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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

A beloved CARPET!: “It’s the most famous carpet in the world, has more selfies than Kim Kardiashian can throw a stick at, and has captured the imaginations of millions of travellers. But although time has finally been called on Portland Airport’s cult carpet, fans of the post-modern rug are still queuing up to say a fond farewell. And last Friday, it was announced that a fragment of the carpet – which is in the process of being replaced – will have a staring role as the grand marshall in Portland’s annual Starlight Parade in May. Greg Koenig (@gak_pdx) wrote on twitter: ‘Portland just made a chunk of carpet the grand marshall of a city parade. That’s why I live here!’, while Selena Larson (@selenalarson) commented: ‘I hope one day to love something or someone as much as Portland loves its airport.’ Unusually for a floor covering, the carpet has amassed loyal following since it was first laid in the late 1980s Its striking geometric pattern, by architects SRG Partnership, was something of a departure from the standard oatmeal carpets in 1980’s airports, and was carefully designed to reflect the spirit of the northwest.”

Haystacks painting is officially declared a newly discovered Monet: “An oil painting has been proven to be one of Claude Monet’s – after scientists discovered the artist painted over his own signature. The 1891 painting, titled ‘A Haystack in the Evening Sun’, was largely unknown and its origin had never been verified. But a team of researchers from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland painstakingly unearthed the signature. The painting has been owned by the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, also in Finland, for more than 50 years. It is thought to be part of a wider series by Monet with all the pieces illustrating stacks of hay in fields after the harvest season. The painting was verified after a special camera was used to examine the composition of the work. This allowed researchers to see different layers including a previous signature by Monet.” The Fine Arts Foundation said the artwork is the first Monet painting to be held in a Finnish public collection.

Tourists to be charged more for parking at British beach on sunny days: “Parking charges at a popular British seaside resort could soon be weather dependent after a council pledged to halve them when it rains. Councillors in Brighton and Hove say they want to end ‘rip-off’ charges and are suggesting motorists pay ‘significantly less’ for street parking on rainy summer days. The scheme, which would be the first of its kind in the UK, is modeled on flexible parking charges schemes in San Francisco and Madrid. It forms part of the Conservative Party manifesto for the May 7 council elections promising, ‘A common sense council for Brighton and Hove’. ‘It is bizarre that summer parking rates begin on 1 March.Under the Conservatives summer parking charges will only apply in summer.’ Conservative transport spokesman Graham Cox, told The Telegraph the economy relied on the weather and they had to look at ways of attracting people when it was bad.”

British garden fashion: “If an Englishman’s house is his castle, his garden shed is his fortress: a refuge that has nurtured many a seedling and saved many a marriage. But today a mere shed is not enough. Timber is so last year. So meet the £22,000 Solardome – an Eden Project for the burbs. It’s the ultimate uber-shed, a grand, permanent 20ft-across structure made from glass. Hundreds of these and similar egg-shaped conservatories are springing up around the country – and now John Lewis is about to start selling the smaller-scale £599 garden igloo. Yes, its construction demands a degree of patience, if not, I’m glad to say, a degree in mechanical engineering, but this DIY dome is undeniably impressive: a 12ft-across and 7ft-tall geodesic structure made of precision-crafted, flat-packed German plastic. The Garden Igloo might look funkier than your average potting shed but there is one drawback: it is completely transparent. If you’re after a secret doze or a hush-hush hideaway for your home brew, this is not for you. And it is crazily hot: a stand-up polytunnel.

The hats have it: “Ladies were out in force today in an array of outrageous hats and bright dresses at Dubai World Cup at Meydan. It is the world’s richest horse race with a total prize money of £20million including a cool £6.7million for the winner. But the stakes were just as high for those going head-to-head in the fashion competition as those racing for glory. It is the most glamorous weekend in Dubai’s social calendar and the ladies were out in force today in an array of outrageous hats and bright dresses that would give the fashionistas at Ascot a run for their money. With a highly anticipated fashion competition taking place behind the scenes, the stakes were just as high for the stylish women in the crowd at the Dubai World Cup as those racing for glory. Around 50,000 revellers attended the world’s richest horse race at Meydan this year, with many hoping to be considered for the off-track prizes including best dressed lady and man, best dressed couple, best hat, most creative hat and Longines most elegant lady.” [Many more hats at the link]

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