Bentley's winged "B" badge and bonne...

Bentley’s winged “B” badge and bonnet (hood) ornament (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wealthy, childless entrepreneur ‘Count Scarpa’ , 62, has buried his new £310,000 Bentley convertible so he can use it in afterlife. He plans to do as the Pharaohs of Egypt did and take his riches with him when he dies, by burying them. Entombing the brand new car ensures he has a comfortable journey into the ‘other side’. There was even a funeral ceremony for the black Flying Spur in his garden of his mansion in Jardins, one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Sao Paulo. This has got to be a windup! The ‘so-called’ self-made businessman, who inherited his title from his father along with vast wealth, has a degree in economics and is a black belt instructor and owner of the Institute Maruyama Aikido, a Japanese martial arts academy. Apparently his decision to start storing up his treasures for the life beyond came after watching a programme on Ancient Egypt. I wonder if it was Stargate? Scarpa is no stranger to death. In 2009 he was in a coma for over two months after a superbug nearly killed him following a stomach reduction operation. Clearly he had given up Aikido by that time. He ‘died’ twice  during the ordeal and was given the last rites on both occasions by a priest. What I would like to know is this! Has Count Scarpa applied for an ‘extended warranty’ on the Bentley, and if so, was it granted unconditionally?


English: Typical transport for the sugar cane ...

English: Typical transport for the sugar cane harvest to the sugar/ethanol processing plant at Sao Paulo state, Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A river of caramel is threatening to engulf the Brazilian town of Santa Adelia, Sao Paulo after a fire at a warehouse on an industrial site melted more than 30,000 tonnes of sugar. While hundreds of people have already been evacuated, others have barricaded their doors with sandbags and earth.

As well as supplying Brazilian towns with sugar, the Agrovia plant exports 1.7million tonnes of the product around the world. Last week, another fire at a warehouse belonging to Copersucar, Brazil’s biggest sugar exporter, at Sao Paulo’s port of Santos, destroyed 180,000 tonnes of sugar.

I am suspicious…two fires in one week? If the price of raw sugarcane goes up, one might be tempted to conclude speculators were responsible for the fires! Cocoa butter has already risen by 30%. If sugar rises too I may well be force to abandon my chocolate diet all together. The thought doesn’t bear thinking about!