Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Batteries Not Included

At the start of a meeting in Switzerland to try to get more Japanese support for the fight against poverty in Africa Rock star Bono bowed deeply and gave Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda an iPod.

Fukuda asked the singer who is a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire if his music was on the red recording device.

"No, but you can download it," said Bono in a helpful but tightfisted way.

Part of the proceeds from sales of the special-edition red iPod go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa and have so far raised $50 million and Bono didn't become as rich as he is today by giving away his music.

Fukuda later said in a statement that he was only interested in Africa for scientific research.

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