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Giuliani to wed again

New York, Dec. 1 (Reuters): Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani has proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Judith Nathan, who was at the centre of his high-profile divorce.

Giuliani confirmed his plans to marry Nathan at a book signing in New York yesterday. He proposed to Nathan last Sunday during a business trip to Paris. Giuliani has not disclosed a date for his marriage.

Speculation about his relationship with Nathan surfaced in the spring of 2000, when Giuliani said he was separating from his second wife, television personality Donna Hanover.

Pullman high

London (Reuters): Acclaimed childrenís writer Philip Pullman is on the verge of pulling off an impressive artistic hattrick, the Sunday Times reported. Pullman, Britainís most acclaimed childrenís writer since Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, is to have his fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials adapted for stage, screen and radio. Londonís National Theatre will stage the trilogy at the end of 2003.

Yoga no bar

Tbilisi (Interfax): A 63-year-old Georgian convict tried to set a Guinness Book record by standing on his head for two hours and two minutes. Shalva Imnadze said he decided to do yoga because he had spent half his life in prison and this undermined his health. Doctors in the Tbilisi jail said regular yoga has restored Imnadzeís eyesight completely.

Tale auction

London (Reuters): Rare original manuscripts of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the childrenís story of a flying car with a bubbly personality, go under the hammer next month. The novel was originally penned by Ian Fleming in 1961 as he recovered after a heart attack and is based on stories he used to tell his son.

Ladies only

Manila (Reuters): The high heels may fit, but the passenger wearing them had better be female. An official from Manilaís Light Rail Transit Authority said transvestites, no matter how convincing, would be barred from a new rail coach designed to combat harassment of women.

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