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US Snow
Title:
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Summary: Georgia man buys a snow machine as surprise for his wife
Story No: 505968
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/10/2006 08:26 AM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot of house

2. Medium shot of snow machine

3. Close up of snow machine

4. Medium shot of Gene Long working with machine

5. Medium shot of snow machine with artificial snow man

6. Close up of snow on ground

7. Wide shot of house

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Gene Long, snow maker:

"I just like snow, and we don't normally get snow down here. Also, my wife's from up north and I decided I'd make snow for her one day. It's just really interesting to me, and I just wanted to see if it could be done. I found out how to do it, and did it."

9. Wide shot of house

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Gene Long, snow maker:

"It doesn't come very often. This way, you can kind of control it. You can make it when you want it, as long as it's cold enough."

11. Medium shot neighbours playing with snow

STORYLINE:

A man from Ludowici, Georgia in the United States surprised his wife with a front lawn covered in a blanket of snow this weekend.

Gene Long decided it was time to get out the snow machine he made a year ago from a pressure washer and an air compressor. He said he found the instructions for building the contraption over the internet.

It rarely snows in south Georgia, Gene Long explained, "I just like snow, and we don't normally get snow down here. Also, my wife's from up north and I decided I'd make snow for her one day."

He added: "It's just really interesting to me, and I just wanted to see if it could be done. I found out how to do it, and did it."

He stayed up through the night on Friday into Saturday morning to surprise his wife, Crystal. She'd been missing the chilly air and snow that's normal this time of year in her native Pennsylvania.

Overnight temperatures dropped into the 20s Fahrenheit (minus six Celcius) making conditions right to make the snow.

The next morning, the couple had enough snow for a snowball fight.

Neighbours also stopped by to see the snow for themselves.

Keyword-wacky -bizarre

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Locations: Georgia, Georgia
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Cambodia Cowboy
Title:
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Summary: Man says grandson lives partly on milk he suckles directly from a cow
Story No: 704848
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 09/09/2011 07:29 PM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot cow as 20-month-old Tha Sophat suckles milk from it

2. Reverse close-up of Tha Sophat suckling from cow

3. Reverse mid shot Tha Sophat suckling from cow

4. Close-up of Tha Sophat suckling from cow

5. Wide shot cow as Tha Sophat suckles from it

6. Mid shot villagers smiling while watching Tha Sophat

7. Wide shot of Tha Sophat playing

8. SOUNDBITE: (Khmer) Um Oeung, grandfather of Tha Sophat:

"I am very concerned that if he keeps suckling from the cow like this, when he grows up the villagers will call him a ''cow baby''. I tried to stop him from suckling the cow but he cries, and still he tries to do this. So usually he suckles from the cow once a day, in the morning or afternoon."

9. Wide shot of house where Um Oeung and Tha Sophat lives

10. Mid shot of house

11. Wide shot of village road as cow-drawn carriage passes

STORYLINE:

A Cambodian man says his young grandson has lived partly on milk he suckles directly from a cow since the boy''s parents left their rural village in search of work.

Um Oeung says 20-month-old Tha Sophat started suckling the cow in July after he saw a calf do the same.

Um Oeung said he pulled the boy away at first but relented after his grandson protested.

The boy has suckled the cow''s milk once or twice a day since then.

Tha Sophat has lived with his grandparents in Siem Reap province in northwest Cambodia since his parents moved to Thailand in search of work.

Um Oeung said the cow doesn''t mind the young boy suckling, but he''s worried that his grandson would be called a ''cow baby'' by other villagers.

keyword wacky bizarre

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South Africa Wedding
Title:
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Summary: South African man marries 4 women at same time
Story No: 621122
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/26/2009 08:51 PM
People: Jacob Zuma
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1. Wide of groom Milton Mbhele and his four brides arriving at the wedding venue, in Kwa-zulu natal

2. Mid of Mbhele

3. Flower girls and page boys

4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Milton Mbhele, Groom:

"I told myself, this was the day that I was waiting for and this day that I was waiting for has already come today and I am very happy about it. If I were to tell you the truth, I think it was in 2006 when I was trying to prepare this thing and today I have managed to do it and I am very happy and I think that it is successful."

