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CELEBRITY MOTHERS

THEY swore to put their acting careers on the back-burner and become stay-at-home mums - until they actually gave birth...

But Julia Roberts (pictured) is shortly to start filming two new projects - despite saying she would take five years off to look after her twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel, after they were born last November.

And Gwyneth Paltrow is to begin shooting a new film in March some eight months after giving birth to baby Apple and claiming she wanted a "long, long break".

Like many new mums, these two have discovered the reality of motherhood - and the relentless cycle of nappies, feeds and crying is not as idyllic as they'd been led to believe.

As much as they both love their babies, it's natural to be chomping at the bit to get back to work again.

It's getting the balance between working and being a mum right that is the real challenge.

Loving it..

IT'S JUST A LOVE MACHINE..

SCIENTISTS have invented a machine that can measure how randy you're feeling.

The gadget, dubbed the hornometer, calculates whether a person feels sexy by studying electrical activity in the brain.

Electrodes attached to their heads read the electrical responses to the various images. A computer analyses the data to measure the patient's libido - which means he'll never need to ask whether you're in the mood again.

Not very impressed

IT MUST BE FOUL PLAY

A CHICKEN called Lucky, who helped its owner pick out winning lottery numbers, has been eaten by a fox.

The bizarre story began when the clucky one tapped five numbers into owner Billy Gibbons' calculator.

Gibbons - who had found Lucky close to death in the woods - then entered the digits on the Lotto and scooped pounds 1,300.

But the pair's number finally came up when Gibbons forgot to lock Lucky's coop - and a fox got in and killed her.

Gibbons, 48, said: "I am upset if any of my chickens get killed by a fox but that was obviously a special chicken. I rescued it from certain death. I think it knew that and it followed me everywhere."

Gibbons is now trying to train his remaining hens to peck out numbers, too, but admitted: "It's not quite the same."

Don't even go there..

DO YOU SWALLOW IT?

A SAUDI Arabian medical team say they removed a toothbrush that had been in a man's stomach for more than 20 years.

The unidentified 70-year-old had swallowed it without realising.

Which begs the question - how drunk/ tired/stupid do you have to be to guzzle a toothbrush without noticing?
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2005
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