QUIRKY WORLD: Husband in murder charge — after plagiarising eulogy

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SOUTH AFRICA: Police say a man has been charged with his wife’s murder, days after local media reported that the heartfelt eulogy he delivered at her funeral was plagiarised.

Police spokeswoman Marinda Mills said Christopher Panayiotou appeared in court in Port Elizabeth. Mills said Panayiotou was arrested last week, following the arrest of another man also accused of the murder. A third man was also apprehended.

Police said schoolteacher Jayde Panayiotou, 28, was abducted in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth on April 21. She was shot to death. A local news site, News24, reported that parts of the moving eulogy Christopher Panayiotou read at his wife’s funeral were cut and pasted from a tribute seen online and written by another man.

Postal celebration

ISLE OF MAN: A special collection celebrating the birth of the Britain’s Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana has been released by the Isle of Man Post Office.

The memorabilia includes a label set, collectable envelopes, and a special celebration folder. The post office also issued a collection to mark Prince George’s birth in 2013.

Don’t have a cow; have two

USA: A two-headed calf has been born on a farm in Baker County, northern Florida.

Dwight Crews, the owner of the farm, says he had not seen one born in his more than 60 years of raising cattle. He says the female calf has trouble standing but has been feeding from a bottle.While one mouth suckles, the other mouth moves. Ripley’s Believe It or Not says the longest a two-headed calf has survived is 40 days.

Papal call

VATICAN CITY: Hang up on Pope Francis and you might get a hug.

Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano says Francis dialled an ailing Italian to comfort him. Francis has a habit of calling people who he has heard are suffering and saying: “Hello, I’m Pope Francis,” when they answer their phone. The man, Franco Rabuffi, hung up twice, thinking it was a prankster.

On the third call, he realised it truly was Francis and was speechless. Francis told Rabuffi he was amused. Rabuffi and his wife were invited to the Pope’s public audience in St Peter’s Square, where Francis hugged them and assured them he really did dial the man’s phone.

Wrong name

USA: No, Kirstie Alley is not involved with politically motivated road closures in New Jersey.

The actress became a trending topic throughout the US on Twitter after jokes and confusion from people reading the phrase “Christie ally” in headlines.

David Wildstein is an ally of New Jersey governor Chris Christie. He pleaded guilty for his role in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013. The Cheers star tweeted that: “This is how rumours once again get started.”

Zero-gravity espresso

ORBIT: The International Space Station is finally serving up fresh Italian espresso.

Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy fired up the first espresso machine in space. She posted a photo of herself on Twitter sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity. Wearing her Star Trek uniform top, she couldn’t resist tweeting the phrase, “to boldly brew”.

Cristoforetti, who returns to Earth next week, almost didn’t get any espresso. The coffee machine, straight from Italy, was supposed to arrive in January, but didn’t get to orbit until April because of a shipment backlog.

There’s no word yet on how Cristoforetti liked the space brew. But it had to beat Nasa’s instant coffee, drunk by straw from a pouch.


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