It’s a Weird World

GNOME PRESIDENT: Theatre posters proclaiming “We await you, merry gnome” were taken down from a Russian town shortly before a visit by the country’s diminutive President Dmitry Medvedev, a local website reported last Friday.

The advertisements were for a children’s theatre show, but were removed from a street that the president’s convoy was due to use on his visit to Omsk on February 12.
Russian media say Medvedev is 1,6 metres tall.
The poster depicted a child fairy but was one of a number of sudden renovation projects that took place ahead of the Medvedev’s visit, it reported, quoting bloggers and journalists.
The authorities recommended that fresh snow should be sprinkled over older dirty snow as part of the facelift, it said. –– Reuters.

PRAYING AWAY CRIME: A British police officer claims to have cut crime and saved lives through the power of prayer.
Inspector Roger Bartlett (44) arranges meetings where locals pray for their police, reports.
He is one of the leaders of the Christian Policing Association in Barnstaple, Devon.
They started praying for an improvement to the 26% crime detection rate in 2007 and it has since soared to more than 40%.
He said “the most significant answer to prayer” saw fatal road accidents in North Devon fall from 97 to 32 in a year.
Bartlett added: “Many who do not have the faith would say that this is just coincidence. “From my experience, the more I pray, the more coincidences I seem to see.”
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton stressed the “diverse” force accepted all faiths. –– The Sun. 

ZEBRA CROSSING: Police in the US chased a runaway zebra through rush hour traffic in Atlanta, Georgia, after it escaped from a circus.
Several police cars and motorcycles pursued the scared animal for several kilometres before it was eventually captured.
The animal, named Lima, which was spotted all over town, had escaped from an outdoor enclosure of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Motorists and pedestrians were treated to unusual scenes, the local Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
“It was wild,” Prapik Jani, a restaurant manager, said. “I thought I was seeing things.”
“All of a sudden, a freaking zebra comes running down the street like a car,” another witness was quoted as saying.
“Five or six police cars were in hot pursuit. And a bunch of officers on foot. But then I got scared, thinking… what else is loose?” –– Ananova.

BOSS KILLER: A Cyprian glamorous television news anchorwoman has been accused of hatching a plot to have her former boss murdered.
Media mogul Andis Hadjicostis (42) was shot dead outside his home in Nicosia on January 11 by a masked gunman who escaped on a motorbike.
Hadjicostis was the owner of Dias, the largest media group in Cyprus.
Elena Skordelli (43) who has been charged over the killing, had worked at Dias as a news anchor and chat show host before being fired.
In a further twist, she is believed to have planned to take over Hadjicostis media empire offering his killers jobs for life at the television station.
Skordelli’s family own a 20% share in one of Dias’ popular TV stations, Sigma.
Skordelli, her brother and another man are accused of plotting and carrying out the murder.
They all deny the charges against them. Police are still hunting the gunman who they suspect may have fled the island. –– Sky.