Coffins for Gay Market

Two undertakers in the German city of Cologne are trying to tap into the gay market by selling coffins adorned with images of mostly naked, muscular young men in athletic poses inspired by Italian Renaissance paintings.

'You should be able to have a coffin that lets you embark on your last journey in a way that reflects how you lived your life', said undertaker Thomas Brandl and business partner Michael Koenigsfield.

The gay couple also sells coffins and urns in rainbow colors and offers burials around a tree reserved exclusively for homosexuals.

Lovesick Worker


An Australian public servant, who works for the Department of Immigration, took the unusual step of e-mailing all staff to help him find a woman he met at a party.

' I understand this is not the most appropriate channel. It is not my intent to misuse this e-mail address,' he wrote, adding that the had struggled to wrote the message.

' The matter is being investigated by the values and conduct section of the department', declared a spokesman of the Department of Immigration, adding that the worker would be dealt with after that review had concluded.