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Love letter in a bottle stirs UK's imagination

A MYSTERIOUS missive apparently written by a French-speaking woman to her married lover has washed onto a British beach and into the imagination of the British media.

The three pages of passionate writing and a lock of brown hair were found in a beer bottle half buried on a beach in Cornwall, in southwest England, at the weekend. Now the unknown author's message of heartache has been broadcast across British radio and the Internet.

Local coast guard official Martin Leslie said he was out with his family last Saturday when he found the Heineken bottle, whose top was sealed with red candle wax. He said he became concerned when he made out vague references to love and death in the letter and contacted French authorities.

"I had to assume this was a possible suicide," he said.

But French officials identified the message as a romantic letter addressed to a married man, Leslie said.

He said he believed the author could not tell her lover how she felt "so she threw it into the sea."

"I assume it was because he was married," he added.

"Thank you for having given me back this crazy, new shot of life," the author wrote, according to a translation broadcast by the BBC. "These magic moments are pure secret."

Leslie said he believed the bottle originated from the coast of northern France. He said it was dated September 25 this year.


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