5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Thobile Vilakazi, first wife of Mbhele:

"I thank you to my husband because today he married me the second time."

6. Wide of Mbhele and his four wives

7. Various of the wedding celebrations inside the tent

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Dladla, Mbhele's friend:

"Traditionally we do not have a problem especially we as Zulus because it is a thing that in fact our forefathers an our fathers you know some of them according to the man who affords, if he can, it is okay to have polygamy. In fact it reduces this thing of having private affairs, mistresses you know, because most of the people in the whole world they are married to one wife but they cheat so much."

9. Various shots of Mbhele giving his wives their rings and guests watching and cheering

10. Wide of Mbhele and his four wives

STORYLINE

A South African man on Saturday married four women during a special ceremony in Weenan, attended by hundreds of people.

Milton Mbhele who showed up for his wedding in a white limousine, gave each of his four brides rings and a kiss during the ceremony.

South African law recognises traditional polygamous marriages - even President Jacob Zuma has three wives.

Yet while polygamy remains common among several tribes including the Zulus and Swazis, simultaneous weddings are rare.

The 44-year-old Mbhele, a municipal manager in nearby Indaka, said the joint celebration would save money by combining the festivities.

A traditional ceremony was planned for Sunday and there is to be a traditional exchange of gifts between the groom and his wives' families on Monday.

Mbhele has already been married to Thobile Vilakazi for 12 years and has 11 children, but did not specify who their mothers are.

"I want her to be happy," he said of Vilakazi, who was also given a golden wristwatch at Saturday's ceremony.

While Vilakazi thanked her husband for marrying her a second time.

His "middle wives" - as he described them - are Zanele Langa and Happiness Mdlolo, both 24.

The youngest wife, 23-year-old Smangele Cele, said she was looking forward to marrying Mbhele, even though it means she'll have to share him.

She said the wives planned to live separately, with their husband rotating between them.

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Subjects: Polygamy, Marriage, Family issues, Social affairs
People: Jacob Zuma
Locations: South Africa
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(HZ) Japan Gaming
Title:
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Summary: Gaming fans dress up as their heroes
Story No: 483102
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/10/2006 05:23 AM
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1. Pan of crowds at "Dream Party," an exhibition of the latest animation characters showcased by content providers

2. Close up of one content provider explaining latest creation

3. Animation girl talking in Japanese on television screen.

4. Illustrator drawing animation character, and men lining up to get a copy.

5. Woman in role-play costume demonstrating a character that can be downloaded onto mobile phone.

6. Close up of same character appearing on mobile phone screen.

7. CDs on sale of woman in fluffy pink dress, same "person" manning the stall and smiling to group of cameramen.

8. SOUNBITE (Japanese): Yozora Orihime, Cos-player (some into costumed role play) and singer

"A long time ago when I used to dress up, I wanted to be a certain character and tried to act out that character''s life. Nowadays, there are girls who dress up like me and that makes me really happy when I think that those girls are doing it because they really like me."

9. Robot character walking outdoors

10. Two people dressed up as action heroes with swords and masks

11. Two people walking in ancient Japanese clothes, pretending to be historical figures

12. Pan up of people pretending to be historical figures, close up of ornate headdress

13. Group of people with silver spiked hair dressed in black kimonos and carrying samurai swords, posing with video of people they are impersonating

14. SOUNDBITE (Japanese): Vox Pop, No Name Available

"I used to do this when my friends asked me to, but lately I''ll only turn into a character like."

15. Two girls dressed up as male characters with swords, one with red hair and the other in blonde wig.

16. SOUNDBITE (Japanese): Vox Pop, No Name Available

"I prefer becoming a man."

17. Wide of girls dressed in historical clothes

18. SOUNDBITE (Japanese): Vox Pop, No Name Available

"I am into historical figures."

