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Guinness and a feed at Charlie's Chinese: Usher's night out in Dublin

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THERE’S PROBABLY a very good reason why Iron Maiden are considered one of metal’s wilder acts: and here it is.

The London rockers finished the European leg of their Final Frontier World Tour in Norway last week, and deciding to let their hair down after two and half months on the road, took a lift to Finnegans Irish Pub to kick off some steam.

And, indeed, steam was kicked off. Norway is known as being one of the few places where alcohol is more expensive than in Ireland: a pint of Guinness will set you back 66 Norweigan krone, or about €8.30. A pint of Kilkenny ale is the same price. A shot of Jägermeister is €7.70.

But, musicians being musicians, money was clearly no object for the six piece, and their (hopefully) considerable entourage. Here, via The Daily Wh.At, ‘s their receipt for their night on the town, running to a cool 20,109 krone – €2,537.

(For reference, €1 is about 7.93 krone.)

We can only assume that the staff at Finnegan’s got a pretty hefty tip after a night serving that rowdy bunch.

The best part? Their tour wasn’t even really over: the band played the Sziget Festival in Budapest three days later.

RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER Vladimir Putin has taken to the skies to personally help Russia tackle the 600 wildfires still burning across the country after an unprecedented heat wave.

Putin had taken flight as part of an inspection of the efforts to address the fires, but jumped into the co-pilot’s seat shortly after takeoff and personally pressed a button that saw 24 tonnes of water dumped on top of two fires, 120 miles from Moscow.

Glancing at the pilot after pushing the button – as part of a carefully-managed photo op – Putin, who is not known to have any formal aviation training, asked,

Was that OK?

His pilot definitively answered:

A direct hit!

The stunt may have been designed to address the prime minister’s falling popularity in opinion polls, as support for both Putin and president Dmitry Medvedev heads towards 40%.

His appearance is not the first time that the two-term former president has tried to present himself as a modern-day strongman. In 2007 he posed topless in photographs depicting him fishing and horse-riding.

Meanwhile, fears are growing that fires on the nation’s wheat crops – which are causing a global shortage and could even end up making Guinness dearer – could be burning remnant radioactive fallout material from Chernobyl.

Greenpeace Russia believe the fires are now heavily encroaching upon areas hit by the explosion of the nuclear reactor in 1986, causing masses of radioactive smoke to be sent back into the atmosphere over the country.

International environmental group Bellona said:

The Chernobyl catastrophe occurred and these areas were littered with radioactive fallout. This contaminated the trees and the grass.

Now, when there is a fire and when all of this burns, all of this radioactivity, together with smoke, comes out and spreads to other territories, including populated areas where people breathe it in as smog.

The damage caused by the fires is now estimated to have exceeded $15bn (€11.5bn) – or almost 1% of the country’s entire GDP – as Russia’s hottest summer since records began ravages the country’s wheat stocks and leads it to ban some exports.

STOCKS IN DIAGEO, the company that owns Guinness, have fallen by 2.2% since Russia banned the export of grain in response to the devastation caused by wildfires that are raging across the country. In the past week alone, global wheat prices have increased by 25%.

ONLY A DAY after tickets to Guinness’ Arthur’s Day 2010 went on sale, they’ve been spotted on eBay.

Tickets for the celebration went on sale at 9am yesterday morning with the main event at James’ Gate and another gig in the Academy selling out quite quickly. Although tickets still remain for many of the pubs and venues across the country, James’ Gate and The Academy have become much coveted tickets.

Chart toppers Snow Patrol are set to play James’ Gate while Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Plan B, Jose Gonzales are set to play The Academy. There are eight listings on eBay for Arthur’s Day tickets. Two tickets for St James’ Gate are going for as much as €299.99, while a pair of tickets for The Academy will set you back €249.99, a premium of over €200 more than the tickets were originally sold for.

This is the second year that Arthur’s Day has been celebrated, it was established last year to celebrate Guinness’ founder Arthur Guinness and the 250 anniversary of the brewery. Guinness has planned hundreds of events across the world that will see punters raise a glass to Arthur at 17.59 on September 23rd 2011.

One wonders how the charitable Guinness family would feel about this one?

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