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Fresh air for droopy Beijing duck

The duck,a copy of one on show in Hong Kong in May,was therefore reinflated and its beak reassembled in an eight-hour operation.

Written by Reuters |
September 15, 2013 5:09:44 am

It would never have been allowed on the table in the home of Peking duck,but at least a giant rubber duck gracing a Beijing park will now have the taut skin required of its culinary peer after an urgent injection of air. The 60-ft tall duck,on show at the Beijing International Expo,appeared wrinkled and its beak drooped,prompting a barrage of ridicule on the Internet. The duck,a copy of one on show in Hong Kong in May,was therefore reinflated and its beak reassembled in an eight-hour operation.

Unlikely hero premieres at Toronto

Ron Woodroof was the most unlikely of heroes in the early days of AIDS in the ‘80s—a homophobic Texas rodeo cowboy who made fun of actor Rock Hudson’s battle against the disease. Now Dallas Buyers Club—a chronicle of Woodroof’s transformation from bigot to AIDS patient to saviour of many— has finally made it to the screen. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered favorable reviews,particularly for Matthew McConaughey’s depiction of a man both lovable and detestable.

An American story,a British director

Based on the 1853 memoirs of a free black man sold into slavery,12 Years a Slave is unmistakably an American story.

And yet,much is being made of the film that has won widespread acclaim. Director Steve McQueen,whose idea it was,is British. “It’s strange that it took a Brit to ask a question ‘Why are there not more movies on American slavery?’,” Brad Pitt,a producer on the film,said. Variety wrote a glowing review,but said it was a “disgrace that it takes a British director to stare the issue in its face”.

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