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A paranormal investigator claimed yesterday he was in line to win £1m after betting he could prove the existence of an afterlife.

A paranormal investigator claimed yesterday he was in line to win £1m after betting he could prove the existence of an afterlife.

Ross Hemsworth, 49, from Glastonbury, has placed a £100 bet with odds of 10,000/1, that he will provide evidence of an afterworld beyond reasonable doubt.

Sp-eculation

The Spice Girls will make an official announcement about their future plans next week, their management company said yesterday.

Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown will make their announcement next Thursday, following recent speculation of a new album and a concert tour.

No to Tesco

Residents of Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy's village are campaigning against a proposed new store.

A referendum organised by the Keep Cuffley Rural group found 2,428 people opposed the new Tesco and 486 supported it.

The campaign group fears a Tesco store in the Hertfordshire village will harm Cuffley's existing small shops.

Liar jailed

A man who falsely reported that a young girl had been abducted to spite a motorist he thought had cut him up in traffic has been jailed for 10 months.

Leon Adshead, 27, of Congleton, Cheshire, was so incensed at the minor road rage incident he told police the other driver involved had bundled a young girl into the back of his car.

News of Bruce

Newsreader Fiona Bruce is to take over as host of the Antiques Roadshow, the BBC announced yesterday.

Her new role will begin when Michael Aspel steps down in spring 2008, the broadcaster said.

Bruce currently presents the BBC's Ten O'Clock News and BBC One's Crimewatch.

Healthy change

Women pursuing a career as a doctor outnumber men by almost three to two, according to a survey out yesterday.

A British Medical Association poll found that 58% of doctors graduating from UK medical schools in 2006 were female - up from 51% in 1995.

One in five female doctors said they anticipated working part-time for most their careers, compared with 4% of men.

Two-thirds of all the doctors said they expected to take a career break at some point.

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