Quirky World: Play it again, judge — but not on my baby grand piano

Ekaterina Fields: Making soundsabout piano in divorce case.

ENGLAND: A millionaire US lawyer embroiled in a High Court cash battle with his fifth wife is fighting to keep his hands on his second Steinway baby grand piano.

Both Richard Fields, 59, and estranged Russian wife Ekaterina Fields, 42, want the baby grand in the New York apartment where they used to live.

Fields has already “relinquished” one baby grand following his third divorce and does not want to lose a second, Mr Justice Holman was told.

A lawyer representing Mr Fields told the judge that the baby grand would cost about $100,000 (€90,000) to replace.

The pair are arguing over who should get what following the collapse of their marriage at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

The couple have been married for about a decade, have two children and disagree over the division of assets worth about €8.3m. The dispute could cost them over €1.4m in legal bills.

NYC is buzzing

USA:

It wasn’t a monster making a ruckus under the floor of a New York City bedroom, but it was still a bit scary.

An expert called to find the source of a loud, buzzing noise found about 40,000 bees in a Queens home. Retired NYPD detective Anthony Planakis, known as Tony Bees, was the man for the mission. It took him more than two hours to extract the unwanted residents.

Honey dripped off the massive honeycomb as it was pulled piecemeal from beneath siding and plywood.

Disney sticks it to visitors

USA:

Disney World is looking to crack down on guests who use selfie sticks on rides at the park. A spokesman said guests can bring selfie sticks on the rides but must securely store them.

Disney policy forbids visitors from using the selfie sticks, which can be used to extend cameras out up to 90cm. One ride, Thunder Mountain, has had a number of incidents in which the ride had to be stopped because of selfie-stick use. Disney World workers posted a “No Selfie Sticks” sign at the Magic Kingdom’s Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Sleepless in Sarasota

USA:

Police in Sarasota, Florida, have arrested a man they say broke into a home, then fell asleep on the couch.

Police say the resident woke up and found 29-year-old Timothy Bontrager sleeping on her living room couch. When she asked him what he was doing in her house, he apologised and left after she told him she was calling police.

Officials say the resident told them Bontrager entered through an unlocked sliding glass door in the back of the house. She then noticed her wallet, driver’s licence, credit and debit cards, as well as cheques were missing from the table. Bontrager was arrested a short time later.

Bank takes note

ENGLAND:

The British public will for the first time be able to help decide which historic figure — in this case a creative one — appears on the next version of the £20 note.

The Bank of England regularly changes who appears on banknotes, and there was controversy in 2013 when the choice of Winston Churchill to succeed 19th-century social reformer Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note meant future notes would depict no women other than the current monarch Queen Elizabeth.

Bank governor Mark Carney said it would invite the public to nominate British artists, craftsmen, designers, or filmmakers who they would like to see on the £20 note, which currently shows economist Adam Smith.

The public can nominate artists who are no longer living via the bank’s website until July 19, and a decision will be made by a committee of bank officials and art experts early next year.


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