Curiouser and curiouser! A cat's head floats across the stage. A white snake orbits it, buoyed and silently guided by a troupe of dancers hidden in darkness of black cloth. The Cheshire cat's head is joined on stage by its paws and body and the snake is revealed as its tail. The animal marches, Chinese-dragon like, up and down the wide stage of the Royal Opera House.
Police in Birmingham, England, received a "credible" anonymous threat against officers Monday and "took steps last night to ensure the safety of our officers and staff," the West Midlands Police force said Tuesday.