Thursday, October 22, 2015

In the news . . .

Caution: risque language below.

Some news items you may have missed:

Sky Pool:

In a world first, a high rise development in London also has a high pool. 'So what’s special about that?' I bet you are asking. Simply this. The pool is to be suspended between two of the buildings forming part of the development.

Artist’s impressions

The pool is part of a 2000-apartment development around the Battersea Power Station in the heart of London, intended to become “Dubai on the Thames.” 

The apartments will:
  • have views of Westminster to the east and the iconic power station and Battersea Park to the west; 
  • be one, two and three-bedroom apartments;
  • range from 38.5 square metres to 104.3 square metres;
  • start from $1.2 million; and
  • go on sale in September.

Millenium Falcon house: 

While on the topic of home sales, a 4 bedder in the Daintree Forest region in Queensland has come on the market. Again, nothing special in that, but this home looks like Han Solo’s ship Millenium Falcon. 

Some quick points before showing you the pics:
  • It was built in 2009.
  • It comprises 600 square metres and is made out of concrete, steel and glass.
  • It sits 11 metres above the water and is made to look like it is rising out of the lake.
  • The home also features three car garages and a plunge pool for any visitors who would prefer not to take a dip in the ocean.
  • The owner, a retired stamp dealer, said that he did not realise the similarity to the Millenium Falcon until he saw the aerials, that it was originally intended as a weekender and that he and his wife are moving because she misses the city.
  • Some have compared the concrete walls and appearance to a prison but, if you are interested, don’t bother knocking unless you have $15m in your pocket.



A spectacular outfit:

We all know that just as political heads dress in silly clothes for APEC Leaders’ meetings, Miss Universe contestants dress in silly versions of national costumes, especially in the case of countries such as Oz which don’t have national dress.

Oz’s contribution to world culture this year won the Miss Universe Elucent Skin Care National Costume Competition, with 30,000 votes. Accordingly Miss U, Monika Radulovic, will wear the costume in the big one, the actual comp.

If the specs look familiar, then look no further . . .


Chazza to visit:

Prince Charlie and squeeze Camilla are visiting Oz in November. Poor old Tony Abbot, so unlucky that if he bought a suit with two pair of pants, he would burn a hole in the coat. A staunch monarchist and defender of all things Royal, even to the extent of awarding an Australian knighthood to Prince Phil (“the barbeque stopper of the century”, according to former pollie Peter Costello), Abbot had been seeking a royal visit to put the cherry on the sundae. A short time after Tony got rolled by Malcolm Turnbull, it was announced that the Prince and wife would visit on Malcolm’s watch. 

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I was reading that your favourite Royal tells a lot about who you are. For example, if your favourite is the Queen, then you're respectful and distinguished.  If it's Prince Harry you're fun-loving and a bit naughty.  If it's Prince Charles ... then you're Prince Charles.

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As the chauffeur opened the door for Prince Charles he said, “Still raining, sir."

"Yes," said Prince Charles, "but she can't go on forever."

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I was in the gift shop at the Sea Life Centre today.

The cashier said "Have you seen the prints of whales?"

I said "Yeah, ugly fucker. Big ears. Married a horse."

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