Life of Pi’ movie lifeboat for sale at $ 40,000

Updated 18 November 2012
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Life of Pi’ movie lifeboat for sale at $ 40,000

LOS ANGELES: “Life of Pi”’ fans can now buy the film’s trusty lifeboat that becomes home to a young Indian boy shipwrecked with a tiger. US online retailer Gilt Groupe said on Friday that the lifeboat, replicated from real rafts used between the 1920s and 1950s, is among props from the movie up for sale next week.
The lifeboat is priced at $ 40,000 in the sale starting on Nov. 19. Proceeds will go towards the Orangutan Foundation International, in recognition of one of the other animals who initially survives with title character Pi in the film.
“Life of Pi” is based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, directed by Ang Lee and stars newcomer Suraj Sharma. Other items up for sale include movie posters signed by Lee, a collection of vibrant saris, and other props valued between $ 140 and more than $ 6,000.


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

Updated 6 min 52 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.