QUIRKY WORLD ... Man uses own obituary to settle scores from beyond the grave by barring family from funeral

Germany: A man has taken his grudges to the grave, telling relatives in a posthumous newspaper notice that some of them aren’t welcome at his funeral.

News agency DPA reported that Hubert Martini published his own obituary in the Trierischer Volksfreund, a newspaper in western Germany.

The deceased described himself as “open, honest, and unforgiving” and says his five siblings and their families are forbidden from attending his memorial service.

It is unclear what made Martini want to have the last word, but the 64-year-old notes that in life “I have hurt some people — and that’s good”.

DPA quoted a local undertaker, Martina Schmidt, as calling the obituary “out of order.”

“He wanted to settle scores and now the relatives have to live with that,” she said.

Princess and the painting

England: A painting finished off with some royal graffiti by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and her daughters has sold for £15,000 at a charity auction.

The artwork, by contemporary British artist Teddy M, called ‘Royal Love’, featured words along its edge written by Sarah and princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

The royal trio added the finishing touches to the piece when the artist brought his canvas, painted with a large orange and white heart embossed with the word ‘love’, to Royal Lodge, in Berkshire in May.

It was auctioned during an art fair staged at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea with the funds raised going to Children in Crisis.

From Brexit to Texas

USA: Texas governor Greg Abbott is not on board with a ‘Texit’ but is seizing a chance to take advantage of Brexit.

Mr Abbott announced that he would run digital advertisements on British websites over the July 4th weekend urging companies to “declare independence from high taxes” and relocate to Texas.

The campaign follows Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and is funded through Texas One, the state’s quasi-governmental marketing arm. Mr Abbott’s spokesman, John Wittman, said he didn’t have specifics on how much the ads cost.

The British vote reinvigorated Texas secessionist groups that in May nearly forced a floor vote on its fringe cause at the state Republican convention. But although Mr Abbott has long accused the Obama administration of impeding on state sovereignty, the governor says Texas isn’t going anywhere.

Make the fake

Scotland: Millions of pounds worth of masterpieces have been removed from art galleries and replaced with forgeries for the sake of a TV series.

Seven paintings by British artists have been taken from museums around the UK in a bid to see if the visiting public can spot the imposters among the collections.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh is taking part, and a fake will be hidden in The Art of The Stuart Courts collection. An imposter will also be hidden among the Golden Age English Portraiture section of the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral.

The public will have the month of July to see if they can spot the imposters by visiting the galleries or viewing the collections online at skyartsfake.com for Sky Arts’ new series Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge.

Off borrowed time

USA: A North Texas city council has voted unanimously to reinstate Browser the cat to his job as live-in mascot of the city’s public library.

KRLD-AM in Dallas-Fort Worth reports the governing council of the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement voted 3-0 to let Browser stay at the library two weeks after voting 2-1 to give the tabby 30 days to check out.

Mayor Ron White had said the move against Browser was a response to officials’ denial of permission to an employee to bring a puppy to work at City Hall. But he says he was overwhelmed with more than 1,000 messages on social media, all in support of keeping Browser on the job.

The vote was taken without hearing from Browser’s supporters who jammed the council chamber.


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