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Courting trouble

New York, Oct. 3 (Reuters): Musician and singer Courtney Love was hospitalised for a possible drug overdose following her arrest after allegedly breaking windows at a friend’s house, the Los Angeles Times reported today, citing police.

Love was booked for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance after police found her outside a Wilshire-area home, where she said she had broken four windows while trying to enter, said the Times.

The founder of the band Hole was released after being booked, the daily said.

Less than an hour later, Love was found at a private residence, following a call for help to Beverly Hills police and medics.

She was taken to Century City Hospital for treatment for a possible drug overdose, according to the paper, which added that she was not at the hospital by midday yesterday. It gave no further details.

Snap stamp

Tokyo (Reuters): Snap-happy Japan’s love affair with the camera has reached new heights —people can now put their face or favourite picture on a stamp. Japan is the birthplace of the wildly popular “Print Club” booths, where customers have their photo taken and turned into tiny stickers used to decorate everything from mobile phones to school notebooks, and this takes that technology a step further. The customer’s photo is taken by a special machine and printed on stamp sheets, a process that lasts only a few minutes. Each stamp also features a design of roses, cherry blossoms, a heart or cats, according to the customer’s choice. Those wishing to show off their own photographic skills can take a favourite snapshot down to the local post office and order stamps made from it. These take about three weeks to process and cost 1,000 yen per sheet of 10 stamps, said an official at the Communications Museum in Tokyo. A Japan Post official said both services were proving popular, selling a total of 100,000 sheets of stamps since they began.

Royal row

Paris: The Comte de Paris, the head of the Orleans family and pretender to the throne of France, has lost a legal battle to change his surname to Bourbon on the grounds that his family dropped the name 350 years ago. Henri, Duc d’Orleans, 70, had argued in the Paris court of appeal that it was his legal right to call himself Henri de Bourbon. As head of the House of Bourbon-Orleans, he is regarded by many French legitimists as King Henri VII. He is a direct descendant of the last king of France, Louis Philippe. But the court ruled yesterday that he was not entitled to the Bourbon name as his forebear, Philippe d’Orleans, the youngest son of Louis XIII, abandoned it in the mid-1600s.


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