A bad week for ...
The French actor was the star of a real-life drama - or farce perhaps - when he was caught short on a Paris-Dublin flight preparing for take-off. Unable to leave his seat to get to the toilet, Depardieu stood up and apparently tried to urinate discreetly into a bottle, but ended up splashing the floor of the cabin, shocking fellow passengers. The plane taxied back to the terminal and Depardieu was escorted off the flight.
The vice chancellor of Hong Kong University seemed to be backtracking furiously after the high-profile visit of Vice-Premier Li Keqiang prompted protests. First he apologised to students for their treatment by police, amid calls for him to step down. Then he admitted the vice-premier had not suggested the university visit, but that in fact Li was invited by HKU.
Rugby World Cup organisers
The organisers of the Rugby World Cup invited ridicule with two promotional events, which were quickly canned. First came the idea to have bikini models on motorbikes drive 1,000 sheep through Auckland, then the brainwave to urge fans to abstain from sex and save their passion for the team. Kiwis said it made their country a laughing stock.