SRI LANKA: A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

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QUIRKY WORLD ... Tourist deported over Buddha tattoo

SRI LANKA: A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Tourist deported over Buddha tattoo

Sri Lankan police said Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital, Colombo, after she arrived from India.

A police spokesman said she was arrested for “hurting others’ religious feelings” after the tattoo of a Buddha seated on a lotus flower was spotted on her right arm.

Buddhism is the religion of the country’s majority ethnic Sinhalese and Buddhist tattoos are seen as culturally insensitive.

UK: An album by Christina Aguilera and hits by the likes of Muse, Gorillaz, and Keane are unlikely inclusions in a list of record releases which are worth a small fortune to collectors.

Record Collector magazine has assembled a list of recent releases, most of them on vinyl, which now change hands for a hefty price, including a £300 (€365) price tag for an Oasis boxset.

Aguilera’s Back To Basics release from 2006 — released as a limited-edition triple-vinyl package — weighs in at £100.

The list of modern rarities also includes the debut Muse album Showbiz, Keane’s first album Hopes And Fears, and Demon Days by Gorillaz which are each valued at £100 on vinyl.

Kate Bush’s 2005 album Aerial is another which the list’s creator Ian Shirley — who edits the ‘Rare Record Price Guide’ – puts at £100, even though almost mint copies of the singer’s LP The Dreaming from more than two decades earlier can be had for as little as £8.

UK: As many as 13% of drivers are still using handheld mobile phones while at the wheel.

Some 4% of drivers have admitted to regularly sending or reading text messages while on the road, the poll by road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line showed.

The number of people owning up to using handheldmobiles at the wheel has fallen from 36% in 2006 to 13%. But the survey of 1,000 drivers showed that the number of motorists using hands-free mobiles while driving has risen from 22% in 2006 to 38% now.

UK: A family is suing a school district, contending that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children.

The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen regional school district in New Jersey was filed in state court last month and was announced by the American Humanist Association. The group says the phrase, added in 1954, “marginalises atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots”.

School district lawyer David Rubin says the district is merely following a state law that requires schools to have a daily recitation of the pledge. He says individual students do not have to participate.

UK: Old-fashioned baby names are enjoying a surge in popularity while new parents are spurning fantasy names.

Medieval-style names have rebounded despite not having been popular for hundreds of years. Among the boys names enjoying a revival are Wyatt, Audley, and Peyton, while medieval girls names making a comeback include Millicent, Elvina, and Kendra.

However, fantasy names such as Princess, Crystal, and Prince are falling from favour.

USA: Lucey, an 18-month old pooch, has beaten 49 drooling competitors to win this year’s Beautiful Bulldog pageant held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lucey’s owner Tiffany Torstenson is a surgeon and said she often takes her dog to work. She said Lucey’s demeanour around doctors and patients helped convince her human family that she would make a perfect therapy dog.

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