Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shoemaker to the giants: Worlds tallest men find their feet




At 251 centimetres (8 ft 2 3/4 in) the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen and at 2.46 m (8 ft 1 in) second tallest man Brahim Takioullah pose for photographs with Wilhelm Moerchen, Rolf Mayer, shoemaker Georg Wessels and Abdramane Dembele in Vreden, western Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, after they got shoes in European size 60.

 Images: www.picture-alliance.com

Sunday, September 27, 2015

World's smallest hotel? Too small to swing a cat




IN his continuing search for the more weird and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says the world's smallest hotel has just one room – and that's a mere 8ft by 10ft (2.43m X 3.04m.)

But small as it is, this miniscule room has a double bed, ensuite with shower and toilet, a stocked mini-bar, flat-screen TV and a stereo unit with iPhone connectivity.

Located in the trendy Vesterbro district of Denmark's capital Copenhagen, the Hotel Central and Café began life in 1905 as a shoe repair shop, the shoemaker adding a 2nd floor and moving into that in 1920. The shoemaker's later became a goldsmith's and then a café, and in June 2013 the second floor flat became the world's smallest hotel.

Guests arrive to find fresh flowers, fruit and a welcoming bottle of wine in their room, and downstairs a tiny café that takes them back in time with vintage signs and various other bits of historic paraphernalia.

It costs 1,800 Danish krone a night (currently approximately AU$384) which includes breakfast for two at the Granola Café that is a half block away and owned by the same people who own the Hotel Central and Cafe.

If you're interested in booking a night, email  mail@centralhotelogcafe.dk


PHOTO CAPTIONS:

[] THE downstairs café at Copenhagen's Hotel Central and Café takes visitors back in time with vintage signs, knickknacks and historic paraphernalia…

[]  SMALL as it is the hotel room has an ensuite, stocked mini-bar, flat-screen TV and stereo with iPhone connectivity.

(Photos: Hotel Central & Café)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mosquito and Spitfire flypast - Merlins galore!




I dare you to watch this and not have chills! (turn sound up loud)



Posted by Bernard Jackson on Monday, 20 April 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Restored Porsche 917K returns to US race track after 40 years


This Porsche 917K, the legendary victorious car of the 1,000-kilometre race at Spa in 1971 experienced its roll-out at Porsche Motorsport North America and can now be admired at the “Rennsport Reunion”, the world’s largest event featuring historic Porsche race cars held from September 25-27 at Laguna Seca in California.

 The race car was also successfully campaigned in the USA, for instance at Watkins Glen, before it was finally put into storage at the museum in Zuffenhausen.

In 2009, the vehicle was painted in the famed Gulf colours and exhibited in the museum. In 2012, Porsche Motorsport North America was commissioned to restore the race car to its 1971 condition and get it back on the track.
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