Tuesday 16 January 2018

Rooms with a phew

Guests at a luxury glass and steel hotel which has opened in one of Europe's tallest buildings are being warned to close the blinds as some of them may get to see more than they bargained for.

A quirk in the design of the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, which sits on the upper floors of the 306m-tall skyscraper in London, means that glass panels protruding from the building act as mirrors once internal lights are switched on at night. It can provide an unexpected glimpse of a neighbour.


Perhaps the reason notoriously aggressive Boston drivers don't use their turn signals is that no one's ever put it in language they understand.

The Massachusetts Dept of Transportation has changed that by posting messages on electronic highway signs around the city that read: "Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah." Blinkah is how locals pronounce "blinker".


A woman has sued the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, saying that its new electronic parking meters are too tall for her to reach from her wheelchair.

Debra Stemmler (53) filed the lawsuit, claiming that the parking authority is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. Stemmler says she got a ticket after she couldn't reach the controls.


A lovers' couch where Edward VIII shared his first sweet nothings with Wallis Simpson is up for auction.

The pink velvet settee belonged to Lady Thelma Furness who at the time in 1931 was being courted by Edward, then Prince of Wales, according to valuations expert Jonathan Humbert. The soon-to-be-divorced Simpson had a carpenter cut down the three-seater to just two in a fit of jealous rage after being jilted by her aristocratic husband.


A veteran radio DJ says his 32-year radio career is over after bosses "forced" him to quit because he accidentally played a song with the 'N- word' in it.

The BBC Radio Devon broadcaster David Lowe (68) found himself in hot water after airing the song 'The Sun Has Got His Hat On', which features the racial slur.


Hugh Jackman has had another cancerous growth removed, he has revealed.

The actor (45) attended the premiere of his latest 'X-Men' movie, 'Days of Future Past', with a bandage over his nose after surgery.

Irish Independent

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