Monday 23 October 2017

NY's 'Cronut' craze

New Yorkers are going crazy about the Cronut – a new pastry that's a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.

Queues form outside the tiny Manhattan shop of French chef Dominique Ansel most mornings. Some often leave empty-handed as he makes only 200 to 250 Cronuts every morning and has been selling out within an hour. "A little bite of heaven. Definitely worth the calories," said one fan, Kyra Parkhurst, of Utah.

BRAND EYES 'WHO' ROLE

Comic Russell Brand said he would love to replace Matt Smith in 'Doctor Who'. Smith announced last week that he was quitting his role as the timelord this year.

Brand told Absolute Radio: "Yeah, I'd love to be him, I'd be like a Tom Baker one; long scarf, flouncy, wistful, quoting occasional poems, kicking cyber-men in the nuts."

SHELL-SHOCKED PUPILS

A British primary school was evacuated after a pupil took an artillery shell to show and tell.

It is believed a student at St Margaret's Church of England Primary School in Essex took the shell into class yesterday. Army bomb disposal teams were called and decided the device posed no danger.

MUMMY MYSTERIES

The mysteries of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy on display at a museum are to be explored for the first time.

It has been one of the most popular exhibits at Perth Museum in Scotland since it arrived in the 1930s, but very little is known about it. The exhibit is being transported to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in England, where it will undergo an X-ray and CT scan.

CHILDREN'S COCKTAILS

A US restaurant turned Sunday brunch into an adult party for children when staffers mixed up the mimosa, orange juice and champagne cocktail with regular orange juice and served it to children.

One woman said her seven-year-old thought the drink tasted funny, but she tried it and found it fine. The mistake was discovered when other parents started complaining.

ACTION ON ASSAULTS

A US government committee has responded to the growing number of sexual assaults in the armed forces by stripping commanders of their authority to reverse convictions in rape and assault cases.

The measure also requires that anyone found guilty of rape or sexual assault receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, a dismissal from military service or a dishonourable discharge.

Irish Independent

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