Friday 6 December 2019

In brief: Mark Twain back on bestseller lists

It's never too late: Mark Twain is back on the bestseller lists.

Pre-orders for the first of three volumes of his autobiography have placed the book in the top five of Barnes & and 'The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1' is out on November 15.

Raising a glass to 'Faberge' find

A woman in the UK who thought her 19th Century bejewelled wine taster was worthless may see it sell for thousands.

It will go under the hammer at J P Humbert Auctioneers in Northhamptonshire on Friday. Jonathan Humbert said the item had a catalogue price of £2,000-£3,000 (€2,285-€3,427) but may sell for more because of the mark suggesting it is a Faberge.

Playboy Club gets London hopping

Bunny girls will return to London after a 30-year absence when a new Playboy Club opens next year, Hugh Hefner said.

The Park Lane club was the height of decadence when it opened in the swinging Sixties, attracting stars such as Michael Caine, George Best and Jack Nicholson. The club is to stage a comeback at a new Mayfair location.

Google gives life to Dead Sea texts

Internet giant Google is to put the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls online.

The project will grant free access to the 2,000-year-old text -- considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century -- by uploading high-resolution images.

Arrest warrant issued for Quaids

A California prosecutor said Randy Quaid and his wife failed to show up at a court hearing stemming from their arrests last month on suspicion of illegally squatting at a home.

Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said a judge issued $50,000 (€36,400) warrants for the couple after they failed to appear for an arraignment on a felony vandalism charge. Mr Carter said the case will be called again on October 26.

Fox host 'sorry' for Muslim quip

Fox News Channel host Brian Kilmeade apologised for saying on the air that "all terrorists are Muslim".

Kilmeade, a host of the 'Fox & Friends' morning show, said he misspoke. Kilmeade had said that "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim".

Irish Independent

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