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Episode date 20 January 2013
Politics Today January 20, 2013

On this edition of “Politics Today”, RCI's Gilda Salomone focusses on Canada’s contribution to the war against al-Qaeda-linked rebel fighters in northern Mali.
Arts-Culture #30 photographer Francois Brunelle and look-alikes.
(Francois Brunelle)
"Hey, I saw someone the other day who looked just like you !"   Or perhaps, "Did anyone ever tell you  that you look just like"

I'm betting that something like this has happened to almost all of us at one time or another, or if not, perhaps you've said something like that to someone else.  The fact is that there are people out there who have no blood connection to us, but who do resemble us.

This happened to Montreal photographer Francois Brunelle. Someone told him he looked like British comedic actor Rowan Atkinson, who is perhaps most widely know for his portrayal of the character, Mr. Bean.  When Francois finally saw Bean on TV, he wa surprised himself.  That spurred an idea and for the past 13 years he's been looking for people who resemble each other, and bringing them together in a photograph. 

Surprisingly, many will say, but I dont look like that person..until the camera shows an obvious and often striking resemblance. 

On todays show, I speak to Francois Brunelle about his show called "I'm not a look-alike"

(click on the -more- button at right to see a couple of the many photos

(theme: Marc Montgomery)
Space for Life for Giant Lobster
Nova Scotia lobster gets a second chance in Montreal
They call him Goliath, and when the staff at an IGA Grocery store in the town of Varennes, just east of Montreal, got a look at him, they knew this lobster would hardly fit on anyone’s table, never mind a plate!

"They found it very spectacular," Serge Pepin, the Biodome's curator of animal collections, said on Friday. "They decided to give it a chance of survival."  The Biodome is part of  Montreal’s Space for Life complex including the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium, and later this spring, the newly built Planetarium.

The seven-kilogram crustacean is an American lobster that was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia.  At 15 pounds, it measure 48 centimetres in length.  He was donated last week, and after a few days in an isolation tank, he was carefully placed in his new home in the rocky shored basin of the St. Lawrence ecosystem at the Biodome where visitors can see him.
Two weeks from now, he’ll probably disappear from view.  That’s when he’ll be transferred to the ecosystem’s main basin, filled with 2.5 million litres of seawater.  He’ll take to his usual habitat at the bottom, in the rocks and caves.

He is actually Goliath the Second; the first was an eight-kilogram lobster, donated to the Biodome by a woman in Boston who’d won it in a Super Bowl contest.  That one lived for another two years.  Serge Pepin says this one could live for another five to 10 years, up to the age of 50, but there’s no way of knowing the actual age, as lobsters don’t have identifying signs like the rings on a tree.

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