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March 5, 2007

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Restaurant flies feast across Atlantic for West

London - If Kanye West were to walk into the British Raj's dining room and order dinner, it would cost the rapper about $17.50. But since the restaurant is delivering - from Wales to New York - it's going to cost a bit more.

For a feast of onion bhajees, chapati breads, biryanis, pappadums, a specially prepared fish dish and vegetables on the side, the bill will top $3,900, plus travel and accommodation for the restaurant's head chef.

The meal was requested for West and seven guests by a music promotion company, the restaurant said Sunday. The company had previously ordered food from the restaurant near Cardiff, Wales, for an after-show party for a Snoop Dogg concert in London.

But this is different. Normally, they don't deliver outside a 3-mile radius of the restaurant, which is about 150 miles west of London.

"The meal will be prepared, cooled, shrink-wrapped and packed in dry ice in the British Raj's kitchens and - along with head chef Kaysor Ahmed - will be helicoptered from Wales to London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday.

Jackson arrives in Japan for public appeareances

Tokyo - A relaxed-looking Michael Jackson smiled and waved at screaming fans as he arrived in Japan on Sunday for his second visit in recent years to host an exclusive party and sponsor a fan art competition.

Jackson made his first official foray back into the spotlight after his acquittal on child molestation charges in June 2005 with an appearance in Tokyo to accept an MTV Japan award last year.

Jackson, in trademark sun glasses and black leather jacket, was ushered by guards past hundreds of screaming Japanese fans at Narita Airport on Sunday afternoon, some carrying signs that read "We love Michael" and "Welcome to Japan."

At the VIP party, guests paying $3,500 will get to mingle with Jackson and spend 30 seconds to one minute each of exclusive face time with the Gloved One, according to organizers. It was unclear whether the star will perform any songs.

While in Tokyo, the star will also host a fan art contest for Japanese who cannot afford VIP tickets, organizers Davis, Bain and Associates said in an e-mail.

Smith's grave becomes big tourist attraction

Nassau, Bahamas - Even after her death, Anna Nicole Smith is the center of attention. The ex-Playboy model's grave has become the No. 1 spot for Bahamas tourism - pushing a ritzy aquarium-themed resort into second place for the first time in years.

Tourists started turning up at the grave, covered in pink roses and a huge bouquet reading ANNA, early Saturday.

"We got off the cruise ship, got into a taxi and said, 'Take us to Anna's grave,"' said Vicki Gwaltney, 51, from Florida, who saw Smith's final resting spot with her friend and 92-year-old mom.

Tour operator Chrissy Ingraham, from the Bahamas Experience, said, "That's what's brought everyone here. All around the world, they've been watching what's been going on. It's on every TV channel, and it's bringing a lot of people to the Bahamas.

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