The series' lead character, Rene Artois, got into various scrapes as he tried to keep the painting out of the clutches of the Nazis. The auctioned picture belonged to the show's production designer, Shaun Moore. He said that many other copies of the picture were ruined during the shooting of the series. "They were rolled into German sausages, shoved down trouser legs or singed by an exploding frame intended as a gift for Adolf Hitler," he said.
The founders of a Welsh charity that helps children in Africa are considering an unusual way to supplement donations - importing thousands of tonnes of a controversial drug into Britain. An investigation by Wales on Sunday revealed that John and Margaret Walters, who founded Samburu Maasai Wales Aid in 1998, were planning to import three tonnes of the drug commonly known as khat into the UK each day.
Khat, popular within the Somali community, is legal in Britain, but it is banned in the US and other countries because it is considered harmful. It has also been blamed for the disintegration of many families and for unemployment in the Somali community. Margaret Walters defended the plans. "It's legal and above board," she said. "Khat is not a drug; it's part of Somali culture."
The Salvation Army and Women's Aid in Glasgow have found an equally unusual way to help beneficiaries - a food amnesty. Scotland's Evening Times reported that slimmers from Curves fitness centres have been encouraged to donate tempting items as gifts in kind. Sixteen tonnes of food was handed in. It is not known if any deep-fried Mars bars were included.