Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s private plane for sale


As dictators and planes make the news, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s third favorite plane is up for auction with a starting price of € 25,000 (£ 21,500).

The Super One-Eleven, made in Romania under license from the British Aircraft Corporation and powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, was delivered in 1982 but was not used until Ceausescu visited Western Democracies. During his visit to the Communist countries, Ceausescu preferred to use one of his two Boeing 707s, although the plane had to be sprayed with perfume before boarding.

The President, who was deposed and executed on Christmas 1989, was well known for his interest in aviation. In addition to his three planes, he had four helicopters, which he used to hunt bears.

Ceausescu and his wife Elena fled Bucharest by helicopter on December 22, 1989, but were forced to land before being captured by the army and shot.


An Austrian pensioner who went to the hospital to have his left leg amputated had his right leg removed by mistake.

A spokesperson for the Freistadt Clinic said the wrong leg was marked for amputation, calling it a “tragic error caused by human error that became evident when the man’s bandage was changed.”

The 82-year-old will now undergo another operation as the left ‘right’ leg has yet to be removed.


Emmanuel Macron hosted a bizarre 90-second concert by French heavy metal band Ultra Vomit at the Elysee Palace as part of an attempt to win over young voters.

The French president looked puzzled as the group, led by singer Fetus, played the Marseillaise then sang a throaty version of the rhyme A soft greene in a prank contest involving YouTubers McFly and Carlito.

Macron also promised to give a future televised presidential speech with a photo of McFly and Carlito clearly visible on his desk.


A woman arriving at Düsseldorf airport from Turkey exceeded her quota of 200 cigarettes by 13,620.

The 33-year-old woman told customs officials that 69 cartons of cigarettes in her luggage were a gift for her husband. She is under investigation for attempted tax evasion.


Spanish public television channel RTVE is investigating whether any of its employees made sexist remarks during a televised women’s football match between Real Madrid and Eibar.

As his Teledeporte channel aired commercials during the half-time break, British and American viewers saw footage of the stadium, on which a man’s voice could be heard saying, ‘They shouldn’t be playing, it should be banned. These feminazis who want equality.

Swedish Real Madrid striker Sofia Jakobsson said after the game: “It’s a joke, isn’t it? Please tell me this is a joke.


The “lost” Italian village of Curon has resurfaced after 70 years underwater.

Formerly housing 900 people, it was flooded in 1950 to bring together two bodies of water to supply a hydroelectric power station. Since then, only its church steeple has been visible as it rises from the middle of the newly formed Lake Resia.

Curon, featured in an eponymous 2020 Netflix thriller and 2018 novel, I stay here, has now reappeared after workers drained the lake to begin repairs to the hydroelectric power station.

Photographs of its exposed stone steps and vaulted cellars have become popular on social media, but will again be submerged in early June once the work is completed.


The Gdańsk WWII Museum apologized after selling commemorative socks to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, which is considered a testament to Polish bravery and sacrifice.

More than 1,000 Poles died and 2,000 others were wounded as they joined other Allied forces in a bloody attempt to capture a German stronghold in a Benedictine monastery that blocked the route to Rome. The assault was commemorated in a popular Polish song, Red Poppies on Monte Cassino, and poppies featured on the controversial shoes.

A spokesperson said the socks were taken off after several complaints, including one from the head of Gdansk city council, who said the merchandise “changed our memories into something smaller”. They added, however, that visitors could still purchase luggage tags, power banks and poppy-adorned eyeglass cases.

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