Friday 24 November 2017

Banksy mural mystery

A Banksy mural at the centre of a controversial auction was withdrawn from sale at the 11th hour.

'Slave Labour', which shows a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, appeared on a wall in Wood Green, north London, last May. It was due to be auctioned in Miami last night where it was expected to sell for up to £450,000 (€513,489).

Hepburn in TV return

Audrey Hepburn has became the latest face to be disinterred for promotional purposes, returning to the screen 20 years after her death to advertise a chocolate bar.

A minute-long spot for Galaxy chocolate, revealed during ITV1's 'Mr Selfridge', places a young Hepburn on a bus in traffic on the Amalfi Coast in the 1950s.

Monkeys love puzzles

Just like human crossword addicts, chimpanzees love having their brains teased and enjoy getting stuck into a puzzle, research has shown.

Scientists at Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire, England, set up a game for six chimps that involved moving red dice through a network of pipes until they fell into a container. Researcher Fay Clark said: "We noticed that the chimps were keen to complete the puzzle regardless of whether or not they received a food reward."

Poles going dotty

Polish language experts have launched a campaign to preserve the challenging system of its diacritical marks, saying the tails, dots and strokes are becoming obsolete under the pressure of IT and speed.

To save time, Poles skip the nuances, and sometimes need to guess the meaning of the message that they have received. Linguist Jerzy Bralczyk said the diacritical marks were a visual, defining feature of the Polish language, and they carried meaning and enriched the speech.

Woman wins diet bet

A US woman has won $1,200 (€907) on a betting site that allows users to gamble on their own weight loss.

Dieters on risk losing their cash if they fail to meet their goals. And Kimberly Calliari (29) wagered first that she would lose 10pc of her body weight in six months. She then embarked on a year-long challenge to drop her BMI from obese to healthy. She said: "If I didn't have anything on the line I don't think I would have done it."

Irish Independent

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