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Liz loves Warnie's accent and humour


INDIA: Elizabeth Hurley has revealed why she fell for former Australian cricketing great and off-field notoriety Shane Warne.

Elizabeth Hurley, the British actress and model who starred in hit comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, said it is because Shane Warne can make her laugh.

"I love Australians," 45-year-old Hurley told The Sun. "They're very outdoorsy. They make me laugh - their accents amuse me."

Hurley has had an on-off relationship with Warne, 41, who is now in India playing in the Indian Premier League, since December.

They were photographed together with her son Damian, nine, for the first time last week suggesting they are an item again. Then Hurley kissed Warne after his side Rajasthan Royals won in the IPL.

When asked whether she and Warne are in a relationship, she said: "Well, I certainly wasn't into cricket before."

She also told how Warne, who annopunced on Twitter that he had separated from his wife Simone in October last year, was teaching Damian how to play cricket.

"It's better than me giving him lessons," said Hurley, who filed for divorce from husband, Indian tycoon Arun Nayar, earlier this month on the grounds of "unreasonable behaviour".

"Although I can now bowl by the way."

Facebook gives couple dream day


A struggling couple who couldn't afford to tie the knot are walking down the aisle — thanks to a Facebook campaign.

Corrine Stevens and Neil Smith were left devastated after losing a competition to win their dream wedding.

But resourceful pals of the pair came up with a way to help them pay for an equally extravagant celebration.

After setting up a Facebook group to raise money for the ceremony, donations including a wedding dress, suits, hotel suites, cars, rings and cakes have flooded in.

And the couple, who have been together for 14 years and have a son, Ryan, seven, and daughter Keira, four, will now get their dream wedding after all.

Most of the businesses who have offered to help are local to the couple's home in Sale and so many people have pitched in to help, the couple are now expecting 300 guests at the wedding reception.

Pals have estimated they have saved the couple £10,000 thanks to generous donations by businesses - with the dress costing up to £1,000.

Sugar levels of popular foods measured in cubes


Do you really know how much sugar there is in your food?

A website,, has displayed the amount of sugar in common foods using stacks of sugar cubes.

Each sugar cube represents 4g of sugar, and each gram of sugar has 4 calories. Each sugar cube is therefore equal to 16 calories.

Some of the visual representations are startling. Take for example the stack of sugar cubes heaped beside a pint of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice-cream, or the neat array of a dozen sugar cubes beside Starbuck's Mocha Frappuccino.

Sugar Stacks does not differentiate between different types of sugar such as fructose, honey and cane sugar. Instead, it simply provides a visual aid to help readers see how much sugar they are actually ingesting without realising it.

So before you order a soft drink or add on another dessert, think about how many sugar cubes that works out too. Maybe it'll help you make better food choices.

Play housie to keep your brain healthy


WASHINGTON: An easy way to keep your brain healthy and sharp is to meet friends, attend parties and or just play housie!

Frequent social activities may help prevent or delay cognitive decline in old age, says a research conducted by the Rush University Medical Centre.

"It's logical to think that when someone's cognitive abilities break down, they are less likely to go out and meet friends, enjoy a camping trip, or participate in community clubs," says Bryan James, who led the study, reports the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

"If memory and thinking capabilities fail, socialising becomes difficult," added James, post-doctoral fellow at Rush Alzheimer's Disease Centre. "But our findings suggest that social inactivity itself leads to cognitive impairments."

The study included 1,138 older adults with a mean age of 80, who are participating in the Rush Memory and Aging Project. They underwent yearly evaluations that included medical history and neuropsychological tests, according to a Rush statement.

Social activity included engaging in social interaction like going to restaurants, sporting events or playing housie, day trips or overnight trips, volunteer work, visiting relatives or friends, among others.

At the beginning of the investigation, all of them were free of any signs of cognitive impairment. Over an average of five years, however, those who were more socially active showed reduced rates of cognitive decline.

On an average, those who had the highest levels of social activity experienced only one quarter of the rate of cognitive decline experienced by the least socially active individuals.

Like? Facebook adds a Send button


US: Websites can now add a new Facebook Send button to their pages, in addition to the existing Like and Share buttons.

The popular Facebook Like button celebrated a year of its existence only a few days ago and has become almost ubiquitous on the World Wide Web. The simple-looking button with a thumbs-up icon lets users show their appreciation for online content and also lets them share it with their friends on Facebook.

The difference between the Like and the new Send button is that sharing content with the like button is visible to all the user's friends on Facebook, but the Send button can be used to share content with only select friends.

On clicking on the Send button a user is given options to share the content with chosen friends, a group on Facebook that the user is a member of or to send it via and email to someone.

"A year ago, we launched the Like button, which gives you a quick way to share the things you find on the web with all your friends. But there are times when you find something that you only want to share with a few specific people," Elliot Lynde, an engineer with the Facebook Groups team, said in a post on the official Facebook blog.

The ease with which websites can integrate the Facebook Like Button has made it an overnight success. Over 50,000 websites included the button within a week of its launch and over 2.5 million till date. According to Facebook, over 10,000 websites are adding the Like Button every day.

Websites can easily integrate the new Send button along with the existing Like button by adding 'send=true' as an attribute to the Like button. But the Send button currently only works with the XFBML version.

In addition to the new Send button Facebook also introduced enhancements to Facebook Groups including posting questions, polls, photo albums and more admin controls. The new admin controls can prevents new members from being added without approval of the group administrators. More than 50 million groups have been created on Facebook since the option first became available.

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