January 10, 2003
And Happy New Year to all! By now your headache should have gone away, and your resolutions should have been broken. Here in The Big Apple we're grateful for a little sunshine today. It's been gray here for weeks. How about those jolly farmers in the Lista region of Norway? They're holding a beauty contest for cows, and will be awarding the title of Miss Lista to the winner. Won't that make an interesting entry for the next Miss Universe contest? Cows will be judged on the appearance of their bodies, legs and teats. Heeeeey - sounds an awful lot like lunch hour outside the office buildings in Midtown Manhattan.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WHERE'S LOVELY RITA METER MAID WHEN YOU NEED HER?
A music piracy ring has been busted in the UK, and police have recovered 500 Beatles session tapes stolen in the 1970s. The tapes contain never-released songs taped at a session in London. They were intended to become an album called "Get Back". Instead, the song, "Get Back" and others from the session were included on the "Let It Be" album. Six people have been arrested in the Netherlands and London, after an investigation spearheaded by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in conjunction with the London police. The police call the tapes "priceless" and point out that bootleg copies have surfaced in Europe and the USA over the years. What is really priceless, of course, is the publicity this will generate for the Beatles' next album, sure to be released soon.
BE THE FIRST ON YOUR BLOCK DEPARTMENT
A firm in Nottingham, England is doing a healthy business in custom-made coffins in unusual shapes. Fearns of Bulwell has taken special orders for coffins including some made in the shape of sleds, boats, bells and sports cars. The coffins, at least one of which was ordered to be used, with a glass top, as a coffee table, cost between $1,000 and $4,500. No word on whether there are plans to produce the sure-to-be-in-demand Gucci shoe, Prada handbag or pashmina-shaped coffin. Orders in advance, please.
Two Assistant District Attorneys in Louisiana were cirticized for their choice of ties at a murder trial. One tie featured a hangman's noose, and the other the Grim Reaper. Very humorous, Guys. Donnie Rowan and Cameron Mary were told the ties were inappropriate and they should never wear anything like them to work again. Their boss, Paul Connick (cousin to actor/singer Harry Connick,Jr. and nephew of Harry's father, retiring New Orleans District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr.) said, "They were a joke, although a poor joke,". No doubt they will now go back to wearing their usual hula girl ties.
Time to go, Accumulators. He Who Is The Light Of My Life has been promised flank steak for dinner tonight, and flank steak he shall have. Thank goodness for indoor grills! This promises to be a frigid weekend. Tomorrow we're trekking up to the country house where, when last we checked, there were more than two feet of snow. On Sunday we get to watch our dear niece Mallory Jaye Cohen compete in the varsity cheerleading competition. Wishing you a warm and cozy weekend, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2003 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #204
U.S. Library of Congress
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