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Competition: We have prizes that are hard to eclipse.

You could win a fantastic four-day break to Romania to view the Eclipse, courtesy of the National Geographic Channel.

Two further prizewinners will each receive a state-of-the-art Kodak Advantix C700 zoom camera.

On Wednesday August 11, the world is going to witness a rare astronomical event - the last solar eclipse of the millennium. This cosmic spectacle will temporarily cast parts of the world into darkness and will cause a momentary decrease in temperature.

According to NASA, the eclipse can be best observed in Romania, and more specifically near the city of Ramnicu Valcea, where just after 11am, the sun will be eclipsed by the moon for approximately 2 minutes and 23 seconds. One Post reader and a companion will travel to Romania and witness the Eclipse in Ramnicu Valcea as part of a superb four-day trip.

The National Geographic Channel will fly you and a friend to Bucharest, the capital of Romania, where you will stay in the exclusive Sofitel in the heart of the city. Based there, you will be taken on a number of excursions, including a guided tour of the famous Peles Castle, the summer residence for the former Romanian royal family - said to be the most sumptuous and beautiful building in Europe.

The climax of your visit will be a trip to see the Eclipse at Ramnicu Valcea, where you will have a prime viewing spot for one of the most important cosmic events this century. After the event, you will be taken on a tour of the marvellous Cozia Monastery, before returning to Budapest where you will be guests at a traditional Romanian meal.

Before flying back to the UK the following day, you will be taken on a city tour of Budapest, to take in the sights and sounds of one of Europe's most historically fascinating cities.

To subscribe to the National Geographic Channel contact your local cable operator or call Sky on 0990 102 030.

Usual Post rules apply. You must be 18 or over to enter. There is no cash alternative. Winners must hold a valid passport.

(THIS PAR TO BE AMENDED ON LAST DAY - See below for details) For your chance to be among our National Geographic Channel winners, you need to collect THREE tokens from those we are printing, attach them to the entry form that appears on Saturday and complete the details requested.


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COPY FOR SAT AS ABOVE- BUT Amend as indicated to the following:

For your chance to be among our National Geographic Channel winners, you need to attach THREE tokens from those we have printed to the entry form here and complete the details requested:

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Attach 3 tokens to this form and complete the following details:

Q: For approximately how long will the eclipse last over Romania?






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Send (to be received no later than Thursday July 29th) to: Eclipse Competition,

The Birmingham Post, PO Box 30, Birmingham B4 6BA.

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Usual Mail rules apply. You must be 18 or over to enter. There is no cash

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Date:Jul 23, 1999
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