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North Korea, which is farming black swans to alleviate food shortages. In Britain the delicacy may only be consumed by royals and fellows of St John’s College, Cambridge.


A thrifty Californian, who saved enough to pay off his student loans, get married and buy a house by eating at his local theme park for seven years. Dylan, 33, told Mel magazine that a $150 annual pass to Six Flags Magic Mountain included two daily meals and free parking.

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Melanie Hamrick, Mick Jagger’s girlfriend. It took him 60-odd years to find “the one”, says Celia Walden in the Telegraph, but he’s finally done it and is apparently happier than he’s ever been with the 34-year-old. “It’s because she’s a ballet dancer,” says a friend. “Trained. Disciplined. Ruthless. And very flexible.”


Noisy helicopters, which are spoiling the French Riviera. Residents of Ramatuelle, down the coast from St Tropez, have complained about the racket made by wealthy visitors flying in by chopper. There were about 20,000 helicopter flights in the area last year, four times as many as a decade ago.


Joe Lonsdale, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, who has voiced the unfashionable view that men taking six months’ paternity leave are “losers”. The founder of Palantir Technologies said: “In the old days men had babies and worked harder to provide for their future – that’s the correct masculine response.” You may not agree with him, but you can’t deny he’s brave.