Minder on their minds
He was best known for his portrayal of small-time crook Arthur Daley in the hit TV series Minder.
And the much-loved show was fresh in mourners' minds as George Cole was laid to rest - with his coffin arriving to the sound of the famous theme tune.
His coffin entered Reading Crematorium yesterday to the upbeat song I Could Be So Good for You, which signalled the start of the popular programme that brought the criminal underworld of west London to millions of homes up and down the country from 1979 to 1994.
Vote for dragon slayer
A Nigerian court granted a 57-year-old man a divorce after hearing that his wife often brought his meals to him too late in the evening. A court in Lagos heard that Olufade Adekoya was at the end of his tether after Olusola, his spouse of 25 years, refused to serve him when he demanded, the Vanguard national daily said.
"My wife had failed in her matrimonial obligations. She does not prepare my food on time and I have warned her several times, but she would not listen to me," he was quoted as saying.
Back to basics
A self-described shaman who discovered the healing powers of herbs while seeing visions on his sickbed; a former consultant for IBM who ditched PowerPoint presentations to drive across Africa and an artist from Luxembourg who is a qualified plumber.
They are among a group of 22 people newly settled in the crumbling village of Odrintsi in southeastern Bulgaria where they live without electricity, but with 230 goats.
Boy (3) elected mayor
A freckled-faced three-year-old boy has gotten a few valuable pieces of advice from his six-year-old brother since he succeeded his elder sibling as mayor of a small town in northern Minnesota.
"I told him to be nice when you talk to people and don't say any poopy talk," Robert Tufts said, relaying the conversation he had with his younger brother James after he became ceremonial mayor of Dorset, Minnesota.
A 'Big' apology
McDonald's has apologised for an incident in which workers in one of the US burger chain's French franchises appeared to be threatened with the sack for feeding homeless people. A photograph circulating on social media showed a notice pinned up at the McDonald's near Marseille featured the apology.