Mr. and Mrs. Jaleel of Damascus have given birth
to a healthy baby boy. Little Ahmed was born just after midnight on
Saturday, the proud parents were delighted to announce, weighing in at 6
and a half pounds, at the Royal Hospital on the outskirts of the city.
Quipped Mrs Jaleel, 'if he
eats anything like his father, that weight is set to double and
double!'. Mother and baby are both doing fine.
soared as the long hot summer continued at the weekend, the mercury
reaching record levels of some 34 degrees on the outskirts of Tallinn.
Locals sunbathed, sprayed each other with water or bought ice lollies in the searing
heat. Local resident Mr. Kalev said "it's very hot. What we need is a
good thunderstorm to clear the air". Tallinn borough council advised
people to use high factor sunscreen whilst sunbathing, and for mothers
with babies and senior citizens to stay indoors in the middle of the
The travellers' encampment on
the outskirts of Shanghai, which had for some time marred local
residents' lives, now appears to have moved on. It is thought that the
travellers' next destination will be Beijing. "I'm just glad to see the
back of them"', said housewife Mrs. Chang "they have been nothing but trouble since they arrived". Hong Wong from the Shanghai
Local Authority stated in a press release that "we are not opposed in
principle to travelling people and those with alternative ways of life,
but we are seeking a compromise solution which will benefit all
A 64 year old
Belgian tourist was pickpocketed on the metro in the outskirts of
Bucharest on Sunday, losing his mobile phone in the process. Mr. Pierre
van Aadendorff, of Brussels, said "the last time I saw it was about
twenty minutes beforehand, when I received an SMS from my daughter in
Brussels saying that she had been given the all-clear following her
cervical smear. The next thing I knew, it was gone."
Aadendorff reported the incident to the central police station in
Bucharest; police issued a warning to tourists to 'watch out'. "I was
able to contact the company to block the number and, since I have
insurance, I will be able to get a new phone once I return to Belgium"
continued Mr. Aadendorff. "We used my wife's phone for the rest of the
holiday, so all's well that ends well. I just feel sorry that people
think that they can get away with it" he said.
The Aadendorffs had
been enjoying a sightseeing tour of Romania.
Mrs. Bouhadienne's cat made a welcome return
on Tuesday night, following a three day absence from his home in the outskirts of Algiers. "I'd given
up all hope" she said."'I thought he must have been poisoned or fallen
down a hole, because you never know these days".
The cat, whose name is
Aladdin, appeared at the door late on Tuesday "somewhat bedraggled and
hungry, but otherwise ok" said Mrs. Bouhadienne. When questioned if she would
be letting Aladdin out again in future, she retorted "no way, not after
this ordeal, he's staying under lock and key - I've already bought a
litter tray!". (Associated Press).