19. Pan of costume-clad fans taking pictures of each other.

20. Various of people dressed up as girls, faces hidden my large plastic masks with static expressions,

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Anime, or Japanese animation, has fans all around the world but in its country of origin some fans take their passion for the characters in the games one step further.

From game shows to trade shows, fans show up dressed to the nines impersonating their favourite hero.

STORYLINE:

There is a high turn over of animation characters in Japan... the most popular of these grace everything from

everything from videos and screensavers to coffee table books.

The multibillion dollar industry feeds the cult-like following of some of its fans, who aren''t shy about dressing up to look just like their favourite comic book heroes.

They don wigs, theatrical make-up and sometimes even masks.

They often parade in groups to exchange tips on their latest character development.

Many fans casually walk around the streets of Japan''s capital Tokyo dressed like action heroes or uniformed schoolgirls, testimony that what was an underground movement a decade ago has slowly moved into the mainstream.

Japan has coined this social phenomenon "cos-play", a take on the English word "costume" and "role-play."

Whereas role playing may be the realm of children in many other societies, in Japan, most are adults.

Most of them say they not only look the part, they think, talk and live the part as well.

The latest exhibition for animation content providers in Tokyo, attracted numerous costumed fans.

For the companies who create these animation characters, these loyal fans are an ideal marketing opportunity.

Book signings, or a chance to get up close and personal with a woman impersonating a popular heroine, draws crowds, predominantly male.

Some say dressing up allows them to make a clear physical break from their real personalities.

Keyword- wacky - Keyword-bizarre

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Subjects: Animation and comics, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment
Locations: Japan, East Asia, Asia
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Mexico Bullfighter
Title:
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Summary: Feature on nine-year old bullfighter
Story No: 480463
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/10/2006 11:28 PM
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1. Nine-year-old Rafita Mirabal praying before bullfight

2. Audience

3. Bullfighters entering arena

4. Rafita Mirabal getting ready for his afternoon performance

5. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Rafael Mirabal Martinez, Father:

"His passion has always been bullfighting. He is in fourth grade and he always showed a love for bullfighting."

6. Rafita Mirabal about to face the bull

7. Rafita Mirabal facing the bull

8. Various of Rafita Mirabal fighting

9. Mid shot of Rafita being run over by bull

10. More of Rafita fighting

11. Rafita on manager, Jose San Martin, shoulders being cheered by audience

13. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Rafita Mirabal, Nine-year-old Bullfighter:

"Whether or not I get hit by the bull out there, I have to go out and do my job."

(Q: Why are you crying?)

"I am crying out of emotion"

14. Various of Rafita bullfighting

15. Rafita being attended by paramedics at ambulance vehicle

STORYLINE

Nine-year-old Rafita Mirabal does what few nine-year-olds would do: face down a charging bull, armed with nothing but a cape and a short sword.

Mexico''s youngest matador has already taken on about two dozen fights in bullrings since 2005, including his latest challenge on Sunday in Texcoco, just east of Mexico City.

His father, a bullfight fan himself, sends his son into the ring without a qualm, because "his passion has always been bullfighting".

But the nine-year-old''s battles differ slightly from a regular bullfight: the animals are younger and somewhat smaller and he does not give the matador''s final death blow with his sword.

In Texcoco, Mirabal challenged a two-year-old "vaquilla" - a cow with horns - and nearly lost.

The animal tossed the boy into the air, swept him to the ground between its horns and then trampled him, but left him unharmed.

Two older bullfighters normally accompany and observe Mirabal in the ring, but avoid interfering in his fights.

Luckily, on Sunday, they were on hand to distract the animal, giving Mirabal time to dust himself off and immediately return to the fight.

"That was nothing," he said after the fight, though his eyes were filled with tears - "from emotion," he said.

Mirabal''s manager discovered the boy at a bullfighting school in the central state of Aguascalientes.

He billed the youngster as a "child prodigy" and arranged the boy''s total of 24 fights so far.

