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US man gets $2.6m for domain name
A US man has sold the domain name pizza.com for $2.6m (£1.3m) - after maintaining (1) the site for just $20 a year since 1994.

Chris Clark, 43, accepted the offer from an anonymous bidder after a week-long online auction.
"It's crazy, it's just crazy," Mr Clark, who lives in North Potomac, Maryland, was quoted as saying by the Baltimore Sun newspaper.
"It will make a significant difference in my life, for sure," he added.
Regret
Mr Clark registered the domain name in 1994, when the world wide web was just starting.
He had hoped that pizza.com would help to get a contract with a pizza firm for his consulting company.
He sold his business in 2000, but kept paying(2) the $20 annual fees for maintaining the domain, which he also used to sell advertisements (UK/US pron.).
In January, Mr Clark decided to sell it after hearing(1) that another domain - Vodka.com - was sold for $3m in 2006.

"I though…

Shutters up or down?

Why are Spaniards the only people in Europe obsessed with window blinds? 
Spain enjoys plenty of hours of sun, but yet apartments and houses are often completely shut off to natural light. Why is this?
“It’s like Spaniards are afraid of light,” says Caroline Jurgens, a 42-year-old Dutch woman who has been living in Spain since 2005. One of the first things that surprised Jurgens when she arrived from Amsterdam to Spain was the number of homes with the shutters down. 
“They pull them down all year long, even in winter even though it’s not so hot. The Dutch do the opposite: we need light all the time,” she says.

While the use of shutters in Europe is only anecdotal, here in Spain they are part of popular culture – and almost always kept down. And it’s not just because Spain receives more hours of light – between 2,500 and 3,000 hours in an average year, compared to the 1,600 in countries such as the United Kingdom or Holland. There are other, more interesting reasons.

Any Spaniard who …

Murders in London spiral

London murder rateovertakes New York for first time ever after spate of fatal stabbings and shootings
London's murder rate has overtaken New York City's for the first time ever, according to a new report.

February marked the first month the UK capital saw more murders than New York, with 15 dead (nine aged 30 or younger).

According to the report in the Sunday Times, London also suffered 22 fatal stabbings and shootings in March, higher than the 21 in the Big Apple.

Both cities have similarly sized populations of around 8.5m people. New York City's murder rate has decreased by around 87 per cent since the 1990s.

Meanwhile, London's has grown by nearly 40 per cent in just three years, not including deaths caused by terrorist attacks.

On Saturday a murder probe was launched after a 36-year-old woman was killed in what is believed to be the 30th incident of fatal knife crime in the capital this year.

The death came just hours after a man 23-year-old man died after being st…

Mon Dieu! Not rude, just French

Waiter fired for being too rude says he was 'just being French'
A waiter fired for being "aggressive, rude and disrespectful" has insisted there was nothing wrong with his manner - he was just being “French”.

Deserved or not, France’s reputation for producing surly waiters who eye customers with suspicion, indeed disdain, is known the world over and has stood the test of time.

Now one waiter has taken that reputation to another level by appearing to claim that a grumpy “garçon” is a cherished French national trait, not a sign of unprofessional conduct.

Guillaume Rey, who worked at a Vancouver restaurant on Canada's Pacific coast, filed a complaint with British Columbia's Human Rights Tribunal against his former employer, saying he is the victim of "discrimination against my culture".

The restaurant, operated by Cara Operations, accused Mr Rey ofbreaching its code of conduct; it argued that he persisted in unacceptably rude behaviour despit…

The possible history of fish and chips

The Portuguese gave us fried fish, the Belgians invented chips but 150 years ago an East End boy united them to create The World's Greatest Double Act 
They're a British institution as well as a national money-spinner, but how much do we really know about fish and chips?

For most of us, the classic combination of battered fish and chipped potatoes deep-fried in beef fat or vegetable oil is as English as the cup of tea that washes it down.

But just as tea originates in India or China, fish and chips is partly Portuguese and partly Belgian. 

The British can take credit for uniting these two Continental imports and creating a coupling that is loved the world over.

Today, Britain's 10,500 fish and chip shops have an annual turnoverin excess of £650million.

This multi-million-pound industry, which currentlyaccounts for a quarter of the white fish and more than ten per cent of the potatoes we eat, grew from humble beginnings.

One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1860, on the s…

Should public transport be free?

“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines.

The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a keystone of German prosperity.

“We are considering public transport free of chargein order to reduce the number of private cars,” three ministers including the environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, wrote to EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella in the letter seen by AFP Tuesday.

“Effectively fighting air pollution without any further unnecessary delays is of the highest priority for Germany,” the ministers added.

The proposal will be tested by “the end of this year at the latest” in five cities across western Germany, including former capital Bonn and industrial cities Essen and Mannheim.

The move is a radical one for the normal…

F1 bans "grid girls"

Walk-on 'grid girls' scrapped from Formula One races
Formula One says the custom does not resonate with its brand values and "clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms".
Women who walk on to the grid at the start of Formula One races will no longer be used, the sport's organisers have said.

The change will apply from the start of the new Grand Prix season, with the first race taking place in Melbourne, Australia on 25 March.

The women, commonly called grid girls, are often seen carrying the drivers' standards which indicate their race numbers and their location on the starting line.

They also often line the route that the top three drivers take as they head to the podium at the end of a race.

Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations at F1, said: "Over the last year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt neededupdatingso as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport.

"While the practice of employing g…

Darkest hour / "We shall never surrender"

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The other day I went to see Darkest Hour. I have just read some of the reviews just now. I wouldn't rate it as highly as the majority do.

When you see a film (even one in Spanish), you could read some of the reviews. I recommend Rotten Tomatoes.


Movie Info

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight onagainst incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill's courage to …