for the world's biggest jeans

STORYLINE

Levi Strauss revealed a pair of the world's largest jeans to a fascinated young Chinese audience in Shanghai on Tuesday (1/10).

The denim trousers measure in at 29 metres high and weigh 247 kilograms.

It is the second time Levi Strauss has displayed the pants with the 19 metre waist - they debuted in Canada in 2001.

But the increasingly fashion-conscious youngsters were just as interested in the latest styles as they were in the giant jeans gimmick.

As well as the main attraction, 24 young Chinese competed on the stage for the title of "best Levi's models".

Hong Kong pop stars Gigi Leung and Alex Too attended the ceremony and presented awards to the winners of the competition.

Kitty Yung, General Manager of China, Levi Strauss & Co. said that their goal was to increase brand awareness amongst the growing middle class in China.

Keyword-WACKY

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Locations: China
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Japan - Water skiing monkeys
Title:
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Summary: Japan - Water skiing monkeys
Story No: w005423
Source: WTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/20/1998 12:00 AM
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T/I: 10:09:27

Female monkey Momoko and her partner Lily today (19/7) have made another amusing and joyous performance for their fans and spectators of the two-day "98 All Japan Offshore Power Boat Series" Competition in Yokosuka, Japan by showing off their water-skiing skills and popularity amongst the Japanese people.

SHOWS:

YOKOSUKA, JAPAN 19/07

CU of monkey on board boat;

MS of a monkey getting ready to water-ski;

VS of the monkeys water-skiing;

Cutaway;

VS of female monkey Momoko and her partner Lily waterskiing as one drives the boat as the other one water-skis behind;

1.44

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Keywords: DSSOE WATER SKIING MONKEY, far east, animals, primates, Keyword-WACKY, Keyword-WACKYs fts, wetsuits, sport,
Subjects: Women's sports, Recreational water sports, Primates, Sports, Recreational sports, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Mammals, Animals, Living things
Locations: Japan, East Asia, Asia
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INDIA: MUMBAI: YOGA TEACHERS BIZARRE DISPLAY
Title:
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Summary: INDIA: MUMBAI: YOGA TEACHERS BIZARRE DISPLAY
Story No: 172726
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/25/2000 12:00 AM
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A yoga teacher and his pupil are touring the Indian city of Bombay with a bizarre display to try to encourage people to take up yoga and improve their health.

The yogi has spent months training so that he can suck liquid INTO his bladder through his penis.

He can also inflate a balloon attached to his penis.

He says this demonstrates the power of yoga, and says if practised regularly it can radically improve health.

A classroom of medical students in Bombay are about to see a demonstration they are unlikely to see again, or forget.

India is the land of mystics and holy men and also yoga. And one man and his teacher are taking yogic powers to their extreme.

Yogi Raj Balram Sharan, a practitioner of the Bajroli school of yoga, says he has trained for many months so that he can suck liquids into his bladder through his penis.

Using an array of devices and props, he willingly strips naked to demonstrate.

First, with deep breaths and crouching, he shows how he can inflate a balloon attached to his penis by a hose inserted into it.

The pin-drop silence of the students, some of whom can't bear to watch, erupts into applause as the balloon grows.

The finale of the display is just the opposite -- the yogi gets a medical student to hold a glass of oil and sucks it into his bladder using a hose inserted into his penis.

The applause is, again, enthusiastic and the students awed and a bit dazed.

The yogi's teacher is hoping the display will get people to look again at the ancient art of yoga as a way of helping their lives.

And he says this act of control is more than a dazzling display -- and actually has healing powers.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

\"First it is that it is going to clean the urinary tract. He has got a control over -- absolute control over the urinary tract. So what will happen? It will help in the urinal bladder -- also for the kidneys and the entire system. Most of the people are now dying of kidney failure -- kidney transplants are high. But if somebody does this, I am sure transplants will go down.\"

SUPERCAPTION: Kishore Chandramohanty, Yoga teacher

Raj Balram Sharan has trained for many hours a day to get to this level of control.

He says yoga can go beyond nature's intentions for the penis.

SOUNDBITE: (Hindi)

\"The pipe of the penis is not cleaned. It is only a one way route. Yogis have said it is not like that and that to keep this

clean and healthy you have to do something. So Bajroli yoga cleans it by sucking up water.\"

SUPERCAPTION: Raj Balram Sharan, practitioner of Bajroli Yoga

A prominent scientist in Bombay has been checking out the demonstration for himself -- visiting the yogi's home.

