Good Day for Miss Brabant Waloon, a 19-year-old Belgian economics student, who won a beauty contest thanks to a speech she made on the merits of a single European currency. She now qualifies for the finals of Miss Belgium 1997.

Bad Day for the Akhtuba factory in Volgograd, Russia, which has been trying to overcome a cash shortage by paying its workers in the firm's products. Formerly a major producer of navigation instruments for the Soviet navy, the factory now produces dildoes and other rubber sex aids. "We're on the verge of a strike to end this insulting situation", said the shop steward.