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Dracula fans set to get zippy

Ghoulish fans of Bram Stoker's Dracula will have the chance to "make like a bat" and soar through the air at this year's Bram Stoker Festival.

A zip wire will be installed in Dublin's Wolf Tone Square over the course of the three-day festival and thrill seekers are encouraged to dress up as the Lord of Darkness before whizzing down the so-called "VampWire".

Now in its third year, the festival celebrates the life and works of gothic author Stoker with an assortment of fright filled activities around Dublin's city centre.

Chain fined for wi-fi block

Marriott International will pay the US government a €479,605 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at one of its hotels, forcing them instead to pay as much as €799 each to use the hotel's own connection.

Last year, a conference attendee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee - which is managed by Marriott - found that the hotel was jamming devices in its ballrooms and complained to the Federal Communications Commission.

Martin gets life gong for films

Funnyman Steve Martin is being saluted with this year's Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

The AFI announced that Martin would be getting its highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be given at a tribute in Los Angeles next June.

The 69-year-old Martin followed initial stardom as a standup and TV performer with his debut feature film, The Jerk, in 1979.

His other films include All of Me, Roxanne and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Body bags up for auction

The Dutch government is selling off 2,500 body bags in an online auction.

Rob Meijer, commercial director of BVA Auctions, said said there has not been a great deal of interest in the unusual offer. The bags are being sold in a single lot, which has a minimum price of €4,000 euro.

The auction closes on October 6.