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Saturday, December 18, 2010

The World’s most expensive Christmas tree at The Emirates Palace hotel, Abu Dhabi : Q’News : aforadio.com

The World’s most expensive Christmas tree at The Emirates Palace hotel, Abu Dhabi : Q’News : aforadio.com

Posted in Q-News on 18. Dec, 2010

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World’s most expensive Christmas tree

A hotel in Abu Dhabi has put up what it believes to be the world’s most expensive Christmas tree.

The Emirates Palace hotel says the jewel-encrusted tree in its lobby is worth more than £7m, reports the BBC.

Items of jewellery studded with scores of precious stones are draped on the tree’s branches, along with traditional baubles and lights.

Hotel general manager Hans Olbertz said the tree itself was worth less than £6,500, but the rest of the value was in the jewellery.

The bracelets, necklaces and watches on the tree contain 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.

The hotel had a Christmas tree every year, Mr Olbertz said, but this year, “we said we have to do something different”.

The vast majority of the population of the oil-rich UAE are Muslim but Mr Olbertz said he did not think the tree would offend local sensibilities.

The Emirates Palace hotel is to ask the Guinness World Records to certify the tree as the world’s most expensive.

Assistant director of marketing Hazem Harfoush said the tree was “good proof that Abu Dhabi is a safe destination”.

“We have 24/7 security, four security guards closely monitoring the space plus security cameras,” he said.

World’s most expensive Christmas tree

The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi is boasting the world s most expensive Christmas tree.

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1,914 guitars smashed simultaneously

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) — A Florida casino said a world record for the World’s Largest Guitar Smash was set by destroying 1,914 acoustic guitars at the facility.


The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood said participants, including casino VIPs, members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and members of the public, set the guitar-smashing record to celebrate the grand opening of the casino’s Winner’s Way parking garage, WPLG-TV, Miami, reported.

Guinness Book of World Records officials said they are working to verify the record.

The casino said the broken guitar parts will be donated to the Ann Stork Center in Plantation for use by disabled artists. The business said it is also donating $50,000 worth of guitars to nearby public school music programs.

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Apprentice fan mixes business with pleasure

Lord Sugar's autobiography /PA

A man has been banned from a library – for pleasuring himself while reading Alan Sugar’s autobiography.

The unnamed man, who is in his 30s, was spotted acting strangely as he browsed the business section at Crawley Library, West Sussex.

Security guards detained the man after staff saw him select the Lord Sugar’s book, What You See Is What You Get, before covering his lap with his coat.

Police were called and held the man on suspicion of outraging public decency.

A source at the library told The Sun: “He spent about 20 minutes looking through the books in the business section before selecting Alan Sugar’s autobiography.

“He was behaving rather oddly so we kept an eye on him and then he just sat down with his coat over his lap and started pleasuring himself as he looked through the book.

“It was very bizarre behaviour and our security guys got a hold of him before too many people saw what he was doing.”

Lord Sugar appeared to be amused by the story, using it as a chance to get at Twitter rival Piers Morgan.

He tweeted: “Mixing business with pleasure? Piers was that you?”

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Hot tub gang gets clean away

Hot tub /Photolibrary

Police are investigating a string of burglaries in which the thieves took a dip in householder’s hot tubs before raiding their homes.

There have been at least four similar incidents at homes with hot tubs in and around Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.

In one case, the raiders even left their wet underwear on the side of the hot tub, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Ashley and Cherie Deakin had more than £3,500 worth of goods stolen from their detached home in Oswaldtwistle.

The couple, who had bought the hot tub last year as a joint 40th birthday present, and their son Nathaniel, 16, were sleeping upstairs when burglars jumped over the garden fence to enjoy a soak.

The raiders then broke into the house and stole a 42in plasma TV, a Nintendo Wii games console, mobile telephones, laptop and a wallet.

“It takes some nerve to use the hot tub before breaking in. We have been shocked at how cheeky it is,” said Mrs Deakin.

“You would expect most burglars would want to get in and out of a house as quickly and quietly as possible, but not these thieves.”

Sergeant Simon Holderness, from Lancashire Police, said: “We understand there has been some unusual activity in the gardens of the homes in recent weeks related to the hot tubs.

“There is a serious side to this, even though some people might find it amusing.”

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New book lists loos with a view

Loo with a view /Rex

An author has scoured the globe to write a guide of the most spectacular views – from the toilet.

Luke Barclay, 33, compiled a comprehensive list of loos with a view, chronicling the best places to spend a penny, reports Metro.

He travelled to some of the remotest locations in the world to record restrooms in the most stunning surroundings for his book, Good Loo Hunting.

Top lavatory locations listed include the plains of Africa, Mount Sinai, in Egypt and Lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia.

“The toilet can’t just be in a great location, you actually have to have a window so that you can see the view while doing your business, as it were,” said Mr Barclay.

The researcher, who bills himself “chief loo hunter”, picked up the trail of the world’s best toilets after writing an earlier book, Loos With Views, two years ago.

Armed with fresh information, he travelled around the world to exotic locations in hot pursuit of the perfect privy.

He captured loos around Europe, South America and even spotted elephants crossing the Zambezi River in Africa from one loo.

Other spectacular snaps include loos on snow-topped mountains and sun-drenched national parks.

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Artist shoots Lennon portrait with gun

Lennon portraint /Viktor Mitic/Solent/Rex

A controversial artist has made a portrait of John Lennon by firing bullets from the same type of gun used to kill the Beatle.

Viktor Mitic has also created pictures of Jesus Christ, Paris Hilton, John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe by shooting holes through paintings.

He uses a combination of semi automatic handguns, rifles and shotguns to shoot holes into his paintings of iconic figures.

But for his John Lennon portrait, the 41-year-old used a .38 revolver similar to that used by Mark Chapman to murder the star.

Mitic, from Toronto, Canada, painstakingly plans which gun he will use for the portraits based on the effect it leaves on the canvas.

First he paints the pictures on an acrylic canvas. He then takes them to a shooting range where he fires live ammunition at them. The finished pieces can sell for up to £30,000.

He said: “The message I am conveying is not one of war and violence but I’m using something deadly to create images of peace, tranquillity and love.

“Although the process is very loud, there is a sense of peace after the smoke is gone.

“The paintings are done from various distances, the best distance is about 25 to 50 yards, but sometimes I work up close as well, ‘execution style’.

“I believe that no matter how secure we feel on earth with gun control and policing, there will always be a trigger-happy guy out there that is creating paintings with bullets.”

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Mechanic’s mini Mini fits under the bed

Leslie Atherfold and his mini Mini /NTI Media/Rex

A retired mechanic spent three months making his Mini car even smaller – so that it fits in the hold of his motor home.

Lester Atherfold, 67, from New Zealand, trimmed the 10ft long British classic car to a mere 7ft 10ins.

He sliced 2ft from the middle, narrowed the chassis, and fitted a new transmission, sub-frame, clutch and dashboard.

The transformation cost just £95 and the 1100cc mini Mini still does 75mph.

Mr Atherfold, of Napier, bought the 1964 Mini 850 for the equivalent of £200 in 1988.

He said: “It’s fantastic. It gives us total freedom from the motor home when we are away on holiday.

“The Mini was the only car in the world that would fit in the motor home, all the others were too big and tall.

“We can see and do things that would otherwise be impossible. What other car would fit under your bed?”

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credit & thanks : orange.co.uk / UPI

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