Keyword- wacky - animals

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UK Guinness
Title:
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Summary: World's smallest man, woman with longest legs in world
Story No: 578559
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/16/2008 04:38 PM
People: He Pingping, Svetlana Pankratova
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1. Tilt down from Nelson's Column on Trafalgar Square to reveal crowds gathered around the world's shortest man, He Pingping and the woman known to have the longest legs in the world, Svetlana Pankratova

2. Pan up from He's feet to reveal him standing under Pankratova's legs

3. Mid of He standing under Pankratova's legs waving to crowds

4. Cutaway crowds

5. Tilt up from He sitting on a pile of Guinness World Record books

6. Tilt up from He sitting to reveal Pankratova standing

7. Cutaway onlookers

8. He sitting holding Guinness World Records book with Pankratova

9. Pan right across Pankratova's legs, He sitting in front of her

10. He talking to media

11. SOUNDBITE: (Speaking through translator) He Pingping, World's smallest man:

"Very long, very long legs."

12. Children looking

13. SOUNDBITE: (Speaking through translator) He Pingping, World's smallest man:

"I'm not afraid of anything, not afraid."

14. Pankratova during interview

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Svetlana Pankratova, Guinness Book of Records holder for the woman with the longest legs:

"Well actually it's great for me to realise that I am the queen of the longest legs. I'm the longest on the planet. It just feels good. Actually I'm proud of it."

16. Set up of Guinness World Records Editor, Craig Glenday

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor:

"We were very careful and wanted to make sure that we were celebrating their differences and that it was a positive thing. Not just the fact, of point and look, and stare and laugh. In our book I hope, the combination of information in the book shows that it's an educational thing, we're saying here is the scope of the world, here is the world's smallest man for your reference, here is the world's tallest man, here is the longest legs. So in the context of what we're doing at Guinness World Records I don't think there's any element of freakery at all."

18. Various of He and Pankratova posing for photographs

STORYLINE

Two extreme worlds came together on the steps of Trafalgar Square in London on Tuesday after the world's smallest man met the woman with the longest legs in the world.

He Pingping, a 20-year-old man from Mongolia measures just 74.61cm tall (2ft 5.37in) and holds the Guinness World Record title for the world's smallest man.

He only just reaches the knees of Russian, Svetlana Pankratova, the woman with the longest legs, which have been measured at 132cm (4ft 3.9in) --almost twice his height.

Born with primordial dwarfism, He Pingping from Huade County in Wulanchabu, was no bigger than his father's palm at birth.

He told AP Television that Pankratova had very long legs but even though he was dwarfed by her, he still manages to live a normal life and is not afraid of anything.

He has a girlfriend who is of average height and runs a restaurant back home in Mongolia.

The two record holders met at the launch of the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records book which is to be published on Wednesday.

Svetlana, from Volgograd, who is 1m 96cm tall (6ft 4in) stood tall before the cameras, and gawking crowds at Trafalgar Square.

"Well actually it's great for me to realise that I am the queen of the longest legs. I'm the longest on the planet. It just feels good. Actually I'm proud of it," she said.

The editor of the Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, rejected suggestions their very public meeting amounted to a freak show.

"We were very careful and wanted to make sure that we were celebrating their differences and that it was a positive thing. Not just the fact, of point and look, and stare and laugh," Glenday said.

He said the information in the book shows "the scope of the world" and that in that context "I don't think there's any element of freakery at all."

Keyword wacky

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Subjects: Record setting events, General news
People: He Pingping, Svetlana Pankratova
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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US Clinton
Title:
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Summary: Bill Clinton tries to help Hillary find a microphone that works
Story No: 520608
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/25/2007 02:32 PM
People: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton
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1. Hillary Clinton on stage trying to speak into microphone, but no sound comes out, zoom out to show husband Bill and daughter Chelsea Clinton in background

2. Hillary Clinton trying to speak into the microphone and joking about it while Bill Clinton tries to fix problem

3. UPSOUND: Crowd chanting "Hillary", Hillary claps along; audience member hands Hilary a book, which Chelsea takes off her to look after

4. Bill picks up another microphone from the table and starts to tap it with his hand

5. Hillary finally has a working microphone, UPSOUND: Hillary Clinton: "You know there might be some bumps along the road!"

