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A children's toy was rushed to hospital, it emerged yesterday.
The Alien Egg, which resembles a tiny baby curled into a foetal position and is covered with sticky slime, was found hidden among sweet wrappers by a cleaner at Buckhurst Hill Tube station, Essex.
He scraped it off the floor with a shovel and took it to the station supervisor, who called the police. A policeman accompanied the "foetus" in the ambulance to Whipps Cross Hospital. - Guardian (Sigrid Rabiger)

Madonna is to lecture students at Cambridge University. Historian Dr John Adamson, who invited the singer, says: "I was stunned by her intelligence when I telephoned her. She answered the phone and when I asked to speak to Madonna, she said 'this is she'." - OU Magazine (Brain Abbs)

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This article first appeared in the 15 November 1999 issue of the New Statesman, Guns and the Dome