It's not easy to tell what food is fit for a queen, but cooked rodents apparently qualify. Queen Elizabeth dined Thursday night on roast gibnut, a rodent similar to a rat, during her stay in Belmopan, Belize.
Wire services report that the queen "picked" at the delicacy, but perhaps because she had eaten a four-course lunch prepared single-handedly by Olga Arnold, 53, who lives in a poor area of Belize City.
Arnold wound up doing the cooking because, she explained, "I'm sort of well known around here. When people hear of something like this, they usually say, 'Well, let's get Olga, she can do a good job.' "
The queen sampled Arnold's shrimp remoulade, roast beef with stuffed tomato, water lilies and fruit cocktail, but the cook and the queen did not meet.
Earlier this week the queen received the key to Belize City from the mayor while sitting on a makeshift throne erected atop a concrete traffic divider in the middle of an intersection. This was her first stop in a 26-day tour of the Caribbean. Belushi Tape Played
On a tape played in a Los Angeles court yesterday, Cathy Evelyn Smith said she bought comedian John Belushi heroin and injected him with the drug several times in the last 24 hours of his life, calling his death "all my fault."
Sounding somber and depressed in the tape of a telephone interview, Smith, 38, a former rock backup singer from Toronto, expressed both affection for the comedian and guilt over his drug overdose death. The interview was conducted by Los Angeles free-lance writer Christopher Van Ness shortly after Belushi's death in March 1982.
Prosecutors consider the tape a key piece of evidence against Smith, who returned from Canada to Los Angeles earlier this year to face a second-degree murder charge and 13 counts of administering combinations of heroin and cocaine, or "speedballs," to Belushi. Her preliminary hearing in Municipal Court will determine whether she should stand trial.
Following a prolonged battle to keep the tape confidential, Van Ness turned it over to the court Thursday after he was ordered to serve a 10-day jail sentence for contempt of court. He was freed from custody after agreeing to hand over the tape. End Notes
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