He says it's an amazing feat.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

\"It is possible for human beings to develop the capacities through training to do certain things normal human beings do not do, and that's to me what Yoga implies. Beyond that, if somebody asks me what I think as a scientist are the benefits of this, I wouldn't be able to tell you. What benefits it would have, whether the sucking

of liquid is going to give any added advantage -- because any liquid that he sucks is going to stay up to the bladder level. It's not going to go to the kidney -- obviously it just cannot.\"

SUPERCAPTION: Dr Rashmi Mayur, Environmental scientist

The yogi is still in training - his next aim to suck liquid into his anus, as well as his penis.

Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) January 22nd, 2000 FEATURES

1. Wide showing yogi talking to students

2. Medical students watching

3. Close up stethoscope around student's neck

4. Apparatus used by yogi in demonstration

5. Various of yogi blowing up balloon from pipe inserted in his penis

6. Close up student laughing as students applaud, pulls out

7. Close up of yogi inserting hose into his penis (not visible)

8. Various of medical student holding glass for yogi as he sucks oil into his bladder

9. Students applauding

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kishore Chandramohanty, Yoga teacher

11. Various of Yogi Raj Balram Sharan at home

12. SOUNDBITE: (Hindi) Raj Balram Sharan, practitioner of Bajroli Yoga

13. Table with oil lamps at Raj Balram Sharan's home

14. Various of Yogi practising with scientist watching

15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr Rashmi Mayur, Environmental scientist

16. Various of yogi

17. Close up yogi lighting lamps with oil expelled from his bladder

Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) January 22nd, 2000 FEATURES

1. Wide showing yogi talking to students

2. Medical students watching

3. Close up stethoscope around student's neck

4. Apparatus used by yogi in demonstration

5. Various of yogi blowing up balloon from pipe inserted in his penis

6. Close up student laughing as students applaud, pulls out

7. Close up of yogi inserting hose into his penis (not visible)

8. Various of medical student holding glass for yogi as he sucks oil into his bladder

9. Students applauding

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kishore Chandramohanty, Yoga teacher

11. Various of Yogi Raj Balram Sharan at home

12. SOUNDBITE: (Hindi) Raj Balram Sharan, practitioner of Bajroli Yoga

13. Table with oil lamps at Raj Balram Sharan's home

14. Various of Yogi practising with scientist watching

15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr Rashmi Mayur, Environmental scientist

16. Various of yogi

17. Close up yogi lighting lamps with oil expelled from his bladder

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Subjects: Medical schools, Yoga, Higher education, Education, Social affairs, Exercise, Diet and exercise, Lifestyle
Locations: Mumbai, India, South Asia, Asia
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Lebanon - Girl sheds glass tears
Title:
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Summary: Lebanon - Girl sheds glass tears
Story No: w049770
Source: WTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/02/1996 12:00 AM
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T/I: 11:57:31

A family in Lebanon claimed on Wednesday (2/10) that their daughter had

experienced a miracle from God. She sheds up to ten pieces of glass daily from her eye without causing any damage. Hasnaa Muslumani, a twelve year old girl who lives in Fakha, says the unusual phenomenon started on March 28th this year when she woke up one morning feeling pain in her eye and something come out. Her mother took her to hospital and Dr Ahmed Araji reportedly managed to take out three big pieces of glass from her eye. Since her return home, Hasnaa has reportedly shedded around 7-8 pieces of glass daily and while her parents claim that it is a miracle from God, Dr Araji says that the girl's father broke a glass near his daughters face a few months ago and that may be responsible. He said that while the amount of glass coming out of the girl's eye has puzzled doctors, there must be a medical explanation.

But people who believe it's a miracle are visiting Hasnaa daily to take some of the pieces of glass that have come from her eye.

SHOWS:

LEBANON, BEKAA VALLEY, 2/10

Set up shot of Hasnaa Muslumani, 12 year old girl whose eyes release glass fragments, walking in garden;

vs c/u eye as it sheds tear and is picked out;

c/a family member;

c/u book top which has glass fragments-presumably retrieved from eye.

2.31

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Keywords: DSSE4 GLASS TEARS, middle east, Keyword-WACKY, miracle, medical, speculation,
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CHINA: BEIJING: MAN PLAYS FAMOUS MELODIES ON HIS FACE
Title:
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Summary: CHINA: BEIJING: MAN PLAYS FAMOUS MELODIES ON HIS FACE
Story No: 74204
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 03/07/1998 12:00 AM
People: William Tell
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A new and strange breed of music is emerging from China.

Cui Wenping has become a celebrity thanks to his performances on a most unusual instrument - his face.

While the 43 year old may not be topping the charts with his strange brand of music, he has captured the fascination of the entire country.

