McCartney fulfills wish
Paul McCartney fulfilled a lifelong wish yesterday when he appeared in the final print edition of Britain’s longest-running children’s comic, the Dandy, a favorite of the former Beatle when he was growing up in Liverpool. The comic that brought beloved characters, including pie-eating cowboy Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat, to millions of homes is going digital-only 75 years after it was first published. The weekly publication sold more than 2 million copies in its 1950s heyday, but with children lured by alternative entertainment from TV and video games, circulation has fallen to fewer than 8,000. McCartney contacted Dandy after the digital switch was first announced in August. He said that in an interview in 1963 he was asked what his personal ambition was and he replied that he wanted to have his picture in the Dandy. “I hope it’s not too late,” the 70-year-old wrote in a letter. McCartney leads the comic’s most famous characters in a sing-along of Hey Jude.
Woman told she is dead
Curious to discover why she was not on a list of registered voters, a 92-year-old woman was surprised when officials informed her that she had passed away months earlier, authorities confirmed on Monday. “It was rather a shock when they informed me at the town hall that I had died in the spring,” a sprightly-looking Johanna Franz, who says she keeps fit gardening, told the Heute daily. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” the grandmother from Vienna quipped, quoting Mark Twain. A spokeswoman for the authorities, Sandra Frauenberger, confirmed the incident and said that Franz had been resurrected on the records. “This happening a second time can be ruled out,” Frauenberger said.
Beggar prefers unshod life
A New York police officer rocketed to overnight fame when a tourist filmed him giving new boots to a homeless man and posted the video online, but when a reporter caught up with the beggar, the man was shoeless again. What happened? “Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money,” the homeless man, identified as Jeffrey Hillman, 54, told the New York Times. “I could lose my life.” Hillman, who first arrived in New York 10 years ago, said he was surprised by all of the attention. “I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get?” he asked. “This went around the world and I want a piece of the pie. I appreciate what the officer did, don’t get me wrong. I wish there were more people like him in the world.” Hillman clearly prefers the unshod life — since he has been in the news a woman has come forward to say she bought him a pair of shoes a year ago.
Sex pioneer’s son charged
The 60-year-old son of sex research pioneer William Masters has admitted masturbating in Central Park. William Masters III pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor public lewdness. He was arrested in May after a New York police officer reported seeing him expose his genitals and masturbate. Defense lawyer Irwin Rochman told the New York Post that his client has been in counseling. Masters avoids jail time, but if he gets arrested again he will face up to 90 days. Masters is also charged with exposing himself to a sheriff’s deputy and another woman on a Michigan river in September. That case is pending. Masters’ father and Virginia Johnson wrote the best-seller Human Sexual Response.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: The publisher’s ‘Apple Daily’ newspaper has had to raise the number of copies printed from 70,000 to 550,000 to meet a huge surge in demand They have occupied Hong Kong’s central business district, marched by the hundreds of thousands through the territory’s streets and endured tear gas and pepper spray in pitched battles with riot police. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters are now wielding a new protest weapon: their stock-market trading accounts. To show support for Jimmy Lai (黎智英), the publisher and outspoken government critic who was on Monday arrested under the territory’s new national security legislation, Hong Kongers have been piling into shares of his media company Next Digital. The result: a more than 1,100 percent surge in two days that propelled the stock to a seven-year