Worm pizza served to sick kids...
A top UK chef has taken drastic measures to ensure some children in hospital get their required intake of protein, by dishing up pizzas topped with deep fried worms.
Heston Blumenthal’s interest in the children’s diets was sparked by a visit to Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital where he noticed pizza on the menu.
“Thick dough and a thin layer of dried cheese and tomato on it, with potato waffles and baked beans. Where’s the protein?” the chef, who is renown for his scientific approach to the culinary arts, told The (London) Sunday Times.
Blumenthal, who visited the hospital as part of a campaign to improve food at taxpayer-funded hospitals, said the children found the pizza unpalatable, prompting him to try and improve on it.
The owner of three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck decided to top the children’s pizzas with worms - a source of protein more commonly usually used as bait by fishermen.
“The kids loved it,” Blumenthal said. “One kid didn’t like it. I’d injected one with ketchup. He said: ‘I don’t like that. It’s not the worm - I don’t like the ketchup’.”
Blumenthal’s other unusual creations include bacon and egg ice cream and snail porridge.
Woman kills brother for cash
NEW DELHI: A woman along with her paramour allegedly killed her brother and then roped in her father to hush up the murder.
The accused Rekha (28) and Anil (26) allegedly murdered 25-year-old Sanjit and then tried to pass it off as a natural death, reports The Times of India (TOI).
What is most horrifying is that Sanjit's 52-year-old father Sher Singh connived with the duo to hush up the matter, police officials told TOI.
The trio would even have escaped had it not been for the timely intervention of a crematorium in charge, who noticed strangulation marks on Sanjit's neck and helped police in identifying foul play. This led to their arrest.
Staff need wigs on 'Blondes only' island
MALDIVES: 'Blonde women only' Maldives island hits snag as half of staff need wigs, reports Metro.
A holiday resort on an island in the Maldives which bosses plan to staff using only blonde women is facing a major problem, but it's not over discrimination - nearly half their staff actually have dark hair and will need wigs.
Lithuanian company Olialia (pronounced 'Ooh La La', apparently) plan to construct the luxury resort - presumably aimed at high-flying businessmen - in the Maldives on a man-made island shaped like a high-heeled shoe.
But Maldivian laws stipulate that at least 50 per cent of any foreign company's staff must be from the local population.
And while blondes are ten a penny in Lithuania, very few locals from the Indian Ocean atolls actually have blonde hair, says the paper.
Brand manager Lauryna Anuseviciut told the paper Olialia are going to navigate the rather significant problem by ensuring any employees with dark hair wear a wig.
Dirty lyrics top charts
AUSTRALIA: Racy Rihanna has scored her seventh Australian No. 1 this week with the saucy single S&M.
It replaces another Australian chart topper with suggestive lyrics - Wynter Gordon’s Dirty Talk - which is now No. 2.
Both songs have been played heavily on Australian radio without being censored.
No. 3 in Australia is Enrique Iglesias Tonight I’m Lovin’ You.
Eleven countries banned the ribald S&M video last week, in which Rihanna wears bondage gear and suggestively consumes a banana.
In the UK the BBC has renamed S&M Come On.
Rihanna’s seven chart toppers have accumulated 31 weeks at No. 1 in Australia.
The last woman to score seven No. 1 singles in Australia in less than a decade was Vera Lynn in the 1940s.
Limbs chopped off for resisting gang-rape
INDIA: In a horrendous incident in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a girl paid a heavy price for fighting off some men who were allegedly trying to rape her.
The men chopped off her arms and legs. The gruesome incident took place when the girl was attacked by an axe.
The victim is in a critical condition and is being taken to Kanpur for further medical treatment. According to some reports, the ghastly incident was the result of an ongoing feud between the victim’s and assailants’ families.
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