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MARRAKESH (CAP) - The International Guild of Fruit Cart Owners (IGFCO), the world's largest association of fruit cart proprietors, has launched an official protest against the new James Bond movie Skyfall, noting that its opening sequence alone features at least a half dozen fruit carts crushed by large, fast-moving vehicles.
"It was the straw that broke the camel's back," said guild spokesman Abdessamad Benjelloun. "I mean that literally."
According to Benjelloun, the preponderance of movie chase scenes featuring cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles driving through fruit carts, forcing their owners and customers to dive sideways in a somewhat comic fashion, has had an extremely adverse affect on the fruit cart industry worldwide.
"First of all, tourists have come to think that driving through a fruit cart is part of the 'experience,' which makes working at one quite dangerous," said Benjelloun, himself nursing a fractured fibula after jumping out of the way of a barreling Humvee earlier this week.
"Also, business is down severely, because customers are going to supermarkets to avoid being run over," added Benjelloun, who acknowledged that the fact most fruit cart produce is bruised from being handled by hundreds of chattering market-goers could also have something to do with it.
PURCELLVILLE, Vir. (CAP) - When Wayne Rooney tells people what he does for a living, he's usually met with some measure of disdain, if not downright disgust. Wayne is a horse breeder, and owner and proprietor of Comestible Colt Farms in this small Loudoun Valley town.
Except Wayne doesn't breed horses for show or for racing - he breeds them for eating.
"I love every one of my horses from the moment they're born right up until they're on a plate with a baked potato and a side of steamed broccoli," says Rooney. "Splash on a little bit of A1 sauce ... whoo-wee! That's good eatin'."
BOSTON (CAP) - Embarrassed New York Times executives, in preparing for an impending sale of their New England media group including the Boston Globe, were surprised to discover this week that the Globe hadn't published a daily print edition in more than two years.
"We knew things weren't great up there, but we thought they were at least still publishing," said New York Times spokeswoman Ellen Murphy. "You'd think we'd have gotten a phone call, an email, something..."
Apparently the people at the Times weren't the only ones who failed to notice when the Globe ceased publication. A CAP News survey of 5,000 Boston-area residents found that more than 90 percent of them had no idea the Globe had stopped printing, and most of the ones that did were former Globe employees, homeless people who had been using the paper for blankets, or papier mache aficionados.
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