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Brothel cleaner

Sydney, Aug. 27 (Reuters): A conservative Australian national politician may have to spend a day cleaning a brothel in the Western Australian gold fields after its madam won him for a day.

Workers at the famous Langtree’s brothel in the mining town of Kalgoorlie said today that madam Mary-Anne Kenworthy outbid all others in a Rotary Club raffle for a day’s worth of work from Liberal party member of parliament Barry Haase.

“She bid A$1,000 ($540),” said a receptionist. “(She’ll get him) cleaning and doing tours, driving the limo.” Haase, a member of Prime Minister John Howard’s party, was unruffled.

“You can’t be half-hearted about fundraising for significant charities and I think I’m big enough to play the game,” he said.

Bog champ

London (Reuters): With flippers, snorkel and determination, Philip John from south Wales beat an international field of competitors on Monday to be crowned World Bog Snorkelling Champion. To cheers from bog snorkelling enthusiasts and local onlookers, John took 1.45 minutes to complete the course — a 60 yard long and four-foot deep trench cut in a peat bog outside Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales.

Burnt guitar

London (Reuters): A charred guitar set alight on stage by rock legend Jimi Hendrix could become the most expensive guitar ever sold when it goes under the hammer in London next month, auctioneers said on Tuesday. The 1963 Fender Stratocaster is being offered for sale by the son of rock guitarist Frank Zappa. One of Hendrix’s roadies had given it to Zappa, who used it on his own 1976 album Zoot Allures after making it again playable. His son Dweezil became owner of the instrument upon his father’s death. London auction house Cooper Owen said the instrument was expected to fetch between £350,000 and £400,000, which would make it the most expensive guitar ever sold.

Giant prints

London (Reuters): The tiny Scottish island of Skye may be remote and out of the way for today’s tourists, but 165 million years ago it seems to have been a pretty busy place. Local people and scientists have found 15 sets of giant footprints left by huge meat-eating dinosaurs on a beach on the east of the island, which lies off Scotland’s northwest coast. The prints — each showing three vast toes formed into an arrow-head shape — have been hailed as the biggest and best ever found in Scotland.

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