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When colloidal particles are dispersed in a nematic liquid crystal medium the composite exhibits very interesting behaviour. At volume fractions above 20% it becomes very stiff and, together with rheological data, simulations indicate that a colloidal gel is held together by defect lines percolating through the sample. These composites could find applications in sensor technologies.