Biggest brothel coming
Sydney is poised to get the nation’s biggest brothel, including a wing with two king-sized beds and a pool table in each room for group bookings, the Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday. A development application has been lodged for a A$12 million (US$12.7 million) extension to the Stiletto brothel, which proposes doubling its size to 40 working rooms and 21 waiting rooms. “Yes, we think it will be the biggest brothel in the country once the extensions are completed,” Michael O’Brien, of Artazan, the company managing the project, told the newspaper. A former consultant to the legal brothel industry, Chris Seage, said he had been in a lot of brothels, but was unaware of a multi-bed trend. “I’ve never seen two double beds,” he was quoted as saying. “It sounds like it’s a facility for friends to go along in groups and book the room for a couple of hours, have a few drinks, play pool and do the deed.”
Corpse taints water
People living in a block of apartments unknowingly consumed water tainted by the decomposing body of an Indonesian maid before police made the gruesome discovery, the Straits Times newspaper reported yesterday. Some residents complained to authorities after they discovered the tap water on Monday was slightly yellowish and unnaturally foamy, the report said. A police spokesman said a 27-year-old Bangladeshi man had been arrested in connection with the death of the Indonesian maid, whose body was discovered in one of eight water tanks on top of the 15-store block. An investigation into the case, which has been classified as murder, is ongoing, a police statement said. “This is so disgusting. My whole family finished a big pot of green bean soup I cooked this morning,” Choi Ah Moi, 69, was quoted as saying in the Straits Times.
Naked escapee captured
A man who tried to escape from police by clambering naked into the ceiling of an Auckland hospital sparked a seven-hour manhunt before he was recaptured, police said on Monday. The 25-year-old was arrested early on Monday for driving offenses and taken to hospital to receive treatment for an ankle injury, but fled into the building’s labyrinthine ceiling space while taking a shower, police said. The hospital’s emergency ward was evacuated as a search for the man found only his discarded gown, with police eventually forced to call the fire brigade and specialist search teams with thermal imaging equipment. However, he continued to elude his pursuers and local media reported that patrol cars around the hospital made public appeals via a loudspeaker to report any sightings of a naked man. He was eventually found in a ceiling space not far from where he originally disappeared and was charged with escaping police custody.
Farms beset by fruit blast
The overuse of a chemical that helps fruit grow faster is causing a rash of exploding watermelons in Jiangsu Province. An investigative report by China Central Television that was to air yesterday found that farms in the area were losing acres of fruit to the problem. It said farmers sprayed too much growth promoter, hoping they could get fruit to market ahead of season and make more money. China is battling rampant misuse of pesticides, fertilizers and food additives, like dyes and sweeteners, meant to make food more attractive and boost sales.