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It's been a good week for … high security

It's been a good week for … high security

Wimbledon fans have been banned from bringing Thermos flasks to the tournament over security fears.

Thousands of people bring their own hot drinks to the tournament every year because those sold inside the All England Club are a touch pricey at £2.10 for a cup of tea and £2.30 for a coffee.

But spectators this year are being prevented from bringing flasks into the grounds by G4S guards at the gates, with angry fans reporting that they had to choose between paying £5 for left luggage facilities or allowing their flasks to be chucked away.

One guard reportedly told a flask-bearer that the rules, first brought in last year, were now being rigorously enforced in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing last April that killed three people and injured 176 others.

Those attacks involved a pressure cooker used as an explosive device, and it has been claimed that vacuum flasks could potentially be used similarly.

Guards also reportedly said the flasks could be used as "weapons" or even thrown at players - though there are no rules preventing fans bringing in bottles of wine, full drinks cans or hard plastic water bottles. It seems the potential weapons of choice are a bit random, so it's hardly surprising that people are getting annoyed.

What's next? Killer cucumber sandwiches in tin foil or strychnine-spiked strawberries in a Tupperware dish?

It's been a bad week for … statues

A monument in Kazakhstan has been removed just a day after it was erected.

The statue in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk was created to honour two 19th century figures - Abay Kunanbayev, a local writer and thinker, and Yevgeny Mikhaelis, a Russian scientist and pro-democracy activist who was exiled to eastern Kazakhstan. But it was soon slagged off by locals who took to social media to point out that the figures looked like they were taking a selfie and looked like hobbits.

Even one of the co-creators of the monument, Vladimir Samoylov, admitted there was something wrong with it because the sculptors were given too little time to finish it. He said: "We were in a huge rush, and look what happened."

Borat could not have done a better job. High fives? Perhaps not.

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