Weird and Wonderful Weekly

By Sadie Bass

Jun 5, 2009 10:57am

ABC's Gabriel O'Rorke reports from London: Bizarre Incidents, Quotes and People From Around the World Quotes of the Week "Goodness gracious. That's something there" — said President Obama after receiving a gold chain and medallion from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.  "I know it's tough out there and the economy is in meltdown but I can assure everyone that I am not about to turn into Mr Whippy" – said Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger, following reports that he offered $160,000 to a London café owner for a vintage ice-cream van. “Face it, I didn’t become famous until I took my clothes off” — Actor Jude Law faces lays bare the truth of his fame. Law is currently playing Hamlet in London’s Wyndham Theatre. “It is absolutely crucial to eliminate the greys,” — said Prince Charles about the recent cull of grey squirrels in Britain and save red ones. “I’ve got good news,” — said the British Health Secretary Alan Johnson, “I’m able to announce that after 106 years Labour has finally achieved one of its aims – we’ve closed down Eton College!”  The iconic British Private School attended by Princes William and Harry, closed as a result of the outbreak of Swine Flu. "Our father who art in Havana" – said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of his friend and mentor, Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro.  The utterance was made during his marathon edition of his television talkshow "Alo Presidente", which was cut-short for unspecified technical problems. WWW News Star crossed lovers to Verona!  It is now possible to tie the knot in the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet. The 13th century mansion of the Cappello family — believed to be the Capulets of William Shakespeare's tragic play "Romeo and Juliet" — has become a wedding venue. The cost of love? It depends on your nationality: for Verona couples it is $63, for Europeans $980 and for non-European citizens $1260
  Gay Adoption? A pair of adult male penguins called Z and Vielpunkt has hatched an adopted egg and are now happily rearing the chick. The zoo, in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, claims to have a total of six gay Humboldt penguins.
Facts and Figures 194 inmates, escorted by 124 prison guards and sports instructors — it’s the first ever penal Tour de France. Prisoners cycle in a pack, and, for obvious reasons, breakaway sprints are prohibited. The 1,500 mile tour from Lille to Paris involves stopovers in 17 different towns, each with a jail.
$20. The cost of a flight from Madrid to London allegedly taken by Spain's Queen Sofia. According to AFP, it was convenience not cost that was behind this bout of royal thrift. 16. The number of complaints made to Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, following the criticism over the treatment of Britain’s Got Talent contestant, Susan Boyle.

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