The ‘Walkie Talkie’, a new tower block in Fenchurch Street, was blamed for partially melting the interior of a Jaguar parked in a spot where the sun’s rays are focused by the building’s concave exterior. Other buildings with the same problem:
— Vdara Hotel, Las Vegas. In 2010 a guest complained that he felt his head burning as he swam in the pool. Others claim the rays have melted plastic cups.
— Museum Tower, Dallas. Blamed for ruining a work by James Turrell in the adjoining Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as burning plants in the building.
— Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Blamed for an unpleasant glare in nearby apartment blocks — as well as raising the temperature in several hotspots in streets to 71°C. The problem has been eased by lightly sanding the glass.
A question of trust
A government health adviser has warned doctors that, after the Mid Staffs scandal, they risked becoming as unpopular as bankers. What percentage of the public trust our professions?
Gareth Bale took a step towards becoming the world’s highest-paid footballer when he was sold to Real Madrid for £85 million, with a reported salary of £15 million. Which sports pay their stars best?
|Highest paid stars in 2012|
|Golf (Tiger Woods)||£52m|
|Tennis (Roger Federer)||£47m|
|Basketball (Kobe Bryant)||£41m|
|American Football (Drew Brees)||£34m|
|Football (David Beckham)||£31m|
Flight of fancy
Former footballer Vinnie Jones says he will emigrate to Las Vegas because Britain has too many immigrants. Is he making a logical decision?
|% of population born abroad|
Sources: UN, US Census Bureau
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