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Top Ten Most Expensive Homes In The World

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Three years ago news came out that a house made from 200,000 kilograms of gold and platinum fixtures and fittings sitting somewhere in the Swiss-Italian Alpine border is the world’s most expensive house valued at $12.2 billion. Global news and blog sites were quick to announce it, including the Wall Street Journal. The only caveat, the most expensive house claimed by a Stuart Hughes was… a hoax. In fact, the most expensive house today is just a fraction of Hughes’ fake property value. The residence of Ukrainian Elena Franchuk at Kensington in London is “only” $1.58 billion. Continue reading

News In Brief – No Make Up Selfie Mix Up Saves Polar Bears

dougalThere have been some great news stories this week. Too much in fact for NIB, it’s meant to be brief!

To kick us off a man in Cavan has been banned from painting roads for two years. Martin Hannigan, an ‘anti-pothole’ campaigner, has been threatened with a prison sentence if he continues to paint warning signs around potholes on his county’s roads. Ironically he has also been fined for damaging the public highway, the very highway he wants to save! He needs Bono. Continue reading

City in Focus: London

London has so more on offer than simply the London Olympics 2012. Why not take a sports free trip to this exciting and cultured city before the Olympics start? With only a few months to go before the opening ceremony on July 27th you better hurry.

With flights starting from around €15.00, one way, it is a must do weekend for most budgets.

London is cool and sleek. The shopping leaves nothing to the imagination; Selfridges and Harrods are both classic symbols of London. Cafe’s and restaurants wrap around Trafalgar Square which takes on another form after dark as it lights up the night sky.

Spend a day experiencing all the cultural aspects that London has to offer.  Take in Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Wembley Stadium, and the London Bridge Experience. The hop on hop off bus tour of London is a great way to see a lot of the sights of the city.

Finish the day off at London’s Westend Theatre, topped off with a feast for your eyes and stomach at Planet Hollywood.

For animal lovers ZSL London Zoo has got to be on your itinerary. Take a picnic or treat yourself to a traditional fish and chips at the zoo to charge your batteries. Its eco-friendly aswell. Who said you had to go to the Amazon to experience the rainforest, ZSL London zoo has it all on offer. Don’t miss the Amphitheatre where you can see eagles soar and learn all about the animals at the zoo.

If you’re not too exhausted after strolling through the zoo why not take a trip over to Primrose Hill and do some celebrity spotting, you never know who you might meet!

Before you leave the bright lights of London you have to take a trip 135m above the city. As it slowly rotates, the London Eye will let you experience all the wonderful sights of London at a lovely leisurely pace.

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London’s Westend Theatre

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Bomb Threat On Eve Of Queen Visit

Dissident Irish Republicans have put London on red alert after issuing a coded bomb alert for an un-named location within the English capital, one day before Queen Elizabeth the second is set to visit Irish shores.

Scotland Yard confirmed that they had received the call on Sunday evening and security in central London has been radically increased with citizens asked to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. No time was given during the call.

Roads were closed near Buckingham Palace this morning after an officer spotted “something suspicious” at 4.20am.

A suitcase, found near Trafalgar Square, was also destroyed in a controlled explosion.

The threat comes on the eve of the Queen’s historic visit to the Ireland, the first by a British Monarch since the country gained its independence in 1921.

With Dublin on lockdown for the royal visit and security costs of up to €30 million been muted, tensions are running high.Many feel the country simply cant afford this visit.While some people plan peaceful protests for this reason it is mainly the threat posed by the Republican`s that has everyone worried .The Gardai and Defence Forces are  also on high alert in Dublin, after numerous suspicious packages and devices have been found in the run up to the queen`s visit. 

British Home affairs correspondent Mark White gave his verdict on the threat.He said: “The use of a coded warning takes this alert well above the norm.

“Every day the police respond to security alerts which turn out to have been false alarms with good intent.

“But here is seems an individual or a group with specific knowledge of the dissident republican coded warning system has called to make a bomb threat.

“The police cannot afford to do anything but treat this with the utmost seriousness.”