STORYLINE

At a fundraising event in New York on Monday night, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton had trouble finding a microphone that worked, and hilarity ensued as husband Bill and daughter Chelsea stepped in to help.

Several non-functioning microphones later, eventually Hillary's microphone was switched on, and she joked "You know there might be some bumps along the road!"

Keyword-wacky

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Subjects: Government and politics, Presidential elections, National elections, Elections
People: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton
Locations: New York, New York, United States
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(HZ) US Secret Santa
Title:
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Summary: A 'Secret Santa' reveals his identity
Story No: 506998
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/25/2006 05:49 AM
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1. Various of Larry Stewart, Secret Santa walking

UPSOUND: (English) Larry Stewart, Secret Santa

"Ma'am you must have dropped that." "No!!!" "Merry Christmas, that's from the secret Santa."

2. Hundred dollar bill in woman's hands

UPSOUND: (English) Larry Stewart, Secret Santa

"That's a hundred dollar bill."

3. Wide of Larry Stewart at cash till with shoppers

4. Hundred dollar bill in woman's hands

5. Wide of Larry Stewart at laundrette

UPSOUND: (English) Man

"I don't need your money... that doesn't look real"

UPSOUND: (English) Larry Stewart, Secret Santa

"I don't care what you think, but I'll tell you what you can do with it. You can give it to someone else who needs it."

6. SOUNDBITE : (English) Larry Stewart, Secret Santa

"Wow what a difference it can make in a person's life instantly."

7. Hundred dollar bill in Stewart's hands

8. Stewart walking

9. Hundred dollar bill in man's hands

10. Stewart walking in launderette

UPSOUND: (English) Woman

"Thank you, very very much"

UPSOUND: (English) Larry Stewart, Secret Santa

"you know what that is ? "

UPSOUND: (English) Woman

"Its a hundred dollar bill"

12. SOUNDBITE : (English) Anamar Hernandez

"It's something that not many people would do now-a-days. To get that and to be appreciative of it is very good. He's a very nice gentleman."

13. Mid of Stewart giving money to woman

UPSOUND: (English) Larry Stewart, Secret Santa

"This is for you, Merry Christmas from Secret Santa. It's a hundred dollar bill."

14. Various of Larry Stewart

UPSOUND: (English) Larry Stewart, Secret Santa (video covered by audio)

"You know, you get shock, disbelief, is this real? You get a lot of tears, thank you, lot of hugs, and a ton of prayers."

15. Larry Stewart walking

LEAD IN :

A "secret" Santa has been popping up across the United States, for years, to hand out hundreds of dollar bills to lucky passers by.

He did it anonymously for 27 years, but now ill-health has prompted him to reveal his identity.

STORYLINE:

Larry Stewart was once homeless and now he is a millionaire.

But his experience of poverty prompted him to share his good fortune with others.

For 26 years, he was the man known only as Secret Santa who roamed the streets of cities in the United States every December quietly giving people money.

He started with $5 and $10 bills.

As his fortune grew, so did the gifts.

In recent years, Stewart has been handing out $100 bills, sometimes two or three at a time, to people in thrift stores, diners and parking lots.

Larry Stewart is a 58-year-old businessman from Kansas City, who made his millions in cable television and long-distance telephone services.

But now, weak from chemotherapy and armed with a desire to pass on his belief in random kindness, he has decided it's time to reveal his identity.

By Stewart's count, he's anonymously given out about $1.3 million over the years.

But the Santa stint may be coming to an end because of a recent cancer diagnosis.

Doctors told Stewart in April that he had cancer of the oesophagus and it had spread to his liver.

The aggressive chemotherapy has stripped away his appetite and energy.

He said he decided to come forward with his story in the hope that it would inspire others to give.

