Where were you?

Five things you might have missed last week

1. Beijing sting

A burglar in Beijing made a habit of breaking into luxury villas to get a good night's sleep, even when the residents were in. Migrant worker Ye was caught when a man came home to find Ye sitting in front of the TV wearing one of his shirts.

2. Borderline fun

A theme park in Mexico offers visitors the chance to experience the thrills and perils of trying illegally to cross the border into the United States.Visitors to Parque EcoAlberto must struggle through undergrowth, rivers and barbed-wire, while evading armed police.

3. In the money

Bank security experts in Estonia are investigating how a mouse found its way into a cash machine and chewed thousands of pounds worth of banknotes. "It spent the weekend turning the notes into bedding," a spokesman for Hansapank Bank said.

4. Spilling the beans

Ealing Council in London is planning to put hidden cameras in tins of baked beans and fine residents £1,000 who put rubbish out on the wrong day.

5. Blue for a boy

Officials in Switzerland are planning to paint flowers and pink backgrounds on parking spaces considered safer for women, to deter men from using them. "Telling them off didn't work," said car park manager Bjorn Rohrbach.

This article first appeared in the 02 April 2007 issue of the New Statesman, Africa: How we killed our dreams of freedom