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Cocaine, candy, and angry Abba members

Cocaine, candy, and angry Abba members

Published: 05 Apr 2012 09:25 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Apr 2012 09:25 GMT+02:00

The Local presents another News in Brief - tidbits from the week's news that are worth a mention.

Loner borrows dog, then sells it

A man in Skänninge, southern Sweden, who claimed to be feeling lonely was loaned a pet dog by his friend, wrote the Corren newspaper on Thursday.

However, when the owner checked in on the loner loaner, he found the doggone dog gone.

It turns out the man had decided to make some quick cash and sold the mutt for the princely sum of 100 kronor ($15).

Police investigating the incident revealed that the dog-sitter had a bad history of borrowing pets, and was "well known by police" for similar incidences.

Swedish kids in 'modern Hansel and Gretel' runaway

Two children aged three and four made a run for it from their home in Hallstahammar, central Sweden, on Wednesday, according to Västmanland Läns Tidning newspaper (VLT).

After they couldn't be found within half an hour, police were called in, and several patrols were sent out to bring in the fugitives.

Twenty minutes later, officers found the children in a food store, pushing a children's sized trolley filled with candy.

While police reported that the sweet-toothed children were in good spirits, they allegedly hadn't considered the transaction at the end of the spree, and hadn't come with the intention of paying.

The children were subsequently returned, as was the candy.

Cocaine found among bananas in ship's cargo

You may have heard of the cocaine blues, but have you heard about the cocaine yellows?

Police closed an investigation this week into the mysterious find of eight kilogrammes of cocaine amongst a ship load of South African bananas, wrote the Göteborgs Posten newspaper on Tuesday.

The ship arrived in Gothenburg, western Sweden, in December, with what police have valued as eight million kronor ($1.2 million) worth of the narcotic.

It was allegedly the captain who alerted customs officials of the find. Police have been unable to find anyone responsible for the banana boat slip-up, despite a forensic investigation on board the ship.

Mamma Mia! Benny from Abba gets his head taken off

Benny Andersson of Abba fame has now had his portrait removed from the greeting gallery of Stockholm's Arlanda airport, wrote Dagens Nyheter.

Andersson was upset last year upon learning his beloved Stockholm site "Slussen" ("The Lock") would be renovated, and in protest, threatened that he would have his pic taken down if no-one heeded him.

The renovations will go ahead, Benny's face is taken down, and a poll has been coordinated by SVT to find a worthy replacement.

The winner of the poll was Brita Bergman, sign language researcher, and as we learnt from Benny himself, "The winner takes it all". Her portrait will now hang in the gallery in Benny's place.

It is unclear whether this means the current Abba section will now be referred to as the Aba section.

Oliver Gee

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Your comments about this article

10:48 April 5, 2012 by felineface
How amusing! This is great when you only have a couple of minutes to spare. Did the owner ever got his dog back? Well... I shall proceed with my nitting then.
12:09 April 5, 2012 by Da Goat
I think it would be lucrative to loan the loner Homing pigeons!

love the sweet toothed bandits.
16:15 April 5, 2012 by mikewhite
"The Local presents another News in Brief - tidbits from the week's news that are worth a mention."

The word is "TITBITS" - which spoken by an American, sounds the same I suppose.
19:34 April 5, 2012 by Douglas Garner
Sorry, MikeWhite, I leadned tidbits in the US. Where did you come up with titbits?
21:38 April 5, 2012 by bethrichardson
Titbits? I've never heard that one! lol
13:44 April 6, 2012 by Sprite
"titbits" is British English. "tidbits" is American English, and came about because of how an American pronounces it.
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