Mozart's "Turkish March" may have been intended for more traditional instruments but Cui Wenping has given it a new dimension.

Tapping and slapping his face, Cui performs a wide range of famous melodies from "Jingle Bells" to Rossini's "William Tell Overture".

Mr. Cui has held over 50 performances in one year, including an appearance on state television for the Chinese New Year festivities.

But most of his performances do not enjoy such large audiences and Mr. Cui says he can't afford to give up his day job as an electrician in a publishing house.

And while this may look easy, Mr. Cui's art is not within everybody's reach.

Cui invented his musical style by accident in 1980 while massaging his face after practicing the harmonica for more than four hours.

To master his off-beat art, Cui goes through the hours of gruelling practice sessions - just like other accomplished musicians.

But having a face as an instrument has it's hazards.

Cui says he is often riddled with bruises, swollen gums and sore knuckles.

SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin)

"A famous Chinese person once said that if you want to be a great man in the world, you must do something nobody has ever done before. So, I think I can stand any kind of suffering and deal with difficulties - no matter how many - in order to achieve something in

music."

SUPER CAPTION: Cui Wenping, Facial musician

According to Cui, playing one's face is like playing any instrument -- each has its own techniques.

But he feels there is one major advantage to having a body as an instrument.

SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin)

"When we use musical instruments to play music we must use the instrument to express our emotions. But when we use our own body to do this, it is more direct -- with nothing in between. We can express our feelings on our bodies instinctively."

SUPER CAPTION: Cui Wenping, Facial musician

Cui's trick for producing the music is holding his throat, tongue and mouth in a certain position and then beating on the muscles.

Mr. Cui's face has a two and-a-half octave range which can be broadened when using a microphone.

Tapping or slapping different parts of the face -- forehead, cheeks, bridge of the nose and even teeth -- produces different kinds of sounds.

It may not have the range of a full symphony orchestra but Cui's has mastered more difficult works like Bizet's "Carmen".

Cui's musical prowess may not win him a platinum disc but he has become more than just a face in the crowd.

Beijing, March 1 1998

1. Various shots of people listening to Cui Wenping playing his face

2. Mid shot of Cui Wenping playing Mozart's 'Turkish March' on his face

3. Shot of people clapping

4. Close up of Cui playing Rossini's "William Tell Overture" on his face

5. Close up of Cui performing

5. Various listening to Cui talking and trying to play their face

6. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Cui Wenping, Musician

7. Mid shot of Cui explaining the difficulties of his art and zoom in to close up of him playing his face

8. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Cui Wenping, Musician

9. Various Cui Wenping playing excerpts from 'Carmen' on his face

10. Close up of Cui demonstrating the kinds of sounds he can get on his face

11. Shot of Cui playing harmonica and then demonstrating the sound of the harmonica on his face

12. Close up of Cui playing on his fingers, teeth and face

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Beijing, March 1 1998

1. Various shots of people listening to Cui Wenping playing his face

2. Mid shot of Cui Wenping playing Mozart's 'Turkish March' on his face

3. Shot of people clapping

4. Close up of Cui playing Rossini's "William Tell Overture" on his face

5. Close up of Cui performing

5. Various listening to Cui talking and trying to play their face

6. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Cui Wenping, Musician

7. Mid shot of Cui explaining the difficulties of his art and zoom in to close up of him playing his face

8. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Cui Wenping, Musician

9. Various Cui Wenping playing excerpts from 'Carmen' on his face

10. Close up of Cui demonstrating the kinds of sounds he can get on his face

11. Shot of Cui playing harmonica and then demonstrating the sound of the harmonica on his face

12. Close up of Cui playing on his fingers, teeth and face

KEYWORDS: AMAZING PEOPLE, UNUSUAL

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People: William Tell
Locations: Beijing, China, Greater China, East Asia, Asia
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JAPAN: WACKY INVENTOR SHOWS OFF INVENTIONS
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Summary: JAPAN: WACKY INVENTOR SHOWS OFF INVENTIONS
Story No: 16992
Source: ALL APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/02/1995 12:00 AM
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Japanese/Nat

An eccentric Japanese inventor has released a new book of bizarre inventions from the land of the Rising Sun.

"101 UnUseless Inventions" delves into the practicalities of inventions which may or may not be useful - from duster slippers for pets to umbrella shoes.

And Kenji Kawakami is taking his ideas onto the streets to prove his point.

In Japan you have to try harder to be noticed in the crowd.

Take these umbrella shoes, an exclusive product from inventor Kenji Kawakami.

They're by no means the latest trend in Tokyo but a sure way to turn heads -- probably ankles as well.

Kawakami started writing scripts for animations in the 1960s.

