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Breathe easy

Cremona (Italy), May 25 (Reuters): How far would you go for fresh air' Would you leave home, job, and even dry land' An Italian couple whose son suffers from an acute type of asthma have adopted a radical solution: to live at sea, where the clean air improves the boy’s condition. They sailed away, down the River Po, from the northern Italian city of Cremona yesterday in a 26-metre boat they built themselves.

they reach the sea they will make for the waters near Sicily, where they plan to stay. “This is the best way to improve our son’s quality of life. The boat will be our home, our workplace and the means for our son to get better without having to stuff himself with medicines all the time,” said Paola Frascisco, mother of six-year-old Niky.

Cheesy tales

London (Reuters): This year, ankles will go unbroken and heads will go ungashed, because the perilous cheeses of Gloucestershire will, alas, go unrolled. For centuries, residents of the English county of Gloucestershire have practised the timeless and surprisingly dangerous springtime ritual of chasing large, speeding, round cheeses down steep hills. The winner gets to keep the cheese. This year’s event, scheduled for Monday, was cancelled as emergency crews who volunteer to help clear the tumbling casualties down the hillside were summoned to Algeria to rescue quake victims, organisers said.

Vampire vow

Sighisoara (Romania), (Reuters): Bloodied fangs painted on their T-shirts and silver bats dangling from their ears, they swoop to the heart of Transylvania to feed their hunger for the occult. Folklorists, historians and scientists seeking the origins of the legend of Dracula joined amateur vampirologists for the third World Dracula Congress, held this month in Romania’s medieval town of Sighisoara. Vampire films, including cheap B-movies, comedies and classics such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, followed Hollywood’s first silver screen Dracula, starring Hungarian Bela Lugosi, in 1931.

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