An antique marble lampshade installed at a retired school teacher’s home in Britain was found to be a 2,000-year-old Roman relic and sold for a staggering £445,000 at an auction here.
The owner of the 19-inch high ornament, retired schoolteacher John Barrett, had a hole drilled in the top and bottom of the urn to feed a cable through it.
A light-bulb fitting was then placed on top before a 1970s-style red lampshade was hung on it to complete the “monstrosity”. The lamp was kept in the hallway of his home near Bath, until his death last year, the Daily Mail reported on Friday.
Commie play monopoly
A communist version of the ultimate capitalist game — Monopoly — has been made in Poland. Instead of buying streets, houses and hotels, players will get a list of 10 essential items like bread and loo paper and have to travel around the board joining queues to get into state-owned shops, orange.co.uk reports.
Instead of Chance and Community Chest, players can draw wild cards that get them sent to the front because of a Communist Party connection or see a shop closed down for “decadence.”
The game — Queue — created by the country’s National Remembrance Institute — is designed to show schoolchildren what life was like under the old Soviet era.
A video claiming to show a woman twirling a baby in the air has become a huge internet hit.
Lena Fokina, 50, insists her dangerous-looking “baby yoga” is good for children. She says the practice helps them to develop and that they become “early readers, singers, talkers and swimmers”.
The Russian yoga teacher is seen apparently swinging a girl called Platona Goryun by her hands and feet. The clip was shot in Egypt, where Lena is based — but last night it was believed the “baby” was a lifelike doll, The Sun reports.
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