Friday 23 March 2018

Monkey inherits all

A wealthy Indian couple has made a pet monkey their sole heir, saying their lives became more prosperous after they adopted the animal and they wanted to ensure he is looked after. Brajesh Srivastava and his wife Shabista have no children, but they view their pet monkey Chunmun as a son and have set up a trust to ensure the animal is looked after if it outlives them.

"People might say we are mad, they might even ridicule us. But we know how valuable Chunmun is to us," Shabista, (45) said yesterday. "We are childless and Chunmun is a son to me. We want to ensure that even when we are not alive, Chunmun's life is not affected and he continues to live the way he does."

Oscar edge

Researchers have developed a recipe for Oscar success - cast a 45-year-old actor and a 38-year-old actress in a 140-minute film.

The figures, collated from the last half-century of winners, could be bad news for the 33-year-old Eddie Redmayne, who is favourite to be named best actor.

The research, commissioned by, also reveals the average best picture winner was 140-minutes long, which could be more good news for 'American Sniper', which comes in closest to that, with a running time of 132 minutes.

Phone book row

Book lovers who turned a red phone box into a makeshift library are angry after BT threatened to shut it down due to health and safety fears.

The 'phone box library' in Banbury, Oxfordshire, was fitted with extra shelves and a regular supply of books for residents to share and enjoy, its supporters say.

They have launched the #Saveourphoneboxlibrary campaign on Twitter.

But BT has posted a letter on the working phone box, threatening to remove the shelves amid concerns they could fall and "cause injury".

Better watch out

A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a second-hand shop in Phoenix, Arizona, bought it on sale for $5.99 (€5) and then sold it for $35,000 (€31,000). Zach Norris said he perused a Goodwill store's watch section when he went shopping for a golf cart in January.

Norris said that he was excited when he recognised the 1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre diving watch.

Irish Independent

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