Quirky World: Banksy mural to get public airing as charity wins day

ENGLAND: A mural thought to have been painted by street artist Banksy is set to go on public display after a charity won a High Court fight over its ownership.

Quirky World: Banksy mural to get public airing as charity wins day

The mural was spray-painted on the wall of an amusement arcade in Folkestone, Kent, about a year ago, a judge was told. The Creative Foundation — a charity which promotes art — and arcade bosses disputed ownership.

Mr Justice Arnold ruled in favour of the Folkestone charity after a hearing in London. Creative Foundation bosses said the owner of the building where the arcade is based had given the mural — which features an elderly woman and is known as “Art Buff” — to them.

Flying high


The man dubbed Britain’s greatest pilot has been reunited with the infamous rocket-powered enemy aircraft he flew 70 years ago.

Captain Eric Brown, now 96, piloted the Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet on June 10 1945 after capturing it at Husum, Schleswig Holstein, Germany, at the end of the Second World War.

Under instructions from prime minister Winston Churchill — who wanted to learn as much as possible about Germany’s technological weapons — Capt Brown was part of a mission tasked with travelling to the country, testing rocket aircraft and bringing them back to Britain.

Animal art


Elephants, giraffes, goats, and even a cockroach at Oakland Zoo are producing colourful paintings to be auctioned off for charity.

Elephants held paintbrushes in their trunks and giraffes used their mouths to produce their artwork one stroke at a time. Goats, lemurs and meerkats had their hooves, paws and claws dabbed with non-toxic, water-based paint and ran over a blank sheet of poster board while chasing a treat.

Thirty-two of the works are being auctioned on eBay.

Lesson not learnt


A driver clocked at 112mph on a motorway in Vermont told police he was heading to court — to take care of a speeding ticket.

The 33-year-old from West Hartford, Connecticut, was also weaving in and out of traffic in Royalton on Interstate 89 before he was pulled over. The speed limit is 65mph. The driver was charged with excessive speeding and negligent operation and given a citation.

Water rescue


Police grabbed a canoe off a bystander to give chase when a suspect ran into a river after being hit with a stun gun.

State police in Newport, Pennsylvania, said a trooper noticed the 42-year-old suspect who he believed had a suspended licence and was wanted for several warrants.

The man drove away and then fled on foot, prompting one officer to deploy the stun gun, causing the man to fall to the ground. The suspect got up and fled into the Juniata River. He was taken into custody after the rescue.

Icy landing


A loud crash startled a California family at home when a chunk of ice the size of a basketball hurdled from the sky and smashed through the roof.

Monica Savath said she and her family were in the living room of their Modesto home when they were shaken by the commotion. She said it sounded like a bomb exploding. Running to the attached garage, they found a gaping hole in the roof and shattered ice. Nobody was injured.

Jim Mathews, a meteorologist in Sacramento, dismissed any meteorological explanation, given the area’s clear blue skies and hot temperatures.

He said an aeroplane is the most likely culprit and suspects the same moisture that creates long white trails behind jets can collect into a large ice block.

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