international news

BORNEO A 23-year-old Malaysian man was killed on Thursday night after enraging other customers who felt that he “hogged the microphone” at what Malaysia’s Star Online described as “a coffeeshop-cum-karaoke outlet” on the island of Borneo.
Karaoke rage is not unheard of in Asia. There have been several reported cases of singers being assaulted, shot or stabbed mid-performance, usually over how songs are sung.
Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” has generated so many outbursts of hostility that some bars in the Philippines now do not offer it on the karaoke menu anymore.
In Thailand this year, a gunman shot eight people dead after tiring of their endless renditions of a John Denver tune. As The Telegraph reported in March, that maddening John Denver tune was “Country Roads.”

We'll always have Wal-Mart.

PARIS Robbers in drag get millions in Paris jewel theft. Armed robbers — some disguised as women — snatched $108 million worth of diamond rings, necklaces and luxury watches from a Harry Winston boutique on a posh Paris avenue in one of the largest jewel heists in history, officials said Friday. The gang of three or four robbers threatened about 15 employees with handguns and hit some on the head before taking the jewels from display cases from the store near the Champs-Elysees.
A security monitoring group for the French jewelry industry has reported a 20 percent rise in armed robberies this year over last, with 132 incidents in the first 11 months of 2008. In London, police have reported a recent rise in holdups of security vans. Police say it could be linked to the credit crunch and predict the trend to continue as Christmas approaches.

And a very merry to all, darling.

MEXICO Besides the two camels spotted near the border, Mexico has seen a rash of escaped animals lately, including four tigers, a 500-pound lion and a five-ton elephant.

Drug lords' target practice.


Anonymous said...

I once walked out of a theatre because they were playing "Rocky Mountain High" before the previews.

What is it about John Denver that is SO annoying?

So, forget all this international news. You're just trying to make us forget you're on the verge of getting a puppy.

You can't kid a kidder. AKC or the pound?

Wolfen said...

I don't think it is up her...I think the puppy will just show up unannounced. Unless she starts exercising. The maybe the puppy fairy will hold off another year.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God! It's her birthday! I forget which day!

Please remind me.

It would be a good day for a gift.

Why wait?

I'm thinking Havanese. Keep it cute. If she has one of those, I'll be jealous.

Claudia said...

Let me just repeat this (between clenched teeth): I do not want a dog.
Thanks for thinking of me.

Wolfen said...

Her birthday is December 13th. Coming up soon. Oh dear---but don't puppies look darling under the Christmas tree with big red bows on??

Claudia said...

Let me call your attention to the kareoke rage incident above. Mad dog syndrome is much more common.
"Rabid Area Woman Kills Dog and Self"--that jingle your bells?

Anonymous said...

You guys are getting out of control...enough of the wild and tame animals..peace on earth Remember???Now I must admit there is alot to be said for a wonderful little puppy or perhasps kitten? but there will be absolutely no kitten walking!!!!

Wolfen said...

But I could make it a nice little collar with pearls and rubies...

Anonymous said...

I'll take two please.....how about emeralds ?...I'm sooo into GREEN these days...