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My name Mahir....I live Turkey. I live alone!!!!!!!! I like to be friendship from different country..... Now I am cult!!!! One million of you click on my site... I'm too happy I make lots of people laugh; But please, this is very bad. My life is not now my own! This is not a laughing thing any more!

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Words: crinal, adj.

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Bold, glamorous swimwear won't be hard to find this summer, with designers and high street alike delivering the goods. So if you're planning a midnight dip, be prepared to stand out in neon stripes, flirty polka dots and psychedelic florals

letter: Rail Names

Sir: Fredrik Procope writes regarding station names and their readability (letter, 24 May): " ... at 100mph one could be in Blackpool or Bodmin". I sincerely hope he never finds himself at that speed in either station. If he does, may I suggest that he wears a crash helmet and swimming trunks? Trains normally stop at termini and he is likely to find himself either in the Irish Sea or the river Camel.
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