Now he works from a tiny studio in the Japanese capital, dreaming up all kinds of barmy devices.

His eye drop funnel glasses may be accurate to a pupil point but can sometimes prove more than an eyeful.

SOUNDBITE: (Japanese)

"I don't think those inventions are crazy but they surely are eccentric."

SUPER CAPTION: Kenji Kawakami, Inventor

There's a practicality to the weirdo gadgets.

Caught on the run, always have one of these "hayfever hats" handy.

It's not glamorous but it works.

The inventions included in Kawakami's "101 UnUseless Inventions" are based on the Chindogu philosophy, founded by Kawakami.

Chindogu has 10 tenets, one of which states that the items must be for everyday life but be of no real use.

SOUNDBITE: (Japanese)

"Well, if people really like some of those inventions and find them useful, we could then forget about the 10 tenets and have them commercialized."

SUPER CAPTION: Kenji Kawakami, Inventor

With an eye on the needs of the busy executive, Kawakami has designed a portable tie...

There's room for pens, paperclips, a calculator, even a haircomb to brush up before that all-important meeting.

He matches the tie with a rather noisy "Wash and Walk" contraption to make your washing day more like a casual stroll in the street.

The faster you walk the more effective the wash.

And when you get home after that long day at the office you can leave the dusting to pooch while you put your feet up.

Unfortunately some of the best ideas won't always hold up to the test.

Tokyo, 31 October 1995

1. Lady walking in umbrella shoes.

2. Kawakami working in office testing eyeglasses.

3. Close-up of drops into glasses

4. SOUNDBITE: Kenji Kawakami, Inventor.

5. Hayfever hat

6. Book "101 Unuseless Inventions" being opened.

7. SOUNDBITE: Kenji Kawakami, Inventor.

8. Close-up of man placing items into portable tie.

9. Wash and Walk demonstration

10. Various of duster slippers demonstration on dog.

KEYWORDS: UNUSUAL & SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Tokyo, 31 October 1995

1. Lady walking in umbrella shoes.

2. Kawakami working in office testing eyeglasses.

3. Close-up of drops into glasses

4. SOUNDBITE: Kenji Kawakami, Inventor.

5. Hayfever hat

6. Book "101 Unuseless Inventions" being opened.

7. SOUNDBITE: Kenji Kawakami, Inventor.

8. Close-up of man placing items into portable tie.

9. Wash and Walk demonstration

10. Various of duster slippers demonstration on dog.

KEYWORDS: UNUSUAL & SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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Subjects: Technology
Locations: Japan, Tokyo, East Asia, Asia
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USA: SAN DIEGO: SURFING DOG
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Summary: USA: SAN DIEGO: SURFING DOG
Story No: 13419
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/26/1995 12:00 AM
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In California, the home of the Beach Boys, everyone and everything is supposed to surf.

So it seems only natural that the latest surfer to take to the waves is man's best friend.

An overcast sky and choppy surf is enough to dampen the spirits of even the keenest of surfers.

Not for `CJ', the seven-month-old golden retriever. He's a regular on the beaches of San Diego, and is only too keen to hit the water in search of a wave.

With a little bit of help from his owner, CJ can hold his own with the best of California's surfers.

A quick push and he's off.

Even dogs need a break from the water, and CJ willingly accepts the offer to get the sand out from behind his ears.

His owner is impressed with the way he's taken to the sport.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"He's a pretty good surfer compared to all the guys out there. On a scale of one to seven he's probably about a seven. But he's not doing any of the radical new moves yet but he's got time to learn."

SUPERCAPTION: Matt Jackson, owner of CJ.

After a quick rest, it's back into the water again for a perfect `Hang-16'.

However, not even CJ gets it right everytime - his `wipe-outs' rate with the best.

Out of the water at the end of a hard day's surfing, CJ is only too happy to celebrate with a `high-four'.

San Diego, 25th August 1995.

1. wide shot of surfers

2. mid shot dog and owners

3. wide shot dog surfing

4. close shot dog surfing

5. dog being dried by owner

6. SOUNDBITE Jackson

7. various dog surfing

8. dog giving a `high-four'.

KEYWORDS: UNUSUAL

San Diego, 25th August 1995.

1. wide shot of surfers

2. mid shot dog and owners

3. wide shot dog surfing

4. close shot dog surfing

5. dog being dried by owner

6. SOUNDBITE Jackson

7. various dog surfing

8. dog giving a `high-four'.

KEYWORDS: UNUSUAL

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Subjects: Dogs, Pets, Lifestyle, Dogs, Mammals, Animals, Living things
Locations: San Diego, California, United States, North America
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