It’s no Joker: Batman’s car is for sale

Updated 30 November 2012
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It’s no Joker: Batman’s car is for sale

LOS ANGELES: It’s no Joker: Batman’s car is for sale. The original 1966 Batmobile is expected to go under the hammer on January 19, the Barrett-Jackson auto auction house said Thursday. The iconic vehicle, which was featured in the Batman TV series as well as the movie adaptation starring Adam West, is capable of a quick 180-degree “bat-turn” thanks to two rear-mounted parachutes, the auctioneers said.
“The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is one of the most famous Hollywood cars in history and it has become a true icon that has been carried from generation to generation of Batmobiles to follow,” Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said in a statement. “This vehicle not only marks the significant Bat logo that sits on the middle of its door, but a time in television history where they defied the odds of making a car the real star of the show.”
The Batmobile, a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car adapted by customizer Barris, features the Batphone, a Bat Eye Switch, Bat Smoke “and many other Bat gadgets,” according to Barrett-Jackson. The auction will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson has reportedly said it could fetch millions of dollars.


Egyptian parliament speaker criticizes MP for ‘football stadium dress’ during council session

Updated 20 min 56 sec ago
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Egyptian parliament speaker criticizes MP for ‘football stadium dress’ during council session

CAIRO: Egypt’s parliamentary speaker Ali Abdel Aal has criticized an MP for dressing up in a causal outfit during Tuesday’s general session.
During his speech, the speaker of the House of Representatives discussed the garbage and waste recycling crisis in the attendance of the country’s environment minister, local reports have said.
As he went on, Abdel Aal criticized the member of parliament Hosam Al-Refaie for attending the session in casual clothes.
The speaker said: “This council has parliamentary traditions, it is forbidden to wear a shirt and trousers while attending, I will not allow this council to turn into a football stadium.”
He said the official outfit for the council sessions should be a suit, a galabiya or traditional wear from a parliamentarian’s place of origin.