An elephant dressed in a Santa Claus costume perform for students ahead of the Christmas festival at a school in Ayutthaya province on December 24, 2012. The event was held as part of a campaign to promote Christmas in Thailand.
British billionaire Richard Branson will finally wear a red skirt and serve as a stewardess on Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia in May after losing a Grand Prix bet with the founder of the airline.
Virgin boss Branson and AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes had agreed in 2010 that whichever of their teams (then Virgin and Lotus) finished lower in the constructors’ championship in their debut season, the losing owner would serve on the other’s airline.
Branson lost as Lotus finished 10th and Virgin 12th, but the trip was postponed in early 2011 after he injured himself while skiing.
Fernandes said Branson had contacted him to honour his bet.
“He will be an Airasia stewardess in May on Airasia. 2 years late but main point he hasn’t forgotten,” Fernandes tweeted.
Fernandes had previously said that Branson would strut down the aisle to offer coffee, tea or other food and beverages to guests on a special 13-hour Kuala Lumpur to London flight.
The tickets for the flight would be auctioned off for charity.
If the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are about to descend on Earth, it seems one might be riding in from South Korea on an invisible steed to the tune of “Gangnam Style”.
South Korean social networks and websites have been buzzing in recent days over a prediction attributed to the 16th century French seer Nostradamus, that suggests the singer Psy is not the smiling, benign 34-year-old rapper he appears.
“From the calm morning, the end will come when of the dancing horse the number of circles will be nine,” reads the “prophecy” being circulated on websites, Facebook and Twitter.
An obvious fake, the quote has its origins in a spoof five-minute “documentary” posted on YouTube that has garnered up 1.5 million views and ties Nostradamus and Psy to the December 21 apocalypse prophesied by the Mayans.
The interpretation is compelling.
South Korea is known as “land of the morning calm”, the dancing horse is Psy’s signature dance style and the nine circles refer to the nine zeroes he will rack up when the “Gangnam Style” video passes one billion YouTube views.
The number of views currently stands at nearly 972 million, and it could reach the billion mark on or around December 21.
The “documentary” features an ominous narration that notes Psy’s “cultural domination over Western civilisation” with images of the singer dancing with Britney Spears and UN leader Ban Ki-moon.
“The evil that is enticing and looks cool will bend people’s minds with contagious behaviour,” it adds over footage of flash mobs doing the horse-riding dance in Paris and Rome.
The parody has gone down well in South Korea, with people perhaps looking for some light relief following a North Korean rocket launch last week and ahead of a presidential election on Wednesday.
“It’s hilarious … apparently circulating a silly rumour on the Internet is a universal thing everywhere in the world,” tweeted one observer styled d_ijk_stra.
“Now Psy is getting linked to Nostradamus? It shows just how popular Psy has become!” added fleschekim. Photo: AFP
Anantara Phuket Villas Resort takes a pride in the Thai heritage and hospitality. Once you step out of your
Drawing inspiration from a Thai village, Anantara Phuket Villas encompasses 83 villas varying from Sala Pool Villa, through the Lagoon Pool Villa to the Pool Villa. The difference is probably the space and view – other than that you get equal treat and attention from Anantara.
The Pool Villa is designed in the style of a traditional Thai house with privacy ensured by a tall wooden fence. Climb up a few steps, walk through the wooden entrance, and you stand on the wooden deck, leading to your villa and small “sala” pavilion.
Food is available at the resort’s two restaurants. La Sala is open all day and is where guests enjoy the generous buffet breakfast and dinner. Sea.Fire.Salt is Anantara’s signature beachfront restaurant and offers BBQ and seafood specialities.
Anantara Phuket Villas is ideal for a peaceful escape. I thoroughly enjoy waking early in the morning, working out on the yoga mat then following the small path through the tropical garden listening to Mother Nature.