Friday 15 December 2017

Tattooed Barbie gets under skins

Since its release earlier this month online, a $50 (€35) limited edition tattooed Barbie doll, designed by Los Angeles-based fashion company tokidoki and aimed at adult collectors, has sold out but not before causing controversy.

Some parents have questioned whether the toy company that launched the original Barbie in 1959 should be promoting body art.

Children running up marbles debts

Young children have been running up gambling debts playing games of marbles in the street, with some resorting to stealing to pay them off, a paper in Plymouth, England has reported.

Groups of up to 40 youngsters aged as young as five are playing the game, called "Pits", which involves flicking the marbles into an open water-meter cover in the street surface.

Puppy's life back on track again

A black labrador puppy has a new home after being rescued from the top of a freight train.

A woman in her car saw the dog moving around on a wagon and followed the train for six miles in South Carolina. The puppy has been called Boxcar Hunter.

High rollers on UK taxpayers' tab

bRITAIN'S former deputy prime minister John Prescott's private office spent hundreds of pounds of taxpayers' money in a casino in Australia, it has been revealed.

Documents released by the British government show a government credit card was used to spend £456 (€518) at the Star City casino, £490 at a seafood restaurant and £75 at an aquarium during a visit to Sydney in 2004.

China plans to limit reality TV

China plans to limit reality TV shows and other light entertainment shown on satellite television stations, in a drive to wrest back Communist Party control over cultural industries.

The state order refers to shows that are vulgar or "overly entertaining" and singles out programmes dealing with marital troubles and reality programmes.

Kylie not so lucky as BBC takes pass

BBC bosses have ruled out plans to cast Kylie Minogue as a coach in their new talent show 'The Voice'.

Sources said the star's representatives had asked for a fee of around £2.5m (€2.8m). They said: "We just can't afford to pay those big salaries."

Irish Independent

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