Mandela’s famous shirts on sale
The family of late South African President Nelson Mandela is selling the anti-apartheid leader’s personal belongings to help pay for a memorial garden being built in his honour.
Among the roughly 100 items are the colourful patterned Madiba shirts he wore on formal occasions, including to meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 1998 and 2003. These shirts “brought joy to the great leader” and set him apart from other politicians, said Arlan Ettinger, of New York-based auction house Guernsey’s, which will host the auction on Dec 11.
Gifts from former US president Barack Obama and other heads of state, are also on sale to fund the Nelson Mandela Freedom Garden in Qunu, South Africa where he is buried. He died in 2013 at age 95 at home in Johannesburg. REUTERS
Chef’s kitchen helps rescuers
Working in close proximity to the red-hot lava flowing from a volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, emergency workers keenly await their lunch break — and while any food would do, it tastes better when it comes from a celebrity chef’s kitchen. Chef Jose Andres’ non-profit World Central Kitchen (WCK) has been delivering hot food, sandwiches and water to thousands of evacuees and emergency workers overseeing residents’ removal from harm’s way. The WCK started cooking 200 meals a day early in the eruption — which began on Sept 19 — and is now making 1,400. REUTERS
Marley’s story told in musical
The songs and the life story of late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley are coming to London’s West End in a musical celebrating his legacy. Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical opens at the Lyric Theatre later this month.