QUIRKY WORLD... Lionesses latest to be smitten by Old Spice aroma

ENGLAND: When David Yarrow was sent to the heart of Africa to photograph lions in the wild, he spiced up the job with the help of some aftershave.

QUIRKY WORLD... Lionesses latest to be smitten by Old Spice aroma

The self-taught photographer covered his camera casing in Old Spice stick aftershave to attract the animals to his remote cameras to take his pictures.

His guide told him that lions were attracted by the smell — because the local Masai, and colonialists, had worn it for years. “It worked, and the lioness came straight towards the camera against a clean backdrop,” Yarrow said.

The black-and-white images were being unveiled at Christie’s in London.

VENEZUELA TO CRUSH CARS, BIKES TO BUILD HOUSES

VENEZUELA: Authorities in Venezuela are to start crushing abandoned cars and bicycles to provide raw materials for housing construction and supplement drastically reduced amounts of local steel.

“We have sent 10,485 automobiles, 9,651 motorbikes and 539 bicycles to the national steel industry,” Maria Martinez, a deputy justice minister, said during a visit to an abandoned car deposit outside Caracas.

That quantity of steel, she said, could be used for rebars, which reinforce concrete, in the construction of tens of thousands of housing units.

In one of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s most popular policies, the Great Venezuelan Housing Mission, authorities built or refurbished more than 250,000 housing units in 2012 for low-income families, and around 150,000 last year.

IGLOO SALE

USA: The embodiment of an Alaska cliche is for sale.

The massive urethane igloo that is a must-stop for tourists heading for Denali National Park and Preserve can be had for $500,000 (€360,000).

The 80ft high structure, erected over four decades ago and never completed, sits on a 38-acre site, which is part of the sales package.

Owner Brad Fisher envisions the igloo turned into an eye-catching restaurant and hotel run on green power. But creating a business could cost a new owner at least a couple of million dollars getting it ready and within regulations.

HEARTBLEED SPLIT

USA: Most Americans who have learned about a major breakdown in internet security have been trying to protect themselves — but a group nearly as large is unaware of the threat, a survey has found.

Some 39% of the 1,501 adults polled by the Pew Research Centre said they had changed their passwords or closed online accounts. But 36% said they had not heard of Heartbleed, which has affected over 500,000 websites.

BUBBLEGUM BERRY

ENGLAND: A new fruit resembling a small strawberry but tasting like bubblegum has gone on sale.

Bubbleberries, or fragaria Moschata, were popular in the 19th century but gradually fell from popularity, according to Waitrose, which is stocking the fruit for five weeks. It described the berry as “beautifully fragrant, with the unmistakable taste of bubblegum”.

The supermarket said the berry could be used in any dessert, recommending them served with ice cream, folded through marshmallows or frozen with melted white chocolate.

SPLASHING OUT

ENGLAND: Few foreign tourists spend as much on hotels abroad as Britons do, according to a survey.

Based on prices paid for hotels while abroad, only travellers from Switzerland, Argentina, the US and Norway fork out more than Britons, the Hotels.com poll showed.

On average, Britons paid £109 (€132) for a hotel room on an overseas break last year, the same amount as the Japanese, putting Britain in fifth equal place. Top were the Swiss, who paid an average of £117, followed by Argentinians (£113) and those from the USA and Norway (both £111).

STORMTROOPERS WELCOME

TUNIS: Imperial stormtroopers are set to march through Tunisia’s capital as part of a new effort to attract tourists and burnish the image of the North African country.

Tunisia’s national tourism office is collaborating with the local Star Wars fan club to hold a convention in the country, which boasts sets from the popular science fiction film franchise deep in the desert.

The campaign also features a Star Wars-themed online video set to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ popular hit Happy, involving characters from the films.

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