STRANGE BUT TRUE; L-TEST FOR REAL LIFE GLADIATORS.Byline: KEITH CHALKEY
GLADIATORS gladiators [Lat.,=swordsmen], in ancient Rome, class of professional fighters, who performed for exhibition. Gladiatorial combats usually took place in amphitheaters. They probably were introduced from Etruria and originally were funeral games. who pose for pictures outside the Colosseum Colosseum or Coliseum (both: kŏləsē`əm), Ital. Colosseo, common name of the Flavian Amphitheater in Rome, near the southeast end of the Forum, between the Palatine and Esquiline hills. in Rome will have to pass a strict test before they can don the ancient Roman garb.
The gladiators - dressed like Russell Crowe in the film of the same name - charge tourists pounds 3 a snap and some rake in rake in
Informal to acquire (money) in large amounts
Verb 1. rake in - earn large sums of money; "Since she accepted the new position, she has been raking it in"
shovel in pounds 300 a day.
But the city council want to eradicate dud gladiators and have devised a test that includes knowledge of local history and an ability to speak English. One gladiator gladiator
Professional combatant in ancient Rome who engaged in fights to the death as sport. Gladiators originally performed at Etruscan funerals, the intent being to give the dead man armed attendants in the next world. said: "The good ones are all in favour of this."
Jag and bone man
A BUSINESSMAN who wanted to combine his love of fish with his love of cars has turned his Jaguar X36 into an aquarium.
Lawrence Ng Lawrence Ng Kai Wah (Traditional Chinese: 吳啟華; Simplified Chinese: 吴启华, Pinyin: Wú Qǐhuá , 43, ripped out everything from the pounds 11,000 Jag, sealed it and put in eight flower-horn fish - costing pounds 3700 each - to pull in the punters at his Cichlids World Fishing Pond and Aquarium in Singapore.
A BEGGAR in Ventimiglia, Italy, is so fed up with small change he is refusing to accept donations of less than a euro.
He said: "Life for us beggars has become more difficult with the euro. People are still getting used to it."
Raising the tone
MOBILE phone users are being offered 15 different religious ringtones by the Catholic Church in Holland. They are based on psalms and hymns, including Ave Maria. Church leaders say the tones will give "inspiration each time the phone rings".
A MAN who went to a witch doctor for a spell to protect him against bullets was persuaded to try it out by letting an assistant shoot him.
Unfortunately, William Potogi died of a chest wound, say police in Paramaribo, in the South American republic of Surinam.
Out of his head
A THIEF was scared witless wit·less
Lacking intelligence or wit; foolish.
wit when he opened a package he stole from Norway's Ulleval University Hospital - and discovered it contained a human brain.
It was found abandoned in an Oslo street by two teenagers going home after a party.
Ear, that's sore
A BOY tried to remove a marble which had got stuck in his brother's ear by pushing it further in with a pencil.
The eight-year-old, from Drobeta Turnu Severin, in Romania, told his mum: "Teacher told me everything goes in one ear and out the other, so I wanted to push the marble through." A surgeon removed the marble.
Sick as parrots
A PARROT saved a couples' flat in Altai, Russia, from being destroyed by squawking "Fire, fire" until neighbours heard.
But police want to know how the bird knew the word "fire." The couple are suspected of an attempted insurance scam.
GOURMET ROBBERS FEASTED ON SPAM
A GANG of gourmet robbers are breaking into trendy restaurants and cooking themselves slap- up meals - scoffing fine wines and luxuries such as caviar - then making off with the day's takings.
But they came unstuck at a restaurant in Wieselberg, Austria - all they found was a loaf and four tins of Spam. "I got off lightly," says owner Walter Mischelburger.