Oslo, Nov. 25 (Reuters): Norway’s Prime Minister cannot use his new bomb-proof car despite a threat of attack by al Qaida because Norway’s state road authority says it is too heavy.
The vehicle, built by Germany’s BMW AG to specifications for leaders of Nato nations, has been parked unused in a garage in Oslo since mid-October.
Weighing in at around four tonnes because of armour-plating and thick bullet-proof windows, the car is twice as heavy as a standard BMW 760 iL model and 40 kg over the limit for registration by Norway’s road authorities, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik said yesterday.
“We expect the problem will be solved in a week or two,” Bondevik’s spokesperson Oiyvind Oestang said. Making the car light enough for registration had meant cutting down on safety features, he said. In May, a leader of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaida network urged Muslims to attack the interests of the US, Britain, Australia and Norway. It was unclear why Norway, which did not take part in the war in Iraq, was singled out.
Paris (AFP): For people curious to find “Amelie’s café” or the little Paris bistro where Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau grabbed a bite to eat in Charade, a new tourist guide makes it all easy. Paris Vu au Cinema (Paris, as Seen at the Movies) digs into the French capital’s rich history as the setting for many films to give readers step-by-step itineraries to finding the real-life addresses glimpsed on the big screen. The book points the way to the charming Montmartre locales inhabited by Amelie in the 2001 French movie of the same title — locales that have already drawn thousands of Americans, Japanese and Germans struck by the impossibly magical Paris depicted. Other harder finds can also be traced, including the Cochon a ’Oreille restaurant graced by Hepburn in the 1963 film Charade, or the museum that stood in for the presidential palace in the French movie version of Absolutely Fabulous.
Berlin (Reuters): Scientists in Germany have announced the discovery of a petrified hoard of 17-million-year-old nuts they say form the oldest known cache of stored food. “These fossilised nuts are the oldest proof we have for mammals laying in food stores,” Martin Sander, a palaeontologist from Bonn university, said. “In fact, they’re the oldest store of food yet known from any animal.” His university colleague discovered the fossilised golden chinquapin nuts in a lignite mine.