Quirky World ... A new font fit for a socialist leader

Hugo Chavez

Arial, Times New Roman ... and now the ‘Hugo Chavez’ font

VENEZUELA: Supporters of the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez have unveiled yet another novel way of keeping his memory alive — a font for typing in El Comandante’s handwriting style.

The distinctive ‘ChavezPro’ font was launched by a group of young ‘anti-imperialists’ to coincide with nationwide commemorations of the 60th anniversary of his birth.

Chavez’s bold scrawl became famous to Venezuelans as he used to spend hours on national television writing and drawing on boards and papers to explain policies, develop ideas, and sign deals.

His signature, in red for socialism, adorns T-shirts, baseball caps, and the walls of buildings around the nation.

Arizona inmate uses basketball hoop to leap to freedom

FIT AS A FELON USA: A physically fit felon escaped from a detention facility in Arizona by scaling a basketball hoop in the yard and then jumping from it onto a fence.

Wade Cole Dickinson, 28, remains at large more than two weeks after fleeing from the Yavapai County Detention Facility.

Investigators say he climbed the 3m-tall hoop and used it as a platform to leap to the fence. From there, he pulled apart a seam in the fencing, reached the centre’s roof, and then scaled another fence separating him from freedom.

Dickinson, who listed his occupation as a personal trainer, was awaiting transfer to prison after being sentenced to 24 years on charges including fraud, trafficking in stolen property, drug possession, and illegal possession of a firearm.

NORTH KOREA OPENS SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS

NORTH KOREA: Summer camp in North Korea? It’s got one — and it’s got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. And, of course, a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il surrounded by adoring children.

After some on-the-spot guidance from North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong-un, and a major facelift, the Songdowon International Children’s Camp reopened this week for this year’s flock of foreign campers — more than 300 young children and teenagers from Russia, China, Vietnam, Ireland, and Tanzania.

The campers spend the eight days cooking, swimming, boating, and mingling with their North Korean peers. Though heavily subsidised by the government, the camp — plus a tour of Pyongyang — costs about €200 per foreign child.

The camp, which has been operating for nearly 30 years, was originally intended to deepen relations with friendly countries in the Communist or non-aligned world. But officials say they are willing to accept youth from anywhere — even the US.

SHOW WILL GO ON

USA: A musical being performed in a park has drawn some noise complaints, but police said there are no plans to “give Shrek a ticket”.

Shrek the Musical is enjoying a summer run in the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but some neighbours want the volume turned down.

Police and councillors said they have been getting complaints about noise from the shows, but deputy police chief Corey MacDonald said he has no plans to take action against the green ogre.

LICENCE TO POSE

USA: Children’s favourite the Cookie Monster may soon need a licence.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio said he believes people wearing character costumes in Times Square should be licenced and regulated. Dozens dressed as TV and film characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Batman stand near 42nd Street and pose for photos with tourists in exchange for money.

De Blasio said the practice had “gone too far” after a person dressed as Spider-Man was arrested for allegedly punching a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists.


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