ONE of London’s top department stores is to become the first in the world to install a permanent cinema.
According to The Guardian, the cinema in Selfridges, Oxford Street will open to the public at the end of November. It will have three screens and, says the paper, will be fitted with the latest state-of-the-art sound and vision technology.
A spokesman for the store commented: “For us this is a very exciting, yet natural extension to what Selfridges does, which is to provide customers with an extraordinary experience all year round.”
The Daily Mirror has been listing what it describes as some of the “biggest inconveniences of modern life” : based on a study commissioned by O2 it includes adverts without a ‘skip’ button, someone using the social media username you wanted and tangled earphones.
Also listed are calls from unknown numbers, running out of phone battery or data and a cracked screen.
A spokesperson for O2 explained: “Modern life is frustrating and it’s usually the small, seemingly insignificant things which, over time, all add up to an even bigger frustration.
“These small things tend to have a knock-on effect for the day ahead – another reason why they can be so annoying.
“A late train might make you late for a meeting or your phone running out of battery could mean you can’t reply to an important message.”
The BBC tells us that that the government is pledging £95m to a regeneration fund which will benefit historic English shopping centers.
Sixty nine towns and cities will receive money, with projects aimed at turning disused buildings into shops, houses and community centres.
Included in the fund is £2m to restore buildings in Coventry that survived World War Two bombing.
The announcement comes after research revealed that about 16 shops a day close.
An article in the Daily Mail says that a pair of silk knickers and a nightdress worn by Adolf Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun are expected to sell for £800 at auction.
The white underwear has Braun’s monogrammed initials embroidered on the front and an inside label that states they were knitted in Bavaria in 1944.
The garments come from a collector of World War Two memorabilia.
Jonathan Humbert, owner of the Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers of Towcester, Northamptonshire said: “These are possibly the most unusual items I have ever offered for sale in one of our international militaria auctions. They are intensely private and personal ordinary items, and yet will undoubtedly be of global interest. Whilst there is no substantial provenance with these items – and we wouldn’t expect there to be – the foxing and discoloration is commensurate with age and they both bear Eva Braun’s personal monogram. ‘They also hail from one of Europe’s most significant private collections of World War Two memorabilia, having been in private ownership for over half a century.”
Also up for auction, says the BBC, is a teddy bear which was treasured by its owner for 99 years.
Called Bear, it was given to Ida Goring by her father in 1916 and she kept it until she died in 2015, shortly before her 102nd birthday.
According to her daughter Jenny Pickett, from Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, Bear now needed someone new to “care for him”.
Jenny commented: “I have no emotional attachment to him and my three daughters and four granddaughters didn’t want him so I thought it would be nice for him to go to a new owner who could cherish him as much as mum did.”
- The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)
- The Daily Mail
- The Daily Mirror
- The BBC