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  In Palmerston, New Zealand, permission to inter ashes in a new natural burial ground has been put on hold. The council wants a period of consultation in order to arrive at a “a better understanding of what sort of natural burial ground people want” in the light of the
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  When Dutch artist Bart Jansen’s beloved cat was killed by a car he converted it into a cat-i-copter.  Hat tip Poppy Mardall  
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  A delightful email arrives from Annie Leigh, who is Eco Urns. With it come some delicious photos of a bespoke ashes urn Annie has just made for a client.  The client wanted an urn that could be ‘launched’ at sea. She wanted her husband’s ketch — and she wanted
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   Tanzanian socialite Jackie Cliff wants the Machozi Band to play at her funeral.   
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  Suzie Howie was a showbiz publicist in Australia. She died a few days ago aged 63. Here are some extracts from her last message:  I have had a terrific life and am so grateful for the fun, the excitement and the wonderful people who have been part of it.
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  CCTV at SMP Large Format, Ashford, Kent, captured this terrifying spectral orb moseying around one of the offices. It has left the workforce shaking. “The boys in the factory feel there is something there or watching them. You know when you get the feeling you are not alone? “We
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To see the coffin, click here. 
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  Some fine copywriting here from CoffinWorld:  This PRISCILLIAN Cardboard Casket is manufactured using ash wood. This casket’s excellent high shine design is available in brown. Apart from the double cover top that gives selections for witnessing, this casket is available in the colour of Brown. The handles are dipped
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Guido Reni’s David with the Head of Goliath   There’s a good death piece over at the New York Times that you might like. It’s by Bess Lovejoy, author of the about-to-be-published Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses. Here are some taster extracts:  Over the last century, as Europeans
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  Come stop your crying  it will be all right Just take my hand hold it tight I will protect you from all around you I will be here don’t you cry For one so small, you seem so strong My arms will hold you keep you safe and warm