Friday, 7 August 2009 London Lite Subject to terms and conditions which can be found at Swinefluad manissick... with the flu Stansted trains turmoil THE actor who stars in the Gov- ernments swine flu television advert has contracted the virus. In the Health Department com- mercial, David McCusker sneezes in a lift, spreading his germs for others to catch. He then demonstrates good practice by using a tissue, putting it in the bin and washing his hands. The ad ends with the slogan: Catch It. Bin It. Kill It. Mr McCusker, 30, from Sutton, Surrey, said: I was supposed to Catch It, Bin It, Kill It. But instead Ive been shivering, shaking and spreading it. It was a shock when I found out. I quarantined myself and Ive been getting lots of stick from mates. I caught it, didnt bin it and spread it all over the place. He discovered he had swine flu after calling the Government hot- line. He was advised to see his GP, who confirmed the virus and pre- scribed him Tamiflu. Meanwhile, the first wave of the pandemic appears to be on its way out with the number of new cases in England last week dropping to 30,000 from 110,000 the week before. The number of deaths linked to the virus rose yesterday to 36, although none of the additional nine fatalities occurred during the past week. Experts fear a second wave of the pandemic could build up in September when children return to school. Ministers are consider- ing immunising all schoolchildren between the ages of five and 16. Major disruption has been forecast for travellers heading for Stansted airport early tomorrow, in the wake of a 48-hour rail strike over pay and conditions by rMT and aslef workers. although the strike ends today, trains left unused during the action are not in the correct locations to start journeys in the morning, resulting in National Express East anglia having to cancel dozens of early services, including seven between Liverpool Street station and Stansted. Commuters suffered again today as the strike crippled services to and from Liverpool Street. by GeorGina littlejohn Actor:Igotitandspreadit World at a glance Talibanleaderkilledinrocketattack PAKISTANS Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud has been killed in a US missile strike, it was announced today. Mehsud was top of Pakistans most wanted list after he led a violent campaign of suicide attacks and assassinations against the government. I confirm Baitullah Mehsud and his wife died in the American missile attack in South Waziristan, said Kafayat Ullah, a Taliban commander and aide to Mehsud. He would not give any further details. Earlier, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said intelligence showed Mehsud had been killed in Wednesdays missile strike on his father-in-laws house in Pakistans lawless tribal area. Authorities will travel to the site to verify his death. To be 100 per cent sure, we are going for ground verification, Mr Qureshi said. If confirmed, Mehsuds death would be a major boost to Pakistani and US efforts to eradicate the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Mehsud has al-Qaeda connections and has been suspected in the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The country views him as its top internal threat and had been preparing an offensive against him.Death report: Mehsud last year BreakfastClubdirectorHughes,59,dieswhilewalking JOHN HUGHES, the Hollywood writer-director who portrayed a generation with films including The Breakfast Club and Ferris Buellers Day Off, has died aged 59. He suffered a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan. Hughes, a former ad man, also wrote Home Alone, which made Macaulay Culkin a star, and was behind National Lampoons Vacation and Pretty In Pink. Steve Martin, who starred in his 1987 hit Planes, Trains And Automobiles, said: John Hughes was a great director, but his gift was in screenwriting. He created deep and complex characters, rich in humanity. Picture of the day Wheres the G-string? Busker Robert Burck, aka the Naked Cowboy, who is running for mayor of New York City, shows a young (clothed) fan how to play the guitar Curtisclaims Monroebaby HOLLYWOOD veteran Tony Curtis has claimed he made Marilyn Monroe pregnant, but she miscarried. The 84-year- old said he and Monroe had an affair in 1958 when he was married to Psycho star Janet Leigh and Monroes husband was playwright Arthur Miller. Sneeze: David McCusker in the advert Legalfightfor 200mestate THE death of the former Maharani of Jaipur has sparked a legal tussle over her 200m fortune. Details of the will of Gayatari Devi will be published in India this weekend, once official mourning ends 12 days after her death, aged 90. It is believed rival factions will hire lawyers over the estate of the late Rajmata, or queen mother. It includes historic jewellery, forts in Rajasthan and a house in Mayfair. 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