Quirky World ... Tycoon treats homeless to posh meal and hundreds in cash

USA: A group of New York’s homeless people could have been forgiven for thinking they were dreaming when they were treated to a slap-up meal at a posh restaurant and then handed $300 (€220) each.

Quirky World ... Tycoon treats homeless to posh meal and hundreds in cash

Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao, 46, bought 200 residents of a Manhattan homeless shelter lunch at the Boathouse restaurant in Central Park, which included sesame-crusted tuna followed by steak, all served to them by white-gloved waiting staff.

The multi-millionaire recycling magnate said he wanted to disprove the cliche of rich Chinese businessmen who spend their money only on luxuries for themselves, and finished lunch by handing each attendee three $100 bills.

ENGLAND: Among the unusual sights at Glastonbury this year is a moving sculpture by Banksy, designed to highlight the issue of animals being farmed for their meat.

‘Sirens Of The Lambs’ depicts a truck full of shrieking cuddly animals being taken to slaughter, which will be driven across the festival site “at mealtimes”, the elusive artist said.

Music fans looked on as the vehicle travelled across the fields of Worthy Farm, where 450 dairy cattle are usually grazed when the festival is not on. Farmer and festival organiser Michael Eavis said: “Is it some kind of animal rights thing? “I’m not sure about it. Our cows are actually very happy, they have the highest milk yield in the county.”

USA: A Washington couple is suing British Airways, claiming the airline ruined their holiday by booking them tickets to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain.

Edward Gamson and Lowell Canaday say that last autumn they wanted to travel from Washington to London and then to Granada. Gamson says he explained his travel plans to a British Airways agent who made the reservation.

The lawsuit says the couple made it to London, but their connecting flight went to the Caribbean, not Spain. They didn’t realise the mistake until they were airborne.

ENGLAND: This year’s Christmas stockings are set to brim with state-of-the-art technology which will have many parents reaching for the instructions, says Hamleys.

Must-haves include a doll named Cayla, who uses speech-to-text Google software to look up answers to questions online, and the Doh Vinci 3D Deluxe Styler, which mimics the principles of 3D printing.

USA: A university is getting attention for a mistake its own students would be criticised for. Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication in Illinois recently gave 30 diplomas to graduates in which the word “integrated” was spelled without the “n”.

ENGLAND: Trespassing Travellers stopped a school’s sports day going ahead after pitching up on its playing fields. The group parked up to 25 vehicles and caravans on the council-owned Bee Lane sports field in Wolverhampton, only hours after being moved on from another site in the city. It forced the cancellation of nearby Elston Hall Primary School’s sports day.

USA: The cat, in the bathroom, on the officer’s shoulders?

This was no game of Cluedo, it was in fact a case of a cat wanting to stay close to police while they investigated a report of a burglar at the pet’s home in Portland, Oregon.

Police found broken glass on the floors of the basement and a bathroom in the property, and when the cat was moved to ensure it did not injure its feet, it promptly leapt on to the shoulders of an officer and stayed there until police had finished searching the house. No burglar was found.

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