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world Updated: Mar 26, 2013 02:19 IST
Michael Heseltine

Gaddafi’s $697-mn ship turns luxury cruise liner in Italy
Sydney: A ship that was originally ordered for deposed Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi has been changed into a luxury cruise service in Italy by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

The $697-million high-end liner with 1751 cabins was commissioned by Gaddafi’s son, Hannibal, to kick start the cruise industry in Libya before the country’s revolution in 2011.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the MSC Preziosa includes 69 exclusive yacht club suites, hydro-massage pools and a glass-walled observation lounge.

Director Richard Attenborough living in care home
London: Richard Attenborough, who directed the Oscar-winning film Gandhi, has been moved into a care home as he battles ill health.

The 89-year-old filmmaker is wheelchair-bound after a 2008 fall, and last year sold off the $18.4 million US home he shared in the UK capital with his wife Sheila Sim after deciding it was not “practical” to keep the mansion, reported Daily Mirror.

Sim was moved to a care home after she was diagnosed with senile dementia, and now Attenborough has joined her in the facility.

“The family home has been sold and he has been at a care home with his wife since then,” son Michael said.

H’wood replacing sex scenes with special effects
London: Hollywood filmmakers are now favouring dazzling special effects instead of steamy sex scenes in their flicks, film industry analysts have claimed.

The last time a film with an extended raunchy set piece topped the US box office yearly chart was in 1997, when Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio made love in a car in James Cameron’s Titanic.

It is thought that including adult material could prevent films achieving a family-friendly certificate, restricting a film’s audience and box office potential, the Independent reported.

Brits too rich to do well, unlike Indians: Heseltine
London: People in Britain and other wealthy countries are so well-off they may have lost the will to do well — unlike motivated Indians — says former British deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine.

“Maybe one of the problems of advanced economies is that people are sufficiently well off that they don’t need to drive themselves any more,” said Heseltine, a political heavyweight in the Margaret Thatcher and John Major govts.

“I’ve just come back from India. You know why they’ve got to drive themselves — they’ve got real problems!,” he told The Independent.