Keyword-wacky

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Thailand Police
Title:
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Summary: Overweight traffic police ordered to slim down
Story No: 453931
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 06/25/2005 02:32 AM
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1. Policeman directing traffic

2. Tighter shot of policeman

3. Traffic light changing

4. Another policeman standing in traffic

5. Policeman directs traffic passes

6. Tilt-up from policeman's stomach to his face

7. Close-up of overweight policeman exercising

8. Wide shot of overweight policeman exercising

9. Aerobic instructors moving on stage in front of policemen

10. Wide shot of people exercising

11. SOUNDBITE (English): Sranyoo Chanate, Chief Executive Officer Kluaynamthai Hospital Group:

"...especially traffic police. He has to stand in the middle of the junction all day and if he's not fit to perform that, it's going to create some problems with the public."

12. Various of policemen exercising

13. SOUNDBITE (Thai): Sergeant Choi Poesuwan, overweight policeman:

"It's a pressure. I felt uncomfortable. When I sweated, I felt tired and bored, and then it made me lazy to work. But once I joined the jogging club, I did some exercises and then felt my body was lighter. I worked more efficiently and it made me enjoy working."

14. Yoga instructor showing policemen how to stretch

15. Various of overweight policeman stretching

STORYLINE

Overweight police in Thailand have been ordered to slim down in an effort to improve the public perception of the force.

Police officials say overweight personnel present the public with an image that could be seen to symbolise laziness or corruption.

So, in an effort to gain more respect for the force, the Bangkok Police Authority now wants every officers' waistline down below 40 inches (1.016 metres).

The order comes as no surprise.

Recent medical examinations of four thousand and 150 police officers in Bangkok found that 49 percent had high cholesterol levels and were overweight.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau said these conditions could be "an obstacle" in directing traffic on the busy streets of the capital.

It ordered 88 overweight officers, whose waistlines ranged between 40 and 49 inches (1.016 and 1.245 metres), to join the "Smart Police".

As part of this one-month-long weight-loss programme, participants must follow a special diet and meet for daily exercise and evening meals at Kluaynamthai hospital, which is sponsoring the programme.

Many of the overweight officers said they were happy to join the "Smart Police".

Police sergeant Choi Poesuwan said shedding the pounds helped him to work "more efficiently" and it made him enjoy his job more.

There is no punishment for officers who fail to tighten their belts to regulations.

But those who do not show progress will also undergo acupuncture, a Chinese medical practice believed to help cure many ills, including obesity.

Police officials have said they plan to extend the programme if it proves successful.

Keyword - Wacky

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Locations: Bangkok
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(HZ) China Cos Play
Title:
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Summary: Cosplay Chinese style
Story No: 691133
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 06/01/2011 12:48 AM
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Renmin University, Beijing, China - May 29, 2011

1. Various of girl with blonde hair and witches costume posing for cameras

2. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Cosplay fan, voxpop:

"I think Manga is not just for children. Japanese Manga is suitable for any age. Many of them will attract older people, so I find it very interesting. You can imagine yourself becoming a little witch in another world."

3. Mid of girl with blonde hair and witches costume posing for cameras

4. Various of man in white mask

5. Mid of girl with Pokemon toys

6. Various of man dressed as soldier

7. Mid of girl in cosplay reading Manga

8. Close of Manga comic

9. Close of shoes

10. Close over the shoulder of girl in blue wig looking in mirror

11. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Cosplay fan, voxpop:

"It is the individual's preference. I like this character so I choose to dress up like her in cosplay. But maybe other people do not like this character or like her as much as I do. It's your own choice."

12. Various of boy dressed as computer game character twirling wooden staff

13. Mid of girl dressed in cosplay putting on makeup

14. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Cosplay fan, voxpop:

"We have had the event for five years. This August we will have the sixth. It is an event in the industry. We will have it at the national exhibition centre. Everyone is welcome to join."

