Quirky World ... Car show to put the brakes on minis and tight dresses


Quirky World ... Car show to put the brakes on minis and tight dresses

Female models in tight dresses and miniskirts may be banned from one of Asia’s premier car exhibitions in Shanghai this year.

The Chinese government is concerned about what it sees as increasing vulgarity in society. A crackdown on pornography and freedom of expression more generally has intensified since President Xi Jinping assumed office in 2013.

Victor Yang, spokesman of Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, told Reuters yesterday that the company has received verbal notice from the Shanghai autoshow organiser that no models can be used at the week-long event, from April 20.

An official at the Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai, one of the main organisers of the show, said such a restriction was “under discussion” and a decision would be published soon. He did not elaborate.

Car promoters in China, as in many other places, often employ models to jazz up their stands. The models often seem to get more attention than the cars


A woman who left a dog at a train station with a suitcase of his belongings has reportedly claimed he was abandoned after the sale of the animal went wrong.

Kai was discovered tied to a railing outside Ayr station in South Ayrshire last Friday, in a tale with echoes of Paddington Bear. He has been cared for by the Scottish SPCA since he was found.

Fin Rayner, 39, said she travelled from her home in Aberdeenshire to Ayr to collect him after seeing him advertised on Gumtree. But she said she found he was not the dog pictured in the online advertisement, adding she made sure the dog was safe before leaving to make the last train back to Aberdeen.


A bullet wound an 87-year-old Chicago man suffered seven decades ago contributed to his death, authorities said.

A gunshot injury caused complications to Tom Buchanan’s abdomen that “ultimately killed him”, according to a postmortem examination. Cook County medical examiner’s office spokesman Frank Shuftan said the office has no details about when the retired steel worker was shot or the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Mr Buchanan’s 82-year-old cousin Mattie Matthews said it happened sometime in the 1940s. She says she remembers her mother and her aunt talking about it but she was never told any details and Mr Buchanan never said much about it.


A shortage of tampons has turned demand for one of the most personal of personal hygiene products into a public debate over what has emptied store shelves of the product.

Government officials and product importers have tossed blame at one another, with Argentina insinuating that businesses are trying to drive up prices.

Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said there were no special restrictions on importing tampons, which he called “sensitive products”, and blamed the shortage on a commercial “strategy” by importers. But Miguel Ponce, head of the Chamber of Importers, blamed government regulations.


Christmas Eve was the busiest day for British ATMs in 2014 as a last-minute dash for cash meant that people withdrew £662m (€847m) across the UK, the Link network has reported.

The amount withdrawn from cash machines during that day was the highest seen for any Christmas Eve for at least a decade, Link said.

The total for December 24 last year is more than one fifth (22%) higher than the £544m dispensed on the same day in 2013. The average amount people withdrew was £82.

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