15. Wide of boy selling Manga comics on stand

16. Various of iPad showing anime video on stand

17. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Ma Yi, organiser of Renmin University cosplay exhibition:

"We only have an event of this scale once a year, because we need around half a year to prepare for it. We also have medium and small scale events. We have like a carnival and lectures. We also have voiceover competitions."

18. Various of underwear stall

19. Close of doll

20. Mid of man dressed in giant rabbit suit

21. Wide of girl in cosplay and red wig

22. Mid of girl reading programme for the event

23. Close of Cosplay event programme

24. Various of Renmin University buildings

25. Wide of girl in green wig

26. Wide of people walking in to Renmin University

27. Various of bicycles by graffiti wall

28. Various of Manga inspired graffiti

29. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Manga fan, vox pop:

"In recent years Manga culture is developing faster and faster. There are more and more events like this and people are becoming more passionate."

30. Various of students sitting on a curb

31. Mid of student fanning two girls

32. Various of girl changing into high-heeled wedged shoes

33. Mid of girl dressed in cosplay sitting on University steps

34. Various of students dressed as SWAT team

35. Mid of students dressed in cosplay

36. Various of Kung Fu Panda poster

37. Various of cosplay band performing

LEAD IN:

Manga characters have been brought to life by cartoon fans in Beijing.

Cosplay - where fans dress up as their favourite Manga characters - has never been as popular on mainland China as it is in Taiwan, Hong Kong and its heartland of Japan - but this year's event shows it has an increasing following.

STORYLINE:

Bright hair, outlandish outfits and a love for dressing up.

This is cosplay and it's arrived in Beijing in a big way.

Cosplay fans dress up as their favourite characters from Manga comics - and it's not just children who are getting in on the act, as this fan points out: "I think that Manga is not just for children. Japanese Manga is suitable for any age. Many of them will attract older people, so I find it very interesting. You can imagine yourself becoming a little witch in another world,".

Beijing is investing heavily in the animation industry in a bid for China to compete with nations like Japan where its comic book culture influences the world.

According to the Beijing film academy, in 2010 China produced nearly 300 cartoons, Manga TV programmes as well as releasing 16 films.

China spent 7 million yuan (1 million USD) in supporting the industry in 2008. In 2010 the number rose to 14 million (2.15 million USD), and it's an industry that's worth an estimated 8 billion yuan (1.1 billion USD).

According to the State Administration of Radio Film and Television, China has now surpassed Japan as the world's largest animation producer.

And this investment in Manga is filtering down to the country's youth who have come to Renmin University to take part in the cosplay festivities.

But how do you choose what character to come as?

One fan - in Chinese Manga garb - says: "It is the individual's preference. I like this character so I choose to dress up like her in cosplay. But maybe other people do not like this character or like her as deeply as I do. It's your own choice."

The organiser of this year's Cosplay exhibition held at the city's Renmin University, says there is an increasing number of cosplay events around China.

This is fifth cosplay event at the university and this August will be the sixth. Later in the year a larger event will take place at Beijing's National Exhibition Centre.

"We only have an event of this scale once a year, because we need around half a year to prepare for it. We also have medium and small-scale events. We have like a carnival and lectures. We also have voice over competitions," says Ma Yi, the organiser of the Cosplay exhibition.

The event is also a chance for trade to set up stalls and sell Manga comics, DVDs and even branded underwear.

Experts however say that while the production of animation is increasing in popularity, much of the work is exported. They say there is still more room for innovation.

One Manga fan says: "In recent years, the Manga culture is developing faster and faster. There are more and more events like this and people are becoming more passionate."

The event ends with a live performance by a cosplay inspired rock band.

This colourful counter-culture - which first began in Japan - is slowly sweeping across the Asian continent and brightening up university campuses.

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Subjects: Animation and comics, Comic books and graphic novels, Animated television, Carnivals, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Books and literature, Comic books and graphic novels, Television programs, Animated television, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Carnivals, Leisure travel, Travel
Locations: Beijing, China, East Asia, Japan, Greater China, Asia
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